To say that Emery has stood the test of time is an understatement. A band that persisted through the wild phases of the 2000s and the 2010s, we are now in 2020 set to hear new music from the group after they formed their brand Bad Christian in 2015. Serving as a label, a podcast, and a blog, Emery’s been busy as can be, but stays creative with their newest effort, White Line Fever, set to release this Friday.
White Line Fever starts with “This Town,” and echoes what Emery has done well in the past: layering vocals while each instrument works in conjunction to support them. Toby Morrell can still hit passionate high notes like in decades past, providing a delicate falsetto in the bridge. Back into post-hardcore territory, “The Road Beneath My Feet” has a higher tempo and a more angst-driven rhetoric. There’s such a commanding presence behind Toby’s words that echo through the intensity of the instrumentals.
You might not believe it, but Warped Tour mainstays Blink-182 weren’t always one of the biggest pop-punk bands in the world. In fact, they faced major expectations surrounding what they’d do after they released 1997’s Dude Ranch. With that record moving a few thousand copies a week after its release, Blink-182 were already considered sellouts by some for even entertaining the thought of signing to a major label, but the relative success of Dude Ranch inevitably forced their hand to go bigger and bolder. Or in Blink-182’s case, poppier.
The hardcore supergroup that’s not on enough radars is finally unleashing their second record, Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face, this Friday. This release has been a long time coming, as we discovered after speaking with guitarist Greg Thomas last month. With Counterparts frontman Brendan Murphy, industry vet Will Putney (Fit For an Autopsy), bassist Jay Pepito (Reign Supreme), guitarist Gregory Thomas (Misery Signals, Shai Hulud), and drummer Billy Rymer (Dillinger Escape Plan), END round out a lineup for the ages with hard-hitting tunes that listeners will love at first listen. For a debut full-length – and second album overall – this is awfully impressive.
The brutality begins with “Covet Not,” sounding visceral and vicious from the very start. Blast beats, decisive vocal delivery, and a guitar tone that’s front-and-center make this a strong start if there ever was one. The time signature is sporadic, too, making for compelling songwriting. “Pariah” hits next, the leading single and a succinct entry point of the band to me. Brendan is outright devastating in the outro, channeling leagues of emotion into his screams.
Though it’s been nearly 6 years since Job For A Cowboy reached the pinnacle of their career to date with Sun Eater, fans of the extreme metal band certainly haven’t forgotten about them. Quite the contrary, actually. While the band has teased a reunion before, it appears indeed the band has been working on new music – meaning a comeback is very likely imminent.