A list of the features on “Astral”
Collaboration across bands is both normal and welcome in the scene. But basing an entire album off of vocal features is a whole different beast. Lost Conduit has accomplished just that, featuring TWELVE vocalists across the genre of deathcore for their debut album Astral. This is going to make for a unique listen, almost a contest of who can hit the lowest gutturals and the highest squeals. Let’s take a listen to Astral:
Self-described as “Spacey / Djent / death metal vibes,” the synthy breakdown reveals this to be true in the title track opener. Riff-heavy, well-layered, and brutal, it’s like a beautiful mix of Born of Osiris and Rings of Saturn. Despite the insane amount of guest vocalists, Lost Conduit’s main vocalist, Justin Haskin (of Desolist), flexes a wide range of highs and lows, benefitted by production techniques to bring out his devastating delivery.
Earlier this year, critically adored metalcore band Underoath launched a weekly series on their Twitch channel. During the episodes, the band streams an album from its catalog in full and goes into detail about the writing and recording processes. This week’s live episode kicks off at 8pm ET on Tuesday, June 30th, and will boast an in-depth discussion of 2004’s landmark They’re Only Chasing Safety. This album was a monumental milestone in the band’s honored and infuential career. It’s the album that introduced me to them and sparked my love for Underoath, and we’re sure that’s the case for many others as well.
I’m always happy to give some coverage to a hometown hero band, and today, I get to do just that. Erabella, a post-hardcore band from Algonquin, Illinois, are gearing up to release their second EP, The Familiar Grey. This young, hungry group brings bellowing vocals atop focused instrumentals, echoing genre greats like Being as an Ocean. Let’s take a look at Erabella’s sophomore effort:
Philipp Bayer, 2020
It is with great pleasure that I can be the first one to find out what past Time, the Valuator vocalist Philipp Bayer has been up to since his departure from the band in 2018. Phil is known for his incredible highs, which he delivered with flair in the band’s underrated album How Fleeting, How Fragile. Today, I get to catch up with the talented singer and see what he has in store for the world: