Thursday, June 9, 2016

Heart On My Sleeve - In The Midst Of Hope And Nothingness

01. This Failure Is Not On Me
02. So I Ran With Scissors
03. Vicious Circles
04. What Doesn't Kill You (Will Damage You)
05. He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven
06. A Tale Of Two Hearts
07. In The Beauty Of It All
08. Home Is Where The Hurt Is
09. I Hate It When You're Here, But I Miss You When You're Gone

You know that feeling of "goosebumps" when maybe you get a cold chill or something really serious makes you feel a certain way? Well, that's how this album by Heart On My Sleeve makes me feel. Being an artist featured on the site before, I'll just get straight to the point. At certain times you think the album is about ghosts lingering because it's someone close to you that's passed away like the song "I Hate It When You Are Here, But I Miss You When You're Gone". Sometimes, it's a feeling of just missing someone and it hurting like hell, but almost in an ugly-sad kind of way, like "This Failure Is Not On Me". Sometimes, it's your own battles you are battling with yourself, like "So I Ran With Scissors". They feature an artist from the band VI SOM ALSKADE VARANDRA SA MYCKET in the song "A Tale Of Two Hearts" who are also from Sweden. The song is almost like two lovers telling the same story but hearing it from each other's own voice; especially since the band has a female fronted vocalist featuring a male vocalist. So real... The album is the perfect amount of spoken word, the perfect amount of emotion, the perfect amount of fast to slow, and everything inbetween. It's almost like a book, when the album ends, it's like a chapter in life has ended and you are left with this feeling that nothing matters but you always hope for more. It's an album that I will carry for a long time and in my opinion, some of the best work that Heart On My Sleeve has done.

Reviewed by Joshua.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Masada - Masada

01. Uneindeutigkeiten
02. Vier
03. Defeat
04. Schwäerzester Punkt
05. Sandkästen
06. Remains
07. Untitled 1
08. T-S
09. Nach Aukha
10. Fragments
11. Repeat

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sport - Slow

1. Deadfilm
2. Rébuffat
3. Nod
4. Full House
5. Leaves
6. Muscles
7. Trompe l'ennui
8. Word95
9. ..

Here is the new record of one of my favorite emo/punk band, Sport.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Solanas - The Distance Within Our Bodies

01. Idyll Of Identity
02. Stay Silver
03. Home
04. Hangnail
05. Pink Lakes
06. Coping
07. Bury Me
08. Out For Honesty
09. What We Were / What We Are / What We Want To Be

'The Distance Within Our Bodies' by Solanas, really hit home with me; mainly because I know how it feels to feel uncomfortable with yourself because of the people around you. Or knowing you have no support or love almost makes you just want to disappear. Or how you have to hide yourself sometimes in worry that others will make you feel... abnormal. Solanas delivered so much passion in this album; you can feel the anger, the sadness, the hopefulness, the feeling that... even though times get shitty, there is always this random light peaking through that you can always turn to. From what I've been able to gather about the album, a lot of the songs are about the LGBTQ community, particularly 'Pink Lakes', due to the lyrics being inspired by a Transgender suicide. 'Coping', is the song that I felt closest with, learning to have to cope with your environment because being or feeling yourself is hard to do without someone always putting you down. 'Hangnail', speaking of self-doubt, about worry of how others make you feel... different. It’s an album that speaks to everyone, of all sexes, sexual orientations, race, etc; anyone who has ever felt isolated from their self or from others. This is one of those albums that you carry with you in your thoughts. It's hard for me to compare the band to any other bands because their sound has so much distinctness and versatility to it. Sort of reminds me of Envy, The Caution Children, Arktika, or Native, only because of the atmospheric/shoegaze sound. The vocals come off very distant at times, which helps with the angst in the lyrics. It's just a pure mixture of punk music with screamo, emo, and post-hardcore influences; true DIY Punk! The riffs are unforgettable, the lyrics are meaningful, and the passion in undeniable.

Reviewed by Joshua.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

La Luna - Always Already

01. Empty Portrait
02. Outdoor Voice
03. House Party
04. Undreaming
05. Always Already
06. Father Time
07. Broken Heart Emoji
08. Withdrawal Of Consent
09. Seneca Falls Convention
10. West In Peace

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Mont-Doré - Fractures

01. Before We Go
02. Don’t Go Wasting Your Devotion
03. Let’s Not Slam Doors Anymore
04. Of Course You Are
05. The Longest Silence Ever Heard
06. Show Me Where It Hurts
07. What You Gave Me Is Not A Gift

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Libido Wins - Anhedonia

01. Ember And Our Reflections
02. The Stendhal Syndrome Of Us Wasting Away
03. (Endless Cycle Of Aching Déjá Vu)
04. Everyday Kalopsia
05. Sempiternal Timelapses
06. The Crush Of The Century
07. Nocturnal Diary Sessions - Part 1
08. Nocturnal Diary Sessions - Part 2
09. Nocturnal Diary Sessions - Part 3

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Old Soul - Lentic Waters Split

01. Old Soul - Wick
02. Old Soul - Tome
03. Old Soul - Perfectly Fucked (Love Lost But Not Forgotten Cover)
04. Lentic Waters - Compliments
05. Lentic Waters - 160 Lbs. Of Fury
06. Lentic Waters - Asking For It?

Michigan's Old Soul and Germany's Lentic Waters make quite the team on this new split that was released in July. Both acts play a gloomy style of screamo, but the reason this split works well is because they each add their own twist to the genre, putting a different spin on things. Old Soul aim for something slightly more technical and slow-building, whilst Lentic Waters have a doomy and thunderous deliverance. Either way, if you like one, you're bound to like the other just as much.

Reviewed by Woody.

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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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