Pathfinder’s newest EP Solstice is one of the best-titled EP’s I have ever encountered. A four track representation of the all consuming depressions and emotional roller coasters associated with the change of Seasons, Pathfinder perfectly encompass the feelings of my winter gloom. A follow up to the bands three track demo, which far out performed the quality a demo implies, Pathfinder have created an EP worthy of your attention.
Beginning with the title track, “Solstice” Pathfinder creeps into your mind with the melodramatic and depressing arpegiation of chords accompanied by the emotionally driven shouts of vocalist Sean Matthews. As the full band takes hold and Matthews unleashes his full
The video opens with killer black animations of the WCAR logos bouncing around a blank screen. The song kicks into gear introducing viewers to the set of the backbone of the video, the performance shots. The location appears to be some sort of abandoned factory or warehouse featuring a dirt floor and giant graffiti plagued walls. Various pieces of debris, and shattered drywall and wood pallets hang from thin wires, stemming from what viewers imagine to be the ceiling, adding depth and motion to the shots. The band performs in their normal positions, forming a semi-circle around…
So the first time I saw a Faylene Sky I was a sophomore in High School. They were playing this tiny little art center in Lynn with Vallon, and Ice Nine Killswitch at my ripe young age were the bands to be in Massachusetts as far as I was concerned. There cover of “I Kissed a Girl” and their enticing stage presence was nothing to pass over and I was immediately hooked. Now a number of years later, a few releases and a record deal A Faylene Sky are releasing their debut full length Hell Is Where The Heart Is. The band has gone through a number of member changes since that lineup and perfected their signature sound, but the killer tunes remain.
The ten track record contains nine brand new song as well as a rerecorded, revamped version of “Whispers” a track off the bands last EP. I must admit I was concerned for the release of this record, after the loss of original member and clean vocalist Kevin Lacerda; I was unclear if A Faylene Sky would be able to hold up to the high bar they set for
Despite the fact that Woe Is Me is only releasing their sophomore record they are the subject of quite a lot of drama and debate. After losing nearly the entire band, as member after member quit and now the feud with former members in their new band Issues it is hard to look at their sophomore record Genesi[s] with an unbiased eye. However this is what I will attempt to do. The record begins with a thirty second introduction entitled “D-Day”. Basically a sample of random voice-overs and the sounds of a factory the introduction is quite frankly dumb and pointless. When the real track finally starts in “F.Y.I” the factory samples ruin nearly the first forty seconds of the song before they let the sample go and the rest of the band finally comes in.
With the former vocalist of That’s Outrageous!, Doriano Magliano on unclean vocals now the record as a whole loses its epic quality. Despite this however Woe Is Me has tried to make this record, heavier, leaving the tracks without any glimpse of clean vocalist, Hance Alligood, a sound that many fans including myself liked about the previous record. Genesi[s] as a whole in my opinion is a wash. The new lineup has tried so hard to replicate the previous lineups sound and make it heavier that they’ve lost everything that was Woe Is
If you have haven’t heard about the dispute between New York’s Pentimento and Panic Records than you must be living under a rock. After leaving Panic Records and recording their debut full-length record under their own power Pentimento had the stream of their album removed from YouTube for Copyright infringement claims unreasonably made by Panic Records. In an effort to combat this and get their music out there Pentimento released their record for free on Bandcamp yesterday. Regardless of who is correct in this matter I felt it was necessary to support this band that I love and review their impressive debut album. The self titled eleven track record bring an honest, passionate, and kick ass rock vibe to a music scene that’s been plagued by dreams of fame and a lack of appreciation. Pentimento is the band you grew up dreaming of being in, the band that loves, the music, the tour life, and the friends they make regardless of how empty their pockets are.
The self titled debut full length starts off with a banger of a track entitled “Unless”. A fast old school rock track, “Unless” throws you right into the rock vibe, beginning with a fast palm muted chord progression and a snare roll right into the meat of the track. When
Okay before we even get into the real review of Issues debut record Black Diamonds lets start with a few simple but necessary statements. I do not care if Issues and Woe is Me are feuding or not, I don’t care if the band was better as Woe is Me or if you like Issues more, all this review is about is Black Diamonds the record. Now that I’ve made that clear let me start by saying initially I wasn’t a huge fan of Issues, their combination of pop, electronic and hardcore tones really through me for a rollercoaster ride I wasn’t looking to go on. Now that being said my roommate and best friend is in love with Tyler Carter and has not stopped listening to them for weeks. After this bombardment by the bands first single “King of Amarillo”, I found myself bobbing my head and grooving along to the track. Well now I must admit Issues has me hooked hard, Black Diamonds is fantastic! It brings together my ten-year-old boy band loving childhood with my love of hardcore and post hardcore, the perfect way to encompass my musical progression through life.
The six track record begins with the bands on stage introduction, a strategy lost on many bands of this decade. An entirely electronic track put together with the help of the electronic artist Scout, “Black Diamonds” gets even this electronic music hater ready to go. When the real record begins in the second track, with the bands first single “King of
Anchorlines have made a number of changes in the last year. Losing both their guitarist and bass player the band has not let these lineup changes hold them back. Sticking it out and adding Vinny Marino on bass and Nick Edwards on guitar the band has pushed on to bigger and better things.