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Record Review: Phantoms – ‘Screaming on the Inside’

I happen to enjoy Florida’s production of metalcore more than it’s oranges or theme parks. Phantoms from Jacksonville are not an exception, especially with their melodic. sometimes edging-on-symphonic brand of it. Their latest release, and second under their current name, Screaming on the Inside, is a fun blend of all the things you’ve heard under the metalcore label. Is it fun? Yes. Is it catchy? Yes. Will my head bang to it? Yes. What about my arms? Yes. “If I rip out your tongue will you cry about that?” Yes.

The downside is it actually uses too much clean vocal for my taste. Phantoms also don’t seem like the kind of band that will produce meaningful and deep lyrics, but offer more in the way of reckless abandon, head-moving, fist-throwing kind of shit that is always a good time. Get your copy of Screaming on the Inside August 25th, 2017 via Outerloop Records.

Four Star Rating

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NEED-TO-KNOW: Stages ‘New War’

The five piece Stages delivers a refreshing take on metalcore with their debut EP New War. The whole thing doesn’t play like the work of newcomers. It’s reminiscent of some of the genre’s finest acts at their best. There are also slight notes of death metal with a hint of progressive and a strong aftertaste of “fuck, yeah!”

The most powerful song is the last on the release and the title track, which also features Exotype’s Steven McCorry. The deep, low, savage growls over the high, distant sounding keyboard strokes creates a devastatingly chilling sound. It is a grotesque perversion of the traditionally beautiful sound of the keys by the violence of the screams. It truly is warlike. Stages has crafted a phenomenal EP that deserves your attention.

Need-To-Know: Evacuate The City

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A lot of bands fall into the easy trap of spitting out the same brand of metalcore that’s been heard a hundred times so long as they’ve got the leather jackets to back up their image. While Evacuate The City definitely hold true to the standard metalcore sound, their EP The Catastrophe switches it up with intriguing and fresh new elements. Tried and true chord progressions are sliced through with exciting embellishments on the guitar. Jonny Craig-esque melodies and killer uncleans mix with MIW-like keyboards and dubstep-inspired synth tones. And this all mixes together in a way that somehow manages to not only be coherent, but damn fun. Evacuate The City can hold their own and then some, even making it onto the Orlando, FL date of the 2015 Vans Warped Tour. And it looks like they’re just getting started.

Check out Evacuate The City’s music video for “Recollection” and stream The Catastrophe EP below. If you like what you hear, make sure to pick it up on the band’s bandcamp.