On The Rise

On The Rise: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

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Back in the early mid 2000’s there was a band from England that seemed to have the fire to bring punk music back to the forefront. They had the songs, attitude and live show to really leave their mark. The band was Gallows. Led by the ferocious front man Frank Carter, Gallows seemed like they were going to usher in a new wave of punk rock. Fast forward a couple albums into their career, Frank left the band to explore a different side musically. Now, after spending time with his more “alternative” project Pure Love, Frank is back to his punk rock roots. Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes formed in 2015 and since have released 2 albums. Their most recent release Modern Ruin, really showcases Frank’s lyric and vocal abilities. Modern Ruin tells a story and takes you on a journey of life’s ups and downs. Musically, the band compliments the vision of Frank’s lyrics, and adds a dynamic punch. After seeing Gallows way back when, I would bet that the live performances of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are fiery and unrelenting, providing you a night to remember. Check out Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and what they have to offer.

 

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes- Modern Ruin:

 

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes- Blossom:

 

 

On The Rise: Oathbreaker

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How do I explain what you are about to hear? Let’s start by telling you that this band, Oathbreaker, is one of the most intelligent, deep, intense,  and beautiful bands I’ve heard in a long time. When I first put on their album Rheia, I was completely taken aback by the sheer intensity and absolute beauty in the music, lyrics and vocals. Now, Oathbreaker isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you appreciate music and different genres like I do, then you are in for a treat.

Oathbreaker has been around since 2008. They are from Ghent, Belgium. Their music is best described as post hardcore meets black metal, so I’m going to say they are post black metal. They have released 3 full length albums and 1 EP, each of their releases has seen the band evolve and create their own niche within the heavy music world. Guitarist Lennart Bossu, bassist Gilles Demolder and drummer Wim Coppers (who replaced original drummer Ivo Debrabandere) have created music that transcends the genres they are associated with. There is a clarity to the music and songs that will hit you emotionally just as the vocals and lyrics of singer Caro Tanghe. Caro’s delivery is pure, dark and full of emotion. Lyrically the songs are haunting and honest, all the while being poetic.

Their new album Rheia is a revelation. Easily a top ten album of the year for me. Oathbreaker are the type of band that will leave you speechless and inspired at the same time. I for one am totally enthralled by the way the band captivated me. I can’t wait till their next tour of the states so I can see them perform these songs live.

Check out a truly great band, and give a different genre a shot. You might very well surprise yourself by how much you enjoy it.

 

Oathbreaker- Rheia:

 

Oathbreaker- 10:56/Second Son of R:

 

Oathbreaker- Immortals:

 

Oathbreaker- Audiotree Sessions Live:

 

 

On The Rise: O’Brother

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There is a new album called Endless Light that came out this past March in the post-rock/experimental genre by the band O’Brother. These gents have been at it since 2006 and have only gotten better with each album and tour. Their new album Endless Light has been described as apocalyptic space pop. To give you a further example of that description. Take a bit of Tool, a dash of Failure, a bit of Thrice and a tad of Isis and what you’ll have perfectly describes O’Brother at this stage in their career. O’Brother has really developed as a band and evolved ever so gently without disrupting the progressive nature of the bands development. Singer Tanner Merritt’s voice has moments of Jimmy Gneco of Ours and Dustin Kensrue of Thrice. Johnny Dang, Michael Martens, Anton Dang, Jordan McGhin and Tanner Merritt, have really developed as a band and evolved ever so gently without disrupting the progressive nature of the bands development. Their previous album, the very underrated Disillusion, started them on this path. Disillusion is also an album that surpasses the generic quiet to loud segments opting instead for complexities and textures without taking away from the “loud” factor.

I really love seeing and hearing bands like O’Brother. The dedication they have to create music that is passionate and pure is inspiring. I saw them many yeas ago when they were on tour with Thrice, and while Thrice had a very off night that evening, O’Brother was the band that really stole the night for me. You can catch O’Brother on tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan. Between the two of those bands, you know you’re gonna get a show.
Endless Light:

Disillusion:

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https://www.facebook.com/OBrotherMusic

http://obrothermusic.net/

 

By: Brian Lacy

On The Rise: Code Orange

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The hardcore genre is one that has been of interest to me for a long time. There are many different sub genres within it making for some pretty spectacular bands. So it wasn’t a shock a couple years ago when I first heard about this up and coming band then called Code Orange Kids. Their blend of hardcore punk had a very Black Flag meets Converge type of vibe, and that got me really excited. Their debut Love Is Love/Return To Dust was recorded by Converge’s Kurt Ballou. This album would go on to to bring them to a whole new level as musicians and capture the essence of what the band is. Following months of touring with the likes of Every Time I Die and Terror, Code Orange then began work on their follow up. Dropping the “Kids” from their name, Code Orange would proceed to release I Am King, an album that upped the game for them to a new level entirely. Along with their hardcore punk sound, they incorporated elements of doom, thrash and sludge to their repertoire. Code Orange would go on to play shows with Killswitch Engage, and be a part of the Mayhem Festival in 2015. Now in 2016, they are really on the rise having recently signed with Roadrunner Records and touring with Deftones. Their big energy, take no prisoners shows have fast become very talked about and a must see for those that are fans of the genre.

If you enjoy heavy punk/thrash influenced music then Code Orange is the band for you. Being as young and hungry as they are, the sky’s the limit for how far they can go and become. Check out this band and what they have in store for you!

Love Is Love // Return To Dust:

I Am King:

This Is Hardcore Festival 2015:

Dreams In Inertia:

Flowermouth (The Leech):


https://www.facebook.com/codeorangekids

http://thinnersoftheherd.com/

On The Rise: Red Sun Rising

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A few months back while scouring the music news sites I read, I came across a band that was starting to gain some traction. The band is Red Sun Rising. They are the type of modern day hard rock band that does more than follow the same pattern as most radio rock bands do. Many bands try to do the early 90’s style of music and fail miserably. Red Sun Rising, while very influenced by that era, brings in two other elements that separate them from the pack. They have a love for the 70’s, and a great sense of melody. Throughout their most recent album, Polyester Zeal, Red Sun Rising manages to  blend the best of those three things along with really solid songwriting. Granted they are not reinventing the wheel in any way, this band is just doing this style a hell of a lot better than their peers. Currently they have two songs that are taking over the airwaves on terrestrial and satellite airwaves, “The Otherside” and “Emotionless.” The rest of the album is exceptional as well, especially the songs  “Push,” “Amnesia,” “My Muse,” “World’s Away,” “Unnatural,” and “Awake.” Give Red Sun Rising a shot if you are looking for a jolt of really solid hard rock.

 

Red Sun Rising- Polyester Zeal:

 

 

 

 

Supergroup Alert: Mutoid Man

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It’s been a lot of talk and back and forth but the day is finally here. The long awaited Converge/Cave In collaboration has arrived. Mutoid Man, formed by Stephen Brodsky (vocals/guitar) and Ben Koller (drums), this dynamic pairing has created something special. Their twisted time signatures and love for thrash punk with a dose of melody can all be heard on their debut Helium Head. Live Nick Cageao handles the low end. There is very truthful and honest approach to what Mutoid Man has created. Their album is short, precise, and direct that after it’s over you immediately want to start it over.

https://www.facebook.com/mutoidman