Cover by Craig Cirinelli of Housewithoutwalls Design
Long-running Tulsa based music collective ESCAPING THE ORDINARY are set to premiere the fourth instalment in their compilation series this Friday, June 15th. The collective was founded by Ty Griffin with a simple yet effective modus operandi that good music needs to be heard. The first three compilations were a mix of well-established artists like JUNIUS, THURSDAY, DREDG, (DAMN) THIS DESERT AIR, CONSTANTS, and CASPIAN, among others, but also aimed the spotlight at smaller artists.
Wrong’s debut ep Stop Giving marked a shift in the songwriting canon of Eric Hernandez/Ryan Haft. Previously the pair logged many miles in post-hardcore outfit Capsule. The latter was more than capable of countless arrangement and feel changes in literally under 60 seconds whereas the former adopted an approach more akin to New York jazz/noise/groove legends Helmet. With Haft and Hernandez time-tested work ethic, Stop Giving was followed by an 11 song, self-titled full-length album a short time later. Wrong was notable for not only its release on powerhouse Relapse records but also for it’s marked growth in songwriting, execution, and overall intensity. Continue Reading
album art by CRYPTWORM
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada’s HERON have unveiled the 2nd single from their forthcoming debut A Low Winter’s Sun. We here at Svbterranean have the exclusive premiere of the punishingly heavy track “Uncomfortable Silence.” The record was produced by Jesse Gander at Rain City Records. Gander has worked with a “who’s who” of Vancouver bands including but not limited to 3 Inches of Blood, Baptists, Anciients, Japandroids, Dead Quiet, Fond of Tigers, and Bison. HERON has ascended to the ranks of one of the Pacific North West’s premier heavy bands via multiple tours and a skull-crushingly heavy live show. Continue Reading
The current and ongoing movement of contemporary electric guitar playing has seen the instrument reach new heights in the realm of heavy music. Animals as Leaders and their fretboard wizardry have made them nearly a household name. Acts like Plini, Periphery, and Chon aren’t far behind with their unique, innovative, approach to playing and performing. File Hong Kong’s Oliver Cheung into the “up and coming and tremendously talented” folder.
Saarbrücken, Germany, Progressive Metal veterans Tomorrow’s Eve have returned with their 5th full-length album. The band released their first album “The Unexpected World” in 1999. Tomorrow’s Eve theatrical themes and powerful songwriting chops will move the listener and have seen the band receive acclaim from fans and critics both.
*Stay Trve – an (in)frequent column that aims to help counterbalance potential audio malaise and a nearly total saturation of sub-mediocre artists in the current music industry.
Time has been kind to the sounds of Richmond, Virginia’s Engine Down. Relentless touring and exceptionally high-quality records afforded them a loyal fan base during their 9-year career. Despite a staggering work ethic, the success of the likes of which their peers like Circa Survive, Thursday, and Alexisonfire achieved, eluded Engine Down. Rest assured, going back and revisiting their recordings will move even the most jaded fan of all things brainy, guitar driven, and complex.
British Shoegazers AMUSEMENT PARKS ON FIRE have returned after an extended hiatus which originated in 2013. The band has released 2 new singles along with a forthcoming reissue of their titanic 3rd album Road Eyes. Plans pertaining to a new album have been detailed on the band’s social media pages.
I’m not buying it when someone says “there is no good new music anymore.” I say balls to that. 2017 was an incredible year and truthfully my list could’ve been much longer. I want to give a special shout-out to my Facebook pal Justin Schulte. The last time I met someone who exposed me to as much new music, was when I first met Lane and Ross (from related site American Aftermath and here of course.)
Acclaimed Canadian duo MARES OF THRACE unveiled to the world that they are recording a new ep. Vocalist/Guitarist Trez recently announced on social media the outfit’s plans to record new material. This will be their first work after a 3-year hiatus in which Trez returned to academia and subsequently settled into a new career in Video Game design. Continue Reading
You have entered the centre of the second edition of Stay Trve. I and we would like to thank you for being here. You may recall me mentioning previously that the particular effect for this column wasn’t necessarily to wow you with cutting-edge analysis, but rather to point the spotlight towards recordings and topics that may have discovered their media lifecycle acutely topical, non-existent, come to a grinding halt, or other. – Cotton
In the past, I have more often than not discussed artists and works that are of a Canadian origin. This piece is an extension of that ideology.