Sep 012017
 

The Ongoing Concept recently announced an October 06th release date for their new album, “Places“, via Solid State Records. Pre-orders for the effort are available now at this location. Those who do pre-order will get the band’s new track ‘The Print’. The new song can be streamed below.

The Ongoing Concept  is an American pop rock band from Spokane, WA. Breaking the barriers of genre thumping critics, these guys mesh heavy rock, pop hooks, and extreme riffing that creates a blue-collar like sound that matches no other. The Ongoing Concept takes influence from the likes of Don Broco, The Chariot, and Enter Shikari; holding a more cultured background in having a worldly taste. Continue reading »

Fit For A King – “Deathgrip”

 Posted by on August 31, 2017 at 19:46  No Responses »
Aug 312017
 

Ten years ago, Fit For A King was started in Dallas and Tyler, Texas and now they are a well-known name in the Christian metalcore scene. In 2008 they released their first self-titled EP and the EP Awaken The Vesper came out in 2008. They released their first full-length album called Descendants in 2011. At that point, they began to rise in popularity. In 2012 they signed to Solid State Records. This label is known for their preference of metalcore. A few well-known bands that signed to this label are Demon Hunter, Norma Jean and Becoming The Archetype. Their first release at this label was a great success. The studio album Creation/Destruction sold more than 3,100 copies in its first weeks of sales.

While the band was playing in Germany, terrorists gunned down a music venue. 128 people died, which left the members of Fit For A King angry, but also scared. Bobby Lynge, the guitarist, said that there was “a big chunk of time” after the attack he was still looking over his shoulder. He said that “Nobody should have to contemplate going to concert because they’re going to get mowed down by a guy with a machine gun. It’s infuriating that that’s a thing.” Four days before the attacks they played in Paris and at that point they realized the reality of death. Ryan Kirby, lead vocalist, couldn’t stop thinking about “Fragile life is, and how deeply death affects you.” The remainder of the tour, he, Ryan O’Leary and Jared Easterling started writing what would become Deathgrip. This record represents not only the inescapable nature of death, but also it’s grip on how we live our lives. This becomes clear if you read all the titles of the songs on this album. Titles like Pissed Off, Stacking Bodies and We Are All Lost sound very dark , but these are most of the time very hopeful if you listen to the lyrics. Continue reading »

Jun 222017
 

North Carolina based metalcore outfit To Speak Of Wolves have announced their Solid State comeback record, “Dead In The Shadow,” now available for pre-order on the Solid State webstore.

In anticipation, To Speak Of Wolves has teamed up with Revolver to premiere the first new single, ‘Haunt Me’, which can be streamed below.

Vocalist Gage Speas said, ‘Haunt Me’ is one of my favorite songs off the record. It was a pretty emotional experience tracking vocals. The lyrics are about letting go of people you love when it becomes apparent that you just can’t help them anymore. You’ve done everything you can and have to walk away. When we sat back and all listened to it in the studio, we knew right away this was going to be the first song we released.” Continue reading »

Jun 162017
 

Tyler, TX based metalcore act Fit For A King have released a music video for ‘Deathgrip’ the track comes of their new album “Deathgrip”which has been released October 7th! Produced by Nick Sampson (Miss May I, We Came As Romans, Asking Alexandria), According to an earlier press release, “Deathgrip”promises to be their biggest sounding and most cohesive work to date. The album features heavy hitting tracks ‘Pissed Off,’ ‘Shadows & Echoes,’ and ‘Dead Memory.’ The video for ‘Deathgrip’ can be seen below.
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Demon Hunter – “Outlive”

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May 072017
 

Before I get on with my review, I would like to mention that this band was a favourite of the late TMR Reviewer, Peter Willoughby, fondly remembered as the “WhiteMetalMan”, and in his honour I take it upon myself to hear this album through his ears and review it as he would have. So here it is.

Demon Hunter, an American Christian Metalcore band formed by the two Clark brothers, emerged the scene in 2000, and are out with their eighth studio album “Outlive” which was released by Solid State Records on March 31, 2017. Ryan and Don played together previously in Coalesce and Neurosis. Ryan had previously played guitar in hardcore band Focal Point, and released an album on Tooth & Nail/Solid State when he was still in his teens. Don left the band to pursue a career in Graphic design and family obligations.

As a headlining act, Demon Hunter helped introduce audiences to bands like August Burns Red. They’ve co-headlined with Red and toured as direct support for both In Flames and As I Lay Dying in the United States and parts of Canada. They’ve travelled to South America, Europe, and Australia, headlining major festivals and club shows alike. Continue reading »