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 11th, 2017 via Outerloop Records.
With the release of their debut full-length, Megosh has earned themselves a spot amongst the top post-hardcore players. Apostasy is utterly enchanting and impossible to resist. The record starts off on an electrifying note with “Checkerboards & Cigarettes” and only increases its bold sense of creativity from there. “Desparada” is a track we challenge you to rid from your brain after just one play while “Carrying Fire” is one that will reach into the very ventricles of your heart. Apostasy deserves your attention, and it will command it.
RIYL: Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa, Coheed & Cambria
Ice Nine Kills have released a lyric video for their new single “Me, Myself, & Hyde,” and like the original tale it’s based in (CGI) London. More complex than the average text-over-image clip, the video for the new song illustrates the Robert Louis Stevenson-inspired world with revived creepiness. Manic instrumentations, frenzied vocals, and a little more than an ounce of blood color this reinvented version of the classic story. Watch the video below and release your inner Hyde.