Let’s get one thing out of the way right now: Georgia’s own HEARTCAKEPARTY is definitely inspired by HASTE THE DAY. The band might not even be aware of it, but their debut album Mock Heroic sounds like a fantastic distillation of what made Indiana’s finest metalcore band so popular. Hell, Casey Smith sounds like a combination of HASTE THE DAY’s two vocalists. While that blunt admission may sound like a big red check mark against the band, the sonic similarities really serve the band quite well. While every metalcore band in 2012 wants to beat its listeners into submission with 1000 breakdowns per song, HEARTCAKEPARTY balances its breakdowns amidst fantastic guitar melodies (and harmonies!), vocal hooks aplenty, and harsh vocals that don’t sound like they’ve been run through a digital processor one hundred times over. One other asset that the band utilizes is many of their breakdowns aren’t just single note chug fests. Who knew that you could use more than one note to bring the brutal? To get an idea of what you’ll expect, take a listen to “K.O.T.W.O.F.F.L.” or “The Opposition”. Each song is a lesson on how to write an enjoyable song that relies on brutality and melody equally. HEARTCAKEPARTY are not reinventing the wheel; they are reminding listeners on why so many flocked to the wheel years ago, and Mock Heroic is quite a fun reminder. – by Nicholas Senior
>> Classification: Retro Metalcore
>> Recommended Tracks: “The Opposition” and “K.O.T.W.O.F.F.L.”
>> In Conclusion: For those that have fond memories of metalcore from yesteryear, HEARTCAKEPARTY offers quite an enjoyable reminder of the genre’s past.
A Tragedy in Progress (Across Five Aprils) Unleash The Human Condition
A Tragedy In Progress has made the first track (The Human Condition) off their upcoming album available for streaming at http://youtu.be/FUB0igQLwrY . The album, entitled “Mechanical Weather” contains 13 songs that were tracked at Echelon Studios with Joseph McQueen. The record hits stores and online through Indianola Records August 14th.
Formed in 2010, A Tragedy in Progress is the complete and original line up of Across Five Aprils. The band had reunited for a series of reunion shows that year when they decided to write some new songs under the name of the band’s first record (A Tragedy in Progress). Eventually this led to long time A5A collaborators Indianola Records releasing the 2011 EP “Going Down With The Ship”.
Guitarist Jason Fields recently commented during an AtlSounds interview on what listeners can expect from this full length effort: “I feel like it’s a solid record start to finish. A lot of records have high points and a lot of filler in between. I feel like our record is strong throughout. Across Five Aprils fans will hear things that are indicative of this lineup and our chemistry, but they will hear better crafted songs with a more mature sound. That being said, I believe and hope a new listener would enjoy it just as much”
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HEARTCAKEPARTY Debut Track Off Mock Heroic
Georgia’s HEARTCAKEPARTY have just released the first single off their upcoming album MOCK HEROIC. The track, entitled “K.O.T.W.O.F.L.L.” is available here http://youtu.be/hYmXmoIZmPM . MOCK HEROIC, which was recorded at Glow in the Dark Studio’s hits stores and online July 17 via Indianola Records.
From Summerville Georgia, HEARTCAKEPARTY have been playing Atlanta, the Southeast and out to the Midwest for over three years. Playing aggressive yet catchy songs, the band has made a profound impact on the hardcore music scene. HEARTCAKEPARTY has built up a considerable following through their live performances and touring with such acts as THE CHARIOT, GREELEY ESTATES, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, THE COLOR MORALE, INHALE EXHALE, THIS DAY WILL TELL and I AM TERRIFIED. HEARTCAKEPARTY has been featured on the real life MTV program THUMBS and in ALTERENATIVE PRESS HOMETOWN HERO’S. The band has previously self-released two records, both of which were tracked at Glow in the Dark Studios and produced by JOSH SCROGIN of THE CHARIOT and JEREMY GRIFFITH.
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WORDS LIKE DAGGERS
RIYL: Progressive melodic metalcore
I hate this over-used saying, but f*## it, it’s so true in this case. What a different a year makes. I reviewed WORDS LIKE DAGGERS’ debut EP last year (here: http://lmpmagazine.com/2011/07/15/album-vs-album-words-like-daggers-vs-within-wolves) and ended up with the conclusion that the band had a ton of potential, so it would be very interesting to see what’d they would do with it. Well a funny thing happened in between albums, as Literature is fantastic. Taking all that is enjoyable about melodic metalcore/post-hardcore a la a mix of BLESSTHEFALL and OH, SLEEPER, the group has added in some much-welcomed progressive elements, and the results are good, oh so good. There are many moments of mathcore madness and other times when time signatures change more frequently than the weather in Ohio. All of this adds up to a fairly captivating release from these relative newcomers. Literature puts its best foot forward with a “Preface” that is an actual song, instead of a useless introduction. The track is a four minute song that is a literal table of contents on what you can expect with the record: moments of hard-hitting maelstrom, melody aplenty, and thoughtful songwriting. Each song has some solid moments that differentiate it from the other, making this an album that is easy to listen to in its entirety. The only major problems are that the songs themselves are not very memorable, and that a few of the more generic elements of metalcore rear their ugly heads in a few spots. But for the most part, Literature is the musical equivalent of Gatorade on a hot day: it’s not perfect, but it goes down smoothly. – by Nicholas Senior
>> Recommended Listening: “Preface” and “Cheers Gents! We’re Going Down Together”
>> Release Date: April 24th, 2012
>> In Conclusion: For those that enjoy a more progressive take on metalcore, give WORDS LIKE DAGGERS a listen. The improvement from the EP is highly evident and appreciated.
Boys No Good Invite Fans to Participate in Video
Pop-punk sensation, Boys No Good, is welcoming fans to participate in their latest video. In part, the band will play and film a free house show for their newest single, “Bold City Tigers,” off their debut album Never Felt Better.
For those who want to secure a place in BNG history, meet at 1054 Willow Branch Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32204, Dec. 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Boys No Good has built a strong fan base, cementing their reputation by touring the U.S. alongside bands like New Found Glory, Bane, The Wonder Years, Trapped Under Ice, Evergreen Terrace and more. Their debut album, Never Felt Better, earned critical praise.
“Never Felt Better is a great debut from a punk rock act you’ll surely being hearing more from in the coming months,” Amp Magazine.
See BNG on on the road with Evergreen Terrace this month and on the final Casey Jones tour early next year.
Coming straight out of the ‘Dirty Dirty’ South are Atlanta, GA’s own OH, MANHATTAN. Rocking a style of hardcore/metalcore/post-hardcore (too many different tags to choose from) that rivals and pays tribute to EVERY TIME I DIE, BAYSIDE and HE IS LEGEND. Blending together the dirty rock n roll southern groove that has made ETID such a spectacle and tossing in melody and clean vocals ala HIL. Going right for the jugular with opening track “Guilty Blessings Pt II”, the swagger and dirty vibe instantly grabs the listener and swings easily and comfortably into the borderline pretty, cleanly sung, melodic change up. Almost ADD in its diversity, it bounces back and forth between the two styles making it their own. It’s on other tracks that the post-hardcore tag comes into play, again still crossing the genres easily, it’s that dirty southern groove that keeps it interesting. “The Anti Davinci” is another example of the boundaries this band has no problems crossing and mixing into a sound all their own. Full of energy and passion, OH, MANHATTAN have managed to change the game up and made an undefinable genre. One that will surely become the norm. “Face Of Another” seems to perfectly sum up, well everything, with the line “This Broadcast Is Dead!”. With the release of Spiritual Warfare, OH, MANHATTAN will have made their mark on the music world. One that should last a lifetime and satisfy even the most jaded of listeners. In a time when music starts to become stale and too much of the same ol same ol, Atlanta pumps out yet another game changer. This is OH, MANHATTAN. — by Jon Hole
Metalcore and post-hardcore are very busy and overplayed genre of music. Bands try to mesh screamo with more alternative influences, where sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. You’ve got Silverstein, where it works pretty well. You’ve got Of Mice & Men, where it works extremely well. And then you’ve got a new band named Oh, Manhattan, who aren’t from New York despite the connotation, in fact, they’re from Georgia. Though they have more post-hardcore roots than metalcore, they are still playing music in what I think of as a dying genre, just like the two bands I named above. But they make sure that their music is top-notch and not overproduced. Though they sound like something I’ve heard a million times before, they do it very well, with high-energy metal anthems and a blend of screams, yells, and clean vocals. The tracks on Spiritual Warfare come fast with memorable guitar riffs, for example “The Anti-Da Vinci” and “Giving Up Your Ghosts”. Songs such as “Guilty Blessings Pt. II” and “Ian Curtis” show a more down-to-earth, emotional side of the band, while they don’t lack a rocking-out attitude either. The latter proves that they can change the mood of the listener well, as this single song made the record worth it for me. The suicide-themed closer was a very memorable ending. The lyrics are great throughout the record. For me, if the lyrics don’t affect the listener, the album isn’t worth much. But this record is worth more than a lot of albums I’ve heard lately. Spiritual Warfare has themes that tug at your insides, they provoke change like a punk band, and most of all, Oh, Manhattan sounds sincere. And throughout the majority of the album, it seems like every time I wanted heavier moments, they came. When I wanted softer moments, I found them just around the corner. There were some computer-added effects, but Oh, Manhattan’s sound is still very raw. This album is really not missing much – maybe more originality, but it’s just a debut. There are greater things to come from this band, but Spiritual Warfare is a fantastic start. — by Tim Dodderidge
Post-hardcore is a tricky genre. Many of its bands tend to offer up music that sticks to a certain formula, and innovation is often scarce. While not completely reinventing the wheel, Oh, Manhattan, from Atlanta, GA, offers up their take on the genre with some satisfying results. Spiritual Warfare opens with “Guilty Blessings Pt. II”, which, while not the strongest track, shows off the band’s main attributes. These include a decent growl, above-average clean vocals, and interesting guitar lines and musical direction. “The World Ends with You” is a very strong track, with the band giving off some Mars Volta vibes at times, although with a much more streamlined sound. “Face of Another” is another standout, with excellent guitar lines and fills, and perhaps the strongest vocals on the record. “To The Gallows” is a fantastic track, and far and away the highlight. Everything comes together, crunching and sometimes dissonant guitars, unique melodies, and the other instruments all supporting each other to create something great. The album closes with “Ian Curtis” which again shows the band’s ability to make music that can surprise you with its overall quality. At their best, these tracks show how post-hardcore is supposed to sound. Oh, Manhattan, has a very nice experimental edge to their music, which enhances their sound and makes it different and unique. However, it doesn’t always save them from the normal pitfalls of the genre, which would be having a sometime generic sound, or trying to be too heavy and “metal”. The stronger tracks on this record are some of the stronger tracks I’ve heard this year, and outweigh the negatives by far. This is an album worth checking out, and a band worth supporting. — by Trevor Kirch
aaannd a Fourth Opinion
Remember how gaga everyone went over LETLIVE’s Fake History last year? That album almost single-handedly reinvigorated everyone’s opinion on post-hardcore, bringing to mind the energy and caustic edge that AT THE DRIVE IN was famous for. Plus, the album was fun as hell to listen to. Well if you loved that album, make room on your playlist for your newest obsession. Spiritual Warfare captures the energy found in Fake History with more than a little southern rock flavor added in for good measure (see early MEMPHIS MAY FIRE or EVERY TIME I DIE), which is evident from the first notes of “The Anti DaVinci”. The track storms out of the gate with an interesting riff and leads into the catchy chorus. However, the one point that most will notice right away is the clean vocalist. He sounds a bit out of place at first, almost like an alt/rock singer, with actual range and inflection, but as the record goes on, his voice becomes the almost-perfect complement to the harsh vocals. Also, while breakdowns are utilized, the band actually know how to write a song, so the boring verse-chorus-verse-breakdown-chorus pattern overused by pretty much every post-hardcore band is occasionally deviated from by the band, which is more than welcome. If you read anything from the review, know this: if you have ever liked post-hardcore, then make room for OH, MANHATTAN in your year-end best-of list. They’re that good.
Stream: “The Anti DaVinci” -by Nicholas Senior
BOYS NO GOOD
Never Felt Better
Not that they sound familiar, but Never Felt Better reminds me of how I felt when rocking out to This Will Be The Death Of Us by SET YOUR GOALS. I’m not entirely sure why this is, but I know the overall large punk/rock sound of it all is a big (obvious) reason. Both albums are incredibly catchy, fun, and easy to get lost within. BOYS NO GOOD is kind of appearing from nowhere, but they definitely have the potential to blow up just like SET YOUR GOALS did. The combination of gruff and soaring vocals work magnificently, keeping that punk/hardcore there at all times. Even when the band is coming off very melodically (which is pretty often), the heart of those genres is still evident and clear. The lyrics are one aspect to examine. A lot of hardcore acts (“true hardcore” acts, as some people I know call it) are built on the foundation of friends and family, getting along peacefully, and that sort of thing (despite usually having an angry sound to them). The whole theme around the focus track, “Bold City Tigers”, is friends and family. The song returns to such lines as “There’s no place I’d rather be than hanging with my friends” and “Nothing feels better than being here with you / All of you” frequently. It’s not only catchy as hell, but it’s a great message for any listener. While this track is definitely my favorite (it’s so damn memorable), there are plenty of other awesome songs to be found on Never Felt Better. Other favorites include the short and sweet “Buried At Sea” (with its repeat of “Now we’re leaving / It’s over” becoming contagious), “Jeremy Drinks Bleach” (one of the more melodic and anthem-like tracks), and “Cut Your Heart Out” (fueled by a fun rock vibe). As a complete work, Never Felt Better is a great debut from BOYS NO GOOD that is easily memorable. Think of these guys as a mix of SET YOUR GOALS, FOUR YEAR STRONG, and POLAR BEAR CLUB; there’s plenty of fun to be had when playing Never Felt Better. – by Nathaniel Lay
THIS DAY WILL TELL
Too True To Be Good
Stream: “The Chase”
Too True To Be Good starts out as a healthy balance of screamo and melodic rock, but later evolves into something more technical and heavy as it gets towards the end. In the beginning, This Day Will Tell resemble a mixture of older Silvertstein, Emery, and Underoath. The opening track, “Sweet Dreams, Meet You There”, is fueled by a catchy chorus that soars into growling verses and whirling guitar work. “Get Over Yourself” starts off as a breakdown that immediately gets the listener’s attention, though slows down some near the half way mark, making for a sweet interlude within itself. These elements can be heard throughout the album, so rather than discuss how every track mixes in something cool and unique, I’ll just spotlight my absolute favorite moments. While not an original song of theirs, “Whatever You Like” is an amazingly addictive rap cover that you’ll want to blast for weeks to come. I know because I’ve been doing it for a while now. That song is then followed by “We Left What’s Left Of Us In A Cloud Of Dust”, a song that perfectly balances the crooning lyrics with its heavier moments. It is at this point in the album that things start progressively becoming more technical and angry sounding. “The Chase” feels like a collapse of mankind, while “And They Say Blah Blah Blah” goes back and forth between breakdowns and soft vocals. The final track, “Making Love Is Easier Said Than Done”, starts off like a punk/rock song of sorts, but then becomes increasingly more experimental throughout. By ‘experimental’, I mean it feels like the band was kind of doing whatever came to mind as they wrote the song. Rather than sounding messy, however, it comes out like a collectively building number. When all is said and done, This Day Will Tell have released a highly entertaining debut from a label that has been missing in the action for a while now. This disc should really help the both of them. (NL)
>>Interview w/ Michael Silver (Vocals) by Nathaniel Lay
How did you guys come to signing with Indianola?
They sent us a message on MySpace back in June after discovering usthrough a massive search of over 10,000 bands. We managed to stand outto them and about a week later we received a contract from them andthe rest is history.
Tell us about your upcoming debut, ‘Too True To Be Good’
It’s an 11 song full length that we recorded over the summer withJoseph McQueen at Echelon Studios in Trussville, AL. We combined ourprior EP ‘Making Love is Easier Done Than Said’ with 6 new songs tomake this record what it is. I know it sounds cliche’, but we put alot of blood, sweat and tears into making this record and we reallyhope listeners will hear the emotion behind it.
What was the studio experience like recording this album?
It was a really comfortable and enlightening experience. Recording atJoseph’s house was great, you wouldn’t believe that all of the vocalsfor the record were recorded in a very small, dark upstairs closet,haha. We learned a lot in the studio about ourselves and about ourmusic and how it all came together to make the record that we made.Out of the studio, we spent half of the time we were in Alabamasleeping in a Walmart parking lot in my SUV, and we spent most of thetime that we weren’t recording either at Sam’s club eating hotdogs orat the local Whataburger stealing wifi.
How did you guys approach writing this album?
We had most of the record done before we got signed (minus Nature,which we wrote the day our contract came in) and we wrote those songsjust with what we were feeling at the time. Struggles we were goingthrough, things we were doing as a band at the time, and everydaystuff that inspired us. Inspiration comes in many forms and we’vedefinitely felt it in many unexplainable ways while writing our music.
Describe your sound and influences
I would say we all have different influences, I’m influenced by bandslike A Day To Remember, The Devil Wears Prada, and Our Last Night;some of the other guys pull influences from bands like Silverstein,Glory of This, Stray From The Path, Emery, and even bands likeMewithoutyou. We come together to make a sound that is all our own,and will hopefully blow everyones minds.
What songs are your favorites off the album? Why?
My favorite song is Get Over Yourself, the song is really personal tome and definitely the heaviest song on the album, but I encourageanyone who listens to the album to give every song a chance as theyall have their own feel and emotion.
What songs are the fan favorites so far?
The only song we’ve publicly released is the first track on our record ‘Sweet Dreams, Meet You There’ and everyone on our social networkingsites have given it awesome reception. Close friends and other peopleare really digging on ‘Seattle’s No Place For Batman’, a song thatshows the lighter side to our music with a helping heap of emotion.
What kind of touring do you have planned for the rest of this year?
We’re doing October 1-16 as our CD Release tour with Heartcake Party(Summerville, GA) and Beware The Neverending (select dates for eachband). Then we’re hopping on with To Speak Of Wolves (Solid State) andHolding Onto Hope (Come& Live) for October 18-30. Then we’re goingback out with Heartcake Party Oct 31-Nov 13th. We’re really lookingforward to all of the touring with these awesome bands!
What do you have planned for 2011?
January we are looking to do our first full US tour, hitting a lot ofthe states that we don’t hit in the rest of this year so we can reachall of our fans around the country!
How do you guys go about writing a song?
Usually Brandon or Jacob come up with a guitar riff and bring it topractice where we then jam on it and decide if everyone likes whatwe’re coming up with we then record it using some basic studio stuff Ihave at the house and work it out from there.
Tell us about “Whatever You Like” (one of my favorite songs) – how it was written, what it’s about, etc.
We were really wanting to do a rap cover song to reach out to morefans who may not be into heavy music, and when we heard the original song by T.I. we knew that would be it. T.I.’s lyrics definitely have their meaning and place on our Album.
How did the band come to be? How did you guys get to where you are today?
We became a band back in May of 2008. At the time I was running avenue, so any time I had a show that fit I would just throw us on. Weweren’t taking it too seriously and were content with being a localband and just playing locally until Jacob got into the picture. Hepushed us to try to make something more of it, and helped us takeourselves seriously. After Jacob joined we did some weekend warriortype touring, and continued to play most of the bigger shows aroundour hometown. In trying to release some material we have been toaround 8 different studios, and got screwed by 80% of them. I haveprobably 4 different versions of ‘The Chase’ on my computer haha.
What kind of sound/experience were you shooting for with this debut? How do you hope people will react/say about it?
We were never necessarily shooting for a specific sound with thisalbum. This album has been us feeling out our place in the music sceneand we’re really happy with what we have! That in mind, we willprobably have a more defined sound with our next release. Overall, wereally just want people to feel something when they listen andhopefully they’ll be inclined to come out to a show and hang out withus! We mainly want to have fun and make friends so don’t hessitate tobefriend us at a show!
Final words and/or announcements:
Here’s the first half of our October tour, come hang out with us!!
Oct 1 Pensacola FL- @ The Big Easy Tavern
Oct 2 Crestview, FL – @ The Crest w/ Texas In July, This or TheApocalypse,& More
Oct 3 Hattiesburg MS- @ The Grove Church in Turtle Creek Mall
Oct 4 Baton Rouge, LA @ HTGThrift
Oct 5 TBA Louisiana
Oct 6 Pascagoula, MS- @ The World Famous The Celtic
Oct 7 Columbus GA @ The Warehouse
Oct 8 Augusta GA @ Sector 7G w/ Hundredth
Oct 9 Dacula, GA @ The Awake Venue
Oct 10 Savannah GA- @ Sweet Mellissas
Oct 11 TBA Florida
Oct 12 TBA Florida*
Oct 13 Gainesville, FL @ 1982 Bar
Oct 14 Tifton GA The Lamplight Pub
Oct 15 Douglasville GA @ The 7 Venue
Oct 16 Mobile AL @ Saraland Civic Center