Band to watch: CODE ORANGE caused some major ripples in the hardcore scene with albums Love Is Love/Return to Dust (2012) and I Am King (2014) released through Deathwish. Now signed to Roadrunner Records, this Pennsylvanian troupe are set to completely blow all competition out of the water with their forthcoming LP Forever. Earlier this week the video dropped for the title track and the song is absolutely lethal. Gritty and aggressive, edging towards grind in places, Forever demonstrates the band’s ability to pen a down-right ferocious ear assault. The video is the visual equivalent of the music; violent and utterly spellbinding. If the band are able to maintain this rawness then the future of hardcore is bright, the future is CODE ORANGE.
Video to watch: THE INFERNAL SEA. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing THE INFERNAL SEA live (or joining in their ritual being the more appropriate phase) you’ll notice the video for Plague Herald has the same eerie aesthetic as their live performance. In the live footage, a swathe of green light shrouds frontman Dean Lettice and his plague mask-adorned bandmates as they lead us into the era of the Black Death. It is this hellish period of history which is the focus of the band’s current album The Great Mortality, and the video explores the darker side of the human nature when the plague was rife. A little interesting nugget of trivia for you though, the mace used in the video clip once belonged to Øystein ‘Euronymous’ Aarseth from MAYHEM, further hammering THE INFERNAL SEA’s stakes in the black metal world. We may no longer live in the days of the Black Death, but the time of THE INFERNAL SEA is imminent.
In the stereo: COUNTING DAYS. Everyone loves a good riff and COUNTING DAY’s blistering debut album Liberated Sounds is chock full of them. Released October 2015, the album still packs a punch a year on. The London band’s modern metal is kicked up a notch with hardcore elements and delicious groves. Screaming in loud and fast with opening track Burned By Faith, it sets the racing pace for the remainder of the record. It is hard to believe this is a debut album as the quality of material and strength in the band’s sound could fool anyone into thinking they’ve been in the game for decades. Beaten & Scarred is a furious hardcore stomper, but they can soon switch to bass-heavy groove such as the title track will have you lapping up all that COUNTING DAYS have to offer. The diversity of styles heard on Liberated Sounds (check out the interlude The Vines) make COUNTING DAYS a very exciting band to listen to as they soak up numerous influences and blast out their own unique brand of metal. You’ll soon find yourself counting the days until new material.
Band to rediscover: THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT sadly announced this summer that they were calling it a day. This month you’ll be able to get your hands on vinyl pressings of all of the Brisbane band’s releases and so now would be a good excuse to rediscover the group’s glorious 2008 album, Final Conversation of Kings. Simply put, this album is a stunning example of THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT’s distinct progressive rock. Upon first listen you may be fooled into thinking they were any old pop-rock band, but no, if you delve a little deeper you will be rewarded with beautifully crafted prog elements that sit so comfortably with frontman Clint Boge’s beautiful vocals. Stand out tracks Window and the Watcher and In These Hands boast catchy hooks and even catchier lyrics without dumbing down the quality of the songwriting. The whole album is a solid collection of material by a band in their prime, but alas it turned out to be their last. It is the final conversation of Kings indeed.