August 7, 2014 Warped Tour may have ended this week, but acts like Issues, Volumes and This Wild Life won’t forget the things they encountered out on the road.
July 15, 2014 Let’s cut to the chase about Volumes’ new record No Sleep. The hard-hitting sophomore release is fantastic. On pace with 2011’s release Via, Volumes has proven once again that their…
June 26, 2014 Sunscreen, short shorts and teenage angst were in full effect as we hit this summer’s Van’s Warped Tour at the Pomona Fairgrounds in sunny California. With Warped Tour’s lineup boasting…
June 19, 2014 5 Acts to See: Van’s Warped Tour Beartooth: Metalcore frontman Caleb Shomo will be making his return to Warped Tour this year with the highly anticipated act Beartooth. Although Shomo has years of Warped experience with his former band Attack Attack!, this year will be different. As Shomo shifts from team player to HMFIC, he and his bandmates should draw quite a crowd as curious concertgoers contemplate if Beartooth’s hype matches their live show. Every Time I Die: Every Time I Die are back on this year’s Van’s Warped Tour and they aren’t playing just for shits and gigs. These guys mean business. With a new album set to release later this summer, the five-piece Buffalo natives will be in full face-melting mode bewildering crowds of drenched pit-goers. If their new single “Thirst” is a sign of things to come, concertgoers beware. You may lose a limb or two. A Lot Like Birds: This prog-rock meets post-hardcore shakeup, otherwise known as A Lot Like Birds, will be sure to give you show. A combination of melodic yet loud but also quick and soft tunes will leave audiences clammy and wanting more. Plague Vendor: Ready to get weird? Well, not weird per say, just different. Like a flash back to the 80’s punk scene, Plague Vendor will bring young Warped goers a sound perhaps more familiar to their parents. With a pinch of the Dead Kennedys, a dash of the Adolescents and a smidgen of the Blood Brothers, Plague Vendor will definitely give kids a reason to get sweaty this year. Stray From the Path: Stray From the Path are hardcore and when we say hardcore, we aren’t just talking about their music. These dudes will shit in your cereal if you run them the wrong way. “Stay away from me. Punk motherfuckers don’t step to me. They abuse their authority. Now I know my enemy,” shouts lead singer Drew York on the Anonymous track “Badge & a Bullet.” Stray From the Path possess a lyrical mentality Rage Against the Machine fans would be proud of and, for that reason, you need to see them this summer. You won’t regret it.
June 19, 2014 Attention all metalheads, headbangers and ETIDidiots: unless you have been sleeping under a rock or purposely avoiding the Internet, you have probably already heard the new Every Time I Die single “Thirst” by now. The thrashbastic (yes, I just invented that word specifically for this review) single comes off ETID’s soon-to-be released full-length album From Parts Unknown which hits stores July 1. Now, unfortunately with “Thirst” only clocking in at a whopping minute and twenty-four seconds, diehard ETID fans are left with their mouths wide open helplessly waiting to be fed more new music. Although, we cannot complain because what we have been given so far has been very satisfying. Accompanied with an amusing music video following two Bill & Ted / Wayne’s World knockoffs, “Thirst” gives ETID fans a rapid rodeo ride of riffs and drumbeats that eventually, in true ETID fashion, leads into a bass heavy breakdown. It’s safe to say “Thirst” will certainly induce pits a plenty at this year’s Van’s Warped Tour. Overall, would we have enjoyed a longer single? Yes. Are we acting very spoiled? Yes. Is “Thirst” an incredible track? Hell yeah it is.
June 18, 2014 If You Don’t Know, Now You Know Artist of the Week: Beartooth Former Attack Attack! keyboardist turned lead vocalist, Caleb Shomo, could have done plenty of things following his departure from the band in 2012. After the drama-filled ride that was AA!, no one would have been surprised if Shomo decided to step away from creating music for a while. However, what he decided to do was something completely badass. Shomo, upon leaving AA!, sang, wrote, produced and played every instrument to help contribute to what became Beartooth’s first EP, Sick. Released in July of 2013, Sick is a four-track slobberknocker of fast-paced, face-melting, hardcore music. If you haven’t heard it yet, be sure to give it a listen here. Moving forward to 2014, Beartooth has now signed to Red Bull Records and will be releasing their debut full-length album, Disgusting, June 10. The band has been busy as of late, already releasing six tracks from their upcoming release. “Relapsing,” “Dead,” “In Between,” “Beaten In Lips,” “Body Bag” and “The Lines” all continue where Sick left off with the same intensity and booming breakdowns fans will come to love as they tear up this year’s Van’s Warped Tour. It looks as though big things are to come from Beartooth this year and if you aren’t already a fan, we suggest you start paying attention.