Alaska – Everything is Fine

a1563859184_2Band – Alaska (Bandcamp) (Facebook)
Release Title – Everything is Fine
Medium – CD
Label – (Never Lost Records)
Style – Post-hardcore/Melodic hardcore
From - Henderson, Nevada, USA

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Long time/No Time.  What the fuck happened to this blog.  I’ve gotten my shit together, here are some new tunes.  Listen now please because it is rad.


ALTA – Places

Band – ALTA (Bandcamp) (Facebook)
Release Title – Places
Medium – CD
Label – (The Ghost Is Clear)
Style – Post Hardcore
From - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Feel that howling guitar sound at the start of that record.  When I heard that tone I knew that I was in love.  Take that and add spot on vocals with dashes of group vocals here and there, I am simply ready to take out a ring and marry this band.  Highly energetic and full of musicianship brings me to the point of passion.  I’ve been repeating this release over and over lately and well… my best advice is that you should to.  The end of Winter/Mute blows me away every time.  Get pumped.  Get ALTA


Alaska – Palcaptain

Band – Alaska (Website) (Bandcamp) (Facebook)
Release Title – Palcaptain
Medium – MP3
Label – (Never Lost Records)
Style –Post-hardcore/Melodic Hardcore
From - Henderson, Nevada, United States

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This is an open shut case, Alaska – Palcaptain is a rad record. These dudes from Nevada play a mixture of Melodic hardcore and Post-Hardcore, pretty much riding the line in between the two genres.  Sometimes they sound like bands that people compare them to but I believe them to be too unique to do so.  Maybe you can say they sound like pianos trying to write a touche amore song while simultaneously sounding like touche amore trying to sound like pianos.  In the end they don’t sound like either one but at least I gave it my best shot trying to describe it.

If you are down to be amazed then listen to this record.


Caust – Page Turner

Band – (Website) (Bandcamp) (Facebook)
Release Title –
 Page Turner
Medium –
 CD / Cassette split with Montpellier
Label –  (Siste Sukk Tapes & Records)(Listen to Aylin Records)
Style –
 Screamo/Hardcore
From – Alexandria, Virginia, USA

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Caust is a new screamo/emotional hardcore/emoviolence band from Northern Virginia. This five-piece is clearly influenced by the classics of the genre (read: Orchid, The Kodan Armada, Funeral Diner) but puts their own spin on things by speeding up tempo and slowing it way down. From the first screech of the guitar I was hooked.  This is Caust’s first release and if it’s a sign of future recordings – I expect good things from this passionate young band.

Montpellier, the experimental post-hardcore band on the other half of the split cassette, is also great. Check out their bandcamp here, or when we review this release in the future!


The Caution Children – Unknown Lands

Band - The Caution Children – (Facebook) (Bandcamp)
Release Title - Unknown Lands – 2011
Medium – CD/Cassette/LP
Label: (Tokyo Jupiter) (Jeremy Records) (Bear Records)
Style: shoegaze, post-hardcore, ambient post everything skramocore
From: Jacksonville/Orange Park, Florida, USA

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This band is a classic example of a band whose recordings don’t do them justice. And that’s not even saying their recordings are bad – they’re just so gosh darn good live. Also, they are super fun goofy dudes who like to dumpster dive for Pizza with We Were Skeletons. This band draws obvious comparisons to Envy, but I don’t think they sound all that much like Envy. Their drummer likes it when they’re compared to Russian Circles, so, in case you were wondering, they sound a bit like Russian Circles.

SUMMER TOUR DATES AVAILABLE HERE

 


Pyramids – Following the Tracks, Forcing Motion Through Phases

Band – Pyramids (Website) (Bandcamp)
Release Title – Following the Tracks, Forcing Motion Through Phases
Medium – Cd
Label – (Slave Union)
Style – Post Hardcore/Screamo
From -Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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I don’t know how to describe this record or at least in a way that can express how much it means to me.  It was the first more ambient record that I have ever enjoyed before Following the Tracks I avoided anything ambient.  Although this is far from ambient, this is post hardcore at its finest and it is very well done.  I know that this is a bad review but this is Every Poets Disease.


Empire State Games – Discography

Band – Empire State Games - (last.fm)
Release Title - Discography (2002)
Medium – Compact Disc
Label: (Elkion Records)
Style: emo/pop punk
From: Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

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Has a cover of Just What I Needed by The Cars on it – enough said.

Detroit’s Empire State Games sound a lot like Texas Is The Reason, except they lack the parts of TITR that has kept me from liking them and replaced them with a faster, more energetic sound. It’s a good listen now and then for sure!

 


La Bella – Self Titled

Band – La Bella (Website) (Bandcamp) (Facebook)
Release Title – Self Titled
Medium –CD
Label – Self Released
Style – Hardcore
From - West Covina, California, USA

Track List -

  1. 10,000 Miles (from tip to tip)
  2. Todo Para Todos
  3. Culturejamming
  4. ¿Rendiremos? ¡Nunca!
  5. Catalonia, Splain 1936
  6. Avacado and the Sun
  7. End

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La Bella plays a fairly unique style of hardcore, almost to the point to where I couldn’t be able to put my finger on their major influences.  I think it is mainly that the guitar tone is very different than most stuff of the genre, I’m no musician but it kind of sounds like a “dad rock” guitar tone.  That would be offensive if this album was unlistenable but it is quite the opposite.  To me La Bella is fresh, something familiar but different and this record drags me in every time.  I read that they are going to be releasing something new soon.  Can’t wait. Stoked.


Embrace – Self Titled

Band – Embrace
Release Title – Self Titled
Medium – Cd
Label – (Dischord)
Style – Emo/Post Hardcore
From – Washington DC, USA

Track List -

  1. Give Me Back
  2. Dance of Days
  3. Building
  4. Past
  5. Spoke
  6. Do Not Consider Yourself Free
  7. No More Pain
  8. I Wish I
  9. Said Gun
  10. Can’t Forgive
  11. Money
  12. If I Never Thought About It
  13. End of A Year
  14. Last Song

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This is one of the records that changed my life.  Maybe you can say it was what pulled me into this crazed punk sub genre that is emo or emocore or whatever.  I would say that Do Not Consider Yourself Free is the best song on the record but if you ask me the same question while I listen to the record I will say the same thing about each song.  I can’t get over it.  I guess it is only available on CD now but at some point I got it on vinyl maybe ebay?  I dont remember.


Pyramids – Through the Hourglass (2007)

Band – Pyramids (Website)
Release Title – Through the Hourglass
Medium – CD
Label – (Protagonist)(Slave Union)
Style – Screamo/Experimental/Ambiant
From – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Track List -

  1. Eyelids of Time
  2. Clockwork
  3. The Crow
  4. Stasis
  5. Entropic
  6. The Phoenix
  7. Two Enternities
  8. Time With an Ending

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Listening to any Pyramids release is like going on an intense adventure.  The lyrics are a poetic story that is surely going to open your imagination.  When I first got this I was floored and every time I pick it up again I feel the same thing.