On this week’s episode of Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast, Toomey is joined over the phone by both Cody Quistad (vocals/guitar) and Briton Bond (vocals) of Wage War. With two answers for the price of one question, how can you go wrong? The discussion covers opening vs. headlining on tour, finding the unlikely commonality with country music in metal, a severely sunburned forehead, and much more. Also, be sure to catch Wage War this summer as part of the massive lineup for the final run of the Vans Warped Tour, which they also discuss. Continue reading →
With eight years having passed since we last heard new music from Underøath, that near decade-length absence weighed heavily upon music lovers’ hearts. When you consider all of the bands that formed using their idiosyncratic power and texture as blueprints (and then hearing those pretenders fail anyway), you can clearly see the hole Underøath left behind. Whatever real-life worries, psychic baggage or other concerns plagued Spencer Chamberlain, Aaron Gillespie, Tim McTague, Chris Dudley, Grant Brandell and James Smith at the time of their 2013 farewell tour, Underøath’s collective consciousness has been fortified by a renewed commitment to their art. And more importantly, themselves. Never was an imposition more on point: On their Fearless Records debut Erase Me, Underøath have added another crucial chapter to their formidable legacy. When the band went in the studio in the summer of 2017 to record their sixth album with producer Matt Squire (Panic! At The Disco, 3OH!3), they knew exactly what they wanted to do as well as what they needed to do. Having already established themselves both as melodic songwriters (2004’s RIAA-Certified Gold record ‘They’re Only Chasing Safety’) and as ambitious power merchants (2006’s stentorian, gold-selling Define The Great Line and its majestic follow-up, 2008’s ‘Lost In The Sound Of Separation’), the evolution detailed on ‘Erase Me’ finds them using the sonic dialects they’ve crafted to reveal where they are now. Continue reading →
It’s almost that time, folks! Just a few more weeks and Rock on the Range will soon flood Columbus, OH with thousands upon thousands of rangers who are eagerly awaiting their chance to rock out with some of today’s hottest bands. In this segment, we’ve aimed to bring you up to speed on bands that are a little bit lower on the bill to get you familiar with their music so you won’t be completely lost by the time they hit the stage. In this installation, we’re going to focus on a band that most of you have heard of and a band that I’ve personally wanted to see live for a long time. I’m talking about Detroit, MI post-hardcore rockers, I Prevail. Continue reading →
After waiting for over 7 years Underoath finally announced their eighth full album called ‘Erase Me’ which will get released April 6th, but that isn’t all. Just 1 day ago they released a new song named ”On My Teeth” via Fearless Records and it definitely marks a new direction for the band. Check it!
After releasing the full record ‘Deadweight’Wage War decided to create a stripped version of the last track of their latest album called ”Johnny Cash”, it may be completely different but that only makes it better!
The Plot In You is there when life fails you. Since 2010 they have been making music straight from their hearts and they continue to do so with the just released track ”Not Just Breathing” which is part of their upcoming album ‘Dispose’. Check it out!
Today’s Kings Of Strings will be about guitar mastermind Seth Blake from metalcore band Wage War! Talking about the band, they have released 2 albums, their debut album ‘Blueprints’ (which is legendary) and their latest 2017 album ‘Deadweight’. I, and many others, didn’t think they could ever surpass their debut but they managed to make an album that is beyond words. They haven’t been around for that long yet they are quickly becoming one of the best metalcore acts this world has ever known. They aren’t bringing something unique to the table but instead they took all the beautiful and most loved parts of metalcore and stuffed it into 2 mind blowing records. For anyone that has the ability to witness them live, do it! You won’t regret it, they are a must watch. But enough of the band, let’s get talking about why Seth is a one of the guitar kings! Continue reading →
Barely an hour ago, Christian metalcore band August Burns Red posted their first teaser of their upcoming new record. It has only been two years since the Pennsylvania quintet put out the terrific ‘Found in Far Away Places’ record. It was considered by many as one of the best records of 2015. The band has only continued to evolve and progress more and more throughout their career so I’m curious to see where this album will take them. The teaser was also posted by Fearless Records’ Facebook page so it looks like the band will be sticking with them for a second album. The only words on the caption of the video are “October 6th, 2017”. We can assume that they are planning to drop the new record on that date so keep your eyes peeled for more news on the future record from these metalcore giants. You can follow them on Facebook below and check out the 20 second teaser right under it. Continue reading →