Saturday, March 03, 2012

Sneak Peak at the New Emmure

Emmure have recently released some new photos from the set of their upcoming music video for the first single from Slave To The Game. Currently it is unknown what song it will be for. Emmure so far has only let fans know the release date (April 10th) that it will once again be released through Victory Records and that Mark Castillo (ex-Bury Your Dead/Crossfade) is their new drummer. Just like with any new Emmure record (this is their 5th) I am always interested to give it a spin. Usually I hate 90% of their albums, especially since 2006's Goodbye To The Gallows, but it'll give me a chuckle. Emmure and I have a serious love/hate relationship that I hope continues it's abusive ways for years to come. Frankie Palmeri (vocals) lately has been whoring his love for the Street Fighter franchise more than usual and it seems that it's going to be the overlying theme if not concept behind Slave To The Game. Hardcore fans may have noticed that the tune "Demons With Ryu" from their previous release Speaker of the Dead also focused heavily on this same concept and even featured a sound-byte from the game, "Fight", towards the end. I guess this shouldn't be surprising as Emmure has always thrived off repeating themselves and mimicking others. But this is getting a little silly. Palmeri elaborates in a recent interview with AP about how his life is inspired by Ryu and his morals and values. You know, because Palmeri is a trained martial artist that puts his body and mind before anything else... cough hack cough. Actually, I think he's full of more bullshit than ever before. Ever heard this guy talk about how he believes Jesus Lizard is real? This video also looks eerily like the new A Day To Remember video for "2nd Sucks" that we posted earlier this week. All I'm trying to say is don't buy into this. It's all marketing. Take Emmure with a grain of salt and just enjoy that 30 minutes before you get sick of this record too. 

Skip The Foreplay: MTL, Bitch!

Skip The Foreplay from Montreal, Canada have announced that they will be releasing their debut album on May 1st, 2012 via Epitaph Records. Nightlife was recorded in Montreal by former Blessed By A Broken Heart drummer Frank Shooflar at Bird Wazo Studios last year. For those of you who are not from Canada or live under a rock, Skip The Foreplay released a song/video for "This City (We're Taking Over)" last fall which caught the attention of Epitaph who signed them shortly after. The video was full of guest spots from fellow Montreal frontmen including Alex Erian (Despised Icon, Obey The Brave), Tyler Hoare (Blessed By A Broken Heart) and Jonathan Cabana (Blind Witness). As for the actual band, they are nobodies and seemed to heavily rely on these guest spots to gain them some attention. Now the weirdest thing is that I actually don't hate this song... bands like Abandon All Ships, The Browning, etc cause me to seize and usually puke on the closest person to me. I will say this though, the rappingish part (Hoare's bit)... is super weak and so is his band. But I actually like the guitar work and use of electronics. They seem to fit and keep it pretty heavy. Also anything that Alex Erian touches kind of gives me a semi. "YOU'RE IN M T L BITCH!!!". Check out the video for their single "This City (We're Taking Over)" below. Skip The Foreplay will also be on all the dates for the 2012 run of Warped Tour.

Slow News Week

While trying to find stories to write on I came across this. Like our Facebook Page at if you haven't already! Sucks that a cat can play ABR and I can't.

Glass Cloud Makes It's Debut

After years of touring and performing around the world with various bands, vocalist Jerry Roush finally has a band to call his own. The former frontman for Sky Eats Airplane and Of Mice & Men has joined forces with 8-string guitarist Joshua Travis [The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza], bassist Travis Sykes and drummer Chad Hasty to create Glass Cloud.
I'd been waiting for this track to drop for awhile now because I am a huge fan of Danza and any work that was to do with Josh Travis. Jerry Roush... I never really cared for so much. I wasn't really impressed at all at first. In the first 5 seconds I thought I was going to get something along the lines of dub-step and metal with Roush singing on top.  I actually almost turned it off until it hit the 1:28 mark when things got interesting. When this band is heavy, they are good. I find the singing to be really whiny and find it complements the rest of the band poorly. Hopefully it'll grow on me.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Refused Play Live For The First Time In 14 Years

The Refused played a show last night in Umea, Sweden. The crowd was small and apparently it was a 'secret' show. Regardless, it's awesome to see them back with tons of energy. They will play Coachella in April and then some select shows in the States before returning for a tour of Europe. Just as a side note on the video for "Everlasting" here is the translation for what he says before the song starts:
This is unbelievably sweaty..any objections?
Guy in crowd: "PLAY HARDCORE!"
Haha. I like that one. "play hardcore", this is how it is. We're not a fucking jukebox, even if that's easy to believe, in regards to what we're doing.
We thought we'd play a few songs, some nostalgia, but we'll play the set; this is what people in USA will pay millions for, almost for free
We were going to close with Tannhäuser, which is a kind of pretentious song, but since we're among friends, we'll play Everlasting.
Refused 2012 Tour Dates:
04/13 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield *
04/20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/22 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
04/23 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
04/27 – Berlin, DE @ Monster Bash
04/29 – Meerhout, BE @ Groezrock
05/31 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/01-03 – Nürburgring & Nürnberg, DE @ Rock am Ring & Rock im Park
06/04 – Milan, IT @ Arena Fiera Di Rho
06/08 – Nickelsdorf, AT @ Nova Rock
06/09 – Muenster, DE @ Vainstream
06/15 – Interlaken, CH @ Greenfield Festival
06/16 – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
07/05 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/06 – Turku, FI @ Ruisrock
07/08 – Knebworth, UK @ Sonisphere Festival
08/09 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
08/10 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
* = w/ The Hives and The Bronx

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Videos To Ruin Your Day: Make Me Famous

It's no secret that I can't stand this band. They're from the Ukraine and in my opinion... they just don't get it. It's also the fact that their music and lyrics are terrible. I've also heard through reliable sources that they're one of the many acts (particularly on Rise Records) that use back tracks live. LAME. Also.. what the fuck is up with the headset mic (Britney Spears) and the ridiculous t-shirts they're wearing. Such a hype shit band for 14 year old girls that don't know any better. Sorry to ruin your day.

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New Video Alert: The Human Abstract - "Complex Terms"

New video for "Complex Terms" from The Human Abstract.
From 2011's Digital Veil via E-One Music.
It's pretty unclear what the current status of the band is. Bassist Henry Selva announced in December that it appeared the band was done for and had been dropped from their label. But then Dean Herrera rebutted that statement saying the future was uncertain but that they were still indeed a band. Herrera then released his own version of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata under The Human Abstract name. Now we have a video from 2011's Never Say The N-Word Tour from a show in Stuttgart, Germany. WTF. The video features replacement vocalist Ryan Delvin although the song is sung by former vocalist Travis Richter who left the band because his girlfriend couldn't keep penises out of her mouth while he was on tour. Oh well... the song is badass and I like the way it was shot. 8/10.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Stick To Your Guns Full Show: RTM Concerts

So I've been looking to do something like this for awhile. Below is a full-set from one of the best live bands you'll ever see... Stick To Your Guns. It was filmed by RTM Concerts who do an amazing job at capturing live shows in the Illinois area. Thanks to them! Enjoy.
(Also just as a note, they did indeed OPEN with "This Is More", not close)

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Architects New Album Info

UK metalcore act Architects have released the new album artwork for their forthcoming record Daybreakers. This is the follow-up to last year's The Here & Now and their Devil's Island EP which I was a huge fan of. The band promises are more back-to-roots feel on Daybreakers also promising it to be much heavier than The Here & Now. I really did like that album but it'll be nice to hear some crushing new material from one of Britain's best. Daybreakers is set to be released on May 28th in Europe and June 5th in North America. Can't wait to hear a single off of this but that probably won't happen till the end of March/early April. Until then let us bang our heads to some "Early Graves". The band will be touring Europe soon with support from Ron Tomassi and Stray From The Path.

Misery Signals: The Documentary

Well I certainly didn't know this was coming. Misery Signals uploaded a trailer for an upcoming documentary on the band called "Controller: The Misery Signals Story" which is due out in September 2012. This actually looks really interesting and well shot. It's been more than a couple years since Misery Signals released their last full length and since then they have also lost one guitarist and their bassist (who have since been replaced). The band did a quick tour and talked about doing a new album but not much has come out of the Misery Signals camp recently until today. The documentary was filmed by Marcus De Leon in 13 countries during 2009 to 2011. Apparently it will be released in theaters, broadcast, and DVD in early 2013. Sound like MS has some serious stuff for us in the next year can't wait!!
Check out the video above. Also, in case you didn't see it.. below is a video shot by front-man Karl Schubach detailing his love for apple pie. Enjoy.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Remembering Never Is Back!! New Song/EP

It's been well over a year since Remembering Never announced they were making a comeback and a new record. I had begun to think these plans had fallen through and it wasn't going to happen anymore until a new song appeared last week. The new song is titled "All Praise the Victims of the Middle Passage" and it will appear on their new album This Hell is Home which will drop later this year on Dead Truth Recordings. It's the first proper material since 2006's God Save Us which is one of my absolute all time favourites. The new tune didn't blow me away so I'm hoping that the new tracks really bring this band to a new level. Between Remembering Never, Recon & American Me putting out new albums is giving me seriously nostalgic vibes! Now if I could just get a new Dead To Fall album....

Recon Is Back!! New Song/EP

Ah man, this brings me back to first year University.. circa 2007ish. I remember being so excited for the new Recon album Welcome To Viper City which for the most part.. sucked. They were Rise Records heaviest band on the roster along with American Me. But then guitarist Mike Mulholland quit the band to go and join Emmure (yeah that's right.. quitting a straight-edge band to join up with a bunch of notorious addicts..). It seems though that the band is back with Mulholland and new vocalist Rob Fusco (Most Precious Blood) and they're self-releasing an EP via iTunes titled Hell on March 6th. (Note: Newly reformed Remembering Never are also self-releasing a new EP called This is Hell). The song titled "For Every Collar, A Leash". It's not reinventing the wheel in any way but it sounds a lot better than their last full-length and I'm eager to check out this EP to reconnect with one of my old faves. You can check out the band's Facebook.

New Video Alert: "2nd Sucks" - A Day To Remember

New video from A Day To Rember for their tune "2nd Sucks".
From What Seperates You From Me via Victory Records.
I kind of hate this band... a lot. But I'm down with this video because.. it's well done. 8/10.