The etymology of post-hardcore can be considered as one of the murkiest to discern by those unfamiliar; some bands maintain parts of the old hardcore style and drop in experimental sections, others take the post- element and run with it, yet further examples use post-hardcore as an excuse to slip in clean vocals into an otherwise abrasive style of music. So what would happen if one EP were to incorporate all three approaches? UK quartet Cold Summer attempt just that on their sophomore Wake EP, which features new vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Dan Feast. Four and a half tracks make up 14 minutes of diverse songwriting that cite Poison The Well, Thursday and La Dispute as reference points, although these less-seasoned post-hardcore ears hear some very different styles.
Sonisphere promoters FINALLY got around to making their first announcement for the UK edition to be held over the weekend of 6-8 July. Of course, this is good for UK residents and those that want to travel here for the festival. My initial thoughts seeing the three headliners was…really? But, now that I take another look, there are a ton of bands I have never seen before. Download has a great lineup so far, but I have seen most of those bands multiple times. Sonisphere is offering something a bit different this year and it’s making me a bit interested. Here is the run-down starting with the headliner in bold:
Friday: Kiss, Within Temptation, Wolfmother.
Saturday: Queen w/Adam Lambert, Evanescence, Tim Minchin (Comedian), The Darkness, Flogging Molly, Lacuna Coil, Gojira, Katatonia, Ghost, Fields of Nephlim.
Sunday: Faith No More, Incubus, Refused, Marilyn Manson, Mastodon, Cypress Hill, Andrew W.K., The Blackout, Switchfoot, I Killed The Prom Queen
If you don’t know who Adam Lambert is, he was on American Idol a few years ago. He would probably do Queen songs just fine, though I was never that much of a Queen fan anyway.
The day I am most interested in is Sunday with Faith No More, Marilyn Manson, and Mastodon. According to the poster, Mastodon will be performing the entire album, The Hunter. There is also much more room for big names to fill up the main and second stages. I am definitely interested so see what gets added to the lineup as festival times draws near.
Happy Friday Metalheads!
Today’s song of the day is “Ghost Division” by Sabaton, from their album “The Art of War”
I went to the Sonisphere festival at Knebworth, UK earlier this year. Before that day, I had never heard any of Sabaton’s music. They were the first band we saw that day, and we were waiting to see Evile on a second stage. When we stopped to catch some of their show, I was blown away. Sabaton opened with this song, and I knew within the first 15 seconds of their show that I was a fan. It was great to find a new band to listen to.
That’s enough from my soapbox. Have a great weekend, everyone. Album of the Week posting is tomorrow.