REST IN PAIN: THE POST-HARDCORE BADASSES FROM INDONESIA

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Syndicated from the Asterisked Music Journal.

Assessment: 8.7 out of 10.

Bottom line up front: These guys are proof that metal can save the world.  This act would fly anywhere where metal reigns.  This an Indonesian band that would be right at home at the Longview, TX metal scene.  Great screams.  Great clean vocals.  Great instrumental textures. Soaring melodies.

Highlights: This is balls-to-the-wall metal.  These guys bring it.  Saint and Sinner is a delightfully confrontational little tune.  It starts off with a bare drum solo that comes across as a war drum.  This transitions to a section with powerful riffs, with a chorus featuring well-blended clean vocals and screams.  The song culminates with a dissonant riff, that, while simple, is played in such a way that it washes over the listener like a shroud of flame.

Criticisms: Overall, these guys are legit.  The only real criticism I have is about the way these guys present themselves.  They call themselves emo.  I feel this is not accurate.  These guys are much too hardcore to be described that way.  Also, their English isn’t all that great — I don’t think anyone will mind, though.  They bring the metal.  That’s what counts.

Conclusion: I think these guys will find themselves welcome wherever metal is played.  I wish them the very best.

SEND THE CITY: A CASE OF UNTAPPED POTENTIAL

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Article by PJ Cornell.

Syndicated from the Asterisked Music Journal.

Assessment: 7.7 out of 10.

Bottom line up front: You guys are very good.  You could be much better.  The only thing you need to unlock your potential is to get off the flouride and find your untapped warrior spirit.  You identify your genre as being «Easycore/Melodicore.»  I’ve never heard of this genre, but based on the sound, I gather that the idea is that it’s Metalcore minus the screaming.  Here’s the thing, guys: you need to know your fan base.  Chances are, if they like your admittedly excellent riffs and melodies, they’re probably Killswitch Engage fans.  You’re trying to sell soft-core KsE.  That’s not going to fly.  GET ANGRY!

Highlights: The best song you guys have, by far, is Retribution.  You could maybe speed it up a little, but I like the riffs, I like the vocal harmonies, and I love the screams.  That’s the direction I’d like to see you take.  Look Alive is a distant second.  It’s a decent song.  Has a great tune.

Criticisms: Look guys.  You just need to get hardcore.  Bottom line.  Find your inner warrior.  Speed it up.  Give us more screams.  You’ve got talent.  Make me feel like you actually believe in what you’re singing about.

Conclusion: Good songs.  Get mad.  Ramp it up.

 

HYMN ONE

We walk this earth
With fire in our hands;
Eye for an eye.
We are: Nemesis!

We are with you:
Countless vicious souls
Fight; fighting for freedom.
United, we stand. We stand!

We are a legion
Voice of anarchy.
This is revolution;
Creating new disorder.

We are enemy:
Opponent of the system.
Crushing hypocrisy,
Slaying the Philistine.

One for all, all for one.
We are strong, we are one.
One for all, all for one.
We are one: Nemesis!

A malicious fever burns
In our heart, in our veins.
Your blood, my blood;
Our blood runs the same. The same!

One for all, all for one.
We are strong, we are one.
One for all, all for one.
We are one: Nemesis!

We are Nemesis!

One for all, all for one.
We are strong, we are one.
One for all, all for one.
We are one: Nemesis!

—Arch Enemy (Nemesis)

Happy 11SEP12. I hope you thanked a soldier today.