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Recently formed duo HE IS ME have unveiled their 2nd single “Drowning Man/Ocean.” This particular piece marries two separate tracks together to create a unified whole. The sound could be described as not unlike a hybrid of the bombast of Swans with the artful slow burn often deployed by the likes of Massive Attack and Zombi. HE IS ME are a partnership between songwriter Casey Braunger and vocalist Steve Moore. Together they have conceived a memorable slice of menacing beauty. This performance savvy is a bi product of Moore’s years spent in Progressive/Industrial outfit The Unraveling and Braunger’s work in Textile Arcade.
New Zealand progressive death metallers Ulcerate have premiered the title track off of their upcoming album, Shrines of Paralysis. The track features over nine minutes of complex structures, technically proficient guitar work, unorthodox melodies and crushingly heavy rhythms. Stream “Shrines Of Paralysis” after the break. Continue Reading
Let’s rewind for a moment back to 2005, a bygone era littered with skinny jeans, white belts, swoop cuts and poorly applied eyeliner. It is a primordial stew of 20 something men screaming about their inadequacies and failed relationships echoing throughout every artery and capillary of heavy music. The dude from Skrillex is not yet even Skrillex, he is still fronting a screamo band that took the name of its record from the movie Heathers. It is a wild time to be alive.
The integration of metal/rock and hip-hop is generally scoffed at by metal’s most elite, and for good reason. With the exception of a few acts such as Rage Against the Machine, the ever-evolving Candiria, and the incomparable Beastie Boys, this stylistic combo is usually tarnished by nu-metal theatrics and rampant testosterone. Maine’s Vinyl Cape, however, manages to avoid a lot of the pitfalls that others who have attempted this genre fusion have fallen prey to. The band steer clear of the excessively muscular, chugging guitars and tired flows, instead opting for an eclectic mix of instrumentation and vocal techniques. It is a polarizing release that will alienate many with its bizarre premise and rapidly-shifting presentation, but will also draw listeners in for the same reasons. Even those who shudder at the mere mention of “rap rock” will find something of merit on the group’s debut LP, The Glitter of Putrescence.