Louder Than Life Spotlight: PALISADES

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*Every Tuesday and Thursday from now until Louder Than Life gets here we will be releasing an article about a band playing the festival to get you familiar with them.*

Today’s artist is Palisades.

On Saturday, September 30th, electronic rock band Palisades will be opening up Louder Than Life. Palisades formed just six short years ago in New Jersey. The same year they formed, they put out their first taste of music with a four song EP. Their mix of electronic rock, alternative rock, and metalcore sound were enough to grab the attention of Rise Records. They were signed to the label in the same year. That same EP was released again later with Rise and the title was changed from ‘The Rise’ to ‘I’m Not Dying Today’.  “Disclosure” and “Bury It” from the EP both received music videos. Two year later, the band dropped their debut album ‘Outcasts’. Check out “High & Low” from that record below. ‘Mind Games’ dropped in 2015 and was their heaviest record yet. It features their best combination of electronic music and rock to date. Louis Miceli sounds extremely similar to Tyler Carter of Issues at times on this record. The band went out on the Vans Warped Tour for their first time that same year to promote ‘Mind Games’.

Less than a year after ‘Mind Games’, bassist Brandon Reese and keyboardist Earl Halasan left the fold. Brandon Elgar was introduced as the new bassist and someone by the name of Graves would be on the turntables. Shortly after the changes in the bands were made, the band dropped one more song featuring the old members. “Fall” was a bit of foreshadowing with what direction the band was heading toward. They were starting to add more pop elements to their music while still maintaining their old sound. In January of this year, the band released their third full length album, ‘Palisades’. The record combined all of the work they had done into the past into one diverse record. “Let Down” is still the biggest hit on record as it continues to receive airplay on big stations like Sirius XM Octane. Check out that song and “Better Chemicals” (which just got a music video a few weeks ago) below. While the old material is great, Palisades has mainly been sticking to playing lots of material from the new album live.Don’t miss this band if you are a fan of bands like We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire, or I See Stars. This will be the band’s first time on a Danny Wimmer Presents festival. Buy your tickets to see Palisades at Louder Than Life this fall right here. Be sure to follow the band on Facebook for updates on new music and upcoming tours. Also like the festival page on Facebook to stay up to date with any changes in the lineup or any additions of experiences to the festival.

Palisades is:
Louis Miceli – Vocals
Matt Marshall – Guitar
Xavier Adames – Guitar
Graves – Producer/DJ
Brandon Elgar – Bass/Vocals
Aaron Rosa – Drums

Louder Than Life Spotlight: FIRE FROM THE GODS

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*Every Tuesday and Thursday from now until Louder Than Life gets here we will be releasing an article about a band playing the festival to get you familiar with them.*

Today’s artist is Fire From The Gods.

On September 30th, Texas rap metal band Fire From The Gods hits Champions Park for the first time. The band formed in Austin, TX in 2010 and has really sprung onto the scene in the last year or so. Their album ‘Narrative’ had bangers like “Excuse Me” and “End Transmission” with AJ Channer controlling the flow of the songs with his blend of rap, reggae, and rock vocals to keep you on your toes. AJ Channer is actually the band’s second vocalist after he replaced Eric July who is now doing a project called Backwordz. Fire From The Gods has already played several major festivals this year like Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion, and Welcome to Rockville. They only continue to gain popularity as they’ve been playing on the Vans Warped Tour all summer as well. This isn’t just your typical, generic rap metal band. These guys have a message to go with their music that has been needed for a long time. Continue reading

Review: THE ACACIA STRAIN – ‘Gravebloom’ [Official Videos]

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The Acacia Strain is a deathcore band from Conneticut, US with some dark yet clear downtempo influences. The band started out really heavy with its first release ‘3750’ in 2004. Albums like ‘The Dead Walk’ and ‘Continent‘ pushed forward the heavy death core, almost death metal, sound the band originally had. The band took a big turn in its sound with the release ‘Wormwood’. The downtempo influences really started to break through on this album. This is also the first album that features the famous ”Bird” on the cover art. Just 2 years later The Acacia Strain let us know that they were still capable of making some kick ass music and so they did with the release of ‘Death Is The Only Mortal’.  Latest and maybe even their best work yet, ‘Coma Witch’, gave us everything we loved about the band. Last year the band collaborated to create ‘The Depression Sessions’ with death core pioneers Thy Art Is Murder. This isn’t all of it yet, Fit For An Autopsy also worked hard on this Split. They are one of the best upcoming death core bands at this very moment, check them out HERE! The long awaited upcoming album ‘Gravebloom’ will release via Rise Records in just 3 days, 30th of June. A new The Acacia Strain is just what we needed in a world full of disappointments!

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MAKE THEM SUFFER Announce Upcoming Album ‘Worlds Apart’ with song ”Fireworks” [Official Video]

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Australian metalcore band Make The Suffer is back with a brand new music video that got released today via Rise Records, 7th of June. After their huge succes with the album ‘Old Souls’ they are finally back. Today they announced their upcoming album ‘Worlds Apart’ which will get released on the 28th of July. Not only did they make this massive announcement they also gave us a song named ”Fireworks”. I have been an enormous fan of this band since their album ‘Neverbloom’ which is just full of raw emotions and this song is just as good. If you haven’t checked it out yet I highly recomment you to! After their demo and EP ‘Lord Of Woe’ they started to gain more and more attention from metal lovers all of over world. I haven’t heard of a single bad Australian band yet and this one won’t break that cycle. Make Them Suffer is with ease the best metalcore act from Australia!

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Review: EIGHTEEN VISIONS – ‘XVIII’ [Official Video]

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Eighteen Visions formed in Orange County, California in 1995. Despite being half the age of the genre’s most legendary architects, Eighteen Visions is literally in the history book of heavy metal, hard rock, and post-modern heavy music. The band were declared part of “The Future of Metal” by Revolver Magazine during their meteoric rise from proto-deathcore indie band, nurtured by the DIY scene, to major label “next big thing” in active rock. Their debut album ‘Yesterday Is Time Killed’ released in 1999 via Cedargate Records. Eighteen Visions went on to record release an album every year up to 2002’s ‘Vanity’ which was their debut on ‘Trustkill’. Eighteen Visions has inspired various bands, one of which is Motionless In White who named themselves after a track with the same name from the band’s 2001 release ‘The Best Of’. The band continued pumping out amazing records. The next would come in 2002 titled ‘Vanity’ and then quickly moved on to release in my eyes one of their best albums ‘Obsession’ in 2004. The album has a lyric that has stuck with me since its release and is one of the best single verses ever. It comes from the track “Lost In A Dream” saying “Locked in a room, Where all my dreams come true, Scrape my mind off of the walls. Painted pretty blue.” The next album would become Eighteen Visions last album for the next 11 years. The self-titled album released in 2016. Many fans thought this would be the last they would hear from the band they loved so much. Bassist Mike Morris announced on Myspace in 2007, “After several years of touring and quite a few album releases we have decided that it is time to go our separate ways. We have been a band for a very long time and feel good about everything we were able to accomplish. At this point in our lives and our careers we feel its time to move on to something fresh and new. Whether it be music, touring or just being at home to live and enjoy life.” Everything came to a standstill for 18V fans for over a decade. Unbeknownst to the public, the band nearly reunited once before, quietly working on new material in 2012. The process that led to their eventual and perhaps inevitable full reunion in 2017 was as organic as it was trans-formative, as the core members reassembled to put their collective passion back on the record, literally and figuratively. Unfortunately bassist Mick Morris passed away on June 3, 2013 in his sleep due to a pre-existing heart condition. It’s sad that he isn’t a part of this new lineup but the band and its core members: James Hart – lead vocals, Keith Barney – lead guitar, backing vocals, and Trevor Friedrich – drums are currently the lineup for the reunited Eighteen Visions. The new album ‘XVIII‘ was made at home in Orange County, with U.K. transplant and multi-instrumentalist producer Mick Kenney at the helm. The album released on June 2, 2017. It is the first album since 2002’s Vanity to feature movie quotes at the beginning of some songs. It is an amazing comeback from a band that was truly missed in both the genre and music as a whole. Continue reading

Interview With AJ Channing Of FIRE FROM THE GODS! [Video]

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FIRE FROM THE GODS are truly hitting the ground running. Some are compelled to put a label on the band and often it doesn’t fit their unique sound. Rap metal, nu metal, hardcore, or a combination of all of the above still doesn’t define this undefinable band. The quintet’s unique approach to music delivers a familiar but original sound. Calling Austin, Texas home, the band has set out to bring a bigger, more important message to metal that they feel has been lacking. Lead vocalist AJ Channer had this to say about the upcoming record: Continue reading

Review: FIRE FROM THE GODS – ‘Narrative Retold’

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Unlike any other band in recent memory, Fire From The Gods have springboarded onto the music scene with recognition all around the metal community. The quintet’s combination of rap, hardcore, and metalcore brews a familiar but original sound. From Austin, TX, the band has set out to bring a bigger, more important message to metal that they feel has been lacking. Lead vocalist AJ Channer had this to say about the upcoming record:

“This album is the personal narrative of a minority man living in major cities and being American, there’s a socio-economic theme throughout the whole record that carries from each song to song. It’s all about the underdog. We’ve all had to fight for everything we have in this band. The political climate in our country is quite racially and socially charged. There are a lot of issues and energy people are expressing along with misguided hate and anger. I want to channel this in music that can resonate. This is where we come from and who we are as a band.”

‘Narrative Retold’ is Fire From The God’s second record and their debut on major label Rise Records. The album drops this Friday on May 19th; you can pre-order the record here. They are already building a well-established fan base touring across the country while making stops at large festivals like Carolina Rebellion and Rock on the Range. Continue reading

Chicago Open Air Spotlight: CANE HILL

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*Every Thursday from now until Chicago Open Air gets here we will be releasing an article about a band playing the festival to get you familiar with them.*

This week’s artist is Cane Hill.

On Saturday, July 15th, alternative metal band Cane Hill will be bringing their contagiously heavy sound to Chicago Open Air in Toyota Park. It all began back in New Orleans in 2011. Cane Hill’s name is actually taken from the name of a deserted mental asylum in the UK. The band really broke through from their very start with their refreshing take on a mix of nu metal and hardcore. Despite only having one album out, Cane Hill has already showed a tremendous amount of diversity in their sound. They cover all aspects of the two genres being very reminiscent of acts like Slipknot, Korn, and Marilyn Manson. They released their first single in 2014 “Sunday School” (check it out below) and were signed to Rise Records in the same day. Continue reading

AT THE DRIVE-IN Announces New Album Details, Tour Dates, and New Song [Stream]

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Legendary post hardcore band At The Drive-In has just announced details for their first full length release in 17 years. ‘in·ter a·li·a’ will be released on May 5th through Rise Records. It was produced by guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Rich Costey (Audioslave, Mastodon, Jane’s Addiction). This will be one of the biggest releases of 2017 considering the huge praise previous album ‘Relationship of Command’ has received over the years, being called by many one of the greatest records of all time. It will also be the first album without longtime guitarist Jim Ward, Keeley Davis of Sparta will be making his debut with the band on this record. You can order the new album here. Check below for the newly announced tour dates and for the new songs “Incurably Innocent” and “Governed By Contagions”. Continue reading