René Woning

Surpasses – “Surpasses”

 Posted by on May 28, 2017 at 22:09  No Responses »
May 282017

On November 19, 2015 OnTheAttack Records announced the signing of metalcore band Surpasses, and the release of their 8 song self-titled EP. Surpasses is Based out of Redding, California. They state that; ‘standing firm in their belief in God’s saving grace, Surpasses exists to banish the chains of religion, and uphold the mantle of love, joy, and peace. The band’s debut album demonstrates their practice of loving God’s people as our brothers and sisters with no strings attached, over music filled with fury and aggression.’

I got this album a while ago, to write a review about it, even though this album was already released in 2015. So I admit that it is a bit late, but better late than never…
The first track ‘Remember’ immediately blasts out of your speaker and in the first minute I realize that I am dealing with a band that is no ordinary metalcore. It has a lot more hardcore influences than in your average metalcore-band. The melodies that flow constantly through the songs and the passion reminds me a lot of Life In Your Way and you can consider that as a compliment.

The second song ‘Stay The Course’ is more heavy than ‘Remember’ the vocals consist of more deep growls interspersed with more high pitched hardcore screams and , more or less, clean vocals.
The lyrics make it perfectly clear that this is a band that consists of devout followers of Christ. Continue reading »

We Ride – “Empowering Life”

 Posted by on April 27, 2017 at 19:26  No Responses »
Apr 272017

We Ride is a hardcore band from Vigo, Spain. The band was formed by singer Mimi Telmo and guitarist Borja Trigo.

In 2009 they self-released a demo that led to their first full-length album “Directions”. In 2012 they released their second full-length “On The Edge”. Over the years We Ride played with bands like H2O, Comeback Kid, Madball, Bane and many others in over 30 countries worldwide. They hit the studio again in 2016 with Alex Cappa at Metal Factory Studios outside Madrid and the album was mixed in early 2017 by Cameron Webb.

Empowering Life”, is WE RIDE’s Victory Records debut, and was released on April 14th, 2017.

At the beginning of the album the music slowly swells on and gets you excited for what is to come. And when it all breaks loose We Ride treats us on some old school hardcore With the first track ‘Voices’. And the energy rages forth with ‘Self Made’ for which they shot an official video. In contrast to a lot of other hardcore bands the choruses are sometimes catchy and the riff at two thirds of the song is just epic! And the riff at the beginning of the third track, ‘What You Are’, has a Slayer feel to it but the song is quickly back at the roots of classic hardcore/punk. This song also features Deez Nuts front-man JJ Peters. Continue reading »

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 »