Apparently, some of the ex-members of Toronto screamo band Die The Villain aren’t doing as well as they claim.
After singer Dannie Wright left to join Burlington dance/rock band SlowMotionNoise, and to get away from the “bt00tal” direction the band was going, the four remaining members decided to form a heavier band. They put up a MySpace page promising music soon, but have yet to deliver. Actually, the lead guitarist left the band a couple of months back.
Now, some of the members have asked Dannie to come back to form a pop/rock band. Real br00tal, right? Throw up your metal claws and scream “DOO WOP DOO WOP”! For those who know these guys, we can recall the drama and sh*t talk that went back and forth on their MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter pages.
Rumour has it, Dannie refused the offer to focus on his current band SlowMotionNoise and his other projects on the go… or maybe the boy has some sense after all and knows to stay away from that drama waiting to happen!
In terms of aesthetic, Italy’s Stigma certainly don’t mess about: their sophomore effort positively revolves around old-school horror themes, and the cartoon-zombie cover art gives a pretty good idea of the tongue-in-cheek gothic imagery they’re aiming for – the entirety of their lyrics are based on stories from cult horror comic Tales from the Crypt. Not that their sound is in any way gimmicky: this is proper guitar-centric metal and these guys clearly worship The Black Dahlia Murder. As for their overall style, to their credit, it doesn’t conform to the generic deathcore formula, there’s too much focus on riffing, and I’d personally call it hardcore-influenced, angular (but not quite technical) death metal. The bass- and guitar-work itself is pretty good; nothing incredible but smartly shying away from relentless chugga-chugga breakdowns and instead periodically switching into meandering tremolo picking.
Stefano Ghigliano’s drumming stands out for its speed, I mean, if you’re an extreme metal fan it’s far from anything you’ve never heard before but he definitely has had plenty of practice, as have the whole band: I was genuinely surprised to learn they formed in 2000. Vlad’s vocals I’d give a 6/10, they can get quite flat at times and his enunciation could be better but his scream certainly is manic and his lows guttural. Opener Chop His Head Off! will tell you exactly what to expect, the screams kicking very abruptly and changing straight to an instrumental bridge right after the first verse. From there the album blasts straight through, not particularly inventive but focused and with flair. Tracks that stood out for me were …And They Died Happily Ever After! For its really pummelling pace and The Undertaker for the way the guitar seems somehow absolutely perfect in its technicality. That’s one thing I definitely liked about this album in that while so many modern metal bands seem to make the vocals the centerpoint, often mixing the instrumentation almost into the background, BMTH guitarist Jonah Weinhofen’s excellent production has got the balance just right.
All this said, if you’re used to extreme metal, especially deathcore, you’ll likely find much of this repetitive if you listen to it constantly, but not so much that it’s actually boring. On the whole, this is a good record that achieves what it sets out to do. As long as they try to be more creative on their next work, they have a bright future ahead of them. 7/10.
So, I had my first ‘Elysion Fields’ session this evening. I sat down in a comfy seat with a coffee and just played through their EP. I had just a feeling that these guys would create some great music, but to my surprise, it sounded better than I thought! Each song has its own individual sound and none of them sound remotely the same.
The first track entitled ‘The Forerunner’ starts off the EP very nicely. Its catchy sound which involves a not too deep but continuously great scream with the added heavy and very effective beats go really well with the guitarists, who also add a few tricky solos into the mix to make this EP have the best possible start!
Just after enjoying the first track (after playing it several times), I set some very high standards for track two. A cracking second for the guys in ‘ELYSION FIELDS’! Kicks in very nicely with some very catchy guitar riffs and a chorus to make your ears want more! This track made me think about all the metal bands I’ve seen and how much fun they have been on stage. Just by hearing two tracks, I have my ears and eyes open for ‘Elysion Fields’ tour dates, hoping they will one day come to the UK.
After ‘Legends’ came ‘Retribution’. Paced and clever beats with a mix of the normal screamy vocals and some softer backing vocals that stamp down a mark on this band, ”quite extraordinary”. To say that this is the bands first year together, I think they have done terrifically well to get such great songs together for this EP.
The next track, ‘Breathe in Solace’, didn’t let off as many sparks as the previous three tracks, at first.. I got almost a minute and half into the track and again, felt that great feeling that this band obviously have. Again, softer vocals occasionally came into the mix, making this track quite beautiful in the end.
‘Edge of Reason’ was the fifth track. I had the feeling that this sounded a tad like a Parkway Drive song. The strong continuous screams, again with a high paced tune and a nice little break-down added to the mix certainly makes you wonder how great their live shows would be – I’d certainly like to find out!
So the sixth and final track ‘The End in Sight’ was a real shocker to listen to at first. A different sound again to the rest, and a certain great ending to their EP, which I’ve really enjoyed hearing. You listen to all these big bands such as ‘Parkway Drive’ and ‘I Killed the Prom Queen’ and just know that these guys are only half a step behind them. They have the talent and sound to make it big, I feel. Their tracks have such great break-downs and guitar riffs to keep you on your feet and enjoy yourself. ‘Elysion Fields’ have certainly opened my eyes tonight, kept me awake at such a silly hour with the class they produce. A great EP, great band, and hopefully one day I’ll be able to say how great the show they put on was!
I’ve found it hard to explain how great this band is, to explain their music and the feelings that come with it. I guess you will have to make your own mind up on this one.
This is the third album release from the Welsh metalers, and lead vocalist Matthew Tuck feels this is the bands very best work yet! With albums such as ‘The Poison’, and’ Scream Aim Fire’ behind them, this wonderfully acomplished album from the four piece from Bridgend is nothing short of stunning! With new songs such as ‘The Last Fight’, and ‘Your Betrayal’, you can just tell that this is going to be a big selling album.
Here is the tracklist:
1. Your Betrayal
3. The Last Fight
4. A Place Where You Belong
5. Pleasure And Pain
7. Breaking Out, Breaking Down
8. Bittersweet Memories
10. Begging For Mercy
11. Pretty On The Outside
The songs have some outstanding guitar solos, which you would expect from Bullet for my Valentine. ‘Scream, Aim, Fire’ missed something that the new album ’The Poison’ has, and that was a lot of good Matt-Tuck style screaming. This was due to Matt having throat surgery. On this new record, you can tell that his voice is amazing again after the surgery.
This album is sure to be a hit and so I recommend that you buy it as soon as you can. The release date was the 26th of April, so grab your coat and buy yourself an album that you will be thrilled with!
So, here is screamo.co.uk’s second interview from last Tuesday nights show in Leeds. Hope you enjoyed our first interview with Joey Wilson of A Skylit Drive. Today we have Shawn Milke of Alesana. We hope you enjoy! Keep your eyes out for our third and final interview with the hot drummer from A Skylit Drive, Cory La Quay .
Check back at screamo.co.uk for our third interview with Cory La Quay and photo’s of The Emptiness Tour at the Cockpit in Leeds. Hope you enjoy the interviews.
Rock City in Nottingham is a really great venue. I particularly like the Basement as I feel it’s more intimate and you get to interact with the bands a lot better. The downside of this small venue is that the lighting is pretty rubbish, although I don’t think that really matters that much and occasionally the sound can be quite bad. Fortunately there happened to be a really good sound man who did an amazing job.
The first band to perform, Fenix Fire, were already playing as I arrived and I was surprised to find the place quite busy. The crowd were enjoying themselves immensely and had created several large circle pits already. Fenix Fire really knew how to get the crowd going and were giving away free t-shirts all night. They are a Nottingham based band and clearly most of the audience was made up of their followers as everyone was singing along to their songs. It was obvious they felt very comfortable in the familiar surroundings. This was their first time playing at Rock City and you could tell they were enjoying themselves. I felt that their best song of the night was ‘Run This City’ and I think the crowd agreed! I thought that the vocals were fantastic and they played a couple of really great guitar solos. The all looked so stylish and not surprisingly were popular with the teenage girls! I’m really glad I got to see them and will definitely be popping along to more of their Nottingham based performances.
Yashin was the second band to perform and I personally felt they were the best band of the evening, in fact I would say they were the best band I’ve seen in a long time! They really knew how to interact with the crowd, with everyone singing along to every song. In between songs they talked to the audience and were actually quite funny. There was a great mix of screaming and singing vocals from lead singers Harry and Kevin. The vocals were so clear and the screaming was incredible. They worked really well together on stage and just sounded amazing. Even though the stage was tiny and there are six guys in the band, they managed to make good use of the space by climbing onto the speakers and jumping into the crowd. ‘The First Rule of Fight Club’ probably got the biggest response from fans who preceded to create massive mosh pits and even a wall of death. Towards the end of the set they played a cover of Britney Spears ‘Everytime’, which went down incredibly well with the fans. I really really enjoyed their performance and it was very evident that the crowd did to. I am very excited to see how this year is for them because I think they are going to be huge.
Finally Glamour of the Kill graced the stage after an epic intro. As soon as they began playing the mosh pits started, the crowd created a huge circle pit that basically filled the whole room. It was pretty crowded as it’s a very small venue so you couldn’t help but get swept up in the enthusiasm. Just like the previous bands, they had great interaction with the crowd and stage presence was definitely there. They played a good mix of old and new songs with the crowd pleasers of the night being ‘Worlds End’ and ‘A Hope in Hell’. They sounded really great, absolutely note perfect. In fact all the bands sounded brilliant. I can imagine with the venue being so small that it’s difficult to get everyone sounding good, but the sound man did a fantastic job. I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t get to take any photos; I was blocked by rows of teenage girls waving their camera phones about! The crowd was definitely on the younger side, which I predicted considering that the style of music is really popular among teenagers.
Overall I really enjoyed this gig and felt that all the bands were incredible. I couldn’t get over how great they all sounded. I will definitely be keeping an eye on all of these bands. If you want to check them out go to their MySpace pages:
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Writing this review is bringing back some great memories of Tuesday nights ‘The Emptiness Tour’ at the Cockpit in Leeds. The venue isn’t the biggest I’ve been to, nor the smallest. It has a nice neat merchandise part with a bar across the opposite side of the room. As I walked through the merch room into the main room, Bury Tomorrow had already taken to the stage. What I heard and saw drew me into the crowd more and more. I had to be careful not to get pushed into the mosh pit, which I don’t think ended whilst Bury Tomorrow entertained the crowd. There was atleast two dozen members of the audience stood between my camera and the band, swinging their arms and floor punching around the packed venue. This made it hard to get any good shots of the band. If you see the band on youtube performing live, the video’s I’ve seen don’t do the band justice as they were better and more energetic than I thought. The screams and clear vocals mixed together created what all the bands that night had, pure quality and extremely energetic performances. A great start to the show.
The next band to take to the stage are actually my favourite band. I had high expectations for A Skylit Drive, and they certainly fulfilled my expectations and beyond! With guitarist Nick Miller not being present for this tour due to an accident he had, the band still played the show with his replacement, who did really well and didn’t let the rest of the band down.
Chants of ”ASD, ASD, ASD” came from an excited audience. The room went dark, the band took to the stage with vocalist Michael ”Jag” Jagmin coming on last. A cheer for the guys quickly started their set off, and from then until the last chord was struck, I enjoyed it all! Such a fun band to hear and to watch. I feel that each part played could not sound any better. The band go out and give it all they have got.
The band played about 7-8 songs on their set, each sounding fantastic! Whilst the rooms atmosphere was excellent and the high pitched vocals from Jag and the screams from bassist/vocalist Brian White roared out, you could actually see how much fun the guys had on stage. The cheers certainly made ASD feel welcome which was nice to see.
The final and main band, Alesana took to the stage all dressed in black and white suits. I have seen photos with them all dressed smartly before but didn’t relise they did shows like that. I think its kind of cool, certainly different, and pretty damn warm I bet!
Their performance blew me away! By this time I wasn’t too near the front as I was whilst watching ASD. I have to say, Alesana are very good live! Each song they played sounded near to the quality as their album sounds. Again, the clear vocals mixed with pacey screams gave the fans of Alesana something to swing their arms and jump around at! Very strong and fun vocals, I’d say. Continuous moshing and air punching took place. A great band live. Really glad I got to see them.
Before the doors opened, screamo.co.uk interviewed Shawn Milke of Alesana and also got an interview and talked about tattoo’s with Joey Wilson and Cory La Quay of A Skylit Drive. You can find the video interviews on our website and Youtube page.
Screamo.co.uk’s best wishes go out to Nick of A Skylit Drive. Hope he gets to join his band again soon for the rest of the tour.
Did you go to any dates on this tour? Seen any of the bands before? Let us know what you think to them. Screamo.co.uk will keep you updated on everything Bury Tomorrow, A Skylit Drive and Alesana.
Photo’s of Tuesday night will be up on our website very soon, www.screamo.co.uk.
Today we bring you screamo.co.uk’s interview with Joey Wilson of A Skylit Drive, taken just before their gig at The Cockpit, Leeds, England, on 13th April 2010. Here’s the video!
Come back to screamo.co.uk for our soon to be posted Alesana interview, and interviews with other post hardcore bands!
Photo credit: Tim Harmon