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Review: Cruel Hand – The Negatives

Review: Cruel Hand – The Negatives

Cruel Hand needed four years to come up with a new album – and four years can be a long, challenging time for young adults and a band. “The Negatives” proves that a band can integrate new ideas, new influences, new role models, and yet still […]

Talking about dedication…

Talking about dedication…

This is truly amazing! This is why music, and underground music in particular, is still appealing to people.     PSSGS – s/t EP 5 EUR When I think back FUNERAL DINER were one of those bands that got everything started. You get across something […]

Review: Sleepwave – Broken Compass

Review: Sleepwave – Broken Compass

Sleepwave is the new project of former Underoath singer Spencer Chamberlain, who wants to continue his career in the music industry after Underoath disbanded in 2013. The press sheet to “Broken Compass”, the debut album of his new project, somewhat implies that Chamberlain had many problems during and after the late Underoath years, including financial ones. One might wonder what is truth and what is stuff to build his reputation, moving him away from the christianity focus of Underoath, but fact is that Sleepwave is a new musical direction for him – and an interesting one, it is!

“Broken Compass” is full of dark and angry thoughts, as would befit a man who has lost nearly everything he had. The sound reminds of early Nine Inch Nails mixed with angry metalcore, the raw power of early Nirvana, and catchy emocore. That plays out really nice, especially when Chamberlain uses his voice to full effect, as he has a powerful clean singing voice as well as a good aggressive shouting.

The songs are in the upper mid tempo range, which may remind of Deftones (oddly enough, since regarding to the press release Sleepwave wanted to be faster than them), with occasional fast outbreaks. Broad, stadion rock-like riffings, mixes with eletronic/ programming parts, while one can feel the anger and adrenaline at every second. Chamberlain is angry and he wants the world to know it. In the end, he delivres his message, yet the album title remains unclear even when reading the lyrics of all songs.

Anyways, Chamberlain is back with a highly interesting project that might not only fill the hole in his artist heart, but might also fill his pockets. No offense, “Broken Compass” will be highly appealing to a wide audience – something a dedicated musician like Chamberlain deserves. And the excellent album even more.

 


Sleepwave – The Wolf on MUZU.TV.

Stunning live footage of Oathbreaker released

Stunning live footage of Oathbreaker released

Oathbreaker, one of my favourite bands, played a US tour a few weeks ago. Their show at La Puente, CA was filmed and shows the ferocity and intensity of the band.     Plus: one can find a bunch of really cool live pics on […]

Svårmod – Bli Mörk – new video online

Svårmod – Bli Mörk – new video online

The dude in Sunwolf released a video for his black metal project Svårmod, which reminds me of the visuals bands like Neurosis, Ulver, and Dark Tranquillity use on their live shows. One sees cut scenes from movies, featured in the style of old-fashioned television screens. […]

First video of My Project Ghost is really interesting

First video of My Project Ghost is really interesting

My Project Ghost is a new three-piece postcore band who released an interesting new video a few days ago.

I am a sucker for b/w videos and even though My Project Ghost chose an approach that resembles movies from the early age of cinema, the result convinced me. On top is the well-written song, who might not add totally new stuff to the postcore genre, but catches the listener and shows the band’s skills.

https://www.facebook.com/myprojectghostband/

The Wacken Foundation, Controversial, and the state of the music industry

The Wacken Foundation, Controversial, and the state of the music industry

Controversial released a video for their track “Habitat” yesterday. It’s a nice one. Not exceptional, but good work and gives an idea of the band’s power. The interesting part, though, is the information that the Wacken Foundation helped to produce the video, which made me […]

Review: Sun Worship – Elder Giants

Review: Sun Worship – Elder Giants

Sun Worship are a succesful black metal outfit from Berlin… well, when one thinks in underground scales. Their “Elder Giants” album sees a repress on vinyl, this time on white vinyl and with the same fantastic production value that the first press offered. Let’s get […]

Review: Fjort – D’accord

Review: Fjort – D’accord

I finally bought “D’accord”, the new album by german harcore/ screamo outfit Fjort, on vinyl. It’s on clear vinyl, which is not my favourite vinyl version (calling it colour would be ill-fitting), but anyway. The production value is excellent and the cover art really nice, even though I can’t manage to link it to the lyrics.

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Fjort are following the 90’s and early 00’s emotional hardcore bands like Escapado or the mighty Zann. They manage to keep the balance between the agressiveness of hardcore and emotional outbursts other than pure rage or anger. The german lyrics take an important role in this and show the complexity of modern life. Complex is a good keyword, as the song structures are exactly that. Rage-fueled parts alternate with melodic, emotional parts without making the songs overly confusing or hard to listen to.

The second half of “D’accord” shows strong post rock vibes, while the hardcore influences are taken back a bit. This suits the album pretty good and makes it even more interesting, while Fjort manage to keep their identity. In short, the album offers an interesting blend of hardcore, screamo, portland emocore, and post rock. Recommended to everyone who is into emotional, complex music.

 

Deathwish Inc. stream the new Code Orange album in full

Deathwish Inc. stream the new Code Orange album in full

Deathwish Inc. are offering the new Code Orange (formerly Code Orange Kids) on YouTube: Code Orange obviously matured during the last year. They’ve released through Deathwish Inc. ever since they finished high school and have been touring extensively. That’s quite a feat in itself, but […]