this is really a collection of Hit the Ground tracks that I’ve randomly picked up. six tracks on the American rat race, authorities abusing their power and the way things look dark now, but can easily be changed if we make an effort. inspiring stuff. add fast-as-shit guitars, powerful drumming, semi-melodic bass and instantly recognisable vocals – and you’ve got great stuff! a bit reminiscent of Nothing’s Forgotten, but with more society-oriented lyrics. sounds like they’ve been listening to AFI with those perfect backing vocals too. get this.
archive for February, 2009
hard grindcore with blast beats and alternating fe/male vocals. everything about this is truly awesome. from how hard it is, to how they make it sound diverse, experimenting with different breaks and so on. oh and the snare drum sounds like a bell. get this.
German acid-ish chillout music. all the tracks flow. they fit into each other. it feels like it could just as well been one long track at times, because they all put you in this relaxed and eerie mood. atmospheric and moody ambient from Germany. you need to get this.
this sounds like old sk00l hardcore like Minor Threat, Government Issue, Guerilla Biscuits and Iron Cross – mixed with those modern mainstream rockers influenced by 80s alternative bands. you know who I’m talking about. blink-182, Anti-Flag, and especially A Fire Inside (pre Sing the Sorrow). it’s also definitely reminiscent of the current Norwegian hardcore/screamo scene, and kind of reminds me of Death Is Not Glamorous, Raging Fugitives and even Dominic at the slower parts and with the vocals. but the contemporary bands that would make the most sense comparing to Nothing’s Forgotten would be Striking Distance and Modern Life Is War. the music has distorted guitars playing fast, melodic, haunting riffs. combine this with upbeat drums, a melodic bass that accompany the guitars brilliantly, shouted vocals and sing-a-long lyrics – and you’ve got awesomage. (don’t let the vegan themes scare you. if I as an anarchist can listen to nsbm, meat eaters can listen to this.) you don’t want to miss this gem!
Caitlyn Bailey are a rather noisy affair from the Philippines. and you definitely think of pg.99, Orchid and Joshua Fit for Battle when listening to them. it’s noisy, fast and thrashy. breakdowns, metalcore-influences. Fuego!’s got it all. even these semi-epic little interludes with creeping guitars with interchanging major and minor chords. this band are a really noisy screamo band with a lot of great melodic interludes. they climax into intense screamo with the epic undertones made popular by Envy. Fuego! is a very well performed album.
Grand Ledge is like a motivational course. it teaches you the beauty of life, as well as its frailty. you only have one life, and you owe it to yourself and everyone around you to make the best of it. combine these wonderful messages of hope and warmth with a warm and attractive acoustic guitar, and you have a fantastic album that you surely don’t want to miss out on.
14 folk classics, including “Only Babies Cry”, made popular by the ever so charming The Ergs!. there’s a beautiful optimism and insight in Baribeau’s longing lyrics and voice. he sounds like a man who has lived(, loved and lost, perhaps). one can’t help but be charmed by the true joy these songs give. even with songs like “Never Get to Know”, quite possibly the saddest song ever written, he manges to push in some sparkling optimism. it’s wonderful. get it!
hello brutal screamo. this is definitely from California. from Antioch actually. this band was so epic back in the day, and everyone is still anticipating that fucking 12″ we never saw… it’s a damn shame, because these demos showed great promise. they are nothing short of awesome. melodic masterpieces of loud, screamy, violent emo. the passion, the heart, the screams, the drums, the bass, the GUITARS makes this demo album one of a kind. truly unique and different screamo. defining even. this is way up there with fucking Indian Summer. you must not miss out on this!
named after an A Fire Inside’s best track, these punk rockers from Norway play punk rock influenced by everything from blink-182 to Rites of Springs to – of course – AFI. the welcome jangly vocals, distorted guitars and overall catchyness makes this a sure win. or, in the words of their bassit: «it sounds sour and shitty, but it doesn’t take much more than a minute to downlad, and we’re not talking about more than 7,5MB or so, so everyone should download it». so download it!