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No More Heroes

Flight lays down some knowledge on psychological theory on anxiety and its potential impact on hero worship in the scene as well as the metal landscape in general.  

Flight’s Metalcore-ner Vol. 9

It’s a new year, so no time to waste.  Lets get the ball rolling on some new metalcore for your collection.

AS A CONCEIT

As A Conceit is an Italian metalcore/post-harcore quintet very much  in the vein of Architects.  Melodic leads mixed with djenty, off-kilter blasts of distortion lead to some righteous riffing.  The resulting hooks are fun and well-produced.  Vocals are very passionate, rebellious, and ripe for sing-alongs. Philip Strand (Normandie) also has a guest spot on “Idle Hands,” which with its haunting synth additions is possibly the best song on their new album, Frown Upon Us.  In fact, the work put into effects and other backing flair across this album does add quite a bit to the atmosphere.

THROUGH LUCID EYES

Through Lucid Eyes is a Canadian progressive metalcore band for fans of ERRA, Northlane, Kardashev.  Rather than just going for an emo, sad set of lyrics and hooky guitars; the focus on atmosphere on their latest album really emulates the feeling you get when nothing seems to be going your way. That weight on your shoulders.  The vocals have a nice range: brutal deathcore lows, higher metalcore screams, and occasionally even higher-pitched singing (think Saves The Day).  The guitars stick to a groovy djent, but the layering, keys, and effects on the leads make for one of the better performances in the style.  There are moments that conjure everything from Make Me A Donut to Fallujah.  Big drums, and glad to hear the bass standing out as well.

SET BEFORE US

I like to shout-out the underdogs when I can, and these guys fit the bill.  Another metalcore act emerges from Stockholm.  Set Before Us are a young, hard-working band influenced by the likes of Parkway Drive, Breakdown of Sanity, and August Burns Red.  They have so far released two EP’s and a single, the latest of which ‘Enigmas’ came out this past November.  While there is still plenty of room to polish things up, I think they have a strong foundation when it comes to catchy riffs and some vocal variation.  With the right guidance in the studio, I could see a solid full-length on the horizon.  With that in mind, the band is actively seeking labels and support.  You can check them out on Facebook and listen to ‘Enigmas” in full below.

Why Bandcamp Should Be Your #1 Platform For Metal

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It boggles my mind that I can bring up Bandcamp anywhere and still get the response "band what now?"  And yet it persists.  Despite platforms that criminally underpay the musicians like Spotify and Apple Music becoming the norm, there are SO many reasons I can site for making Bandcamp your new first stop for music from both new and existing groups, especially in the metal genres.  Here are just a few highlights along with tips to get the most out of the platform.

INTERVIEW: Dan Kelly of THE HUDSON HORROR

There are certain smaller groups out there that I just connect with for one reason or another.  It usually has a lot to do with a perfect storm of quality music, clear passion, and personability of the musicians involved.  The Hudson Horror undoubtedly meet these criteria.  I was initially drawn in during the promotion of their debut full length, but they have stuck around and this year released a follow-up EP called Ruiner.  During this time, I have also had the pleasure to correspond with Dan Kelly, the band's vocalist and a founding member.  It seemed natural to sit down with Dan, in real time albeit from across the country, and just shoot the shit about the band, early influences, the current state of the music business, and more.

Flight’s Metalcore-ner Vol. 7

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We don't have to agree on everything.  Finding common ground has led to a lot of great things.  Let's put our differences aside and explore some more underground metalcore, shall we?

LIVE RECAP: Ulcerate w/ Zhrine, Phobocosm, and Burials at The Raven

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Follow FlightOfIcarus into another live show, this time featuring the crown jewel of New Zealand metal.  Arguably one of the most technical metal bands out there takes the stage along with a few new favorites.  Hear about the venue and acts, check out pictures, and listen to streams.

Flight’s Metalcore-ner Vol. 6

FlightOfIcarus was unimpressed with what metalcore had to offer this October.  Or perhaps he was much too buried in amazing progressive death metal, mathcore, and blackened something-or-other to take notice.  Even so, he managed to rally at the zero hour thanks to one special band from Athens, Greece.  One recommendation to rule them all.

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