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Pianos Become the Teeth Coming Soonl

A lot of things are coming from the Pianos Become the Teeth camp as of late. They recently announced a tour with Circa Survive and Title Fight, and I guess they decided to ride the announcement hype because we now have a thirty second teaser of new material from them! Make sure to check it out after the jump.

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Circa Survive just recently shook up the music world by signing to well-known (mostly) metal label Sumerian Records. While this came as a shock to most, it certainly generated tons of hype, and promises from the band to release a new album in the near future. With that being said, the band have announce their first tour as part of the Sumerian roster, and are taking Title Fight and Pianos Become The Teeth along for the ride. Check the dates after the jump!

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What are labels? This is not me going all philosophical on you, although I reserve every right to do so, but the question is an important one for this community to answer. With crowd sourcing becoming bigger and genres falling apart, what is the function of labels in the contemporary metal world? More urgently, is there any meaning to the “nature” or “character” of a certain label? Before you answer that, take this in: Circa Survive have signed with Sumerian Records.  Head on over the jump to read the full release.

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The-Saddest-Landscape-Exit-Wounded-artworkThe Saddest Landscape – Exit Wounded

[Topshelf Records]

It seems that the term “emo” has become something of a derogatory word as it applies to underground or extreme music thanks to MySpace and groups like My Chemical Romance or Hawthorne Heights — groups with roots closer to pop punk than legitimate hardcore. The word has become associated with teenage angst and melodramatic whining that is understandably a turnoff to many listeners. At the risk of sounding overly nostalgic, the 90’s emo and screamo genre injected heartfelt lyricism, affected vocal work, and melody into hardcore music in a way that was actually quite powerful when crafted by the right hands. In contemporary music, The Saddest Landscape represents the mentality that there’s nothing wrong with being emotive, so long as you have the depth and musical ability to back it up. While the group’s latest EP Exit Wounded may be fairly short at just five tracks in length, the music is immersive enough in its honest pathos to allow the music to burn as bright as it does fast. The Saddest Landscape are dynamic in their approach too, going from almost powerviolence-esque outbursts of speed and anguish to reflective instrumental bridges and back in the course of individual songs, like post-rock CliffsNotes applied to hardcore. What really sells Exit Wounded is its raw production and imperfection, which gives a spark of spontaneity and infatuation, almost as if the EP were recorded live. Frontman Andy Maddox’s brings the message home however, with his tortured screams that don’t feel contrived or “put on” for the sake of show; his sincerity is felt, and listeners will feel compelled to hurt along with him. That’s what you get with The Saddest Landscape’s Exit Wounded — unbridled emotion that strikes a chord with listeners without the posturing or contrived angst the genre gets a bad rap for. - JR


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O hay, it’s The King Of Procrastination! I’ve been letting the world of music pass me by the past couple of months as I’m creating my website and writing my horror novel and almost let the top of the year list slip by me. Luckily, Riddick the Cat called me up yesterday and told me to get the hell to work with this because I’m a “better interest to him than the human he lives with.” So there’s that. But, why shall we be bound to doing a list in a multiple of five? “Nay,” says Deadite, “Let’s beat the system and do eleven top albums of the year!” So dark, edgy, and kvlt.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or outside of the US), you probably know the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused to the northeastern United States. Victims from Virginia all the way up to New England have needed help from the flooding, wind and rain damage. Millions of people were affected by this, and now you have a means to help them.

Circa Survive have released a 5 song EP, all proceeds going to Hurricane Relief efforts via The Red Cross. It’s $4 for the whole EP, or you can choose to pay $1 per song, or, if you really want to help, you’ll dig a little deeper and give as much as you can. There’s no limit to how much you can give, and every little bit counts. Speaking of experience from my childhood in Florida, hurricanes are no joke. Even in states that experience them often damages can run up a high bill, let alone in a metropolis such as Manhattan or Philadelphia or Trenton. So if you want some relaxing music and to help a good cause, then here’s the link.


This is an odd one for us to be posting for sure, but there is a reason, trust me. In my highest peak of untr00 in 2010 I named Circa Survive‘s Blue Sky Noise as my favourite non-heavy album of the year, and contender for the ultimate crown that year. It’s a really fucking special record, and also has the added benefit of being one that I can blast without making my girlfriend’s ears bleed.

Anthony Green is Circa Survive’s exceptional frontman – although he can be somewhat divisive, in that his vocal style is quite effeminate (it’s not ridiculous by any stretch, but the height his voice can reach at times is beyond ranges others employ) – but he also has his own solo work beyond the band, and he’s releasing his new record Beautiful Things next week on January 16th.

Particularly interesting for you guys is that Deftones‘ Chino Moreno guest stars on one of the album’s bonus tracks, as well as Ida Maria, a Norwegian rock musician.

The full album can be streamed at Anthony’s website here, but ‘Right Outside‘ with Moreno is available over at Rolling Stone. Green apparently wrote the song after listening to Chino’s side project ††† (Crosses)’s EP. Cool stuff!

Beautiful Things is out next week through Photo Finish.

– CG


In a surprising and unexpected move, North Carolina prog-gods Between The Buried And Me are currently working with producer Jamie King David Bottrill (Tool, Circa Survive) on their upcoming EP. This is the first time in quite a while that they’ve worked with anyone other than fellow North Carolinian Jamie King, and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of new and different vibes we get from the record once it’s finished. This EP is already becoming one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2011, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for any new information we have on it’s progress.


If there’s one thing you need to make a priority of in your life, it should be seeing Animals As Leaders perform live. I saw them this past summer on The Summer Slaughter Tour, and it might just be the greatest musical performance I’ve ever witnessed. My only critique on the self-titled debut is the sterile production doesn’t really give the life that the music craves and deserves. In a live setting, the music explodes like an aural fireworks show. “oooooh”s and “aaaah”s throughout the whole set, guaranteed.

But if you’ve missed your chance at seeing the band perform live, then here’s the next best thing–a visually stunning performance video of the song “CAFO,” streaming now at Guitar World. The video certainly looks amazing, but I’m not quite sure what I’m looking at between the performance shots. Some sort of alien? I don’t know, and I really don’t care. Tosin Abasi’s playing guitar, so shut up and watch.

Animals as Leaders are currently on tour with Circa Survive and Dredg. Remaining tour dates are after the jump.

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You know how I kept saying that the tours this summer suck? Well, this one doesn’t count, as it’s pretty damn sweet.

Deftones will soon be headlining across the United States late this summer , with Circa Survive and Baroness switching as support.

Here are the dates we know so far for the trek:

dates with Circa Survive
8/6 Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre
8/7 Fresno, CA @ Woodward Park
8/8 Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium
8/10 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory

dates with Baroness
8/12 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
8/13 Medford, OR @ Medford Armory
8/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Rail Event Center
8/18 Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Pavillion
8/19 Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theatre
8/22 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
8/25 Miami Beach, FL @ Fillmore Miami Beach
8/27 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
8/29 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
8/31 Richmond, VA @ National
9/2 Norfolk, VA @ Norva
9/3 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
9/8 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
9/10 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
9/14 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

Oh yes, sign me up under Deftones and Baroness please! As you may recall, I thought Diamond Eyes was a stellar album, and Baroness are pretty solid. Both bands are sure to blow the audience away.

More tour dates are to be announced, and there’s a slight chance I’ll be able to attend this one! I can only hope they can throw me a date in Lexington. Hoping and praying starts now.

– JR

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