We Set Signals are back with the second part of their Abandon EP series, this time with Abandon Hope the follow up to Abandon Ship. The first EP was a diverse effort that felt completely fresh while dipping into nostalgia. I was left wanting more and the band has seen fit to deliver new tracks. Is this EP still as novel as the first one? Or is it time to just abandon them?
After a few EPs, singles, and a lineup change Florida based band Makari have unleashed their first full length LP Hyperreal. Through the ebb and flow of this 10 song album, the band have established themselves as an act to watch especially in the crowded progressive post hardcore genre. Makari seem to pull influence from everywhere possible and have put their own spin on the sound. The result is an album that will have you coming as close to synesthesia as possible.
Layover, the UK based pop punk outfit are back from a two year hiatus with a renewed polish and sound with a spirited and brisk four song EP titled Your Laughter Never Leaves (via Fox Records). This record is perfect for a quick drive across town, as only one song tops three minutes and the entire thing comes in under ten. The music is upbeat and tight, and everything feels polished. It sounds like care has been put in and hours have been spent dialing everything in.
There's a time back in the early 2000's when bands coming off the new pop punk movement, hardcore sound, and emo sounds of the 90's kinda formed together to deliver something that was a mixture of all of thee above. It was something in between the aggressiveness of the hardcore, poetic lyrics of emo, and catchiness of pop punk. It's something that cooled off for while as those genres formed their own identities but has in more recent years seen a bit of a revival. Right smack dab in the middle of that revival is Arkansas' Holy Smokes!. Their latest release Framework is solid forty minutes of grungy, emotional, poppy tracks that's fun for the whole family.
If you've been following this site for a while you may remember the short lived Podcast (which still might make a comeback) where I interviewed Jimmy Reeves of Harvester to talk about a little album he had in the works. Well it's been a long time coming but finally No Bastards has arrived. Does this album live up to the anticipation and the hype? Does it really have the chops to make some waves in the hardcore genre?
Progressive metalcore act Underoath have returned with a new song called On My Teeth and a new album announced called Erase Me. The first song and album in a decade to feature drummer Aaron Gillespie.
Bassist Aaron Pauley steps up to the plate of vocals after former vocalist Austin Carlile's departure. How does he do? Watch the video review of Of Mice & Men - Defy to find out.
Cove have been one of the more exciting bands in hardcore in the last few years. Yet they've been teasing us with EPs when they know what we really want is a full length. Basically I can't get enough of this band. Their last EP We Were Once Lost blew my mind with its chaotic nature and the blending of mathy riffs with slick unclean vocals and melodies. Their latest EP A Conscious Motion takes everything I loved about their first and polishes it up, steps it up, and improves in every conceivable way. They were clearly very conscious with their movements on this one.
Chasing Victory have just released Friends Vol 1 their first album in over ten years. Adam Harrell talks about what went into the album and the inner workings of the band. Read the interview below!
Marmozets came in fast and hard when they released their brash brand of slick mathcore with their Passive Aggressive EP and I've been hooked ever since. They're debut full length album The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets toned things down a bit, it wasn't quite as out of control and even bordered on poppy at times. It was a change but one for the better. Their latest release Knowing What You Know Now changes things yet again but is this change welcome or should they have known better?
Rock artists covering pop songs is nothing new, it was a popular trend particularly in the early 2000's with the Punk Goes Pop series from Fearless Records. While full albums based on the covers died out for a little bit the label We Are Triumphant has brought it back in full force with their Got You Covered series. Volume 2 picks up from where the last one left off with a new roster of bands giving their take on the latest songs from pop radio.
Chasing Victory are one of the best and underrated post hardcore acts from the mid to late 00's. I feel like they got overlooked by the industry but they certainly had a fervent following myself included. It's been over a decade since we last got new music from the band with their album Fiends but they're finally back having announced a new EP called Friends and releasing the title track from the EP. Watch the video below and listen to the song Friends.
This EP should come with a warning that says "warning contents under pressure" because I feel like they've condensed so much into such a short amount of time that it feels explosive when you actually start listening to it. Gnarwolf have delivered their brand of brash, loud, and chaotic hardcore that just condenses so much style into a six song fourteen minute EP it should almost be illegal.
I listened to the new Fall Out Boy album Mania and all I got was an overwhelming sense of disappointment.
It’s hard to find a more diverse roster of bands in terms of sound than you’ll find on the label We Are Triumphant. The latest band to come bursting forth from their chest is We Set Signals out of Brisbane Australia. Treading the well worn ground of post hardcore the band is poised to break out with their newest EP called Abandon Ship. The band has a solid set of releases behind them, but does this EP light the way or is this a warning signal to stay away?