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NEED-TO-KNOW: The Nearly Deads

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If you’re looking for some new punk jams with strong female vocals, it’s time you check out The Nearly Deads. The Nashville band recently released a new six song EP, Revenge! Of The Nearly Deads, and it sounds exactly like the album cover looks. It mixes the dark edge of destruction with a little bit of fun. It wouldn’t be a surprise to find one of these songs on the radio, but they certainly don’t leave out the beloved bite of punk rock. This EP is where self-empowerment meets wrath, and you’ve got to give it a spin.

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HALLOWEEN FEATURE: My Enemies & I Reveal Their Top 10 Horror Movies

My Enemies & I are the type of band that want to freak you the fuck out.  With Halloween creeping ever closer, we thought it would be fun to have the band that keeps a Ouija board at their merch table (attend a live show to get the details) tell us about their favorite horror movies of all time. Check out ME&I’s top 10 Halloween must-sees right here!

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Record Review: Ice Nine Kills ‘Every Trick In The Book’

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Ice Nine Kills have stepped up their artistic game with their latest full-length record, Every Trick In The Book. As the title implies, the band borrow from some of their many literary inspirations to create their most melodic (“Tess-Timony”) and most heavy (“Hell In The Hallways”) songs to date. William Shakespeare, George Orwell and Stephen King are just a few of the authors INK turn to for their own brand of musical storytelling, and as a lit nerd myself, I’m pretty goddamn giddy about it.

Creating songs based off of personal experiences alone is a perfectly good way to go about writing music. However, when artists look to the works of other artists both in admiration and for inspiration, something special happens: A dialogue is created between the old tales and the new tracks, and in INK’s case, the conversation is exceptionally moving. Reimagining known stories in modern ways makes for not only a fun listen but an engaging one. As the listener, you start to look for clues; little pieces of the story you already know and little embellishments added in that you’re just hearing for the first time.

While the overall sound of Every Trick In The Book is very similar to that of their last full-length, The Predator Becomes They Prey, the most noticeable and impressive difference is the band’s use of added sound effects and dialogue to enhance and enliven the stories they’re telling. “The People In The Attic,” for example, based off of The Diary of Anne Frank, is not only a great song musically, but goes above and beyond when it incorporates suspenseful dialogue and threatening sounds that recreate the terrifying moment of an S.S. officer coming for the hidden Jews upstairs. Something similar happens in “Hell In The Hallways” (Carrie is announced prom queen followed by screams) and “Communion Of The Cursed” (the possessed little girl from The Exorcist adds a demonic twist to a prayer). These moments of theatricality give the record that extra umph, turning a standard Ice Nine Kills record into a noteworthy one.

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Video Premiere: Ice Nine Kills “Communion of the Cursed”

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After the release of their last horror-inspired singles “Me, Myself, & Hyde” and “Bloodbath & Beyond,” Ice Nine Kills have burst through the gates with a The Exorcist themed music video for “Communion of the Cursed.” Spooky ghost stories with grandpa, demons in the mirror, levitations and possessions are all found in this highly produced video. Vocalist Spencer Charnas also goes a little crazy, and we love him for it. The winning combination of a no-holds-barred single with a well-crafted, cinematic narrative makes “Communion of the Cursed” one of the best music videos released in a while. And when the little girl demonically chants, “Her soul is mine, and mine to keep / If she dies before she wakes / I’ll find another soul to take,” you may very well need to find a new pair of pants.

The single comes from the band’s upcoming record Every Trick In The Book, which is to be released December 4th via Fearless Records.

Music Video Of The Week: Disruption “Skylines” feat. Shawn Milke

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Being that it is October and Halloween is clearly the most fun holiday, this horror-inspired music video by Disruption just had to be our pick of the week. The band’s music video for “Skylines” starts out with the classic trope, “Whatever you do, don’t watch the tape.” We are then introduced to a nightmare figure with a top hat and talons and–surprise, surprise–Shawn Milke from Alesana, who, given the dark and creepy nature of the video, fits right in. After an exhilarating intro, the song alternates between several rounds of guitar soloing and pretty standard metalcore strumming. While this is the band’s debut music video, Disruption has some killer potential, and we sure won’t hesitate to bang our heads to this one. Check out the video for “Skylines” below.

Need-To-Know: Fearless Vampire Killers

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This band has been around for a little while. However, despite their more poppy hooks, catchy choruses, and semi-campy image, the dark aesthetic that Fearless Vampire Killers uphold makes room for a more contemporary and heavier vibe that we may have one day received from the likes of My Chem (R.I.P.), were they still around.  Today, however, Fearless Vampire Killers dropped a brand new song titled “Braindead” that is completely worth checking out.  Not only does it prove that the emo revival from back in 2012 is still alive and kicking, it’s also a pretty great song that displays exactly how Fearless Vampire Killers have evolved and matured from their first releases. So grab some garlic, a wooden stake, and maybe some cautionary holy water and check out this phenomenal new track by FVK. Be prepared, this single, along with one other track, officially drops August 21st.  Get ready! Vamps are coming.

VIDEO PREMIERE: The Funeral Portrait “Casanova (C’est La Vie)”

What did you eat for lunch today? We’re betting it wasn’t brain in blood soup, but in case you were craving some you can find it right here in The Funeral Portrait’s new music video. Produced by none other than Shawn Milke of Alesana/Revival Recordings, this is not your standard performance video. “Casanova (C’est La Vie)” captures the theatrical nature of the Atlanta, GA band in a bizarre montage of unnerving portraiture, blood and guts, and femme fatale. Not a fan of red corn syrup? The song, taken from their debut EP For The Dearly Departed, is a fun and charismatic romp regardless.

Like what you hear? Read more about The Funeral Portrait in an interview with vocalist Lee Jennings.