Vanishing Life, the musical child of Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Rival Schools, Quicksand), Autry Fulbright II (…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead), Jamie Miller (Bad Religion) and Zach Blair (Rise Against), are releasing their debut album Surveillance on 4th December via Dine Alone Records.
Surveillance opens with a grimy bass line in Realist, before launching into a track with influences from old school punk, but with a modern twist.
Outlier is a typical post-hardcore song; the roots of the song are a basic 4/4 beat with a repetitive riff, however the different layers bring in subtle intricacy. Outlier is followed by 17, an interlude track made of sound art rather than instruments, and a nice break from the first two heavier tracks.
It is clear that a lot of different styles are at play in creating Surveillance, and Vanishing Life have somehow managed to make them all work together rather than clash. The entire album is filled with post-hardcore energy.
Seven Pointed Star sounds like a heavier version of a typical U2 track, but with more punk undertones. Pretty Ruined also sounds this way, however it starts off a lot grimier, much like Realist.
At the halfway point of the album, the tracks start to sound like the same average post-hardcore song. However, the songs are enjoyable, and the listener can imagine a gig held by Vanishing Life would be an exciting, large, sweaty mosh pit.
The next obviously different track is Thinking Weightless. With a catchy chorus of “get on up”, Thinking Weightless would be a great choice for a single.
16, the penultimate track on Surveillance,makes the listener imagine how Outer Space would sound. It is a great lead into Big Other, which carries on with the otherworldly sound, particularly brought out by the guitars. It is another track which would make a fantastic single.
Surveillance is an album made by a group of undeniably fantastic and talented musicians who have managed to make a piece of art out of their individual styles melding together. Although a lot of the songs sound quite samey, there are some great tracks in the album which stand out above all the others. Since there were two interlude tracks in the album, a third may have been a good idea since the listener might start to get bored around the middle of the album, and it would just break things up nicely.
Bringing something that blends pop punk with arena style rock and roll, Dead Frequency have released a four track EP that encompasses a lot that you love, but also some stuff that can really grind your gears about these genres.
The first two tracks feel more on the pop punk side of things with positively giddy sounding choruses and just a overall feeling of happiness exerting itself from the music. The former of the two, ‘Nobody’s Listening’ opens off with a normal backing style before throwing into the rest of the band. The vocals befit that of pop punk style, but Matti Fantasi’s vocals don’t feel as punchy or as catchy as the rest of the band do. That doesn’t seem to be the case throughout the entire record as you lead into another enjoyable track instrumental wise with ‘The Devils Dream’. Feeling like old school punk rock like Authority Zero or Bad Religion, this track uses simple chord progressions to its advantage and it pays off well.
Breaking into something straight out of a KISS record, ‘Time For Saying Sorry’ has a massive classic rock feel straight out of the opening guitar notes, but also has that soft flavour of Bowling For Soup with part of the riff structure that gets thrown around in the pre-choruses which is a pretty fun combination. Finally closing out with ‘Everything Will Be Alright’, the record epilogue gives off something that rounds up the entire EP solidly. Adding more to their sound with this track, it closes it just as it began.
This EP doesn’t throw anything special into your direction, nor does it try to break any boundaries of traditional classic rock/pop punk style, but what it manages to write and produce is something befitting of a veteran bands discography. Definitely a band to keep an eye out for in the future.
Whenever you play a video game, something that draws you into them is the epic soundtrack that is backing your playing time and making everything that much more amazing. With the Tony Hawk gaming franchise, they’ve always managed to pick out some of the most enjoyable tracks and we’re here to pick our Top 20 of the lot!
One of the most aggressive songs on the list, going through Los Angeles and tearing through combos with this song pounding through the speakers was enough to get you pumped.
19. FOUR YEAR STRONG – GO DOWN IN HISTORY (THPS5)
Whilst it might the worst of the games out of the main series, going through different areas with this song as your means of plowing through was a nice feeling of satisfaction
18. GALLOWS – COME FRIENDLY BOMBS (PROVING GROUNDS)
Punk was a definite mainstay in the tracklists of these games, and when you heard this song blasting through during your free-play mode, it was a rage-inducing combo smasher!
17. DIE YOUNG (TX) – ANTHEM OF THE PRODIGAL SON (PROJECT 8)
Project 8 was a somewhat relaxing game, not having to worry about the missions as such. When it came time to knuckle down, this song gave the adrenaline to take on anything!
16. 25 TA LIFE – OVER THE YEARS (UNDERGROUND 2)
Arguably, the Underground series of Tony Hawk was a favourite in the staple and travelling around the world and causing destruction was greatly back by this hardcore punk smasher.
15. THE SHEDS – BAD THINGS ARE BAD (THPS5)
The last track to feature from the newest game is this more punk fuelled track. Creating your own park for the first time in 10 years and choosing tracks like this to destroy your own records was a triumph!
14. LESS THAN JAKE – ALL MY BEST FRIENDS ARE METALHEADS (THPS4)
One of the best ska punk bands in this generation, having to breathe a sigh of relief to not have to go fast paced through level in 2 minutes with this track as your anthem was one of the best feelings.
13. ATMOSPHERE – TRYING TO FIND A BALANCE (UNDERGROUND 2)
There was always a good selection of rap/hip hop in the song lists for each game, but this song felt much more flowing, especially during some of the missions and story arcs.
12. WOLFMOTHER – WOMAN (PROJECT 8)
One of the more commonly known songs from any Tony Hawk’s soundtracks, going through the Fun Park and just having time to just skate was always boosted heavily with this song as your background.
11. REFUSED – NEW NOISE (UNDERGROUND)
When you first kicked off Underground, not only were you amazed with the heavily focused storyline, but the fact that this song came out of nowhere and gave you that determination for the final stretch.
10. NOFX – THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND SKATE (UNDERGROUND)
Whenever you start a Tony Hawk game, you always feel much more inclined to just have fun at first. When this song came on, you just felt yourself enjoying the time skating and enjoying flowing through the campaign.
9. BAD RELIGION – YOU (THPS2)
Going back to the older games, the soundtracks always made those games iconic. A track that is agreeable with that is this late 80’s punk annihilator.
8. THE NEXTMEN – AMONGST THE MADNESS (THPS3)
There’s no doubt in your mind that going through the Airport level with this track being your guide made that level so much more relaxing, especially with the simple upbeat drum pattern.
7. SUBLIME – SEED (UNDERGROUND)
There was nothing like the feeling of some ska/reggae punk rock to help you relax a lot more after Eric leaves you in Russia to get arrested after crashing a tank (what a colossal willy.)
6. SNAPCASE – ENERGY DOME (PROVING GROUND)
It might be the most controversial placement on this list, but that unbridled passion coming through the track adding to your gameplay showed off the true highlights of skating mixed with music.
5. ANTHRAX FT. CHUCK D – BRING THA NOIZE (THPS2)
The top 5 are from all the first three games. The ones that set the standard for skating games in general, going through School II and having this be part of your 2 minutes was a dream come true.
4. DEAD KENNEDYS – POLICE TRUCK (THPS)
It’s with a 99% certainty that this is the first song you would ever hear in relation to Tony Hawk games. Starting as a young child and playing through Warehouse through the first time with this being your backing song opened up your world to something new and exciting.
3. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE – GUERILLA RADIO (THPS2)
Opening up the entire game of THPS2 was this absolute banger of a track. Any level in the game was made that much more enjoyable with this song being the addition to your 360 Melon grabs.
2. GOLDFINGER – SUPERMAN (THPS)
Bringing one of the strongest flavoured songs to any THPS game, any level from the first game was made that much more exciting and enjoyable, especially the ever-so-frustrating Mall level.
1. CKY – 96 QUITE BITTER BEINGS (THPS3)
This track was such a powerfully gripping track in that it has its own aura when going through any particular level on THPS3. Whether it be grinding for ages on Cruise Ship or pulling off huge combo in Skater Island, this song was the epitome of having a great time!