Thursday, December 12, 2013
Altitudes & Attitude - Altitudes & Attitude (2014) Megaforce Records
Produced by David Ellefson / Frank Bello / Jay Ruston
Tracks : 1.Booze and cigarettes 2.Here again 3.Tell the world
3,5 out of 5
This is more or less a supergroup with a rather impressive debut EP coming in January 2014, Altitudes and Attitude features David Ellefson (Megadeth) - Guitars/Bass, Frank Bello (Anthrax) - Lead Vocals/Guitars and Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle) - Drums. Plus a guest appearance from Gus G - Lead guitar on the track "Here again".
The fans probably expect a thrashmetal affair but that´s where you´re wrong, these songs have more in common with bands like Janes Addiction, Filter and pre)Thing. The music on this EP can be described as a mix between 90´s alternative metal and modern rock, I love the bass solo in "Here again" but I really get all excited when I hear splendid songs like "Booze and cigarettes" and "Tell the world". Especially "Tell the world" is a killer.
What a surprise!
Remains in a view - Elegies (2013) Memorial Records
Produced by Remains in a view
METAL / HARDCORE
Tracks : 1.The void 2.Shipwreck of existence 3.So far from the truth 4.Crossing the line 5.As moments becomes memories 6.Sleepwalker blues 7.Left undone 8.Travelers 9.The deepest black
2,5 out of 5
The Italians Remains in a view are influenced by bands in the modern metal genre such as Texas in July, Miss May I and As I Lay Dying. Their debut album "Elegies" is an explosive affair of classic heavy metal riffs and screamo flavored growl vocals, at first I thought it was a monotone album but after a few spins I could seperate the nuances of melodic metal from this doom-like soundscape. In fact, I find the hard hitting "Crossing the line" very, very good and also appreciate the instrumental "Sleepwalker blues" a lot.
But there´s a problem with their frontman that insists on hitting the same note on the major part of these songs, and that´s not a good thing when it´s about screamo all the way through.
Wanted - more variety!
ROAM - Head down (2013) Pinky Swear Records
Produced by ROAM
Tracks : 1.You never said 2.Sticker slap 3.Nothing in return 4.Foresight 5.Headrush
2,5 out of 5
Down in the southeast parts of England, we find the pop punk quintet ROAM that was formed in 2012 and released their debut "Common ground" the same year. Now, their follow up "Head down" is out and what the listener gets are fast and short songs that will appeal to fans of Millencolin and NOFX. I´m not overexcited over this EP and think they´re pretty average but "Nothing in return" is a really good song though.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
This Is Core Records is proud to present The Hyde, nu-metal band from Turin. The label will distribute and promote the full-length entitled "Genetic Distortion", available from December 10th, 2013 in all digital stores. Eccentrics and with a good stock of past experience, the Hyde are the perfect example of the new generation of nu-metal band.
Vancouver, Canada skate punk act, ELLESMERE, has released their debut EP "Bail City" as a pay-what-you-want digital download through DYING SCENE RECORDS. You can stream and download it here
If you’re unfamiliar with Ellesmere they play punk rock with the same bombastic leads and infectious melodies that made NOFX scene legends. Sharply written, fast paced fretwork abound, Ellesmere takes the best of the skate punk golden age and run with it towards the chugging, woah-oh’d horizon. The harmonies are tight, the songs are catchy, and the music is fierce enough to please even the most jaded of punkers.