We adore the metalcore heavyweights Zao here at Svbterranean and we are anxiously awaiting the release of the bands new EP Pyrrhic Victory, which is due early next month. The band has just unloaded a fierce new track titled “Clawing, Clawing, Never Cutting Through” and you bet your ass I’m pumped. This track rules and I’m so stoked to be getting two solid releases from Zao in a years time. QUALITY. Check out the track below. Continue Reading
If there are two things most credited for helping spearhead the metalcore movement, it’s Deadguy and their 1995 juggernaut, Fixation on a Coworker.
While this particular band and album are venerated for very good reason, I have often felt that the band vocalist Tim Singer formed after leaving Deadguy in 1996, Kiss It Goodbye, to be vastly underrated. Deadguy‘s Fixation on a Coworker gets its props for being erratic and violent, but Kiss It Goodbye‘s 1997 LP, She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not, is an absolutely devastating and brooding affair.
“WHAT THE FUCK” – possibly one of the greatest openings to an album ever. Turmoil basically took the words right out of my mouth. Combined with its discordance and urgency right off the bat, those angst-filled words – “What the fuck are you looking at?” – delivered by vocalist Jon Gula are a punch right in the gut at the very start of “Playing Dead,” the first track off their seminal 1999 release, The Process Of. Although my introduction to Turmoil came many years later, even when I first heard this record, there was still an innovative quality about the release. That’s because The Process Of was way ahead of its time and, dare I say, groundbreaking. With it, the highly underrated Philadelphia five-piece helped establish the foundation for metalcore and many of the bands to come.
Boston-based legends Converge have premiered their new track “Reptilian” off of their long-awaited ninth full-length record, titled The Dusk in Us. The song features an ominous intro with unnerving tones that lead into some pretty crushing dissonant grooves before all that trademark Converge chaos kicks in. Check it out after the break.
During my first year of university, I landed a bit of a dream part-time job when I got hired at a His Master’s Voice (HMV) store in downtown Ottawa. For those unfamiliar, HMV was at one point a well-respected music retailer known for their extensive selection of compact discs and vinyl. Near the start of my time employed there a record called Antenna by Boston based Cave In was released. The record received a perfect review in Alternative Press who subsequently compared it to Loveless, Mezcal Head, and You’d Prefer an Astronaut. An afternoon of work for myself around this time would include playing the record in the store while customers shop. My curiosity went from just that to total awe based on the high quality of their songwriting, guitar playing, and music.
So last week in my installment of Alive or Just Blogging, I overexplained my love of Overcast. This week’s topic shares a connection to ex-Overcast band Killswitch Engage in that, as I am pretty sure everyone reading this knows that Howard Jones – vocalist of Blood Has been Shed eventually went on to front KsE for several albums, while drummer Justin Foley also joined that band a short time after Jones. By the time Jones eventually left/was ousted after a kind of convoluted scandal involving some internet porn star, I had already stopped paying attention to the arc of his career. That said, I never stopped paying attention to and revisiting Blood Has Been Shed’s first EP – I Dwell on Thoughts of You. It remains one of my favorite brutally heavy releases of the early metalcore period. Continue Reading
Zao are one of those bands that I lost touch with and then they erupted back on the scene for me last year. Their most recent full-length, The Well-Intentioned Virus was insanely good and jolted into my Top 5 of last year relatively quickly. When I recently learned that the band wasn’t done and would be releasing a new 12″ EP titled Pyrrhic Victory, I cheered. Well, the band is currently streaming a new track from said EP titled “The Host Has Bared Its Teeth.” You can check out the track and a blurb from vocalist Dan Weyandt. SO EXCITED. Continue Reading
Man, this month’s column has been a complete trip down memory lane and this last one from me is a real trip back to the well. This is an album that I bought brand-spankin’-new when it came out and listened to it so fucking much that I had to replace it within two months of the original purchase. Fuuuuck. The album in question is none other than the sophomore album from 36 Crazyfists titled A Snow Capped Romance. This was the first album that came to mind when Lane pitched this column to me and I know he holds it in high regard also. Continue Reading
Although I discovered Himsa a year before they disbanded due to my impeccable timing, I was at least able to bear witness to their epic final work and crowning achievement; Summon in Thunder.
I remember watching Headbanger’s Ball on MTV, which is a hilarious thing to say nowadays, and stumbling across Himsa‘s video for “Big Timber”. In this animated music video, the band members were depicted as yeti puppets and were being picked off one-by-one by some sort of malevolent tree entity. Although I did indeed find the music video entertaining, it was the music itself that really enthralled me. Continue Reading
Now, there are only a handful of albums that I have listened to consistently since high school. There has been a ton of music that has come and gone, but one that has always remained is As I Lay Dying’s Shadows Are Security. Now, I know that what Tim Lambesis has done outside of music is despicable and horrendous, but I look past it only in this one instance. There really aren’t any other music outputs from him that I care about at this point, but Shadows is a landmark album for metalcore. Continue Reading