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ourfathers. added nuanced maturity to the progressive post-rock genre with their colossally evocative single ‘an offering.’

Movements II by ourfathers.

It was only a matter of time until an alt-rock artist simultaneously exuding influence from Sigur Ros and At the Drive caught our distinction-seeking-attention. The latest progressive post-rock hit ‘an offering.’ from ourfarthers. has left us ensnared.

Admitting that tracks by emo artists appease your angsty soul may be met with all manner of snobby pretension from insufferable aficionados, but an offering. isn’t a track easily torn apart. Maturity can be hard to find in tracks which deliver burning unbridled emotion, but discernibly, an offering. is the needle in the evocative haystack.

With quiescently melodic increments sidled next to rip-roaring breakdowns when all restraint is thrown away with visceral abandon in sonically anthemic style, an offering. is enough to make your soul quiver.

an offering. is available to stream and download via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Absideon revives nu metal with their new wave sound in ‘Ephemeral’

https://absideon.bandcamp.com/track/ephemeral

Kicking off with a delicately picked, reverb-soaked clean guitar part before launching into the full-on aural assault of distorted guitars, heavy drums, and thundering bass alongside twin, intertwined vocals, ‘Ephemeral’ from Texarkana duo Brett and Casey – a.k.a. Absideon – is a riotous storm of melodic metal which screams from the speakers and launches itself, bodily, at your earlobes.

There’s obvious comparisons with Linkin Park, System Of A Down, or Seether, but the melodic rock and clever timing shifts set ‘Ephemeral’ apart from the welter of generic sound-alike Nu-Metal wannabes; there’s some serious musicianship on show here, for sure, but the duo also clearly have talent in abundance around both vocal and production duties. ‘Ephemeral’ is the opening track from Absideon’s new-this-week six track EP ‘Reflections’, and on the basis of this it promises to be an absolute firestorm of a record.

Check out Absideon on Spotify and Facebook now.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Grindcore meets Sludge Metal in XMALCOLMX’s humanity damning single ‘MAN IS THE PREY’

https://open.spotify.com/track/6m68HoEpAo27cZletqkePn?si=sJvtPvY1RfWBMiepe7kGbQ

Sludge Metal, Black Metal, Nu Metal and Grindcore all cataclysmically collide in the 2020 album from  XMALCOLMX, ‘MAN IS THE PREY’. Each track exhibits the Stockton, California-hailing artist’s experimental style which has set the benchmark for boundary-pushing within the DIY music scene of Northern California. If you want the best introduction to XMALCOLMX’s addictively visceral sound, hit play on the title single.

The progressive track kicks off with distorted trepidation and hostility before rhythm starts to break through the caustic sonic sludge and punky protestive vocals bounce along with the monumental progressions. With an aural curveball at every turn in the tight instrumentals and the vocals proving to be just as versatile, MAN IS THE PREY quickly entices you through the addictively rhythmic abrasive energy

You can check out MAN IS THE PREY along with the rest of XMALCOLMX’s sludgy masterpiece for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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jain – kneading: Eccentrically Volatile Alt Garage Rock

https://jaintn.bandcamp.com/track/kneading

Nashville, Tennessee artist jain released their noisy Garage Rock EP the end of June’ at… the end of June. The track which caught our attention was the discord-spilling riotously angsty single ‘kneading’.

The short and distortedly sweet track incorporates elements of Punk, No Wave, Post Hardcore and Indie and throws in some sonically psychedelic lead guitar work to ensure that you’ve never heard anything quite like this eccentrically volatile release before.

In short, kneading is utter chaos and it can even make artists such as Pavement and Daughters seem middle-of-the-road.

You can check out kneading for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp where you’ll be able to download and stream the rest of the EP.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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PLAGUES – Sentinel: It’s Time to Start Getting Excited About Metal Again.

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If any new release has made me miss live music, it’s PLAGUES’ latest single “Sentinel”. The throat-ripping roars and intricately melodic speed of light progressions are just two of the reasons why this genre-melting offering of Metal will leave you as in awe of PLAGUES’ provocative release as we were.

With nuances of Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, Post Hardcore and Death Metal all weaved into the atmospheric production, it’s safe to say that PLAGUES have stamped down their signature colossal sound with Sentinel.

You’ll be able to check out the official music video to PLAGUES’ single Sentinel for yourselves from June 26th via their official website.

Keep up to date with the artist’s latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Homecoming has released their punchiest Indie Pop Punk single to date with the release of “Prime”

Pop Punk, Post Hardcore and Indie Rock all entwine in the explosively adrenalizing recently released single “Prime” from breaking San Antonio-based artist Homecoming.

They’ve gone right back to the roots of Emo and Pop-Punk with the bouncing anthemic choruses which stand as a testament to the production standard of Prime. Yet Homecoming played a bit of Machiavellian trick as they allowed the harmonically magnetic vocals to be interrupted by the raw screamo lyrics. The seismic shift in energy definitely wasn’t expected. Yet, it made the sticky-sweet choruses which followed even more absorbing.

No review of Prime would be complete without mentioning the guitar which borrows Indie Rock nuances to ensure that the track isn’t just a heavy-hitter. There’s also a smorgasbord of deftly intricate distinction within their playing style to gorge upon.

You can check out Homecoming’s single Prime for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Common Choir – Dive Bar Knight Life Pt 2: Colossally Caustic Metalcore

If you’re always on the lookout for the freshest Metalcore talent, you won’t have to look much further than Common Choir.

The standout single “Dive Bar Knight Life Pt 2” from their self-released EP is a cathartically volatile hit which is driven by pure unfaltering tensile momentum and soul slicing raw emotion.

You only need to listen to the tight synergy in to affirm that Common Choir is a powerhouse. From Dive Bar Knight Life Pt 2 you can expect consuming choruses and instrumental breakdowns which will leave any discerning metal fan with goosebumps. There’s no chance of missing the virtuosity of the bassist. The thunderous growls are enough to make you suspicious that he’s of relation to Thor.

And no review of Common Choir would be complete without mentioning the captivatingly dynamic vocals which consistently evolve in perfect synergy with the instrumentals. From throat-rippingly raw screams, to soaring vocal melodies, this monster of a track proves that the Minnesota band can offer it all.

You can check out the official video to Dive Bar Knight Life Pt 2 which was released on January 5th via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Solitary Set – Asking for a Friend: Melodically Visceral Post-Rock

“Asking for a Friend” is just one of the inventively evocative singles which you will find on the latest album “The Series Parallel” from up and coming Alt Rock artist Solitary Set.

The Baltimore-based artist weaved together a potent mix of Emo, Post-Rock, and Hardcore to create a cutting, visceral aural treat which will allow you to appreciate the melodicism which can be pulled out of harsher and more caustic genres.

Asking for a Friend is bordering on cinematic, and I’m sure that this won’t be the last we hear from Solitary Set. With the driving energy behind their sound, it’s impossible not to get caught up amongst the angsty momentum. Expect ample catharsis when you hit play on Asking for a Friend.

You can check out Asking for a Friend for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Say Days Ago – Disquiet: Melodically Mesmeric Post Hardcore

With a palpitatingly sweet prelude, it was hard to anticipate the aural attack which would greet me as Say Days Ago’s latest single “Disquiet” unfolded, because holy fuck. There was no preparing for the switch ups from the tentatively fragile guitar progressions to the raucous implosion of the instrumentals with the screamo vocals in the background as Mollee Allen’s sweetly concordant vocals sat atop of the mix.

Making Disquiet even sweeter is the fact it was created by the Husband and wife duo Thomas and Mollee Allen who are sure to give every fan of Post Hardcore couple envy. Yet, Say Days Ago is more than just your archetypal angsty outfit, Mollee’s vocals are ethereally captivating around the melodically raw instrumentals to Disquiet. I’d get the up and coming band on your radar, even though they may have only formed in 2018, I wouldn’t give it long until they break.

You can check out Say Days Ago’s debut single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Casen Pointe – Persephone: A Post-Hardcore Powerhouse of Talent

I can’t remember the last time I heard a Post-Hardcore track as instrumentally synergetic as Persephone, the debut single by Casen Pointe; a South Florida based Rock outfit.

The band is still fresh from their inception; however, their talents scream maturity. The 5-piece collective of artists are truly a powerhouse of talent with a vocalist with the ability to rival Ollie Sykes and Stump from Fall Out Boy at the same time. Seriously, the Screamo vocals leave you weak at the knee’s, so I’m sure it’s pretty dangerous to watch Casen Pointe live.

The Hard Rock band do more than just exude futile angst, the instrumental arrangements in the breakdowns are as haunting as they come, the way the track draws to a raucous close is palpitation-inducingly pleasing. Between the two guitarists, they create some of the most monstrous riffs that I’ve ever heard.

After you check out their debut track Persephone I’m sure you will join me in the frustrating anticipation for the bands debut album.

You can check out Casen’s Pointe debut track Persephone on YouTube

Follow Casen Pointe on Facebook & stay up to date with new releases & tour dates.

Review by Amelia Vandergast