Category Archives: Exploring New Things
Every now and then we come across something that is just a bit different.
This week’s Stream of the Week hails from Kansas City, Missouri. Gabe Fry is the brain behind Whose Hearts Were His – his new solo project. He was formerly part of Solace and Stable, a band we featured here on A Metal State of Mind a couple of years ago. If you would like to check that project out as well, you can click here. The new self-titled album is set for release in the near future – not date indicated just yet, but if I am supplied one I will let you know. For now you can check out this track, Tongues Like Knives, to water your mouths for more of what’s to come.
For fans of: Gojira, Between The Buried and Me, The Red Chord
Members: Gabe Fry
How it that a band like Ringworm passes me by unnoticed? Just when I feel I am broadening my horizons in metal to the nth degree, awesome bands just appear out of nowhere. Except, they aren’t from nowhere. They are from Cleveland. That’s somewhere. I know it is because I have driven through there like four times – never stopped. Perhaps it’s all about marketing because I just checked, I am not living under a rock. Anyway, if their Relapse Records debut album, Hammer of the Witch, doesn’t inspire chair throwing before 1:18 into Dawn of Decay, then I don’t know what to say about you except that you probably like Nickelback.
Their release date, 18 March 2014, kind of came and went like any other day. Then I started seeing all these posts about the band as it soon appeared in our own inbox. I figure it’s worth checking out. To make a long pointless story short, it’s a killer mix of everything great about groove, hardcore, thrash, and death metal. The vocals are intense, yet mostly coherent which is not always important, but nice when you can make out more than a few words. Seriously, if I needed to hire someone to yell at my kids to get them to go to bed on time, I would hire this guy. Listen and you will see why.
Overall, the album is pretty f’n solid; fifteen tracks of break neck, throw something across the room viciousness. Enjoy!
Joanie, 7, and her father Adam from Indiana have been working hard on Sockweb‘s debut album ever since they showed off their absolutely adorable grindcore song “I Want Pancakes” last year. Joanie writes all the lyrics and is also the lead singer. Her career in metal is starting off early and it sounds damn good already!
Acts of tragedy hails from the Mediterranean Island of Sardinia. Before I get into a little more detail about our Stream of the Week let me try to paint a picture for you. The band’s listed influences are Pantera The Dillinger Escape Plan, Nevermore, Lamb of god, Periphery, Parkway Drive, Metallica, and Alter Bridge to name a few. Does that excite our progressive, thrash, and deathcore lovers? Not sure how Alter Bridge fits into the mix, but Acts of Tragedy certainly embodies a style in line with their influences.
Their six-track EP, Cursed Words, was released 1 July 2013. The second track, What Remains, features Kevin Talley on drums. You might know him as one of those drummers that has played roles in “almost” as many bands as Gene Hoglan. In other words, he gets around and is a cool addition to the track list. Overall, there is no shortage of aggression, but also includes a more melodic side with the song The Descending Down. Cursed Words is a helluva start. I look forward to seeing what Acts of Tragedy brings us in the future. Check them out for yourself.
The Kennedy veil is the focus of this week’s Stream of the Week. They are a Sacramento, California-based band that embody technical death metal. In other words, it’s speedy, brutal, and boasts a higher level of technicality that keeps things interesting despite the sheer constant speed of the songs. Trinity of Falsehood should be available now via Earsplit Records. The full-length work is short, just over 32 minutes, but packs a brutal cadence of glorious death metal. Think Deicide, Suffocation, Decapitated, and Morbid Angel; The Kennedy veil would fit right in on a tour with any of those bands. Enjoy!
It’s time for the third installment of What’s Cookin’ in the Inbox for 2014. This time around we have excess material floating in the mailbox, therefore I will sift through it and bring you what I think is the best and most eclectic bunch. Here you go, I hope you find something you like. Enjoy!
Song: Save Me
Genre: Power/fantasy metal
Poland’s Fleshworld combines elements of post-rock, post-metal, sludge, and a few other things that make this style of music stimulating. They certainly bend the genres to make their own unique sound that bounces from a more harsh doom style to a peaceful atmospheric tranquility. Needless to say, their songs are long enough to accommodate the tempo changes; 6 songs chiming in at 45 minutes is nothing to shake a stick at. These songs are purposefully created to reach down to your inner core and make you feel “something.” That’s my impression and I am sticking to it. Overall, the album’s sudden changes in mood and atmosphere is what makes it captivating and keeps me listening. Like We’re All Equal Again is their debut album released on Unquiet Records.
For fans of: Isis, Cult of Luna
The Stream of the Week is a little bit different this time around. I am brining you something called Obscure Anthems which is a compilation of…wait for it…black, doom, and stoner metal courtesy of Radioactive Records. I am sure there may be some other sub genres buried in there, but those three are a cool collection of music to check out. After several listens, the stand out artists for me are Germán Pasqual, Dammed Pilots, Geezer, and Sideburn. I also can’t say I thought anything was bad. Overall, this is a cool compilation and has intrigued me to check out some of these bands individually. Click here for a link to the Radioactive Records facebook page. See below for an embedded stream and enjoy.
Here are links to five different metal compilations from three different labels, all FREE to download. They include bands like Queensrÿche, Fates Warning, Skyharbor, Devin Townsend, Extol, Misery Signals and many more. It would be stupid to not take advantage of this opportunity to check out some new bands or just get free songs. Basick Records, for example, is my favourite label and they have some excellent progressive/tech/core bands. I hope you find something to your liking too!
Century Media Records
This is the stuff dreams are made of.
Release Date: November 11, 2013 self-released
Tracks: 11 Length: 48 minutes
Genre: Cinematic, ambient post-rock/experimental
Recommended for fans of: Sigur Rós, Enigma, Massive Attack, Olafur Arnalds, Daniel Tompkins