I don't normally blog much, but I just am really getting fed up with the current post-hardcore scene or any heavy scene out today and how generic and formulaic each band is. I used to and still do love post-hardcore. It is just disheartening to hear so many bands sound so similar to each other and slowly ruin this genre.
1. Funeral For A Friend - Seven Ways To Scream Your Name
I remember going into my local Newbury Comics and grabbing this CD. When I got home I put it into my computer and pressed play and then paused it and I remember thinking...shit I got the wrong CD. I really meant to buy "Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation", but instead hastily grabbed the wrong CD, but I could not have been happier. The guitars have such a raw and hard sound to them which compliment the throaty screams that dominate these tracks. I love how the clean singing and screams blend and mesh into each other. One second could be a clean note that drastically changes at any second during the song. I also love how the guitars play off each other and create some really guitar intros to the songs.
2. Yesterdays Rising - When We Speak, We Breathe
I don't remember where I hear of Yesterdays Rising or this gem of an EP, but I am glad to have it in my possession. One thing I love about this E.P. is the way the first track grabs your attention immediately and pulls you in. Once the guitar sounds followed by the rapid pounding drums on "Our Lucid Dream" you instantly feel an urgency of power and raw heaviness. I just love how this E.P. can sound so heavy and not be filled with breakdowns or chugging guitars. It just contains a lot of passion in the screaming which transitions nicely to clean singing. This is one thing missing from post-hardcore today. A lot bands now have a singer and a screamer which only makes things sound even more formulaic and you cannot hear the singer's passion when he transitions from singing to screaming or vice versa. It's like it is only there out of necessity to fit in with the genre. I also love when Brandon screams over the softer melodic guitar parts and shows true vocal passion no matter what music is playing in the background.
3. Beloved (US) - The Running
I remember going through my iTunes "Listeners Also Bought" section and finding Beloved(us)'s "Failure on" CD. After loving that CD, it was only natural to get this E.P. One thing I love most about this E.P. is the drum-work not to mention that the drummer provides the screams which is really cool. One thing to take notice is the great palcement of screams in each song. I like how the melodic parts are filled with the clean singing then once the song turns heavy the sceaming vocals come in. Its just really nice to hear a song sound so melodic and beautiful, then build up and turn completely heavy with breakdowns and screaming.
4. Hopesfall - No Wings to Speak Of
I am one of those people that actually really likes newer Hopesfall (post-The Satellite Years) and older Hopesfall. The vocals may have changed and screaming became less prevalent, but one thing remained throughout all of Hopesfall career and that was the ability to create atmosphere in each song. This band or E.P. does not need the use of synth or keyboards to create a certain at atmospheric quality. This definitely took time to get used to because I first started with A-Types and... well... there is barley any singing in this E.P. Once I got over that initail shock you then tend notice how the long screams stretch out with each guitar note which helps add to the atmospheric quality.
5. Secondsmile - I Am Not Romeo, You Are Not Juliet
This is another band I found in the iTunes "Listeners Also Bought" section. I remember listening to clips of their CD "Walk Into The Light And Reach For The Sky" which was a nice Math-Rock CD, but I went back into their discography and found this E.P. The first noticeable thing was the screaming which wasn't really prevalent on their later albums. Additionaly, the guitar work is stellar with fast guitar tapping and great melodic parts. Another great feature is their lyrics. At times this band reminds my of early Thursday. On songs like "This is Your Hometown, and It's Cutting You" it begins with a slow melodic guitars and the then screams repeating the lyrics "Clocks turning backward, boys dressed as men, replace the sky with a silhouette, the day I open my eyes." Also, I cannot help but notice a similar screaming style reminiscent of Funeral For A Friend's Seven Ways To Scream Your Name which makes me love this E.P. even more.