As you all know, being the genre experts we all are, if you combine progressive metal, death metal and ‘core, you get progressive deathcore. When it’s done this well it goes beyond that tag and fits into my favourite genre, Mammal Music. Welcome to the top drawer of my mental filing cabinet, Transcend The Realm.
The structure of this song is deeply satisfying, from the repeated arpeggios at the beginning, through the intense and beautifully brutal growled vocals and back to the arpeggios at the end. In my never humble opinion, this song reflects an artful approach to composition. Transcend The Realm blows your socks off, but does so with enough musical sensitivity to make it feel like a soothing foot-massage.
The song is from the band’s newly released full-length debut album, “Severed From Reality”. Now this is an album I need, and so does Tiny Tiny Cakey Kitten, the real metal expert in my office.
Meet the band on their Facebook page:
Thus far, metal has remained largely immune to Auto-Tune, the insidious technology that does what this poster says. Auto-Tune is now standard equipment in just about every recording studio. In brief, it is used to turn an off-key note into an in-tune note. As a result, the bands and singers who use Auto-Tune on their recordings sound nothing like they do in live performances… unless they mime their singing to an Auto-Tuned track.
There have been accusations — or maybe they’re just unfounded suspicions — that a couple of metal bands have used the technology to make their albums sound better. That could be very risky since metal fans who know anything about Auto-Tune are united in their hatred of it.
More and more bands are releasing limited editions of their albums on vinyl. This is not just to meet a demand from the nostalgic who enjoy the physical packaging and feel of an LP more than a CD. These days it is generally true that music sounds better on vinyl than on CD.
It shouldn’t. With the great advances in digital sound technology, a CD or high-quality digital music file should sound identical to the best-quality analog recording on vinyl – to the human ear, anyway.
There’s a big problem with a lot of digital music, though. It’s called Dynamic Range Compression (DRC).
On the 28th of March, Johnny Wore Black released their much anticipated debut album, “Walking Underwater Part 1.” It was full of atmospheric elements combined with dark and melancholic vocals soothing to the psyche. Click here for the review of that album. Just five months later…that’s now in case you are counting; a new single, ‘A Cut Above’ is upon us in preparation for, as you might have guessed…”Walking Underwater Part 2.”
While continuing with an atmospheric and emotive style, ‘A Cut Above’ is more upbeat lending itself to more of a hard rock vibe. If you thought the sophomore album would be a continuation of this year’s earlier release, ‘A Cut Above’ certainly does not intend to let us think that. The song will also be accompanied by a “new and intriguing video.” No doubt, it will be interesting to see what is in store for “Walking Underwater Part 2.” For now, their is no set date for the second installment except that we can expect “later this year” (most likely October) for the new music. Click here to follow Johnny Wore Black and check out their progress and videos they have already released. Head over to iTunes to pre-order today!