* Indicates Canadian Content
1 JAPANDROIDS* – Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
2 BRASSTRONAUT* – Mean Sun (Unfamiliar)
3 SUGARMAN 3 – What The World Needs Now (Daptone)
4 LADYHAWKE – Anxiety (Casablanca)
5 SAME LATITUDE AS ROME* – 1812 (Self-Released)
6 MARBLE LION* – Foliage (Self-Released)
7 VULGAR, YOU* – Fais-moi cuire fais-moi jouir (Self-Released)
8 MOONFACE* – With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery (Jagjaguwar)
9 EIGHT AND A HALF* – Eight And A Half (Arts & Crafts)
10 HEY OCEAN!* – Is (Nettwerk)
11 DEL BARBER* – Headwaters (Six Shooter)
12 CFCF* – Exercises (Paper Bag)
13 PARLOVR* – Kook Soul (Dine Alone)
14 HUMANS* – Traps (Hybridity)
15 WE CAN BE HEROES* – Where I Want To Be (Cargo)
16 BOCCE* – Future 1.0 (Dadmobile)
17 THE BOMBAY ROYALE – You Me Bullets Love (Hope Street)
18 JAZZ PUNKS – Smashups (Self-Released)
19 KNIFE AND FORK – The Higher You Get The Rarer The Vegetation (The Bureau)
20 DIAMOND RUGS – Diamond Rugs (Partisan)
21 RADIOINACTIVE – The Akashic Record (Flying Carpet)
22 THE FUNKEES – Dancing Time: The Best of Eastern Nigeria’s Afro Rock Exponents 1973-1977 (Soundway)
23 SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALL STARS – Radio Salone (Cumbancha)
24 LE SUPER BORGOU DE PARAKOU – The Bariba Sound (Analog Africa)
25 MICHAEL KIWANUKA – Home Again (Polydor)
26 DEATH GRIPS – The Money Store (Epic)
27 DEADLY SYNDROME – All In Time (Substance)
28 CHAINS OF LOVE* – Strange Grey Days (Dine Alone)
29 DOUBLE FUZZ* – Double Fuzz (Self-Released)
30 JIMMYRIGGERS* – I Stand In The Weeds (Self-Released)
More Info?: www.earshot-online.com
* – Indicates Canadian Content
1 JAPANDROIDS* – Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
2 MISSTRESS BARBARA* – Many Shades Of Grey (Energia)
3 YUKON BLONDE* – Tiger Talk (Dine Alone)
4 THE FUNKEES – Dancing Time: The Best of Eastern Nigeria’s Afro Rock Exponents 1973-1977 (Soundway)
5 THE DEADLY HEARTS* – The Deadly Hearts (Transistor 66)
6 LIJADU SISTERS – Mother Africa (Knitting Factory)
7 GUIDED BY VOICES – Class Clown Spots A UFO (GBV)
8 CHICHA LIBRE – Canibalismo (Barbes)
9 KENNY GARRETT – Seeds From the Underground (Mack Avenue)
10 SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO – UnPatterns (Wichita)
11 MEWITHOUTYOU – Ten Stories (Pine Street)
12 LEARNING* – Live in a Living Room (Self-Released)
13 MODE MODERNE* – Strange Bruises (Light Organ)
14 EIGHT AND A HALF* – Eight And A Half (Arts & Crafts)
15 ROYAL CROWNS* – Volume Three (Self-Released)
16 BRASSTRONAUT* – Mean Sun (Unfamiliar)
17 THE SCHOMBERG FAIR* – Providence (Self-Released)
18 COLD SPECKS* – I Predict A Graceful Expulsion (Arts & Crafts)
19 THE SKYDIGGERS* – Northern Shore (Latent)
20 BEST COAST – The Only Place (Mexican Summer)
21 BLOCKHEAD – Interludes After Midnight (Ninja Tune)
22 PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. – This Is PiL (Self-Released)
23 THE WALKMEN – Heaven (Fat Possum)
24 BEACH HOUSE – Bloom (Sub Pop)
25 JOEY RAMONE – … Ya Know? (Mutated Music)
26 MICHAEL KIWANUKA – Home Again (Polydor)
27 CROCODILES – Endless Flowers (Fat Possum)
28 JAILL – Traps (Sub Pop)
29 JULIANN KUCHOCKI – Broken Compass (Pro Arts)
30 MAQLU* – Futureghosts (Self-Released)
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As a follow up to their 2011 release Welcome Home, local Christian Metal group Faithful Unto Death have recently released the EP Give Up, Grow Old. This four-song collection clocks in just over fourteen minutes, and holds to the sound established in their previous recordings.
The title track opens the EP on a very strong note, with vocals bordering on rap and some super bouncy instrumentals. Thick recordings of cracking drums and a guitar tone that would fit well in a prog band, the song eventually shifts into the sound of a typical hardcore song with breakdowns and gangvocals that I imagine will translate very well live.
As is true for most Faithful Unto Death Songs, the band is making a statement with Love Devoid of Feeling. “I can say I love you, but if I don’t mean it, the word still don’t make it true” is the gist of the message to this song. Very reminiscent of Hail Destroyer-era Cancer Bats, this song gets into a great chorus with super-steady blast beats, and moves into a huge an awesome crescendo near the end.
The Other Son starts off as a groovy slow-jam, with a super-clicky bass drum. When the song kicks in it’s got a definite Hawthorne Heights feel, if that band had managed to actually sound good. Awesome high, clean guitar riff coming in about halfway through, and ending on the techy, Cancer Bats style sound they established earlier.
Closing off this EP is a cover from the Swedish band Blindside. Yemkela originally appeared on the band’s fifth album, The Great Depression, which was released in 2005. Faithful Unto Death has made the song their own by bringing in their heavy and more technical sound, while keeping the same feel, arrangement, and main riffs as the original track.
Faithful Unto Death has quite a following in Windsor’s hardcore community, and based on this album it is easy to see why. They have also filled the Christian Hardcore Band category that had been empty since the demise of the fun and fast I Am The Vine a couple of years back.
Worth checking out, pick up this album when the band plays live, or for the impatient, download it from their Bandcamp page.
Vesperia has been playing shows for a number of years under the moniker Bolero, be in recent weeks have made the decision to change their name in reflection alteration in band disposition and members. The first release under this name, The Swordsman, proves that the band is still sticking with their initial influences, the only change is they are turning things up to eleven.
Pulling from thrash and black metal, as well as tossing in some traditional folk, these guys have a sound comparative to Alestorm or Eluveitie.
Intense arrangements of deep, guttural vocals, pummeling drums, lightning-fast guitars, and driving bass make for tunes that entices ardent ale swilling and violent windmilling.
Joining them on their journey across Ontario is Crimson Shadows, a band who decided their music scene was lacking a certain sound, and have successfully brought it forth, in their combination of death and power metal.
They have seamlessly blended the speed and intricacies of death metal with the melodies and clarity of power metal. Listening through Glory on the Battlefield you’ll find multiple variations in vocal stylings, helping to keep things fresh from track to track. Guitars aren’t destroyed by distortion, and fit in nicely with a tight drum sound and rolling bass tone. The songs themselves all flow nicely, sweeping through 4 solid tracks.
Locals also on the bill are Final Stage, a well known power metal outfit that has been around forever, despite numerous lineup changes. As well, show-goers will be hearing from Aeron’s Wake, unique in our scene for the use of fiddle, and Nepenthe, who made their debut last month opening up for Cryptopsy with their melodic death metal tracks.
Vesperia, Crimson Shadows, Final Stage, Aeron’s Wake, and Nepenthe will be playing at The Dominion House Tavern (3140 Sandwich St.) on Saturday, June 9th. Doors are at 7pm, tickets are $7ADV/$10ATD, and 19+ are welcome.
Name: Paul Jacobs
Instruments: Drums, Guitar, Vocals.
Bands: Get Bent, Raised By Weeds
Featured musician for the month of June is multi-instrumentalist and artist Paul Jacobs. Paul is a true DIYer and very passionate artist. He not only shows his skills as drummer of the hardcore punk outfit Get Bent but also shows his calmer side as guitarist and lead vocalist for surf rockers (for lack of a better term) Raised By Weeds. On top of all that he also has a very unique style for his original artwork which is featured on merch for both bands. Please take the time to show your support of Paul’s projects by clicking on the links below.
Thank you for supporting local music and local musicians. This is the second installment of TWZ Musician Of The Month and we will feature a different musician each month. If you would like to nominate anyone for this honor please contact us with all the necessary information. Above all the candidate must contribute to the originality of the music scene and promote and support others in the scene. Let’s give credit to the people who make our scene stronger!
* – Indicates Canadian Content
1 DEL BARBER* – Headwaters (Six Shooter)
2 MOONFACE* – With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery (Jagjaguwar)
3 MATTHEW BARBER* – Songs For The Haunted Hillbilly (Outside)
4 APOLLO GHOSTS* – Landmark (You’ve Changed)
5 CHAINS OF LOVE* – Strange Grey Days (Dine Alone)
6 BEACH HOUSE – Bloom (Sub Pop)
7 MAPS & ATLASES – Beware And Be Grateful (Barsuk)
8 TWIN LIBRARY* – The Abandoned Reel (Self-Released)
9 GREY KINGDOM* – The Weeping Suns (Dine Alone)
10 ARTIST OF THE YEAR* – uP yOURS (The Good People)
11 THE WIND UP RADIO SESSIONS* – Bird Eyes (Self-Released)
12 TEENAGE KICKS* – Be On My Side (Self-Released)
13 LEE RANALDO – Between The Times & The Tides (Matador)
14 AVEC PAS D’CASQUE* – Astronomie (Grosse Boite)
15 FANNY BLOOM* – Apprentie Guerriere (Grosse Boite)
16 CANCER BATS* – Dead Set On Living (Distort)
17 BLOCKHEAD – Interludes After Midnight (Ninja Tune)
18 FIVE ALARM FUNK* – Rock the Sky (Self-Released)
19 HUMANS* – Traps (Hybridity)
20 LEEROY STAGGER AND HIS BAND* – Radiant Land (Rebeltone)
21 SLEEPY SUN – Spine Hits (The End)
22 ROYAL CROWNS* – Volume Three (Self-Released)
23 WOODS/AMPS FOR CHRIST – Woods/Amps For Christ Split (Shrimper)
24 GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS* – New Wild Everywhere (Nettwerk)
25 LOON LAKE – Not Just Friends (Self-Released)
26 BATIDA – Batida (Soundway)
27 LE VENT DU NORD* – Tromper Le Temps (Borealis)
28 ALABAMA SHAKES – Boys & Girls (ATO)
29 EMILY WELLS – Mama (Partisan)
30 GURRUMUL – Rrakala (Justin Time)
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