The Charm The Fury – The Sick, Dumb & Happy [REVIEW]

Bringing the metalcore and post hardcore all the way from Amsterdam, The Charm The Fury are looking to make more of a headway with their latest album titled ‘The Sick, Dumb & Happy’ which is aiming to bring a lot more to their table in terms of their music style.

Opening up the record with ‘Down On The Ropes’ was a smart move with it bringing different types of metalcore pizzazz to the beginning of their new album. With the intro to the track going from circle pit madness into the bouncy single string riff back and forth before throwing you straight into the meat and bones of the song, it shows their versatility. Whilst the track itself can feel a bit boring in parts, the guitar solo seems to liven it up as it moves into ‘Echoes’. This track feels like a marching order with the riff style it seems to go for, but as the time goes on, it loses quite a bit of its appeal. The choruses showcase a really nice melodic side that they have with the lead melodies and the clean vocals. ‘Weaponized’ picks up the pace a bit more and blends the line between the modern hardcore sound and metal with the thrash-like nature throughout the entire track and its instrumentation. The band seems to hit more of a stride with this ground and pound song with the chorus elements being a striking addition to the track. When the start of ‘No End In Sight’ kicked in, you felt like you had jumped into The Amity Affliction’s ‘Open Letter’, but the album throws you into a loop with more fast paced moments with some eerie production laid underneath.

The album seems to push the sound a bit more with the next track being somewhat more laid back in its approach and sets a nice tone for the midpoint of the record, but where ‘Blood And Salt’ ends, the aggression grows more with ‘The Future Need Us Not’ brings an endless barrage of sound that  changes up what you’ve already heard from the band at this point in the record. ‘Silent War’ takes the tone down a bit more and is undoubtedly one of the most emotional songs on the record. Its acoustic tone and clean vocal presentation are so gripping that it makes up for the feeling of the first half of the record and sets you up for the tail end of the record. By the closing moments of the record, it picks up where it left off with the fast paced aggression with the instrumentation that comes through. The clean style of vocals throw you through a look and can be a bit disorientating at first but ‘Songs Of Obscenity’ pushes through and gives you something that sounds like Beartooth for the most part. The final track ‘Break And Dominate’ pushes that metalcore sound even further and closes the record on a strong note, giving it a feeling of bands such as Arch Enemy and The Agonist.

The band seems to find their place around the second half of the record, but that doesn’t mean that the first half was terrible by any stretch of the word. With a genre as overpopulated as this one is, The Charm The Fury do their best to make you remember their name. By the end of it you most certainly will, but there is a checkbox that is still waiting to be ticked.

[6/10]

Wednesday 13 sign to Nuclear Blast Records

A big congratulations to Wednesday 13 who have just signed to Nuclear Blast Records ahead of their UK acoustic tour. Speaking on the signing, he stated “We’re so excited to finally announce that we have signed with Nuclear Blast Entertainment!  It’s an honour for us to be on the roster among so many other great bands and friends. Thanks to Nuclear Blast for giving us the opportunity and our fans for your undying support.  We’re looking forward to many more years of this with all of you.”

Check out the dates below for the UK acoustic tour as well as something to listen to from them.

Wed 22nd Feb – NEWCASTLE University
Thu 23rd Feb – GLASGOW Cathouse
Fri 24th Feb – LEEDS Key Club
Sat 25th Feb – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Sun 26th Feb – MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge
Tue 28th Feb – NORWICH Owl Sanctuary
Wed 1st Mar – WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms
Thu 2nd Mar – BRISTOL Thekla
Fri 3rd Mar – SOUTHAMPTON Talking Heads
Sat 4th Mar – LONDON Underworld

Francesco Artusato, Devil You Know (24/1/17)

Just before the doors opened for the Devil You Know show, we got to sit down with Francesco Artusato to talk about the current tour, how the band formed and the certain pressures that come with being a supergroup.


For those who aren’t familiar, how would you describe Devil You Know?

I think that we come from a metalcore kind of sound I guess, but its nothing like your typical metalcore. I wouldn’t consider us metalcore at all, but most interviewers and fans would consider us that. I would consider us just friends who write music together, coming from different backgrounds and having fun.

You are currently on the tail-end of your UK tour, how has the whole experience been so far?

It’s been awesome. It’s been something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time and we couldn’t because things happen, but finally this time we organised it so that we wouldn’t be a support tour and it would just be our tour and that way it would be pretty much our rules. Everything has been going very smooth and the shows have been good too.

What has been the craziest/funniest moments on this tour you’ve experienced?

There’s nothing really crazy as we’re not really crazy in terms of like partying. We’re very mellow people, it’s like for us the past evening after shows are like ‘Hey guys, let’s all watch a movie’ or ‘Let’s all sit down and relax’.  There’s not much drinking and it’s super mellow. We’ve all been doing this for a long time and nobody ever feels like on tour we have to party everynight, so..

It has also been over a year since you guys released ‘They Bleed Red’. How do you feel the success has gone from that date of release to the present day?

Everything went really well! It was kinda weird because the record released first in Europe whilst we were on tour in Europe and for a band like us, it would probably make for sense for us to release it whilst we were on tour in the States, but we had that big tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach and we thought it would be a perfect time to release the record and since then, we’ve had great responses.

For almost a year and a half, we’ve had songs in the states get in rotation on radio stations such as  Sirius XM and others, which is really great because sometimes the power of radio is a great tool because you’ll get people who come to the shows who know those songs. They might not be familiar with the rest but the songs they know they love because they heard them on the radio, which is something I never experienced with my previous band.

What would you say is your favourite song off that release?

I think the song that, for me is the most fun to play live, is ‘Consume The Damned’ which is our first song on the record but for me, my favourite song in terms of writing and what it meant for all of us in the studio is ‘Let The Pain Take Hold’ and that for me is one of my favourites.

On that release you also covered ‘Eye Of The Tiger’, what was the choice behind doing that song?

That was towards the end where we were all thinking ‘It would be fun to do a silly cover’ because that’s who we are as people is that we like to have a good time and.. it was in fact our manager who suggested doing that song, so it just happened that way. He emailed me saying ‘I think we should try that’ so I did, I wrote the instrumental demo and sent it to the guys and they were like ‘Wow, thats actually pretty cool’ and we sent it to our producer who loved it and said we have to do it so, it happened that way.

How did all of you guys get together to form Devil You Know?

It started with the original drummer and I, we started out as friends in the LA area. We had previous bands, we were playing together and every once in a while we would jam together and write some songs. We worked on demos and decided it would be nice to get in touch with a singer and the first person we got in touch with was Howard. I thought that Howard’s voice would be amazing and we knew that he wasn’t on tour or anything, he was pretty much done with music from what we had heard. Plus, I was with my previous band (All Shall Perish) so I wasn’t thinking this would be more than just a fun side project and then we got in touch, he flew over and the rest is history..

What was the mindset of what you all wanted to achieve from this band?

When we started, it was just ‘Lets have fun and write music that just comes from us’ and not matter too much. Previously writing with ASP, the band had been around for almost 10 years and there’s a sound that you follow with from the previous records, but with this project it was fresh and I am the one writing the harmonies and chords for the record. It’s complete freedom, that was the coolest part and to me that was the goal, was to put together music that would be so free. When this project became more serious and then with the second record, it turned to becoming my main and to take it as far as possible.

Did you think there was any pressure from fans to create something that they have probably heard before from these projects and if so, why do you think that is?

Yeah, we all knew there was going to be, especially from a guy like Howard who everyone is used to hearing what sound he has, but for us it was to not worry about. Even though we had people at the label and managers saying stuff like ‘Let’s think of what they’re expecting / Let’s try and make everyone happy’ and for us, the whole point of this was to do what we want to do and that’s kind of like the mantra even more now is to do things that make us happy.

What would you like to achieve in the next DYK record, if you guys plan to record/release a new record?

Yes, we have starting writing music for the new record. I think overall, we want to do something that is very groovy, catchy and still heavy. For me writing wise, it’s kind of more simplifying certain things, but just trying to write good songs that are also good live.

If you released a tour split with the bands on this current tour and only had one song from each artist on it, what would the songs be?

Like a song from each band? Im afraid I don’t really know any.. I don’t really know the titles of our songs! Like, I know the ones that we have on the setlist but if you were to come up and ask me ‘What is song 8 on the first record?’ I would have no idea! But, I don’t know, Wearing Scars have a song called ‘Butterfly’ which is cool and the vocals are really awesome. Brutai have a couple of music videos which I know, and those are the songs I kinda like. Oni, I really like their last song on their set ‘Coast To Coast

If you could relate your band to one TV show, what would it be and why?

Hmm… I don’t really know, I mean we all like watching TV shows but theres none I would really associate with DYK. I still think that Breaking Bad is probably one of the best TV shows ever though.

What can we expect from Devil You Know in 2017?

Right now, this is the last tour of this album cycle. After this it’s just to write, write, write and record and put out an album hopefully this year and hopefully head out on tour as well. Right now, there is no planning anything other than just write music.

Any final words to your fans?

This UK run has been awesome so just thank you for the support and the love, we will definitely be back again for sure!

Cellar Darling sign to Nuclear Blast Records

Bringing a very atmospheric and powerful sound to the Nuclear Blast Records family, they have just announced that they have signed Switzerland’s own Cellar Darling. Giving you something in the same vein of bands like Eluveitie, this will make a perfect addition to the record label and will only make 2017 more enjoyable for them.

You can check out one of their songs ‘Fire, Wind & Earth‘ below.

Impericon Never Say Die 2016 – Live @ The Marble Factory, Bristol (9/11/16)

The time has come for Impericon to bring their year round Never Say Die tour to its final UK showing this year. Closing off with what could be considered one of the heaviest EU/UK tours this year, its time to show what culminated in the send off show before they go back into Europe once more.

Opening the night screeching onto the scene is UK homegrown lads Polar (7) who plant their feet firmly down and get their fingers in the door. Bringing that sound that could be reminiscent to bands like While She Sleeps, the band didn’t let the slow emergence of the crowd bother them as tracks like ‘Blood For Blood’ careened through the speakers. Whilst it took a while for the crowd to pick up bit by bit, their set closer brought the room together for that for that final push of crowd interaction. With the room starting to pick up a bit more, Make Them Suffer (8) burst right onto the stage with an early number to get the old school deathcore heads moving. ‘Widower’ kicking out with the piano coming straight through, the rest of the band followed suit with something hard hitting and violent in its wake. The more melodic track, as well as their latest one, ‘Ether’ got a great reception and cements their new path in the movement. Unfortunately, the drums didn’t have as much oomph as it should have took away from a very great set.

It’s surprising to think that a band with the musical style of Fallujah (6) would feel like the most stand out band on this tour, but with their focus towards the technical death metal side of things when the rest of the bands go more in your face they had a lot more style to show off and boy did they do that. With a sense of beauty hitting with their more technical lead prowess, it was a bit of a bummer that the guitars didn’t have as much noticeability as the bass pedal did throughout the set. The highlight of the set was the newer material such as ‘Amber Gaze’ pushed through and the heavier sections had a lot of ferocity to them. Then things started to really heat up with the crowd as Obey The Brave (9) just tore the room apart. Bringing out the big guns with ‘Get Real’ to a thunderous pit opening and the breakdown. One of their guitarists had a few technical difficulties for a few tracks, but it didn’t take away from the sheer force their sound had for songs old and new, especially the newer track they threw out there.

The last three bands were all rounded with one genre in mind; Deathcore. Completely obliterating their sound was Carnifex (10) who were definitely the fan favourite for the night. Starting off with their newer material, the more death metal influence comes to life and tracks like ‘Slow Death’ come through with such a gripping take on their newer and more mature material. Closing their set with the older tracks like ‘Lie To My Face’ make the more casual fan of the band power through and make the 2007 track sound that much more vibrant and special. Up next were for the main support were Australian powerhouses Thy Art Is Murder (9) and from the moment the fill in vocalist Nick Arthur (Molotov Solution) laid his first scream down, you knew that this guy was a great replacement to pick for the tour. Powering through tracks off of ‘Holy War’ to a thunderous ovation, the band knew how to hit key points with fans and bring a crushing sound throughout. The audience weren’t able to catch a breath as they smashed into songs from ‘Hate’ to a thunderous pit and headbangers galore.

After a mini speech from Hope For The Day before the main event reaches, it was time to face the what everyone was here for and it was clear that Whitechapel (9) were not here to play any games. Opening right out of the gate with ‘Mark Of The Blade’, the newer material definitely goes down really well with the crowd and the roars of the audience blast through at the end of every song. The older era of the bands discography came through with tracks like ‘Vicer Exciser’ bringing that old school deathcore vibe alongside ‘Prostatic Fluid Asphyxiation’ which no doubt made the death metal heads scream with joy. A very nice touch was hearing his cleans, albeit a bit quiet, during ‘Bring Me Home’ which showed the softer and more groove side of the band which not many people are used to. The guitars rang through proudly, the drums were on point and closing their set with the encore of ‘The Saw Is The Law’ was a great cap-off for a near-perfect set and very enjoyable evening!

Lamb Of God – The Duke EP [REVIEW]

Being an EP inspired by a fans struggle and loss to cancer, ‘The Duke’ is a way of commemorating that fan and showing that the true spirit lies within metal of bringing communities closer and being there for one another during difficult times and heartbreak.

Opening the EP is a track that you’ve probably heard before this review and the track that inspired this, the title of the EP ‘The Duke’ bringing a strong clean vocal style throughout that you might not be used to for Lamb Of God, but this somewhat new path they’re pushing through here and even with the last album they did a song or two with clean cut singing. This style on this track fuels a lot more emotion than it would if the words were screamed which is a testament to the bands fluidity as writers. The other new track has strong feels of ‘Sacrament’ era of the group with tracks like ‘Redneck’ seemingly seeping from the seams of this track and having such a punchy groove that will even get the pessimistic band headbanging along to its riff-tacular base and what it shows as a whole.

For a band that has been pushing its craft for over twenty years now, a question that a lot of people probably ask is if they still have the energy and professionalism to hit everything as well as they can after growing and growing. Well those doubts are immediately squashed when you listen to ‘Still Echoes (Live From Rock Am Ring)’ and it smashes through your speakers just like you would hear at a live show no matter what venue. The same goes for both ‘512’ and ‘Engage The Fear Machine’ which, played at Bonnaroo, bring a new certain of intensity. The vocals on these two tracks sound less distorted, but noticeably more quiet than on the Rock Am Ring track, but its a small price to pay to hear some crushing live music from a true veteran in heavy groove metal.

Whilst this may not be the release that people feel they want from the band as they claws their desks new holes waiting for a new album from the group, the two powerful and gripping original tracks followed by three equally enjoyable live versions of songs are a great placeholder and a reminder that they will always have a special place in your heart.

 

Suicide Silence postpone UK tour, release March 2017 dates

An upsetting occurrence has happened in the world of deathcore. Suicide Silence have announced that their dates this month will be postponed until March. On the bright side for those who have already bought tickets, the original tickets will still be valid for these upcoming shows. You can read their announcement regarding this below as well as the new dates.

“UK due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be moving our shows to spring 2017. All previously purchased tickets will be honored. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and will see you in a few months!”

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