Album Review: Palisades evolve, impress on “Erase The Pain”

Palisades – ‘Erase The Pain’ (8/10)

Palisades have undergone a massive, yet successful stylistic trsnsition as of late. The New Jersey-based now five piece has come a long way since their electronicore debut Outcasts in 2012. Now on their fourth full-length, ‘Erase the Pain’, the band approaches a more radio pleasing sound dropping almost all elements of their signature electronic beginnings, but with this album, they keep their metalcore roots with lead single ‘War’ being one of their heaviest songs in a long time.

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Hands Like Houses pull off engaging and sometimes thrilling reinvention on “-Anon.”

When Hands Like Houses made their debut in 2012 with Ground Dweller on Rise Records, they immediately stood out. At the time, Rise’s roster of new signings was filled to the brim with dime-a-dozen metalcore bands that did little to distinguish their stereotypically angsty and melodramatic music from the then-dominant groups of the Warped Tour scene… or from each other. With their label dominated by so much sonic homogeny, it was downright refreshing to see Rise take a chance on an Australian sextet who flipped the script, crafting a progressive sound where sonic intricacy meshed with nuanced lyrical storytelling, a combination that could reach genuinely riveting heights.

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The State Of The Scene Podcast: Episode XV

We’re excited to be teaming up with Sam and Marcos, the team behind The State of The Scene Podcast, to host their weekly podcast discussing all things pop-punk, metalcore, and everything in between. We back these guys because they create dank memes, and discuss current releases and issues in the music scene in oddly similar ways to us – but with a distinct flair.

This week Sam and Marcos discuss new albums from Royal Coda, Sink The Ship, Hawthorne Heights, Limbs, Boys Of Fall, and The Bunny The Bear! Plus we talk big news from Chelsea Grin, Bullet For My Valentine, Mike Shinoda, Slaves, Parkway Drive, All Time Low and more!

Follow them @SOTSPodcast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and check out their weekly playlist on Spotify.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Vox Vocis deliver a progressive journey on “Star Meissa”

Houston-based progressive post-hardcore band Vox Vocis are no strangers to change. The group made a splash in their local scene in 2016 with their debut full-length In the Arms of the Sun, which drew from well-known prog acts like Coheed and Cambria and Closure in Moscow to create a dynamic, densely layered musical journey. Now, two years on from that album’s release, the band expands their reach and broadens their musical vision with the release of Star Meissa, one of the finest albums the genre has produced this year.

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