In order from newest to oldest.
Music video coming soon.
"Thoughts Revoked" by Actus Reus
Actus Reus is sure to send listeners into a frenzy with their new track, “Thoughts Revoked.” Members of the band believe this is their best yet, and I think you’ll agree. With this next level noise, the guys have showcased they have what it takes to take top pedestal, and here’s what you need to know about it.
We’ve all felt victim to being one’s puppet, to being used. Jimmy and the gang are here to let it be known you’re not alone, and it’s going to be okay. Fight and take back your life, and maybe put on this song while you do it.
The band has always been loyal to the scene and continues to deliver skull crushing sounds that leave us in awe every time. Listeners are able to hear clearly the rage that was put into the music. One of the band’s strong suits instrumentally is how energetic it can be, but this track is the cherry on top. The shredding of the guitars and the flawless pedal-work of the drums prove that it truly does not get better than this. One thing is for sure, and that’s we need more guitar solos in AR’s future tracks.
Don’t be fooled, Adam Rose’s vocals also slay the crowd. It’s clear with every release from the band, they grow and take risks. Rose’s presence in “Thoughts Revoked” proves that he has the creative genius to come up with new ways to rock our minds. If listeners are looking to hear aggressive animalistic sounds met by melodic undertones, they’re in the right place.
“Thoughts Revoked” and its music video officially comes out on September 24. Their video is another product of Mrshmoozoo Films, and it’s absolutely killer. Actus Reus definitely has taken pride in having fun with their music, and does everything in their power to bring high-energy chaos. It’s everything you need and more, so make sure to catch it when it comes out.
"Call of the Haunted" by Revision, Revised
Revision, Revised are up to something, and fans are not ready for the new music the band is releasing. “Call of the Haunted” is the leading single coming off the band’s second album, which is in the works at this moment. This single and album are mixed and mastered by Lee Albrecht, who has also worked with Hollow Front, Bilmuri, and Sleep Waker. The band is making some serious headway in the music industry with this second album, to say the least. The band’s last release was Dead Icons (2018), and one thing is for certain: there has been a lot of growth with these musicians, and their music is getting more intense.
The band’s vocalist, Charles Cody Wilds, does a fantastic job on this track. The presence of both clean and screaming vocals are in perfect harmony and blend well throughout. There’s even a bit of auto-tuning that can be heard. This is not over done, but in fact it’s necessary. The varying vocal placements give off several vibes from erie to anthemic. “Call of the Haunted” is an angst-filled track against the greed of the world, and with Wilds’ performance, he carries that meaning with great honor through his vocals. It keeps listeners on the edge of their seat and eager to hear more.
The instrumentalists contributing also deserve recognition. The introduction to the track gives off a distorted sound, which is par for the course for leading metalcore tracks. This gets listeners energized to hear the music proceeding, and definitely works well. Guitarists Josh Bailey and Austin Roberts, and bassist Jared Webb have successfully showcased their potential. The shredding and blast beats throughout makes this an extremely fun listen, and any metalcore fan would enjoy it. The band’s drummer, Jose Couvertier, had a unique sound. His arrangement on this song is raw compared to the other instrumental placings. This gives the song a new edge appeal to it, and fans are sure to love what Couvertier has done with his style here.
Listeners will be excited to hear that the band is hoping to finish the album by May, with a release date in the fall. If the rest of the tracks sound anything like “Call of the Haunted,” we’re in for one hell of a treat.
"Unforgiven" by Frequent Misconceptions
Frequent Misconceptions comes in with a loud boom with their single, “Unforgiven.” This single is the first release off the band’s upcoming EP. With the music heard in this latest release and the band’s current EP, To Climb A Mountain, it’s safe to say they’re going to climb high in this industry. With intense cymbal clashing and shredding of guitars, Frequent Misconceptions’ music should be added to your playlist immediately.
The band’s vocalist, Josh Lopez, screams his way through this track. Throughout the song, listeners can hear Lopez screaming and growling his way through the lyrics. His style reminds me of what one might hear in bands such as Still Searching or Bullet For My Valentine. Lopez also gives the listeners a taste of his clean vocals throughout the chorus. The clean vocals are done smoothly and carry a harmonious presence. I wish there were more clean vocals throughout the song to give it a better balance between the vocal patterns. However, the vocals and harshness to the overall track resembles the lyrics. This works in favor of the band, and Lopez crushes it either way.
Instrumentalists Brian Crosby (guitarist) and Staffano Arduini (drummer) carry the heaviness of the track symmetrically with Lopez. The shredding and riffing heard in the guitars is sick. They’re one of my favorite aspects of this single. The breakdown in this song also strikes home. Listeners are sure to headbang along to this track. Similar to the vocals, I wish there was some smoother transitioning between chords so that it wasn’t so raw and intense. However, the trio sure do know how to put together a heavy-hitting metalcore track, and they knocked it out of the park with “Unforgiven.” I await new music from the band, as I anticipate the band growing with every song release.
"Where Are You?" by Wasted Pretty
What’s more punk than writing about “skyjacker” menace, D. B. Cooper? Nothing. Wasted Pretty fly in fast with their new music video and single, “Where Are You?” The band sure does know how to reimagine a crazy event that took place years ago, and their new video does it in the cutest way with their James Bond theme.
For those who don’t know, Cooper was the name assigned to an unknown man who hijacked a plane flying from Portland to Seattle on November 24, 1971. When he obtained his $200,000 ransom, he jumped ship and parachuted to an uncertain outcome. To this day, nobody knows what happened to the money or Cooper. With Wasted Pretty’s new video, they paint the life of Cooper in his shoes, which makes him out to be a mysterious badass. He’s a secret agent just battling it out and living the high life-- until he meets his fate with the hijacking. Watching the video, it is so cool how this all comes to life in such a different way. Bond holds nothing to Cooper with this.
Listening to the music, fans of the band might notice some differences in the overall sound compared to the band’s two EPs released last year, Some Scary Shit and Sucks Being Underage. The music isn’t as fast or aggressive as their past stuff, but it still gives off that unique sound of Wasted Pretty. It’s raw, and it’s just as punk as ever. Continuously listening to the band, it’s a refreshing thing to hear the band take the risks they do with each song. Listeners are hearing Wasted Pretty grow in talent and versatility, and that’s how one survives in this music industry.
Ginger Sky Knauer’s vocals continue to impress me with each release, too. Her vocals have me reminiscing listening to Joan Jett or Blondie. This girl has some great talent, and I’m excited to see where her vocals will lead her in the future. Her vocals aren’t the only thing that’s impressive, she can play the guitar in such a way that will leave you in awe. Joey Knauer’s basslines in this track also hit right to the core. Blending his talent with his sister’s comes off effortlessly, their duo is as good as Jack White and Meg White (The White Stripes). These twins definitely know how to perform to the best of their ability together.
The band’s drummer, Mike Staton, entered the band during the production of Some Scary Shit. I am again inspired by Staton’s drum rolling beats, and he continues to do a great job on this song. He comes in with a rhythmic pattern that will lull the listener into a headbob lasting minutes. The trio may just be a bunch of punks, but they're talented musicians who continue to go the distance in their music. I await in anticipation to hear more.
"Cross The Ocean (Rerecorded)" by Sailing Before The Wind
Original members of Sailing Before The Wind get together once again to celebrate their 10-year anniversary and re-record one of their prized singles, “Cross The Ocean.” This track will take you on a journey across the seas with metalcore and death metal-influenced sounds that will leave you speechless and in awe. This anthemic song instills the power of hope and faith, as there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, and Sailing Before The Wind’s epic music is waiting to meet you there.
While the lyrics to this song are uplifting, they also express the turbulence in life’s journeys. However, even when you cannot see the path ahead of you, you must still remain faithful that the destination will produce a great treasure for you. Original vocalist, Kneeya (now singing in ovEnola), helps carry the weight of this chaos in his raw vocal style. This appeal can be heard in both the clean and unclean vocal ranges in this track, and it works well for what the band is trying to do here. Backup vocals that include Ryoichi, Daisuke, and Kosuke, intertwine both the original and current members of this band, and it is great how effortlessly this comes across in the music.
One of my favorite aspects of this track is the riffing and shredding it produces. The listeners can hear the influences of metalcore and death metal here, especially in the riffing and breakdown forms it takes. Guitarist and bassist Takaya (now performing in SLOTHREAT) and Bitoku hit the nail on the head, as they really made the song unique to the band, despite the influences that can be heard. It is action-packed and full of energy, that will leave their listeners reminiscing about live shows. In contrast to the raw vocal patterns, the instrumentals of this song are pretty smooth. Again, this highlights the meaning behind the lyrics, and it is killer how it all pulls in together for a complete song.
Sailing Before The Wind do an excellent job of bringing back to life one of their core songs from the beginning, and incorporating the current members just goes to show how music can be a “one big family” aspect. “Cross The Ocean” not only expresses a concept so relevant and relatable, but also produces killer music that listeners will not tire of. Do yourself a favor and listen to this re-recorded gem.
"Means" by Sleep Signals
Sleep Signals is back with a new single, and this one will get you with a mean punch. “Means” comes in with a new, heavy sound that will rock you down to your core. This new release from the band is everything we need and more. Every component of this track awakens a new sound from Sleep Signals, as it produces an alt-metal appeal.
“Means,” entirely, is a statement piece for the band. Fans might notice the obvious changes in style, if they’ve listened to “Fireproof” (2020) or At the End of the World (2017). With a new lineup for the band, the music is able to take new heights and really experience the true potential Sleep Signals has. It welcomes the aggression with high respect, and it is something that this band nails perfectly.
The angst that flows through the lyrics and vocals, can leave one feeling empowered about conquering anything in their path. It was thoroughly enjoyable to hear the growth of the band not only instrumentally and skill-wise, but also in the lyrics. It stamps maturity and listeners can hear how this new music is going to shake things up a bit. The adaptability showcased by the band’s vocalist, Robert Cosgrove, is key here. His range in skill comes to life on this song. Cosgrove’s vocals are both raw and serious, but continues to keep that classic Sleep Signals style that fans will love. It showcases these new lyrics perfectly and smoothly, despite the anger poured into this track. This may be different, but it is so good how Cosgrove pulls it off in this new single.
Instrumentally, the song hits hard with some booming and shredding sounds that will have the listener eager to tear it up in the pit. Sound-wise, this is where the potential has really grown for the band. The sky is the limit, and these members are truly racing to get to that high spot in the music scene. The music has now shifted from hard rock to alt-metal. I know I was left in awe as I listened to the song. The guitar solo especially left goosebumps, it was that powerful. This portion of the song took me back years, where I have seen this band play live with their killer music, and I cannot wait to hear this new music live. I’ve been blasting “Suit & Tie Suicide" for years, and now, I have a new favorite to jam out to on the regular. Sleep Signals definitely cannot be stopped, and I eagerly await their upcoming music. It’ll hit it out of the park.
"Free In The Heart" by HIGHFRONT
HIGHFRONT goes back to their roots with “Free In The Heart'' to bring their listeners another heavy track. While bringing their traditional hard rock and grunge influences, the band also breathes groove metal in this new single. Listeners can get a taste of some smooth shredding, intense drum beats, and raw vocals that will have them on the edge of their seat, ready to hear more. It truly is a track you need to turn up immediately.
Opening this single is a screech that left me chuckling when I first listened. This aspect of the track was brilliant, as it fits HIGHFRONT’s personality so well. It is fresh, and made unique to them. Continuing the track, the band’s vocalist, Adam Loback, incorporates his classic sound of raw grunge-influenced vocals. Loback’s presence on this track absolutely crushes it with the new influences brought up in this track, and the content matter heard in the lyrics.
These lyrics are pretty par for the course for any HIGHFRONT song, but that doesn’t diminish the value. In fact, “Free In The Heart’s” lyrics are quite empowering as they are edgy. While detailing about others always looking down on you once you’ve hit a low spot in life, it’s important to remember your roots and trust yourself in the healing process. Loback does a great job at carrying the importance especially in his vocals on this track. Not only that, but merging the style of grunge and groove metal can be tricky. Loback appears born to do this.
Loback isn’t the only one who fails to disappoint on this track though, as the rest of the members also do a phenomenal job. Of course, as one of HIGHFRONT’s staples, the shredding is top tier. What’s different about the shredding in this particular song, is it flows more smoothly and not as raw as it does in their previous music. This is something interesting to hear, and I look forward to seeing if the band continues with this technique come their future tracks. In addition to the shredding, the band’s drummer, Corey Zadorozny, simultaneously produces a sonic boom that invokes the urge to get rowdy and jump around. The groove metal is something I was skeptical about at first, but this track is flawless in its sound, and makes for yet another great track from the band.
Also, if you enjoyed the music video, the band has a special treat for you. The footage seen in the clip teases the band’s new merchandise. If you’re interested in checking out more, you can find some more designs here. It’s as sick as the music they make, trust me.
"Pushing Me Away" (Cover) by Inner Echo
Covering music, especially those originally created by musicians now deceased, allows for the soul to carry on through their talent that touched lives over the years. This music scene was blessed with the presence of Chester Bennington (1976-2015) for years with his time spent in bands such as Linkin Park, Grey Daze, Dead By Sunrise, and more. Those who heard his music, read his lyrics, were moved in ways that the average person would not expect. Bennington’s music has remained iconic and equally as important even in years after his passing. Inner Echo contributes with an absolutely epic version of “Pushing Me Away.” This track is off of Linkin Park’s iconic album, Hybrid Theory (2000). Inner Echo does a great job in this cover to bring to life Linkin Park’s past music, but also to make this cover unique to them.
The distinct differences in this cover lie within the overall structure of the track. Inner Echo lets this cover bring to life a whole new meaning to the lyrics. The band’s lead vocalist, Casey Moss, eerily resembles Bennington’s sound. This makes for a chilling and tear-jerking moment for listeners. This aspect was unexpected, yet it is something that should be adored. Backup vocals given by the band’s guitarist, Andrew Weissberg, excellently accent Moss as well. A shout out to Tyler Shoemaker (Greyscale Recordings) is in order for mixing this track to highlight the vocal pieces. It was definitely a smart choice. The vocal component just really hits the nail on the head here, and is beautifully done.
Adding the vocals to the instrumentals put up by the rest of the band is solid. It truly is one of the best covers I have heard for any Linkin Park song. Listeners can identify the passion and energy flowing throughout the music, and it is beautiful. Instrumentally, what draws me in is the drumming performed by Joe Alexander. His execution in this song is raw, and it echoes love for this music just like Bennington gave off in his music. This is definitely a cover that you will want to have on replay all day.
Not only that, but Inner Echo just released the music video for “Pushing Me Away.” The band is illuminated by candlelight, which adds to the significance of this song. The visual piece portrays the hard-hitting music without the chaos of an extreme music video, which was a great move. Please, do yourself a favor and listen to this cover by Inner Echo. Also make sure to check out their debut single, “The Demon Inside,” keep a watch for their debut album to be released later this year.
"Voices" by Pistols At Dawn
Get ready to hear “Voices” from Atlanta’s own, Pistols At Dawn. Atlanta has been the birthplace for many artists The SoundChick has covered, like Hall Of The Elders, Cult Of She, or Yosemite In Black. The SoundChick proudly recommends Pistols At Dawn as another band worthy of your consideration. “Voices" comes in as a freshly released single and video from the band’s upcoming EP, Nocturnal Youth. This track will get you energized and send your heart racing as you’re faced with sick shredding and insane vocals. It carries a pleasant fusion of grunge, hard rock, and heavy metal influences that fans of Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, or Godsmack will enjoy. After listening to the band’s music and this latest single release, it is certain that the band is one of the leading hard rock bands right now.
The band’s vocalist, Chris Pierson, has a bold presence in “Voices.” It is eerie, it is smooth, it is cut throat, and it’s one out of the several ways this song stands out in this music scene. Pierson’s growling and clean vocals are quite impressive in this latest single release, and it is guaranteed that listeners will be singing along as they let the music play. The lyrics of this track are some of the most relatable words I’ve heard, and Pierson does a great job at amplifying the meaning of the track through his own vigorous skillset. I especially appreciate that Pierson did not express the lyrics in too depressing of a way, but got the point across in the best way.
Instrumentally, this track makes its mark with a sonic boom. The members of this band are perfectly in-sync with each other, and this allows for the entire range of influences to be expressed naturally. As any hard rock fan would expect, the shredding heard in this song is intense. One of my favorite aspects of this single is the instrumental solo (minutes 2:30-3:25), where the band just lets it rip. This will definitely send a shiver down your spine, it’s that good. “Voices” is a song I can’t wait to hear live, as I imagine the energy this band brings is spectacular. If you’re looking for a new track or band to tune in to, check out Pistols At Dawn-- they know what they’re doing.
"Warrior" by Atreyu Ft. Travis Barker
Get ready to turn up Atreyu's new anthemic track, "Warrior." One thing is for sure with this new release, you will feel like a true warrior. This song comes off the Warrior/Underrated EP that has freshly released. Not only that, but Travis Barker is featured on "Warrior." Barker, who has collaborated with other artists such as Machine Gun Kelly, Yungblud, Blackbear, and more, brings a new edge to Atreyu's music that truly makes the song memorable. The band's full-length album, Baptize, is set to premier June 4. If the album sounds anything like what the band has brought with "Warrior," it'll be one you'll want to have on daily rotation.
Lead vocalist, Brandon Saller, showcases immense talent on this track. His voice reigns serenity, while also provoking empowerment in the listeners. Saller, taking the place of former vocalist Alex Varkatzas, has continuously proven that he can help open doors for the band. This track perfectly showcases his skillset that allows for Atreyu to produce another killer track. Harsh vocalist, Porter McKnight comes in with cut throat punch with his various out bursts in this song. There's a happy balance in the vocal ranges here, that were brilliantly composed and mixed together. I guarantee as you listen along to "Warrior," you will be belting along in tune.
Instrumentally, this track is sick. Similar to the vocal arrangements, there's balance in the chord progression and intensity of the overall instrumentals. This, of course, adds to that stadium-like vibe this song produces. As stated previously, Barker is an insane guest feature. He comes in with a mean punch, and allows for goosebumps to flood your arms. It definitely makes for a beautiful track that will leave you feeling bold, fearless, and limitless. Plus, it carries as one with multiple uses. I could see "Warrior" being played during a boss fight in a video game, on a power workout playlist, or just for casual listening-- in any case, it resonates deep while incorporating uplifting lyrics that fans will enjoy for years. Do yourself a favor, and listen to "Warrior," and don't forget new music is dropping in June.
"Better The Devil You Know" by Galleons Ft. Phil Bayer (formerly Time, The Valuator)
Galleons bring us another sick track with their latest release, "Better The Devil You Know." One thing's for sure: no matter where I go, I want to be listening to Galleons. Featured as guest vocals is Phil Bayer, who is a great addition. Vocals, instrumentals, composition, and mixing-- it's all perfect. It's safe to say that this is definitely a track you need to blast ASAP.
There are so many great things that can be said about the vocals of this track. Vocalists Tom Byrne and Sergey Rodionov bring that Galleons sounds fans have grown to love. Having the addition of Phil Bayer brings in a new edge that makes this track that much better. These artists perfectly blend their talents, which make for smooth and crisp transitions.
The power of repetition showcases itself heavily in this song. The great thing about "Better The Devil You Know," is it creates an Earworm that is worthy of being there. The repetition in this song comes across effortless. The lyrics, written by Byrne, express an emotion and situation that is quite relatable. Just reading over the lyrics, fans might assume that the track might also carry a darker sound to it. Galleons takes the opposite approach here, and turns it into something anthemic and empowering-- which is showcased greatly in the vocals.
Instrumental compositions done by Evgeny Starshinov and Max Shepelev also shine bright here. Instrumentally, there is harmony in chord progression and intensity. This also matches well with how the vocals are arranged in the track. It's brilliantly orchestrated, and truly makes for a catchy song that I will have on replay. Trust me, you need to hear "Better The Devil You Know."
"Remembrance" by Halysis
Halysis shakes things up a bit with their newest single release, "Remembrance." This is the first release since their debut album, Cerulean (2020). With Cerulean, the band brings their fans intense progressive death metal that makes you want to punch through walls, as if you were in the latest Marvel film. "Remembrance" carries something a bit divergent, and is more melodic. The track resonates beauty through pain, and expresses more emotional content. After listening to the latest single, it is no doubt that Halysis continues to crush it-- their music is refreshing and deserves to be put on replay.
The band's vocalist, Henry Hämäläinen, bears the melodic sound in this song. You might be familiar with Hämäläinen's work in other bands Shade Empire and Neon Daemon. He was welcomed in as Halysis' lead vocalist back in September of 2020. With every release, I remain impressed, and expect the same with future projects. Hämäläinen has opened a whole range of possibilities, which can be heard clearly in the band's music. Whatever style, it's clear he can match that and turn it into something sick. The balance in the clean and growling vocals is something that's magnificent when it comes to "Remembrance." It signifies the light and darkness discussed in the lyrical content. Brilliantly done on Hämäläinen's end.
Instrumentally, this track is insane. It is a little more on the heavier side, so if you enjoy progressive death metal, you are sure to enjoy what Halysis has done here. The blast beats and drum progression welcomes the opportunity for listeners to raise up their horns in agreement. Matching this with the vocal capability expressed by Hämäläinen, is what makes this track emotionally beautiful. Listeners can hear the pain, but they can also get the motivation to carry on and see the light. Take a small break in your day to listen to their new single, it'll be worth your time. And remember-- "Remembrance" has its full release on all streaming platforms March 24. You can pre-save the track here.
"Wake" by I AT LAST
I AT LAST shakes our consciousness with their latest single release, "Wake." This track comes from their upcoming debut EP, Magenta, which is to be released to the public March 26. One of the band's guitarists, Roope Lappalainen, is recently quoted stating, "The sound of Magenta creates a good overall picture of who we are and what kind of music we want to create." This single release showcases that thought perfectly, as the band gives their listeners a fairly good taste as to what they can expect not only in this EP, but when it comes to their future projects as well. I AT LAST proves they are a band you need to watch, and you won't be disappointed in what you hear.
"Wake" opens up with some sick shredding, followed by a booming drum pattern. This alone got me energized and eager for what the track was going to bring. I was not let down, as "Wake" is one of the more hard-hitting metalcore tracks I've listened to. The instrumentals alone will give the typical metal fan goosebumps. Throughout the entire song, there was consistent vitality, which engages the listener to head bang or mosh around the house.
I AT LAST gives us an empowering track, given the subject matter. The lyrics portray a person in suffering but longs for that need to escape and finally be free. The band's vocalist, Henry Manninen, expresses the pain in his howling voice. In doing this, it helps to spotlight the meaning for the song, and it is orchestrated well. By the end of the track, the listener can hear that beacon of hope that is expressed both lyrically and vocally. After hearing "Wake," I am left hungry to hear more when it comes to the release of Magenta. It'll definitely be one that will rock my world, and I can assure you will not be disappointed either.
"Autophobia" by LÝSIS
LÝSIS absolutely crushes the metalcore scene with their latest single, "Autophobia." Not only is this track a great reflection of what it's like battling mental health demons, it also brings that mean metalcore punch this fan base loves. With the magnificent balance of melody, LÝSIS truly showcases beauty through pain in this new song, and it's one you won't forget.
As stated previously, "Autophobia" clearly discusses a topic that is significant. Even if you are unaware of what it is like to live in darkness, you get a fairly good taste of that experience through listening to this song. As I listened to this track, I picked up on several different meanings. On one hand, having intrusive thoughts can truly make someone feel alone if they don't have the support system needed. On the other, not experiencing these damning thoughts after you've grown to know them, can be daunting as that's been a burden for so long. I appreciate how the band left this track subjective and open to interpretation for their listeners, as it makes for a more welcoming and accepting environment.
The band's vocalist, Isabell Hag, delivers strongly in this track. She keeps a balance between her growling and clean vocal styles that are well orchestrated throughout. With the clean vocals, they give this song that melodic voice. It is quite beautiful actually. However, when she brings that punch with her growls, it is stunning. We need more female vocalists in this genre that are able to pull this off the way Hag does. She is definitely one you're going to want to pay attention to as Hag continues to grow as a musician.
Instrumentally, "Autophobia" slaps the listener hard in the face and it makes for one you're going to want to be listening to constantly. The band's synthesizer, Viktor Åsén, allows for this song to have that suspense of anxiety. It relates to the overall meaning of the song well, and I'm impressed with how the band chose to show this in their music. Axel Lintjärn, the band's former composer and guitarist, agreed to record this track with the rest of the band before he left. I'm glad he did, because he helped produce a great track for the band. I truly cannot wait to hear what else the band has in the works.
"They Cut You Down" by HIGHFRONT
HIGHFRONT has hit us with yet another track, and it is completely different than you'd expect. The hard rock band has come out of their shell to give their fans a southern rock song, "They Cut You Down." Even though this might sound stylistically different from what fans are used to, the band still incorporates the HIGHFRONT aesthetic we love, and proves to us they can still knock it out of the park with something new.
There's an obvious style change in the instrumentals in this track, but one thing has remained true to the band, Adam Loback's vocals. Traditionally, Loback carries that vocal range you would hear portrayed in hard rock and grunge bands. Incorporating this approach on a southern rock track is what makes it unique and stand out. The yelling and screaming done for this song inflects intense emotion that is personal. The first time I heard it, I got chills. It was one of my favorite aspects for sure.
If you have been listening to HIGHFRONT for a while, you are aware of the band's profound shredding capabilities. While you might not hear it to that same extent, HIGHFRONT still gives their listeners that hard rock/grunge appeal with a southern rock twist. The versatility reflected and greatly executed in this track shows how far this band can go in the music industry. I am impressed with this new HIGHFRONT music, and I can assure you will, too.
'Stick Up" by Hall Of The Elders
Crabcore, a trend you don’t often see anymore when it comes to metalcore and post-hardcore artists. However, the faithful Hall Of The Elders have stepped up to keep this scene alive. With the band’s fresh release, “Stick Up,” fans can get a taste for that crowd-favorite sound and reminisce in the good old days, when screaming along to Attack Attack! was how we coped with hating our parents. Hall Of The Elders bluntly knocked it out of the park with this nostalgic parody of a track. With sick breakdowns, scene hair we all wished we had, and energetic music, you are sure to enjoy everything that is “Stick Up.”
The band’s vocalists, Bailey Norman and Mark Jackson, held a stable balance throughout. Norman brings a strong presence to this track when it comes to his screams. Jackson’s clean vocal pattern mixed with some auto-tuning will remind listeners of Abandon All Ships or Asking Alexandria back in the day. It was definitely well orchestrated and brilliantly mixed. Not only that, but this portrayed the meaning behind the lyrics in the best way possible. It just clicked, and that’s what we love to hear when it comes to this particular genre.
With Jackson also on guitar, he plays alongside Will James (guitarist) and Christian Saragusa (bassist). The breakdowns heard in this song are sick, and will most likely have you bobbing your head as you listen along. The band’s drummer, Nate Wilson, also plays a significant role in this catchy tune. Wilson’s thumping beat perfectly lifts up the other instrumentalists on this song.
One thing that one can see while watching the music video, is how much fun the band is having. This is something that is wonderful to see. If you’re not having fun doing what you do, you’re in the wrong career field. I can say with total confidence that these members were destined to perform in Hall Of The Elders together. With how their music is coming along and growing over the years, I can only expect greatness from them. Plus, David Caplinger greatly mixed and mastered this track to make it as tight as possible. The energy and passion for this scene flows heavily throughout, and it’s filled with hard-hitting music. It’s not just a phase, mom, because I’ll be breaking down to this track even in my thirties.
"Ms. Death" by Jo Below
"Ms. Death" is the first single release off Jo Below's upcoming EP, No Control. The band's second EP is set to be public on April 16 of this year. Having listened to the opening song, I can say with confidence I am looking forward to hearing the rest of No Control. "Ms. Death" is a passionate, feminist track that uplifts those who feel they're in an inferior position. It's just what we needed to spice up our daily playlist.
One of the components that will immediately stand out to the listener, is the vocals. Johanna Kari of Jo Below brings a melodic style that perfectly balances itself with the hard rock instrumentals contributed from the band's remaining members. Being not a traditional hard rock vocalist, this sound brings a unique presence and set of standards to the hard rock scene. The simplicity in Kari's talent reigns true beauty and passion for this war cry. The lyrics might come across aggressive, but Kari brings an angelic tone to it, which perfectly spotlights the meaning of the track. Her skillset and vocal range is comparable to styles expressed in bands, such as The Pretty Reckless or Halestorm. It truly is brilliantly orchestrated here, and I can't wait to hear her excel on the rest of the EP.
The instrumental structure of this track is excellent. It adds that extra punch behind Kari's vocals, and the blending of styles works well for one another. It's obvious that the band resembles a melodic hard rock aesthetic, however, the band has put their own influences into their music, creating a unique sound that can be best described as modern classic rock. To hear these core influences and shredding patterns, brings back memories of the good old days listening to Guns N' Roses or Lynyrd Skynyrd. Trust me, you will be dreaming of the rolling drum sequence heard in this song. Jo Below perfectly proves with this single that you don't have to have screaming or intense instrumental influences to produce a heavy song. If you want to feel empowered while listening to some great music, I would highly recommend you check out "Ms. Death."
"In Your Face" by SHOCKLORE
SHOCKLORE cuts through the silence with their sonic boom within "In Your Face." This crossover punk/thrash band is just what you need to release the beast within and rage to some great tunes. This track packs a mean punch with its authentic punk roots, but it sure takes listeners on one hell of a ride with the thrash influences.
In addition to being the band's drummer, Mark Luther, also writes the tracks' lyrics. The aggression expressed throughout the lyrics within "In Your Face" are extreme. This song is all about expressing and standing up for yourself because you are strong enough to become the person standing in your own way. This message reflects that traditional punk aesthetic, and you can hear that edgy attitude within the vocals here. Bringing in the punk influences allows for the thrash aspects to shine just as bright instrumentally.
Entering the intense shredding on strings, this reflects more of the thrash mold. A major appreciation shoutout goes out to Eric Wood (guitarist/bassist), and James Fuentes (guitarist) here. Though thrash might be the focal point instrumentally, SHOCKLORE also contributes to the raw, punk ability. The listener can hear this the most being produced in the percussion aspect of the song. The blending of these two genres works well for this band, and it truly showcases the versatility of their talent. With SHOCKLORE being this bold, you're definitely going to want to turn "In Your Face" up loud and go crazy.
"Shine Like Rust" by HIGHFRONT
HIGHFRONT never ceases to meet my expectations with their music. With each new release, they unpack a hefty sound of hard hitting rock and grunge music. "Shine Like Rust" breaks through the mold here, and brings a whole new level to this music scene.
When it comes to the band's music, it's no secret that they're known for their shredding and sick riffing. I was fascinated with this the first time, and it never lets up. "Shine Like Rust" takes that to the next level. I found myself head-banging along as I listened. If it's this intense through my house speakers, I can only imagine how killer it is live. Instrumentally, this track ignites the passion for hard rock and grunge music, but puts that modern HIGHFRONT spin on it. If you enjoy acts such as Alice In Chains or Finger Eleven, you're sure to be impressed with the band's capability in this sense.
The band's vocalist, Adam Loback, crushes it. You might even say he shines. The lyrics here express a personal and emotional place, and his capability to turn pain/hurt into a thrilling track is exceptional. Personally, I love the balance between Loback's vocal style. Within this track, he starts off slow and groggy, to open up a flood of fierce vocals that perfectly fit the hard rock mold. Turning pain into entertainment is not all that easy, but Loback knocks it out of the park with every song. I haven't been disappointed with a HIGHFRONT release yet, and don't expect to be any time soon. Do yourself a favor, and take a listen to this song.
"Nightmare" by Transient
Transient breaks through the silence with their debut single, "Nightmare." This fresh band brings a unique and sick voice with their music, and it's one that will go far in this industry. Not only is the beat noteworthy, but they cover some relatable topics that are sure to welcome in many fans. With every strum of the guitar, you're sure to fall in love with this track especially.
"Nightmare" expresses a chilling theme of personal emotions, and fighting your personal demons. As the song produces the sense of feeling overwhelmed or trapped by the darkness, the listener gets a taste for the nightmare behind the music. It's vivid and haunting, but the sound is so great you can't stop listening.
Fueling this track are the extreme vocals done by Trey J. Mollo. He is quite versatile in his style, and they hit hard. Mollo's style has left me impressed and on the edge of my seat. The intertwining of clean and screaming vocals is what makes this track significant, as it helps resonate the painful emotion poured into the lyrics.
Instrumentalists that worked on this track deserve some praise, too. The pairing of these members produces quality that we're here for. The band's drummer, Phil Krohn, produces a sonic boom that you can hear as you listen to this song, and it helps elevate Mollo's vocals. The jamming guitars and bass throughout the track perfectly match with Mollo's clean vocal presence, and it makes for a killer break from the intense shredding. All in all, this band is impressive. With this track being their debut single, I am waiting in suspense to hear more. Talented would be an understatement when describing Transient.
"The Used" by Endbringer
If you like music filled with gruesome sounds and intense vocals, you're in for a treat with Endbringer's latest single. "The Used' is the perfect track for those who are fed up with being taken advantage of. With a relatable topic matched with the band's chaotic music, it makes for a listening experience fans won't forget.
Upon pressing play, the listener is faced with some familiar lines from First Blood. This opens the track well and sets the overall tone. If you're a fan of this series, upon hearing these lines, you would expect some hard-hitting music. That's exactly what Endbringer provides with "The Used."
What's interesting about this song is the style of sound produced. Each component carries a specific technique, and it's what makes this a solid performance. The vocals done by Travis resemble a Pantera-like vibe. Matching this ability with the lyrics is definitely appreciated. In addition to Travis' vocals, the instrumentals bring more of a style you might hear from bands such as Avenged Sevenfold. This is blended well, and it makes for a catchy track. It's definitely one you can get down to in the pit, or head banging along to alone in your room. Bringing in core influences such as these bands bring back that authentic metal music we all love. This scene needs more bands like Endbringer. If you haven't already, check out the track. It will be worth your time.
"We Eat The Buffalo" by Radio Aftermath
Radio Aftermath breaks through the silence with their latest single, "We Eat The Buffalo." For those who enjoy genres such as rock and punk, they're sure to enjoy the new vibes radiating through this track. Get ready to fall in love with Radio Aftermath, I promise you won't regret it.
"We Eat The Buffalo" hits hard with its instrumental capability. This is the aspect of the song that smacks the listener in the face with its unique style and sound. There's several influences entangled in this music that really makes for a great listen. The thump of the drums blended with the bass and guitar make for a relentless beat.
Instrumentally, my favorite portion of this track is between minute 2:10-2:35. This is where the instrumentals are leveled highest compared to the vocals. The tempo starts off a bit soft, and builds up as time passes. This was placed and crafted perfectly for this song. It expresses the overall tone and point of what Radio Aftermath was trying to do here.
Vocalists Chris Dennett and Rob Burns also portray great flair. For those who get down to punk music, will enjoy this aspect of the track as well. This is where the punk influence is heard throughout the listen. This intertwines with the instrumentals ideally. As I listened to this song, it reminded me of Green Day or Neck Deep. If you're in the market for some new music, give "We Eat The Buffalo" a shot.
"Ambien" by Within The Catacombs
Get ready to rage with this new track brought to you by Within The Catacombs. "Ambien" is the perfect track for any deviant or chaotic soul. This band brings cut-throat to a whole new level with the lyrics and sound of this song. It's definitely one you don't want to miss.
Aesthetically, "Ambien" is quite pleasing. Right off the bat, viewers of the video can see something reminiscent of Nightmare on Elm Street. As a horror fanatic, I loved this, and the band pulls this theme off well within their visual enhancement and lyrics. It is definitely a track one could get carried away head banging to.
When it comes to the vocals within this song I could not be more impressed. Vocalists Steve Denton and Sage Long were destined to work together. Even though they have unique sounds, they lift each other up stylistically. My personal favorite is the low gutturals produced within this track. However, both talents intertwined is sure to leave the avid metal listener satisfied.
Instrumentally, the band rocks the listener with their sound. It's significant, and works for the overall theme of the track. Instrumentalists working on this project perfectly highlight this band's capability within this genre. I'm waiting in suspense for future releases with high hopes. The eeriness and sick chugging throughout provides the fans with the most authentic metal experience to die for. With "Ambien" being this band's debut single, I am eager to hear more and I know they will not disappoint.
"#SaveOurChildren" by December Screams Embers Ft. Craig Mabbitt (Escape The Fate)
December Screams Embers payed close attention to the popular hashtag, #SaveOurChildren. As they saw countless numbers of people just copy and paste this, they wanted to go the extra mile to truly help make a change. For those who are unaware, this hashtag is to help spread awareness about child sex trafficking. Not only is it a great track musically, it has a deep meaning for the band. This song was born out of the idea to not only spread awareness, but help pay tribute to organizations that benefit this cause. Fifty percent of all the proceeds earned for this track will be donated to those specific charities.
Vocally, this track is pleasing. You might recognize a familiar voice if you're a fan of Escape The Fate. The band's vocalist, Jordan "Rage" Fjeldsted's talent balances perfect with Craig Mabbitt's. As I listen to this song, I love hearing the intertwining between the clean and screaming vocals. This correlates perfectly to the lyrics and emotion behind them. Towards the end, one can hear a child's voice saying, "I want to go home." This instantly gave me goosebumps. Incorporating a child's voice is brilliant and emotional. It makes me want to do more than just share a hashtag on social media. This was carefully structured, and it works perfectly to catch the listener's attention whenever they hear "#SaveOurChildren."
Instrumentally, it's not too overwhelming. This also is ideal given the content of the track. It's made for easy listening, but still packs that aggressive punch any hard rock or metal fan would enjoy. I'm appreciative of another metal band taking the initiative to bring awareness to a worthy cause. It shows that metal truly does care, and this needs to be normalized more when it comes to the reputation for this genre. I highly recommend you grab your own copy of "#SaveOurChildren," I promise you won't regret it. And, just maybe you'll be inspired to act against child sex trafficking.
"Cultist" by Actus Reus Ft. Taylor Barber (Left To Suffer)
Get ready to sink your teeth into some horrific and violent metal with Actus Reus’ new single, “Cultist.” This track packs a mean punch, and fans are not ready for what they’re about to listen to. It slays.
Immediately upon playing “Cultist,” the listener is slapped with some aggressive shredding and an intense drum thump. It’s safe to say that this song has quite the energy that forces an approving head-banging experience. The overall instrumental component to this track is killer, and is incredibly catchy. I can only imagine how fierce this song will be live.
The band’s vocalist, Adam Rose, does not disappoint within this song. He’s aggressive and powerful, and it’s just what Actus Reus’ fans need. In addition to Rose, Taylor Barber of Left To Suffer is featured. Prepare yourself, because it’s outstanding. Barber’s vocal addition in “Cultist” gives this track the perfect edge it deserves. This has to be one of the best feature performances I’ve heard. I’m truly impressed with how Actus Reus pulled this together.
I reached out to the band to see how they feel about the track and Rose got back to me saying, "'Cultist' is the encompassment of the new wave of metal we are bringing to the scene. We cannot wait for everyone to see what we have been up to."
“Cultist” is to be released 10.30.20. You can pre-save the track here. Trust me, it’s worth it.
UPDATE (Oct. 30, 2020): "Cultist" is now out! Make sure to take a listen, Actus Reus killed it.
"Crazy" by Planet Waves
Planet Waves is sure to get you vibing right with their track “Crazy.” Similar to “Marty” and “Hazy Hills,” this track comes off the band’s self-titled album. One thing is for sure, and that’s this song is definitely one you’re going to want to rock out to if you enjoy rock or indie music.
Immediately, the listener is faced with some killer instrumentals that blend a rhythm and blues sound. It's a simple yet impressive beat that urges the audience to sway along. Halfway through the first minute of the track, the instrumentals slow down before picking back up. The decision to do this was spot on, as it resonated with the lyrics and truly showcased the emotion behind the song. Having this particular style flowing within Planet Waves' music is what I feel is favored by their listeners.
As always, vocalist Lindsay Ford does a phenomenal job on "Crazy." Her vocal talent blends perfectly with the instrumentals, and provides a soothing listening experience. Ford's voice takes the listener through a thrilling journey that often has them reminiscing over better times when they listen to Planet Waves' music. You’re definitely going to want to check out this song and the rest of the band’s music.
"Backbreaker" by PINT + BLISTER
Three-piece punk band PINT + BLISTER will have you raging with their latest single "Backbreaker." This song is seething, as it calls out corrupt mangers, money-grabbing promoters, and anyone else that has brought negativity into life. "It's less than two minutes of pure rage" is an understatement to say the least. If you like defiant music, listen to this song.
Vocalists Matthew Brocklehurst and Nathan Davies help give "Backbreaker" an aggressive edge. They are raw and extreme, and it makes for an invigorating listening experience. A great aspect of this track is halfway through, there's some "barking" patterns. The placement of this not only makes sense, but it showcases the negative people the song is about.
Instrumentally, PINT + BLISTER do not disappoint here. What I loved is that there's some rock influence portrayed in the guitar contributions. Mixing the rock and punk styles together made the music behind the lyrics fresh and pleasing. In addition to that, the drumming done by Joshua Goodyear is booming throughout the duration of the track. If you need to have a fit, do it along to "Backbreaker."
"One Foot On The Gas" by HIGHFRONT
One thing is for certain, and that is how hard HIGHFRONT turns it up in their music. "Through Pain We Dine" and the Footsteps In The Sounds EP had some sick shredding and intense lyrics. HIGHFRONT pulls through with another hard-hitting song, "One Foot On The Gas." If you're a fan of aggressive vocals mixed with mad instrumentals, you're definitely going to want to check out "One Foot On The Gas."
The immediate aspect of this song that stands out is the instrumentals. Right off the bat, the listener is faced with heavy string work. This is something that is favored by the band's listeners and for any one who is an avid listener of the hard rock genre. The unification of sound between the instrumentalists throughout allows for the song to be loved and moshed to; any hardcore listener will definitely want to start head-banging along to it.
When it comes to the vocals of this track do not disappoint. Adam Loback's extreme vocals are what tie this song up perfectly. Loback's mixture of styles within this track are also unique. Even though the lyrics in this song are hostile, they have a significant meaning behind them. "One Foot On The Gas" is all about self-empowerment, and relying on yourself even if that means you have to change for the better. Loback's clean and growling patterns help spotlight the emotion and meaning, and it works incredibly for the band here. If HIGHFRONT continues to release tracks this way, it is with no doubt the band will succeed many milestones.
"One Foot On The Gas" is only available to the public via Bandcamp. If you click here, you can listen to this thrilling track. I promise you won't regret it.
"Who's Watching" by 3000AD
The thrash crossover band hailing from New Zealand, 3000AD, strikes big with "Who's Watching." This track comes off of the band's latest album, The Void, and it's one that you're going to want to turn up as soon as you hear its first beat. This album is a concept piece that takes the listener through a bleak, dystopian journey. Even though this album is set in the future, I find some of the tracks, like “Who’s Watching,” to be relatable to the present. Nonetheless, it's enticing sound begs for the listener to throw up their horns in aggression.
The instrumentals to this track are appealing to any listener who favors heavier genres. Each blast beat and shred throughout "Who's Watching" help resonate the most with a thrash metal stylistic sound. Sam Pryor (guitarist) and Scott Austin (bassist) use their talents in a way that blends perfectly with the band's drummist, Hellmore Bones. Members of the band instilled "Who's Watching" with movement and a rhythm worth moshing to.
Bones, who is also the band's vocalist, aids this track in blending genres. For example, the vocal style produced within this track fits the mold for both punk and hard rock genres. Pryor and Austin both add to the backing vocals of this band throughout the album. Genre mixing within projects can sometimes be a hit or miss. However, 3000AD does it justice within "Who's Watching." I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the song and the album as whole, and can assure that you will as well. Check out "Who's Watching" now and I promise you will not regret it.
"Towards Nothing" by 2 Wolves
Inverse Records is home to several hard-hitting Finnish metal bands. 2 Wolves is one of them. This band brings to their listeners the best gothic metal has to offer, and it shows heavily within their latest single, "Towards Nothing." 2 Wolves has proven that even when a band produces a dooming track, it can still portray that melodic style to help this track stand bright.
"Towards Nothing" has a somber meaning to it. The story behind the track is that no matter what, we're heading towards the inevitable, and the inevitable is nothing. My favorite line in the lyrics is, "We celebrate the emptiness, fate we cannot avoid." These depressing lyrics are haunting and powerful. I enjoyed hearing the instrumental and vocal blending this band produced within this track, as it made for a chilling listening experience.
The most prominent aspect of "Towards Nothing" is the vocal talent, Ilkka Valkonen. The clean vocal style portrayed in this track reminds me of Disturbed's vocalist, David Draiman. Valkonen in "Towards Nothing" helped showcase the soothing side to this track through the vocals. Not only that, but I enjoyed the vocal style blending within this song. It was the perfect balance of clean and screaming vocal patterns. This effect helped showcase the lyrics of "Towards Nothing."
That being said, each and every talent that worked on "Towards Nothing" is worthy of recognition. Instrumentally, the sound resonated the most with contributors on strings: Sami Simpanen (bass), Petri Määttä (guitar), and Jere Pennanen (guitar). With a gothic and dulcet appeal, it is sure to please edgy metal heads. If you have the time, definitely check this band out.
"Dimensional Entrapment" by Skyless Aeons
"Dimensional Entrapment" is one of two songs this progressive death metal band has released to help promote the release of their upcoming album, Drain The Sun. The previous track released in honor of this album was, "Go Forth and Multiply." Drain The Sun is to be released on October 2 and if the album sounds anything like either of these two tracks pre-released, then fans are surely in for a thrilling treat. "Dimensional Entrapment" takes the listener through a chaotic experience of dealing with a hefty topic. Any hardcore listener is going to want to raise up their horns in respect to this band's music.
A core aspect to "Dimensional Entrapment" is the instrumentals. The introduction was perfect how it prefaced the hard-hitting music to follow. The instrumental component to this track made it apparent that Pantera is most likely an influence to Skyless Aeons. Tracks released by Pantera, such as "This Love," give off a similar sound and style. There are many stylistic influences, which makes for a unique listening experience. The periodic rise in fall to the instrumentals within this track were definitely appreciated as well. "Dimensional Entrapment" truly made me want to get up and want to start moshing, and I'm sure any listener will have the same experience.
Vocalists Nathan Ferreira and Nicholas Luck carry the lyrics well throughout "Dimensional Entrapment." If you're dealing with spiritual entrapment, you might relate to this song, as it discusses how spiritual entrapment can bring a lot of negative results and aspects into your life. These skull-crushing and gloomy lyrics need a specific style put into how they're expressed, and these vocalists convey this perfectly within this song. After listening to this track, it is clear what Skyless Aeons is capable of. Every artist contributing to this track is in need of recognition, as Skyless Aeons produces a heavier outcome that is perfect for any death metal listener. If you're into aggressive music, definitely give this band a chance, you won't regret it.
"Saviour" by NeoNera
This Canadian hard rock trio takes a stab at an intense track, titled “Saviour.” NeoNera covers relevant themes, as it deals toxic masculinity and the idea of “white knights.” The SoundChick doesn’t often comment on music videos usually, but it was requested by a band member and we made an exception.
This music video is powerful, as one would assume. Viewers see clips of the band, a detailed animation, and clips of a woman in chains. One thing that stands out in the “Saviour” music video is that it strives to cover both perspectives of man and woman, and the resulting chaos is fantastic.
When it comes to man’s point of view, he wants to be there for the woman they depict as the “damsel in distress.” He will do anything to “rescue” her or release her from whatever they think is holding her back. On the other hand, women want to be empowered on their own volition -- being her own “saviour.” Due to this fact, the women often see themselves trapped, or view the male figure as the antagonist in their life. Through all the disorder and toxicity, it ends with the demise of both. These themes are showcased thoroughly, and I was impressed with that. The imagery matched the lyrics, expresses the level of concern within the meaning of “Saviour.”
Lead vocalist Dylan Gunnell conveys the emotion of this track perfectly. The build up between calm and aggressive lyrics translates well within his vocal pattern in “Saviour.” When listening to the track, I honestly got goosebumps whenever Gunnell would yell. This is when the lyrics resonated with me the most. One of the band’s back-up singers, Stephanie Leger, didn’t have a contribution vocally on “Saviour,” and I was more than a little disappointed with that at first listen. It would’ve been an obvious choice to have heard a female voice on a track based on toxic masculinity, encapsulating both perspectives. However, in the end it wasn't needed. With Gunnell’s vocals as the focal point of the track, I think it expresses the meaning of “Saviour” even more. Not only that, but the band could reimagine this track later on, adding new features.
Instrumentally, this song is significant. It matches the vocal pattern well. This trio certainly knows how to produce quality music together. One thing that stood within the instrumentals are the drums. The percussion is more raw than the guitar and bass tracks. It adds to the hectic meaning of "Saviour." It is well done, and I am greatly satisfied with what NeoNera did with this song. If you enjoy bands Highfront, Finger Eleven, or Three Days Grace, I highly recommend this band and track.
"Plastic World" by Mortyfear
Mortyfear released a haunting track recently titled "Plastic World." This track has been brought to the public at a pinnacle time, as it is a call to action to make a change within this world. This Finnish metal band is sure to make you think about your life choices with "Plastic World," definitely turn this one up.
The song is introduced with some eerie sound effects that make you feel like you're about to listen to something that would come out of a horror film. While the instrumentals themselves aren't "scary," the meaning behind the lyrics are within "Plastic World." The musicians who worked on this track truly outdid themselves in how they worked together to produce a track that is incredibly relatable to our lives as of 2020.
The instrumentals are significant throughout this track, as they allude to the meaning behind the lyrics. The listeners are faced with a mixture of styles in how this song was produced. For example, the first two minutes of this song is hard-hitting. It makes the listener want to get up and start a mosh pit.
However, between minutes 3:00-4:00, the song becomes a bit softer instrumentally and vocally. It is during this portion of the song, the clean vocals are heard blended with mainly keys and a subtle drum beat. Musicians Riku Metsä-Ketelä (keyboardist) and Ville Kivimäki (drummist) work well together to lift up the vocalist, and it made for an intriguing listen. In doing this, it made the meaning of "Plastic World" that more effective on the listener.
Vocalist Janne Keskitalo does a phenomenal job showcasing his vocal ranges and versatility throughout "Plastic World." As mentioned earlier, the beginning of the track is the heaviest part. This is where Keskitalo's growling vocal techniques are heard. However, when the song becomes more calming, this is where the clean vocal patterns are heard. This is honestly the most chilling part of the track to me. Not only are there brilliant and smooth vocal pattern changes, this is where the meaning behind the song leaps out at the listener. "Plastic World" is a battle cry for people to make a change, and to realize that there needs to be significant action taken upon our "unsustainable plastic world."
If you enjoy politically-driven songs that are backed by some hard-hitting metal music, "Plastic World" is the song for you. After listening to the track, The SoundChick cannot wait to cover future music released by Mortyfear. This is definitely a band that deserves recognition.
"Boy's Dream" by Mother's Attic
Anyone who is a fan of The SoundChick is aware that the main genre covered is within the metal genre. Mother's Attic brings in that rock appeal that's different from previous songs or bands covered on this website. That being said, The SoundChick was created to bring awareness to bands who produce great music that are worthy of listeners. Mother's Attic is one of those bands, and with "Boy's Dream" being their first official song released, The SoundChick deems it worthy of recognition.
"Boy's Dream" is everything you would want it to be if you're a fan of Guns & Roses or Lynyrd Skynyrd. With the song covering the relatable topic of a boy growing up and trying to make a name for himself, this is one you're going to want to turn up.
The track introduces itself well with a fantastic drum beat done by Chris Blankenship. Throughout "Boy's Dream," Blankenship is pretty strong with his percussion abilities, and serves this band well. I learned from one of the other members (Gabe Lane, lead guitarist) that Blankenship isn't their main drummer. However, the band hopes to have him on board full-time soon. I would have to say I agree with this, as it is apparent that he is a fine addition to the band when it comes to producing great rock music.
Talent on strings, Lane, Tyler Nichols (rhythm guitarist), and Aaron Carney (bassist) are the perfect trio to this track. You can tell that each of them are quite skillful, and when put together, they can produce memorable music. "Boy's Dream" has a continual pattern of slow to fast beat and rhythm. This makes the song catchy and pleasing to the listeners. Nichols is also the vocalist heard on this track. The style and sound portrayed here is what helps give it that authentic Guns & Roses sound. It was a refreshing break from the hard-hitting metal typically covered on The SoundChick. I am thoroughly impressed with what this band created.
Mother's Attic released recently that they're working on more music, and I cannot wait to hear what the band has in store for is listeners. Make sure to check out "Boy's Dream" and stay up to date on this band, I promise you won't be disappointed.
"Sculpture of a Demon" by Funeral For Two
Any song being over 3:50, there should be substantial reason to keep the listener engaged and interested. With "Sculpture of a Demon," fans are hooked from the first note strung. Funeral For Two came in strong with an unexpected sound, however, I was not let down by the outcome.
Instrumentally, the song is strong. With Mikke Sillanpää on guitar and Jetro Santaharju on bass, both musicians sync their sounds well. Instrumentally speaking, this is one of my favorite aspects of this song. The riffs were brilliant and really helped add to the metal aesthetic. With the strings mixed with the drumming within "Sculpture of a Demon," the listener is sure to be intrigued by the sound this band produces together. Between minute 5-5:30, there is a short guitar solo. During this time, the music is a bit more raw and fuzzy. I really enjoyed this instrumental pause in the track, and I believe it served it well. It's no secret that this song has what it takes to become a crowd pleaser.
Vocally is where this track stands out. Sillanpää's vocal style is where this band's style truly shows versatility within this genre. His vocals are clean (without screams or growls), with some intriguing vocal effects placed during the production process. Some of these effects cause Sillanpää's voice to give off an eerie, fuzzy, or echo. Coming from a doom metal band, one would expect some skull-crushing music. "Sculpture of a Demon" is definitely more mellow throughout the full track. It's truly a new way to create doom metal music, and Funeral For Two pulls it off great within this particular song.
Because of how this song was produced, it's one that the listener can really play at any time, which I would have to argue is pretty unique for this genre. Sillanpää is recently quoted referring Funeral For Two's music as, "slow, low, and fuzz." This is definitely a good way to describe their music, and it's definitely something I want to hear more of from the band. I was expecting a much heavier listening experience, but I was definitely left satisfied with this song. I'm sure a lot of metal fans would have to agree with the fact this is definitely a song you're going to want to check out.
"Requiem" by Breakthrough Even ft. Christina Rotondo
Breakthrough Even, a band made up of two brothers (Josh and Zach Turner) produce melodic beauty within "Requiem." The band reminds me of a heavier 21 Pilots, and the Turner brothers' talents are showcased perfectly within this song. Christina Rotondo comes in as a feature artist, solidifying that this song is sure to leave avid hard rock and metal listeners satisfied. "Requiem" gives off a style and sound comparable to bands such as Amaranthe and Evanescence, and worth adding to your playlist.
Instrumentally, this song is solid and impressive. Within the first 15 seconds, it gives a nice, subtle guitar and drum pattern. It alludes to what the listener is about to get into, and it perfectly placed. Throughout the rest of the song, the beat and sound stays pretty level with the emotion reflected within the lyrics. As the vocals grow softer, so does the music. This stylistic choice definitely works for "Requiem." With Josh on guitar and Zach on drums, their talents blend well with Rotondo's voice, and make for a pleasurable listening experience.
"Requiem" is the second track I've listened to from the band where Rotondo is featured, the first was "Omen." Even without listening to "Omen," one would be able to tell quickly that Rotondo is a perfect feature artist for Breakthrough Even. The three put together always seem to be the perfect recipe to produce a great hard rock or metal track. Rotondo's voice within "Requiem" allows for a melodic style to now carry throughout the song. In addition to that, she expresses the emotion behind the lyrics well. As mentioned above, her addition in this song definitely reminds me of songs from Evanescence. I would have loved to have heard more screaming or growling vocal patterns to accent Rotondo's voice more. However, "Requiem" does not need that.
That being said, "Requiem" is definitely a song I would recommend if you're into the heavier music genres. It's catchy and I'm sure any listener would agree that they would be satisfied with the quality in music.
"Bored" by Sun & Flesh
Through an exquisite and intense production of musical style, Sun & Flesh bring to their listeners a song they'll never want to forget. Portraying events and themes time-sensitive and relevant, "Bored" makes for an important track for anyone who listens. Fans can hear crisp sound, feel emotion strongly, and head bang along to some hard-hitting music. I would highly recommend it if you're an avid listener to Papa Roach, Hellyeah, or Breaking Benjamin.
Sun & Flesh's vocalist Christoph Manuel magnificently portrays his talent within this track. Throughout "Bored," Manuel takes the listener through various vocal styles that allude to the lyrics. Throughout the song, he expresses his voice in a jaded, numb, melodic, and even aggressive manner. This spotlights the lyrics of "Bored," and shows that his voice is in-sync with the rest of the song. As the song intensifies, so does his vocal talent. This unique style put into this song makes for an intense and invigorating listen for fans.
Even with the majority of the song being sung in clean vocal style, it still produces that hard-hitting metal emotion you would get from a Parkway Drive or Of Mice & Men track. The listener can hear and feel the emotion Manuel puts into the song. It's edgy and exhilarating, and it excels within "Bored."
Instrumentally, "Bored" makes for a solid track. The sound matches and empowers the lyrics sung by Manuel, which is always appreciated. The listener can hear various genre influences blended into this song. Two that I can hear the most are grunge and metal. Despite the various influences, Sun & Flesh do a marvelous job of producing their own unique style and sound for their listeners. In addition to the the traditional instrumental talent placed within this track, there is an underlying synth track that plays during several moments of "Bored." This makes for a more catchy and moving experience. It definitely begs for a head bang or two from the listener.
One of my favorite parts of this track is minute 2:28-2:56. This is a pivotal moment for the track, as it carries the most aggressive sound. Manuel's vocals are definitely a bit more intense and aggressive here. The listener can tell clearly that there's been a shift from calm to chaos. It ties the song together perfectly. "Bored" is a track that should definitely be placed in your daily playlist, you won't regret it.
"Circus" by Averlanche
"Circus" takes the listener through a fairy-tale like state within this vivid track. This song truly paints the picture of a circus one might recall visiting when they were younger, or it allows for them to reminisce dreams with similar emotions. These aspects make for a magical and dream-like experience for the listener, and it's worthy of being heard. This one might not hit as hard, but it will definitely leave the listener feeling free-spirited.
Guitarist Otto Haalahti and bassist Joonas Hämäläinen open up this track strong with the perfect balance in their styles. Both instrumentalists perform in such a way that it alludes to the melodic trance that the listener will go through as they continue listening. Haalahti and Hämäläinen, in addition to drummist Antti Pätsi, blend their styles well to lift up the harmonious vocal ability of Rebecca Spörl. The sound of the song is what truly makes for a magical and beautiful listening experience, as it comes across clean and crisp. It is quite well done.
Spörl's vocal talent is showcased brilliantly within "Circus." Female-fronted metal bands receive enough backlash. However, with Spörl's talent coming into play here, Averlanche proves female-fronted bands can take the crown when it comes to metal music. Her vocal style is quite melodic and peaceful to listen to. It's much different compared to listening to any other metal genre, such as doom or black metal. Spörl's talent is comparable to vocalist Elize Ryd of Amaranthe, which was intriguing to hear within this song.
Another interesting aspect of "Circus," is the portion of 1:50-2:00. This is a pivotal moment of the track. Within this bit, keyboardist Antti Kopra and Spörl are spotlighted. The vocalist speaks a short dialogue in Finnish. For those who do not speak this language, this dialogue can be translated to "I'm dancing the familiar waltz in the rhythm of the the trapeze. I paint the circus in my mind in sepia colors, and I look at it when time takes me." Spörl translated this to the best of her abilities, however, she did confide in me that there is no true translation to English for this. However, this is as close as it gets.
This song produces a refreshing experience and sound for die-hard metal listeners. Averlanche proves to listeners that metal bands don't need screaming or growling vocal techniques to produce hard-hitting metal songs. "Circus" has left me wanting to hear more from this German-Finnish band, and I'm sure it will do the same for you. Listen to this track and allow for "Circus" to take you to new heights in your mind and indulge in a magical experience.
"Coward" by When Nothing Works
When Nothing Works comes in strong with another song covering a sensitive topic-- rape. This band provides a sense of understanding and safety for the listener while bringing awareness to a serious subject. This is key for any band covering topics such as rape, addiction, or mental illness. In their new song "Coward", Nothing Works gives their personal beliefs on this subject matter. Another band that succeeds at this is The Amity Affliction, so it's nice to see other bands come in clutch on topics like this. "Coward" is portrayed in a powerful and serious manner that leaves the listener wanting more, or to become more aware of the particular subject matter. It is safe to say that fans will not be disappointed when they listen to this song.
"Coward" starts off strong with drummist Adam having a subtle, raw drum solo during the first few seconds of the song. The solo allows for the song to open up to an intense listen for fans. Instrumentally, I was quite impressed with all the aspects the members contributed. Members on strings Ben (guitarist), Luke (guitarist), and James (bassist) carry a bond between their styles, which allow for the song to come across as powerful and hard-hitting.
During my listen of "Coward," I loved the fact that there wasn't much of a variance in stylistic sound. The only difference the listener can notice is within the first few seconds of this track, which I mentioned earlier. I believe that carrying the same pattern throughout this song made it stronger and more catchy for the listener. I definitely support the band in their music writing process on this one.
Vocalist Jim excelled throughout this track, similar to a previous track of this band, "Hungover Guilt." Jim's vocal pattern is indeed versatile and he portrays a unique balance between these vocal styles within "Coward." His vocals matched with the instrumentalists on this track, which made for a crisp and meaningful experience for the listener. Emotions like anger and empathy can be felt by the listener, as they hear Jim scream these lyrics. If I had to compare the style of this song, I would have to say this song matches bands like Oceans Ate Alaska or Capture (originally Capture The Crown). I would definitely give this song a listen if you're into post-hardcore or metalcore music.
"Nowhere" by May The Tempest
This dynamic metalcore band from Munich, Germany, reigns supreme in "Nowhere." This track takes the listener through an experience of balance between calm and chaos. With the style and production of the song, this is one any fan of metalcore or post-hardcore music will enjoy.
"Nowhere" opens up with a subtle beat pattern that is perfectly made for this track. This beat last for 30 seconds, before vocalist Lucci opens up the gates strong. This represents that balance between calm and chaos as mentioned previously. In addition to Lucci, the band's other vocalist, Jonas excels in this song. The mixing of screaming and clean vocal styles within "Nowhere" are incredible. This pair of vocalists show their talent and capability to work together in a cohesive manner. They blend their unique styles well, and it allows for the lyrics to come across crisp to the listener.
The effects placed on the vocal tracks during the production phase of this song are probably my favorite aspect. This causes the vocals to match the beat pattern the listener originally heard in the beginning. These effects placed within "Nowhere" makes for an entertaining and catchy experience. The listener can hear this style the best during 2:19-2:53 of the song.
"Nowhere" is strong instrumentally as well. Every instrumentalist works efficiently within this son to produce versatile styles and sounds. Members Andi (guitarist), Jonas (guitarist), and Roley (bassist) achieve unique beat patterns that help portray the emotion behind the lyrics. In addition to that, drummist Patrick has a continual rolling beat pattern. This is satisfying to the ear, and it is probably my favorite aspect instrumentally within this song. I would definitely recommend one listen to this track if they're into this type of music. "Nowhere" by May The Tempest is sehr gut (very good).
"Last Chance" by A Killer's Confession
A Killer's Confession gives listeners an authentic and exhilarating experience with "Last Chance." This experience includes balance in varying vocal techniques, solid hard rock instrumentals, mixed with underlying beat tracks. This song is definitely one you're going to want to tune into to.
I have to say, this song could not have been released at a better time. If the listener truly understands to the meaning behind the lyrics, they might find it relatable due to our current world situation. I don't tend to review the aspect of the music videos, however, this one is definitely well done. It was innovative and adaptive to our situation. This should help motivate other bands in hope that they can do similar things during a pandemic.
One of my favorite aspects of this song, is vocalist Waylon Reavis. As mentioned above, Reavis gives that perfect balance to the various vocal styles he carries throughout this song. In addition to that, the effects put on his vocal tracks during the production stage helped magnify and clarify him within "Last Chance." Reavis' vocal talent matches perfectly with the instrumental tracks, which makes for a thrilling listening experience.
Instrumentalists Thomas Church (guitarist), Brock Star (guitarist), JP Cross (bassist), and Morgan Bauer (drummist) also shine bright throughout "Last Chance." With the combination of their talent, it gives this song the authentic hard rock sound. The varying instrumental tracks mixed with the beat tracks blend well with one another perfectly on this track, I was quite impressed with how clean and hard-hitting it is. The song starts off bold with Reavis' vocals, and finishes strong with the help of Bauer.
The sound quality and style of this track can be compared to Finger Eleven and Three Days Grace. I was indeed impressed with the quality in experience of this song, and I'm sure you will be as well.
"Hungover Guilt" By When Nothing Works
When Nothing Works hits it out of the park with this emotional, hard-hitting track, "Hungover Guilt." Quickly listening to the track, listeners discover the meaning behind the lyrics and are faced with an array of emotions. Especially for victims, this song may hit close to home. However, this band provides sense of comfort and safe place within this track. For covering such a worthy subject matter, "Hungover Guilt" is one that you should listen to next.
"Hungover Guilt" starts off strong. Drummist Adam definitely shines bright within this portion, when he comes in with subtle bass drum beats. This particular moment of the track builds the suspense and eagerness on the listener's end. Other instrumentalists prevailed also, as they help to empower the lyrics sung by the vocalist, Jim. The style is comparable to 2009 Asking Alexandria. For the subject matter, the instrumentals are one of the key components to get right within this track, and they did just that in "Hungover Guilt."
When it comes to sexual assault or rape, one needs to approach this topic with care. The band does a great job at this. The heaviness of the instrumentals carries on within the vocal style, and it works perfectly. I would have loved to be able to hear more clean vocals within this track, but for the subject matter, it was not needed. "Hungover Guilt" is still a hard-hitting track worthy of recognition.
As mentioned before, the listener may go through various emotions, such as anger, guilt, or sorrow. However, the lyrics are written in such a way to provide some sort of safety or comfort to the listener. This allows the listener to know that if they've been in similar situations, the band understands their pain, and they're standing right there with them.
Bands including When Nothing Works within the hardcore genres do an excellent job at being there for their fan base, without physically having to be there. The listener hearing these emotions through the lyrics is enough for them to feel some sort of peace and safety. This is what I particularly love about the hardcore genres, they're often comforting and welcoming. This aspect worked quite well for "Hungover Guilt." After listening to this track, I'm eager to hear what else the band has to offer. If you have not already, give this track a listen.
"Sécheresse" by Cosmopolis
The art rock, post punk band Cosmopolis comes through with this second single, "Sécheresse." If you have not listened to the previous track "God Hotel," this is a good place to start. It gives the listener a good taste of what they can expect on new releases. With apprehensive, yet electrifying sounds composed in such a way, this single succeeds expectations of the listener.
The beginning of the track has the listener intrigued, as they are met with somber vocals and a subtle beat pattern coming from the guitarists and drummer. The pulsation of the drums intertwined with the vocal style perfectly. Members Nicolas Payelle(guitarist/ multi-instrumentalist), David Hussey(drummist), and Gavin Kendall (vocalist/ multi-instrumentalist) came in strong from the beginning, and it showed. The composition within this portion of the song helped translate the lyrics and meaning to the listener strongly, as Kendall's voice carries in an eerie way, relaying a sort of discomfort or worry.
To my surprise, by 1:44 of the track, the percussion electrifies the sound. This was one of my favorite aspects of the single, as it opened up the full capability of the band. Throughout the track, there are multiple beat patterns in place. The song has the traditional guitarists and drummist performing, but there are underlying beats that help to convey the emotion of the track itself. Even though the tune of the song changes, the vocalist continues to keep his consistent style. However, this seemed to blend perfectly for the track. Listening to "Sécheresse," one can hear many influences, such as David Bowie or Depeche Mode. However, the band reminds me of a darker U2. The sound and talent could definitely be adored by many.
Kendall was recently quoted saying, " Sécheresse -- with a refrain of 'I haven't got forever' -- conveys the world-weariness of our times: we are simultaneously terrified, but also energized, by knowing that time is running out." The track is wonderfully composed to be able to hear Kendall's response on this. I was glad I was able to take a listen, and I'm sure anybody else would say the same.
"Shark" By The Violet Stones
The female-fronted Violet Stones band leaves the listener eager to hear more with this fresh track, "Shark." The Violet Stones take you back to the aesthetic of 90's grunge with this nostalgic, angsty track. If you're a fan of this era and style of music, you won't be disappointed. With female-fronted vocals backed with powerful instrumentals, this is a song you're going to want to check out.
The most powerful aspect of this song is Sarah Jane's vocal ability. Listening to her within "Shark," and previous tracks from the band, it is no doubt she shows great potential in her talent. She hits those aggressive notes, while also coming in with melodic sounds throughout the track. The mixture of these styles works well for the song. It shows how the band has integrated their own style into the grunge mold.
The instrumentals on this track were also strong. Neil's bass style is melodic as well, and matches Sarah Jane's vocal style perfectly. Other than that, the shredding throughout the track is what helped give it that raw, grunge aesthetic that fans are fond of. Influences from Nirvana and Incubus can be heard within this song, but the band puts their unique twist on it. For aspects listed above, including the imagery and on par grunge lyrics, this song definitely deserves a listen.
"A New Batch" By Poltergeist
The SoundChick has been reviewing some horror-themed music for a while now. However, Poltergeist's horrorcore music is a fresh take on horror-themed music for the avid rap listener. With lyrics that are heavy-hitting and make you feel like you're inside the movie itself, this track is just as good as the thrash or death metal music reviewed in the past.
The vocals and lyrics are the aspects of this track that stood out to me the most. The song was written in honor of the Gremlins movies, and that theme runs strong in this track. The lyrics give off that same edgy and chaotic vibe, and it works well. What helps to fuel these lyrics even more is the vocal strength of Poltergeist. Even if you enjoy heavier music, this track would still be pleasing as Poltergeist doesn't stray too far from the metal aesthetic. It's always nice to be able to hear versatility in music, and Poltergeist produces at least three different styles within this track. This helped to solidify the music and make it more enjoyable to the ear.
The beat pattern in this song was different. For one, it was experimental and I enjoyed the sound of it. After reviewing other tracks of Poltergeist's, this is something his core followers would enjoy as well. However, I would have loved to hear more variation in the beat track, instead of one continual pattern. That being said, it's still an interesting beat and it seems to match well with Poltergeist's rap style. Beat and rap style is key to a rap artist, so this was something that I was happy to hear within the track. If you're a horror fanatic and enjoy rap music, I would definitely give this track a listen.
"Tinman 2020" By Kittenhead
This female-fronted punk band comes in hot with this politically-charged track, "Tinman 2020." With this battle cry, Kittenhead urges a call to action to stand against the oppressor of today. When listening to the track, one can hear a powerful, political message mixed with a new spin on the punk genre.
Upon listening to the intro of the track, the listener gets a clear idea of what they're about to listen to. The listener might get the idea that this track is wrote with serious intentions, and requires an action. However, this action is different from wanting to start a mosh pit or to hand bang. This song calls for the action to spark change. This rings true to traditional punk themes, and definitely works for this relevant song given today's climate.
What stood out the most to me on this track, are the vocal styles portrayed. Kivi and DD Kittenhead's vocal styles balance and empower each other in ways that are not often seen within the punk genre. Female-fronted punk bands are supreme in how they empower their fan base and bring a new sound to the music scene, however, Kittenhead is versatile in how they do this.
For instance, minutes 3:58-4:08 on the track allow for the listener to hear rap mixed with the punk style. This is a unique style to blend with punk, and the band pulls this off in a way that it works brilliantly on this track. I do wish the instrumentals were heavier and a bit more raw, however, they're still pretty solid on this track. This is definitely a song you're going to want to add to your punk playlist.
I asked the band on Twitter what the track means to them and this is what they had to say:
@realsoundchick- "What is the inspiration behind 'Tinman 2020?'"
@KittenheadLA- "'Tinman 2020' was written for Matthew Shepard and Trayvon Martin initially. Shepard, when they found him, they thought he was a scarecrow. Martin was killed for his courage, so he is the lion. Society is the 'tin man,' because we have to find our heart. The main theme is to stand up for what is right. If you aren't standing for justice, you are siding with the oppressor."
"Taste the Blood" By Borderline Case
"Taste the Blood" opens with a slow beat and gets the listener prepared what what's about to happen next. 20 seconds into the track, the gates are opened to an authentic hard rock instrumental that is beautiful. It is exhilarating and calls for a head bang.
Upon comparison to other tracks from the band, "Taste the Blood" is more hard-hitting. On previous tracks from the band, they tend to open their tracks in similar ways. This being the fact that the intro is often softer or has a slower beat, and then builds up as the song progresses. However, "Taste the Blood" has more of a hard rock style to it that stands out amongst their others.
What works well for this song is the style incorporated into the vocals. They're raw. This also goes back to what I stated previously about how this song encompasses authentic hard rock. Because they come off this way, this spotlights the lyrics and even the title to the song. The vocals backed by the solid instrumental talent on the track are what tie this package together perfectly. Old or new, any fan of Borderline Case would enjoy this new single.
"Through Pain We Dine" By HIGHFRONT
Canada has all the great bands from Three Days Grace, Finger Eleven, Theory of a Deadman, and now they have HIGHFRONT. This hard rock band brings a unique style to their music, and it is truly a riveting experience. After listenings to this track, I have no doubt that these talented members will go far in the music scene.
The first thing that stands out to the extreme in this track is the riffing. Hard rock bands usually don't take it to this level, but HIGHFRONT is showing them how it's done. Right off the bat the song starts off strong. It makes you want to head bang or reminisce being in a mosh pit. This is golden, as it prepares the listener for what to expect from the full track. It's amazing, and their own unique style. The instrumentalists definitely met expectations on this track. What is enjoyable to hear in "Through Pain We Dine," is how raw it sounds. This particular sound fuels the emotions of the lyrics for this song. It brings back the roots of hard rock music, and it works perfectly.
Vocalist Adam Loback does an outstanding performance on this track as well. His versatility shows well on this track as he produces the perfect balance between various style changes (clean vocals, low growls, etc.). Having different styles throughout different periods of the track help fuel that emotion and meaning of it. It was indeed a great experience to listen to this track. If you enjoy bands like Three Days Grace, I would make sure you check out HIGHFRONT.
"I'm Not Okay" Covered By The Edge Of Reason
Since I grew up on My Chemical Romance, it is always refreshing to see new versions (covers) of their songs. When it comes to covers, you want the them to encompass the original band's vision, yet have the covering band put their unique twist to the music. I believe that The Edge Of Reason do just that in this cover.
The Edge Of Reason brings a different style and vibe to this iconic track that still encompasses the true emotion and meaning behind it. Because this is a post-hardcore cover, there are several different elements the band incorporate into this track. For instance, there's some screaming, an underlying beat separate to the instrumentals, and more.
What shines bright on My Chemical Romance tracks is Gerard Way's vocals. Ro Seven's (vocalist of TEOR) vocals on this track are equally as memorable. Seven's versatility is what stands out on this track. His balance between clean and screaming vocal styles are brilliant. It's a new take on the style for this track, and it works. Not to mention that they make this song equally as catchy as the original sung by My Chemical Romance.
If you want to experience goosebumps, I recommend you listen to 2:45-2:54 of the song. In my opinion, this is where the meaning and true emotion of the track is expressed the most on the track. I would recommend you not only listen to this cover from the band, but more of their original tracks.
"American Skin (41 Shots)" Covered By Black Veil Brides
This track was originally written and performed by Bruce Springsteen back in the 90's, inspired by the events of a police shooting of a black man named Amadou Diallo. Black Veil Brides released this cover yesterday (June 12, 2020), in efforts to bring awareness to the current BLM and George Floyd protests sweeping the nation. "American Skin (41 Shots)" is a different type of cover than what we've previously heard from the band. However, I couldn't have picked a better band to cover this song.
Black Veil Brides vocalist, Andy Biersack, truly shines bright on this despondent song. Biersack has proven time and time again that his vocal strength can carry great meaning throughout heavy songs. In portraying this talent, it makes this a beautiful cover produced by the band. Not only that, but Christian Coma's (drummer) beat coming in throughout the song amplifies the meaning of the song and expresses the urgency for something to be done. To read more about what the band had to say about this release and listen to the track, click here.
"Hazy Hills" by Planet Waves
The band's title album truly showcases the range in talent of the members, especially in "Hazy Hills." Similar to "Marty," this track still portrays a vibe that you would get from a festival or concert. The band carries a free spirit throughout their music, and it is what makes it beautiful. This is portrayed heavily within Lindsay Ford's voice throughout the tracks of the band. Not only is it welcoming and peaceful, but the lyrics allow for the listener to get to know the artist without having met them personally.
Planet Waves produces an indie-style of music, which is softer compared to what The SoundChick typically covers. However, that does not diminish the quality of the music. "Hazy Hills" possesses reminiscence of being amongst friends and loved ones. It's those types of memories that we need to be constantly reminded of during this pandemic. It's style and layout is what makes "Hazy Hills" the perfect quarantine playlist track if you're looking to rewind or try something new.
"Cancelled" By Attila
This track released By Attila is typical if you compare it to past single releases. It packs that offensive language and content, aggression, and metal. It is noticeable that there are darker themes throughout this song. You can hear this through the lyrics of, "I want to wear your face," and "I want to smash your f*cking face in."
However, we are in a chaotic time right now. There is a pandemic going on, and there have been protests and riots for the past two weeks. If you watch the music video, you will see common themes that we've seen on the news recently. For example, there's riots, there's police tape with a warning to keep your distance, etc. The lyrics running along with these images or clips works well for this particular track, and makes the meaning more apparent.
One might be turned off by this if it were any other band, however, this is the goal for Attila. They want you to be offended, they want you to react and speak up.
Chris Fronzak, the band's lead singer, has been known to use his music as an outlet of aggression and violence. Not only that, but the use of shredding within this track is what helps signify this track. The timing of the song release, as well as the contents of the song, are wha make it successful and a brilliant track to have released.
"Marty" by Planet Waves
Although indie-pop is not the typical genre that SoundChick reports on, Planet Waves is just the band to spice up your daily music routine. Planet Waves channels artists like Natalie Merchant, which makes their music the perfect band to listen to for the ultimate bucolic vibe check. When I first listened to this track, I pictured myself at a music festival like Coachella. This to me just solidified the confidence this song possesses. It says we're new and we're going to leave our mark on the music industry.
"Marty" possesses the style aesthetic as traditional indie-pop, however, you can also hear folk style notes throughout this song. This particular sound matches perfectly with Lindsay Ford's vocals in this song. Altogether, the song is simple, clean, and does not need extra embellishment to make it a song worth listening to. If the band follows this pattern and style in new music, there will be no doubt that they will go far in the music industry. Please take the time and check out this song by Planet Waves, you will not be disappointed.
"Mantra" By Bring Me the Horizon
Well, this is an overdue release from the band since 2015. BMTH has been teasing a new release for a long while now, and the wait is finally over.
Honestly, I was a little skeptical. It's very obvious that the band is experimenting with their style and technique. You first got a taste of this in their Sempiternal album (2013), and then again with That's the Spirit (2015). I thought Sempiternal was the better out of the two honestly, because That's the Spirit never truly vibe with me. However, that being said-- I have a strong feeling that I'm going to enjoy their upcoming album, Amo (to be released January 11, 2019).
"Mantra" is the first track to be released off of their upcoming album. I was very impressed. The kairos (timing) and meaning of the song is quite meaningful to in this moment. Not only that, but it took me one listen to tell that this song hit the mark on every factor for it to be a solid track. Every member of this band is in sync with each other, and their ability to pull off a new style together without fail is quite impressive. Also, the lyrics of this song are beautiful and share so much meaning to this present day. It calls out every single one of us-- yes, we ALL give into not wanting to hear the truth. But, like it says in the song, we need to hear it to get to our destination.
If you have read any of my past pieces on this blog, you already know I tend to favor the drummer. Well, you guessed it. My favorite part of this song would probably have to be the percussions played by Jordan Fish. Fish is insanely talented, and it is very clear throughout the several albums he's played on with the band.
If you're reluctant to hear the truth, or want to start a cult like Oli Sykes, give this song a go.
"I am Human" by Escape the Fate
This is the title track off of Escape the Fate's latest album, I am Human. If you have already read my album review, you will already know that I think the music is all over the place. However, I truly believe that this song encompasses all that is going on in this album.
"I am Human" is, in my opinion, a love letter you would write to yourself. Like, one of those letters you would write to your 15-year-old depressed self. However, you didn't believe any of that stuff your friends and families were telling you until you hit your late 20s or 30s. As I was listening to it, I felt anger and happiness. Anger for those who won't believe this about themselves, but also happiness because I believe it about myself. These lyrics are so powerful, and I believe they will have quite the impact on the band's avid following.
When I think of Craig Mabbitt, I think of someone who is cold and harsh. His voice has that type of sound that you wouldn't expect some sweet and gentle lyrics come out of. However, Mabbitt's melodic voice, really helped make this song whole. This is not the only slow, melodic song off their latest album. I love the new path the band has taken in terms of their vocal abilities, instrumentals, and lyrics. This song and the album are incredibly successful. Go ahead and give this song a listen.
"God, If You Are Above" By Falling in Reverse
After listening to this song, I really do believe that Ronnie is accepting the fact that he has a problem with faith. Even though within the lyrics Ronnie is clear he will never be saved, or he will be going to hell, I truly do believe he wants to be saved. He just needs a reason to be saved, and a reason to believe, he just hasn't found one yet. Having said that, I enjoyed the song entirely.
Ronnie's vocal style has changed a lot throughout the band's latest album, Fashionably Late, and that same vocal style is used in this new single. Actually, the way Ronnie puts emotion through the way he sings, makes the song more intense. It brings out a deeper meaning to that song.
As for the instrumentals of the song, they weren't a typical pattern for the band. The band played at a more slow, softer sound. This also brought out the emotion and intensified the song, by centering the lyrics and Ronnie's voice.
I really enjoyed how the band wrote and performed this song, and will definitely be excited to see if the band will be performing this song live at any of the performances in Atlanta.
"Kill the Pain" By Fit For A King
As most of you have read, the first song I had ever listened to from the band was "A Greater Sense of Self." Even though I really enjoyed the song, I just didn't continue to listen to their music. After a while, a friend of mine had listened to this song, and told me to review it. After listening to this song, I remembered why I had loved this band in the first place.
This song was hands-down amazing.I really enjoyed the lyrics in this song, but the two factors I enjoyed the most in the song, were the instrumentals and the vocal styles. The instrumentals harmonized perfectly with Ryan Kirby and Ryan O'leary's vocal patterns. Both of these factors really made the song what it is, and what made it enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this song if you are a FFAK follower.
"Broken Soul" By Texas in July
As most of you know, after listening to "Sweetest Poison," I really got into this band. I started to listening to them more, and I started appreciating their music more and more with each listen. However, I listened to their past works first, then continued on to their latest album works.
When I listened to this song, I just didn't like it. I actually wouldn't even listen to the song again until after a few days had passed. By the third time I had listened to the song, I really enjoyed it, I enjoyed it a lot. I love this song as much as I love all of the band's other works. This band is really good for making great music, and I love the band for it.
My favorite aspects of this song would deffinitely have to be the instrumentals and JT Cavey's vocal style. I feel that these apsects both harmonize together well, and really enhance the value of the song. I would definitely recommend this song.
"Hate Me" By Attila
After hearing and reviewing the first released song, "Proving Grounds," off of the band's upcoming album Guilty Pleasure, I was looking forward to excellence. Instead, I was let down. I even listened to the song a few times before I realized I straight out didn't like the song. It was unfortunate, because I really enjoy listening to Attila, and I look forward to their new music, this song just didn't hit it for me.
Honestly, I really disliked the lyrics in this song. That being said, I do know that these are considered top tier lyrics to their fan base. However, the only good thing I could say about them, is that it works with previous listened songs off of the album. In that case, the only aspect I enjoyed in this song, were the instrumentals. They were solid, and they were perfect.
I know that I have only listened and reviewed two songs off of their upcoming album, Guilty Pleasure, and that these two songs do not automatically make me hate the album. I still will be listening to the full album when it comes out, and I will be posting a review on it.
"Proving Grounds" By Attila
I honestly wasn't surprised when I heard this song. This song is typically the generic for every song produced by the band. Which I kind of prefer because I know that these types of lyrics and style of songs work for the band. As you probably have assumed already, I enjoyed this song.
I am once again impressed with Chris Fronzack's vocal talent and technique throughout this song, as I was with their past album. Not many people have the talent to be able to do what Chris Fronzack does in not just one, but every single one of the band's songs. I really think that instead of bashing the band, people should really recognize the talent that each of the members have in the band.
The programming and instrumentals for this song were pretty good, they just didn't strike me as new or anything different compared to their past music. Honestly, I'd say that the band not changing their technique and style in their songs is actually better for them. I'm still really happy with what the band is continuing to produce, and if this song is amazing, then the rest of their upcoming album must be too. If you liked this song, you can pre-order their album now and get this song instantly.
"Drown" By Bring Me the Horizon
When I first listened to this song I was really surprised. Surprised in both a good and bad way. Bring Me the Horizon no longer fits the description of metalcore, instead, they've moved into a style that's more post-hardcore. It honestly took me a few listens to actually start to like the song, just because the style is so different to what the band would've normally produced. Other than that, everything that composes the song, fits perfectly for what a "typical Bring Me the Horizon song" would sound like.
The lyrics are perfect. They parallel with other lyrics the band has written in the past. The way the lyrics are portrayed and sung throughout the song actually works well with the style and technique they're using. I'm actually really impressed they pulled it off so wonderfully, being that this is the first time we're seeing this type of style in the band's songs now. The lyrics and Oliver's voice were probably my favorite aspects of the song. As mentioned before, I love the lyrics, but I really love Oliver's vocal technique in this song.
I'd definitely give this song a listen, because if the rest of their upcoming album sounds like this, then it will be an amazing album.
"This is the Time (Ballast)" By Nothing More
This song is the first song I've listened to of the band. I really enjoyed this song. Their style is unique and new to me. I loved it. I especially loved the aux drums. This song is actually the first song I've listened to with aux percussions in it, and I really enjoyed it.
The aux drums really harmonized with the rest of the contributing instrumentals within the song. This is a particular technique that I haven't seen incorporated much into the music that I listen to daily. It allowed for a different sound to flow through the song. It was quite impressive, as it is a solid performance for the overall instrumentals of the song.
What I really loved in this song was the vocals. The band's vocalist, Jonny Hawkins, has a really unique and interesting vocal style. I really liked how his vocals really seemed to work well with the rest of the song. All of the aspects of this song really brought this song together to make it an overall great song. I'd definitely recommend you listen to this song if you haven't already.
"My Demons" By Starset
The first time I actually heard this song was on the Octane channel on my Sirius Radio. I knew I liked it, but never really listened to it again. I then ended up listening to it again, on the same radio station, and absolutely fell in love with the song. First of all, the lyrics and message within the song are not the type of lyrics you would hear coming off of this radio station, so I was really surprised that this song even played off that station. Other than that, the song is perfect in every way.
The vocal style in this song is pretty similar to many bands within this genre, so I didn't see much difference in that department. The vocals were still amazing, they just didn't stand out as totally new or special.
Another reason why I was surprised this song was played off of Octane, was for the instrumentals. Most of the songs played off that station can tend to be a little heavy. This song, however, is more on the softer side. Even though I don't tend to listen to softer music, I really enjoyed listening to this song. I really felt that even though they weren't classified as "metalcore" or "hardcore," they still managed to produce an amazing song. Amazing enough to be played off Octane atleast.
I definitely enjoyed this song a lot, and I would recommend this band for anyone who wants to try something new. Definitely give this song a listen if you haven't already.
"Playing With Fire" By Chelsea Grin
I really enjoyed this song. Every aspect to the song, the lyrics, the vocals, and the instrumentals were absolutely outstanding in this song. I especially enjoyed watching the video, and the way Alex perceived himself throughout the video. He and the band definitely set the image for what the band is about, and their emotional input for the song just by their body language.
I really favored the vocal style of this song. The way Alex and Pablo, which is the band's drummer, harmonize their vocals really worked well for this song. I haven't heard this style used by the band in a while, and I would have to say I like this style better for them. I definitely would like to hear and see more of this vocal style used in more of their songs.
The instrumentals for this song sounded a lot like the style they used for their other song off Ashes to Ashes, "Letters." There's nothing wrong with a band using the same instrumental or programming technique within many songs off of the same album, as long as they make them different and unique enough to make them stand out from each other. I would have to say that Chelsea Grin can pull this off well within all of their albums.
All in all, I would have to say that this song is pretty amazing. But please take the time to listen to the rest of the album, Ashes to Ashes.
"Eleven Shadows of Ahasurus" By Agartha
I have recently discovered Agartha. They are a band featured on HereIt.org. They are an amazingly talented black metal band. This song has many unique styles to it that black metal listeners would enjoy. How this band isn't big, surprises me. I don't listen to much black metal, yet when I listened to them for the first time, I wanted to hear more.
I love how in depth the lyrics are in this song. The passion that this band has in singing or playing the music, is truly amazing to see. You can definitely tell that each member loves to play music; it's their passion. The lyrics are definitely one of the strongest traits of this song.
Another strong trait of this song is the music. The intro to the song is beautiful. Yet, as the song progresses, the style changes. I definitely prefer their music style. It's absolutely brilliant and unique.
To listen to more of their songs, go to HereIt.org.
"Heart of Fire" By Black Veil Brides
This is another successful song by the band. I absolutely loved it. There are many things that stand out in this song, none of which are band things. For instance, it is obvious that the band had many influences while writing the music to go with the lyrics of this song. Having influences does NOT make you unoriginal. It just means that the band respects another band's work and they redesign it to make their own style and taste of it. Something else that is obvious in the song, is the change in Andy's voice. Andy actually screams and growls for the first time in two albums. The band is bringing back some of their older style back, and it's definitely working to their advantage.
Now for Ashley's back up vocals. I definitely feel like Ashley's voice was put to good use in this song. He has an amazingly talented voice, and I believe it should be used to the best of its ability. His vocal capabilities help carry Andy's voice higher, and that's what works the best for this band.
The music for this song sounds a little grunge. The band has used this style of music before, however, this time they add a little twist to it and make it deep and heavy.
Overall, it was an amazing song. You can get it now if you pre-order their upcoming album.
"Faithless" By Black Veil Brides
First of all, wow. I was really surprised to hear the sound of this new song. Over the years, Black Veil Brides has continued to progress in the music nation. Each album they produce, they create a new style and sound for the band that is unique and creative. This song being the first released off their upcoming, expressing a new, creative style for the band, I am really excited to hear the rest of the album when it comes out.
As most people know, and this is the main reason why Black Veil Brides has lost a lot of their fan base, Black Veil Brides was only heavy throughout their first album We Stitch These Wounds. Within the next to albums they produced after that, they've continued to get softer in sound. Moving from a "screamo" sound to more of a hard rock type of style. Honestly, I've loved each album Black Veil Brides has produced, and it's only making the band better. However, The intro to this song--was heavy. Heavier than their past two albums. It was different. Intriguing. I loved it.
I enjoy Andy Biersack's vocals and style, especially on this track. He has an amazingly talented voice that I feel people don't give him credit for, just because he's, "not heavy enough." I feel that Andy himself knows what sounds best and what makes the band better. Definitely this new technique they're trying in this song is brilliant. It'll make their live shows pop, and it'll make this upcoming album worth listening to.
"Move it" By Down & Dirty
Okay, I had never heard of this band before. Yes, I know that this becoming an old saying of mine as I've started reviewing these songs. Some of these songs I am recommended by my followers, and half of the bands I've never heard of. Some of them I like, some of them I hate. This band-- I love.
I really loved the creativeness in the lyrics of this song. You need to live your life, on your own. If you succumb to a supperior being, you have to be prepared to fight through a life of pain and hardship. You need to make life exciting and amazing while you got it. Pretty amazing lyrics. I definitely enjoyed them.
I love Denis Stoff's vocal style in this song. Absolutely love it. He has an amazing and talented voice. His clean vocals are definitely my favorite. Definitely brought a cool sound for the song.
I really love the dumming in this song. It was probably my favorite out of the instrumentals as a whole. The band's guitarist, Serj Shtepah, is amazingly talented.
This song was perfect, I anticipate my love towards the next song I hear from the band.
"Millennia" By Crown the Empire
This is the first song I listened to from Crown the Empire, and honestly, I'm mad at myself for not listening to them sooner. Their album style and music reminds me of my favorite bands, Black Veil Brides and GreenDay. Their newest album, The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways, is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful, but you can see my full review on the album in my ALBUMS page.
Now, that being said, this song is pure gold. It's absolutely beautiful. I honestly didn't realize how depressing the lyrics were because I was so distracted by the beauty of the vocals and instrumentals of the song. Definitely out did themselves on that part.
The lyrics, as stated above, are depressing, yet beautiful. They work well with the song. If the song was softer and slower, it wouldn't work as well, but the band came together and made the song perfect.
The vocals done by Andy Leo and David Escamilla, are absolutely perfect. I couldn't have picked a better pair for this song, the entire album, or even the band. I was absolutely blown away by this song and the band.
"Reincarnate" By Motionless in White
I know it wasn't the band's intention to make this a religious song, but I absolutely love how they use two completely different religions, and bring them both into one song. Yes, one is used negatively, and the other, positively. These concepts, however, are brilliant. I love how the lyrics symbolize the struggle of life, and using the term, "reincarnation," as moving on with life and getting through with whatever struggle. Simply brilliant lyrics in this song.
Moving on to the vocals of this song. Chris's vocal style in this song is unique and different. I actually enjoy it better than most of their old music. It was really interesting to listen to for the first time. I had stopped listening to this band for a while. When I heard this song, I fell back in love with the band again, and I anticipate their new album that's to be released soon.
Personally, I really enjoyed their lyric video. Usually, I never pay attention to lyric videos, because it's a lyric video. In most cases, lyric videos are basic. This one was pretty amazing. I absolutely loved the symbolism in this video. It actually tied the lyrics together. Well done!
Last but not least, the instrumentals. They were like any other Motionless in White song in my opinion. This isn't a bad thing. I love the band's style. I just didn't see any significant difference with their instrumental style in this song.
Would I reccomend this song? Yes. Definitely.
"Bright Enough" By I Killed the Prom Queen
This is the first song I've listened to from this band. Let me tell you something. I really enjoyed this song.
Vocalists, Jona Weinhofan and Jamie Hope, are absolutely amazing in this song. I was really impressed by both of their talents and the way they simultaneously sang with each other. They're definitely a great vocalist team.
The lyrics are what pull this song all together. To me, the lyrics can be taken two ways throughout the song. Negative and positively. The lyrics are how a person who is obviously sick of the way society sees the world. Yet, this person is so surprised and intrigued by the way a person sees the world so positively, that he tries and wants to communicate the positive vibes to the world. The creativeness of this song was brilliant. I really enjoyed it.
I'm really glad I was introduced to this band for one reason. The band, as a whole, is deffinitely a big win. They're perfect all around. I couldn't pick a better group of people to write music or play together. If you haven't checked them out already, I would definitely recommend it.
"Told Ya So" By Get Scared
This song was suggested to me by the bassist, Bradley "Lloyd" Iverson.Every song that Get Scared produces, is amazing. This song is perfect as the first track off their latest album, Everyone's Out to Get Me. It really lays out what the album as a whole is all about.
Nick and Bradley's vocals for not just the song, but the band in general, syncranize each other well. They both have beautiful and talented voices. The instrumental portion in this song, as well as other songs the band has produced, work well with each other to make the song harmonious with all components of the song.
All in all, the instrumentals and the lyrics of the song definitely make it more hype than any of the other songs off the album, which is typical for the first track of an album. Another great song produced by Get Scared.
"Incomplete Me" By For All Those Sleeping
First of all, I would like to say that I am really impressed with the cleverness of the band to pull off this song. It's a brilliant song. The band takes the meaning of love and changes it. I love how the band takes the theory of loving yourself is better than having anyone love you; you don't need anyone but yourself. It's truly a brilliant concept.
As mentioned above, the lyrics are pretty great, but that's not all that's great about this song. This song has so much hype in the intro. I was honestly expecting a totally different type of song when it first started playing. When I started listening to the lyrics, I was really shocked at how the lyrics show angst towards other people who might want to show love, but they simply refuse. It's a different type of lyric choice, and I really enjoyed it.
The band's vocalists, Jerad Pierskalla and Mike Champa, have really beautiful and amazing vocal styles that really work together. Especially throughout their newest album, Incomplete Me, which this song is off of. All in all, this song is brilliant, and so is the rest of the album, Incomplete Me. I'd definitely recommend this band that their newest album.
"Raise Your Voice" By Obey the Brave
This was the first song I had every heard of by the band, and I absolutely love it. This song has hype as well as spirit. It's a really great pair for this song.
The lyrics and instrumentals of this song are my favorite part. The lyrics show hope and passion for the future, and I believe that showing hope is the greatest thing I fan can hear through the music or see a band have.
I definitely loved the lyrics in this song. Many bands nowadays don't have as much skill to have great instrumentals or mixes to their songs. This song, however, has perfect instrumentals. It's the right amount of hype for this song. I was really impressed and satisfied with the sound of it.
On top of the lyrics and instrumentals of this song, the band's lead singer, Alex Erian, has an amazingly talented voice. It's perfect. It may seem a little weird to say that a vocaloist's style matches the song, but in this case, it's absolutely true. Alex's voice and vocal pattern fits this song perfect, and it really ties the song together.
I would definitely recommend this song if you have not already checked them out or listened to it.