Liminal by Entropy could well be the sleeper hit of the year. It’s a gold mine of huge, expansive, emotive post-hardcore with killer metallic riffs and soaring vocals.
Holy Gold – Feral Children
The alumni that make up Atlanta’s Holy+Gold burst forth from the metalcore bubble, with members of Norma Jean, The Glass Ocean and professional crowd-surfers, The Chariot in tow. It’s a surprise then, to hear that Holy+Gold carry very little over musically from these projects, save for teasing moments of snarling hardcore fury and some fractured distortion.
Ampwrecked: New Tracks For Your Ears #7
On Ampwrecked: The Dillinger Escape Plan continue their unpredictability, Beach Slang and The Menzingers fly the flag for passionate punk rock, Red Fang are gloomy as hell, Every Time I Die are insane and Naked Giants just want to surf.
Frameworks – Time Spent
I’m familiar with the jarring discontent of Gainesville’s Frameworks, having talked about their track Loom on this very website a couple of years ago. Time hasn’t mellowed these spiky and agitated bunch as Time Spent indicates, bristling with scratching, fiery determination.
Hidden Gems – 4 albums I’ve enjoyed this year that weren’t released in 2015
Six in 2013, five in 2014 and now four in 2015? Actually there is loads more, Todd Terje (It’s Album Time), Bluetip (Polymer), Jeroan Drive (The Stone Remains In Silence), Riddle of Steel (Python), Span (Mass Distraction) and anything by Karma To Burn because they rule hard. Have a look.
Funeral For Funeral For A Friend
Funeral For A Friend have decided to call it a day. Deep within me somewhere, the 19 year old me is quite sad at this news as back then they were my favourite band. I still remember buying their debut album, Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation back in 2003 (time has ravaged me) and playing it to death.
August Burns Red/Marmozets/Torche/We Are The Ocean – singles round up
Singles round-up time! This week we’ve shouty metalcore-types August Burns Red, bonkers math-punkers Marmozets, the sludge-pop stomp of Torche and the awesome song hit machine that is We Are The Ocean
Funeral For A Friend – Conduit
Now with a modified line-up (only vocalist Matthew Davies-Kreye and guitarist Kris Coombs-Roberts remain from the Casually Dressed-era) Conduit is Funeral For A Friend’s 6th album and also their shortest. Clocking in at just over 29 minutes, with the longest track being 3.37 (the superb High Castles) it doesn’t hang around.