Friday, June 23, 2017

“Shapes That Haven’t Been Made, Colors That Have Yet To Be Discovered” - Ithomiid

Ithomiid’s album “Shapes That Haven’t Been Made, Colors That Have Yet To Be Discovered” brings me back to 2005, the golden age of emo, when bands like Chiodos, Thursday, and Circa Survive were shining brighter than the sun.  Listening to this album makes me feel like I’m back in high school and the only thing I needed to worry about is scoring tickets for that year’s Warped Tour, which I would absolutely want to see Ithomiid play one day.  “Shapes That Haven’t Been Made, Colors That Have Yet To Be Discovered” has such a diverse track list; “Attachment Issues” begins the album with the classic emo sound that’ll bring even the biggest hipster back to their scene days, then “The Deceit of Defeat” shows off a groovy bass line, and the guitars on “Hiding Places” bring this superb album to an eerie end, not to mention Kevin Peixoto’s exceptional drumming featured throughout each song.  There is one particular track however that is my absolute favorite from this album, “Character Development” is a song about trusting someone, then later on discovering that they are individual you despise, I love the theme, the lyrics, and I’m also a little biased because I can be found in the lyric video for this song.  Ithomiid is a remarkable band, it’s no wonder they have opened for such greats as The Misfits, Trapt, and The Color Morale.  So if you’re looking for new music that has that classic emo sound, then look no further than “Shapes That Haven’t Been Made, Colors That Have Yet To Be Discovered” it’s an instant classic. 

Checkout the lyric video for "Character Development"
(look for me in bottom right corner wearing a red plaid shirt)
Checkout Ithomiid's Website and Bandcamp
“Shapes That Haven’t Been Made, Colors That Have Yet To Be Discovered” available 6/30/2017
FOR FANS OF: Chiodos, Circa Survive, From First to Last
Carter Amundson

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"An Appeal To Heaven" - The Death In Me

“An Appeal To Heaven” by The Death In Me is a shadowy tunnel that leads to a beautiful promised land of prodigious Hardcore.  The Death In Me has an absolutely alluring amalgam of Melodic Hardcore and Chaotic Metalcore, leaving listeners wanting to start a mosh pit wherever they hear it.  From the violent, anarchic guitars in “GLOOM” that ignite the beginning of the album, to the mighty yet melodic “EVERGREEN” which concludes this masterpiece of metal, to the soul-piercing screams of vocalist Greg Johnston featured thoroughly throughout the entire album, “An Appeal To Heaven” is unarguably a Hardcore wet dream.  Picking a favorite track off this release is very difficult because the album is so exceptional that picking one song would seem unfair to all the others, nevertheless it was the breakdown in “DRAGGING CHAINS” that really stuck out to me.  Just when you think this ferocious canticle might be coming to a calm, harmonious end, The Death In Me turn it up to eleven and kick you in the stomach with a vicious break down that leaves you with a smile on your face and heavy anticipation to jump into the pit at one of their next shows.  The Death In Me may be a Christian band, but you don’t have to love God to love their music.  All and all this album blew me away, and deserves nothing short of complete adoration.

Watch the music video for their song "EVERGREEN"
Checkout The Death In Me's Bandcamp
"An Appeal To Heaven" comes out 6/28/2017
FOR FANS OF: Silent Planet, Norma Jean, Knocked Loose
Carter Amundson