Humanity’s Last Breath is definitely on the heavier side of the “djent” things. Keeping it heavy like their brothers Vildhjarta and Meshuggah, the band proves that they can hang and crush the world with their style of metal. HLB has created a new lyric video for the song “Human Swarm”, their first lyric video. The song is off of their self-titled album that released last year on Rogue Records America. Check out the song and leave feedback! Continue reading
All week Veil Of Maya have been teasing that they would release a new track at midnight on October 30th and, right on the dot, they did. The new track is called “Subject Zero” and it destroys. I have stated in the past that I was not a fan of Veil Of Maya before they released their last album Eclipse last year and, after hearing this track, I can say that the band still has my attention. Check out the track after the jump. The song will be available to download on November 11th. Continue reading
If you haven’t followed our coverage on Glass Cloud lately, the band has released two tracks from their new EP Perfect War Forever titled “Trapped Like Rats” and “How To Survive Suicide” and now the band has unleashed their entire new EP upon you all! That’s right, Glass Cloud is currently streaming the EP in full over on Guitar World! So head on over and stream it! It’s pretty radical, if I do say so myself.
You can check out “Trapped Like Rats” after the jump just as a little incentive. Continue reading
Glass Cloud are yet another example of bands I didn’t care for before this year. The list keeps growing and growing and GCloud joined the list when I heard the first single from their new EP, “Trapped Like Rats.” That song captured my imagination and really surprised me. I had listened to a few tracks by the band before, but it didn’t hit me like that song did. I can honestly say that it’s not just the one track either. The band has just released another new track through Alt Press called “How To Survive Suicide” and it’s a destructive slab as well.
Glass Cloud have released a new track entitled “Trapped Like Rats” from their forthcoming EP and follow up to The Royal Thousand, Perfect War Forever. The track features a tremendous amount of low-end and is ten times heavier than the majority of the material on The Royal Thousand. Perfect War Forever will be released on October 22nd and pre-orders can be purchased here. You can stream the new track after the break.
I got into Veil Of Maya with the release of their 2012 album Eclipse, which almost landed on my Best of 2012 List last year. It’s a phenomenal album that I still listen to consistently because I don’t tire of it. The band has unveiled a new music video for the songs “20/200″ and “Divide Paths.” The video is strange, but very cool. I really dig these songs and seeing them in a cinematic fashion just makes it better. Check out the video after the jump. Continue reading
Aeon, Animals As Leaders, Cattle Decapitation, metal blade records, Norma Jean, periphery, Razor & Tie, relapse records, Revocation, sumerian records, Summer Slaughter, The Dillinger Escape Plan, the ocean
I know there are more than a handful of you who hit up the Summer Slaughter festival every year, even if it’s for a single band. Every metal site looks forward to this tour for the simple reason of wanting to see who has been announced will be a part of Summer Slaughter. This years line-up looks fucking killer, if I say so myself. Check out the full line-up and poster below. Continue reading
Emerging beyond the derivative shadow of eight string dullness comes Emissary, a progressive metal group based out of Orange County, CA I first introduced at the beginning of this month with the teaser track, “Like Clockwork”. With the 25th of February now at hand, the group have unleashed their debut self-titled effort. Coalescing together the promising aspects of overloaded genres such as metalcore and death metal, the new batch of tracks present an exemplary, shredtastic and fun effort, that while not paradigm-shifting, I deem well worth a listen. Stream Emissary below and pick up a copy here if you end up enjoying it. Continue reading
Periphery have released a brand new music video for their song, “Scarlet”, from their most recent effort Periphery II. The aforementioned song is set to a futuristic video depicting mustard loving peoples torturing a ketchup loving prisoner and eventually vice versa. It’s a fairly humorous video and makes me want a hot dog very, very badly. Periphery also apparently plan on cashing in on this Condiment Wars gimmick with this line of new Ketchup Vs. Mustard merchandise. I’m still waiting on the Mayo and BBQ Sauce themed merch however. Anyway, check out the cheesy video below.
Meshuggah have partnered with good ol’ Scion A/V to bring you a new two track EP entitled Pitch Black. The EP features the previously unreleased title track and a live recording of “Dancers to a Discordant System”, which was recorded live at Distortion Fest, Eindhoven, Netherlands in 2012 ”Pitch Black” is a six minute, hypnotic and atmospheric track that was recorded back in 2003 at Fear and Loathing in Stockholm by guitarist Fredrik Thordendal. I personally do not care for the track but my opinion doesn’t matter to you Meshuggahnauts. You can check out both tracks below and pick up the EP for free at this location.
While the contemporary popular djent/”prog metal” scene has definitely well worn its stay for me, there are still a few lasting groups that I do follow. One of these groups is Emissary, a skilled Orange County group of shredders that I personally became exposed to through circumstances of college and have since become good friends with. Emissary’s upcoming debut EP(out February 25) unveils a product of multiple line-up changes, hours of songwriting, self production and practice; an overall meticulous process of evolution that I have personally bore witness to. And if anything, the first bite of that EP, the track “Like Clockwork” lays claim to that process. Groundbreaking? No. But Emissary are damn good, melding atmosphere, pace, technical prowess, and most importantly, songwriting into a hodgepodge of consistent prog goodness. Stream “Like Clockwork” below and decide for yourself. Continue reading
Good morning, American Aftermathers! In today’s (resurrected) Mourning Jams segment, I would like to introduce you to Canadian instru-metallers Pomegranate Tiger. This unsigned progressive metal act is based out of Ontario and has been active since mid-2010. The group’s sound is not too dissimilar to that of djent groups like Animals As Leaders, however these kids tend to skimp out on the chugging nu metal influence and go with a more progressive tinge.
I know this genre is a niche kind of thing but expect big things from this group. I bet it won’t be long before we see them opening for acts like Between The Buried and Me. Their first full length, Entities, is scheduled to be released tomorrow but lucky for you this fine group of young gentlemen is giving you the opportunity to check out that album right now! Continue after the jump to listen to Pomegranate Tiger’s first release…. Well what are you waiting for, it’s pretty awesome! Continue reading
Everyone’s favorite one man post-metal/djent band, Cloudkicker, has returned to the Bandcamp scene with a new track entitled “Hello”. The new track diverts from Ben Sharp‘s normal composition style and sees the guitarist trying out a different approach to looping riffs.
This ten minute “song” is actually kind of hard to listen to unless, of course, you are a fan of ambient noise tracks. You can stream the track after the jump – Continue reading
Periphery are fucking huge, man. I enjoyed their new album and then kinda fell away from it. When they released Periphery II, I got back into them because the band was more mature and way heavier. It was great. I know this band is always working on music, so I knew it wouldn’t be long until they started working on new material. Well, it seems the band has been doing just that. Continue reading
Aeon, Agitator, Cattle Decapitation, Chelsea Wolfe, Code Orange Kids, Column Of Heaven, Death Grips, deftones, Departures, Disgrace, Dodecahedron, dying fetus, early graves, Expire, Fever Dreams, Fire And Ice, Gaza, Godstopper, hivesmasher, Homewrecker, Like Rats, Meshuggah, Misser, periphery, pig destroyer, Spawn of possession, The Love Below, Twitching Tongues, War Hound, Xibalba
Similar to the conflicted state of mind the character Jules Winnfield Of Pulp Fiction was in when he decided not to execute the characters of Honey Bunny and Ringo like “fucking fried chicken”, my American Aftermath writership came at a period in my life of transition, a time of both fleeting and returning tastes. In short, my idea of “music” was flipped upside down. What was once a streamlined process of music listening and discovery was overloaded and overridden by my previous months exploration into a multitude of realms and genres previously unexplored, most notable among that being my new found discovery of hardcore and the cascading effects of that discovery, which led to realms from sludge metal to pop punk.
The following thirty album list reflects the few difficultly chosen releases that stuck with me the most throughout both the bombarding ocean of releases this year and the aforementioned musical overturn. Before we actually begin, I’d like to thank the American Aftermath crew especially Ross Gnarly, Lane Oliver, and Josh Huddleston for allowing me to be a part of their team. I would also like to thank the musicians and bands that have created music for me to write about and those that have helped out in interviews and features. Last but not least I want to thank you, the readers, for giving a shit. See you all after the jump.