You know what this is? This is One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, the half-hour collaboration from The Body and Full Of Hell, two bands coming together to mash all of the pain and torment inherent in the human body – joints creaking against cartilage and muscles firing in random spasms, nerves pinching and sinew stretching – into a sonic experience you can repeat time and time again.
36 Crazyfists has always been a band that hasn’t achieved huge popularity, but they have proven time and time again that solid songwriting and musicianship aren’t tied to any particular genre. What makes A Snow Capped Romance so good, aside from its stellar songwriting, is the way the band is able to convey heavy emotions without becoming melodramatic in the process.
Naturally, alongside Kung Fury, neon-pink hats, VHS tinged music videos and weirdly thin cigarettes, there’s music. Dubbed retrowave, the genre which harks back to the 80’s draws its inspiration from myriad sources. Action movies, old progenitor video games, advertisements and even machine glitches all mix into a brightly green-blue-pink haze. This music is heavily electronic but also decidedly dark, often utilizing guitar tones and drum arrangements that explain its kinship with metal. Perhaps it’s also a shared birthing pool, as metal spawned in the 80’s alongside (and sometimes in direct response) to these aural phenomena.
I get messages in my inbox every day about bands that I should check out, and I listen to all of them, despite what some people may think. I have to make sure that people are sending me quality stuff, and I also tend to let people know when stuff doesn’t gel well with me. I get tons of cool stuff every single day, and sometimes, I’m fortunate enough to host some exclusives on the site for your listening pleasure. Lower Automation is a band that I was completely unfamiliar with prior to receiving an email roughly a week ago when I got asked to host the exclusive stream of their new EP Maps. I honestly had no idea what to expect, but what I found was some seriously great mathcore. Check it out below!
When Scott and I started up The Jazz Club the better part of a year ago, we had intended to make this a monthly feature that would give us and other Heavy Blog staff members a forum to discuss music from all over the jazz spectrum, both new and old. Given the fact that we only got through two articles and the last one was from July 2015, clearly we have fallen well short of that goal. But now we’re back, and we’re more determined than ever to make this a regular monthly column. For our comeback piece, we’ve chosen another recent release that’s attracted a surprising amount of crossover and mainstream appeal, acoustic piano trio GoGo Penguin’s Man Made Object. Along the way we also discuss a couple of other groups who have been blending groove-heavy jazz with electronic elements and influences, Portico Quartet and Skalpel. Scott and I were joined by fellow editor Eden for this one, and our conversation definitely ran a bit on the long side, but we’ve decided to keep it largely intact as we really enjoyed where it went. We hope you enjoy it, too!
While I’m usually the last to jump on any given bandwagon at any given time, I’m getting on this one while it’s fresh and hot. UK Metalcore upstarts Our Hollow, Our Home are one of a fresh batch of new acts splashing together the heartfelt musings of The Ghost Inside with the kind of metal assault that I Killed The Prom Queen deliver at a professional level. There’s enough of these acts around that the good ones can go unnoticed while the “meh”s of the crop get the limelight. This is not the case here. Jam this band and forever be thankful that their mixture of soaring choruses and bounce happy breakdowns is now plugged into your brain via me.