Friday, January 27, 2012

A Sight For Sewn Eyes Tour - Tour Changes


A Sight For Sewn Eyes tour with Bare Bones and Lifestory: Monologue was suppose to kick off today but at the very last minute Bare Bones backed out from the Maritime shows due to van repairs. However, according to A Sight For Sewn Eyes Facebook page Castle Wolfeinstein has taken up the Maritime dates instead.  Bare Bones will be on all of the Quebec and Ontario dates. Check out the dates below and make sure to check them out if they're playing near you.

Jan 27 - The Pavilion - Halifax, NS*
Jan 28 - The Guild - Charlottetown, PEI*
Jan 29 - Trenton Youth Centre - Trenton, NS*
Jan 31 - Le Scanner - Quebec City, QC
Feb 1 - Underworld (18+) - Montreal, QC
Feb 2 - Mavericks - Ottawa, ON
Feb 3 - Time to Laugh - Kingston, ON
Feb 4 - Sneaky Dee's - Toronto, ON
Feb 5 - L3 - St. Catherines, ON
Feb 8 - Legion - Newmarket, ON
Feb 9 - London Music Hall - London, ON
Feb 11 - Club Absinthe - Hamilton, ON

New Video Alert: Born Of Osiris - "Follow The Signs"


New video for "Follow The Signs" from metalcore act Born Of Osiris.
From 2011's The Discovery via Sumerian Records.
This is a great looking video! It was released by the band last night as 12am via the Sumerian YouTube Channel. This video would suck though if it didn't include the band performing. I had "art" music videos because I feel like it actually has no connection to the band and they generally bore the hell out of me. It appears that former guitarist Jason Richardson is in the video although you see him next to nothing, probably due to post filming editing. Richardson has since gone on to replace the lead guitarist in Chelsea Grin who quit in December for person reasons. Anyways, awesome video guys. I like the inclusion of the intrelude "The Omnisicent" at the beginning and really this was probably my favourite track off the album. The lyrics are awesome and pretty meaningful. The video is also dedicated to Zach Avanzato who passed away after crashing his car into a tree in October 2011. Looking forward to some new Born Of Osiris in late 2012 maybe? 9/10.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

More Juliet - Dubstep Remix

Every Time I Die Posts "The Making of Ex-Lives"


As you probably know Every Time I Die is releasing Ex-Lives on March 6th, via Epitaph Records. Below are three "Making of Ex-Lives" videos posted by the band. Above is the album cover, a photo taken at the G8 Protests in Toronto. You'll notice the kid getting strong-armed by the cops is wearing and ETID shirt and cop has an OPP badge. I'm from Toronto.. so to see this as the artwork for their new highly anticipated album is completely awesome (because those protests were some Police bullshit!). Check out the three videos below. They'll probably add more in the following weeks before the album drops.








Beheading Of A King Speaks! Exclusive Interview


Canadian metal band Beheading Of A King released a brand new song "Sources" back in December. It was the first material fans had heard since the release of Quasar in July 2011. Quasar featured vocals from Matt Paquette who passed away last February. It also featured their new guitarist Jaime Bosvik, an 18 year old from Thunder Bay, ONT who brings a whole new dynamic to the band's sound as well as their new vocalist Fred Beaulieu. We chatted with Jaime this week and he gave us a very in depth look into the band's past year and as well as what's in store for  Beheading Of A King  in 2012. Check it out below.

TMHT: There was a period of inactivity for the band between August and December. You also lost your singer and guitarist. What was happening with the band during that time?
Jaime Bosvik: Well actually that stuff happened at different times, first Matt passed, Rick switched to vocals, then I joined the band, and after a few months, we replaced Rick with Fred. We were practicing with our friend Gab Desb from God Falls in the mean time actually due to a previously booked show we had committed to.
TMHT: How do you guys go about writing material if you don't all live close to each other?
JB: We actually send videos to each other on iPhones [laughs]. We film ourselves playing riffs and then eventually we Guitar Pro it. Simon is simply a rhythm master and Ben and I know the theory. Peo shoots some crazy deadly ideas and Fred is actually a pretty good guitarist too and helps with writing riffs. Oh yeah, and we have a Dropbox folder we share the riffs and update them in, its pretty cool.
TMHT: What can we expect from your new singer Fred Beaulieu?
JB: He sounds the same in person as you've heard on the recording. Fred's range is actually very wide which will be utilized more on the full length and he'll tower over most people he encounters.
TMHT: How did you find Fred? Did he try out over YouTube?
JB: The way it happened was… I was at Ben's house and Simon said something about a deadly try out on the email. Ben and I watched it and I almost shit my self!! Then Ben said, "That's it, we take him". Fred had some video of his old band Crashhead on there as well, I was really impressed with his band. [You can view a video of Fred doing vocals for Quasar here, Reclaim This Gold here, and covering Whitechapel here. If you were doubting him, I don't think you will be anymore.]
TMHT: How many people tried out? Did you have an overwhelming amount of people go through?
JB: I'm not exactly sure how many people tried out. There was quite a number of emails, not too many though, we were able to go through all of them.
TMHT: What do you think of the Attack Attack! record? Thoughts on their "new sound"?
JB: I really don't like it. But if it's what they want to do, so be it.
TMHT: Structures or Volumes?
JB: I don't have a favourite between those two, I like them both.
TMHT: You guys are on The Haunt of Death tour with This or the Apocalypse this March. How excited are you!? How did that come about?
JB: I'm pretty excited for that! We were asked from their booking agent to join on the tour. So that's pretty awesome!
TMHT: Any more tours lined up afterwards?
JB: Not confirmed so I'm not making any promises.
TMHT:  Have you guys thought about when your full length will be dropping?
JB: There has been talk but easier said than done, in other words nothing set yet.
TMHT: Quasar must have gotten you noticed abroad. Any prospects of being signed in the US or Europe?
JB: There has been some talk but were waiting and looking for something that will have the best outcome.
TMHT: If Beheading of a King could do a tour with 2 other fantasy bands, who would you choose?
JB: Well I can't speak for all of them because lots of us have different favourite bands. But I would like to tour with The Black Dahlia Murder or Meshuggah.
TMHT: You're a relatively young group of guys. What do you all do when you're not doing stuff associated with the band?
JB: Mostly hanging out with friends, practicing, and working.
TMHT: Is Beheading of a King still in the writing process for their full length or is that all done?
JB: She's still being crafted!
TMHT: How are you going to use 7 strings to bring a new element to your sound?
JB: The advantages of using a 7 string is they're extended scale compared to 6 strings for the most part. So the lower notes are more in tune and carry through better. We just tune in EBGDAEA [high to low] so we have a dropped tuning on the low string, but still have full standard tuning underneath, tends to help writing feel less limited.
TMHT:  Sources was written by Matt before he passed away right?
JB: Actually there has been lots of talk about that. Originally Matt wrote the song, Rick added to it, and we continuously worked on the song after. Simon changed lots of patterns in it, I wanted to use 7 strings, Ben wrote some very interesting bass lines which I prefer more instead of constantly riding the tonic ALL the time. There's been a lot of changes in the guitar parts, not TOO drastic but its more dynamically interesting and there's little sweeps. The old version Matt wrote was more poppy and had little details that we weren't too interested in using anymore.
TMHT: In September you guys dismissed founding member Rick Patenaude who had recently switched from guitar over to vocals. There's been some rumours over stolen music and what really happened. Want to take a moment to clear the air for everyone?
JB: Well as I said with Sources we put a ton of time into it and made as many changes as possible. Then for the rest of the album we actually just pulled a few riffs that only the current members wrote. That being said, Matt or Rick's input is no longer in the new album (excluding "Sources"). He had a lot personal drama at the time and it just really wasn't working out for the band anymore. We wish him well though.
Thanks to Jaime Bosvik for taking the time to talk to us! Be sure to check them out on The Haunt of Death Tour w/This Or The Apocolypse. For all the tour dates you can find them on their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/beheadingofaking.

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Interview with Execute The Sinner


This was done by Dan Hurtubise for the TMHTimes back in 2011. We may have a new interview from another Quebec based band to post later today....

I've been having a little back-and-forth with Aimé Duquet, guitarist for Québec's own Execute The Sinner, about their new CD, which came out late last month, as well as their upcoming performance at D-TOX ROCKFEST in June. I discovered these guys a while ago and posted their song 'A Darker Feeling' almost immediately after I heard it. These guys are heavy as fuck, so check them out.

DRH: How old are you guys, and what are your names?
ETS: We are in our 20's and the band is JM, Phil, Aim, Nick.

DRH: How long have Execute the Sinner been together?
ETS: The band's been rollin' since 2006 but the current line up has been around since 2010.

DRH: How did you all meet and how did the band form?
ETS: We've been friends for a long time and we had bands together before, but with this band we wanted to reach a new sound.

DRH: What do you guys do outside of the band? Do you have jobs or go to school?
ETS: Well, Aim and Nick are still in school and Phil and JM have a full-time job.

DRH: How often do you play shows?
ETS: We play shows more or less twice a week and the band did a tour [The No Care Ever Canadian Tour] with Arsonists Gets All The Girls in 2009.

DRH: How did your CD release show on April 27th go?
ETS: It was awesome! There was a lot of our friends and we had a great time.

DRH: How long had the band been working on Threnody?
ETS: Since the summer of 2010.

DRH: How was recording the album? Where did you record?
ETS: We recorded at 357 Productions with Ion Dissonance's Antoine Lussier. He recorded and produced our album. The recording was one of the best times we've had in studio. Tony is a great dude and the recording was done in 2 weeks so it was short and sweet.

DRH: What is the songwriting process like for you? Who writes what?
ETS: Aim writes all the music. Aim usually come up with a riff or an idea an then we rehearse the track till it is done. JM usually come up with the lyrics for the songs.

DRH: Are there any songs on Threnody that you're especially happy with the way they turned out?
ETS: The track ''Threnody'' was one of our biggest accomplishments 'cause of the sound that we wanted for that particular type of riff and “Into The Void Of Your Mind” was also great because it incorporates more leads and a guitar solo which is really different from the other tracks . But overall we are really proud of every track that is on this record. We scrapped a lot of songs that we're not good enough to be on the record. We didn't wanted any fillers.

DRH: How did you you hook up with Alex Erian from Despised Icon and Kevin McCaughey from Ion Dissonance?
ETS: We've known Kevin since we already played with Ion Dissonance and Phil knew Alex a bit so we just asked them and they agreed.

DRH: What kind of influences do you all have musically? What bands do you listen to?
ETS: We listen to a lot of bands like Meshuggah, See You Next Tuesday, Sikth, Ion Dissonance, Despised Icon, Born Of Osiris and The Faceless. But we all listen to different styles like a lot of jazz music like Allan Holdsworth, Kurt Rosenwinkel or rap music like Manu Militari, who is a Quebec rapper.

DRH: What are some of the bands that you have played with in the past that you've been excited to play for?
ETS: We played two shows last summer with Ion Dissonance and we are big fan of them so we were stoked!

DRH: How do you feel about getting to play at Rockfest in Montebello this year?
ETS: We're stoked! It's a huge event and there is a lot of band that we've never seen live so it's pretty cool for that.

DRH: Will this be the biggest event ETS will have played at?
ETS: Yeah for sure. We play also at the Farnham skatefest this summer with Protest The Hero and Beneath The Massacre so check it out!

New Video Alert: Cancer Bats - "Old Blood"


New video for "Old Blood" from Canadian hardcore band Cancer Bats.
It's from their upcoming album Dead Set on Living due out in April 2012 via Distort Inc.
I love this band. Always will. This is an awesome tune. These guys have tons of live dates too check em out at  http://www.facebook.com/cancerbats!! 8/10


Photo of the Day: The Mystery of Thall


Obama knows what Thall is. Do you?

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Little Girls Are Taking The Metal Scene Over. FML.


I'm sure everyone last week saw the video by 8 year old Juliet doing "My First Hardcore Song". If you haven't I posted it again below. I mean it has about 17 million views in about a week which pretty much makes it the most popular hardcore song ever written. Sigh, who would have thought? I actually went through YouTube and tried to find a more popular 'hardcore' song and couldn't. All you had to do to make it big in hardcore was write a generic two step riff then rip off Memphis Will Be Laid to Waste and have a cute little girl scream about her dog Rupert and how her fish stink. I think I'm just going to give up trying to make it in a band. In case you didn't know you can even buy Juliet merch now at http://www.myfirsthardcoresong.com/. You should check it out.. they're actually pretty awesome shirts especially the one in the above picture. I felt gross because when I searched it on YouTube I typed "Juliet hardcore." Ew. And if my day couldn't get worse I found a video of another 8 year old destroying my ass in guitar. I'm sure tomorrow there will be a 4 year old girl that can do blast beats at 280bpm. Fuck the world!





Update: NOoooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Whitechapel Set To Enter The Studio


Deathcore giants, Whitechapel, are set to enter the studio this spring to record their fourth full-length album. This will be the follow-up to the critically acclaimed A New Era of Corruption from 2010 which sold over 10 700 copies in its first week debuting at #43 on Billboard Top 200. The record will be released on Metal Blade Records and they're recording at Audio Hammer Studios with Mark Lewis. The band had this quick bit to say about the album,
This new music we are writing is the heaviest, angriest shit we have ever written. Get stoked!
Good, we wouldn't expect anything else. There is currently no title or any other news other than it's expected to drop in late-July. Looking forward to this one.

New Video Alert: Hacktivist - "Cold Shoulders"


New song titled "Cold Shoulders" from English Rap/Djent act Hacktivist.
You are either going to love or hate this stuff. Hacktivist employ djent style riffs with their instrumental parts and have dual vocalist rappers with some occasional screaming. Sounds kind of crazy right? Is it nu-metal, is it djent, is it neither? Regardless, I find this band pretty interesting. The lyrics and rapping style (particularly by one of them) is quite good actually and above average in my opinion. I enjoyed their first single "Hackotime" because I had never really heard anything like it before. So give this a shot and if you don't like it, listen to it a couple more times and maybe it'll grow on you. 7.5/10

New Bleeding Through Tune - "Goodbye To Death"


New song from OC metalcore act Bleeding Though. Eh. I don't think this band has really excited me since 2006. I would still do the keyboardist though. Unfortunately, I think she's getting married. Damn.

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Video Alert: Lower Than Atlantis - "If The World Was To End"


Brand new video for "If The World Was To End" from post-hardcore act Lower Than Atlantis.
This is just a single and not from a LP or EP. Some fans are complaining that it's TOO poppy. Yeah.. maybe.. but I still like it. These guys will always be an authentic and progressive band so I was expecting a change in their sound. Mostly the vocals are just a little more poppy but otherwise it's still Lower Than Atlantis. After having the rest of the Sumerian roster screaming in my ears all day its nice to have something from Sumerian that's a little softer and fun. Between this and the new Enter Shikari, it seems that British music has been taking over my sound waves. Can't wait for that new Architects and remember Johnny Truant? I'm going to go spin that oldie now! 7.5/10

Converge Enters The Studio


Converge has entered the Godcity Studio in their hometown of Salem, Massachusetts to record their forthcoming full-length. The record is still untitled and virtually nothing is known about it other than it will be released by Epitaph in probably September or October. According to Lambgoat.com, every Converge record in the last 13 years has come out in one of these two months. The effort will of course be produced by Godcity owner and Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou. Ballou has recorded nearly all over Converges releases as well as many other bands including Trap Them, Animosity, and Cave In. 

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