Amazarashi-『多数決』(Majority) Track Review

Kicking myself for missing this one.

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Japanese art rock/ alt rock/visual artist Amazarashi just put out his new single “『多数決』(Majority)” and it is great. Its like this was written to be an Anime intro and since I loves me some anime so thats just fine by me.

Sonically though like alot of Amazarashi songs theres a lot going on here theres the core of the track which is a upbeat bouncey rock track and on of this core Amazarashi put all these strings and keys and  of course Amazarashis amazing singings on top. In comparison to the material off the pervious release, last years release “Seasons Die” which was a very skelital, dark, piano driven song (I’ll link the video down below as its beautiful), Its very different. It isn’t an unwelcome direction as Amazarashi has done songs like this in the past and has never really had a set sound, its clear its an Amazarashi song, but the intrumentation and vibe changes from release to release.

 

Really enjyoing this song looking forward to the new album gona slap a healthy 8/10 on this one probobly one of my top singles of the year.

 

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Track Review: Whitechapel- The Void

mark of the blade.jpgTennessee deathcore bruisers Whitechapel have just released their newest single for their forthcoming “Mark of The Blade” which is titled most metaly “The Void”. This track is the second single for the new album and i was apprehensive to listen to as I wasn’t too crazy about the first single from the album titled “Mark of the Blade”, but Holy fuck “The Void” is everything in my own opinion that a Whitechapel song should be: its heavy, its got riffs, its got groove and Phil Bozeman gives a terrifyingly good vocal performance.

The whole vibe of the track is very close to a lot of what was heard on the previous album “Our Endless War” which saw white chapel become alot more melodic, become more focused on songs and less focused on breakdowns. In alot of ways this track is a more refined version of that  sound and a sign of Whitechapel moving away from being a deathcore band to go in a more metallic direction.

The production on the song is also razor-sharp, which is to be expected when they’ve teamed up with producer Mark Lewis, whose credits include band such as Cannibal Corpse, God Forbid and Unearth. The end result is a track that fucking brutal.

Overall really fucking love this track gonna slap a meaty 8.5/10 on it

check it out here:

 

 

Album Review: Pierce the Veil- Misadventures

Pierce the Veil are a California post-hardcore/rock/soundtrack to your, you don’t understand mom years band, and they’ve just released their new album: Misadventures. This band are a funny one for me, because as much as I want to dislike their melodramatic sunshine emo punk I just can’t. I really enjoyed their last album “Collide With the Sky”, despite it being full of annoying lyrical tropes that seem built to pander to their mainly very young audience the album was still had very catchy choruses, had some great sa3818e70-ceca-4293-b5c1-b842b4bb47e2.jpgounding instrumentals and the latin influence on the album gave it a real flair a lot of their contemporaries did not have. And before listening to this album the first two singles “Texas is Forever” and “Circles” were great really good radio songs, so I’ve decided to check it out.

Not gonna sugar coat it the opening song “Dive In” is weak as the opening for the album, the dynamic shift from the sad ballad to punk thing is a good idea but it takes to long to get to the payoff overall which makes for a really underwhelming start to the album. After this, they kick into “Texas is Forever, and they pull it back with a bombastic punk song which would have probably been the better choice as the opening for the album. That aside this album is pretty decent it feels like they were trying to go for a harder version  of the direction “Collide With The Sky” went while trying to evolve to be a little more mature sounding. Instrumentally this album is solid there are some good riffs and PTV aren’t afraid to bring out the shred when it’s required the inclusion of keys on some of the songs is really welcome too.  The only thing I have to say is lyrically the album can feel very samey at times, most of the songs on this album are about love or heartbreak, it wouldn’t be fair to expect “Operation Mindcrime” from these guys but for god’s sake talk about something other than love.

The production on this album is pretty good, its really modern sounding probably closer to the kind of production you’d expect from a pop band than a rock band very clean not sterile there’s a lot of warmth, and its really big sounding too. The guitar tones are good, very open and don’t have a compressed distortion to them, more a very bitey crunch. The bass guitar is very present and a very mid heavy classic punk sound to it. the drums are nice sounding there’s a lot of space to them and maybe they could be louder on some tracks on the louder busier tracks they have a tendency to get lost in the mix. The vocals are well performed too frontman Vic Fuentes brings a lot of personality to his very high melodic singing which is peppered with emotion fueled screams.

I like this album,as far as this genre of music goes it’s a pretty good record and has a lot of good ideas and a lot of memorable hooks and choruses. But I feel like they had the potential to put out something better, but were maybe held back by trying to not alienate their fanbase. Overall good album, it’ll probably be the soundtrack to someone’s summer but for me somewhat lukewarm

6/10

Album Review Kvelertak, Nattesferd

kvelertak-nattesferd-compressed.jpgKvelertak (Phonetically Ke-vel-er-tak) are a Norwiegen Metal band who combine elements of old school metal, punk, classic rock, and of course because Norway there’s  obviously a heaping tablespoon of black metal in the mix too, All this combined Makes up the band’s sound which is so, so, so damn good.  And their newest album “Nattesferd” is up for streaming so it’s review time.

This album isn’t really any great departure for Kvelertak, since their first album they’ve really kept the core of their sound which is really catchy riff-driven party songs refining it as time goes on. They have however on this record decided to have more slowed down headbang riffs with the addition of more sparkly cleanish passages and acoustic guitars. The record isn’t their debut it’s nowhere near as fiery its more mellowed out and has more texture to it, so i wouldn’t say this is bad its just different. Overall I’d say this is Kvelertak’s most accessible record to date, but they haven’t sacrificed what makes them a great band for this accessibility.

The album also has definitely a more classic feel to the production, like compared to the last two albums which were produced by Kurt Ballou from the band Converge which a comparably crisper more modern production to them, on “Nattesferd” Kvelertak have opted for a more something more reminiscent of the type of production from and old classic rock record. This More classic sound is pretty cool,  it adds a lot of warmth and body to and it suits Kvelertak’s sound pretty well.

overall really enjoyed this record was something a little different from what Kvelertak had done in the past, and its really played to their favour on this

7.5/10

Sikth-Opacities Review

So I was in Love Music in Glasgow a week or two after record store day because I had to work on RSD so I couldn’t do the whole queuing up from 5 in the morning thing . but when I was looking through the metal section I found this wee beauty on vinyl and I decided to grab it cause the cover art was sick.

So here’s some background on the record,Sikth are a UK based metal band who are best Known for being one of the progenitors of the genre formally known as djent. Who after a long-ass hiatus came back did some shows, Decided they liked making music together again so they wrote an EP called Opacities. And I’m going to give it wee review for the sake of science and because I think its pretty damn good.

So let’s get rooiight into the review………

The EP opens with the track: “Behind the Doors”, which is a mathy unhinged explosion of an opening track. It’s got a riff to make you bang your head until you get whiplash and the chorus begs for an audience to sing it back. Vocalist Mikee Goodman sounds like he’s losing his mind during the song and it works to greatsikthopacities.jpg effect to really create this feeling of insanity. The second track “Philistine Philosophies” Is a groove machine of a track with a meshuggah-esque feel in the verse where everything is locked to this very mechanical sounding groove but after this, the chorus takes on a very melodic epic feel the guitars almost sounding like they’re trying to imitate strings, and it’s just a very nice song. The next song “Under the Weeping Moon” is a great slice of modern metal it follows a lot of the same beats as “Behind the Doors ” however this track is a lot more melodic and less chaotic. “Tokyo Lights” is a spoken word track its a bit weird and jarring Goodman again sounds like he’s playing this insane character who sounds like a mix of Old Greg from The Mighty Boosh and The Joker it’s really creepy and weird not, quite sure how I feel about it . The next two tracks really follow the same progressive mathy Avant gardeness and then the ep ends

My overall feeling is that this is a really good EP the songwriting is really strong and deserves a lot of praise, and the production is really clear. Definitely give it a listen if you likez the djentz.

8.5/10

Amy Shields- Hummingbird Ep

Amy Shields is a Glasgow alt rock/singer-songwriter and she just put out her first Ep: Hummingbird

This Ep features soulful vocals, huge hooks and it just feels reallyhummingbird.jpg, really nice. This EP feels lively, it really breaths. The inclusion of having the songs performed by a full band  on “Hummingbird” makes the songs feel bigger and more colourful than if they had just been arranged for guitar and  vocals. Amy as a singer has an amazing voice, it’s really full sounding and there’s so much emotion and really take centre stage and makes shines so well.

Lyrically the whole EP seems to centre around the theme of hope and overcoming sadness and loss. This gives the Ep whole atmosphere very much like springtime and makes it feel like an ode to new beginnings.

The Ep starts with track “Hummingbird”, which is a really sweet and gentle track which builds  from very stripped back verses to almost orchestral feeling choruses. The next track is : “In the Dark”. This track features a really driving bassline  and a huge chorus. Next up is “Fool” this song has an almost countryish feel to it just in how the track grooves. Then finally is the last song “Rabbit Holes”, this is easily the poppiest track on the EP but gives a triumphant to a great ep.

Overall I really love this EP, it flows well, the production is steller, the songwriting is amazing and it’s just great. Listening to this EP doesn’t feel like a first release, it doesn’t  have any of the lack of identity or any of the apprehension a lot of first EPs have. It’s quite the opposite,  “Hummingbird” feels self-assured and has a real sense of self and personality.

9/10

Stream it here: https://play.spotify.com/album/3E4lLhtMly99xeKtziVAYU

Drop a like here:https://www.facebook.com/AmyShieldsMusic/timeline

You can get it on Itunes  and amazon music

Review: New Girls, Beanstalk

New girls are a glasgow based alternative rock/punk band, and they’ve just released their new single: Beanstalk.

The track is raw, angry and going so fast it sounds like the band repnew girls.pnglaced their blood with lucozade to get the track so damn energetic. In a Nutshell its fucking AWESOME. The track has shades of Sex Pistols,Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Kvelertak and just dirty rock’n roll

The production is great too. The guitars sound really beefy, The bass is fat, drums are tight. The vocals have this nice FM radio reverb Clash style rawness which just ties everything together so nice . And maybe I’m just tripping out a little, but i’m sure I hear a piano underlaying the guitars on the chorus which is just awesome and adds to that awesome dirty rock feel if its there.

Check it out in the link bellow

And hit them up with some love on Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/NewGirlsMusic/?fref=ts

8.5/10

Tales Don’t Tell Themselves: Funeral For a Friend Live Review and Goodbye

So,  if you were getting into punk and heavy music around 2005-2008  you’ll probably be aware of who Funeral For a Friend are. But If you’re not aware Funeral For a Friend are a Welsh Post-Hardcore/Melodic-Hardcore/Emo/Metalcore/Any Genre Buzzword for punk or heavy music at the time, they’ve toured the world, had two gold records in the UK, they’ve influenced countless UK bands such as: Fightstarfuneral
, Creeper, Rise to Remain and many more and now they’re breaking up. Which sucks.

I mean a band breaking up is inevitable it happens, whether it be by death, internal conflict or simply things just reaching their natural conclusion. it happens, it’s not the first time and it certainly won’t be the last time a band breaks. I’m glad Funeral For a Friend are doing this on their own terms though. From the outside anyway there doesn’t appear to be any bad blood within the band, as a band they’ve just decided its time. As a fan I’m happy for them for doing that after releasing the immense album “Chapter and Verse” last year, they’ve decided to go out on a high note do a final farewell tour (which I’m about to head out to right now) and call it quits. I’m really sad to see these guys go, British heavy music wont be the same with out them, and may not be what it is today  without their influence. With how band breakups are these days, maybe give it a couple of years and we’ll be seeing a reunion tour in two or three years. But for now…

farewell boys, good luck in the future and well done for showing what a bunch of village kids from Wales can do.

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Funeral For a Friend were FUCKING AMAZING! From the second that they stepped on stage to the room was pure electricity, energy and a feeling of completion. The show perfectly encapsulated the idea of it being better to go out in a blaze of glory, than simply fade into obscurity.

The set consisted of the band played their second album “Hours” in full before going into a set of newer songs and fan favourites including “1%”, “Into Oblivion”, “Juneau” before ending the set with “Escape Artists Never Die”.

The sound for the night was great, I’m personally a big fan of the 02 ABC as a venue and the sound in the room is always pretty good. The band’s performance was Incredible at this point where their tenure as a band is coming to a close , they absolutely gave their all as a band.  Frontman Matt Davies nailed every song, was really engaged with the crowd too and the crowd was engaged with him, creating a great exchange of energy between band and audience to fuel both . Overall a fantastic performance.

So to conclude. It would be pointless for me to recommend going to see a band who are doing their swan song right now, but if you do get the chance to see Funeral For a Friend on tour do it, Just Do It! And again well done! boys see you on the flipside

9.5/10

If your interested in checking Funeral For a Friend out they’ve got a great back catalogue of music. My personal favourites are the albums: “Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation”, “Hours” and “Chapter and Verse”

 

Letlive., Good Mourning America

California post-hardcore band LetLive. just released the first single from their new album “If I’m the Devil….”: “Good Mourning  America”. The single deals with the topic of police brutality in America and this message is verylet live.png well put forward, while being catchy and a nice song.

The song starts of with a gospel/protest style chant, it kind of flies halfway between both before the bassline for the song kicks in. After the bassline Kicks in frontman Jason Butler comes in with a his verse which has a clear influence come from soul music, but maintains a visceral punk rock venom to his delivery. Another noteworthy thing about Butlers performance on the song is him constantly matching the intensity of his vocal performance to the intensity of the song.

Instrumentally the song starts off with a latin feel, before morphing into a melodic hardcore chorus. The song then continues to alternate between these two styles as the song progressing, with the guitar parts becoming  more and more complex as each verse goes on, before erupting into the out middle section where the song shows off a fuzzed out punk explosion of riffs.

On the production side of this song is very cleanly produced, but doesn’t feel sterile for it. The drums feel huge, the bass is really fat and the guitars sound nice and glassy where they’re clean and then when they get dirty they sound heavy but
there’s still plenty of clarity behind them.

Overall this song sounds really nice. The chorus is amazing,  and I’d recommend it on this alone

7.5/10

Review: CHUMP, Treat Me Mean

Heres some good music from Glasgow town: CHUMP.

Chump are a grungey alt rock/shoegaze band from Glasgow and they’ve just put out their first EP Treat Me Mean.

This EP is sulky, angsty and strikingly beautiful in its delivery of their music. The first track “Brain” relies primarily on a clean guitar drums and this plodding bassline backing up the ghostly reverb drenched vocals. The effect is  a really uneasy tense vibe before the song explodes in a crescendo of tremolo picked treat me meanguitars and the drums and bass playing a lot harder, then dying down to move the next song. This uneasy feeling follows on to the next song “Out of It” Which some fuzzed out guitar added to the mix and lifts the song into a new direction when it’s added. The third song “Shut Eye” which is the shortest song on the Ep and has the same sulky atmosphere until the fuzzed guitars come in and wake the song up. Next up is the title track “Treat Me Mean” which has distorted guitars throughout, and has a far more passive aggressive feel. At the middle point of this song it becomes very dissonant, and very much feels like the song is spiraling out of control before the instruments stop and are just left to feedback. The Last song “It’s All Fucked” starts in a similar fashion to “Treat Me Mean” without the dissonant middle section instead opting to layer dreamy feeling leads over the chorus section.

The production of the EP is very hazy and this plays to the l0-fi aesthetic the band are going for, this hazy production also help to add a lot of the moody dark atmosphere to the music. The instrumentation of “Treat Me Mean” is pretty bare bones an minimal for the most part, but uses bringing more instrumentation to dynamically shift songs.

Overall Really enjoyed this EP , I’d say it’s for fans of bands like: The Pixies, My Bloody Valentine, Life Model and Nirvana

8/10

Listen to and buy it here: http://whatachump.bandcamp.com/album/treat-me-mean