Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last weeks update here) will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of “Playlist Swap,” another biweekly segment that takes place between playlist updates. We randomly select two of the participants from each update, have them pick their favorite track from each of the nine albums in their grid and then send the list over to the other person to listen to and comment on. Within these commentaries occurs praise, criticism and discovery, and we hope that you experience a few instances of this last point as well. This week’s post brought staff members Scott Murphy and Ryan Castrati together to peruse each other’s tastes:
Tag Archive Sky Eats Airplane
The Royal Thousand
01. White Flag
02. If He Dies, He Dies
03. Falling In Style
04. Ivy & Wine
05. Prelude For A Ghost
06. All Along
07. She Is Well And Nothing Can Be Ill
08. Counting Sheep
10. From May To Now
[Equal Vision/Basick Records]
Waiting for The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza’s Danza IV is killing many of us, and unfortunately it seems like that wait is going to last a while longer. It’s no secret that Josh Travis is an absolute madman on a guitar, and his insane style is well intact on Glass Cloud’s debut album The Royal Thousand. While keeping his crazy Danza chops much more restrained on this album, he still shows what it is that brought him into the internet’s spotlight. The Royal Thousand offers some of Josh’s catchiest and experimental work yet. The addition of Jerry Roush (of Sky Eats Airplane and Of Mice And Men fame) on vocals adds an interesting level of depth that TTDTE didn’t have.
Sad news, everyone. Just as his silky smooth pipes won over the hearts of downtrodden Tesseract fans through their acoustic EP Perspective, signs are pointing to Elliot being out of the group. Speculation arose through a series of tweets from the singer:
Always stick to what suits you best, it plays an important role in getting things done [and not] wasting your time. // My agenda is now the complete opposite of what was previously scheduled. stay tuned for an update sometime over the next few days.
Following the tweets, Elliot removed mention of Tesseract in his twitter bio:
Musician and gamer I play with zelliack/sky eats airplane I enjoy touring and avoiding adulthood
So signs are pointing to Tesseract in need of yet another vocalist. No word on whether or not it was an amicable split or otherwise, but an official announcement will likely be made in the coming days. It’s a bummer to see this split happen, but thankfully Elliot’s still hammering away with Zelliack and hopefully Tesseract can find a new vocalist. More info when we get it.
04. Dream Brother
05. Eden 2.0
[Century Media Records]
Coming out of the gate strong with their debut record One last year, Tesseract became progressive metal darlings, touring the world and playing shows with the likes of Periphery, Between the Buried and Me, Animals as Leaders, and Devin Townsend Project. Without a doubt, they were set to reach the upper echelons of the genre, with One hitting up more than a couple of our year-end best of lists. Of course, the year wasn’t without its troubles; the fanbase was divided when vocalist Daniel Tompkins left the band late in the year and was quickly replaced by former Sky Eats Airplane vocalist Elliot Coleman, leaving many to speculate on the future of the band. As indignant as it may have seemed, it isn’t hard to imagine why so many were frustrated. After all, the vocal prowess of Tompkins was undoubtedly a major factor of what made One such a glorious and passionate record. It almost goes without saying, but Elliot has some big shoes to fill. In that regard, all eyes and ears will be falling on Tesseract’s first outing with Elliot in the form of an acoustic-inspired EP, appropriately titled Perspective.
Glass Cloud, the new band featuring former Sky Eats Airplane and Of Mice And Men vocalist Jerry Roush and Josh Travis of the Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, have recently signed to Basick Records for European release. While I’m no fan of Roush’s previous bands, I’m a hug fan of Josh Travis’ work in Danza and I’ve grown to trust the Basick name, so I’m interested. The group’s new song ‘Counting Sheep‘ is pretty catchy; definitely some solid metalcore that’s a rung or two up the ladder of bands you’d catch on Rise Records. You can check it out below:
Glass Cloud’s debut album The Royal Thousand is out July 2nd on Basick in Europe and July 10th on Equal Vision in America. Speaking of Josh Travis, Danza IV has been done for about a year or so now. Could someone tell Black Market Activities to do something about it? Appreciated!
TesseracT just can’t stop making waves in 2011. In case you need a refresher, they at long last released their debut album One to massive acclaim, especially around these parts where the album is still on heavy rotation for several of our writers, myself included. On top of that, vocalist Dan Tompkins left the group and Elliot Coleman of Sky Eats Airplane was subsequently recruited. Massive butthurt was to follow.
Now they’re working on a new video for their track “Eden,” which has been re-recorded with new vocalist Elliot Coleman. The video isn’t your run of the mill performance shot either; as we mentioned a few weeks ago, Ganesh Rao has been tapped to direct it, and judging by the above behind-the-scenes video, it’s going to be pretty neat. You can even hear some of the instrumental re-working, which is great! The video should be out soon enough.
Also, starting this month Tesseract will be joining Between the Buried and Me and Animals as Leaders on the Saints and Sinners tour across North America. Check out the dates here.
This weekend, after an intimate show in Milton Keynes, UK, rumor spread like wildfire that Daniel Tompkins has left Tesseract — with Sky Eats Airplane, Of Man Not Of Machine vocalist Elliot Coleman as his replacement. This story is more than just rumor, it seems. It’s quite likely that it’s the real deal, with unofficial confirmations from several sources, including the following video:
What’s even more bizarre is that Dan is said to have left the band after being offered to join a pop band. I must say, as a huge fan of Tesseract, this is a huge disappointment. One has got to be one of my favorite releases this year, and Dan’s vocals just MADE that album for me, with his passionate delivery and haunting vocal melodies. His performance on the record continues to give me chills to this day, so the band’s loss is a great one.
I also can’t say I’m a fan of Elliot Coleman (I thought negatively of Sky Eats Airplane’s latest offering last year, but OMNOM has always been pretty good), so I’m curious as to if he’d be able to live up to such a high bar and fit in as well as Dan did with their sound. But then again, the dudes in Tesseract know what they’re going for better than some asshole on the internet, so obviously they think it will work out. Hopefully it does! I’d love nothing more than to be proven wrong.
An official release on the matter will be made tomorrow by Century Media. We’ll be sure to follow up.
Here’s further examples of Elliot Coleman’s vocal work in songs with Haunted Shores and OMNOM (after the jump). What do you think?
So here’s a pretty cool compilation/side project. Killtrox And The Motherships is composed of vocalist Micah Kinard (Oh, Sleeper), guitarist Zack Ordway (Sky Eats Airplane), and drummer Travis Orbin (also of Sky Eats Airplane, and and ex-Periphery member too). The band are writing the music/lyrics from the perspective of a group of aliens blowing stuff up because they are pissed off. This theme leads to awesome/cheesy lyrics like “Fire photon torpedoes!” and music that sounds like pure, beautiful chaos. Now, you might be asking yourself, “What exactly does aliens blowing stuff up sound like?” and that’s a good question. Well here’s your answer, their debut song Area Fifty Done:
I’d say that they succeeded pretty well in capturing the sound of destruction. If you’re anything like me and you get occasionally hungry for spastic, technical music about aliens blowing stuff up, then be sure to keep tabs on their spacebook page.
Travis Orbin of Sky Eats Airplane acted as a session drummer on Cyclamen‘s upcoming album Senjyu. In the above video, Travis is tracking drums for the song “Thirst,” one of the more aggressive songs on the album, having Hayato doing both the lowest growls and the highest singing I’ve heard him do. The track is a hard hitter, which you need to hear when the album drops October 25th.
You can pre-order the album right here. They ship soon, so if you want the album early, order now!