It’s been a minute since our last Holy Roar Records File and even longer since I wrote one. It’s only appropriate that the post is dusted off and brought back for this. Somehow, I hadn’t covered Employed To Serve in this feature before but that HAD to change for one reason; The Warmth Of A Dying Sun releases today and is a bona fide game changer in hardcore and heavy music. You can throw Code Orange at me all you want, Employed To Serve are thee band at the forefront of genre smashing heavy music. As always, make your own damn mind up about but if you feel like you need convincing then read ahead. There will be bountiful amounts of hyperbole and fruity language – oh, and a track by track breakdown from EtS’s very own Justine Jones. Tight.
It’s been nearly two years since A Trust Unclean popped up with the fantastic Reality Relinquished EP, a UK tech metal release that didn’t suck, unlike a lot of the other Brit tech bands that began crawling out of the woodwork at the time. The band’s youthful energy, death metal…
OK. I’m challenging myself with this one. Taking twelve minutes to write about a twelve minute debut EP can and will be done. Just watch me, I don’t back down from a struggle, even if it’s with hate filled morons on the Internet who wanna send empty death threats to me. Mate, you’re a cunt and I hope that something heavy lands on your head. Something as heavy as this. Not so much grind today but this definitely gets my gears working. Hard. And it’s Scottish too. Moist.
I’ve spoken a lot about the different flavors of post rock. The genre has much of hope, wonder, and color but it’s hard to deny that its base, post rock is melancholic. Even the more “positive” emotions (if such a neuro-typical spectrum is even worth repeating) displayed within the genre are tinged with longing and a forlorn sense of distance. Thus, every so often, it’s refreshing to hear a post rock band simply tap into that difficult and burdensome place of sadness and bring forth a type of post rock awash in the early influences of the genre. Which is exactly what onj. are all about. Head down below to hear “Alone”. Bring tissues.
With little to no information, I got my hands on Fortis Amor’s latest tracks. Who in god’s name is Fortis Amor? Good question! It’s exactly what I asked myself as I opened the email. Turns out, Fortis Amor is a pretty damn cool solo project dabbling in progressive metal and metalcore. I know! Usually those tags are enough for me to slam my laptop shut and have a strong drink. However, no such measures are needed here; Fortis Amor’s music manages to eschew most, if not all, of the pitfalls of the genre. Everything you’d associate with it is there: clean vocals alongside screaming which draws on Misery Signals, intricate leads and guitar trade offs, odd time signatures, the works.
The powerful foursome from Atlanta known as Mastodon have an incredibly storied history as a unit, but are interesting and developed enough individuals in order to have lived full lives outside of their main project. We’ve been lucky to see fairly recent developments in Brent Hinds teaming up with Alice…
It’s been nearly six years since we were absolutely floored by Uneven Structure’s debut album Februus. It was a perfect storm of ambition, atmosphere, and emotional/conceptual depth that made it tower above the array of djent records that dropped in the early 2010’s. Depending on who you ask, it may be the best record that has ever come out of that scene.
The follow up La Partition is no slouch, either.
Now here’s a wild blast from the past! Returning We Hear The Larks returns.
There’s a very specific genre of math rock that relies heavily on percussion and percussive instruments for its momentum. Three Trapped Tigers is perhaps the most famous example today, weaving this style together with electronica to create compelling and upbeat music. But what happens when we take that style and multiply it by four? Well, we get The Kraken Quartet, a band whose every member is a percussionist. The result is an upcoming album called Separate | Migrate, an enchanting ride through drums, xylophones, bells, synths and a host of other sounds. We’re proud to premiere the opening track from that album, “chance the dog (the song)” right below!
If the past few years are any indication, the album format has been on the rise in electronic music. This wasn’t always the case, as EPs had long dominated the landscapes of all its subgenres at least tangentially related to the dance floor. That still holds true today, but there’s definitely been a recent tendency of artists turning to the LP as a means of branching out and experimenting with their sound, and 2017 has been no exception. As a result, these past three months have already provided us with an array of stellar electronic albums. Below, I’ll cover some of my personal favorites.