When Issues released their much-hyped single “Flexin” on Friday, the third taste of their upcoming album Beautiful Oblivion debuted to the most polarized reaction in the “Warped Tour scene” in recent memory. As of the time of this writing, the music video was sitting about 3,100 likes and 2,400 dislikes on YouTube, and the fanbase’s comments were all over the map… with some instantly connecting with the song, and others insisting the band had “sold out”. No favors were done to the public reaction by the delirious fever dream of a music video, which features an elderly Tyler Carter breaking out of an assisted living home.
If you’ve not heard of UK metalcore band Renounced, rest assured that you will quite soon. The band, who have released two previously well-received albums, are really onto something on Beauty Is A Destructive Angel. The band’s new record, which is out today, is both a throwback to the era in which bands like Killswitch Engage and Misery Signals dominated – but also one that blazes a bold new trail for the genre to grow in. We’ll just get this out of the way quickly – Beauty Is A Destructive Angel is a serious AOTY contender. Why, though? Follow along below.
First impressions are everything, and if there’s a sort of test for UK post-hardcore band Static Dress to “pass”, they’ve done so with flying colors on the back of their debut single, “clean.”, which is barely a month old. If you didn’t already know, we’re pretty hooked on the band, and if you’re a fan of bands like Dead Poetic and/or Emery, you’ll find much to enjoy here. Of course, Static Dress is far more than a base RIYL-esque description, so we’ll give the bright young band the floor to answer a few questions about what’s now, and what’s next as well.
Having existed for a short time, Canadian progressive metalcore band Living Machines are a band that seems to be gifted beyond their years. The band injects a heaping helping of technical wizardry into their brand of metalcore, as well as an interesting story-driven sound that also doesn’t distract from the music. In other words, if you’re looking for a band in the genre that does things a little differently, Living Machines’ new single “Harvest” might be for you – and we’re stoked to be teaming up with the band for the single premiere today as well. Give it a spin below and check out the band’s website for exclusive merch, alongside a description of the story the band clearly views as an asset to their sound.