A few weeks ago a proprietor of a relatively small but prominent record label went on a social media rant in an act of desperation because apparently, ever since he had switched to in-house PR, no publication had picked up any of their pressers. It was long, it was winded, and it was desperate. But there is truth to some of what was said, we do get too many emails, we do delete a lot of them, but there is also a lot of terrible, terrible music.
Perhaps it was a little bit of both for that label but in the case of GVRDEN, I’m glad I didn’t hit the delete. I’m glad I took an extra few minutes to listen because GVRDEN are the very reason why sometimes the hard slog on both ends is worth it.
The Connecticut band are a blistering reminder of the powerful and moving sounds of Mineral, The Appleseed Cast, and Texas is the Reason. The cascading guitars and the emotive vocals all come crashing down in tidal waves of nostalgia-fueled delight. Sure, you can call it emo (the mid-90s kind), but with the current wave of popularity that a resurgent Mineral find themselves on, it is no surprise that this sound has found new life.
This track, “The Sound of Desperation”, is all of that new life. It’s a cut off their upcoming EP Seasons and is due June 7th, so there isn’t a long wait. But this four-piece have done a lot with one track; a song that is both a reminder and a look ahead.
Listen to “The Sound of Desperation”:
Killswitch Engage reveal “Unleashed”, set date for Atonement
Killswitch Engage’s new album is a reflection of perseverance
Massachusetts metalcore band Killswitch Engage have announced the release date for their upcoming 8th studio album. Titled Atonement, the album is due for release August 16th on Metal Blade Records, and is the follow-up to 2016’s Incarnate. To preview the album, the band have revealed the first single from the release, the opening track, “Unleashed”, which you can listen to below.
Regarding the new single, vocalist Jesse Leach has said about the song;
“Unleashed is about inner passion and rage coming up to the surface. We all have that wild within that often stays dormant until a tragic event triggers and awakens it. This song is about that awakening within”
The new album is the third album to feature Jesse Leach after his return in 2013’s terrific Disarm the Descent. Atonement’s most anticipated song perhaps (at least in our eyes), is the second track “Signal the Fire”, which features guest vocals from the man who voiced KsE for a decade, Howard Jones. We have fluctuated between preferring Leach at the vocals to Jones at the vocals all through the KsE discography- teased by how Leach songs sounded with Jones singing (“Fixation on the Darkness“) and how Jones songs sounded with Leach singing, but the thought of having them both sing together on one song………………
Atonement has been in the making since 2017, but was temporarily derailed after Leach had to undergo throat surgery. Killswitch Engage will hit the road across North America all through July before jetting off to Europe in October.
Listen to “Unleashed”:
Trivium cover Dead Kennedy’s “Kill The Poor”
All systems go to kill the poor tonight
Heavy metal band Trivium have been releasing bonus and unreleased tracks over the past few months. The songs have come from the recording sessions for their 2017 album The Sin and the Sentence. They’ve released a few unreleased originals and recently released a pretty faithful cover of the Type O Negative track “I Don’t Wanna Be Me“. The band have now released their similarly faithful cover of the Dead Kennedy’s 1980 single “Kill the Poor”.
The original was featured on the Dead Kennedy’s debut album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, released in September of 1980 on Cherry Red Records and Jello Biafra’s own Alternative Tentacles (the noted label’s first full length release). The album features noted DK tracks “California Über Alles” and “Holiday in Cambodia”.
Trivium’s cover is pretty spot on and doesn’t deviate from the original, but it doesn’t quite capture the wildly fluctuating vocal tone that Jello Biafra is known for. Still. A good cover nonetheless. Check it out above.