Archive for September, 2012

Process of Fusion

Posted in AHP/Local Bands on September 2, 2012 by lukesreviews1014

Process of Fusion are a progressive metal band fronted by a rapper as well as a regular vocalist. I think their goal was to combine Dream Theater with Linkin Park because you can hear the Dream Theater influences all over their music and the vocalist contrast is just as prominent. I think it’s alright, but it sounds too much like a sum of their influences. It’s not quite unique enough. When I first heard the opening track of their newest EP, “Connections”, I just though it sounds like Dream Theater’s more upbeat works with vocalists trying to create that Linkin Park Dichotomy. Seeing that Dream Theater and Linkin Park both suck nowadays, it’s nice to have a band that combines the best of those words together, but there’s nothing different that makes them stand out too much. You can’t just rap over heavy prog metal and expect to be the next big thing (not to say that that’s the bands overall goal).

It may seem like I’m slandering this band a lot, but I’m trying not to. I like the EP; I think the songs are well written and groovy, but I think it sounds too much like Dream Theater. I also think some of the rapping is a little lame, but then again, Linkin Park’s rapping was lame and so is everything Limp Bizkit have done so I guess there’s nothing to criticize there. If you like Dream Theater and/or Linkin Park then check this band out and let me know what you think. Maybe I’m just being a bitter cunt and am not seeing the big picture. All I can say is that what I hear sounds almost like both of these aforementioned bands’ music by the numbers sat on top of each other. It’s a great concept, but you need to expand more on it. They’re on the right path and this EP is a great starting point, but I want to see them really step up. There’s not a lot of room for rapping and metal nowadays. The old guards have either broke up or started writing shitty music. Korn and Limp Bizkit both had lulls where they wrote poor music, but now are back on top doing what they did best back in the late 90s. Hactivist are a new band incorporating rap and metal, which I think are pretty good. But other than that…not much else in that field. That’s why we need something new and exciting to revitalize the scene. Process of Fusion could be this band, but they just need to step it up.

Luke Helker

 

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Just Like Vinyl: Black Mass

Posted in Album Reviews on September 2, 2012 by lukesreviews1014

Just Like Vinyl are a new project started up by former Fall or Troy frontman, Thomas Erak and I believe this is their first album as Just Like Vinyl. Being a real fan of Fall or Troy, I wish that they would reform, but after listening to Black Mass, I’m perfectly content with this ┬ánew project. The guitar work is very familiar and their overall sound is taken in the direction of bands like At the Drive-In or Coheed and Cambria, who are both awesome bands.

I have to admit, when I first saw the band name, I assumed they would be some indie band complaining about how much they hate contemporary radio music or some other hipster mantra. Thank god I was wrong, because I’d much rather listen to this any day of the week. This album is actually really killer, I just might have to go out and buy it on Vinyl rather than keep the digital copy I currently have. I was turned on to this album through one of the P.R. companies that I worked with when I photographed some of the shows this summer. These firms don’t generally share good new music, but I always like to at least give them a chance. Finally, not only is this a good band, but the album is great and I think anyone who is a fan of Coheed and Cambria, At the Drive-In, and of course, Fall of Troy, then you will absolutely love this album.

This has all been my initial reaction after one listen. I have to keep listening to it to see if it grows, but right out the gate, I’m really pleased and content with this new project. I may not be able to have the Fall of Troy around, but I’d love to see this band too. Seriously check this album out NOW!!!

Luke Helker

Cold Summer: Wake EP

Posted in AHP/Local Bands on September 2, 2012 by lukesreviews1014

Cold Summer are a UK post hardcore group working up the ranks to be with the big dogs. Having already supported the likes of Lemuria, released another EP prior to this one, and being mentioned in several reputable magazines, zines, and blogs, I’d say they’re on the right path.

I quite like this band. They have an old school hard rock sound with the shouting, strained vocals that have become popular today with the likes of Defeater, La Dispute, and Pianos Become the Teeth. There’s also a lot of melodic, clean-sung choruses in their music (“Car Crash (In Progress)”). It’s really more like a hardcore vocalist fronting an 80’s hard rock act. It’s edgy, the guitars wail at some points, but it’s also diverse and well-written in my opinion. I’d like to see them support some prominent American hardcore and post hardcore acts and see how the stand with them.

You can stream the band’s EP, “Wake” on their bandcamp (coldsummer.bandcamp.com) and for those of you that are fans of Poison the Well, La Dispute, and/or Thursday, then I think there is something for you in Uk’s Cold Summer. Check them out!

Luke Helker