Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Maskros - Untold



01. Deception
02. Depletion
03. Perpetuate
04. Void
05. .

For a debut release this is some pretty impressive stuff and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the members of Maskros had cut their teeth in other bands prior to this. Hailing from Germany, the three-piece weave elements of screamo and punk into a dark, rowdy and unforgiving formula that will surely translate amazingly to the live setting. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on these guys to see what they come out with next.

Reviewed by Woody.

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Black Love - Black Love



01. Corps Étranger
02. Black Baby Jesus
03. Becker's Leitmotif
04. Libertines
05. L'Insoutenable Légèretè De Sauce
06. Ø
07. La Fois Que Le Spot Est Passé Au Feu

Black Love is a six piece band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who formed in 2012. Black Love play dark, atmospheric, and stark style of music that mixes equal parts post-hardcore and post-rock. Musically, Black Love can be loosely compared to bands such as Locktender, This Will Destroy You, Totem Skin, and Amber. This is the band's debut seven song LP, which was released via I Corrupt Records on September 13, 2014. On their debut full-length, Black Love offers up seven tracks of dark, atmospheric, and at times melodic sounding, post-hardcore, post-rock, and screamo. Overall, this is a killer album. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by Chris.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Crows-An-Wra - Kalopsia



01. Kalopsia
02. Perseus
03. Vibrant Colours
04. Constraint In Secrets
05. Dismay! The Seconds Slow
06. Heavy Heads (I)
07. Blossom (II)
08. Ataraxia
09. This Will Soon Be Forgotten

After turning many heads last year with the release of their self-titled EP, Cornwall quartet Crows-An-Wra have dropped 'Kalopsia', their debut full-length, through Barely Regal, Wolf Town DIY and Boslevan Records. Spanning around half an hour, the albums nine songs are each bursting with bright tones and warped melodies that will get stuck in your head easily. No matter how manic and energetic their performances sound, it's clear that a lot of methodical thinking has gone into writing this and that's why it stands out as one of the most memorable screamo/punk records I've heard so far this year. If you're in the market for something unusual and progressive then you can't go wrong here!

Reviewed by Woody.

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Sierra - Reality Redefined



01. Bittersweet Youth
02. Suburban Fame
03. Hideaway Revolution
04. Memoirs
05. The Great Charade

This is the swan song from Sierra, a five piece group hailing from Mt Gambier (NSW) of all places! They've been an interesting group who many labelled as 'one to watch' for some time as they shifted gears from early punk/hardcore roots into a more mature modern post-hardcore/emo style we're familiar with. Unfortunately the band recently announced that they'll be hanging up the name and moving on to other things, but not before letting their last offering loose upon us. A five song release that shows off the bands many facets and range with excellent production values, great performances and all for free/pay what you want download. Lead single 'Suburban Fame' had a video clip up online which gathered a few hits and shares and hinted at the quality release that was to follow. The mix is spot on and you can hear every instrument evenly and clearly. The extra layers of guitar wailing and reverby lead parts don't get too over the top and add just the right amount of texture and colour. There's an intelligent amount of space in between the instruments especially between bass and drums who work well together, no member over plays or outshines another and leaves plenty of breathing room for guitars to ring out or chug along. It's a damn shame that a band like this one..who is genuinely hitting their groove and reaching this point of refinement is at the end of their journey. Track #4 'Memoirs' has this brilliant lull at like 1:15 where percussion comes in, clean guitars pick notes and there's the screaming over the top. It's stuff like that which made me really take notice of how far this band has reached beyond their beginnings and brought something really creative to pass on this EP. Lyrically this material is powerful, heartfelt and positive. There are undeniably uplifting themes throughout the 5 songs making this different from the standard sad-boiz-club soundtrack. The opening track 'Bittersweet Youth' has the standout lyric, 'lately I've learnt that it's alright to not be okay', and if it doesn't stick with you after the first listen... check your pulse. This will resonate with fans of Being As An Ocean and La Dispute for the combination of clean guitar work, passionate vocals and heavy hitting drums. As I said earlier, it's a damn shame they're packing it in. But... what a hell of a release to go out on!

Reviewed by Sean.

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Fossil - Cold Side Of The Pillow



01. Jeppo
02. Bricks For A Mattress
03. People Person
04. Two Pockets
05. City Of Angles
06. Cold Side Of The Pillow

Canadian punks Fossil may not have the most unique sound, but that doesn't make their new EP 'Cold Side Of The Pillow' any less urgent or exciting. With great playing from each musician and a particularly impressive job by vocalist Andrew Howard, their gritty, emotional style is something fans of No Omega, early Defeater and The Cold Harbour should check out ASAP.

Reviewed by Woody.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wherebirdsmeettodie​ - Dearest Split



01. Wherebirdsmeettodie - Flower Bed
02. Dearest - It's About Time
03. Wherebirdsmeettodie - Acrylic
04. Dearest - Closer

This 4 track 7” split features two new songs from both Wherebirdsmeettodie (US) and Dearest (GER). It's being put out through Shivery MMXII Productions (Germany), Ozona Records (United States) and Age Crisis Records (Australia) in October. Both bands play a familiar blend of post-hardcore/screamo with enough subtle differences between the two artists that actually compliment rather than out-shine the other. It makes for a really great listen and although 4 tracks pass by rather quickly it is a really good pairing and it leaves me wanting more. Wherebirdsmeettodie (from Pennsylvania, US) have a fuller/cleaner production aesthetic and the quality of the mix helps a lot to really show off the nice clean guitars and brightness of cymbals amidst heartfelt screams. It's melodic, emotive and the two tracks are over way too soon despite clocking in over 3 minutes each. There's a good amount of space between the intense bursts in their material and quite impressive for a two piece! The build-ups explode and then pull back to reveal some clever instrumentation... and then yeh... they go crazy again. It’s a nice ride. Dearest (Wurzburg, Ger) sound much more live and raw than their counterparts here. The vocals are bit more upfront and easy to make out. It reminds me quite a bit of Hot Cross in that hoarse/yelling fashion and the music probably lends itself towards that band too. Dearest are a little more straight forward and less complicated than others in the genre making it more accessible for this sort of music... in the same way you might relate LaDispute or Piano's as being 'crossover' bands. This is like that. The drums are tights and quite driving, the bass is clear and really sits well in the mix holding the notes beneath all the guitar work which has some cool lead/riff's that really stand out! In short, this is a fantastic split with a lot to offer listeners. A well executed introduction to two bands which I previously did not know and now. I will proceed to order myself a copy of that 7".

Reviewed by Sean.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Lion House - Drancy



01. Support The Army; Not The Assholes
02. Come Back With All Of Your Faculties
03. Dooty Pooty
04. "I'm All Out Of HP"
05. Please Return My Daniel Johnston Record
06. AGAPE? Fuck That, PHILOS.

Lion House is a three-piece band from Kansas City, Missouri who formed in early 2014. Lion House play a killer style of post-hardcore, screamo, and emo. This is the band's debut six song EP, which was released on cassette via Work Ethic Records on July 5th, 2014. Musically, Lion House can be said to be influenced by bands such as The Casket Lottery, Who Calls So Loud, Portraits Of Past, and Twelve Hour Turn, but updated with a modern sound completely their own. Overall, this is a really solid EP. Great stuff!

Reviewed by Chris.

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Love American - Hollow Crosses



01. Sohl
02. Only The Penitent Man Will Pass
03. It's Dangerous To Go Alone
04. Waves

'Hollow Crosses' is the first release from post-hardcore three-piece Love American since they released their mini-LP 'Disquiet' back in 2012. Fans of the band will find this new EP to be worth the 2 year wait as it shows the Californians embarking on one of their most emotive efforts to date. The vocals are restless and soul-baring and are one of the most memorable elements across the four tracks whilst the guitars range from mellow to frantic to soaring across the EP. It's currently up for free download on their bandcamp and I'd recommend checking it out if you're into acts like State Faults and My Iron Lung.

Reviewed by Woody.

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Mont-Doré - Escalades



01. Easier Afterwards
02. Please Do Not Die Again
03. Inner-Schism
04. Choristes
05. Et Métérorites
06. No Place Like Home

Belgium five-piece Mont-Doré was a band I hadn't listened to before so when going into this new 6 track EP of theirs I wasn't too sure of what to expect, but I found myself to be pleasantly surprised. The slow, solemn opening guitar to 'Easier Afterwards' acts as the calm before the storm and adds an eerie atmosphere. Later in the song the band erupt into aggressive, unrelenting downpour of wrought guitars, crashing drums and throat-scathing vocals. There's definitely an essence of punk and post-hardcore present amongst the doomy screamo on offer here that brings bands like Calvaiire to mind at points. 'Escalades' is a dark, heavy and punishing collection of songs that are as well written as they are performed that’s both technical and abrasive.

Reviewed by Woody.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tours #1


Crows-An-Wra / Boxkite UK Tour


The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die / The Hotelier / Rozwell Kid / Posture & The Grizzly US Tour


Bökanövsky / Black Love EU Tour