In No Particular Order: May 13, 2016

Superstitious or not, Friday the 13th (of May) was a great one for the music world. The only thing killer was the new releases…*insert stock laughter here*. With a number of fantastic debut records released today, and one of the best hip-hop albums in recent years, Friday the 13th wasn’t all that bad (unless you ask my friend who got into a small car accident, or another one that ended up getting food poisoning). For a more complete list of new releases, check out our weekly collection of Album Releases. Yak…

In No Particular Order: April 22, 2016

Well, the music gods are at it again. They’re continuing to stack their deck and prepare us all for the best live concert ever (R.I.P. Prince). The show must go on, and us mortals still have to find music to enjoy – you’ve come to the right place. Discover more new releases in the convenient and thorough list of album releases every week, and don’t forget to share your favourite tunes! Van Damsel – Van Damsel If you look through my previous work and posts, I seem to point out most…

PREMIERE: Big Knife Little Knife – A Certain Degree (Official Music Video)

(If you like: Fucked Up, Plague Vendor, White Lung)  Montreal hardcore post-punk trio Big Knife Little Knife have been gradually making some traction in the Canadian indie music scene. Since their 2015 debut Too Many Words EP, and the release of the live video for their debut single “Circumlocution“, Big Knife Little Knife have been working on releasing a full-length album of their abrasive, yet melodic post-punk. Set to hit shelves on April 29th, Anchor Rights is a 9-track collection of dense rhythms and stimulating energy. From the upcoming release is their second single “A Certain…

American Killers – Young Blood EP

(If you like: Wolfmother, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin)  If albums had catchphrases similar to the way movies do, American Killers‘ Young Blood EP would be flaunting the phrase “the louder, the better”. The Sacramento-based hard rock trio deliver relentless, bone-shaking riffs and melodies with an appreciation for ’80s rock, but with a strong gusto of fresh energy. Young Blood is the band’s debut release and was preceded by the riff-mashing single “Big City” and the accompanying political-dystopian music video. Introducing their hard-hitting sound to the world through the lead single, the new…

Big Knife Little Knife – Circumlocution

Montreal indie garage-rock group Big Knife Little Knife have released the live performance video for their single “Circumlocution” from their debut Too Many Words EP. Meaning to use an unnecessary amount of words, often to be vague or indirect, “Circumlocution” instead makes a point to reach backwards into ’90s hardcore rock and bring it into a contemporary setting with cleaner production and pop-hook riffs thrown against a wall of noise-punk. You can check out more of their music on their bandcamp page.

A Sight for Sewn Eyes – A Sight for Sewn Eyes

  4/5 Halifax’s music scene is quickly becoming Canada’s best kept secret; from indie rock groups (In-Flight Safety, beauts, Rain Over St. Ambrose), to electronic artists (Ryan Hemsworth), and hip-hop (Cam Smith, Classified), the varying range and magnitude of talent has many Canadian music fans keeping a close eye on the Nova Scotian capital. Adding to the list is five-piece metalcore band A Sight for Sewn Eyes who blasted into the music world with their 2012 debut album Alone Together. Now, after an extensive tour schedule and recording process, their…

Refused – Freedom

  3/5 The Shape of Punk to Come was one of the most influential, progressive punk albums of the 1990s; upon its release back in 1998, the revolutionary musical and lyrical style was ahead of its time. It took almost a decade for Refused’s dominant expertise to shine through the standardized blinds of punk music around the turn of the century. Ironically enough, while on tour for their monumental album, the Swedish hardcore band called it quits (which may be part of the reason for their delayed admiration). After the…

And So I Watch You From Afar – Heirs

4.5/5 With so much happening all at once, it can be difficult to hear every detail of And So I Watch You From Afar’s latest album Heirs – just another reason to enjoy it over and over again. The Belfast math-rock four-piece is a collective of melodic intensity, held together by intricate guitar patterns and group-vocal hooks that resemble a jubilant chorus of dramatic effect. Heirs, the band’s fourth studio album, is a 10-track collection that aims to impress, and more. From the opening sequence of the rushed back-and-forth 16th…

Fucked Up – Sun Glass

Toronto’s notoriously reckless Fucked Up have released a new single and video for the track “Sun Glass” off their upcoming album Glass Boys. The hardcore punk band aren’t letting go of their high energy sound, and lead singer Damian Abraham is sounding even more aggressive than before. (Glass Boys is out – and it’s great! Check out the review!)