René Woning

Set Before Us – “Enigmas” EP

 Posted by on March 31, 2017 at 17:34  No Responses »
Mar 312017

Set Before Us are a melodic Metalcore band from Sweden, founded in January 2013. According to their own statement; ‘ their lyrics aim to inspire and motivate each individual to take control of their fate, destiny and life. The lyrics will tackle various dilemmas and give the audience a spark of deep thought.’ They recorded their first official single ”Wildfire” during the winter of 2013. The single was released in the spring of 2014. A few months later Set Before Us began recording their debut EP ”Voyagers”, which was released in November 2014. Now they are back with their sophomore EP “Enigmas” which was released on November 22, 2016.

The first track of the album, ‘Clay Heart’, begins with an intro that get’s you excited to hear more and makes you curious for all that is about to come. And when the first riff begins you know that it was worth the wait. Boy, do they deliver…. Yes it is metalcore as we all have heard before but with an intensity that is fresh to say the least. High level breakdowns but not overdone. And a screamer that has a heavy scream but also with a dash of sensitivity in it. Continue reading »

Mar 082017

Valley is a melodic hardcore band from Belgium near Brussels, they were founded in 2014 after some members of a metalcore band wanted to diverge from the aggressive and straightforward music and make more melodic, emotive music without grunts but screams. Valley is not a band who wants to spend much time in the rehearsal room. They rather are on the road and have shared the stage with bands as; BEING AS AN OCEAN, BURNING DOWN ALASKA, ACRES and CASEY, to name a few.

After having released two EP’s they are now signed to Redfield Digital and the release date for their first full-length album is set on March 31, 2017.

In his own words, Valley’s vocalist is describing his vision of the music: “Emotive hardcore with an intimate atmosphere. Being in another world, accepting the emotions and give yourself to the music. Clean and screaming vocals. Influences of post rock.” Well, somehow this sounds very appealing to me, so let us take a closer look/listen to their new album “Dark Tears//Bright Smiles” Continue reading »

Those Who Fear – “State of Mind”

 Posted by on February 12, 2017 at 22:39  No Responses »
Feb 122017

Those Who Fear is a Christian hardcore band from Pittsburgh, PA. Founded in 2005 and since 2013 signed to Facedown records. On this label they released two full-length albums “Unholy Anger” and “Death Sentence”. Now they have released their sophomore album “State of Mind” which came out on December 9, 2016. Let’s take a closer look/listen to this album and see/hear what Those Who Fear has managed to deliver to us.

The first track is also the title track ‘State of Mind’. This song could also be seen as an intro, a rather long intro that is. Heavy and crushing as we are so used to by this band. This song flows fluently into the next track ‘Driven’. And boy, what a progression Those Who Fear made. The first two albums were great in their own way but sometimes a bit monotone. They have dealt with that criticism by adding more variety to their songs and riffs. One special surprise is that guest-vocals are done by Garret Russel of Silent Planet.

‘Better Off’ rages forth with the same energy but also has some up-tempo parts.  The track ‘Ten Years’ begins surprisingly with melodic guitar-work. This is repeated every time at the chorus and at the part where you know that the obvious breakdown hits they still know how to blow you out of your chair. Continue reading »

Frank Needs Help – “Dethroned” EP

 Posted by on January 24, 2017 at 22:12  No Responses »
Jan 242017

Frank Needs Help is a metalcore/deathcore-band from Bern, Switzerland. The band was founded in July, 2011. They are influenced by bands as; August Burns Red, As I Lay Dying, Thy Art Is Murder, Impending Doom and Fit For A King, to name a few. In 2015 they won the PH Bern bandcontest. After having released an album in 2013 “The Storm Is Still Raging”, it is now time for their sophomore EP “Dethroned”.

The album begins with an intro, called ‘Embryo’, of 1:10 minutes, this is an intro that gets you exited for what is to come. The intro flows fluently into the first actual track of the album called ‘Mexican Standoff’. This is a rather long song of 8:06 minutes. But it isn’t boring at all, they go from one direction to another. Sometimes brutal and heavy and then interspersed with acoustic parts to pick up again where they left with blistering riffs. The screams are typical Deathcore-screams which remind me a bit of Unseen Faith from time to time. Continue reading »

Jan 122017

Dutch based melodic metalcore band To The Wolves has checked in with the following update:

“After a long and very hard talk, we came to the conclusion that we were going to have to make a very difficult decision, but it had to be done.
We decided to part ways with our vocalist Youri. We have shared a great deal of good memories with him on our side and we wish him the very best on his adventures to come.”

“The good news is, To The Wolves will not come to a standstill!
Many of you have seen the video we posted two days ago, and the careful watchers might have noticed that was not Youri walking up to the mic.” Continue reading »