NEWS: New Band “Outcomes” Announced by Former Members of Run For The Skylines
After recently teasing from the page of their now former band Run For The Skylines, it has been announced that 3 former members of the Northeast Ohio pop punk outfit have come together in a new project that is called “Outcomes”.
Above is a teaser video, giving not only a small look into the band’s formation themselves, but their upcoming single "Houndstooth", which is due for release on March 14th.
NEWS: Shook Like Dead Men Call For Official Break Up
After years of being one of the better known unsigned acts from Ohio, Shook Like Dead Men have announced their plans that after a few more shows, they will be calling it quits as a band.
Below is the official announcement made by the band:
“Well, friends, it’s been an awesome time. I don’t know how to say this other than to just come out and say it. Shook Like Dead Men is finished. We’ve came as far as we can at this point in our lives and it’s time to say goodbye. I’ll be the one to shoulder the vast majority of the blame, though.
As you guys know, we only play music as a means to glorify God and spread the message that Jesus Christ was crucified for sin in the place of all who will trust in him. With that being said, I’ve been called into preaching and pastoring at Revolution (my home church) in Portsmouth, Ohio. I just want to glorify God and preach the Gospel but I know that I can’t be in SLDM and be available enough at Revolution to do both as hard as I can. So, I had to choose. And I’ve chosen to help lead my local congregation. I hope you guys understand that we’re all still friends and that the other guys in Shook understand my reasons for making this decision.
This isn’t all about me, though. Erik is engaged to be married next year and is focusing on finishing college, starting a career, having a family and becoming more involved in the ministries of his local church. Stephen has decided that he’s reached the time in his life where he also wants to settle down and begin to focus on a career and his ministries in the East End of Portsmouth with Revolution and Gateway Church. Ben is leaving by default and stressed that he will be pursuing other musical interests sometime in the near future. So, be on the lookout for whatever he’s involved with. I’m sure, whatever he does, that it is bound to phenomenal.
We love you all and hope you’ll understand as well. We feel blessed to have had the opportunity to worship with you, share the Gospel with you and meet all the people that we have. Thank you for making this fun.
Follow Jesus. Tell people the good news that Jesus died in our place for our sin. Keep the faith until death.
NEWS: Until Yesterday Post New Song//Announce Album
Columbus hardcore outfit Until Yesterday, have posted a new song demo entitled "Erode".
With this short demo the band also announced their official plans to release their debut full-length album later this year, with an aimed ETA of this Fall.
NEWS: Consequences Offer Update On New Album
Consequences, one of the newer metal core acts in the Columbus,OH scene, have been hard at work over the last several months, on writing their debut EP. But it seems keeping the band as a solid unit has been more of the struggle they’ve come across.
After previously announcing plans for a debut full-length album “In-Fine”, it seems that those plans have been scrapped, after recent problems with the studio in which they were originally having the new material produced at.
It now seems the band has not only changed the idea of now making it an EP, but have also decided on a new “yet to be named” title for the EP.
Below was a post made by the band offering a small update:
“So we’ve come to a decision to stop the album we were making in its tracks and make the best EP we can. We realize that we’ve kept you all waiting for new songs, but we assure you guys that it’ll be worth this added wait! We’re going to start pre-pro ASAP, and studio time will be scheduled after that. We love you all, and we’ll have a new song out to you as soon as we can. Thank you for everything!”
NEWS: Carev Dvor Release Debut Single “On Your Way Out”
Columbus, OH natives Carev Dvor, after playing many shows and being around for the better part of a year with nothing but their live performance bringing in fans, the hardcore outfit have officially made their “recording release” debut, with their single "On Your Way Out" which you can stream above.
FEATURED | REVIEW: Sink The Ship - “Reflections” EP
Article & Review By: Eppy Crumpler
Hello everyone! It’s Eppy coming at you once again with a review of some recent material for an unsigned band in the state we call home. Today we’re taking a look at Sink The Ship ( HYPERLINK “https://www.facebook.com/sinktheship” https://www.facebook.com/sinktheship) hailing from Marion Ohio, just north of Columbus.
The scene in Marion is showing some great promise for 2014 with unsigned bands doing work.
Reflections their debut EP swings through with 6 songs so let’s give it a listen.
Guitars panning through the headphones open up this EP with a familiar kind of sound. A breakdown-esque intro starts us off with a high energy vibe that feels a lot like some of the mainstream metalcore bands out there; in a good way. This leads way to high fives, posi-jumps and Late Night Slice, with heavy pop-punk influence. It’s apparent within the first two minutes of the EP that it’s no slouch on melody and catchiness.
Far from some of the watered down pop-punk I’ve heard in my days this feels like pop-punk with an attitude. I think I like it. Anyone that knows me knows this is a genre I’m not the biggest fan of.
There is screaming, breakdowns, double pedaling, and clean vocals that don’t sound like a preteen girl attempting to win Bieber’s heart.
Making our way to the third song bearing the name of the EP, “Reflections” a stronger metalcore vibe comes into play. This is reminiscent of something that A Day To Remember would do: heavy and fast, with a strong chorus and melodic singing all throughout. This EP seems to be flying by quickly as I’m listening to it and I’ve found myself replaying each song a few times to really understand the feel.
This is easily listenable.
I can’t stress enough how happy I am that the clean vocals aren’t nasally…
This has always been one of the biggest issues I’ve had with the genre and Sink The Ship is doing a great job of giving me bit of poppy metal to enjoy.
Cause and Effect boasts the longest recording time on the EP, as well as what I’m considering the heaviest part, as well as one of my favorite parts directly afterword. That being said, the song is easily 30 to 40 seconds too long, in my opinion. Sometimes less is more, short and sweet. Kudos for cracking a smile on my face at the 2:49 mark, fellas.
So, after giving this album a few listens I can safely say that it flows nicely. If I had to describe it with a word that isn’t thrown around the metal community like a beach ball at a PHISH concert, I’d say it is smooth. Everything feels like it’s in its rightful place, every breakdown flows nicely into the next verse or chorus, the bridges keep the listener occupied wild building the depth of the song.
Sink The Ship is a group that one could easily see playing one of the smaller stages of Warped tour in the coming years, and if they have the grit, second or main stage could someday be in their sights. So, check these guys out, let us know what you think, and again, thanks for taking a look!
1. Five Years
2. How I Live
4. Cause and Effect
5. Strike First
FEATURED | REVIEW: Dry Bones - Father Figure | #2
Article & Review By: Ray Culbertson
I get plenty of albums coming across my desk, most of which I choose not to review for one reason or another, but I recently was passed an album from Columbus, Ohio natives Dry Bones named Father Figure, which I decided that I would write about, to illustrate a point: Recording matters. I’m not going to write a novel about this record, because I believe that art should stand on it’s own, open to individual interpretation, but I’ll assume that because you’re reading this, you’re at least somewhat interested in MY interpretation. So it’s my goal, in the coming paragraphs, to provide a brief snapshot of my first and second impressions, while also giving some constructive criticism, coming from the standpoint of a professional in the industry. First Impression: This record almost became one of the ones that end up in the bin. When it was brought to me, I actually avoided writing this review for over a week, hoping that it would go away if I didn’t look at it. The first thing that really turned my off was the SOUND of the record. With my background as a full-time audio engineer, the quality of the recording is a HUGE selling factor for me and while I know that this is usually an issue of budget, my point still stands. That being said, I do find the nonprofessional sound of the recording slightly refreshing, since over the past few years the market has been flooded with lifeless, sterile, albeit “clean” recordings. The return of the “human element” in music is one that I wholly support. Second Impression: It took me several days to get past my first impression, but I will tell you that as I let myself get past the quality of the recording, I became aware of the great songwriting skills of the band. What really stands out for me is that the music doesn’t seem formulated. We live in a world of Verse - Verse - Chorus - Verse - Verse - Chorus - Bridge - Chorus - Chorus songwriting, so when I find artists who don’t subscribe to a set method of song structure and who are willing to let songs develop freely, without thinking of adhering to “top 40” patterns, I take note. In summary, I really like the material on this album. It’s a shame that the recording, for me, makes it unlistenable in the long run. On future releases I’d really like to see the band develop their brand of aggressive, organic, post-hardcore, but also consider working with a professional audio engineer who could help the band present their material in a package that is listener friendly
INTERVIEW: w/ Nigel Collett of Trinity Custom Cabs
UO - So Nigel, give us some basic information about yourself!
Nigel - My name is Nigel Collett, I’ll be 20 years old in March, I’m currently in school at Shawnee State University studying Electromechanical Engineering, Christ is my Lord and Savior, and I love music.
UO - So you run indie cab company “Trinity Custom Cabs”, give us some info on that
Nigel - Trinity Custom Cabs is the result of me wanting to build my own guitar cabinet because, I wanted good tone, quality, and reliability, without spending a lot of money on a production cab. I decided one day to build myself a cab, and it turned out to be incredible. I decided then to make it into a small company to give local musicians in the scene an affordable option for a hand crafted, made in USA, great quality product, that sounds amazing and won’t break the bank. I also use it as a way of ministry to tell people of God’s word.
UO - So, what exactly is some of the process in building your own cab?
Nigel - Well, it all starts with a sheet of 3/4” ply wood. I wanted to make sure I used strong material, that would hold up to gigging, and something that would sound great. Cut the wood into the dimensions you want, joint the pieces together, sand, round the edges, stain, clear coat, hook up the speakers, add hardware, and you’re good to go! Seems easy, but it takes a crafty hand.
UO - So have you been “crafty” for a long time, or is it something you kind of stumbled upon when setting out to build the first cab?
Nigel - I’ve always been the crafty type. Haha. When I was little I used to take my toys apart to see how they worked, and put them back together. I just have a desire to build things, and to use my hands. And making cabs fits me perfectly.
UO - So when it came to starting up this cabs company, what process of planning did you go through?
Nigel - I didn’t really do much planning. It started off just building my own, and maybe one for a friend, but then I decided to do something with it. I created a Facebook page, demoed a cab at a Shook Like Dead Men show (which Ben Jackson of SLDM is the only endorsee at the moment), and shared the page on Facebook a lot to get my name out there. We just recently hit 200 likes, and have possible clients lined up.
UO - So when it comes to building cabs, is this a career for you, or just a simple hobby for the time being?
Nigel - I never seen it being a career. I mean, if it takes off, then sure, why not? But, I am more focused on it being a side project. A way to help the local scene out.
UO - So what are some difficulties (thus far) you’ve ran into with trying to have a custom cabs company?
Nigel - We have tons of interest, but orders are the biggest factor. Hopefully, we can pick up a few new clients here soon. Bands like Arythmetik from Dayton, Ohio, and Believe.
Also from Dayton.
UO - So before we wrap things up, let people know why they should let you build for them and come to Trinity for custom cab work
Nigel - We are a Faith based company, whose sole purpose is to provide quality gear, that sounds great, to musicians in the local scene, at an affordable price, and to spread God’s word.
Plus I will be eternally grateful. Haha
UO - And where can everyone find all things Trinity out on the net?
Nigel - Find us on Facebook, or email us at email@example.com
UO - Thanks for chatting Nigel!
Nigel - No problem! Thank you! God Bless!