When Michigan’s Fireworks announced an “indefinite hiatus” in 2015, it seemed to spell the premature end of one of punk/emo music’s most promising new acts. 2014’s Oh, Common Life saw the band juxtaposing frontman David Mackinder’s emotive tales of heartache and loss with an expanding musical pallet of indie rock influences — and just as they seemed poised for a breakthrough, they were gone.
It’s been nearly a decade since Canadian post-hardcore icons Alexisonfire last released new music. In that time, the band has broken up in 2011, played a farewell tour the following year, and then reunited in 2015, continuing to play festival dates while repeatedly emphasizing that they were taking things slowly, with no immediate plans for new music. And with Dallas Green’s City and Colour project finding more success than ever, many fans have had little hope that new music would ever arrive.
After a catastrophic bus crash in late 2015, the future of The Ghost Inside was in immediate doubt. That tragedy couldn’t break their spirit, however. The band has been in recovery mode for the last few years, understandably – and now it appears they’re in the studio doing something substantial. Namely, recording new music, at least that’s what it looks like. Earlier today, the band posted a photo of multiple TGI members in the studio, and to no one’s surprise, Twitter erupted when the band responded to a fan’s question about when new music would possibly arrive. Predictably, this spawned plenty of “Please remain calm” GIFs from The Office.
Any upcoming material would be the band’s first since 2014’s Dear Youth, so we can’t wait to see what the band is up to. Surely, their inspirational brand of hardcore/metalcore/whatever you want to call it means they’ll have plenty of emotional subject matter to draw upon, and we’re here for it.
With the surprise release of a new single “All Out Life” on Halloween of 2018, Slipknot revealed themselves to be deep in writing for their upcoming 6th full-length record. And while a release date for the unnamed album isn’t set in stone yet (likely this summer, though!), the band has claimed the new record will be “heavier than Iowa“. A tall order, to be sure, given how borderline extreme that record still is 18 years later.
Anyhow, it appears that Slipknot are quite literally bleeding (no word on if they’re waiting) during the recording of the new album. Drummer Jay Weinberg took to Instagram to post a recent photo of him in the studio, and needless to say, there’s a lot of blood. Of course, this isn’t a surprising occurrence for most drummers, but if you like seeing the kind of ferocity that you might end up hearing from their upcoming record, you’ll probably be as excited as we are. Hopefully. Maybe?