Archive for Post-Hardcore

Hills Have Eyes – Antebellum

Posted in Review 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

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:

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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 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 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 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

Hildamay and Steak Number Eight to co-headline UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 17th September 2013 by Pieni

English post-hardcore Hildamay and Belgian atmospheric sludge Steak Number Eight will join forces in 8 shows through the UK in the following dates:

November 1st – The Anvil, Bournemouth
November 2nd – The Ivy, Sheerness
November 3rd – Underworld, London
November 4th – Boileroom, Guildford
November 5th – Bodega, Nottingham
November 6th – Classic Grand, Glasgow
November 7th – Zero Alt Club (Kalinka Bar), Middlesborough
November 8th – Underground, Stoke

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For Hildamay, this tour is both the celebration of their debut “Miles Away” first anniversary and the introduction of new material, like the upcoming single “Drag”, scheduled for release next month. Quoting frontman Tim Lawrence: » We have a few things up our sleeves for the tour. We’re getting to play some new places on the tour as well which is always exciting for us, and we’ll definitely be showcasing a few new songs from our next release, including the new single. «

https://www.facebook.com/hildamay

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As for Steak Number Eight, this fourth visit to British shores comes in support of “The Hutch”, released earlier this year via Indie Recordings. Frontman Brent also has something to say about this: » We are very excited to be back in the UK and kill your ears again. We can’t wait to hang out with you people and to drink gallons of foam free beer!!! «

https://www.facebook.com/steaknumber8

Pierce The Veil to tour Europe with Bring Me The Horizon

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 10th September 2013 by Pieni

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American post-hardcore Pierce The Veil will support Bring Me The Horizon on the latter’s European tour in promotion of “Sempiternal”. The tour will begin in the UK with 8 shows. All dates are as follows:

Wednesday 30 Oct 2013 GLASGOW / O2 ACADEMY
Thursday 31 Oct 2013 NEWCASTLE / O2 ACADEMY
Friday 01 Nov 2013 BIRMINGHAM / O2 ACADEMY
Saturday 02 Nov 2013 BIRMINGHAM / O2 ACADEMY
Monday 04 Nov 2013 MANCHESTER / ACADEMY
Tuesday 05 Nov 2013 MANCHESTER / ACADEMY
Wednesday 06 Nov 2013 LONDON BRIXTON / ACADEMY
Thursday 07 Nov 2013 LONDON BRIXTON / ACADEMY
Saturday 09 Nov 2013 KOLN/EWERK GERMANY
Sunday 10 Nov 2013 WEISBADEN/SCHLACHTHOF GERMANY
Monday 11 Nov 2013 STUTTGART/LONGHORN GERMANY
Tuesday 12 Nov 2013 TILBURG/013 HOLLAND
Wednesday 13 Nov 2013 BRUSSELS/AB BELGIUM
Friday 15 Nov 2013 PARIS/BATACLAN FRANCE
Saturday 16 Nov 2013 BORDEAUX/LE ROCHER DE PALMER FRANCE
Sunday 17 Nov 2013 BARCELONA/ SALA BIKINI SPAIN
Monday 18 Nov 2013 MADRID/SALA ARENA SPAIN
Tuesday 19 Nov 2013 BILBAO/SALA SANTANA SPAIN
Thursday 21 Nov 2013 LAUSANNE/LES DOCKS SWITZERLAND
Friday 22 Nov 2013 SLOTHURN/KOFMEHL SWITZERLAND
Saturday 23 Nov 2013 TREVISTO/NEW AGE ITALY
Sunday 24 Nov 2013 ROME/ORION ITALY
Monday 25 Nov 2013 MILAN/ALCATRAZ ITALY
Tuesday 26 Nov 2013 VIENNA/GASSOMETER AUSTRIA
Wednesday 27 Nov 2013 MUNICH/THEATER FABRIK GERMANY
Friday 29 Nov 2013 LEIPZIG/WERK 2 GERMANY
Saturday 30 Nov 2013 HERFORD/X GERMANY
Sunday 01 Dec 2013 BERLIN/HUXLEYS GERMANY
Monday 02 Dec 2013 HAMBURG/GROSSE FREIHEIT GERMANY
Wednesday 04 Dec 2013 MALMO/KB SWEDEN
Thursday 05 Dec 2013 STOCKHOLM/ARENAN SWEDEN
Saturday 07 Dec 2013 OULO/TEATRIA FINLAND
Sunday 08 Dec 2013 HELSINKI/CIRCUS FINLAND

Quoting Pierce The Veil singer, Vic Fuentes: » My prediction is that touring Europe / UK with our best friends is going to be insanity every single night! Our last trip of shows over there made for some of some of the craziest and most entertaining nights we have ever had on stage as a band, and we’ve been counting down the days till this next tour. It is also a real honour to share the stage with BMTH in their home country, as well as play for our amazing fans across Europe and even a few other cities we’ve never ventured before. We’ll be hitting the stage with a full production as well as new songs that the UK and Europe have never heard us play live before. So pumped for this tour and can’t wait to see all of our fan’s faces again. «

Pierce The Veil online:
http://piercetheveil.net
https://www.facebook.com/PierceTheVeil
http://twitter.com/piercetheveil
http://youtube.com/piercetheveilchannel
https://new.myspace.com/piercetheveil/music

Beneath The Darkness–New World Order EP

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 1st January 2013 by Nico Davidson

Beneath The Darkness
New World Order EP
Released: Late January
Post-Hardcore
Self-Released

Formed in earlier months of 2012, Beneath The Darkness have been making a noise in East Yorkshire’s scene, from playing local shows to headlining a tent at Tribfest and even supporting Welsh hardcore outfit Continents. The band finally recorded their debut EP, New World Order EP, over the last few months, with it being released later this month.

The EP opens up with violent sounding but catchy Remember The Way which really demonstrates the strength and depth of the song writing of such a young band – a brilliant beginning for the EP. The use of “beauty and the beast” vocals is surprising but it creates a unique sound for the EP and the band, whilst blending in with the callous drum work, thundering use of bass and screaming, melodic guitars. Entranced is one track that stands out above the rest of the EP, combining fierce screams with piquant singing that booms out over the heavy, driving riffs, like a volley of cannon balls on the battlefield.

Manic is infectiously catchy and memorable, probably due to the vast use of melodic riffs that are acutely combined with the heavier elements of the band’s music. Even the solo has a very memorable quality to it. While Manic is the most melodic track of the EP, there are plenty of melodic sections racing through the EP, colliding with the more lethargic aspects, instituting a violent, bloodthirsty and captivating sound.

Though Beneath The Darkness are still a young band, they certainly know their way around their instruments and have a knack for writing infectiously good tracks. Each track on New World Order radiates with energy and aggression, whilst keeping those nice little hooks in there to keep the listener’s attention.

5/5

Nico Davidson

For All Those Sleeping ready to hit the road with IWrestledABearOnce

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 3rd September 2012 by Nico Davidson

Post-Hardcore quintet For All Those Sleeping are about to hit the UK for a run of 7 shows supporting I Wrestled A Bear Once. The tour is kicking off in Birmingham on September 8thh, will take them to London on Sep 13th, and finishes in Brighton on September 14th.

FATS formed in St. Cloud, MN in 2007. The band issued the independent EP The Lies We Live in 2008, and then signed with Fearless Records in 2009, leading to their 2010 full-length debut, ‘Cross Your Fingers’. The band hit the road hard in support of these releases, including tours with Falling In Reverse, Asking Alexandria, Motionless In White, A SkylitDrive, Breathe Carolina, Sleeping With Sirens, The Word Alive to name a few.

For All Those Sleeping (supporting I Wrestled A Bear Once)

08 Sep      Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
09 Sep      Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
10 Sep      Leeds, Cockpit
11 Sep      Manchester, Sound Control
12 Sep      Plymouth, White Rabbit
13 Sep      London, Garage
14 Sep      Brighton, The Haunt

For All Those Sleeping’s second album Outspoken is set for UK release early next year.

A Hero A Fake – The Future Again

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 3rd August 2012 by underthenorthernstar

A Hero A Fake
The Future Again
Released July 2012
Post-Hardcore
Victory Records

Allow me to start off by saying that I cannot stand Post-Hardcore. I regard it, along with a multitude of various other Kerrang-cover-adorning subgenres as whiny, mindless, poseur dribble. Listening to such scene bands is about as fun as bathing in napalm and then going for a roll in a lovely salt pit. Regardless, I have listened to A Hero A Fake (missing a semicolon there, lads) on their new album, “The Future Again”, and you get to read my thoughts on the matter. How very lucky.

Well, speaking positively, the production isn’t bad. The instruments are clean-sounding, and everything is well enough mixed. This is probably due to the band being instantly marketable to the hordes of scene kids that follow such music, so the label will have splashed out on a nice studio. And fair play to them, it does sound nice on that front.

But OH MERCY. Breakdowns. Breakdowns everywhere. The default “let’s be all heavy hurrdurr” breakdown makes a stunning appearance on this album. But EVERYWHERE. All is standard, chug chug guitars, China cymbals and quick bursts of double bass… nothing new, whatsoever. It just sounds repetitive, not to mention gob-smackingly unoriginal. What makes it worse is that in places, this is accompanied by the most painful-sounding, horribly generic “shout-along” lyrics… And on that note, I must say, the lyrics in general? Good Lord. It was painful. I’m sure, if this sort of thing is your cup of tea, then they must be very meaningful, but honestly? It just sounds childish to me. Not at all helped by the absolutely pathetic vocals… from what I can hear, they appear to have two vocalists, one of whom does a fairly decent scream, but the other does one of the most pitiful sounding “loud talks”. I can’t call it anything else, because he just sounds like he’s talking loudly the whole time. It’s interesting to note that when all the “Metal” press began to slate Metallica and Lou Reed’s “Lulu”, the same kids who love this music hated it. But the vocal style sounds very very similar, and is based around an Identical idea. It sounds horrific.

The artists themselves are skilled. Yes. They have the ability to play their own instruments, and do so well. But then again, it should be expected of a band to do that. Writing good music is where real talent lies, and I’m afraid there was absolutely nothing here of any particular artistic merit. For example, Quorthon couldn’t really sing, and most of the songs Bathory wrote are not particularly technically complex. But that music was brilliant, and Bathory stand out, because their songwriting was immaculate. A Hero A Fake are EXACTLY the same as every other band of their kind, and will be forgotten by next year, having ridden on the crest of what is currently fashionable, and then drowned in an ocean of mediocrity and terrible songwriting.

I’ve heard nothing today to change my opinion of Post-Hardcore, ad if that’s what you enjoy, then sure, go and spend your money on this. You’ll be delighted, because it’ll sound exactly the same as every other band you listen to, and we wouldn’t want anything different, would we?

Just don’t get annoyed when I spend MY 12 quid on something that won’t make me want to burn out my ears with my own stomach acid.

1/5

Alasdair Dunn of Norderobring

Hawthorne Heights – Hope

Posted in Review with tags , , on 20th June 2012 by Nico Davidson

Hawthorne Heights
Hope
Released 5th June 2012
Post-Hardcore/Alt. Rock
Released via Carboard Empire

Hawthorne Heights are a band I’m familiar with, only in name. Hope, released via the band’s own label Cardboard Empire, is the band’s seventh studio release.

There Was A Kid (Part 2) is the intro track of the EP, being composed of mystifying keyboards and a very odd sounding guitar riff. The vocals are composed of what sounds to be poetry recited, followed by a more solid vocal melody. New Winter brings about a good use of clean vocals and a slight use of screams, which help to add a small post-hardcore sound to the alt. rock styling of the guitars and drums. Running In Place (NIKI AM) begins sounding like a decent post-hardcore anthem but it’s the vocals that take the emphasis away rom the raging aggression of the music, making it more alt. rock, a sound that isn’t helped by some of the riffs later on in the song.

The beginning riff of Stranded rings out a similar sound to those found in Sweet Dreams, the vocals help add to that for a short while before the song takes on a more alternative form in the vocal workings. Nowhere Fast is reasonably well composed and performed track but it’s a little too laid back or my tastes, though it does add a new dynamic sound to the EP. The title track, Hope, begins with a noticeable bass riff and pop punk sounding vocals. The guitars also take up a pop punk sound, a bit surprising, but enjoyable enough.

The vocal melodies and guitar riffs of Vandemonium are catchier than the common cold. The use of screams in some sections of the song are a welcome change to the sound of the album, when compared to some of the previous tracks. Chemicals is the ending track and I can’t help but feel it sounds like a Paramore track only with male vocals as opposed to female vocals. Either way, the track contains some solid drum work and enjoyable riffs.

I’ll be honest, Hawthorne Heights really aren’t my cup of tea but I see why they’ve got to where they are today, musically speaking, after listening to this EP. It has some pretty cool tracks and it’s definitely worth a listen, whether you like the band or not.

3.8/5

Nico Davidson

Yashin w/Support @ Fibbers, York

Posted in Live with tags , , on 15th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Bands: Yashin, Jody Has A Hitlist, With One Last Breath, Tantrum To Blind
Location: Fibbers, York
Date: 14th March 2012

In all honesty, I wasn’t even planning on going to this but I ended up with a free ticket last minute and it was better than letting go to waste. There were only two bands on the line-up I knew of; Jody Has A Hitlist and Yashin. The former I’ve seen before and the latter I know through reputation for their live shows. The opening band of the night were a Swedish rock act called Tantrum To Blind, who put on an energetic performance. They opened up their set with Get Get Get, a very pop punk meets alt. rock sounding track. The set moved on into more alt. rock sounding songs such as Rise & Fall and If We Let It Go. The frontwoman certainly knew how to whip a crowd into a frenzy, leading for a good response from the crowd which is always nice to see. I believe it’s safe to say that they made some new fans that night, me being one of them.

Second band on the bill were York’s very own With One Last Breath, who despite being very post-hardcore sounding, had a slight death metal sound in the vocals. They were quite bass heavy during in their set, to a point, in parts, where only the bass could be heard. Aside from that one issue, their riffs sounded raw, heavy and destructive, as did the drum work. Drunken and Hell We Create were to be the highlights of their set. The main support of the night came form Dublin-based Jody Has A Hitlist, who I was loathing to see as the last time I saw them, watching paint dry seemed like a more exciting option. The band came onto the Gladiator medley, which oddly, made the crowd somewhat excited. Musically, their songs weren’t as bad as when I last saw them and they had sounded like they had improved a bit, though the actual live performance was still pretty poor. The vocals were pretty much spot on and the riffs worked quite well, though I do wonder why they were the main support as they still aren’t overly impressive.

Finally, Glaswegian post-hardcore sextet took the stage, gaining the largest crowd response of the night. Though before that, the crowd chanted “Yashin” in unison for several minutes. Everything, from the guitars to the bass to the drums, was heard clearly and the band’s use of clean vocals and screams was beyond impressive. The riffs, though being brutal and heavy, also had a technical flair to them which was interesting to hear. The actual performance itself was beyond charismatic and energetic, I’m amazed the vocalists were out of breath due to all the bouncing around and crowd surfing they did. Runaway Train was one of the more tech metal sounding sounds of the night while The Last One Standing was a more violent sounding mosh along anthem. Yashin finished their set with the aforementioned song but performed an encore in the form of the heartfelt track Stand Up.

Yashin have quite the hype surrounding them when it comes to their live performances and it’s easy to see why. Out of all the bands I’ve seen over the years, Yashin definitely come into my top three for best live acts. They’re also one of the few bands that puts so much effort into their live performance, as well as their music. The support acts, Tantrum To Blind and With One Last Breath were pretty cool, though the night would have been more enjoyable if Jody Has A Hitlist wasn’t main support.

Nico Davidson

Interview: Aaron Matts [Feb 2012]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , on 16th February 2012 by Nico Davidson

Nico Davidson and Melissa Adams interview Aaron Matts of Anglo-Franco post-hardcore titans Betraying the Martyrs at Bonecrusher Festival in Manchester.

Band Of The Month [December, 2011]: Collisions

Posted in Band Of The Month with tags , , , on 2nd December 2011 by Nico Davidson

Breaking tradition of a metal band being the Band of the Month, upcoming Hull-based post-hardcore quintet Collisions smashed the other bands in the voting last week and no wonder why. Powerful guitar sections, strong vocals and sick drums mixed in with an EP produced by Lee Rule makes for a damn good band.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a picture of the band to go along with this article. So, here’s a pretty video instead! Well, we say video…

Verona – We The Hunted [Single Review]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 25th September 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Verona
Single: We The Hunted
Genre: Melodic Post-Hardcore
Release year: 2011

”We the Hunted” is the latest single by Newcastle based hardcore sextet Verona. Straight away, the song is an aggressive and pounding assault on the ears of the listener. The vocals are raw, violent and savage keeping that hint of brutality when the melodic riffs are played. The clean vocals are very distinct and unique compared to a lot of hardcore bands that use clean vocals. The drums are well played throughout the song though seem to lack in sections. Another issue with the song is the sound quality during in some of the vocal sections, making the vocals sound extremely distorted and inaudible. The synths add a very different sound to the song as well, whilst not clashing with the hardcore sound of the track. “We The Hunted” is certainly different to a lot of hardcore-orientated songs but still retains the hardcore stylings of Verona. If their next EP or album is anything like “We The Hunted”, then we’ll all be in for a treat.

Nico Davidson

Verona will be playing Valkyrian Festival on 27th November. For more info, click here.

Ellerker – Ellerker [2011]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on 19th September 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Ellerker
Album: Ellerker
Release year: 2011
Genre: Melodic Post-Hardcore


Ellerker, having formed in 2006, have done well for themselves in the British hardcore underground, receiving various sponsorships and creating a live act that they are renowned for. After a two hiatus [2008-2010], the Yorkshire quintet came back bigger and better, with 2011 seeing the release of their self-titled EP.

”An Anchor Holds Me Under” begins with a great melodic intro which has a hook that catches the ear of the listener the first time round, though the clean vocals sound somewhat generic, leaving something to be desired. The drums fit perfectly with the music though and the sound quality is superb. There are some hardcore elements that can be heard throughout the track, despite the mostly melodic and soft riffs. Already the EP is off to a better-than-average start.

“Find Your Own Way Home” has a heavier sound than the previous song whilst still keeping the clean, melodic sound. The vocals still leave a lot to be desired, staying clean as opposed to the use of hardcore screams that fans of the genre would be accustomed to. The drums are tight throughout the song. The use of gang vocals throughout parts of the song adds an interesting touch to the song as well. The third track “She Loves Machines” has a more vocal-dominated introduction, a welcome change for those who aren’t so keen on melodic intros. The guitars seem to be quite bland compared to the rest of the EP, with the vocals being the most impressive part of the track.

”Carmy” brings back the melodic intro, a welcome change to the average sounding guitars of the previous track. The vocals still leave room for improvement though the guitar sections are near enough perfect, with some obvious hints of hardcore influences in their composition. The EP finishes with “Blinded By The Rear View Mirror”. The song packs a lot more energy than the rest of the EP put together and the riffs are very pleasing to the ear, though the massive use of cymbals does get tiring after a while.

Ellerker’s self-titled EP is certainly interesting one and certainly one that will shock fans of post-hardcore. The only major issues with the EP is the bland and not-so-exciting sound of the third track and the vocals. However, the sound quality of the EP is superb and shows that Ellerker take the production of their releases seriously. The Yorkshire quintet have shown a lot of potential and talent with this EP, so no doubt there will be great things from these guys in the near future.

3/5

Nico Davidson

Disaster Plan – Disaster Plan EP [2010]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 21st July 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Disaster Plan
Album: Disaster Plan EP
Release year: 2010
Genre: Post-Hardcore

Australia is a nation best known for it’s poisonous spiders and kangaroos. Unbeknown to most people, there is a fast-growing hardcore scene within Australia and Adelaide-based Disaster Plan have been a part of said scene since mid-2010.

”Pestilence” begins with a heavy but slightly choppy intro, which is straight away a let-down for the listener. The vocals sound like a mixture of black metal and hardcore screams whilst the cleaner, less harsh vocals sound of key. There are some good melodic licks throughout the track and the drums are precise to the beat. Some of the guitar work is great in sections but overall choppy. Clearly there is clearly a lot of work that needs to be done to improve this track.

”The Shark Didn’t Bite Me, He Raped Me” starts with a more consistent, melodic intro section combined with the spoken words of “Game over”, which is a pretty cool effect. The screams sound more hardcore-orientated though the clean vocals still sound out of key. Most of the sections have a decent flow them to them though there are a few choppy sections that could do with improvement. The solo is quite unexpected yet it certainly makes up for the not-so-impressive guitar riffs earlier in the song. The only other issue with “The Shark Didn’t Bite Me, He Raped Me” is that it’s too long and this could be quite irritating and unentertaining for a casual listener of hardcore and post-hardcore.

The third track is “Love Lost At Sea”, beginning with a bass and drums introduction. Overall, this one isn’t particularly interesting or great. It seems to lack the heaviness, brutality and passion of the previous two tracks – Even though the riffs seem more consistent and flow better. The poorly composed introduction of “The Ramifications Of Skydiving Without A Parachute” follows after. The track does gradually improve, however. Both the screams and clean vocals sound and feel stronger, while the guitars and drums become more violent and barbaric whilst retaining a hint of intelligence.

The final track, also the bonus track, “Alcoholic” is different to the rest of the EP as it begins with a very soft intro and increases only by a bit in terms of heaviness. The guitars don’t seem to really work well with the screams on this track and in parts the drums sound to be drowned out by everything else. This track really just leaves the listener thinking “So what?”.

Disaster Plan’s self-titled EP is not impressive but it isn’t terribly bad either. It lays somewhere in the middle. Whilst some sections do need a considerable about of work other sections show that Disaster Plan have potential to become a household name in the international hardcore scene.

3/5

Nico Davidson