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

Pierce The Veil – Misadventures

The long awaited follow-up to 2012’s Collide With The Sky is here in the form of Misadventures and this time Pierce The Veil are back with a vengance and a list of points to prove.

The first taste of the album released back in summer last year was The Divine Zero, which PTV dropped with no real announcement or teasing at all as they went off on their headlining Warped Tour for the whole of the journey. This track got a good reception in general and people had huge faith in the new efforts in the band for what was to come. The song has turned out to be the most Collide-esque track on the whole record and would have fit immaculately into its tracklist with its fierce breakdown and huge amount of screamed vocals and it makes for a fantastic track in general.

The record as a whole features fewer screams than anticipated by many fans, but shows off Vic’s vocal range and Tony’s guitar solos to make up for it. Many of the lines throughout the tracks are backed up with a lead guitar harmony instead of the more common method of backing vocals adopted by most bands, most notably on Floral and Fading. 

Elsewhere in the album, there are fewer breakdowns which leads to a few more emotive tracks (moved from the likes of Hell Above and King for a Day from the previous release to Song For Isabelle and Floral & Fading on this), though there is a pretty heavy track in Phantom Power and Ludicrous Speed and a screamed breakdown in Sambuka, plus the odd moment here and there which together almost make up for the sparser dusting of heaviness throughout the other tracks.

In terms of the drumming, Mike has kept up the tradition of sharp, technical drumming on a huge kit which brings an extra depth to all of the tracks as he crafts the perfect mood with cymbals and kicks in the heavier and angrier parts and toms in the more melodic, vocal numbers like Song For Isabelle; his ability to create a tenderness through hitting things is rare amongst the drumming community nowadays.

Standout tracks are The Divine Zero for being the most PTV-esque track on the record, Phantom Power and Ludicrous Speed for the fun of it and Sambuka for the breakdown which is technical guitar-wise and a great mosh point of the record.

Overall, Misadventures seems a bit safe for the band; there are few brutal moments but the sheer emotion of most of the tracks makes up for it with ease. Considering Tony’s accident during the writing/recording process just before Warped Tour last year, the record has come out immaculately and it will be interesting to see how it fares in the charts!

Pierce The Veil Have A New Teaser

Pierce the Veil have released a 4:29 long track which houses a clip from each of the songs on their new record Misadventures.

This is the first of this kind to have been released by the band and it has been met with great excitement as the fans get just enough to be even more excited for the release.

Listen to the teaser below and find Misadventures in stores from Friday.

UK Tour & New Song For Pierce The Veil!

Pierce The Veil have premiered their newest song from upcoming album Misadventures on BBC Radio 1 tonight and it has hit YouTube too. The track, titled Circles is the third to be released ahead of the full album and plays at number 6 of 11 songs on the standard edition (of 13 on the deluxe).

Along with the song came an announcement from the band on air of a November UK tour that will hit the biggest club venues in the country (Brixton Academy being a size-guide). Check out the dates on the poster below.

Misadventures will be released May 13th in the UK.