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.
Hailing from Gold Coast in Australia, progressive rockers Opus of a Machine are soon to release their sophomore album “Stray Fire” this Friday August 3rd. While only 6 songs, the 37 minute runtime is full of memorable moments, catchy hooks/choruses, and just overall terrific musicianship from every member of the band. With “Stray Fire”, Opus have graced us with a truly unique and phenomenal album, one that hopefully reaffirms their position of being one of Australias greatest progressive rock bands. Seriously guys and gals, this is easily going to end up in my “Best of 2018” list in the top 10, if not top 5. Guitarist/Producer Zac Greensill was kind enough to talk to me about how the band was originally formed, why they opted for a progressive rock sound as opposed to an other, the trials and tribulations of self promotion/touring, and many other things.
2017 has been very active and exciting in the music world so far. Today is no exception! This morning, Northlane dropped a music video for their brand new single track Intuition. The track features Northlane’s signature groovy melodic riffs and beats, but features amazing euphoric vocals by new singer Marcus Bridge. This is really refreshing and exciting direction for the Australian metalcore group. Listen below and let us know what you think in the comments below!