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.
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.
FlightOfIcarus shares his favorite 5 albums from the controversial genre. Have you heard them all?
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.
Follow flight through his recent experience at this trendy Portland theater with one of melodeath's most celebrated acts. What did they play? Have they still got the magic? Find out here. Supporting acts include Swallow The Sun, Enforcer, Starkill, Increate, and Von Doom.
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?
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.
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.
Today we’re premiering a brand new song from the album alongside an interview with Ethan, conducted by FlightofIcarus. The song, Slave Money, is one of the shorter on the album and comes in like a wrecking ball at 100 MPH. It may only be a minute and a half but I guarantee you’ll want to hit that repeat button and take the ride all over again after that first listen. Sound wise this is somewhere between grind and crushingly dense death metal, but Vermin Womb straddles the lines between metal genres in a way that makes them hard to pin down. What stands out, particularly on this track, is how overwhelmingly dense the instrumentation is and how inhuman McCarthy’s guttural growls sound. I thought that he was already one of the most intense, guttural vocalists out there but he’s somehow taken things a step further throughout ‘Decline’ and it shows. If you’re angry at how things are in the world right now, this is exactly the type of music to blast at full volume and let everything out. Enjoy this brief teaser of how frantic and destructively heavy the album is, along with the interview.