Bands On The Rise: Inclination

Let’s continue on with more spotlight on the hardcore scene. To launch this series of Bands on the Rise, it’s time to dig really deep into straight edge hardcore. Bands that embody the straight edge lifestyle always carry some really cool lyrical content, and Inclination of Louisville, KY is no exception. As frontman Tyler Short puts it, Inclination is a “very straight edge” band and … Continue reading Bands On The Rise: Inclination

Preview: Orthodox Prepares to Take Atlanta

It’s a great time to be a hardcore fan. For the first time in recent memory, the genre is really starting to separate itself; having more distinction from metal and its many subgenres. Largely contributed to the hardcore elites of the scene, bands are beginning to shift the culture and make it their own. Among the first class acts is Orthodox, a straight edge four-piece … Continue reading Preview: Orthodox Prepares to Take Atlanta

Preview: Pure Noise Tour 2019

Pure Noise Records is home to some of the most brutal hardcore acts over recent years. With bands like Knocked Loose, Counterparts, and Terror on the roster, Pure Noise continues to live up to their reputation. More importantly, Pure Noise is typically the most recognized label when it comes to catching talent early in the music industry. As we have seen previously with Knocked Loose, … Continue reading Preview: Pure Noise Tour 2019

Choose Your Fighter: Dealer vs. Alpha Wolf

It’s taken me a while for form an opinion on this topic. In all honesty, I came into this one as blind as a bat. I’m no self-proclaimed metalcore expert, but I know a pretty good bit and a good knock in the teeth from an aussiecore band has always been my drug of choice. The house that AC/DC built has built acts such as … Continue reading Choose Your Fighter: Dealer vs. Alpha Wolf

15 Years Later: The Lasting Impact of “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge”

    Funeral mourners dancing with umbrellas at the head of a gothic cathedral was my first sight of My Chemical Romance. The music video for “Helena” introduced my seven year old self to a new world of music. The dramatics and emotions radiating from the band intrigued me even as a child. Gerard Way was the ideal front man in rock and roll and the … Continue reading 15 Years Later: The Lasting Impact of “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge”

Release Friday: WildHeart Continues Their Breakthrough Campaign

2019 has been a memorable year for post-hardcore/rock act WildHeart of Atlanta, Georgia. This is the band’s first full year as an installment and it has not disappointed. Fans have swarmed over the previous singles “Lonely” and “Animal”. Popularity and speculation pushed to an all-time high when drummer Michael Bohn announced the band’s formation last year. The scene’s faithful went nuts, as Bohn (formerly Issues, … Continue reading Release Friday: WildHeart Continues Their Breakthrough Campaign

Frank Iero Continues to Conquer with “Barriers”

After a near-fatal bus accident in 2016, Frank Iero was almost certain that he would never return to music. Despite his difficulties expressing his emotional turmoil following the accident, Iero has created a new band and released their latest album, Barriers. Frank Iero and The Future Violents is composed of Evan Nestor on guitar, Matt Armstrong on bass, Tucker Rule on drums and Kayleigh Goldsworthy, … Continue reading Frank Iero Continues to Conquer with “Barriers”

Blink-182 Versus Angels and Airwaves

Blink-182 has released new music, as has former Blink member, Tom Delonge with his band, Angels and Airwaves. Both singles have similar aspects, but with completely different fan reactions. Delonge has had a long departure from music since leaving Blink-182 to focus on his interests in space. The harsh criticism from fans of Blink-182’s latest single, “Blame it on my Youth,” and the positive feedback … Continue reading Blink-182 Versus Angels and Airwaves

Inside Look: Feel Nothing Tour (2019)

The Feel Nothing Tour (SOLD OUT) starring The Plot In You, featuring Like Moths To Flames, Dayseeker, and Limbs.  Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan at The Stache Date: March 29th, 2019 The Plot In You brought some serious heat on the ‘Feel Nothing’ tour. Every band killed their performances with heavy vocals, meaningful lyrics and a way of encapsulating the crowd. Limbs open the show with … Continue reading Inside Look: Feel Nothing Tour (2019)

Is Woodstock 2019 Gearing Up to Become the Next Fyre Festival?

Something very strange happened. Major magazine outlets such as Billboard began to announce the cancellation of the much-anticipated Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival. In an incredibly shady vague announcement, Dentsu Aegis Network, the festival’s investor, stated: “It’s a dream for agencies to work with iconic brands and to be associated with meaningful movements…But despite our tremendous investment of time, effort and commitment, we don’t believe the … Continue reading Is Woodstock 2019 Gearing Up to Become the Next Fyre Festival?

Remember LimeWire?

The early Internet was weird. Like, Wild West kind of weird. You could upload everything and anything on pages that were jenky-looking HTML monsters where viruses lay in wake. Social media wasn’t even a concept, and the majority of people still relied on places like Tower Records to get their music. That is, unless you were one of those LimeWire-using degenerates. Yeah, remember using LimeWire? … Continue reading Remember LimeWire?

One Week Away: Paul Stanley’s New Book, “Backstage Pass”

As we prepare ourselves for the ultimate end of KISS, Paul Stanley is giving his fans a final look into his success. Stanley’s new autobiography, “Backstage Pass,” comes five years after his New York Times bestseller, “Face the Music.” While his first book focused on his upbringing and the history of KISS, “Backstage Pass” will expose fans to more stories of being on the road … Continue reading One Week Away: Paul Stanley’s New Book, “Backstage Pass”

Composer Exposure: Behind the Music of “Game of Thrones”

The “Composer Exposure” series allows the composers behind our favorite soundtracks to bathe in the spotlight. This week we cover Game of Thrones mastermind, Ramin Djawadi, and provide you with all you need to know on the man behind one of the most recognizable theme songs on the planet. In the (soon-to-be) eight seasons it’s been on TV, Game of Thrones has provided us with … Continue reading Composer Exposure: Behind the Music of “Game of Thrones”

Inside Look: Review of the As I Lay Dying North America Tour 2019

Tour: As I Lay Dying North America Tour 2019 Date: March 19th, 2019 Location: Detroit, Michigan Artists: Frost Koffin, Currents, Phinehas, As I Lay Dying To start off the night, an unlikely group, ‘Frost Koffin’ hit the stage. I have never heard of Frost Koffin before this tour and they have only released a self-titled album. These guys have flares of Pantera, Asking Alexandria and … Continue reading Inside Look: Review of the As I Lay Dying North America Tour 2019

Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: “The Dirt” and the Next Motley Crue Revolution

Motley Crue, “The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,” embody the sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyle that is so often glamorized in the media. The band’s tell-all biography, The Dirt, which has recently been turned into a Netflix film, gives their fans an opportunity to explore that lifestyle. Composed of Nikki Sixx (bass), Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitar) and Tommy Lee (drums), Motley … Continue reading Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: “The Dirt” and the Next Motley Crue Revolution

Ian Munsick: Octaves Above the Competition

As a musician and an avid listener of all sorts of music, I often find myself chasing rabbits online, looking for that next great artist that might give me a spark of inspiration. These rabbit chases have led me to many artists that I would have otherwise never noticed. Artists who, despite their great deals of talent, may have fallen into the trap of the … Continue reading Ian Munsick: Octaves Above the Competition

The Ren-Emo-Saince: The Emo Scene’s Comeback

Decades are back in vogue. First it was the seventies. Then, with the coming of Stranger Things, the eighties (and color-pop clothing) regained their heyday. More recently the nineties were bled dry and now, with The 2000s documentary currently available for streaming on Netflix, it looks like it’s time for the early millennium to gain some trendy traction. This can only mean one thing: the … Continue reading The Ren-Emo-Saince: The Emo Scene’s Comeback

Introducing WildHeart, Putting Atlanta Back on the Map

Let’s face it: you probably don’t know who the band WildHeart is. If you are looking for the Aussiecore band Wildheart, we will not be covering them today. Something you might recognize from the get-go with Atlanta’s WildHeart, however, are some very familiar faces. Yes, former Issues vocalist Michael Bohn is featured in this up-and-coming group. No, he’s not singing for WildHeart and no, we … Continue reading Introducing WildHeart, Putting Atlanta Back on the Map

Replacing Chester Bennington: Should Linkin Park Get a New Lead Singer?

Linkin Park fans everywhere became a-twitter when Mike Shinoda recently responded to the following question: would Linkin Park consider replacing Chester Bennington? Some were outraged; others disappointed. But no matter which side of the emotional spectrum you’re on, the real question remains: should Linkin Park consider replacing Chester Bennington? Obviously, it’s not an easy question to answer. Truthfully, though, it’s not exactly a new topic … Continue reading Replacing Chester Bennington: Should Linkin Park Get a New Lead Singer?

High On Fire to Participate in Record Store Day 2019 With 3 New Releases

After winning this year’s Grammy for Best Metal Performance with Electric Messiah, High On Fire made no hesitation to their fans requests for new tracks. In a recent Instagram post, High On Fire announced that they would be releasing a three-track EP in honor of Record Store Day 2019. The New EP titled Bat Salad will feature covers of Celtic Frost’s “Into The Crypt of … Continue reading High On Fire to Participate in Record Store Day 2019 With 3 New Releases

Life After MCR: Gerard Way and The Umbrella Academy

Gerard Way’s vision has come to life in the form of a Netflix TV show. The Umbrella Academy has been one of his projects since his early days as the front man for My Chemical Romance. Since then, he, alongside artist Gabriel Ba, have created Apocalypse Suite, Dallas, and most recently; the long awaited Hotel Oblivion. The show has become a hit with audiences everywhere. … Continue reading Life After MCR: Gerard Way and The Umbrella Academy

Inside Look: A Review of The Dangerous Tour 2019

Tour: The Dangerous Tour Date: February 19th, 2019 Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan Venue: The Intersection Artists: August Burns Red, Fit For A King, Miss May I and Crystal Lake Crystal Lake The Japanese metalcore band came out swinging with a drum solo and older tracks, ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Six Feet Under’. The crowd broke the room open as Ryo, vocalist, joins them while they burst into … Continue reading Inside Look: A Review of The Dangerous Tour 2019

Review: “Televiolence” by Promise Breaker

Carlisle, Pennsylvania-based band Promise Breaker released their third LP, entitled Televiolence, on February 20th. For the uninitiated, Promise Breaker’s unmistakable sound features vocalist Tyler Beam’s deep, guttural delivery overtop punishingly heavy guitars and slamming drums. The band discusses topics ranging from society, to insanity, to the obscure in their lyrics. Their debut, self-titled LP released in 2016 and clocked in at 13 minutes across 8 … Continue reading Review: “Televiolence” by Promise Breaker

ADTR Formally Announce Summer 2019 Tour with Knocked Loose and Boston Manor

Following a vast amount of rumors circling their media following, A Day To Remember (ADTR) took to social media Monday morning to announce their Summer 2019 tour with hardcore phenoms Knocked Loose and pop punk band Boston Manor. This comes following the “15 Years in the Making” tour, which took place in early 2018. ADTR is widely known for blending sounds from pop punk and … Continue reading ADTR Formally Announce Summer 2019 Tour with Knocked Loose and Boston Manor

Horns: The Band Shifting the Rock Culture of the Dominican Republic

It comes as no question that music rules the world. Regardless of the country or state, music makes its presence known and plays a huge role in society. Music dates back as far as history allows and it has adapted immensely over time. Since then, people have divided music into genres, all of which has developed some sort of following by the masses. Country by … Continue reading Horns: The Band Shifting the Rock Culture of the Dominican Republic