Friday, October 28, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Ulcerate – “Extinguished Light” (The New Zealand extreme metal trio are set to release their fifth album, Shrines of Paralysis today on Release Records.  Their brand of metal is proggy, powerful and highly-technical but just as easily; they can spread it out and become atmospheric or settle into a gnarled groove that goes beyond the blast beats and foreboding heaviness for an unparalleled experimental sound.)

Serpentine Dominion – “The Vengeance In Me” (The new project led by Adam Dutkiewicz  of Killswitch Engage with vocals from the legendary George Fisher of Cannibal Corpse, drums from ex-The Black Dahlia Murder drummer, Shannon Lucas and politically-charged lyrics penned by Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach.  Adam adds speedy grindcore rhythms and heaviness to his metalcore sound and George incorporates melodic singing into the mix as each musician steps outside of their previous constraints on their punishing self-titled debut album, out today via Metal Blade Records.)

The Youngest – “Built To Last” (The Chicago indie-rock band is set to self-release their stunning sophomore album, See It Through today.  Produced by Modest Mouse and Iron & Wine producer Brian Deck and featuring keyboards from Wilco’s Pat Sansone, the new album is the perfect blend of wistful, pop-leaning folk-rock and dusty, atmospheric Americana led by frontman Andrew Taetz’s scruffy yet soaring vocals that should hoist them above the radar.)

Signals Midwest – “West Side Summer” (The Cleveland based indie rock band has been at the forefront of the so-called emo revival since 2009 and recently released their best album yet, At This Age, via Tiny Engines.  Led by the impassioned vocals of guitarist Max Stern, they create taut, emotionally-charged punk anthems with chiming and winding guitar lines along with a Midwestern earnestness that sets them atop the scene.)  

Touché Amoré – “Rapture” (The L.A. post-hardcore band recently released their fourth album; the emotional and personal Stage Four, which is out now on Epitaph Records.  Vocalist Jeremy Bolm deals with the devastating death of his mother from cancer with heartbreakingly personal yet highly-relatable lyrics that question life and the afterlife with unbridled passion alongside the band’s most complex and compelling music yet that matches the intensity of the lyrical themes.  Guest Julien Baker lends her talents to the searing album closer as well.)      


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