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Demon Hunter – The World Is A Thorn

Posted in Alternative Metal, Metalcore, Thrash Metal by newmusicexcess on May 7, 2010

Demon Hunter - The World Is A Thorn

Looking through the May issue of Rocksound which landed in the ‘superbox’ this week, I can see a number of new albums that get 9 or above. One such album is Demon Hunter’s latest, The World Is A Thorn.

Track listing:

  1. Descending upon Us
  2. LifeWar
  3. Collapsing (feat. Björn "Speed" Strid of Soilwork)
  4. This Is the Line
  5. Driving Nails
  6. The World Is a Thorn
  7. Tie This Around Your Neck
  8. Just Breathe (feat. Christian Älvestam of Miseration)
  9. Shallow Water
  10. Feel as Though You Could (feat. Dave Peters of Throwdown)
  11. Blood in the Tears

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  • Metalcore
  • Alternative metal
  • Thrash metal


Similar artists:

  • Living Sacrifice
  • Becoming the Archetype
  • Project 86
  • The Showdown
  • Haste the Day
  • Disciple
  • War of Ages
  • Destroy The Runner
  • Still Remains
  • Soul Embraced


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Adult Contemporary Progressive Death Metal

Posted in Metalcore, Technical Death Metal by newmusicexcess on April 14, 2010

Between The Buried And Me

Well, at least, that’s what Between The Buried And Me described the sound of their fifth album Colors. As they are not a band that I am familiar with I thought I would feed them through ‘the method’ (see previous posts in the category of  ‘similar artists’) and see what I could come up with.

Here is the album list:

  • Between The Buried And Me – Between The Buried And Me
  • Protest The Hero – Kezia
  • Scale The Summit – Carving Desert Canyons
  • The Human Abstract – Nocturne
  • Glass Casket – We Are Gathered Here Today
  • Animals As Leaders – Animals As Leaders
  • Sikth – Death Of A Dead Day
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan – Miss Machine
  • After The Burial – Forging A Future Self
  • The Red Chord – Clients
  • Mastodon – Leviathan

Here is a link to the albums that I could find on Spotify –


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Terrorizer: Top 10 Noisecore Records

Posted in Metalcore, Noisecore, Top Albums by newmusicexcess on March 23, 2010

Rorschach - Autopsy

I was flicking through this month’s Terrorizer (Issue 194, March 2010) and noticed that they had continued on their Metalcore special from last month, by focusing on certain scenes within Metalcore and also providing recommended album listings. One such list was for a section on Noisecore. The list is titled up, Panasonic Youth: Ten Records That Fucked The Template To Give Us A New Sound For The ‘90s. Here is the list of albums they recommend:

Rorschach – Autopsy (Gern Blandstern 1993)

Acme – To Reduce The Choir To One Soloist (Edison 1996)

Deadguy – Fixation On A Co-Worker (Victory 1996)

Converge – Petitioning The Empty Sky (Ferret 1996)

Breach – It’s Me God (Burning Heart 1997)

Angel Hair – Pregnant With The Senior Class (Gravity 1997)

Coalesce – Functioning On Impatience (Second Nature 1998)

Cave In – Until Your Heart Stops (Hydra Head 1998)

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Calculating Infinity (Relapse 1999)

Today Is The Day – In The Eyes Of God (Relapse 1999)

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Brighton Rocks! Telegraphs, Architects, The Ghost Of A Thousand

Posted in Brighton by newmusicexcess on February 13, 2010

Brighton Pier

Yesterday afternoon I was getting all nostalgic catching up on some stuff by a few Brighton based bands, checking them out on Wikipedia, MySpace and YouTube. Basically seeing what they were up to.

When I was in the UK I used to spend a lot of time in Brighton as it’s a great place to catch both new and old bands at intimate venues like the Concorde 2 and The Engine Room, amongst others, plus it has some cool shops to check out at the weekends. Three of the ‘harder’ Brighton bands that seem to have attracted attention over the past few years are: Telegraphs, Architects and The Ghost Of A Thousand. Here’s a bit of information about them from Wikipedia:


Formed in 2006, Telegraphs is made up of members Darcy Harrison (vocals), Hattie Williams (bass/vocals), Sam Bacon (drums), Darren LeWarne (guitar) and Aung Yay (also known as Gary Yay) (guitar/backing vocals). They play alternative rock, emotionally-charged lyrically and accompanied by cutting angular guitars, riff based melodies and pounding, driven drum-rhythms, influenced by such bands as Biffy Clyro, Reuben, Oceansize and Idlewild.

Recommended listening – We Were Ghosts



Architects are an English metalcore band from Brighton, England, formed in 2004. The band went through several name changes before they decided upon Architects. Their first name was Inharmonic, which was swiftly changed to Counting the Days. After a couple of years this was in turn changed to Architects.

They are currently signed to Century Media Records worldwide and Distort Entertainment in Canada. The band have toured the UK and Europe with the likes of Bring Me the Horizon, SikTh and The Chariot. They have played at a number of independent UK festivals, as well as the Download Festival 2007 and 2009, and Sonisphere 2009. The band have completed a European tour and a Canadian tour, receiving great receptions from crowds in different countries and gradually spreading their fan base. They released their second album Ruin on June 26, 2007, and released a split EP with UK band Dead Swans in early 2008, following the release with a double headed tour of the UK.

Recommended listening – Hollow Crown


The Ghost Of A Thousand

The Ghost Of A Thousand is an English five-piece punk rock band from Brighton, UK.

After signing with Undergroove Records in 2007 the band toured extensively, playing alongside Zico Chain, Gallows, Alexisonfire, Saosin, Poison the Well, and Reuben. They have also had a presence on the festival circuit: playing the Lock Up Stage at the 2007 Reading and Leeds Festivals. In October 2008 bassist Gez Walton left the band, citing musical differences. The band’s previous bassist Gaz Spencer returned in his place.

In February 2009, it was announced that the band had signed with Epitaph Records to release their second album New Hopes, New Demonstrations.

Recommended listening – New Hopes, New Demonstrations

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Mainstream Metalcore

Posted in Metalcore, Terrorizer by newmusicexcess on February 10, 2010

In issue 193, February 2010 of Terrorizer they have a feature on metalcore. As part of the feature they include an “Anthems For Insubordinates” in the “Mainstream Metalcore” section, a list which they describe as “ten records that, for good or ill, put metalcore on  the mainstream metal map”.

I have just started working my way through the list as most of the albums, except for one, are available to listen to on Spotify (I’ve not checked Grooveshark yet). If you fancy doing the same by whatever means available to you, or just want to see what’s on the list as a discussion starter with your buddies, here is the list in date order, as it appears on page 57 of the magazine.

  • Poison The Well – The Opposite Of December (Trustkill 1999)
    Poison The Well – The Opposite Of December
  • Unearth – The Strings Of Conscious (Eulogy 2001)
    Unearth – The Strings Of Conscious
  • Killswitch Engage – Alive Or Just Breathing (Roadrunner 2002)
    Killswitch Engage – Alive Or Just Breathing
  • Shadows Fall – The Art Of Balance (Century Media 2002)
    Shadows Fall – The Art Of Balance
  • Hatebreed – Perseverance (Universal 2002)
    Hatebreed – Perseverance
  • Atreyu – Suicide Notes And Butterfly Kisses (Victory 2002)
    Atreyu – Suicide Notes And Butterfly Kisses
  • Bleeding Through – This Is Love, This Is Murderous (Trustkill 2003)
    Bleeding Through – This Is Love, This Is Murderous
  • Eighteen Visions – Obsessions (Trustkill 2004)
    Eighteen Visions – Obsessions
  • Underoath – They’re Only Chasing Safety (Solid State 2004)
    Underoath – They’re Only Chasing Safety

Go Metalcore with the help of Amazon

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