Thy Art Is Murder’s sophomore album “Hate” is a skillfully crafted deathcore masterpiece that is well produced, so you can appreciate every instrument and all its technical madness. This album is full on and in your face from start to finish. My favorite track is “Reign of Darkness.” Check it out below.
Thy Art Is Murder will be playing on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour. Click here for dates.
The Black Keys played at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville last Friday, and it was the most disappointing show I’ve ever attended. I was really excited when the band walked on stage and saw that all of their instruments were hard wired, and they were using floor monitors instead of using in-ears. I thought it was great that a “big-time” band at a big arena show were keeping it so down to earth. I’ve seen other bands do the same and put on phenomenal, unadulterated rock shows. With music like The Black Keys — less should be more. But it is clear that was not the case.
They opened the show with “Howling For You,” which was an okay performance. But it was all down hill from there. By the time the band played “Gold On The Ceiling,” it was obvious they really did not care about this show at all. The singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach got so far off beat from Patrick Carney, the drummer, I actually had a “what the fuck?” moment. I was not the only one. To make sure I was not having a stroke, I looked around and noticed other people with the same look on their faces. Carney noticed too. He started hitting the drums even harder to get Auerbach back on track with him, but to no avail. The whole show was sloppy. I looked down at everyone in general admission, and about 90 percent of the people were standing still. No dancing. No bobbing their heads. No jumping up and down. Nothing. The other 10 percent must have still been high from the Flaming Lips set. This show wasn’t even worth the free tickets we had. This was a prime example of a band who seems to care more about making money than putting on a great show. Yes, they can sell out an arena, but cannot be bothered to rehearse for the performance. I cannot give them a fair score for their performance because, in all honesty, I walked out before the end of the show - which in my opinion says more than any number I can award them. I hope for their sake this was a one time mistake.
Fresh off the vinyl press, Patachi Kid’s self titled debut EP has made quite an entrance into Nashville’s music scene. “Patachi Kid” is a four track album written by singer/songwriter Margaret Phillips and musician/engineer Jesse Samler. This EP is an impressive combination of dramatic vocals, expressive lyrics and intricate musicianship. Phillips’ powerful, yet graceful voice has a slight southern ‘twang’ that fits perfectly in the southern soul-rock she and Samler have created. This record features sophisticated drum rhythms and delicate auxiliary details that give it nice movement without making it too busy. Patachi Kid’s mature lyrics and well thought-out song structure showcase their songwriting talent which is impressive considering how young they actually are. “Patachi Kid” is a refreshing change of pace from the cookie-cutter alternative country Nashville has been pumping out lately.
The opening track, “The Swamp,” has a simple but interesting percussion packed rhythm that builds gradually into a dramatic breakdown. The sharp contrast of the guitar solo is an artful use of tension and release that is both exciting and effective. “Can’t Swim The River” features a bone chilling choir-like chorus that creates a strong platform which allows Phillips’ alluring voice to shine. The appropriately titled ballad “Love Song” has a unique cadence, seductive vocal layering and heartfelt lyrics that give a sense of timelessness to the song. To further prove Patachi Kid’s talent, “Love Song” features a banjo riff that is somehow tasteful and contemporary while managing to not be cliché, which is an astonishing accomplishment for Nashville musicians. The grand finale and my personal favorite is “Creek Don’t Rise.” It has plenty of rugged electric guitars and swirling vocal effects that will give you goosebumps and have you hitting repeat time after time. This EP has cultural texture, constant movement and subtle, yet impactful details that make it an impressive independent record. It’s the kind of album vinyl lovers dream about. I’m giving this album a well deserved 9.5 out of 10 and I cannot wait to pick up a copy of the limited edition vinyl.
The Summer Slaughter Tour has released dates for 2013! The Summer Slaughter Tour will have The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, Aeon, Rings of Saturn, Thy Art Is Murder and more bands are to be announced. Tickets are on sale now at TheSummerSlaughterTour.com. Check out the dates below.
7/19-San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
7/20-Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
7/21-Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/24-Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
7/26-Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
7/27-Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/29-Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (w/o Cattle Decapitation)
7/30-Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/31-Knoxville, TN @ Old City Courtyard
8/01-Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
8/02-Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
8/03-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (w/o Norma Jean)
8/04-Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
8/07-New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
8/08-Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy
8/09-Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL
8/10-Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
8/11-Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
8/12-Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
8/13-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/14-Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
8/16-Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
8/17-Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
8/19-Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
8/20-Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
It’s been nearly six years since I Killed The Prom Queen toured America and after seeing their performance in Chattanooga, it’s clear they are determined to make up for lost time. Even with all the lineup changes over the past few years IKTPQ still managed to kill it on stage last Friday night. Being the first of five bands, they played a short set packed with only their best songs and recent single “Memento Vivere.” Not only was I blown away by their performance, but my friend, who’s no metalhead, turned to me after the first song and said “Holy fuck that was awesome!” Keep an eye out for these guys over the next few months – I expect to hear great things from them.
I Killed The Prom Queen are currently on tour with Asking Alexandria, Chimaria, Whitechaple and Motionless In White on the “Don’t Pray For Us” tour.
This past Friday, I took a trip down to Chattanooga to see Asking Alexandria play at Track 29 on their “Don’t Pray For Us” tour. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the show was, because I went in not having too high expectations since their songs feature a lot of programming. It has been my experience that bands with tons of programming either 1.) rely on too many backing tracks to carry the show, making it sound like karaoke, or 2.) play a stripped down version that sounds nothing like the album. But, occasionally, there are bands that strike a perfect balance between production value and live performance. Asking Alexandria definitely know how to put on a good show without sacrificing either. From start to finish, these guys gave it their all. When they played “Breathless” the crowd erupted in a very feminine roar because every scene girl in the house went crazy. My favorite performance of the evening was “Not The American Average.” This song really showcased Danny Worsnop’s raw vocal talent. He has such a powerful singing voice as well as amazing screaming/growling skills. Really–the whole band gets a 10 for showman ship alone. All of the guitarists were very mobile and were constantly engaging the audience, keeping them in an excited frenzy. Everybody seemed to be having an amazing time singing along, head banging and moshing to exhaustion. My close, second favorite song of the evening was a “Run Free,” a new song from their upcoming album “From Death To Destiny.” It was one of the loudest performances of the night and I really do enjoy it when my rib cage vibrates with the low-end of a song. They closed the show with “Final Episode.” You could barely hear the band over the audience as they all screamed along “Oh! My! God!” and “You scared?!” It was a great way to end the show. What really made the it impressive, for me, was even with the tracks and full band, you could still hear every component. Whoever their front of house engineer is, he did a phenomenal job mixing the entire show. With the crazy lights, up spraying fog machines and a talented engineer at FOH, it is clear that Asking Alexandria really care and know how to put on a great production. I’m giving their performance a 9 out of 10 and I’m keeping my eye out for any future tours by these guys.
To learn more about Asking Alexandria check out their website or Facebook. Their album “Reckless and Relentless” is in stores now and available on iTunes. Look for “From Death To Destiny” out later this year. Their single “Death of Me” is available now on iTunes.
German metal band Heaven Shall Burn released their 7th studio album, “VETO.” Heaven Shall Burn aren’t afraid to speak out about racial equality or animal rights. They are just as passionate about their beliefs as they are about their music, and this album is definitely full of songs with meaning. Marcus Bischoff’s voice was made for metal and the band has exceptional musical talent. “VETO” has plenty of face-melting guitar solos and double kick drums and it’s mixed well so you can hear every detail to enjoy it. Check it out below.
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