Nikhil Udupa gets all misty-eyed over metalcore for this edition of Five at 5!
The Indiecision Five at 5 is your one-click stop to check out great music curated by NH7.in’s editorial staff and users. Resident shape-shifting demon of darkness Nikhil Udupa gives you his five today.
I love core bands.
1. Misery Signals – ‘Luminary’
Metalcore, especially American metalcore, tends to generate some hate from the metal purists. Fuck knows why. Misery Signals come back after a good five years to show how its done. They just released a track form their crowdfunded new album Absent Light called ‘Luminary’ and it is loud and visceral. With no record label running up their ass Misery Signals have shed most of the radio friendly nuances. Wait for the extremely predictable breakdown at the end of the song. You will still love it.
2. The Dillinger Escape Plan – ‘One Of Us Is The Killer’
I’ve run out of superlatives to describe the universe shattering awesomness that is The Dillinger Escape Plan. It is really really difficult to get better with each album especially after you’ve produced something as epic as Miss Machine. Fanboi-ing aside, the title track from One Of Us Is The Killer is the most accessible one from the album. Greg Puciato has evolved into one of metals finest frontmen with his vocal range bordering on Mike Patton levels of incredible. This is a great place to stat if you ever want to get into this band.
3. August Burns Red – ‘Spirit Breaker’
American metalcore heavyweights August Burns Red are out with their sixth album Rescue and Restore. They pretty much signify everything people love and hate about this genre. Screeches, clean vocals, “I am so sad but I will fight this” lyrics, and the breakdown. ‘Spirit Breaker’ is high on the melodic side of metalcore, includes a spoken-word part that sounds a little forced. The song, despite its melodic tendencies, packs quite a punch and has a fairly unconventional ending.
4. Parkway Drive – ‘Wild Eyes’
Aussie sportswearcore , better known as Parkway Drive, released a video in May from their single ‘Wild Eyes’ from their 2012 Album Atlas. Big hooks on this song along with the typical singalong anthemic parts that Parkway Drive are well known for. I really dig the vocals despite the monotony. No clean singing.
5. The Multiverse Concept – ‘Inertia 2: It Won’t Stop’
Dear Keshav Dhar, look at what you’ve done. Now everyone wants to sound like you.
The Multiverse Concept is the project of Pune-based Aksheya Chandar. A bunch of scnenesters from Pune bands (Noiseware, What Google Can’t Find, Virion etc.) have contributed to the project of his. One EP and one album old the music is majorly of progressive metal/djent/Euroblast variety. Very Skyharboresque. That’s a great inspiration to have so no complaints. This my favorite from their latest album Defying Inertia. Unsurprisingly, it is an instrumental as I am not a fan of all the vocals on the album. This is a band that more people here need to know and listen to so do check them out.