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Hands Release New 7″

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It was announced that Hands would reunite for this year’s 20th Anniversary Facedown Fest. The band also just announced that they would be playing New Direction Fest on February 25th in Fargo, ND. But this morning the band surprised everyone with a brand new 7″ release. New Heaven/New Earth is available digitally today with vinyl pre-orders available at http://facedown.merchnow.com/products/preorders. You can listen to New Heaven below!

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Comrades Unveil Lone/Grey

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When Comrades played Facedown Fest earlier this year I took a mental note and assumed the band’s next record would be coming out on Facedown Records. And sure enough the band has announced today that their next record, Lone/Grey, will be out on October 7th via Facedown Records. You can pre-order that album at http://facedown.merchnow.com/catalogs/comrades

The band has also premiered a new video for the first single from Lone/Grey titled Dark Tongues Pt 2. You can watch the video below.

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Everything In Slow Motion Release Coma Music Video

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Everything In Slow Motion has released a music video for their song Coma from their latest ep, Laid Low. Check out the video below.

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Hope For The Dying – Legacy

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Dissimulation – concealment of one’s thoughts, feelings, or character
Aletheia – the state of not being hidden
Legacy – something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past

Each of Hope For the Dying’s record have been a progression forward. Each one hinting at the past and the band’s full body of work, while continuing to move forward and create something new and defined on its owned. I added the definitions for the titles from the band’s last 3 records because it hints at something. Dissimulation and Aletheia were opposites. Musically they had some similarities but listening to them back to back, with a critical ear, you hear how the records tell two different stories. And I like to thing that Legacy takes the best from both of those outings and creates something new, while paying tribute to the past.

While listening to Legacy, there were moments when I just had to stop and enjoy and marvel at the technical writing ability of Hope For the Dying. Moments like the “breakdown” on Flamed Forged really took me back and made me say “wow.”

It’s progressive metal that’s still metal. Look, I love Between the Buried and Me. But sometimes I feel like the progressive side of the music takes over and distracts. It’s great but requires you to pay attention and really appreciate what the band is doing. Hope For the Dying is interesting and if you take the time can really digest and appreciate the depths of the band’s talent. But you can also just listen to the record and enjoy it as a kick ass metal record without getting bogged down in the arrangements.

And I’ll also admit, this record sounds like Hope For the Dying. If you like the band, you’re going to like this record. They aren’t breaking new ground. Just building on what they’ve done and perfecting it. And you know what? It’s damn good! Sometimes you just need a band to be great. Hope For the Dying has always released amazing records and Legacy is just the next gem in their discography.

Legacy is an excellent metal records. The solos are great and the riffs slay. Hope for The Dying continues to push the envelope forward when it comes to arrangements and instrumentation, but the songs are always moving forward and cohesive. I’ve been a fan of the band ever since their debut ep and each record gets better and better. Legacy is another masterpiece. 5 out of 5 Stars.

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Free Music Friday: Everything In Slow Motion – Noisetrade Sampler

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If you aren’t already hip to Everything In Slow Motion, now is the time! The band has a new 4 song sampler up on Noisetrade. Recommended for fans of Deftones, Jimmy Eat World, Thrice according to their Noisetrade page. That would sell them for me! I love EISM and this sampler is a good place to get started with their music. You can check out the sampler at http://noisetrade.com/everythinginslowmotion/2016-sampler

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Everything In Slow Motion – Laid Low

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From Hands’ Give Me Rest to Everything In Slow Motion, Shane Ochsner has been at the helm of some of my favorite records for the last 5 years. So I had high expectations for Laid Low.

Everything In Slow Motion’s Red and Phoenix were natural progressions for Ochsner from Hand’s Give Me Rest and Laid Low feels like the next progressive step forward. Listening to Shane on the As The Story Grows podcast talk about writing this record on acoustic guitar and building the songs from there gives the soundscape more depth. Oschner’s guitar tones and riffs have always been fantastic and the way the sounds build and explode on Laid Low is nothing short of amazing.

The opening riff on Coma that kicks off the ep is straight nasty. Miles McPherson played drums on the record and the extra tom hits on the verse give the groove a killer feel. The drums sound fantastic on the record. Even on the album’s opener, you can tell that this is Shane’s best guitar work to date. The piano on the track is a perfect addition and the extended build into the huge final chorus will send chills down your spine.

Bad Seasons feels more like a track from Phoenix in spirit. But Ochsner’s guitar riffs and effects give the song an added dimension. Layer upon layer of guitar riff creates this fantastic bed for the track and it makes it impactful moving when parts come and go. McPherson’s groove on the chorus is super interesting and unique, but it keeps it in the pocket. You feel like the song is getting huge but the drums stay steady throughout. I Am Laid Low takes you by surprise. It’s an absolutely beautiful song. Shane keeps the guitar pretty simple while the bass and drums provide more complicated rhythms and grooves for your listening pleasure.But it’s when the song gets heavy and Ochsner lets out this growl that I don’t remember ever hearing him do that my jaw dropped! He said on As The Story Grows that there was no screaming on this record. That’s not completely true. It might not be the most complex song on the record, but it’s intensity is unmatched!

You hear so many bands nowadays trying to pull of the ambient hardcore ballad. Runaway is the song they all want to write. The balance between the lightness on the verse and the heaviness of the chorus is perfect. And the breakdown is so unexpected which leads into a couple of half-time choruses that feel like they deteriorate until the song ends. Cappella ends the record on a beautiful, simple note.

Laid Low is perfect and I wish there were more songs! Ochsner has created another masterpiece and I will be wearing this record out! 5 out of 5 Stars!

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My Epic Announces The Viscera Tour

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My Epic has announced that they will hit the road with Come Wind on The Viscera Tour. That tour will kick off on April 29th and will run through May. You can check out the tour dates below.

4/29 // Lynchburg, VA // The Glass House
5/1 // Columbus, OH // Double Happiness (w/out Come Wind)
5/2 // Indianapolis, IN // Hoosier Dome
5/3 // Nashville, TN // The End
5/4 // Springfield, MO // Outland Ballroom
5/5 // Oklahoma City, OK // 89th Street Collective
5/6 // Kansas City, MO // Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club
5/7 // San Antonio, TX // Korova
5/8 // Dallas, TX // The Prophet Bar
5/9 // Abilene, TX // Park Activity Building
5/10 // Albuquerque, NM // The Co-Op
5/14 // Pomona, CA // Glasshouse
5/17 // Houston, TX // Walters
5/19 // Jacksonville, FL // Murray Hill Theater
5/20 // Ringgold, GA // Cloud Springs Deli
5/21 // McCleansville, NC // Urgent Church

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