Love them or hate them, there is no denying that Knocked Loose have made quite an impact on the music scene ever since their 2014 EP Pop Culture. Only continuing to grow with Laugh Tracks in 2016, this debut led the band to become even more talked about in both a positive and negative aspect causing a major division between people who either loved this style of hardcore with its extremely unique take on vocals, its bare-bone riffs or even the lyricism overall, to those who can’t stand it. The underlying question here is: did the band cater to the nay-sayers and change their sound up for their sophomore album? Within the first 10 seconds of Belleview that’s answered with a resounding “hell no”.
“Millions of years ago, the first elemental bricks of life on a planet in the solar system began a process that led to an evolved life form, the only survivor of the place where it was born… An enigmatic side effect, came from nowhere, changed the game. The divine time was invited, the skull and bones as old chaplets.Since this meeting in the depths of the ages we have taken a celestial place, we saw the height in our mindedness, and we prevailed on the animal reign. Our destiny written in our genes, nothing could stop this perpetual change. Until the death of the last renegade, reality will still belong to men.One day we’ll find the finest way to reconnect with the outer space…”– Taken from the band’s Facebook
Hailing from France, Lone Survivors is a progressive metalcore/djent/progressive band that is sure to be brought to everyone’s attention when they release their debut album Ground Zero later this year. Featuring exceptionally talented musicians from a plethora of different musical backgrounds, the group was solidified by the addition of Matthieu Romarin (of Uneven Structure) on vocals. Mixing technicality with melody and progression, Ground Zero is an absolute thrill to listen to and is bound to make some year end lists when the guys decide to unleash this beast of an album upon the world. Be sure to support these guys by giving them a like on Facebook and be sure to keep an eye on their official site here to get the chance to order some merch or the album itself! I had the chance to chat with Olivier and Francois about a multitude of topics including the overall theme of the album, what it was like trying to recruit a vocalist, how their first ever show went, among many other topics. Be sure to read about it below!
Lone Survivors is:
Olivier Crescence : Bass – Compositor /Author
Samuel Smith : Guitar – Compositor
Francois Lescuyer : Guitar (producer)
Jeremy Piau : Drums
Matthieu Romarin : Vocals
Scarlet Dress – Endless
8.5 / 10
Debut albums are always a very challenging thing – from wanting to appease fans, showing the world music you’ve been working on for months/years, aiming to bring in new listeners, and many other things. For Scarlet Dress, this is exponentially harder since both band members are far away from one another, and are only able to share their music with one another online. Despite all of the challenges that Scarlet Dress faced, they have managed to put out one very fun and entertaining debut album. Filled to the brim with djenty riffs, powerful vocals, and fantastic guest features, it’s very hard to picture that this all was done by just 2 guys with a passion for music.