Review: COLD SUMMER – ‘Fight To Survive’ [Album Stream]

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Cold Summer are an energetic post-hardcore 4-piece from Wakefield / Leeds. They have referenced their sound as experimental melodic rock with a twist. But the definition of an experiment is “a scientific procedure undertaken to make a discovery.” Cold Summer is no longer experimenting, they have proven their sound and are moving forward with their unique style. Fans are discovering the band by the dozens and building up a huge fan base. The band formed in 2011 and for the most part have flown under the radar in the metal world. 2012 saw the release of two EP’s by the band. ‘Transitions’ and ‘Wake’ and their ‘Self Titled’ album dropped in July 2013. Cold Summer brings the best parts of their punk and hardcore influences to the table. The band has a strong DIY approach to both their music and touring. The bands relentless show and recording output, also shows their fierce work ethic. These contributing factors has resulted in a large and growing fan base across the North Of England,as a result of playing shows alongside well respected yet diverse bands such as: Funeral For A Friend, Polar, He Is Legend, Self Defense Family, Lemuria, Milk Teeth, Brawlers, Grieved, and Employed To Serve. Cold Summer have released their follow up EP ‘Fight To Survive’ with producer Mike Bennett (Empires Fade, The Eyes Of A Traitor, The Ocean Between Us). The EP hit shelves on April 1st, 2016. Continue reading

State Of The Art: New York – Long Island’s CALL IT HOME

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*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured State*

This month’s State is New York

Call It Home are from Long Island, New York and have been local powerhouses ever since they formed in 2012. The band has been playing iconic venues around the area like Revolution Bar, Webster Hall and even Andrew WK’s co-owned venue Santos Party House. The band are hard workers and have quickly built a huge following thanks to their energetic stage presence and unique sound. The once local band is now becoming more known around the county. Call It Home boast a classic pairing of clean and harsh vocals. The group is made up of 5 musicians who have a passion for music, and the chemistry within the band can be easily heard throughout their music. During the formation of the band their goal was to combine the styles of hard-hitting, heavy breakdowns and poppy choruses to create a sound that many listeners can enjoy. The way in which they can cohesively compose music that includes heaviest of heavy and melodic moments is one of the reasons fans flock to their sound.

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XIBALBA Delivers Brutal Goodbye Via ‘Adios’ From Upcoming EP Release

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Brutal post-hardcore band Xibalba are sharing a new song from their upcoming 3-song EP, “Diablo, Con Amor… Adios, which is to be issued via Closed Casket Activities on February 17th. The song, “Adios“, is a mournful but pummeling goodbye stated with rage and aggression. Check it out streaming below.

TODAY IS THE DAY To Release 20th Anniversary Edition Of ‘Temple Of The Morning Star’

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The long-running band embodying all that is brutal and extreme in music, Today Is The Day, have revealed details for releasing the 20th Anniversary edition of “Temple Of The Morning Star“. That seminal album, originally issued in 1997, became the template for what multifaceted musical heaviness was and could be. The new, commemorative offering is titled “Temple Of The Morning Star: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” and will be released via The End Records on March 24th. It will be offered in 2-CD and 2-LP set formats that have been remastered and will feature rare and previously unreleased material. It has not yet been specified exactly what will be included on the release. 

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I PREVAIL Announces Dates W/ ISLANDER, WAGE WAR, And ASSUMING WE SURVIVE

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I believe that I Prevail is currently one of the hardest working bands out there right now. They have constantly been out on the road promoting their new material from their debut album ‘Lifelines’. The headlining tour also features up and coming post-hardcore band Islander, a heavy metalcore band in Wage War, and pop punk band Assuming We Survive. You can see the dates below. Continue reading

RHIN ‘Passenger’ Review & Stream

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rhin-passengerWest Virginia’s Rhin (pronounced Rhine) released their second official effort, “Passenger“, back earlier in the year and after hearing high praise of the band from Foghound’s Chuck Dukeheart III and seeing them live for myself recently, here’s my thoughts on the release. The trio of guys comprising the band’s line up, bassist/vox Dom, drummer Ben, and guitarist Tuck, pull out all the stops on this seven song outing. With heavy influence from pretty much the entire roster of early AmRep (Amphetamine Reptile) Records including notables like Unsane, Helmet, and Melvins, Rhin serve up an abrasive style of noisy Post-Rock for the most part. They deliver it in spades on this outing which has helped the guys get the well-deserved attention of publications like Decibel magazine and U And U Music in recent months. Chock full of Punk Rock energy and angst, these tracks reek of unadulterated aggression given flight with scathing guitars, punishing rhythms, and crunching drum work. It is all topped off with venomous hostility in the vocal department but don’t let the harsh nature of the content fool you for these guys are talented and can actually play. Sure, it might seem embedded somewhat in the fiery songs that detonate with ferocious intensity here but when you take the time to dissect this content then you will discover the validity of my statements.
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State Of The Art: Utah – ASH OF AUGUST

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*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured State*

This month’s State is Utah!

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We are already at our final State of The Art for the state of Utah! This month has flown by, there are just too many good bands in this state, we barely scratched the surface. My final band to introduce is Ash of August from South Jordan, Utah. Continue reading

WILL HAVEN Prepare To Record New Album

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One of my all-time favorite Experimental/Noise, Post-Hardcore bands, Will Haven, have announced their plans to enter the studio near the end of this year to record a new album. The band will be working with producer Eric Stenman once again and had the following short statement accompanying the news:

“Thank you everyone for the messages and the support lately about the new record….update, pre production is just about done, plan on hitting the studio around Xmas time, very happy to say Eric Stenman who produced “El Diablo“, “WHVN” and “Carpe Diem” will be back in the captains chair for this record…more news soon…”

Metal Nexus will report further news as it becomes available and in the meantime, check out Will Haven‘s Official Video to the “Carpe Diem” title track:

Old Hounds “Tooth & Nail” Album Review and Exclusive Song Release

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Old Hounds

The Anchorage, Alaska based band Old Hounds is about to release of their new Album titled “Tooth & Nail”. The Album has 11 sound crushing tracks that are all unique in various ways. The whole album is amazing and has explosive dynamics that really set the tone for their hardcore sound. The band includes 5 members: Alberto (Vocals), Argel (Lead Guitar), Joshua (Guitar), Toph (Bass) and Mac (Drums). The members of this band have come together to create an Album that really showcases the amazing talents within Old Hounds.

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State of the Art: Old Hounds

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*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured State*

This month’s State is Alaska!

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Old Hounds

For my second State of the Art from Alaska, I bring you the bad ass Hardcore Band Old Hounds from Anchorage. The band is formerly known as The Harlequin State and was formed in May of 2010. In just 6 short years the band has really came a long way. They have really done big things this year. The band participated in Battle of the Bands at warped tour in June and they will be releasing a new record in the first week of August entitled “Tooth & Nail”. The band includes 5 members: Alberto (Vocals), Argel (Lead Guitar), Joshua (Guitar), Toph (Bass) and Mac (Drums). The band members are all very talented and dedicated to their music. Old Hounds has an aggressive and energetic vibe thought all of their songs. The band really seems to be  building up a strong fan base not just with local fans in Alaska but with people all throughout the United States.  They have an amazing sound and amazing lyrics that go right along with their sound. The bands music is something that you are sure to enjoy. Their upcoming album release is something that everyone should be looking forward to. If you haven’t listened to these guys yet, I suggest you do so now!

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