Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Stream Caspian's "Waking Season" In Its Entirety

Head on over to Spin for a full stream of Caspian's new album, Waking Season.  They claim it to be the best post-rock album of 2012.  From a first listen, it is absolutely incredible.  It'll definitely be in my top 5 for the year.  So, what are you waiting for.  Click Here.  And, enjoy!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

From Indian Lakes Stream "We Are Sick"

An up-and-comer band, From Indian Lakes, are streaming a new song "We Are Sick" over on Purevolume.  The song comes from their new full-length album, Able Bodies, that drops on November 13th.  The song sounds quite good.  Definitely looking forward to hearing more.

Listen below!


And, if that's not enough check out more songs (which you can download for free on Bandcamp) below:

Friday, September 14, 2012

Full Stream of We Are The Ocean's "Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow"

Stream We Are The Ocean's new album Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow in its entirety below.  Definitely some of their best work.  Check it out!


Stream Abel's New Album "Make It Right" in its Entirety


Head on over to Absolutepunk.net to listen to Abel's new album Make It Right.  The album is really good, which came as a pleasant surprise.  I enjoyed their first album, but it didn't really stick. Make It Right, however, is a definite must-listen.  As the post on Absolutepunk.net states, fans of Manchester Orchestra, Brand New, and As Cities Burn will surely enjoy this album.  I highly recommend to check it out!

Stream New Caspian Song "Procellus"

You can stream yet another new song from Caspain, called "Procellus", below.  The song comes from their upcoming album Waking Season.  With every new song I hear from this album, my anticipation gets that much greater!  Can't wait to hear the whole thing straight through.


If you can't hear the song above (e.g., you live in Germany), head to visions.de to listen.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Circa Survive Release Music Video for "Suitcase"

Check out Circa Survive's new music video for "Suitcase" below.

Friday, September 7, 2012

As I Lay Dying Release Album Preview

As I Lay Dying have released some 30 second previews of a few more tracks from their upcoming album, Awakened.  And, they sound huge.


Review: Coasta - Coast EP



When I listened to Coasta's EP, my first reaction was, "how the hell did I not listen to this before September?!!".  This album is ridiculously good, and crazy diverse.  Each song can be pretty different from the next, but at the same time, all the tracks seem to fit so well together.

The first track, "Young Blood" really gets you in the mood with its groovy rock with perfect drum-work in the background. Then slips in "The Slide" (see what I did there?), an acoustic-driven, southern-ish folk-rocker.  But, even when you think you have the song figured out, there's a somewhat haunting chorus of voices shimmering in the background.  This is easily one of the best songs on the EP.

Next up is "Michael Traction", driven by a steady drum beat and plucked guitars, but then comes the chorus filled with so many great chords.  "Sirens" also boasts some great surf-rock with some very good chord progressions.  The album ends with "Sunzal" which probably sounds most like an indie, folk song with some interesting keyboards thrown in for good measure.  It's a nice send off for a really great album.

I'm pretty disappointed I didn't know about this album when it was first released, but I'm glad I finally managed to hear it now.  Definitely the best EP I've heard so far this year.  Really looking forward to hearing more from these guys.  Do not hesitate to check them out!


Review: I The Mighty - Karma Never Sleeps EP



I The Mighty did not hold back a single thing for Karma Never Sleeps.  This EP is huge.  It's got catchy choruses and excellent technical-work in both the guitars and drums, reminiscent of The Receiving End of Sirens.  Really, everything about this album feels tight.

Brent Walsh's vocals are also top notch, fitting right in with the huge sound of this album.  I also really appreciated his meaningful lyrics, all surrounding the overall theme of Karma.  The lyrics range from politics in "Cutting Room Floor" to a dreamy love story in "Dreamer".  You can even find some pretty dark undertones in the final track, "Escalators", as a man reflects on his past life on his way to Hell.  "Dancing on a Tightrope" is probably my favorite track on the album.  There's some really great hooks and the lyrics are easily the most relatable on the album.

I'm definitely expecting big things to come from I The Mighty.  The only downside to this EP is that it ends too quickly.  Here's hoping we get a full-length soon!

Review: Troubled Coast - I've Been Thinking About Leaving You EP



Earlier this year, Troubled Coast released a killer of an EP.  I've seen them compared (many times over) to La Dispute.  A band I wish I could get into, but for some reason I just can't.  However, I love everything about I've Been Thinking About Leaving You.  Perhaps it's the fact that through all the speak-yelling from Mike Scornaienchi, there's still some really great choruses.  This makes the album a bit more accessible.  Seriously, I love a good chorus that melds with the speak-yelling.  For example, in "La Jatee", there is some sweet back-and-forth between "clean-ish" vocals and yelling.  And, all I can think is bring on the noise.

Often, this also helps give a slight reprieve to the absolutely intense lyrics spitting into your ear.  The first track, "Patient Hands", includes one of the catchiest choruses of the year.  This song has definitely earned a permanent spot on my sprint-interval running playlist.  Every time the chorus (to which Matt Vincent from The American Scene adds vocals) comes on, I find myself running harder and harder.

This is a really good EP and I recommend everyone to check it out -- especially if the type of music may not be your usual thing.  It's much more accessible than others like it.  Also, be on the look out as Troubled Coast will be releasing a full-length later this year.  As I said earlier…bring on the noise!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Stream New Caspian Song


Soundcheck has a stream of the title track from Caspian's new album, Waking Season.  The song features a slow crescendo full of many fantastic sonic sounds.  It is truly a solid intro for the album.  I absolutely cannot wait to hear the rest of Waking Season.  I predict it'll find a place in my top 5 for the year.

Listen below and head on over to Soundcheck to read more!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Review: Circa Survive - Violent Waves




Circa Survive decided to separate themselves from label pressure and self-produce their fourth studio album, Violent Waves.  What results is one of their most diverse and intense albums yet.  In short, it's their best album.  They have assimilated all of the best qualities of their previous albums into 55 minutes of pure rawness, swift tempo changes, and a variety of sonic-sounds -- some of which are fairly different from past albums.  But, in the end, it's pure euphoria.

The listener is first graced with the seven minute opener, "Birth of the Economic Hit Man", driven by sweeping guitar-effects from Colin Frangicetto and Brendan Ekstrom.  This quickly transitions to "Sharp Pracitce", in which Anthony Green aggressively expresses his frustration with the music industry. The next song, "Suitcase", was one of the early songs released from the album, and it still doesn't feel stale.  The song features Green's vocals drifting over atmospheric guitar-riffs as syncopated beats from drummer Steve Clifford act as the wind in the song's progression.  Later, Geoff Rickly, from the band Thursday, contributes some guest vocals to "The Lottery", a wrenching song about mortality inspired by a cancer diagnosis in Green's family.  Rickly's chill voice adds a haunting background to Green's more aggressive vocals. 

The latter half of the album has a more chill vibe, but it's probably my favorite half.  It includes intimate songs about the past like "Think of Me When They Sound" to the steady beats of "Bird Song" telling us to let go of inevitable stress.  Violent Waves ends with what might be one of their best songs ever written, "I'll Find A Way".  The lead guitar trickles over hills and valleys, giving us a truly solid closer. This song just grooves -- and it does so for seven minutes.  A nice touch for anyone who likes symmetry.  

Violent Waves is hands-down the best album I've heard so far this year.  Circa Survive took a chance in leaving their label and doing it all on their own.  Well, they succeeded in every way possible.  Now, back to listening to the album!

Purchase Violent Waves on iTunes and Amazon.

HRVRD Stream New Song "Cardboard Houses"

HRVRD have released a new song entitled "Cardboard Houses", which comes from their new album that will drop later this year (hopefully).  You can stream the song below.  You can also purchase the song, as well as another, called "Parts & Labor" on iTunes.

Definitely check it out!

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