Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Companion - Walk Away

Genre: Hardcore/Post Hardcore
Year: 2013

1. Strangers
2. Judges
3. Sleepless
4. Walk Away
5. Question Master

Hey guys I am back and today I have decided to post Companion, which is a local band from my area Springfield Missouri. This is Companion's first release and I am enjoying it quite a bit! Companion play a emotion filled style of hardcore and all the essentials are there; melodic riffs, energetic drums, and anger filled vocals. That isn't what stands out to me most though, it has to definitely be the lyrics, they are very sincere and something that I could easily relate to and get into. The energy that the band exerts on this EP is something you would have to see live to get the full feel. Overall, I think these guys did a great job and am excited to see what these guys bring to the table into the near future.
PS. Hopefully this internet stays up and I can continue posting for you guys.

-Jacob Rice

Monday, January 27, 2014

Bear Creek - .˙.

genre: lo-fi dreamy sad pop

year: 2014


1. Awkward State Of Consciousness
2. Close
3. Dead Siblings 
4. Right Track
5. Fuck Yr Friends/ Message ( Alex G cover)
6. Safety Seat
7. Car

Bear Creek is at it again with a new album. ".˙." is another step towards more sad dream poppy sound (rather than his acoustic beginning). This album  is 7 songs of atmospheric beauty that i could listen to all day, i could go into detail but i want you to experience it for yourself. But because technically i am reviewing i will tell you it is extremely good and strongly advise you go listen to it and i will leave it at that, enjoy.

-Conner Sgarbossa

Fist Benders - Quárë Cúnamor

genre: Emo

year: 2013


1. Estuaries
2. Aplary
3. Limescale Memento
4. 1st & Virgil

Fist Bender is a emo band, now that that is out of the way. Fist Benders are really cool kids and they just released their first release ( not sure if I should consider it a demo or EP) and it is good. The twinklies are in place and the songs are driving and groovy. I just have some issues with the vocals on some songs and on the notes that are held for longer periods, i am fan of off key singing but there can be a limit, I do wish there was a tad bit more screaming as well. I have had the pleasure of a show with these guys and they are all super cool and this is a very good first release.

-Conner Sgarbossa

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Fed To The Wolves - 2011 Tape

genre: Hardcore

year: 2011

1. No Exit
2. Introspection
3. Mindless
4. Negation

Fed To the Wolves is a local hardcore band in San Diego that was love at first site for me. From the the first time i saw them at the the Che Cafe a few years ago i was enthralled by the dark crusty version of hardcore they presented. I chose to post the "2011 Taped" because it is my favorite release by them, thou their more current albums are worth the listen as well. From the sludgy heavy beginning of  "No Exit" to the fast past to the unrelenting end of "Negation" This 4 song demo is worth a listen. I have seem these guys live many times and they never cease to amaze me.

-Conner Sgarbossa

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Mangle - Split 7" With Bite Down

Genre: Powerviolence

1.)Bile Caster
2.) Weak Facade

Get It!

Not posted for a long long time so sorry if this is a bit sloppy, but this release is off the hook. The MANGLE side of the Mangle/Bite Down split. Fast and furious with a perfect blend of the slower bits. My personal favourite 'Bile Caster' features an absolutely murderous beatdown only 6 seconds in. Happy new year everyone! and Enjoy.

-George Inman

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Make Me - 2004 Demo

genre: twinkly Screamo

year: 2004

1. Rubber Sidewalks
2. Hello Moon
3. Relax and Adapt
4. Lets go Off On A Tangent

Well it's a new year so I thought I would start off by reviewing one of my favorite releases of all time. "2004 Demo" by Make Me is a amazing 4 song demo by one of the most influential twinkly screamo band ever. Combining amazing driving riffs with groovy instrumental and harsh screams create a beautiful masterpiece. Clean vocals and shrill screams show the duality of this genre that i love. This band gets everything right (even pulling off breakdowns into some of the grooviest riffs i have ever heard), I can't recommend this album and this artist enough. 

-Conner Sgarbossa