Awaken I Am – “Blind Love”

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Sep 252017

Alternate rockers from Gold coast of Brisbane, Awaken I am, are set to release their sophomore album, “Blind Love” on the 29th of September under Victory records. Awaken I am, raised to fame when their debut album “Shields and Crowns” reached the #3 spot on I-tunes Metal chart. Having toured with Chiodos, The Devil Wears Prada and Emarosa in the past, the band made headlines when they appeared at the So What Festival in Dallas. Predominant in the Australian scene, the band bagged a worldwide deal with Victory records at the end 2016.

Right at the outset the band’s sound is very different from what I’ve heard over the years, a far cry from the traditional alt-Rock. The band however takes a bold step while shaping its music as it pushes itself to the realms of Pop-Rock. The songs have upbeat soundscapes, even though the songs speak of struggles with ones past. Be it for the staccato guitar riffs that fill up the songs, or the electronic elements, the songs do get pretty catchy at the chorus. Adam has an impressive vocal range and showcases his style as he juggles rap, with an occasional falsetto and ties it up beautifully with his melodies on the choruses. Continue reading »

Sep 062017

Victory Records and four of their bands from Texas are coming together to release a special limited edition shirt with all proceeds being donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Check out where you can get the shirt below.

Reverend Horton Heat, Shattered Sun, Darkness Divided and Seeker all call Texas home and are coming together to release an amazing limited edition shirt that features all four bands on the back, along with the phrase “Texas Strong” on the front.

This special shirt will only be available for the next week, along with all proceeds being donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. You can check out what the shirt looks like below!

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Conveyer – “No Future”

 Posted by on August 27, 2017 at 22:13  No Responses »
Aug 272017

In 2011 a bunch of dudes from Eau Claire, Wisconsin came together to form what was to be known as “Conveyer”. Since its formation the band released 3 EPs “Signal Fire”, “Empty Handed” & “MMXII” before releasing their first full length album Worn Out which was self-released in 2013. Following its release the band went through a lot of line-up changes and signed up with Victory Record to release their first studio album “When Given Time To Grow” in 2015. The band toured alongside Ghost Key, Until we are ghosts, Dwell and a couple of other bands in 2013.

“Conveyer” came out with their second studio Album “No Future” in June 2017 via Victory records. Listening to Hardcore really stirs me up and gives me adrenaline in the best possible way :). This bands exhibits raw unabated energy throughout the length of the album. They are quite traditional when it comes to song writing, and claims never to have used a computer to do so. Impressive eh? Brooks mentions that Song writing is an important aspect for the band and every band member is encouraged to throw in ideas.

So I queued in the album, which opens softly with “Dust” and gathers momentum with rugged guitar chops and marching/blast beats. The sound on this song sets the flavour for the rest of the album. Next up “The Whetstone” treads on dark territory with “a blade through my stubborn soul” setting up a hardcore back drop with an ambient elements on the fore front. Continue reading »

Aug 242017

For The Win is streaming their highly anticipated second album, “Heavy Thoughts,” one day ahead of its official release. An ideal mix of ten emotionally heavy tracks, Kyle Christensen (vocals) confesses, “We poured our hearts into these songs, and we feel like this record offers something for everyone. “Heavy Thoughts” is a record that we are extremely proud of. It’s been a crazy ride with this album release, and we’re excited to finally have it out to the world through Victory.”

Upon announcing their signing to Victory Records in May of 2017, For The Win unveiled videos for the tracks ‘Crash And Burn’ and ‘Dancing Shoes,’ followed by ‘All Or Nothing,’ and earlier this week releasing ‘Us Versus Them.’

The band will celebrate with a pair of album release shows this weekend, with a North American fall tour to be announced shortly. Continue reading »

Aug 132017

Shattered Sun return with their sophomore effort, bringing more metalcore to the masses while avoiding the clichés of the genre…

The south Texas band Shattered Sun trace their origin back to 2005 and since then have managed to share the stage with the likes of legends like Testament and Exodus, supporting them on the Dark Roots of Thrash Tour and in summer of this year (2017) joined the Warped Tour for part of that run. Interestingly, even with the success and acclaim from their first album, Hope Within Hatred (2015), the band nearly self-destructed before recording The Evolution of Anger.  In late 2015, guitarist Daniel Trejo decided to leave the band and other issues that came to the surface put the second album in question.  In the end, Daniel came back and the band realized that chances like they were given were few and far between.  The band worked with producer Mark Lewis (Devil Drive, Fallujah) in their hometown to narrow down the 26 songs to the 10 that made it onto The Evolution of Anger, and artist Marcelo Vasco (Slayer, Machine Head) was brought in for the album art depicting how anger can drive one into a maze that does nowhere, capturing the essence of the album and a bit of the band’s own struggles. Continue reading »