Review: Lifecurse – “Elysium”

imagesBAND: LIFECURSE

ALBUM: “ELYSIUM”

RELEASE DATE: JULY 18, 2013

LABEL: INDEPENDENT

GENRE: METALCORE

RATING: 8.5/10

 

Elysium is Lifecurse’s newest release, and what an effort it is. The album combines the tried and true metalcore formula of brutally harsh vocals with soaring cleans, two-step worthy breakdowns, and pounding rhythm sections, and adds in the occasional hint of melody and tasteful electronic moments. Elysium can best be described as a tasteful metalcore album. Continue reading

Editorial: On Selling Out

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On Selling Out

Any band who is met with any type of mainstream success or a long career is forced to evolve in their music in order to survive in the dog eat dog world of music. The decision to evolve is generally met by a wall of “true fans” screaming at the band that it hasn’t evolved; it has sold out! The idea of selling out is a ridiculous one. Every single musician has constantly changing musical influences and interests, and each one brings a new angle to a band’s writing.
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Review: Gift Giver – “Daddy Issues EP”

 

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BAND: GIFT GIVER

ALBUM: DADDY ISSUES EP

RELEASE DATE: 2/14/13

LABEL: INDEPENDENT

GENRE: METAL(CORE)

RATING: 9.5/10

 

 

Gift Giver is a band with something to say, and it will not be said quietly. From the opening riff, Daddy Issues is a lesson in anger and aggression, full of driving rhythms, squealing guitars, and droning bass layered behind vicious howls set on taking down everyone who ever crossed the path of Gift Giver. Continue reading

Editorial: A Punk Rock Song Won’t Ever Change the World, but I Can Tell You About A Couple That Changed Me (Or How I Used to ‘Kill the Cops, Up the Punx’ With Complete Seriousness)

Note: The title is stolen from a Wingnut Dishwashers Union song called “Fuck Shit Up.” The lead vocalist, Pat the Bunny, is in a new band called Ramshackle Glory. Support punk music, and check it out. Anyway, on to the essay!

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On Punk Rock and Other Stereotypes

By Vince Bellino

            The first time I went to a punk rock show was in 2011. I was a sophomore, and I saw my friend’s band open for the Misfits. I had no real clue who the fucking Misfits were, nor did I really think they were all that fucking great, but I liked the Croc and I loved my friends’ music, so I decided to go. Continue reading