We don’t take part in nearly enough music festivals, but that’s slowly starting to change. We were able to send our resident photographer Chris Collins to South By So What?! festival in Grand Prairie, TX on March 16th to get shots of a number of bands. The festival is a polarizing one, but here’s something in its depths for everyone. Among those of interest to us in particular were Architects, Betraying the Martyrs, Chelsea Grin, I Declare War, Norma Jean, and Upon a Burning Body. Check out the photos below:
The ever eclectic and forward thinking Myriad Records have announced their signing of Belleville, Illinois based metalcore band HeavyArms. Bringing to mind bands such as Underoath, Misery Signals, Within The Ruins and Architects, Heavyarms are set to release their debut album Burning Crowds via Myriad on April 29th. You can stream the band’s new track ‘Boundless‘ below:
Our lovely and talented photographer Chris Collins will be hitting up the South By So What?! Festival in Grand Prairie, TX on March 16th, and while the lineup includes a few bands you nor I are particularly fond of, there are a handful of gems on this lineup DEFINITELY worth seeing, such as Norma Jean, Architects, Oh, Sleeper, Betraying the Martyrs, and Within The Ruins. This just speaks to the festival’s ability to cater to a wide audience, really.
From the press release:
With over seventy bands and four stages, this year’s festival is going to be action-packed with jaw-dropping and awesome performances. This years event will be catering a mix of genres including metal, indie rock, pop, and hip hop. It will be taking place on Saturday, March 16 of 2013 and for the second year in a row it will be held at QuickTrip Park (www.quiktrippark.com) in Dallas, Texas. Doors will be at 10:00 a.m. sharp! (VIP will be allowed in prior). Our 2013 headliners are All That Remains, Of Mice & Men, Breathe Carolina, The Ready Set, Outasight, Riff Raff, Escape The Fate, Chiodos, Motionless In White, and Forever The Sickest Kids.
Sure, the show is polarizing. Why even bring it up in the first place, then? Good question. We want you to tell us what bands you want Chris to photograph at the show.
If you’re unfamiliar, Hateform are a band to keep an eye on in 2013. Featuring past members of Mors Principium Est, Hateform blend thrash, prog, and death metal for a package that should sit well among fans of Death, Revocation, and Obscura. Top shelf melodic death metal is getting harder to come by over the years, but Hateform are keeping the genre alive with technical guitar work and stellar songwriting. Their forthcoming new album Sanctuary In Abyss is seeing release through Spinefarm Records this March, but you can hear the first new track from the record ‘Perpetual Cold’ below:
Mixed and mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson (Watain, Scar Symmetry, Mors Principium Est) and featuring artwork from Jon Barmby (Architects, Devil Sold His Soul), Sanctuary in Abyss will see release March 1 (Europe) and March 6 (North America; Digital only) on Spinefarm Records. Visit Hateform on Facebook for more on the band and Sanctuary In Abyss!
It wasn’t until 2011′s There Is A Hell… that I gained an appreciation for the polarizing metalcore group Bring Me The Horizon. Often credited as being one of the bands responsible for popularizing deathcore in their early days, the band has since grown and evolved, picking up more mature musical influences and going for a somewhat artsy aesthetic. My interest was piqued for their upcoming album Sempiternal when the band stated in interviews that the new material had a touch of post-rock influence; after all, who wouldn’t be slightly curious at the prospect of BMTH aping If These Trees Could Talk and This Will Destroy You. If anything, the most cynical of us could say they’ve gotten bored of ripping off Architects and instead decided to take a grab at Devil Sold His Soul.
While not necessarily in the ballpark of post-rock, Sempiternal‘s leading single ‘Shadow Moses’ does have an epic sort of air about it and has layers of ambiance. The single sounds massive, and while all we’ve got is a decent quality radio rip from Daniel P. Carter’s Rock Show on BBC Radio One, Terry Date’s production shows signs of being extravagant. Also, bonus points for the Metal Gear Solid reference.
Stream the track below:
Sempiternal will be out later this year, perhaps around April.
01. The Bitter End
02. Alpha Omega
03. These Colours Don’t Run
05. Truth, Be Told
06. Even If You Win, You’re Still A Rat
07. Outsider Heart
08. Behind The Throne
09. Devil’s Island
10. Feather of Lead
British metalcore band Architects “hit it big” in a sense with 2009′s acclaimed Hollow Crown, which some consider to be their opus. It brought them a flurry of new fans and seemed to strengthen the dedication of their core fanbase. In retrospect, the album was perfect for a genre that was beginning to wane; almost too perfect, in fact. The passionate vocal delivery and sense of melody wasn’t overbearing, as the music itself had balls; mathcore-esque technicality and progressive song structure made for a great counter-balance. Creating a worthy follow-up to Hollow Crown was sure to be a daunting task, and apparently it was. The 2011 follow-up The Here And Now was met with wide disappointment, and was an admitted misstep that saw the band reaching for a more accessible sound. A year later, we were promised a return to form with Daybreaker. Would the band deliver and swing back from the ropes?
Most of us here at Heavy Blog are pretty excited about the forthcoming Architects record Daybreaker, as it promises to be a return to form for the UK metalcore act. If you’ve written the band off after their previous record The Here And Now, then get ready to think again. The group unveiled their brand new video for the album track ‘Alpha Omega,’ and if it’s any indication of the quality of the record as a whole, then we’re in for a treat.
Daybreaker is due out June 5th on Century Media Records.
Architects must have some sort of record for quick turnaround in sound. Usually bands who eventually move to a more melodic and accessible sound keep going that route, never to return to form (looking at you, In Flames), but Architects picked it up almost immediately. As far as I’m concerned, Daybreaker is the long-awaited follow up to their last album Hollow Crown, and no one can convince me otherwise. The Here and What, now?!
The new Architects track ‘Alpha Omega’ is fantastic, and bodes quite well for Daybreaker, due out June 5th on Century Media. Stream the new track above and tell me how stoked you are in the comments section below.
The new Architects single ‘These Colours Don’t Run’ has been posted online today, and it’s been met with a lot of positive feedback. The band has returned to form and picked up where Hollow Crown left off, which is great news. The song seems to be a pretty harsh criticism of America (or at least the director of the lyric video interpreted as such), which may be a turn-off for some as being too preachy, but their criticisms certainly aren’t unfounded, am I right?
Architects’ new album Daybreaker is due out May 28th on Century Media Records. Get excited!
After the flop of last year’s The Here And Now, Architects have promised a return to form on their upcoming album Daybreaker. Hopefully, they can manage to do good on this promise, as 2009′s Hollow Crown was a fantastic album. Anticipation is high!
Judging by the teaser of their new song and video ‘These Colours Don’t Run,’ they might just be in the Hollow Crown ballpark after all! The song seems to take a critical stance against US politics, but sounds like it’d rest easy on Hollow Crown, perhaps. Give it a look over.
The video will premiere next week, March 26th. Daybreaker is due out May 28th in Europe and June 5th in North America on Century Media Records.