I finally got to see Hundred Suns live and they were better than I expected and I expected a lot. Watch the full set below.
Pop star Kesha returns with Rainbow a powerful and emotional statement of independence and freedom.
Visitors offer up a short but worthwhile EP of progressive metalcore for fans of bands like Coheed And Cambria and Circa Survive.
I know you all will just ignore this introduction but I ask you to please read and keep in mind. The reason I write these like explanations is because I want you to understand where I am coming from so you can get an idea of my biases. In this case I am not a fan of Brand New and never have been. I don't hate them, I don't think they're bad, just not my cup of tea. I know they have a fervent fan based who are probably already looking to burn me at the stake but aside from a few songs here and there nothing they've done has interested me. So I'm coming into this album not so much as a fan but as someone who may casually listen and who hasn't been anticipating this album. Ok so now let's talk about Science Fiction.
Warning: heavy Dark Tower book series spoilers ahead.
Having spent the last several weeks sprinting through the audio books of the Dark Tower series (including the novellas “The Little Sisters of Eluria” and “The Wind Through The Keyhole” – I am nothing if not a completionist) in time for the film version of “The Dark Tower,” I found myself incredibly satisfied with the adaptation.
Whenever a member of a well known band has a side project you never know what to expect. Even less so when it's members of several well known and amazing bands forming a supergroup. That's exactly what we get with Hundred Suns with an emphasis on super. Cory Brandan from Norma Jean, Ryan "legs" Leger formerly of Every Time I Die, and Chris LeMasters formerly of Dead & Devine have joined forces to drill heavy tunes into your head brain. After a successful crowd funding campaign (Full disclosure: I am a paying backer) they have finally delivered their debut album called The Prestaliis. So does this debut burn bright or just burn out?
There's been this weird push back into nu-metal over the last few years. It started as branch off of hardcore and post hardcore with bands like My Ticket Home and Sworn In and then later blowing into a full blown revival with bands like Sylar and Afterlife. Ded take this push even further with Mis-An-Thrope adopting a style and sound that would have been right at home in 1999. Nu-metal is a messy genre that can really be hard to navigate, it's easy to fall into a trap of insufferable tropes, and yet Ded have made it work to their advantage. There's a balance here, sure you'll find all the tropes like the rap verses and weird electronic work but when things open up everything comes together.
There really aren't enough bands that incorporate show tunes or theatrics in their sound. Especially within the post hardcore scene you hardly ever hear it. AFI approached it with Sing The Sorrow and My Chemical Romance explored it in Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge. Few bands take a stylistic approach to things without going into full rock opera territory like Green Day or also My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade. Thankfully there's Charlatan with their new album Remarkable. At it's best it feels like listening to a theater show, but does it have what it takes to get past opening night?
Independent label We Are Triumphant are hard are work constantly signing new and great artists but have also somehow found time to put together a wide spanning collection of Spotify Playlists. The lists run the gamut of all genres of rock. Some are nostalgic some of full of artists to discover, there's truly something for everyone. Check out the lists below and make sure you follow them on Spotify.