Archive for Post-Hardcore

Hills Have Eyes – Antebellum

Posted in 'Core, CD with tags , , , , , , on 2nd October 2015 by Pieni

Hills Have Eyes
“Antebellum”
Metalcore / post-hardcore
Release: 2nd October 2015
Via Hell Xis Agency

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Formed over a decade ago, I only took notice of Hills Have Eyes early last year. But they caused such an impression, both on stage and in studio, that I’ve been dearly referring to them as “probably the best Portuguese metalcore band” (the “probably” being there just so I won’t sound pretentious – to me, they are indeed the best). So even though my rational side tried to control my expectations, I’m only human and they sky-rocketed pretty much on the same day I learnt a new album was on the way. Luckily for me, these guys seem to never disappoint.

If I had reviewed the debut “Black Book” and the sophomore “Strangers”, both would have got 5 stars; but in “Antebellum” HHE stepped up their game. They’ve always exceled in combining the most in-your-face riffage with the catchiest choruses – probably because even the more melodic passages kept a spunky spirit to them. But here there’s a bigger balance between those elements, producing a more mature sound.

Whenever they’re shredding away like there’s no tomorrow and entwine a certain darkness in the process, in songs such as “Eternal Bond” or “Answers In Blood”; when the heaviness of “Oathkeeper” or “Hide Your Scars” mingles with an upbeat rock vibe; the vibrancy of “Red Serpent” or the title-track; the silky touch of a female voice amidst the sharpness of “The Bringer Of Rain”; the molten guitar solo in “The Outspoken King” or the power in the ballad “Make It Right”; all songs were carefully written, filled with unique details, so that each and every one of them leaves an imprint of its own. What more can a music lover ask for? And when Hills Have Eyes say they’ve put their hearts and souls on this album, as much cliché as it may sound, you just know that there are hardly better words to describe it.

5/5

by Renata “Pieni” Lino

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European headlining tour for Of Mice & Men

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 19th February 2015 by Pieni

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In promotion of the reissue (or deluxe edition, if you prefer) of “Restoring Force”, now “Restoring Force: Full Circle”, Of Mice & Men will embark on an European headlining tour in March:

March 11 – Machine Moulin Rouge/Paris, FR
March 12 – Live Music Hall/Cologne, DE
March 13 – Melkweg/Amsterdam, NL
March 14 – Gruenspan/Hamburg, DE
March 16 – Tyrol/Stockholme, SE
March 17 – Tradgarn/Gothenburg, SE
March 19 – C Club/Berlin, DE
March 20 – Backstage Halle/Munich, DE
March 21 – Kofmehl/Solothurn, CH
March 23 – Substage/Karlsruhe, DE
March 24 – AB/Brussels, BE
March 26 – O2 Guildhall/Southampton, UK
March 27 – O2 Academy/Bristol, UK
March 28 – O2 Brixton Academy/London, UK
March 30 – Barrowlands/Glasgow, UK
March 31 – O2 Academy/Newcastle, UK
April 2 – Rock City/Nottingham, UK
April 3 – O2 Academy/Birmingham, UK
April 4 – Academy/Manchester, UK

The 2015 version of the album will hit the stores next Monday (23rd February) and includes three new songs and an acoustic version of “Feels Like Forever”, the full tracklist as follows:

 photo x7y3py34_zpstr1szmny.jpg01. Public Service Announcement
02. Feels Like Forever
03. Bones Exposed
04. Would You Still Be There
05. Glass Hearts
06. Another You
07. Break Free
08. You Make Me Sick
09. Identity Disorder
10. You’re Not Alone
11. Space Enough to Grow
12. Broken Generation
13. Something To Hide
14. Never Giving Up
15. Feels Like Forever (Acoustic Version)

Under the direction of Max Moore, the Orange County band has also filmed a video for one of the new songs, “Broken Generation”:

www.ofmiceandmenofficial.com/

www.facebook.com/ofmice/

Atlases unveil video for Secret Keeper

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 8th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Berkshire hardcore mob Atlases unveiled the new video for Secret Keeper, in the build up to their second EP Upbringing. The EP is set for release on 20th January. You can view the video down below.

Atlases online:

http://atlasesuk.com/
http://facebook.com/AtlasesUK
http://twitter.com/atlasesuk

Continents w/Support – Bridlington, UK

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 20th November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Continents, Aveira Skies, Sea Of Giants and more
Shades Nightclub, Bridlington
16th November 2013

Down To A Deathmatch - Photo by Nico Davidson

Following their UK tour earlier this year, Welsh hardcore titans Continents hit the road once again this month to tour in support in their new album Idle Hands. The UK tour took to them to the sunny seaside resort town of Bridlington. Opening up the show were Hull band Down To A Deathmatch. Bringing about a sharp, fierce guitar assault accompanied by an overwhelming use of screams and thundering bass and drums which led to a devastating attack on the eardrums. Proving to be active on-stage (and in the case of the vocalist, off-stage as well), DTAD performed a truly exciting set that combined a heavy use of lights and a blistering mixture of hardcore and metal elements.

[4/5]

An Act Of treason - Photo by Nico DavidsonUp next were Hull post-hardcore monsters An Act Of Treason. Their set featured an interesting use of clean vocals and screams, as well as a few bland riffs here and there but these were pushed out of the way by the heavier, more violent riffs which led to some intense pitting from the crowd. Unfortunately there were some technical issues throughout the band’s set but this didn’t stop them from unleashing proverbial hell with their anxiety-provoking drums and volcanic guitar passages. The light accompanied An Act Of Treason with pure precision (though this was the last time the lights came into play throughout the whole show) as they ploughed rather viciously throughout their set.

[3.5/5]

Sea Of Giants - Photo by Nico Davidson

Local deathcore boys Sea Of Giants were the next band to pave a path of destruction and broken bodies at the show. While they started sounding on the weak side, they soon gained the strength needed to deliver a punch to the face with a wall of sound made up from the hellish vocals, gritty bass and snarling guitar passages as well as the crushing use of percussion. The whole set, despite one or two technical issues, sounded like a bus colliding head-on with a train at high speed.

[3.5/5]

 

Aveira Skies - Photo by Nico DavidsonThe main support came in the form of Aveira Skies, who were the touring support for Continents. While they’re talented musicians and were active on stage, their set proved to be uninteresting, making use of uninspiring riffs and mediocre vocals. The music itself sounded like one long song split into several parts, becoming repetitive and inane. Aveira Skies do have the talent and potential but it felt like the songs they wrote were intended to play it safe, so to speak.

[2/5]

And finally, the main event of the night made their way on stage: Welsh hardcore titans Continents. From beginning to end, they unsheathed brutal riffs sharper than valyrian steel and a use of manic and crazed screams. Proving to be as active as the other bands on the bill, Continents really did unleash hell. The use of bass and drums were particularly catalysmic, laying the groundwork for the titanic amount of guitar segments and baneful vocals. Continents certainly represented the Welsh scene with venomous effect and if you’ve not seen them yet, you better prepare yourself for a rollercoaster ride of a show when you do.

[5/5]

Continents - Photo by Nico Davidson

Nico Davidson

Interview with Phil Cross [Continents]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , on 18th November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Phil Cross - Continents

Nico catches up with Continents frontman Phil in Bridlington, on the band’s UK tour, to discuss the new album, Idle Hands, touring, the music scene in Wales and Phil’s porn star name.

Continents online:

http://continentsband.com
http://facebook.com/continentsband

 

Speaking The King’s release video for “Tearing Down The Walls”

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 9th October 2013 by Pieni

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Following the release of their EP “Here To Stay”, post hardcore Speaking The King’s have posted a video for the track “Tearing Down The Walls”, where they gather footage from their tour with Secrets: “These shows were some of the most fun we’ve had as a band. We always have a good time sharing the stage with our friends in Secrets and we were super grateful for the opportunity to do so again. The turnouts at the shows — and the energy of the crowd — was amazing. We couldn’t have asked for more. Our video director, Robert Main, did an amazing job capturing the feel our live set: every ounce of heart and all the energy we put in to each show is right there. A fellow musician and friend throughout the years, he recently ventured into film. We were stoked to work with him on this and we love what he did with the video”.

Currently working with producer Steve Evetts, the band’s debut full-length is expected to be out next year via Nuclear Blast. Meanwhile you can buy “Here To Stay” here: http://smarturl.it/STKhts

twitter.com/STKofficial
facebook.com/speakingthekings
Nuclear Blast profile

Escape The Fate announce shows in Europe

Posted in News with tags , , , on 28th September 2013 by Pieni

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Currently touring the USA with Five Finger Death Punch, post-hardcore Escape The Fate will head to Europe afterwards. With the return of original bass player Max Green and Thomas “TJ” Bell resuming his duties on the rhythm guitar, the band will continue promoting the “Ungrateful” album on the following dates (including the Vans Warped Tour):

Nov. 9, Arena (Vans Warped Tour), Berlin, Germany
Nov. 10, Klokgebouw (Vans Warped Tour), Eindhoven, Netherlands
Nov. 11, Waterfront, Norwich, United Kingdom
Nov. 13, Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Nov. 14, 02 Academy 2, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Nov. 15, Academy 2, Manchester, United Kingdom
Nov. 16, Alexandria Palace (Vans Warped Tour), London, United Kingdom
Nov. 17, Trix, Antwerpen, Belgium
Nov. 18, Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany
Nov. 19, Strom Linienclub, Münich, Germany
Nov. 21, Cycle Club, Calenzano, Italy
Nov. 22, New Age, Treviso, Italy
Nov. 23, Festhalle (Vans Warped Tour), Berne, Switzerland
Nov. 24,Stadthalle (Vans Warped Tour), Vienna, Austria

Meanwhile, a video for the song “One For The Money” has been released:

Escape The Fate online:
http://www.escapethefate.com/
https://www.facebook.com/escapethefate
https://twitter.com/escapethefate
http://www.youtube.com/escapethefate