Music: MURDER AND THE MOTIVE by Those Damn Crows

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I feel like I’ve been waiting a long time for the debut album from Bridgend, South Wales five-piece Those Damn Crows. Thankfully, on October 5th, Earache Records released their album, Murder and the Motive. The delay was certainly worth the wait: this album is great. It’s interesting that it did take so long for the album to come out, though: the music video for “Fear of the Broken” (the final track on the album) was uploaded to YouTube on June 8th, 2015! “Blink of an Eye” (my favourite song on the album) got a video in September 2016.

My “review”, for want of a better word, is simply this: Those Damn Crows are damn good. If you’re a fan of any kind of rock music, then I think you’ll like this band. Loud guitars, great vocals and hooks, I’m really glad I stumbled across them. Continue reading

Music Recommendation: HANDS LIKE HOUSES

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Another band I discovered through Outburn (same issue, in fact, as the one that led me to Polyphia), Hands Like Houses‘s new album — Dissonants — has also become a new, heavy-rotation favourite. The Australians’ third album has already spawned a handful of singles, with accompanying videos. Here are the best three:

“I Am” — this is also the first song on the album, and a good, strong intro to the band, with a hook/chorus that has embedded itself in my memory…

“Colourblind”

“Glasshouse”

Music Recommendation: POLYPHIA

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I stumbled across a review of Polyphia‘s latest album, Renaissance (Equal Vision Records), in a recent issue of Outburn (they have a huge review section, including reviews of a broad range of albums). The reviewer wrote very highly of the group’s music, so off I went to YouTube to find a music video. The top search result was “Euphoria”, and I fell in love with it pretty much immediately:

Here, also from Renaissance, is the music video for “Nightmare”:

The band members are incredibly gifted. I highly recommend Renaissance to all fans of instrumental, rock and guitar-led music. Superb, and easily one of my favourites from the past 12 months.

New Music: TRIVIUM and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

Here are a pair of new music videos for two of my favourite bands: TRIVIUM and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH.

Trivium, “Silence in the Snow”

A great new song, this time with a power metal influence creeping in?

Silence in the Snow released by Roadrunner Records on October 2nd, 2015.

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Five Finger Death Punch, “Jekyll and Hyde”

Amusing intro, followed by a now-typical 5FDP stomper. Reminiscent of “The Pride” from American Capitalist (2011).

Got Your Six is released by Eleven Seven Music on August 28th, 2015. The other song already circulating from the album, “Hell to Pay”, is also very good.

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Music: WE ARE HARLOT

WeAreHarlot-WeAreHarlotAsking Alexandria’s From Death to Destiny was one of my favourite albums from last year. It’s probably one of my favourite albums full stop, too. I was most upset, therefore, to learn that Danny Worsnop (AA’s vocalist) was leaving the band. However, he has a new band! Teaming up with Jeff George (formerly Sebastian Bach’s guitarist), Brian Weaver (former bassist for the also excellent Silvertide) and Bruno Agra (former drummer for Revolution Renaissance), he’s back in We Are Harlot. The band’s eponymous new album dropped this week (released by Roadrunner Records).

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Here are a couple of music videos:

“Dancing on Nails”:

“The One”:

And the audio for “Denial”:

Music: PVRIS

Pvris-WhiteNoiseI stumbled across PVRIS‘s music quite by accident. But, after just one listen, I’ve become rather hooked on the album. There’s definitely a more pop-sensibility than I’ve usually seen in a Rise Records release, but the band’s debut album — White Noise — is damn fine. It offers a nice mix of pop’s pristine melodies and production, some electronica flourishes, some rock and/or punk attitude (but not contrived). Quite excellent, really.

Here are the band’s two music videos to date:

“My House”

“St. Patrick”