A three piece band from Texas, Balsam Grove is a band that wants to tell a story through adept lyricism and progressive post-hardcore sounds that emphasize technical finesse. With influences that trickle into their original instrumentals and vocal prowess such as Dance Gavin Dance, Saosin, and Underoath, it’s not hard to see such a sundry sound such as Balsam Grove gaining popularity much akin to the bands they are shaped by. The band formed in 2018 when Lee Hansen and Micheal Ermis met while studying sound recording at a community college in South Texas. The two were joined by drummer Bryan Renkes, guitarists Gavin Solis and Logan Wood, as well as producer Gigi Garcia who helped them record their debut EP.
Sounding right at home on any of the game’s soundtracks, it is a rap-metal romp reminiscent of Linkin Park, Tech N9ne, and Rage Against the Machine. The guitar tones are beefy and rapper ATG Metcalf delivers strong vocals.
As seen from the thumbnail, the dedication to the source material is wholly apparent. It is worthy of multiple pauses to see the stats on the right. Overall, a fun video and a band to keep an eye on.
With the band’s new album about to drop in a few short weeks, The Amity Affliction have released another new song off their upcoming Pure Noise Records debut. The new track, “Catatonia”, is just the latest in a string of singles the band is releasing off the upcoming record, and “Catatonia” is likely going to go over well in their live set as well. Give the new song a spin below, and don’t miss out on the band’s upcoming North American tour with Sleeping With Sirens, Stray From The Path, and UnityTX that is also coming up. Dates below.
Pop-punk icons MEST have exploded back into the scene with Masquerade, notably with their 2005 lineup. This is bound to please old fans and even inspire new ones since the band has not had a full consecutive independent release since 2005’s Photographs. Coming back in typical MEST fashion, the band has always believed in keeping things very Do-It-Yourself and independent and this release was no exception. Back in March of last year Frontman Tony Levato posted the Kickstarter campaign that would reach great success where over 939 backers pledged $54,227 to help bring this project to life, resulting in the album we all wanted and craved after 13 years.