[REVIEW] These Five Years – This Could All Be So Easy EP

 

Heavy with bass, raucous vocal styles and riddled with high energy, the newest These Five Years record is the most definitive they’ve put out. This Could All Be So Easy is a six song EP captures some of the most chilling emotion, the kind that runs down your spine and turns your body cold. The EP feels vulnerable, stripped of walls and barriers and splayed for all to see, vocally and instrumentally intertwined to perfectly emphasise the emotion behind the music. Kicking off with ‘Better The Devil’ the EP wastes no time proving what it’s capable of and how beautifully calculated and produced each track is.

Starring a melodic, weighted bass, These Five Years has not only been able to display their hearts lyrically, but has done so instrumentally, too. The listener feels weighted, fully engaged in empathy, really promoting a relatable anthem to kickstart the EP. Moving in to ‘Enclosure,’ we get more of an upbeat tone, softening the blow of that first track. There’s no dragging of this EP forward, it moves in impeccable timing in all round concise writing. While it feeds us a variety of different tracks, These Five Years has really developed an exclusive sound, for example in ‘I Hope You Know’ it’s lyrically pulling on heart strings, driven by combative drumming throughout. It’s an incomparable collection of compositions, and it feels very These Five Years. It’s a heavier perspective of pop punk, unwilling to stay within boundaries of its foundations.

It feels like a very defining point in the bands career, a proud collection of music that has been nurtured into the released tracks we hear today. Each time stamp packing the right amount of punch, fluently moving through the motions. ‘Mea Culpa’ collects the bands talent and puts it on blast, throwing a bone to each component to really shine.

This Could All Be So Easy is available now on streaming services.

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[REVIEW] Thy Art Is Murder – Human Target

Released today, Australian notorious death core band Thy Art Is Murder unleashes their latest installment Human Target into the world. It features a new look at a band that has been a staple in the death metal music scene, introducing detailed views and a focused sense of expedition as they reach bigger audiences worldwide. With ‘Human Target’ and ‘Make America Hate Again’ being released prior to the album’s release, Thy Art Is Murder has brought a bigger, more combative sound than their predessecors. Holding on to their combative nature that has brought the band their notoriety over the years, Thy Art pushes forth in their political warfare with calculating their second release ‘Make America Hate Again’ on July 4th. Aware of the current state of the world, Human Target is an attempt to shed light on the one-way ticket to the world’s destruction.

Thy Art Is Murder has earned their place in the top 50 of current metal bands, alongside Slipknot, Metallica, and since the new arrival of drummer Jesse Beahler from Jungle Rot, Back Crown Initiate and Rings Of Saturn, Human Target is a statement of progression and experimentation within their sound. Formulating a texture of fury, grief and a cry of emotion into their death metal genre, Human Target sees unorthodox melodic structure parring full throttle drumming and weighted bass. With each track drawing attention to important messages in this day and age, Thy Art Is Murder has left no subject untouched, discussing issues such as unreported sexual violence, the contribution social media has on the current metal health epidemic, the youth against the system, organ harvesting and the tyrannical surveillance state and for-profit prisons. It’s a truly haunting album, with ‘Eternal Suffering’ perhaps being the darkest track in the history of Thy Art’s discography.

Human Target features some of the strongest songs to date, and it is the comeback of the year since their 2017 release of Dear Desolation. While contouring their sound and reaching a wider audience, the annihilation throughout Human Target is evidence that brutal death metal has heavy backing from the industry, seeing Thy Art sharing stages with bands such as Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive and Architects and placing high-tier festivals such as Download, Graspop and Hellfest under their belt. This year, Thy Art heads to Bloodstock next month, where this album is going to be received with huge excitement. McMahon’s ferocious gutturals are far more focused this time around, emphasising the urgency of uprise in tracks such as ‘New God’ and ‘Eye for an Eye.’

Human Target is available to stream now with the album being available to buy from the bands official website.

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THIS TIME LAST YEAR – ADOLESCENCE out FRIDAY 26TH

Since the release of their last EP Count Yourself Lucky, Leeds based pop punk band, This Time Last Year have been busy creating instalments for their discography such as 2018’s ‘Where Did The Time Go?’ and ‘Just Talk,’ and now, coming this Friday is their latest collection of tracks for upcoming EP, Adolescence. Featuring their latest released track, ‘Limbo,’ the EP was recorded and mixed by Oskar Sutton, a producer known for his work with bands such as Asleep At The Helm and Solarshift at the studio in Manchester.

Adolescence sees the progress that This Time Last Year has made since their initial release, creating distinctive elements of melodic riffs atop bouncing bass. Chord changes dictate the fluctuation of emotion, driven by infectious lyrics to emphasise. If there’s one thing This Time Last Year has truly mastered during their time as a band, is the ability to grab attention – and keep it. ‘Better Off Alone’ toys with heavier elements, powerful in tones tied with intensity as we see harmonised chorus’s, pitch changes and a bridge full of behemothic properties. It’s the connection of playful pop punk characteristics weaved with a substantial amount of angst reminiscent of mid 90’s punk rock. Lyrically, the track feels privatised, displaying a sense of vulnerability behind walls, correlating with a combative tone that truly brings an emphasis to the overall authenticity of the song.

‘These Days’ features a variety of talent seen in high-energy instrumentals, displayed with rapid drumming techniques and calculated picking. It’s a track filled with atmosphere, plucking at creative heartstrings as it moves through its structure. Much like the previous, we hear aspects of a heavier nature burst through in a deepened tone and tremendous drums. Throughout ‘These Days,’ each instrument has its fair share of spotlight, building and proving their vitality to the overall track.

This Time Last Year has built a foundation for themselves, with Adolescence offering a more formative established sound. Holding onto pivotal components from Count Yourself Lucky that brought This Time Last Year onto the scene, their progression since 2017 is sizeable with distinct talent for energetic tracks touching upon emotion.

Adolescence is due for release this Friday, the 26th of July and will be available across streaming platforms.

Visit the official website for merch and check out their Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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FOXBITE – Hardly Slept At All [Single & Video]

Released last month, Foxbite’s latest single ‘Hardly Slept At All’ is a display of talent for lively pop punk from the Hereford quintet. Following on from their single ‘Nauticus’ that was released in February, ‘Hardly Slept At All’ extends the ground on which the band currently stands on, providing hard evidence that the band has a real knack at melodies, harmonics and the ability to create a infectious tracks in a variety of tempos. ‘Hardly Slept At All’ features calculated line structure, using a steady stream of fluctuating instruments to keep the track moving in fluid motion. Intricately put together and tied by the use of catchy vocals, ‘Hardly Slept At All’ brings more excitement to the following of Foxbite.

 

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THIS TIME LAST YEAR release new track & video ‘LIMBO’

Leeds quartet, This Time Last Year have released their latest track Limbo, along with a music video.

The track features melodic riffs accompanied by hard hitting drums and a deep bass. Known for their anthemic style of writing, creating infectious music, Limbo delivers in all areas. It encompasses the true nature of This Time Last Year, including their unparalleled style of lyrical writing and calculated instrumentals. Since their release of Just Talk and Maple last year, Limbo emphasizes their established sound and talent, with clear production that even the slight guitar note changes brings their own intensity.

Accompanied with a music video that magnifies the guys’ passion for their music, it brings along an added tug of emotion. Taking place in a living room, switching through scenes of separate instruments, it portrays imagery of time moving as well as the effects of an overactive mind.

Limbo is now available on all streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music.

This Time Last Year has a select few concert dates upcoming, including Leeds, Cardiff and Sheffield.

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NEW MUSIC IN 2018 [SENSES FAIL, PENELOPE TREE, ESCAPE THE FATE & MORE]

The new year has rolled around, and while 2017 has started new beginnings for some, or continuing legacies for others, we’re now sitting in 2018 wondering, well.. what next? We’ve seen some crazy festivals, tours and albums last year. We’e said goodbye to a few huge legends of rock, too. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster of a ride, so entering 2018 on a positive note, here’s all the things to look forward to.

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Later on this month, Fall Out Boy will be releasing their seventh studio album, Mania. The boys who were once the kings of emo have since matured, entering new chapters of their music careers – and showing no signs of slowing down. With every tour selling out and a huge supporting fan base, Fall Out Boy is one of the most successful punk rock bands that started their career early in this millennium. Consisting of 10 tracks, Mania has had its release date already pushed back, with Patrick Stump stating: “the album just isn’t ready, and it felt very rushed. I’m never going to put a record out I genuinely don’t believe is as strong or valid as the one that came before it and in order to do that we need a little bit more time to properly and carefully record solid performances.”

This year sees the likes of Judas Priest, Gorillaz, All American Rejects and Andrew W.K crawling out of the woodwork to release new material, making it one of the biggest years for our nostalgia. The Offspring, who hasn’t even released a teaser of what’s to come, came clean about their plans during an interview during Rock in Rio. “It is true. We’re working on something,” the lead singer Dexter Holland says. “We have been, yeah, for a while. We’ve got a few songs already done. We want to do a couple more and we definitely wanna get something out soon. Our fans have waited long enough, I think, so we want to get something in their hands that they can listen to and hold and put in their ears,” guitars Noodles adds. The interview finishes with Holland adding, “2018, for sure.” With the appearances that The Offspring are making among festivals this year, we could be seeing the album dropped before summer rolls in.
UK bands such as Penelope Tree are hard at work creating their next masterpiece, while Cardiff based These Five Years are ready to launch their EP, How It’s Been on January 18th in Gwdihw Cafe Bar.
senses_fail_if_there_is_light_it_will_find_youFebruary sees the release of Senses Fail’s If There Is A Light, It Will Find You. Last year, Sensed Fail dropped their most recent track, ‘Double Cross,’ that’s brought on a massive flurry of excitement to them once again. It’s an album with a lot of promise, bringing the excitement back to the band that brought us Let It Enfold You with lead singer Buddy stating: “it’s the closes to Let It Enfold You” and not only that, but the news of former drummer Dan Trapp returning for the new album, it’s easily one of the most anticipated albums of 2018. Not only that, but alongside Senses Fail, Escape The Fate will be releasing their next album, I Am Human. According to critics, the album is the most real, raw and relatable sound they have produced. Kevin Thrasher, Escape The Fate’s guitarist described their track ‘Empire’ as “their own little party anthem with a dark undertone.” It’s definitely an album that’ll be worth a listen with hopes that it’ll rekindle our love for Escape The Fate.
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Other bands such as A Perfect Circle, Black Veil Brides and Death Cab For Cutie are also rumoured to be releasing new material at some point during the year. It’s an exciting year to be part of an ever growing and expanding industry. There are bands adhering to our inner children, while others are diversifying in ways we never thought we would see. The excitement surrounding the upcoming releases this year is enough to get you pumped and kickstart your enjoyment of collecting hard copy versions of music.

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High Visions ‘Waving The White Flag’ Review & Exclusive Interview

 

 

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“We’re putting punk back in pop punk,” High Visions said in an interview with Live A Little Bit Louder, and their latest EP, ‘Waving the White Flag’ has definitely started them on the right track. The EP has copious amounts of highly energetic guitar riffs, strong bass lines, outstanding contrasts of vocals all complimented by the drums. The trio have mixed and blended each instrument together to cultivate an awesome and unique recipe on their take of pop punk. “I feel like our sound is separate from that of other pop punk bands, particularly in the music scene we’re in. We’ve tried to avoid the more well-known pop punk tropes with our music, and we definitely enjoy the style of music we play,” Zyggy, bassist of High Visisons says, “We take a lot of influence from the late ’90’s and early 00’s pop punk, such as Sum 41, Brand New and The Offspring. I don’t know how pretentious this could sound [and even though] we’re not pioneers within the pop punk scene or anything, we do feel like our sound is a way of putting the punk back into pop punk!”

Wed love to collaborate with our friends in the pop punk scene, particularly the boys in Safeguard. Especially in the North, there’s such a supportive community, with so many bands looking out for each other – it’s such an encouraging environment.”

Drunkenly meeting at Leeds’s dedicated rock venue, The Key Club, the guys started High Visions through the enjoyment and passion they share for music. “We were all in different projects at the time – Louis and Alex were studying at Leeds College of Music, and I was at Leeds University,” Zyggy explains, “[High Visions started] as a fun project that came out of a couple of impromptu jam sessions and Leeds College of Music.” He adds. “Now that we’ve all finished University, it seems like the perfect time to start taking things to a new level and although our schedules are quite tight nowadays – with myself and Louis in Leeds and Alex in Rotherham – we still try and go to Key Club when we can for old times sake.”

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One track that stands out the most on the EP, and not for a catchy chorus that gets stuck in your head, is ‘Not Bent, Just Broke.’ “We challenged ourselves to write a song that was under a minute long, and we (just about) succeeded!” The song is of high, completely wild energy. “It’s the song that goes down the best at live shows. I remember joining a few too many of our own mosh pits during the final moments of the song!”

‘I’m Scared of What Might Happen’ is a showcase of the bands creativity. “‘I’m Scared of What Might Happen’ is my personal favourite; it’s a real grower,” Zyggy starts, “Louis came up with a lot of the initial concept which we then spent quite a lot of time developing into the version that’s on the EP right now.” It starts like an old movie theatre, with the sound of a movie reel in the background. It’s relaxing, it’s like the bands five minute breather from all that high energy. You imagine the boys in a black and white, stuttering film as they climb over into a coloured motion picture as the drums kick in and contrasts the old with the new. It feels like old school pop punk, in a modern world. “The lyrics are also pretty special to me as well. I rewrote them quite a lot over the perioud between writing and recording the song; it’s mainly about being far away from home and leaving people behind. Although I love living in Leeds, it’s hard having to leave people you love when you start moving on with your life. That’s basically what it’s about to me.”

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The six track EP is taken from a selection of the guys influences, and each of their preferences shines through. “We’re all into different styles of music – Louis is into hardcore and metal, Alex is into mid-00’s pop punk and I’m into the more modern style of pop punk and emo. To me, the songs highlight all the difference influences that our playing styles encompass. I like to think of it as a mission statement or something, like “Hey we’re High Visions and this is what we do. The EP is a collection of songs that we wrote in the first months after High Visions formed.”

“‘Waving The White Flag’ sets the ground for how we’re going to be developing our style in the future.”

“Our debut single ‘Amy,’ as well as the first track on the EP ‘Speakeasy’ are song I’d suggest to new listeners,” Zyggy says. Apparently, the best way to review an album is to listen to it ‘in the wild.’ This means, listen to the album away from notebooks and laptops, and to just simply enjoy it. And do that on repeat. Do it when you’re simply just living. Little did I know, during a game of Rocket League whilst trying to save a goal, I would be screaming the chorus of ‘Speakeasy’ at the top of my lungs. A cliche, but this song is so insanely catchy that  it stays with you. It’s excitingly powerful and aggressive, and the vocals only enhances the attitude of the song. This EP needs more than just any old headphones to listen with. There’s a huge difference between the iPhone headphones I used to initially listen, and the Audio-Technica’s I’m using now. A strong sound system changes everything – and all I can say, that hearing every single note of the guitar; every strum of the bass and every beat of the drum makes the listening experience of ‘Waving The White Flag’ unforgettable. It’s found it’s way into my daily playlists, or even going out of my way to stick it on. “The first song we wrote was ‘Head Underwater,’ and the initial idea for the song came to us in the first ten minutes of us jamming together,” Zyggy remembers, “That song kind of laid the foundation for the type of music we wanted to play, I think. It is definitely reminiscent of Teenage Kicks though – I can’t deny that!” Much like bands such as KoRn and Neck Deep taking nursery rhymes and spinning them into something almost entirely new, ‘Head Underwater’ proves that even though it shares similarities to The Undertones hit single ‘Teenage Kicks’ that their imagination can take them to different places. Despite the energetic and playful song, there are some real feeling behind the song. “I ended up writing the verses about how I was feeling about being in Leeds for the first time, struggling with anxiety and trying to find my feet. As far as songs go, it’s one of our most straightforward, and one of our favourites to play live.”

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High Visions ‘Waving The White Flag’ is only the start of the bands journey, and happy with the foundations they’ve laid for themselves and their growing fan base, and whilst this adventure is only just beginning, the guys behind High Visions are already planning what’s to happen next. “We’ve written a couple of new songs already. They’re harder hitting than anything on ‘Waving The White Flag,’ with heavier riffs from our guitarist, Louis. We’ve also incorporated some melodic hardcore and early post-hardcore into our sound,” Zyggy says, “but in the meantime whilst we’re writing material for our sophomore EP, we’re planning on playing a few shows over the summer and also start playing outside of Leeds as well! The next few months are definitely a big turning point in all of our lives, due to two of us graduating, however High Visions is staying a constant in our lives.”

Click HERE to listen to High Visions ‘Waving The White Flag’ on Spotify and follow them on FACEBOOK to stay up to date with their music. 

 

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