Monsters releases Self Titled Album

Monsters? You’ve been invited to see a show at some venue that you’ve never been to. There’s been some talk by your friends about how crazy the show will get, but you assume this can’t be anything too drastic. You’ve been  to Ludacris, Boys Like Girls, and whatever local indie band you’ve seen in the area, so you’ve essentially seen it all.

Wrong. You arrive at the venue, some band called Monsters gets on stage, with their members all clad in black. Instead of the emo vocals you were expecting, the lead vocalist belts out a deep low scream which is responded to by the crowd going nuts, fighting invisible ninjas while doing windmills with their arms, and lashing out at anything near them. 

A similar thing happened to me when I first saw Monsters at the metro. What I found out that Monsters is best heard live. If you want a show with an angry crazed crowd of tough-guy hardcore bro-moshers in jerseys who are supposedly straight-edge but are smoking blunts between throw-downs, then this is the band for you!

 If you are intimidated by the pits, which you probably will be when you see the huge tall hardcore dancers in them, the back is always a safe option. The front may be closer to the action, but do you really want to be spit on by the lead singer? I suppose anything goes to spice up the image nowadays, especially for one of Chicago’s finest.

Admit it; that looks epic.

Don’t be worried about people saying they have changed their style, cause they really haven’t. This newest self-titled album, EP, whatever, still has their heavy toughguy hardcore feel to it, so don’ t worry about crazy shredding, insane sweeps, or ambient riffage, because it’s not there.  In my opinion, it’s actually better then “The Righteous Dead” even though their are more clean rap style vocals in the mix throughout the album. Everything seems to sound better from the chug riffs, the breakdowns to the rap/clean vocal choruses and the quick palm riffs. If you want something to pump you up, this is it.

In fact forget The Acacia Strain, and how “heavy” they supposedly are, which doesn’t make up for the absolute boring nature of Wormwood, no matter how many tattoos Vincent has on his arms.  Monsters is a much better option, discounting rumored personal interactions with the band, specifically Frankie. 

Overall the quick catchy chug riffs in this album make it something I can really get into, something that their previous EP just couldn’t do.  I’m even surprised that the songs aren’t as repetitive as I expected. My advice though is to skip the first two tracks and listen to the rest of the album. The two best songs on the album in my opinion are “The Ugliest Joke” and “Sin Spitter” which is a song that is a plausible candidate for repeat a few times.

If your like me, too lazy and too poor, though I have a good excuse as to why, ILikedYouBetterDead has made their newest self-titled album available to the general non-paying and/or unemployed scenesters through mediafire.

I decided to do a quick webcam clip of spouting things regarding monsters, so feel free to laugh or get very angry when listening to “Monsters” when looking at my face.  Online punches are always accepted forms of currency.

Is the next big band out of Northwest Illinois “I, Artificial?

We’ve heard good things about  I, Artificial, and frankly some bad things.  I’ve been told that they can’t do live any most of the synthesized elements on their studio tracks, as well as that their clean vocalist is bad live and can’t match the former one.

I’m not going to pass judgment on the fore-mentioned rumors, as I unfortunately have yet to see I Artificial live. There’s no way I’m going all the way to Bartlett or Elk Grove for a local show, unless I really want to see a certain band there, and yes,  I’m ashamed about it. (I try to support the local scene as much as I can, but gas prices and car drives over an hour somewhat temper that enthusiasm.) 

I Artificial has essentially been handed a gift when it comes to landing shows.  I’m still not sure how they landed their first show playing with The Ghost Inside, but props to them for that.  I don’t know if they or someone else gave the tracks “Hopes Of Reality” and “Perfect Perceptions” to one of the uploaders at ILikedYouBetterDead, but free promotion is promotion after all.

 – Now for a quick side rant, some bands in this area are still too stupid to realize the value of putting up their music for free download. The exposure is essential. Think of it this way; more people will end up listening to the whole EP and possibly going out to the shows, buying merch, ect, than those who might not actually bother to buy the EP because they don’t want to fork over cash based on just a few sample tracks.  

“Cough” The bad economy, unemployment, half the scene spending their money on weed, ect.“Cough”  So having said that, be smart, and put up your music for free. (Since when is there really any money left in studio work anyway? Just ask the record labels.)

Now the rumor is that Aria was talking on the phone with someone from The Artery Foundation which is an artist management “company” that has huge names on it like TDWP, Our Last Night, Whitechapel, Impending Doom, Miss May I, and plenty of others.  For some reason Aria seems to be able to attract attention to his band, just like he and his bandmates did with Catastrophe Beneath The Heavens.  (Probably would have gone big if they hadn’t broken up.)

Their next show is at Clearwater with Born Of Osiris and Rosaline (Damn good post-hardcore that I was recently introduced to) on January 22nd. If you want to go, get tickets ahead of time cause BOO usually sells out Clearwater.

Anyway I’ll put up the link to the two I, Artificial songs which you can get through mediafire in case you missed it earlier. (I’ll take the links  down if requested) Courtesy of Mediafire: Perfect Perceptions and Hopes Of Reality Check em out. Their studio stuff is probably some of the best “metal” around in the area, at least quality wise.  So far, I’ve really liked what I’ve heard from them so far.

Oh and I almost forgot, They’ve got some videos up on youtube:

 

Victory Records Sign Dr.Acula

Well known record company Victory Records add party band Dr. Acula to their roster.

The band accumulated much success after many DIY tours and albums. Tyler Guida, one of Dr. Acula’s frontment said “I’m very excited to be a part of Victory Records and I know this is a great opportunity for us. As a band growing up we listened to VICTORY bands. We are looking to make the best record that we can make while satisfying our current supporters as well as reaching out to new music fans.”


Dr. Acula is a deathcore/grindcore/”noisecore” (as Victory records puts it) band. Their lyrical themes are of partying, sex, drugs and “party life”. Many consider them a joke band, but evidently due to their new signing those thoughts have been diminished. Personally, I don’t like them, but just looking at this new event I can tell they’ll go far in the music industry.





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Tragedy temporarily knocks out With Life In Mind in traffic accident.

Well sometimes bad things happen to good bands who are tearing things up. For those of you who don’t know, Hardcore/Metal/Progressive outfit, With Life In Mind (CI Records) suffered a nasty accident only a few days ago early on December 28th.  They were just starting out in the early stages of a small tour called “A Metal Christmas” headlined by Texas In July accompanied by other bands including Like Moths To Flames, A Hero A Fake, Destruction Of A Rose,

I was lucky to see these guys live, but I’m guessing no one else will be able to see them live for a while. None of them were hurt in the accident, but their ability to play and make music, as well as provide audiences with a means to go crazy is now very improbable, and essentially impossible. (They won’t be playing any shows anytime soon.) 

From what I’ve gathered, they were either hit by an 18 wheel tractor or collided with one.  Apparently the accident was the fault of whoever was driving the tractor, so insurance may help pay for some of the losses which With Life In Mind has just occured. This includes their van, trailer, and most of their equipment which was trashed in this unfortunate accident.

I’ve also heard that they are either looking for jobs, or that some of them have attained jobs in order to save up money to purchase new equipment before they can start touring again. If you ordered merch from them, you may have to wait a bit, as they do not currently have access to their trailer though they have promised to get orders as quickly as possible, as well as reimburse items that were either destroyed or lost in the accident.

I would encourage those of you who like these guys to go out and buy some of their merch. Just make sure its not in their trailer if possible.  On a side-note; would buying their CD actually help them out or CI Records?

An epic show in December: 20 Bands Of Christmas.

If you weren’t at the 20 Bands of Christmas, you missed a great show that demonstrated some of the local talent and exposed the wannabee, the unoriginal, and the just plain weird and creepy bands who were all just thrown into the mix.

Now this took place about two weeks ago, and I’ve been super busy, but I’ve been slowly compiling this mega post up until now. Christmas and New Years get in the way a bit. 

Well, like any scene, there are some good bands, and well some bad ones. I’m a bit impressed then I thought I would have been though. Anyway, I’m just going to mention the bands who’s sets I remember in as best and order as possible.
Adrian and The Spidelles:
This is seriously some of the weirdest and creepiest music I’ve ever heard. My eardrums were assaulted by a synthesizer filled with tones from an 80s horror film. I found their music strange, but not in a good way. They come close to the vibe, feel, and sound of the Allison’s band in Yes Man. Perhaps even weirder.  Let me say this as well; I usually like music like this.

They could have been that band, and you might not have known the difference. The female vocals aren’t something to be particularly fond or jealous of either, as they sounded kind of hoarse, and very very undesirable. Essentially think the opposite of Taylor Swift, except even worse. On the other hand, this could be the result of those kinds of vocals being completely intentional.   I was told by the promoter that these guys attracted a fair amount of people, which I’m still wondering exactly how.

There were plenty of surprises at this show, and here are some of the good ones:
EPIC!

When “The Composure” started playing, I instantly knew I was hearing something that wasn’t just yet another crappy pop punk indie rock band who couldn’t sing and perform live. In fact they were the opposite.  Their vocals were excellent. I felt like I was listening to an edited track in a studio, and that is always a good sign for the live sound of any band.  It reminded a bit of early Boys Like Girls and The All American Rejects, except much more epic.

  The vocals weren’t plauged by an annoying high tenor didn’t have a  particularly high tenor (“Cough” Hawthorne Heights, Alesana, A Skylit Drive “Cough”) but had a well balanced vocal range that sounded just about perfect.  I literally saw the basist move back and forth from the mike to vary the effect of his vocals.  He actually knew the perfect range from the mike at which they would fade, vs. going to far from the mike that no one would hear them. That in itself is something I’ve never seen done by any other vocalists in this area…. ever.

I haven’t this impressed with an indie punk rock band that has played in this area in a very long time. Their vocals had a mix of incredible harmonization as well as great backup vocals.  Its too bad that they will probably only treat this area to a small amount of shows at best considering they hail from Pittsburgh. .

The good news is that these guys intend on touring, and actually have two members of Punchline in the band, hence their similar sound to them. Look for these guys if your ever in a pop-punk indie rock mood, you won’t be disappointed.

 Cries Of Deception:  I’ve seen them a few times, but this is the best they’ve sounded live, and I think that is because they’ve improved. Despite crappy equipment I can now better make out actual riff changes and hear that the song involves a chubby baby.

Now the last time I saw them was at Mad Maggies which has a much better sound system then Just For Fun where they played on Dec. 18th. Even though the Mad Maggies Show that I saw them play had a bad sound tech, the sound system their is very good. Now contrast that with the sound system at Just For Fun. Yea, they have definitely improved in every way live, and this show was evidence of that.

I would even venture to say that Anthony’s screams have improved as well. I noticed his vocal range was alot better, and his high’s really impressed me.  (His highs remind me alot of Mike’s from TDWP, and that’s always a positive in my opinion.) The clean vocals have also improved quite a bit since the last time I saw them. Keep an eye on these guys, they will be a band that makes going to local shows an hour or two away worth it.

Brave Refrain: They hadn’t played in months, according to what their vocalist said, but these guys were a great surprise. He might have some of the best clean vocals in our entire scene.  The vocals sounded perfect and weren’t plagued by most of the problems our wannabe clean vocals are in this scene such as a high tenor, consistently being off key, not being able to hear them at all, ect.  not high. 

To sum it up, their set had a very metal-core feel to it, though the clean vocals gave it a bit of a softer catchier alternative rock feel which was a surprise. Has a mix feel of it with metal-core. Did I mention the screaming range was good? I was getting a bit sick of the really high or really low screams…

I really hope these guys get back at it, as they are one of the better bands that I’ve seen in our area.

Seeking Zero: One of the heavier bands of the night, but surprisingly good. They took a bit of a departure from the riff, sweep, chug and then breakdown routine.  This could be a band to keep watch of if you want to hear something heavy, but a bit different from our scenes hardcore and deathcore bands.  Don’t pay any attention to their crappy recording on facebook, as they certainly sounded better live. (Good surprise eh?)

Oath To Order also put on a good show Who? Remember What Lies Beneath? Well this is them now.  Played before Elysion Fields.  Filled with ABRish feeling riffs, they put on pretty damn decent set. If only I remembered more about their set…
Now heres a list of the bands who I had some solid expectations of which they mostly fulfilled:
Elysion Fields: Drew plenty of people, and sounded good live. Only complaint is their kick drum which they have yet to fix the sound of. (DL is still not working, as most sound guys simply dont know how to accommodate them.) The horns were proudly displayed by EF’s new vocalist  Chris who pumped up the crowd as they began their set.

Punchline:

I had never seen this band before, even though I have heard of them. To be honest, they were the best band of the night in their live performance. Everything was crystal clear. I’ve never seen harmonization of vocals like theirs before.  They even sounded better live then they do in their music videos on youtube.

Best band of the night!

I’ve rarely seen pop punk of this caliber. Its too bad these guys don’t tour anymore, and don’t play shows for the most part. They actually used to tour with Fallout Boy until, as I understand it, Fallout Boy turned their back on them and nabbed all of the spotlight. They actually have some music videos on youtube, and I’ll post one so people can get an idea of them:

Kudos to George for putting on this show. The guy is proving to be a great booking agent, who has been nabbing a variety of bands. I’ve seen him promote at various shows around the area, so he puts effort into getting promotion for shows, something that is hard to come by nowadays it seems.

For All Those Sleeping:  
They were only able to play five songs, something which really pissed me off, considering were one of the bigger bands there. They however played several of my favorites including “Janice It Ain’t Funny” and “Favorite Liar”  I’m really surprised that a fight didn’t break out during their set, which almost happened several times.
One major gripe I had is that I couldn’t  hear their main vocalist almost at all for his clean vocals, and most of his screams, even though his vocals sound much better live then they did on the album which kind of have a whiny high tenor sound to them.  This and more technical issues would plague bands further into the night, possibly due to someone messing up the cable wires on the floor which had been covered and pressed down with duck tape. I somewhat blame that fiasco on the wires being too close to the pit.
The Crimson Armada: 
I never knew a short middle eastern looking dude could scream so well and so powerfully, but then again, I had never seen these guys before.

Their drum monitors weren’t working for some reason, but that didn’t seem to impact their epic performance of of a cover of PODs  “Alive” which everyone sang out loud, even a superbly drunk Mike Benette.  In fact, I saw Mike Stowell throw down during their set, something I’ve never seen him do. If only I had a camera to take pictures of it.

I should mention that this is when the fight took place that night.  For those of you who don’t know Anthony Hauser, he is one of the very cool and friendly hardcore dancers at shows. Essentially hes like a teddy bear, except very slim and cool.

Unfortunately that didn’t stop a hate mosher from picking on him. This particular hate mosher pushed him pretty damn several times in the middle of throwing down. I’ve rarely seen Anthony get mad, but he at one point was ready to attack the guy.  Well finally someone did something about it. Jon Shiffley, who is actually friends with both me and Anthony got in front of the guy and pushed him away.  The response was a punch in the face from the guy who knocked off shiffleys glasses which ignited the fight.  The hate mosher threw a few punches at him, as well as other people trying to break up the fight.

Finally a literally huge and wide security guard tackled the guy full out, Brian Urlacher style. As the guy tackled him, there were probably about four people including Shiffley and Hauser punching and kicking the guy as he went down. I usually don’t like it when people get beat up, but when you hate mosh people, I feel that you have it coming, which is exactly how I felt about this guy.  I had first hand view of it to. If only I would have had a camera.

Thyateira:

Somehow, someway, they landed a spot second to last for the show, but they didn’t disappoint even though I was sure that they would. I’ve used Thyateria as a punching bag as to why the Death Metal in our scene sucks and have compared them to The Black Dahlia Murder wanabees. No longer though. 

They were surprisingly good live and their guitarist who does the clean vocals was incredible. His vocals not only astonished me, but others there.  He may have just turned this band into a serious contender in our local metal scene.  Even if you don’t like their particluar style of metal, I strongly suggest going to their live shows, as excitement is guaranteed, and there are plenty of friendly moshers at their sets. 

Within The Ruins

These guys were solid, and sounded as good as they did the last time I saw them at Clearwater, if not a bit better. Things seemed relatively calm during their set, which was surprising. I was a bit exhausted and in pain after having been at the show for about 12 hours when they started playing, so I took off toward the later end of their set.  I wish I had stayed around a bit more though.

Did I mention that I had never done as much throwing down as I did at this show? Overall, this one of the best shows of the year. I’m looking forward to more for 2011, specifically Underoath in February!

One downside to the show was that several bands advertised for the event didn’t show up. This includes Sleep Serapis Sleep, I Made You Myself, Buried By The Ocean, The Plot In You (Their van broke down), and a few others whose names I’m forgetting.

Departure of the Two Founding Paramore Members?

Josh Farro (guitarist) and Zac Farro (Drums) have left Paramore. (If you hadn’t guessed by their surnames, they are brothers.)

The two brothers told the Paramore members they would be leaving a few months ago, but it was posted on Paramore.net on the 18th of December.

 “A couple of months ago, Josh and Zac let us know they would be leaving the band after our show in Orlando last Sunday [December 12, at the House Of Blues venue],” they wrote. “None of us were really shocked. For the last year it hasn’t seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore.” Says Haley Williams, the vocalist of the band.

Yes, Haley Williams is very hot.


Fear not. The band will not be breaking up despite the departure of Zac and Josh. Paramore claim that “We never for a second thought about leaving any of this behind. We really hope that you can be encouraged by the fact that the three of us who are still here are ready to take on another chapter of our journey together.

Credits to Ultimate Guitar for the information.

-Chugcore (Aaron Kim)

Is our music scene in trouble? AP readers vote Never Shout Never for artist of the year.

Well a saddening tragedy has just been committed today. Forget Anne Frank, and forget Obama because Never Shout Never has been voted by the AP readers for their Artist of the year.   All I can wonder is, WHAT THE HELL happened to our scene? Never Shout Never? What has Christopher Drew actually accomplished in people’s minds to earn this? It’s very likely that AP was flooeded with Tween girls who are enamored with our  own scene’s horrendous version of Justin Bieber. In fact, I honestly don’t know what exactly makes him apart of our scene with the exception of his haircut.

In case you haven’t gotten the full impact of it, we have voted NVN as artist of the year. Lets look at what our groundbreaking ,brilliant, and high pitched friend has actually accomplished through his various yelps and squeals that some how act as a pheromone for vulnerable tweens who respond to his shrieks with shrieks, yelps, and squeals of their own:

– Being a complete jerk to his fans. You’d better not get him anything made with plastic, because he WILL throw it back in your face. Instead of a “Thank you”, you’ll be the shocked recipient of a sudden hippie rage rant consisting of why you are a pox upon the environment, the earth, and all of man-kind. True story.  Many other people will tell you stories of just how much of a dirtbag he is, so don’t be fulled by his hippie loving green crap.

– I was unfortunate enough to see part of NVN set while waiting for Sum 41 during Warped Tour 2010.  Not only are his live performances mediocre at best, (Many people will confirm this), but the loud shrieks of clinically insane sounding 13 year old girls will shatter your eardrums as Christopher Drew shouts out in his remarkably feminine voice “Everyone kiss somebody!”   I can only remember the stunned look on my face and the other sane audience members left who equally as shocked by the cheesiness we has just been subjected to.

– If two bland 20 minute albums filled with stale songs that all sound alike counts as musical genius and artist of the year “worthiness”, I’ve lost hope.

– How does lyrics of peace, love, and cheating distinguish him from the rest of the pop lyric tidal wave that exists in the mainstream? He can try to be the new John Lennon, but being an ungrateful snob who does nothing but smoke tons of weed all day just communicates his hypocrisy to anyone who isn’t below the age of 14, fancies creepy emo haircuts, and appreciates REAL music.

For those of you who know me, I love catchy music. I like Britney, because she is catchy. I like, Attack Attack, the Backstreet Boys, and No Doubt because they are catchy. They aren’t really musically talented per-say, full of originality, and filled with brilliant music composition, but at least they are nothing like NVN who isn’t catchy in the slightest bit!

There were so many better bands who had produced some incredible albums this year, but somehow, someway, people (a.k.a. 14 year old girls) voted NVN for the AltPress Artist of the Year. God help us.

By the way in case you are wondering, I’m working on the article about the 20 Bands of Christmas still. I’m trying to make it as epic as possible.

20 Bands Of Christmas was Amazing!

If you weren’t there, you missed out, and you missed out badly.  There were some bad bands who I will mention tomorrow, but there were some real surprises which gives me hope for our scene!

I’ll go into a huge mega post with plenty of details tomorrow, but I’ll give you a few following details:

– 400 people showed up, and got the place buzzing.
– Punchline was incredible. Absolutely incredible. Best live pop punk/indie rock band I’ve ever heard live. EVER.  Killer harmonizing vocals that blew my mind, and backup vocals to kill for.
– Thyteira. Usually, I rip this band. I’m not too huge on regular death metal, but they put on a great set, and they were perfect live. Perfect. I have now gained respect for them, and actually will attempt to fully listen through what they have put.  Their new singer is awesome.
– Elysion Fields, Within The Ruins, and For All Those Sleeping were all very very solid. 
– The Crimson Armada shared the best live performance with Punchline.  I’d never heard either band before, and I’m ashamed that I hadn’t stumbled across this phenomenal music before. Curses on Fallout Boy for what they have done to punchline!
– There was fight in which I witnessed first hand and close-up. A security guard ended up tackling the instigating hate mosher Brian Urlacher style. It was sick.  I’ll have some full details of this fight and why hate moshers are a plague to the scene, mkay? (The hate mosher was tackled while 4 people around him were kicking and punching him as he was down on the ground unable to move. Serves him right!

Anyway, more tomorrow.

After the Burial – In Dreams

After the Burial, a five-piece progressive metalcore band, is back with a new album titled “In Dreams”. After the Burial’s last release was a re-release of their second album “Rareform”. The re-release featured their new vocalist, Anthony Notarmaso. Anthony was welcomed by the band with open arms, and has continued to help After the Burial take their act to the next level.

Starting from the beginning of the album, After the Burial picks up where it left off. My Frailty is the traditional technical/melodic masterpiece with a little bit of brutalness mixed in that you would expect from After the Burial. This song features a very good solo, which lasts for about a minute of shredding. Trent and Justin have a great chemistry between them, and it shows in this song.

The second song on In Dreams is Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Will Smile Upon You. This song is fairly repetitive and does not feature a lot of extraordinary guitar work. There is a lot of chugging in this song, but none the less, it is still a decent song. However, this is one of those songs that someone could headbang to throughout the whole song, because it is almost non-stop heaviness.

Next is one of my favourite tunes on the album, Pendulum. It opens up with a very soothing guitar part and a nice little mini solo, which is repeated through most of the song. Then, comes the smash in your face heaviness again. Following the heaviness comes an interesting part in this song. Clean Vocals. After hearing this song for the first time, I had “We lose control” stuck in my head for several hours. After the Burial jumps right back into the heaviness with an intense breakdown and high-pitched screams, which further showcases Anthony’s range.

Bread Crumbs & White Stones is next up. This may be one of the strangest names for a song I have heard in a long time. It was released by the band about a month prior to the release of In Dreams, and has been one of my most played songs since then. This song also showcases the abilities of Anthony again as he experiments with the high screams in this song as well. The high point of this song is near the middle. The breakdown is a little repetitive, but the vocals suit it well, and it is just super heavy. The high scream that Anthony does gets me every time. I don’t know what about it amazes me so much. I guess you’ll just have to wait and see for yourself.

The fifth song is titled To Carry You Away. Like Pendulum, this song starts off with another soothing guitar part, and slowly progresses into the After the Burial that most people know, and love. This song features a few very good guitar riffs, clean vocals that suit the song perfectly, a breakdown(you don’t say) and a face-melting solo. Another superb song on In Dreams.

Sleeper is next on our agenda. This is definitely the heaviest song on the album. Right from the get go, it is heavy. Awesome vocals, good drumming, good breakdowns and decent guitar work. Sleeper is a song created by After the Burial for the headbangers in the crowd, or the headbangers in their room or car!

The seventh song is Promises Kept. Similarly to Pendulum and To Carry You Away, this song opens up with another soothing intro, and features clean vocals that are very reminiscent to the clean vocals of Haste the Day. This is one of those love it or hate it songs. Many people won’t like this song if they don’t like clean vocals. There are a fair bit of them, but I personally love them. It adds another dimension to the band. However, for those people who do not like the clean vocals, I’m sure they will change their mind about the song after hearing the ending breakdown.

Lastly, we come to Encased In Ice. Another masterpiece on In Dreams. Parts of this song were featured on their promo video that was seen on the Youtube page of Sumerian Records. This song has a little bit of a different direction than After the Burial’s usual stuff. It almost has a Nu-Metal type feel to it. Nevertheless, it is another very good song, with a very catchy interlude before the mini solo. I have found myself saying “We are nothing more than memories” several times, when I’m just sitting around the house.

After the Burial’s “In Dreams” gets an 8.5/10 from me. It is not quite as technical as Rareform, but it is still very good, and the occasional clean vocals add a little more dimension to the songs.

My music history, and where it led to

Disclosure: post from 5 years ago, and damn its cringe-worthy

About 5 or 6 years ago, I did not like screamo music at all. I would label any kind of music with screaming as emo or screamo, and now I feel like such a fool. The bands I would listen to back then were Three Days Grace, Ill Nino, Panic! at the Disco, Queens of the Stone Age, etc. A few of the bands I listened to back then(Slipknot, Linkin Park) did scream, but it was not an evil scream, so I guess I didn’t mind it too much. However, my close-mindedness began to change going into my first year of high school.

Over the summer, I was introduced to As I Lay Dying by a friend and instantly fell in love with “Through Struggle”. I listened to that song probably 5 times a day! A few days after hearing “Through Struggle”, I began to want more of this screamo music, so I went on youtube and searched for more songs by As I Lay Dying. I remember hearing 4 songs that I loved, and only hearing 1 that I thought was okay. The songs that I loved were Confined, The Darkest Nights, Reflections, and the newly released The Sound of Truth.

For about a year, I was looking around on youtube trying to find new screamo bands. I liked most of the bands I found, but the two that stood out the most for me were August Burns Red and Parkway Drive. At this point in time, both bands were starting to get big. Parkway Drive was getting set to release “Horizons” and August Burns Red had just released “Messengers”. I loved both of these albums from my first listen and still consider them as great albums now. Messengers is probably my 3rd favourite album of all time!

Next, came the band that changed my music preferences forever. Chelsea Grin.
Two years ago I was introduced to Chelsea Grin by a friend who I met playing an online game. I asked him if he listened to Parkway Drive and he said “Not really. They aren’t heavy enough for my liking”. I instantly thought “ARE YOU HIGH!?” Anyways, he sent me a link to Chelsea Grin’s Crewcabanger. To this day, “You stupid trick. I will end this.” is one of my favourite parts of any song. Sadly, Chelsea Grin only had 5 or 6 songs at this point, and one of them was a cheesy cover of a rap song. Nevertheless, Chelsea Grin was monumental in my migration to the deathcore scene.

In the last year I have expanded my genres of liking to basically anything in the metal category. My favourite bands from the metalcore, post-hardcore, deathcore, melodic/technical death metal, and hardcore genres are listed below, in order (Favourite to 5th favourite).

Metalcore: For Today, Parkway Drive, August Burns Red, Bring me the Horizon(this could also be categorized as deathcore, but WHATEVS), and As I Lay Dying.

Post-Hardcore: A Day to Remember, Motionless In White, We Came As Romans, Attack Attack, and Memphis May Fire.

Deathcore: Chelsea Grin, Attila, Emmure, King Conquer, and Whitechapel.

Melodic/Technical Death Metal: After the Burial, Veil of Maya, Within the Ruins, The Contortionist, and The Faceless.

Hardcore(THIS ALSO INCLUDES MELODIC HARDCORE): Stick to Your Guns, The Ghost Inside, Comeback Kid, The Amity Affliction and Terror.

Additional praise goes to For Today, A Day to Remember and Parkway Drive for being my favourite bands for the last year.

Also, I could not leave this out. I have already seen For Today twice in the last 3 weeks, but they are going to be back in Canada in February on an amazing tour that they are headlining! I am definitely going to see them when this comes to London, and Toronto!!!