All photos by Taylor Markarian
Counterfeit Culture manage to do more with a three track EP than some manage to do with an over-saturated full-length. The only thing I can find fault in with Deathwish is that it is too short. 30 seconds in, I wanted to enjoy at least ten songs worth of this dysphoric, resentful bundle of fun.
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.
Probably not too many people are aware of the band Shattered Sun from Alice, Texas, but the band have been around for a few years with two previous records and a third newly released, The Evolution of Anger. So what is that next evolutionary step? Based on what the band has to say, it’s action.
Both the title and the cover artwork of The Acacia Strain‘s new record Gravebloom tell a tale of destruction and rebirth. For vocalist Vincent Bennett, the journey that the iconic phoenix represents has been an extremely personal and turbulent one.
Born Of Osiris, Betraying The Martyrs and Volumes hit Gramercy Theatre in NYC on June 25th as part of The New Reign Tour Part II. The bands had tons of new tunes to play and mullet wigs to wear (why?) and our very own Anthony Bello captured some of the best moments. Check out the full photo gallery right here!
Where We Are Now, The Sun Sets Here for Vanna
For over a decade, Boston’s Vanna have been creating aggressive music for us to sing along and swing our fists to. Vanna has helped me get through some tough times and made others great. They will remain a part of my life through their music that I will continue to listen to even after they’ve closed the curtains.