Monday, April 29, 2013

Album Review: "Singularity" - Northlane

Australian metalcore act Northlane recently released their second full-length record, Singularity. I gave their debut album Discoveries some decent listens back when it arrived in 2011 but it didn't even come close to grabbing my attention the way Singularity has. Northlane have delivered an album that is solid from start to finish that also contains an established flow in the same respect, a rare feat for such a young band.

The album opens with the short but appropriately titled "Genesis", a noisy banger that will get you amped for the sonic assault to come. Both "Windbreaker" and "Worldeater" are standout tracks. I applaud Northlane for delivering riffs that utilize all the strings of the guitar. There is a lot of ambience in these tracks created with layered effects but the core riffs also have an abundance of heavy riffing and melody. These tracks segue into the first single and in my opinion the best track on the album, "Quantum Flux". Vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes lyrics deal with searching to finding ones purpose in life and our infinite potential that each individual carries inside. A message I can stand behind. If you seek an album with meaningful and positive lyrics, check this one out.

Ah, "The Calling", my guilty pleasure from Singularity. Short and sweet, this track delivers in every way. I really dig the big sounding vocals throughout, particularly during the "chant" at the ending over one of my favourite riffs on the album. This transitions into "Masquerade" featuring Drew York from American metalcore outfit Stray From the Path. I think that York was excellent choice for this track because his vocals sound excellent along with Fitipaldes. They have similar style in some aspects. I imagine if they release a second single, it will be this one. A variety of guitar work is put on display in this track from fast polyrhythmic riffing to quiet cleans to raging djent-esque breakdowns. Northlane utilizes a variety of tunings as well one guitarist that plays a 7 string and another that plays with a 6 string.

The album begins to conclude with the instrumental "Singularity" that features an overdub by philosopher Terence McKenna. I really enjoy this track but I find that instrumentals with speech overdubs (looking at you Stick To Your Guns) get old fast and become a skip over track. Consumerism is bad mmmkay. The final track "Aspire" with it's absolutely crushing intro grows on me with every listen. Great riffs and lyrics in this track. I can't help but sing along every time Filipaldes chants, "We were born to be free, fuck who you want me to be." 

Bottom-line this album is golden. I was skeptical at first because it seemed like it was going to be a hype album so I didn't want to set my expectations too high. No need. It's terrific. Everything from the lyrics, the musicianship (drummer is off the hook), the finely tuned production and ultimately that perfect flow from beginning to end. 


- A.M.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Attack Attack! Back In The Studio

Attack Attack! have been in the studio recently working away at their 4th studio album. This will be the first album to feature new vocalist Phil Druyor from I Am Abomination after previous vocalist Caleb Shomo quit the band last year. Check out a couple studio videos below. 

Confession Release New Song/Video With New Line-up

Australian metal group, Confession, have released a brand new video/song that appears to be a single and not a part of a forth-coming album. This is the first new music from the band since all the members were kicked out on tour by vocalist Michael Crafter last year. 

Review: First 30 seconds --> Pretty fucking good/what I expected. Rest of song --> DO NOT WANT

Norma Jean Complete New Album/Tour Dates

Norma Jean have announced via their Facebook that they have completed their 6th studio album that is due out this year. The record is currently untitled and was produced over the past couple of months by Joshua Barber. Norma Jean announced in 2011 that original guitarist Scott Henry would return for the recording of this album but it's unclear whether or not this actually happened (I don't think it did). Norma Jean have also lined up some concert dates for March, check them out below. 

03/13/13 - Emo's Annex - Austin, TX
03/14/13 - White Rabbit - San Antonio , TX
03/14/13 - Dirty Dog MetalSucks Showcase - Austin, TX
03/15/13 - Firehouse - Austin, TX
03/16/13 - QT Park South By So What - Grand Prairie, TX
03/17/13 - House of Blues - Houston, TX.
03/18/13 - NWA Showcase Theater - Fayetteville, AR
03/19/13 - New Daisy Theatre - Memphis, TN
03/20/13 - The Warehouse - Chattanooga, TN

Within The Ruins Debuts New Video

Check out the new video for "Feeding Frenzy" from Within The Ruins new album Elite.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

New Within The Ruins Track

Within The Ruins have debuted a new track from their forth-coming album Elite which is available February 26th via Koch Records. IMO they get better with every album and this is my favourite Within The Ruins song already.

Meshuggah debuts New/Old Song

Meshuggah has released a previously unreleased song titled "Pitch Black" from 2003. This song now appears on a new EP from Scion/AV which can be downloaded for free at this link

Personally I'm not really a fan of the track. It sounds like bad nu metal from the early 2000s with a hint of Meshuggah. I think it should have stayed unreleased.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

New Video Alert: In the Act of Violence- "Red Dreams"

Oshawa scene legends In the Act of Violence have posted a video for their new song "Red Dreams," set to come out on their 2013 EP Godbreaker. The video was produced by Mr. 2-bit Productions, and the EP will be coming soon on vocalist Ken Coull's own Poison Bomb Records. If you like dat sick mosh, I advise you to check it out.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Trailer For New Killswitch Engage Album

Killswitch Engage has released a quick teaser trailer for their highly anticipated album Disarm The Descent due out April 2nd, 2013 via Roadrunner Records. This is the first material to feature original vocalist Jesse Leech in 10 years.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"Rungs in a Ladder" - Documentary on Converge frontman: Jacob Bannon.

A short documentary has just been released on Converge's frontman, Jacob Bannon. The documentary was edited and directed by Ian McFarland. It's short and interesting. I highly recommend you watch this. I feel like I finally connected with one of my favourite musicians that I used to really know nothing about. 

The Last Ten Seconds of Life Debut New Single

The Last Ten Seconds of Life have released a lyric video for their new single "Numbskull". The band will be releasing their first full-length later this year titled INVIVO(EXVIVO)

"Shadow Moses" video from Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon have released the video for their first single "Shadow Moses" off their forthcoming album Sempiternal due out April 30th (a long time away...) via Epitaph. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

American Me Release "Kitchen Party Squad"

American Me have released a new video for "Kitchen Party Squad". Let me state firstly that this songs "is a joke". I've been a fan of American Me from the beginning but I will admit that with every album I care less and less (I found III particularly underwhelming and thought the album had a fucked up flow because of all the guest spots which were usually better than anything Tony was doing). What is actually the strangest part of this video is that it's not from their new album, it's from Siberian Nightmare Machine that came out 3 years ago! Why in the world would you waste your time and money doing a video for a song from 3 years ago when you could do something to promote your new album and the way your band actually sounds. This song was written and released on the album as a bonus track at the very end. It was essentially making fun of themselves for being on Rise Records and mocking the other bands on the label that were being criticized for using auto-tune (ex. Attack Attack!).  I hope that shed some light on the situation as several people are freaking out on YouTube about how American Me has changed their style. They've been trolled. But I still can't for the life of me figure out why this is being done now and not 3 years ago...