Feb 052021
 

From the Gulf Coast of Texas come Bloodlines, a four-piece modern -core outfit taking cues from bands like For Today, Impending Doom and Convictions. The band’s 2019 debut LP Hostile | Minds, which marries classic metal core with a distinctly progressive twist, was hailed as a “dark and violent record,” with one reviewer noting “A heavy band is born.”

Bloodlines’ mission statement is as clear as their sound is brutal. They plainly assert that their vision is very simple and that’s to spread the hope and love of Jesus Christ.

Bloodlines are releasing their brand new single, ‘Colder’, followed by “Hevel,” a 5 song EP slated for summer 2021.

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Everything In Slowmotion – “Influence”

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Jan 152021
 

2020: what a year to be a touring musician! With some bands opting for the livestreaming route – with varied success – one can’t help wondering what the new year will bring. Will more venues close? Will album and merchandise sales keep bread on the table?

Influence​, released on 16 October 2020 by Facedown Records, is the second full-length album by Shane Ochsner’s musical project, Everything In Slow Motion. “Tell me all your feelings love / Put everything on me / The truth is what you say you want / But the truth you won’t believe” – the first lines from “Apollo” – are so heavy, and hold up a mirror not only to the individual’s own biases but to society at large. I’m reminded of how Steven Wilson invites us to observe his characters in that excellent Porcupine Tree album, Fear Of A Blank Planet​ ​, and some of that despair permeates Influence ​ ​too.

The title track, featuring Aaron Stone (lead singer and guitarist of My Epic​ ​) is a fiery rocker. My ear immediately goes to Brian Aubert, lead singer and guitarist of Silversun Pickups​ ​. Listen to “The Royal We”, off the grammy-nominated album, Swoon​ ​.

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Sep 192020
 

Choke’ is the second single from Everything In Slow Motion‘s upcoming album “Influence” which is scheduled to be released on October 16th. via Facedown Records. The single ‘Choke can be streamed below.

“Influence” breathes vibrance into the Everything In Slow Motion catalog. The new project from EISM was meticulously recorded over the course of two years, partially at the historic Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA, and engineered by Nate Washburn (My Epic, Household, Listener). While their most recent EP “Laid Low” [review] was an elegant shift into more relaxed melodies and immersive vibes, the new LP “Influence” brings a sea change to the band’s body of work. ‘Influence’ is absolutely recognizable EISM, charged with the excitement of pure rock adrenaline. Years in the making, this new project may be the most anticipated LP in the label’s history, and comes across as that rarefied album possessing huge atmospheric sound anchored firmly in a rock ’n’ roll sensibility.

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Jul 232020
 

American Arson offer up rock n roll hardcore on their album, “A Line In The Sand” released on Facedown Records. Their debut full album release on Facedown is a energetic blast that offers both melody and aggression with a solid rock n roll punch in the face.

Akin to a top fuel dragster staging you just know you in for one hell of a ride from the first track, and when the rubber gets grip the velocity is maintained at times sending ones brain ears in to adrenaline O.D. The music drives with simplicity yet when complexity is demanded Evan Baker and Jesse Gentry musical relationship does a fantastic job at it, digging into the catalogues of both new school and old school hardcore with star studded excellence.

One of my favourite tracks is “Drop Your Draggers”, which does just that mixing up some old school hardcore with new school elements and its driving momentum hits hard like Thor’s Hammer. Its hardcore punk edges I can identify with as a 80’s hardcore punk kid. It’s also quite poetic they used punk as the back bone for a political message. Well done.

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