Friday, September 22, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat

Metz – “Mess Of Wires” (The Toronto noise-punk trio’s viscerally volatile sound meets its match on their third album, Strange Peace, out today on Sub Pop.  Produced and recorded live to tape by the legendary Steve Albini, the stunning new album from guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins, bassist Chris Slorach and drummer Hayden Menzies is just as cathartic, caustic and intensely heavy but is made slightly more accessible with catchy vocal melodies emerging from the chaos; showcasing the band’s sure and steady growth.)            

Mastodon – “Toe To Toes” (Quickly on the heels of this year’s excellent Emperor Of Sand album comes a brand new EP from the metal masters titled, Cold Dark Place, out today on Reprise Records.  The 4-song EP consists of three songs – “North Side Star”, “Blue Walsh” and the title track - originally written during the Once More ‘Round The Sun sessions and the fourth, heard here, was written during the more recent Emperor Of Sand sessions.  As with Emperor, the personal lyrical themes continue, as Brent Hinds writes about a nasty breakup.  Musically, the 4 songs deliver the goods as always with powerful riffs, prog-rock tendencies and soaring vocal melodies and guitar solos.)

Circa Survive – “Rites Of Investiture” (Making their label debut for Hopeless Records, the progressive post-hardcore band’s sixth full length, The Amulet, is out today.  Anthony Green and crew continue to experiment with their genre-defiant sound, expanding it beyond all limits along with the emotive soaring vocals, twisty rhythms and atmospheric and inventive guitar lines fans have come to expect.  Check out the aggressive standout single here with its rumbling rhythm and ringing guitars.  Also be sure to catch them on their co-headlining tour with Thrice.)         


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