Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada based progressive Metalcore outfit THE WANING LIGHT have unveiled the first single/video from their yet as untitled 2nd ep. Eyeball the sagacious new video for the bands’ recent single “Eight” below. Founding member/guitarist Sage Davies assumed the reigns in directing and editing the clip. This new single follows 2015’s well-aimed ep One Plague Shy of Utopia. The band’s following expanded dramatically upon the ep’s release and resulted in countless shows supporting the likes of AMORPHIS, SWALLOW THE SUN, NUMENOREAN, and RINGWORM.
Swedish band, WE ARE THE CATALYST have returned with the first single/video from their forthcoming 2nd album Ephemeral. This new offering is a calculated, fine-tuned, triumph for the band. Listeners inclined towards epic and tremendously memorable, female-fronted metal not unlike LACUNA COIL or OTEP will find plenty to love with WE ARE THE CATALYSTS. Continue Reading
A brief anecdote: in 2007 or 2008 I went to see Ottawa, Ontario band Buried Inside perform live. As one of the opening bands was setting up their frontman unassumingly took his place centre stage and they began playing shortly after. The sounds being projected from their singer was unlike anything I had ever heard up to that point. If there had been any paint left on the walls on the venue, the sound of this man’s voice surely would’ve peeled it from the surfaces. The band was Congress and their vocalist was Jamie Hooper. When not dabbling in noise rock Hooper spent some time fronting 3 inches of Blood.
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.