"Florida mathcore force, Arms, released a blistering album back in 2016 called BLACKOUT. The album shows the band following in similar footsteps to that of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Botch. In fact, BLACKOUT was featured on Metal Injection a while back. Arms have begun to gear up for a new album in the future, but before they fully press onward to new music; they have released a video for one of the standout tracks from their most recent effort. "Ceremonial Monster" looks like live-shot footage of the band fed through a nightmarish kaleidoscope. The band's members multiply and converge with the help of top-notch video editing and effects. The video's intensity matches the furious tone of the song itself. It undoubtedly captures the band's energy and builds anticipation for what they have coming up."
It's been nearly 5 years since the release of "A Conundrum on the Coffee Table," the debut EP from Leeds mathcore / progressive metal act, II II II. The band made their triumphant return about 3 weeks ago with a series of short teasers and today we have the pleasure of bringing you "Recline and Fall," the groovy second track from their new album, "Frequency Illusion." The band is well known for their technical, yet catchy approach, which could be compared to Patton-era Dillinger Escape Plan, or the likes of their contemporary U.K tech-metallers in SikTh and Mr. Bungle acolytes, Down I Go, and this song is certainly no exception. II II II skillfully navigates their way through a number of shifting time signitures, while still bringing you something to which you can bob your head, and it does not relent. The band understands the fine line between introducing accessibility while still retaining what I would call a musician's appeal, and consistently bring you roughly 2 minute tracks of mid-tempo grooves and stop-on-a-dime time changes.
*II II II are to release "Frequency Illusion" September 22nd via their Bandcamp.
French hardcore / mathcore act Dead Like Me have returned with their first album in almost 5 years, and today we have the pleasure of premiering a new song from the album. "Á Terre, Amas de Rêves" brings you the very best of the heavier, sludgy elements of later Gaza and Cult Leader, and punishes you with non-stop nostalgia inducing riffs and pull-offs that recall late 90's and early 2000's blueprints laid by the likes of Botch and Converge, but with much darker and more sinister execution.
*Dead Like Me are to release "Á Terre, Amas de Revês" 10/13/17