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.
If you’re like us, you were introduced to Indiana’s Church Tongue when a video of the band setting their guitarist (Chris Sawicki) on fire went viral last year. The act was one of the most insane displays of punk we’ve ever seen, and now the band are here to deliver a new record to shake the hardcore scene. Church Tongue guitarist Nicko Calderon took some time to talk to us about the upcoming record, Heart Failure, and why they started setting people on fire in the first place.
Every Time I Die have released a grainy, lo-fi music video to go with their new single “The Coin Has A Say” and premiered it through…Rolling Stone? Looks like the infamous outlet has been digging a little deeper into the heavier realm lately, so good for them. As far as the song goes, it’s a solid, quick ETID banger that carries a lot of the same sound from their previous record, From Parts Unknown. The upcoming album, Low Teens, is now available for pre-order and has an official release date of September 23rd.
A Day To Remember have finally given us a release date for their new record, Bad Vibrations! The long awaited release is set to hit stores August 19th, and the pre-order is available now. It’s been a little while since they streamed their last single, “Paranoia,” so to accompany this announcement they’ve streamed the title track, which is a lot heavier than we’ve seen from ADTR in a while. Check out the video and the album artwork below and let us know what you think!
Vanna have just premiered the music video for their new song “Pretty Grim” off the upcoming album All Hell, to be released via Pure Noise Records July 8th. The video follows a young man dressed to the nines in all black who turns out to be Death himself. The video definitely adheres to the name of the song, as yours truly Davey Muise appears to be on Death’s list by the end. Check out the video, pre-order the record, and be sure to catch Vanna on Warped Tour this summer!
The Amity Affliction are back with a new video for “I Bring The Weather With Me,” a single off their upcoming record This Could Be Heartbreak. The new album will be released August 12 and you can pick up your pre-order here!
Yes, it’s true! The illusive fourth Pierce The Veil album, Misadventures, is finally coming out on May 13th, and you can check out the newest single from it right here.
Several albums are about to drop on October 30th: Myka Relocate‘s The Young Souls, Escape The Fate‘s Hate Me, and Get Scared‘s Demons, to name a few. What you may not have heard so much about yet is hardcore band Insvrgence who are set to release their new record, Every Living Creature Dies Alone, on the same day. We were able to listen to the album a little early, and it’s definitely worth paying just as much attention to. Social and political commentary combine with brazen hardcore and metal influences for a really explosive sound. If you’re like us and you love bands like The Ghost Inside, you’ll certainly like Insvrgence. Check out the track listing and the album artwork below, and be sure to keep your eye out for these guys.
4. Social Darwinism
5. What Does It Mean to Be Human
6. Robber Barons
7. End Transmission
8. Mafia Wives
9. Superiority Complex
10. After Life
11. Birth Rights
12. Fed to the Wolves
13. Every Living Creature Dies Alone
The sixth studio album from Senses Fail, Pull The Thorn From Your Heart, delves into emotions normally reserved for a therapist’s office or angsty teen novels. But with a winning combination of screaming vocals, powerful guitar riffs, and soothing melodies, this album doesn’t feel so heavy. Instead, it leaves wisdom and a strange sense of calm in its wake.
The opening song, “The Three Marks of Existence”, sets up an expected Senses Fail album–all aggressive guitar riffs and angry shouting. But something sticks out like a lost red mitten in a patch of snow. The lyrics cut deeper than they ever have. Buddy scream-sings, “It takes compassion to confront your pain/ It takes strength to be vulnerable enough to float on the rivers of shame.” Out of context, the lyrics could be mistaken for a quote from a self help book.
These meaningful, frank lyrics, coupled with soft melodies and subtle guitar changes give an entirely comforting feeling. The juxtaposition works in the band’s favor and continues through the album. They pair hard and fast traditional hardcore songs with slower, more Taking Back Sunday-inspired tunes, which gives the record a distinctive flow. Just as it amps you up with heavy, smashing cymbals, rocky rapids give way to slow calm. It takes a breath and brings you back down, asking you to give your feelings room. On the track “Surrender”, for example, Senses Fail combine building guitars and steady bass with lyrics about finally surrendering to your heart.
The songs all touch on the difficulties of being alive. The love, loss, pain, and work that go into existing all come tumbling out like towels from an over stuffed dryer. The track “Wounds” has a few lines that almost hurt to listen to: “There are moments of extreme joy, there are moments of love, there are moments of madness/ And this is life; we cannot change what arises, only how we greet it.” Listening, you realize these are words that needed to be sung.
It is so easy to get lost, let go, and breathe the music into you with these 11 tracks. The masterful combination of raw guitars, subtle drum beats, and heart-wrenching lyrics makes this one of the best albums of the summer.
by Maria Spiridigliozzi
Miss May I have been pretty busy since the beginning of 2015. After being on the road in support of August Burns Red, the Ohio-based quintet has seemingly found time to not only write but also fully record their fifth studio album. Keeping fans up to date on the whole studio process via Instagram, it looks as if the final recordings for their upcoming record have finally been completed. Now it’s off to mixing to get those masters ready for release!
This time around Miss May I opted to go back to producer Joey Sturgis who worked on their first two records, Apologies Are For The Weak and Monument. Sturgis is easily one of the most well respected producers in the scene and best known for his work with The Devil Wears Prada and Asking Alexandria. (His work on AA’s “The Final Episode” is certified gold.)
Fans can expect the new Miss May I record to drop later this year. But, as they wait for some upcoming jams, let’s take it back to one of our favorite Sturgis-produced throwbacks, “Relentless Chaos.” Stay metal, my friends!