In a time when the word “math” has largely been misattributed to the various Meshuggah djent clones, there are still bands that are making sure that the genre of mathcore continues its legacy of melding the chaos of hardcore, the brutality of death metal, and the oft-shifting time signatures of technical and progressive metal. Keeping in the recent tradition of the resurgence of mathcore via the likes of Car Bomb and Dissipate, rising Australia stars The Schoenberg Automaton eschew trends with their debut album Vela. While their myriad of influences are shown on their sleeves — the trudging stutterred riffs of Gojira, the schizophrenic chaos of early Dillinger Escape Plan, and the forward-thinking technical battery of Between the Buried and Me are all plain as day — their sound wears more like a continued step in the genre lineage rather than shameless mimicry. The Schoenberg Automaton go beyond channeling just the aforementioned bands, however; throughout Vela, the band do well on adding in flavors of traditional death metal and even black metal influences, namely on tracks like leading single ‘Ghost of Mirach’. Even early moments reminiscent of Solace era Ion Dissonance are apparent. All of this comes together in a seamless fashion that Schoenberg have spent many hours perfecting, both setting them apart from the average internet band and giving them a hodgepodge prog/tech sound that is strangely all their own. Make no mistake, The Schoenberg Automaton will be a force to be reckoned with out of the already impressive Australian metal scene if their first offering already hits this hard. – JR & AD
In case you haven’t noticed by the ad in the sidebar and our cover image on Facebook, we’re totally sponsoring the upcoming Chronographs/Burials UK Spring tour. Both bands are excellent up-and-comers in the scene, so if you’re one of our pish posh British reader folks, then you should hit this tour up!
Just in time to get the promo rolling on their tour, Burials have released a music video for their new track, ‘The Haunting.‘ For those who aren’t familiar with the band’s sound, they’re like a mix of Architects and Devil Sold His Soul. Fans of that metalcore and hardcore scene need to check this out!
It’s been a while since we’ve been involved in tour sponsorship and promotion, but we’re stoked to announce that we’re sponsoring the upcomingChronographs/Burials Spring tour! These two bands are shining acts in the British hardcore and tech metal scene, so we’re happy to be involved in any way we can. This tour will run from March 30th through April 06th. Here are your dates:
March 30th — Swindon, The Furnace
April 01st — Leeds, Escobar
April 03rd — Birmingham, Asylum 2
April 04th — Camden, Purple Turtle
April 05th — Witney, Fat Lil’s
April 06th — Rugby, The Vault
If you aren’t familiar with either of these bands, then get acquainted! After the jump, check out some cuts from the bands, including a drum playthrough from Chronographs’ new drummer Finn Mclean.
Although it’s the first event, there’s quite an impressive array of bands performing, including Chimp Spanner, Uneven Structure, Red Seas Fire and Monuments, who will no doubt be premièring their new vocalist, should this be their next show.
Also in attendance at the festival – which will take place in Alton between 13th and 15th July – will be more tech-centric such as Chronographs, who have a new EP coming out soon, and Peterborough’s Visions.
Check the poster at the top for the full line-up so far, but bear in mind more are to be announced!
It’s now a mere three months until one of Europe’s best small metal festivals, and with all but one of the slots filled, the organisers have left it up to YOU to decide the final band on the lineup!
The ever marvellous Got-Djent? are running the show on this one, and we understand they’ve had a massive influx already for this, but they want more of you to go and vote for the bands you think deserve that last golden spot.
There’s a pretty big choice – fifty bands in all – but you’re allowed up to five picks, so go nuts for your favourites.
I’m not exactly sure who I’m voting for yet, but my home town boys Chronographs are sure to get a look in, as well as the incredibly fun Mishkin, jazzy horn-dogsRXYZYXR, and Basick boys No Consequence.
They join a bill already brimming with talent, including TesseracT, Monuments, Chimp Spanner, Textures, Vildhjarta, Aliases, Uneven Structure, and our competition patrons this week Visions. I’m not even sure if I can make it, but I’ll be making every damn effort to try. Excite!
Yet again we return to my home town of Worcester with the mighty Kailin. This is honestly news to me, but it was a pleasant surprise to find they are contemporaries of such Midlands greats as Mother Dirt, AZWAI and Chronographs.
They also list such other British bands as Volumes, Devil Sold His Soul, Architects and The Arusha Accord as influences: keeping it in the family – we like this!
There’s also definitely a djenty tone to them, but I can definitely hear some God Is An Astronaut-tinged soaring guitar lines in this track too:
I’m cheating a little bit with Hero In Error, as they actually hail from Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. Although not actually British, the poor bastards are stuck having to look at our ugly backsides so it’s only right that they get a bit of recognition.
They came to my attention through a recent tour with Chronographs which, although I missed, I kept a weather eye on, and was impressed by the tunes – like a cross between The Dillinger Escape Plan and the vocals of Norma Jean/The Bled.
They’ve got a seriously mighty history of support slots on tour too, having backed up the likes of Mastodon, Architects and TesseracT. Definitely worth checking out further.
It’s about time I gave these guys their due. They’re actually from my home town, so it’s a bit of a crime that I haven’t already, but you know – favouritism and all that! Still, better late than never, eh?
The guys recently belted their way around the UK with Ireland’s Hero In Error, getting up to all sorts of shenanigans I’m sure. These chaps have managed to put together quite the fanbase in a few short months, so make sure you give them your support if they’re your particular brand of tipple!
Chronographs are a new hardcore/metalcore band out of Worcestershire, UK. The band just wrapped up recording two songs and are offering “Dutch Courage” for free download, which can be streamed and downloaded via the player below. Give it a listen if you’re into the British hardcore scene.