Jul 182017

Hands is a progressive Rock/ Ambient/ Hardcore band that was formed in Fargo, North Dakota in 2007. They independently released their debut- EP “The Everlasting” in 2008 and then they wrote their first complete concept album “The Sounds Of Earth” which was released by the now defunct Lobster/Oort records. In 2009 Hands was signed to Facedown records where they released their sophomore album “Creator”. After a brief hiatus they started writing their second album on Facedown and in 2011 “Give Me Rest” saw the light. Now six years later they are back with a two-track EP, let’s give it a listen and see what we think of it.

The first of two tracks ‘New Heaven’ is heavy right from the start with the typical emotional screams of Shane, who we also know from his other band Everything in Slow Motion. His screams flow fluently into clean vocals at the quieter parts of the song. At about the half of the song it is al slowing down to build up again to epic/bombastic proportions. The song lingers with passion and ends with a dissonant sound. Continue reading »

May 112017

Metalcore heavyweights Your Memorial have checked in with the following update:

“After 11 years, Your Memorial will be releasing one last record and playing our farewell shows. We created a video to share where we’ve been and what we have planned for 2017. Thanks to our families, Jason and Virginia Dunn, Dave and Shannon Quiggle, the Facedown Family, and all our friends and fans for their support over the years. Please join us at these final shows and come say goodbye with high fives and stage dives.”

Join them at Facedown Fest and at their farewell show. Continue reading »

Apr 282017

Facedown Records is proud to introduce Deathbreaker, a powerful four piece hailing from Olympia, Washington. Their debut album “Disconnect” was produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Norma Jean) and will be released on May 12.

Check out the first single ‘In Error’ and preorder from iTunes or our online store where you can get the digital album for free with any Deathbreaker merch purchase!

All pre-orders include instant downloads of ‘In Error’ and ‘The Sinking’.

Deathbreaker has been added to Night 1 of Facedown Fest at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA and full US touring will be announced soon! Continue reading »

Feb 172017

Facedown Records are so excited to welcome Nothing Left, featuring Ryan and Brandon Leitru, formerly of metalcore juggernaut For Today to the Facedown family!

Nothing Left burn down the house with their gritty, two fisted approach to hardcore. Raw and angry, this 6-song EP refuels the flames of the early hardcore movement and makes you remember the dynamic underground music scene of your youth. “Destroy and Rebuild” is satisfyingly stripped down, with an in-your-face aggression—exactly what you’d hope for in a passion project from brothers Brandon and Ryan Leitru. Continue reading »

Those Who Fear – “State of Mind”

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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 »