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Show 62 – December 22nd 2014 – 23:00-00:00

December 29, 2014

Tracklisting:

Intervals – “Ephemeral” (A Voice Within)

Verse Vica – “Cities I: Cerulean” (Endeavour)
Möngöl Hörde – “Casual Threats of Weekend Hardmen” (Möngöl Hörde)

Polar – “Black Days” (Shadowed By Vultures)

Canvas – “Griever” (No Love, No Hope, No Future)
Architects – “Naysayer” (Lost Forever // Lost Together)

Fighting Bears – “Gutsy Question, You’re A Shark (Live at Preston FM)” (Preston FM Acoustic Session [21.07.14])

Devil Sold His Soul – “Devastator” (Belong ╪ Betray)
Empress AD – “From Where I Cannot Reach” (Still Life Moving Fast)

The Contortionist – “Language I: Intuition” (Language)

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Time to look at some of the best albums of 2014…

Intervals kicked off the show. Unfortunately, since the release of “A Voice Within”, vocalist Mike Semesky has left the band (late November), and the remaining trio are searching for a replacement – so here’s hoping they’ll be on their feet soon, making more awesome music (though honestly, their music is still kick-ass sans-vocals). In the interim they will be performing as an instrumental act, the way they began before the album’s release. You can pick up the old stuff – and the new – from their BANDCAMP page. In fact, here’s a wee video of a track from their “In Time” instrumental EP, from back in 2012.

Verse Vica will actually let you download a full copy of their debut record, “Endeavour”, as well as an instrumental copy, through their own BANDCAMP page. This is pretty cool, and I may well have to use a track as a bed in future shows – but even cooler than that is you can pay what you want (or indeed nothing) for the damn thing! Additionally to that, the album is bloody awesome, and for a band that, as far as I can see, is doing this all without a label, I’m going to laud this with the “Best Independent Album of the Year” tag, as it is, as far as I’m concerned. Check out the guitar playthrough for “Cities I: Cerulean”, below (sans vocals!).

Let’s face it: there weren’t many cooler bands this last year than Möngöl Hörde. Their self-titled debut is up there with the best I’ve heard and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. When you add on some great festival appearances and a fantastic tour with sludge-metal anti-heroes Palehorse and alt-rock upstarts Oxygen Thief, you have to say that they’ve given the best and left us all begging for more. What with Frank Turner being uber busy with his other projects we may have to hold our breath a damned sight longer, but I’m sure when they come back around it’ll be worth it! Here’s the guys thrashing around to the awesome “Casual
Threats of Weekend Hardmen”…

Polar got out there early in the year with “Shadowed By Vultures”, the band’s second album, and a big step up from the boys too. Though there were a few big-hitters on the release, my unofficial “Summer Anthem” was “Black Days”. They’re playing the album from front-to-back in February too in London. Check that shit out!

The first album from Bedfordshire’s Canvas made waves in the Autumn, released by Transcend Music. A brooding, dark melodic hardcore shrouding it from the start to finish, “No Love, No Hope, No Future” is a challenging and rewarding listen. Keep an eye out for them in January as they go off on a small number of dates around the UK with Bad Sign.

Canvas UK Tour poster - January 2015

There’s not much that needs to be said about Architects. They can do little wrong these days, and 2014 has been another superb year for Brighton’s favourite sons. “Lost Forever // Lost Together” has won a handful of awards, tours have been selling out, and their upcoming tour with Every Time I Die, Blessthefall and Counterparts looks like one of the tours of 2015 already. Get a ticket while you can!

Architects 2015 European Tour poster

A quick detour to one of my favourite local bands, Fighting Bears, who I was ecstatic to get in session acoustically this summer. In fact, there’s a video that shows just how fantastic their session was. Make sure you head to our SESSIONS page to download their exclusive session track for free, as well as plenty of others from other bands we’ve had in over the last 2 years…

And a quick mention to Devil Sold His Soul – “Belong ╪ Betray” – definitely my favourite EP of 2014, and a long time coming. Check them out on tour in the Spring.

Devil Sold His Soul - 2015 UK Tour poster

Empress AD have been making copious noise this year. 2014 saw “Still Life Moving Fast” draw a line under all their work since the band’s inception in 2011. They’ve already started with the writing for album number 2, so expect more from the London boys in the not-too-distant future. Here’s a video from 2013 for a track that ended up on “Still Life…” – “Blurred Perception”.

And finally, although by no means of any order (aside from the show’s playlist, of course), we finish with The Contortionist. “Language”, the band’s third album, demonstrated a further shift from their deathcore origins. A more ethereal sound, washed out guitars and heavenly vocal melodies heavily outweighing the more guttural screams. It’s all very beautiful and stands up by itself proudly among the current crop of technical and progressive metal bands. Tellingly, the band have been announced as one of the first acts to appear at 2015’s TechFest. The festival at Newark Showground keeps growing but the entry price remains one of the best when it comes to value for money. Check out the rest of the line-up (so far) below.

Techfest 2015 poster

That’s all for now. Until next time…

-dan10k

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