If you are into modern metalcore, you may want to look into the Swedish band, Billion Dollar Man. Their brand new EP, Ruins was just released on January 25, 2015 and while it is not everyone's cup of tea, many are going to like this. Billion Dollar Man has their own sound, that is slightly hard to place, though it has traces of several bands including Of Mice And Men, Underoath, The Devil Wears Prada and more.
This genre is not for everyone, as there is a lot screaming and growling that isn't always easy to understand. Instrumentally, its incredible, and from could be understood of the lyrics, those are great too. Especially on the track, "Abandoned." It appears to be calling someone out who left you, and hearing this could do great things for someone who has just been through that. It might empower them to be pissed off, rather than hurt. Which, in situations like that, is always better.
Anyone who is into hard hitting metalcore should check out Billion Dollar Man.
You can get this EP on their Bandcamp page, and be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter as well as their Bandcamp.
Its quite common for a song to speak to you, but to have the majority of an album speak to you? That's quite rare. If F.E.A.R by Papa Roach doesn't have at least one track that speaks to you on a deeply personal level, one will have to assume you haven't lived at all. This album has something for everyone, and is one of the best albums Immortal Music has ever heard.
This album is one of the most powerful, inspiring, and spectular albums to be released within this decade. Possibly this millineum so far. Every album tells a different story, that all still somehow seem to go together perfectly all at once.
The entire album stands out to us, and various tracks will stand out more than others to certain indiviuals. For Immortal Music, the tracks that stood out the most were, "Skeletons", "Broken As Me" and "Face Everything And Rise." Several lyrics from other tracks stood out as well, as they all are beautifully written and deep. You can tell they came deep from within.
"Face Everything And Rise" is the perfect song to empower someone to keep going, even when they feel like giving up. Its all about taking on the world, rising up to your full potential and then finally coming out on top.
"Broken As Me" sounds a bit like a follow up to their hit, "Scars", as its all about deciding to not give up on someone who has hurt you repeatedly because you see they need someone too. They're just as broken as you are, so you choose not to move on, even though they do not deserve your compassion. Guess compassion is still in his nature.
"Skeletons", however, is almost haunting. Its talking about seeing yourself as broken reflection, just craving some affection but instead of getting it, you just suffer in silence. The chorus speaks volumes about finally just letting someone in and see all of you. "Brick by brick, I built these walls. I shut you own to break the fall. I will shed my sins, I'll show you my skeletons." Putting up walls is a coping mechanism that gets people through a lot of things, and putting it down can be quite terrifying, but sometimes you do have to break down the wall. This song perfectly tells the story of this, and its just amazing.
This album has everything, and something for everyone. You can get this album wherever music is sold and it is highly recommended that you do. You will be missing out on one of the best albums to be released in a very long time.
High & Mighty is an incredibly talented post hardcore band from Allentown, PA. You may not have a clue who they are now, but this is only the beginning for them. Their entire discography offers sounds reminiscent of Memphis May Fire, Of Mice and Men and Secrets.
Between their brand new EP, covers and singles, they express a lot of talent, and push their limits quite a bit. Not to mention, they also say a lof of the things people need to hear.
Personal favorites include, "Daydreamer", "Inhibitor", and their cover of Nick Jonas' "Jealous." That cover needs to be heard by Nick, because frankly, he could learn something from them. Between slight lyrical changes and the screaming added into the song, they blew us away. They did that one such justice, and coming from a die hard Jonas fan, that is quite the compliment.
"Daydreamer" is arguably one of the most inspirational songs out there right now. Its not only beautiful but extremely powerful as well. "Every dream inside the mind of a dreamer. Where is your sad song adventure? Don't you have what it takes to make you smile?" This one is right up there with "Legacy" by Memphis May Fire on the inspirational level.
Some of these songs are not out yet, but their debut, five song EP is out now! For more information, please be sure to check out High & Mighty on their official website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus.
These guys are highly worth your time. They might be brand new now, but they have the potential to go far.
Firestarter is a pop punk band from Albany, NY, and Forget the Past is their second ep. They follow suit along with Blink 182 and Bowling for Soup that have more traditional pop punk sounds.
That being said, the vocals are ever so slightly reminiscent of A Day To Remember's Jeremy Mckinnon, but they do need to work on their intonation just a bit. Firestarter is definitely onto something brilliant and tracks such as, "Tiny Bandages", "Lost & Found" and their acoustic versions really show that off.
This album is definitely worth giving a chance if you are into pop punk of the old school variety.
You can get this album now over on Bandcamp, or iTunes, and be sure to check the band out over on all their social medias!
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Originally released in 2011, Truth In Tragedy is the debut album from Stealing Eden a hard rock band from Vancouver, Canada. You may not have heard it before, but you definitely should not pass it up now that you have heard of it.
The entire album is simply beautiful and powerful as well. Some tracks are more somber and heartfelt, while others are inspiring and thoughtful.
Some of the best tracks on the album are "Never Give Up", "All I Need", and "Thrown Away." The entire album stands out, but those are favorites for many reasons.
"Never Give Up" is another one of those perfect examples of how music can help you. Any song that says "I'll never give up on you. I'll never give up on you. I'll never let you fall." shows perfectly that music is always there for you.
"All I Need" actually brings back memories for Immortal Music of discovering Stealing Eden via YouTube. If memory serves, this awesome song was their first single. Even if it wasn't, it was the first song ever heard by Stealing Eden and it hooks you automatically.
If you haven't heard this album, you really are missing out. It is incredible and well worth every second you can give it. Be sure to check Stealing Eden out on all their social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and their offical website. You can get this album on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and more!
Appearances by the metalcore/ post-hardcore Italian band, The End At The Beginning was released in February 2014. Nearly a full year later, it found its way to Immortal Music for a review.
Anyone who is a fan of Asking Alexandria, Of Mice And Men or Killswitch Engage will definitely enjoy The End At The Beginning.
Hands down, the favorite track here is "Fool is A The Dreamer." It spoke volumes, and even the title alone was great. Its one of those empowering, driving songs that says things like, "We've lost ourselves running in senseless circles. There's always hope if you believe in yourself. Stray from the path where you've always walked on. Hold your head, they'll never take you down." and "Dreams are made for the brave." That is a song every needs to hear at some point.
However, other tracks, such as "Try to Fall, Learn To Fly" also really stood out. The title leaves you to believe its going to be inspiring and rather uplifting. It ends up being more of a situation where you cannot help someone anymore and have to move on with your own life.
The entire album is worth your time! Its a great album, and you can get listen to it by clicking here. Be sure to check them out on all their social media, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
Back in September 2014, Motionless In White released their brand new album, Reincarnate and while this review is a bit late -its better late than never!
Motionless In White has done it again. They not only released a great album, but channeled their inner Marilyn Manson vibes to do it. You can pick up on that vibe through out the album, though it is mainly in the vocals from Chris Motionless.
This album is many things. Its thought provoking, uplifting and just generally interesting. Songs like, "Break The Cycle" and "Unstoppable" could help give someone the strength they need to get them through tougher days.
The real thought provoking one was "Wasp." It tells quite the story, and frankly, there's a lot of questions surrounding the inspiration behind the song and what it means to them. "January is the color of her skin." Is she gray then? Plenty of questions are posed for this song, but it is interesting none the less.
There's nothing bad to be said about this album, in all honesty. If you haven't heard it, you might want to give it a chance.
Don't forget too, you can catch Motionless In White at many dates all over the country with bands such as Ice Nine Kills and For Today, as well as the 2015 Fort Rock Festival and more.
Strange Groove is a very unique band from the Bay Area in Califorina that happens to be of the experimental progressive rock persuasion. Their three track EP, Turning Leaf is all about the connection between consciousness to subconsciousness.
The vocals of the singer are something that genuinely stands out on some level. They sound wonderful, when you can hear them. Perhaps its the style, but it often sounds like his voice is being drowned out by the instrumentals some. This is primarily on the first track, "Eclipse" though.
Each track, while they go together quite well, are all very different from one another. Everything has a vibe all its own and that's wonderful! It shows a lot of talent when someone can make an EP with a similar sound that also shows off other genres as well. "Aurora" at times actually was slightly reminiscent of "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica, but not all at once.
"Red Tide" was interesting. While its still progressive rock, it also had an upbeat sort of punk undertone feel to it and that definitely was something that stood out a lot. Its impressive to hear genres mix, and still mix well.
Clearly, this is a hard EP to explain, so why don't you just listen for yourself? Its well worth the chance. If you'd like to hear more from Strange Groove, you can check them out on Reverbnation, Facebook, and Twitter.
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.