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Five at 5 – Vol. 35

Tuesday Five at 5 is so metal, you might wanna stay away from magnets when you tune in.

26 Feb, 2013

Nikhil Udupa

Resident Demon of Darkness

The Indiecision Five at 5 is our attempt at sharing our musical tastes with you, and showcasing music from around the world. Each weekday at 5pm sharp, one NH7 writer or staffer will bring you five songs he/she is listening to on the day. Nikhil Udupa makes the rules today. Now shut up and listen.

1. Killswitch Engage – ‘In Due Time’
Killswitch Engage over the years have come to define the archetypal American Metalcore sound – a perfect balance of melody and brutality in instrumentation as well as vocals. Things just got better with the band announcing that they have reunited with their original vocalist Jesse Leach. It’s news thats polarized new and old fans, but all the arguments have been put to rest with the release of their new song ‘In Due Time’, off their upcoming album Disarm the Descent. This song showcases the Jesse Leachs dual vocal abilities to the fullest. Typically Killswitch – clean choruses, chugging riffs and the perfect length

2. Soilwork – ‘Long Live The Misanthrope’
The Gothenburg metal titans don’t seem to be in the mood of fading out. They are expected to be out with their 9th album The Living Infinite. They released a new song from this  called ‘Long Live The Misanthrope’. To be honest – the song is a disappointment. Mediocre is the word. It isn’t bad – it’s just mediocre. Soilwork is a band that shouldn’t be mediocre. Maybe it’s boredom. I dont really know. Dirk Verbeuren still slays though

3. Zhao Zhe – ’1911′
Traditional Chinese instruments have always had an epic/lush/emotional sound (think background scores to lone horseman riding across the valleys of China in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon). Mainly ’cause they have really cool sounding instruments, particularly the horse headed fiddle and the guqin. The guqin is a 7-stringed instrument (musical assassins in Kung Fu Hustle? Remember the thing they had? Yes, that) which dates back to Ancient China. It’s been given a fairly contemporary twist by the post rock band Zhao Zhe who make it the focal point of their album 1911. This album came out sometime last year and has been a more or less constant feature on my playlist. The album sounds suitably bleak and is a perfect companion to lonely sober nights. Listen to the whole album, ’cause I don’t know how to pronounce the song names anyway.

4. Terror – ‘Live By The Code’
My favorite manic hardcore bunch is back with a new album. FUCKING CELEBRATE!  Terror puts out the title track from their new album Live By The Code, expected sometime in April. Straight balls-to-the-wall hardcore. Absolutely manic energy that makes you want to trample around everyone around you. Watch the video. How can you NOT be inspired?

5. Kvelertak – ‘Bruane Brenn’
Rock ‘n’ roll-inspired punk from Norway anyone? Well, apparently corpse paint is not the only in thing up there in the frigid North. Unpronounceable hipster-metal darlings Kvelertak released their second album Meir and the first extremely fun single from this album is ‘Bruane Brenn’ . This band owes a lot of their sound to obvious inspirations from Kylesa and Baroness (Is it me or every other “new” sound adopted by metal bands sounds like a Baroness B-side?) The video uses the age-old technique of having a song performed by kids. Boring video. Kick-ass song. Christian friendly too.

Check out previous editions of Five at 5 here, and stay tuned for more picks from NH7, Monday through Friday.

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