Let’s be honest here: it’s hard to stand out in the metalcore and post-hardcore genres. It often feels like every good idea has been done already and that the genre has reached its logical end. Canadian post-hardcore / metalcore / everything-in-between rockers Honour Bound are a reminder that fresh new voices DO exist…they just might be hiding in the woods up north somewhere.
They just dropped new single “Brittle Bones” and it’s a clear indicator that Honour Bound bring a welcome and refreshing energy to their genre. Leading with melodic, flowing chords and sung vocals, Honour Bound recall something like mid-period Bring Me the Horizon (think the more mellow parts of Suicide Season or There is a Hell) crossed with Haste the Day. The track—the opening salvo to a six-song, self-titled EP due out July 27th—quickly gets down to business and takes a turn for the heavy, shifting to growled vocals and chugging breakdowns.
“The lyrical themes of this song can talk about how a band can get you off of your bullshit, and how it pushes us further to be better musicians and bandmates. It’s largely about coming out of yourself from depression or inaction. Musically, we just wanted to do our part to compliment that theme; and try to emulate Lee’s (singer) emotional vocals with the music. We wanted to explore the melancholic- yet- hopeful vibe of the message.” – Nick Carrier (guitar)
Perhaps the most impressive thing about “Brittle Bones” is that it is the first song the world has ever heard from the fledgling band. The way they combine the shimmering, melodic textures of Emarosa, Haste the Day and Crown the Empire with djent-influenced low end is indicative of a bright future—unlike the forefathers of the sound, Honour Bound may not have an awkward phase to grow out of, or a scene phase to grow into.
The bands self-titled EP will be released on July 27th. For now, stream “Brittle Bones” here and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.
Ontario’s Kill No Albatross is one of “those” bands. The Burlington rockers, whose most recent EP Lost In Darkness And Distance dropped about 5 weeks ago, is well on their way to getting some early attention. While the band is more or less the sum of their influences at this point (sort of a midway point between the dynamics of bands like Deftones/Fair To Midland and the grittier vocals of a band like Big Wreck or Chevelle), the 3-track EP is a solid start to KNA’s career.
Interested parties can check out the EP below – certainly a band you will want to keep an eye on in the near future as they grow into their sound.
Midwest melodic hardcore band NANASHI have announced their debut album “The Marks You Left On Me”. With the announcement, the band have also premiered a music video for their new single “Triggered”, directed by Sam Link (Memphis May Fire, Sleeping With Sirens). Check out the new single below. Pre-orders are available for their new album in both physical and digital form. NANASHI also has some upcoming tour dates, which you can catch below as well. This is a band that you do not want to sleep on.
In a perfect world, Dayton, OH-based rock band Dangerkids would have blown up upon their inception almost 5 years ago. In many ways, they did – early tracks like “We’re All In Danger” showcased their adept blend of influences like Linkin Park, Innerpartysystem, electronics, hip-hop, and modern rock. They landed slots on massive tours with Sleeping With Sirens, too. Their debut album, 2013’s Collapse, was also successful as well, garnering great reviews across the board.
Fast forward to 2017, and the music landscape has changed a lot. Bands like Sylar and Out Came The Wolves are garnering success, playing on major festivals, and Dangerkids is set to join them with album #2, blacklist_. It’s been a long time coming, but they’re a band that deserves your attention. Don’t believe me? Check out the songs “Things Could Be Different” and the title track below, and if you’re digging what you hear, preorder the record at wearedangerkids.com. It’s out January 27th. This is the blacklist.