Melodic hardcore/post-hardcore act Xerxes will unleash the full force of their new album Collision Blonde next Tuesday, but if you’re an impatient fuck, you can check it out right now! The band has released the whole album for the world to enjoy and that is exactly what you will be doing: enjoying it. I’ve listened to this album countless times already and it is definitely one of my favorite albums of the year, so if you trust my taste, trust in Xerxes. Stream or die, bitches. Continue reading
New York post-hardcore outfit Descender have released two new tracks that were recorded back in August at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, New York. The new tracks include the driving hammer-to-the-face “Lights Down” and the slow-building, melodic “Short Breaths”. The new tracks can be streamed after the break along with the band’s 2012 EP, And So We Marched.
Montreal-based experimental post-hardcore outfit LAE have unleashed the details surrounding their forthcoming, long-awaited debut album. The new album will be entitled Break The Clasp and will be released collaboratively through Battleground Records and The Compound on November 25th digitally and on CD, with an LP pressing due out in February of 2015.
The band were initially active in the mid 1990s under the name LAE-TSEU and impacted the Quebec art and post-hardcore/emo/indie scenes. As they were preparing to record their debut album, the band dissolved. Several years later in 2013, the band reactivated and revamped their lineup and set out to record their long-delayed album. The quartet recorded Break The Clasp with Today Is The Day frontman Steve Austin, who ended up providing lead vocals for the entire album, among other contributions. The band issued the following statement regarding the forthcoming release:
A good friend of mine is constantly giving me compact discs that they’ve burned for themselves. Because of this, I was cleaning my apartment and unearthed an old copy of White Pony they had given to me. As any Deftones fan would expect, after listening to it, I was thoroughly blown away. It got me thinking about their discography and raised some curiosity in the process. What are your favorite Deftones albums? Here’s my two cents and I know that at LEAST one other AA staffer loves the band. Also, when was the last time you seriously sat down and looked at the album art for Saturday Night Wrist? Amazing! Get my two cents after the jump and don’t forget to complete the poll
Funeral For A Friend have announced that they will be releasing their new album Chapter And Verse in January and have also released a stream of the first single from said album. The track “I’ve Got A Bad Case Of The Religions” was premiered on BBC Radio 1 last night and today an official stream was unveiled. The track is pretty great and I can safely say that I am excited to Chapter And Verse. Check out the track after the jump. Continue reading
No Bragging Rights will release their new album The Concrete Flower tomorrow and the band has released a full stream of the album for the world to hear. I’m really enjoying this album and this is pretty much my introduction to No Bragging Rights, so this has made a good first impression. You can check out the album after the jump, courtesy of Revolver. Stream and enjoy. Continue reading
Over the six years my band has been part of the Vancouver live circuit, one particular show stands out in my memory. Within thirty seconds of their set, the band onstage at the Patricia Hotel caused total chaos when their vocalist jumped into the crowd. I remember thinking to myself, “Who is this madman?” Not only did the vocalist have the crowd at his whim, the vocal sounds coming out were powerful. Turns out that man was Last Plague’s Heath Fenton. Along with Last Plague, Heath played in the bands Witness Protection Program and Angry. I got a chance to pick Heath’s brain and find out what’s going on these days with Last Plague.
How has the Vancouver changed from your days as an all age musician to the present day?
Heath Fenton (vocals): It has changed a bunch. When I first moved here in 1996 it was the music scene that brought me here. There were a shit load of wicked bands and there was tonnes of support for the scene. All ages shows would sometimes draw in the high hundreds for local shows. Amazing stuff. That’s the main difference. Unfortunately that scene fizzled out shortly after we moved here. For whatever reason. People growing up. Drug addiction was a major factor in it. The scene is healthy now. There are a number of places to play. And so many amazing bands. people really have got to pay more attention to what is going on with heavy music in this town. Another difference is, in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s there was really only a couple of venues that would house heavier type bands. So that has changed. There are at least a dozen right now. And crowd support seems to be coming around again. But nothing like it was in the mid 1990s. Maybe that will change, but I have no idea what the kids are doing these days. And the bar crowd is not getting any younger.
What Vancouver venue sticks out in your memory as being fundamental to your show going/playing past?
The venue that stands out the most to me over the years is obviously the old Cobalt. That and the Columbia, which is called 303 now. Both were run by Wendy13, and anything she does pretty much rules for the metal/punk community. When I was in my first real Vancouver band (Human Resistance Program) she ran the Columbia shows and always booked us. We played a shit load of awesome shows there that stand out in my mind. After that place closed then it was onto the Cobalt. I don’t think i need to explain anything about that place and the legendary status it achieved with in the community. It’s just too bad it ended.
Last week I posted about Shreddy Krueger, a band I had just heard about because they covered my favorite Alexisonfire track. Well, the band is back and they have released their cover of Foo Fighters hit song “My Hero.” Their cover does a lot of justice to the original and I dig it. You can check out the cover after the jump. I’m assuming all of these will be put on an album eventually. That’s what people do, right? Check it. Continue reading
Post-metalcore act For The Fallen Dreams released their pretty rad new album Heavy Hearts and the band has now released a music video for their track “Bombay.” I really love this track and the video is pretty cool, so check it out after the jump, wontcha? If you’re new to the band, Heavy Hearts is a great place to start and it’s available now through Rise Records. Enjoy. Continue reading
So, I love when I stumble across the words “Alexisonfire” in stories because I absolutely adore/miss that band. I came across it today along with the band name Shreddy Krueger, which I have never heard of before. Shreddy Krueger has released a cover of Alexisonfire‘s “This Could Be Anywhere In The World,” which happens to be my favorite AOF track. I really dig Shreddy‘s execution other than a few times during some of the clean vocals that just didn’t have the same punch to it as the original. All in all, I think it was very well executed. Check it out after the jump and sound off in the chat. Continue reading
A few weeks back No Bragging Rights released a track off of their forthcoming album The Concrete Flower and now the band has followed up with another new jam. This time around, the band has premiered “Fallen Masters” which I really dig. It’s a fun, melodic track featuring a sample from Sylvester motherfuckin’ Stallone. Check out the track after the jump as well as the bands upcoming tour dates alongside Senses Fail. Continue reading
I fell head over heels for Xerxes a while back and then the band kinda fell off of my radar. Well, look who’s back and kicking ass? Xerxes will be releasing a new record titled Collision Blonde in October and the band has also *unveiled a rad new track titled “Exit 123,” which can be heard below. I love this new track and I honestly think it is one of my favorite Xerxes tracks to date. Stay tuned for more. Continue reading
No Bragging Rights will be releasing their new album in late September and the band has unleashed a new track titled “Brave Hearts” for you to enjoy. I wasn’t really familiar with NBR before this post, but I’m digging this quite a bit. You can hear NBR‘s new track, which features guest vocals from Gideon‘s Daniel McWhorter. Check it out: Continue reading
New Jersey metallic hardcore act Old Wounds have announced a string of North American tour dates in support of their forthcoming EP, Death Projection, which is due out on September 16th via Good Fight Music. The trek will extend from September 12th through the 27th and will see the band joined by Canada’s Exalt throughout the tour. You can check out the dates after the break.
Be sure to stream their new track, “Dead Beat Blues”, if you haven’t already.