New England’s The Acacia Strain, veterans of the scene for almost two decades, have dropped “D,” a new seven inch and digital release through Rise Records. It includes two tracks: “Feed A Pigeon, Breed A Rat” and “Seeing God,” the latter of which features Aaron Heard of Jesus Piece/Nothing. The band has yet again surprised fans with new music. Their last album, “It Comes in Waves” was released with little warning back in December of 2019.
Few years in the annals of music history are more significant than the year 2000. The turn of a new millennium brought with it a rapidly changing musical climate, and as the music industry inched closer to its current reliance on streaming, new genres of music became marketable. 20 years ago, you had nu-metal hitting its commercial peak, with the oncoming storm (hah!) of post-hardcore and metalcore not far behind, in particular. You also had post-metal upstarts like Isis start to emerge out of the underground, the humble beginnings of Lamb Of God, and many more.
Join us as we take a look at 25 albums you won’t believe are turning 20 this year. From Outkast to Radiohead, Marilyn Manson to Mudvayne, and Linkin Park to Limp Bizkit, the gang’s all here.
On their 2018 comeback record Arbiter, pioneering post-hardcore/metalcore band Hopesfall clearly hadn’t run out of compelling things to say on their first album in a decade. Now, the band is back with “Hall Of The Sky”, Hopesfall’s first batch of new material since the album’s release, and boy is it impressive.
Clocking in at almost 9 minutes long, “Hall Of The Sky” is nothing if not ambitious. A massive, monolithic track that never overstays its welcome, Hopesfall’s new song encapsulates all that made Arbiter great – attention to melody and overall detail, with an effecting vocal performance from Jay Forrest as well. Give the song a spin below.
A band that’s flown under the radar for several years now is Nevertel. A seriously-underrated act, these rockers have a knack for blending post-hardcore and rap without one genre overtaking the other. Their 2018 EP Deep Down is an easy top-5 of all time for me, with every song sticking out. Employing other elements like the layering of electronic effects, stellar unclean vocals and strong bridges make Nevertel a standout act.