CHON Release Music Video and New Album ‘Homey’

After their success of 2015’s Grow, CHON have released their second studio album; Homey via Sumerian Records. Full of electronica mixed with guitar vibes, this album draws from their time recording and rehearsing on the Southern California coast. True to this is Nayhoo, check it out below:

“We’re super proud to show everyone our new album “Homey”. This time we tried a lot of new things out that we’ve always wanted to do, one of which being the chance to collab with a bunch of our favorite artists of all time, so this is a really special album to us. The loose concept behind the name “Homey” comes from the music being inspired by where we live in Southern California. A lot of magical moments went into the creation of this thing, and we hope you feel ‘em” – CHON

HOMEY Track Listing
01. Sleepy Tea
02. Waterslide
03. CHONxGoYama: Berry Streets
04. No Signal
05. Checkpoint
06. CHONxLophile: Nayhoo (feat. Masego)
07. Here and There
08. The Space
09. CHONxGiraffage: Feel This Way
10. Continue?
11. CHONxROM: Glitch
12. Wave Bounce

Oceano – Revelation [REVIEW]

With the announced move that Oceano would be now joining the Sumerian Records label, the collective deathcore world jumped out of their chairs in excitement due to what would become of the group. Now the band are releasing their fifth studio record titled ‘Revelation’, its time to see what has become of the deathcore veterans.

The album opens up with an immediate punch to the groin with ‘Dark Prophecy’ giving you that classic sound you’ve heard from the band, right down to the sudden slowing down of the track and the low groans of Adam Warren being a great way to show you that they aren’t slowing down any time soon. ‘Lucid Reality’ picks up the pace even more with a more groove-laden track and utilising a lot more of the atmospheric and eerie cleans to provide much more depth of field for the track when you’re listening to it. That doesn’t mean the band don’t shy away from aggressive chugs and the blast beats as are very evident in the track. The following track unfortunately have the same gravitas as the previous tracks and whilst there are moments of notable quality, ‘Path To Extinction’ feels very basic in its approach compared to what you’ve heard previous. It will no doubt bring something to the live shows but feels out of place on the record where it is positioned. Comparing that to ‘The Great Tribulation’ which seems to involve a lot more of an all around influence and push themselves a lot more in speed and technicality, the band put the previous track to shame with its ability to go balls to the wall.

The record progresses a bit further when you get to tracks such as ‘Illusions Unravel’ and ‘The Event’ which showcase even more of the bands talent within the field. The downside of this project is that they’ve hit a certain box within the album where certain elements carry over from track to track and can make the record feel a bit monotonous in its approach. Whilst the instrumentation and brutality in its structure help exemplify the greater qualities of the band, the band heighten a lot of their approach on the same moments that ‘Ascendents’ did, making it feel like a spiritual successor and not its own beast. ‘Final Form’ is a great example of their musical quality in the guitars which stray from convention to give you something a bit more melodic in its wake. The groovier elements make more of a mark in the track ‘Majestic 12’ as well as the album closer, as well as the title track ‘Revelation’ that give the record some sort of new life, but as the album draws to its close it leaves you with a mixture of emotions to take home with you.

The new move will do wonders for the bands career, but as a standalone album that the fans have been waiting for it wont feel like its own unique beast of a record. Whilst it is most definitely a step up from their previous record, the band are still stuck in a place they need to find a little bit more freedom in and expand upon.

[6.5/10]

Betraying The Martyrs release new song ‘Lost For Words’

With their third album ‘The Resilient‘ being set for a release next year in January, the band are doing what it takes to make sure you have the name cemented into your heads for the next two months. Check out their latest track from the album ‘Lost For Words‘ below to see what they’re bringing!

They will also be doing a UK Tour with Chelsea Grin being the headliners, with the dates being shown below:

06 Feb – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
07 Feb – Birmingham – O2 Institute 3
08 Feb – Glasgow – Cathouse
09 Feb – Manchester – Sound Control
10 Feb – London – O2 Academy Islington

Animals As Leaders – The Madness Of Many [REVIEW]

Ever since the release of their first ever self titled record, Animals As Leaders have been doing their best to progress and push the genre to create something completely unique and utterly mind boggling for the listener. The same can be said for this fourth offering which is undoubtedly one of their craziest and most intricate offerings they aim to bring to the table in the world of progressive metal.

Flying out the gate with the ever head-crunching ‘Arithmophobia’, you can tell the band aren’t here to mess about or slow down any time soon. As with some of the sections keeping in time with the 4/4 structure you feel set out in some parts, following along to many parts of the song does feel like you’re having to sit there with a calculator trying to map every single change out and tempo structure. Moving onwards to ‘Ectogenesis’, the rhythm sound punches through so crisp cut that you wouldn’t believe that there isn’t any bass guitar on the record from a newcomer listening in. The skill and tone that both Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes produce on the record is ungodly and such an orgasmic touch to the senses.

Another great part of this record is the simplistic, yet technical programming touches added to this record giving it a new lease on life. The amount of different flowing sounds that are produced off the next track ‘Cognitive Contortions’ are simply awe-inspiring and once again reach to the insane djent heights that this band are always great at reaching with their musical skill. Even ‘Inner Assassins’ with the spacey ending in the background feeling like something out of a video game staring at the night sky, whilst the rest of the track incorporates the more action packed side of the band to a new degree.

Going into the guitar tone, it varies what you will get throughout the record. From the low growling tones that seem to pierce through on ‘Backpfeifengesicht’ before you get to the sections where it sounds like someone hitting a wooden xylophone in triplets. The leads always bounce through during the solo sections whilst the rhythm boisterously keeps the record sounding all inclusive. With a different sound from the record, breaking into ‘The Brain Dance’ with a more acoustic guitar orientated piece, the sweet high plucks of the guitar strings ring through so methodically and add such a great resonance to that track.

Moving finally to the drums to which without the expertise of Matt Garstka fuelling the backing track of the entire record, there wouldn’t be much to credit for such flawless patterns and crushing time signature heavy sections mushed into one. Whilst the record isn’t necessarily about the drum playing and the whole construction that the record is about, the specific way that he plays to help accentuate different parts of the guitar play, such as in ‘Private Visions of The World’, it helps kick the sound up that little bit more to make everything sound that more dignified and perfect.

For fans of technical rock, technical metal and djent, this record is what will be talked out in many years to come as the meaning of the word ‘progressive’. If you look all the way back through their older material up to this point now, you feel a positive breath escape you because of the amount of perfection being crafted into this. It’s simply eye bulging.

Upon A Burning Body – Straight From The Barrio [REVIEW]

A band knows that as you progress through your musical career, your sound is susceptible to change itself over time. This can either work for the better or for the worse. With this latest Upon A Burning Body record, their sound is definitely going through its small changes but hopefully with this new record it will show off where they have come as a band.

The acoustic and spanish lyrical styles will feel like newer additions right out of the gate with the first few songs played through. ‘’Til The Break Of Dawn’ uses this a lot to their advantage, but its the heavier verses that stand out more. ‘Already Broken’ also follows this trend with their transitions into their more positive sound choruses and shows the more metalcore side of their band. Danny Leal’s screams haven’t changed a bit in their tone, which helps with being easily noticeable and punch through songs very well.

The grooves from the guitars are once again the mainstay of any UABB record and are still progressing even further. Sounding huge with open single notes on ‘You Don’t Own Me’ throwing in a djent style of bounce which will no doubt tear through live crowds in an instant. On the other end of this, they enter a massive new territory with ‘Leave The Pain Behind’ and sound like a more softer side of Five Finger Death Punch in some parts. The chord structures flow through nicely as well as the cleans being a really solid and structurally integral part of the song.

A band that could be very reminiscent to this style of newish sound that this band has is Attila. As soon as you’ve seen that band name you probably think that that’s the nail in the coffin, but what they do with that music and make their own is simply astounding. The whole track ‘B.M.F’ is a whole other world in terms of bringing that sound and even ‘Fake Plastic Smile’ has the whole mentality of destroying the ‘haters’. Ice Cube once said it best that ‘if you don’t like how I’m living well fuck you’ and UABB have that attitude in spades.

Aggressive, bouncy and a lot of fun, Upon A Burning Body have brought another metalcore/deathcore blended album that might not feel like anything different on the surface, but when you dig deeper you’ll see a few things new and improved.

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Released: October 28th 2016
Label: Sumerian Records