Since the beginning of Audioeclectica, I’ve been able to share so many different bands with you all from all sorts of genres. And now I present to you The Armed. Based out of Detroit, The Armed have taken hardcore, punk, metal, ambience, and electronics to a whole other realm. The band have released 3 EP’s, 1 live album and 1 full length so far and are gearing up to release their second album Only Love on April 27. The new album was produced by Kurt Ballou and features Converge/Mutoid Man drummer extraordinaire Ben Koller. The first song released from Only Love, is called Witness and it will pummel your speakers and might cause an impromptu mosh pit. Check it out!
The Armed- Witness:
The Armed- Untitled (Debut Album):
The Armed- Spreading Joy EP:
The Armed- Young & Beautiful EP:
The Armed- Common Enemies EP:
Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach always seems to be doing something to keep his musical appetite wet. In addition to Killswitch he also is a part of Times Of Grace and this new project called The Weapon. The Weapon is a straight forward hardcore/punk band. This “new band” seems more like a fun project and pays homage to all their influences from the early hardcore/punk era. Check out the 2 song EP.
I’m genuinely unsure as to what to think about any of the new songs from A Perfect Circle. This new song “TalkTalk” off their upcoming album Eat The Elephant (which comes out April 20, 2018), sounds like a rehashed song from Mer De Noms and a Puscifer song. The more I think about the return of the band, the more I think it took way too long for them to come back, granted this is just my opinion. I’m sure many people out there that listen to this song and all the others off their new album will really enjoy it.
Stone Temple Pilots have released another new song from their upcoming self titled album due out March 16. It’s very well known that no one will ever come close to Scott Weiland and his talent, melodies, and lyrics, that’s just irreplaceable. Stone Temple Pilots seem to have found the right guy for the job though. On the two songs released so far, “Meadow” and the new one “Roll Me Under” Jeff Gutt fits the profile of what the next singer of STP should sound like. He’s right in the range vocally of Scott so it won’t be a stretch for him to sing the older songs. The new song “Roll Me Under” sounds like a classic STP song. At least it’s not anything as bad as their work with Chester Bennington.
Roll Me Under:
What else can I say about Spirit In The Room that I haven’t said before? I’m not kidding when I say that with every release they get better and better. The wealth of inspiration that flows in and out of Dennis Sanders is astonishing. There are a few groups I’ve written about here on Audioeclectica that have the same type of passion as Dennis and Spirit In The Room. Well, Dennis has done it yet again. The newest song released, “Kid” is a stark and minimalist post punk gem. Instead of describing what it sounds like, just listen and let the music take you away. Something else you should do is go see Spirit In The Room live. They are one hell of a live band. It’s an “experience” seeing them.
Spirit In The Room- Kid:
Upcoming Spirit In The Room Dates:
January 29 @ The Roxy with 10 Years
February 15 @ Mal’s Bar
February 16 @ Cafe Nela
March 31 @ Bar Sinister
Spirit In The Room Catalog on Bandcamp:
I’m going to cut right to the chase. Stone Temple Pilots are back with a new singer. I’ve been a very skeptical fan about them continuing on so soon. So needless to say any expectations I have for this are extremely low. That being said, STP made their live debut last night with their new singer Jeff Gutt. You might know his name from when he fronted the band Dry Cell in the early 2000’s. They had a song “Body Crumbles” on the Queen Of The Damned soundtrack. Jeff was also a contestant on The X Factor and finished second on the season he was on. Now, STP are going to be releasing a new album in 2018 but, they just released their first new song with Jeff called “Meadow.” While he’s not Scott Weiland by a long shot (no one can replace him though), this isn’t as bad as you think it is. At least it’s not Chester Bennington. Take a listen for yourself and make your own opinion. Personally, because my expectations are so low, there is a chance this could work but, you never know.
Stone Temple Pilots- Meadow:
STP with Jeff Gutt (at the Troubadour)- Down:
STP with Jeff Gutt (at the Troubadour)- Coma/Piece Of Pie:
Jeff’s previous work:
Jeff on The X Factor:
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen):
A while back I wrote about a new band comprised of former members of DevilDriver, God Forbid and Divine Heresy called Bad Wolves. They had just released their debut single “Learn To Live” and now have unleashed a new song that steps up their game even more. The new song “Toast To The Ghost” is heavy and melodic with all the metal you need to blast through your speakers. I still stand by the comparison of Bad Wolves having a Meshuggah meets Sevendust vibe only with this song, they add some other flair to the song with the vocals. So check out “Toast To The Ghost” from their upcoming debut album which will be out in 2018.
Bad Wolves- Toast To The Ghost:
and in case you missed it…
Bad Wolves- Learn To Live: