This very musical band from Spain caught my attention with the description of their new song: “Katy Perry cover (Pop goes Punk).”
Katy Perry? Surely not. Punk? Also surely not. When you hear it, however, you’d better agree with me that this is what Katy Perry should sound like or I’ll make you go to one of her concerts. The music is also punk in the sense that you are an Ice Age hunter-gatherer. Punk is the ancestor of hardcore, hardcore was the progenitor of post hardcore, and the band has modified the gene pool further with the addition of electro-metal influences.
A Reason To Breathe is Drean (vocals and synth), Mota (bass), Ruben (a guitar), Javi (another guitar) and Mario (drums). Two guitars add richness, hey?
Meet the band on their Facebook page.
He also has a mixed diet. He eats all his own food and all of the other cats’ food. His favourite kind of metal music tastes like tuna, he says.
Release Date: 10 August 2014
Songs: 9 tracks Length: 45 minutes
Genre: Post rock/core
Studio Albums: This is their debut
Recommended for fans of: God Is An Astronaut, Architects, Echoes
My selections today are a typically mixed bag from the trans-genre Mammal. They include los bagpipes from the Argentine Highlands, for example. Och aye, amigos. Yet again metal shows it’s universal and multinational.
Today I blithely invite the most scathing criticism from people who may assert that none of my three selections are real metal. They may say post hardcore is progressive punk, “Drone” is art rock and Sieges Even play neo-prog, not prog metal.
I asked Dark Metal Cat how he would respond. He licked himself in a place I can’t.
Arjen Lucassen’s Ayreon kicks off today’s selection. I really look up to him. So does almost everyone. He is 2.03 metres tall (6 feet 8 inches). In nautical terms, he is more than a fathom deep. In astronomical terms, a beam of light that started at his toes would take approximately 0.0000000077 seconds to reach the top of his head.
Collectively, the members of Isis and Dark Moor have many more arms and legs than Arjen.
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Release Date: 12 May 2014
Length: 29 Minutes
Genre: Post Hardcore / Post Metal / Alt Metal
Studio Albums: N/A
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Release Date: April 14, 2014
Genre: Post metal/alternative/post hardcore
Studio Albums: 2 EP’s, Beyond The Legend 2009, V.I.T.R.I.O.L 2012
For fans of: The Ocean, Underoath, ISIS, Deftones
Label: Invictus Distro
Length: 52 minutes
Genre: Post rock/post metal with hardcore vocals
Previous releases: This is their debut
Location: Winchester, UK
Recommended for fans of: Explosions In The Sky, Devil Sold His Soul, Cult of Luna
Echoes has one of the best looking album covers I’ve ever seen. That is also what drew my attention to them in the beginning of this year and it made me want to order a physical copy of their album (+ t-shirt), instead of “only” a digital one like I usually go for. It was very pleasing to find out that their music is just as elegant and tastefully executed.
“We’re all on our own, we can’t decide what’s true. Why are we fighting, when I’m just like you?”
Label: Epitaph Records
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Length: 43 minutes
Genre: Progressive metalcore, post-hardcore
Studio Albums: Nightmares 2006, Ruin 2007, Hollow Crown 2009, The Here and Now 2011, Daybreaker 2012
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