Track of the Day Tuesday: THY ART IS MURDER No Absolution

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For those who haven’t heard the news yet, notable Australian vocalist, CJ McMahon, has rejoined Thy Art is Murder.  Cj, who announced his departure from the deathcore band in December of 2015 due to financial reasons and ned to focus on family, announced during a show last month that he is back with the band.  In order to promote his return, Thy Art Is Murder has released a brand new song, which features a vocal performance by CJ.  This new song is called “No Absolution” and it is this week’s “Track of the Day Tuesday”.

The only thing more satisfying than seeing CJ return to TAIM is hearing “No Absolution” sound like it was heavily influenced from the writing style heard on one of their most successful releases, “Hate”.  “Hate” was the first Thy Art Is Murder album I ever heard and it is the primary reason as to why I am such a massive fan of the group.  “Holy War” the Australian band’s most recent full length, is a great project, but its writing style and song structure does not compare to the near perfect performance heard on TAIM’s sophomore full length, “Hate”.  “No Absolution” sounds as if it could easily fit into the “Hate” track list, and that is a huge compliment.  With riffs and sections sounding very reminiscent of the brutal, breakdown heavy songs like “Immolation” and “Defective Breed”, “No Absolution” not only symbolizes the return of CJ McMahon, but it also symbolizes the return of this classic Thy Art Is Murder sound.  Of course, there are moments where a more expanded, even lighter variation of this well known song structure is heard, which is more similar to what is heard on “Holy War”, but looking at the individual track as a whole, this is right up the alley for anyone who loves “Hate” as much as I do.  However, regardless of what TAIM releases you like and don’t like, “N0 Absolution” is the track of the day and you absolutely need to give it a listen!

The song, “No Absolution” is attached below.  Be sure to check it out and let us know who you think should be featured on next week’s “Track of the Day Tuesday”!

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Track(s) of the Day Tuesday: PANOPTICON Into the North Woods, BLACK TONGUE In The Wake Ov The Wolf, PROTEST THE HERO Yellow Teeth, and SEVDALIZA That Other Girl

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After missing the first few weeks of 2017, we’re finally back with one of our favorite segments, “Track of the Day Tuesday”!  Usually, every Tuesday we post about what track you absolutely need to listen to today and why.  Since we had a slow start to the new year, we decided to make up for lost time and give you FOUR tracks that you need to give a listen to today!  Unfortunately, all of the songs, except for “That Other Girl”, are metal tracks, so there isn’t much diversity in the group.  However, each track and artist listed is fantastic and I highly suggest you give each song a listen today!  Here is our largest “Track of the Day Tuesday” segment ever!

First I want to discuss American Black Metal act, Panopticon’s, “Into the North Woods”.  Panopticon is one of the US based Black Metal groups that I have heard nothing but positive reviews about, but have continued to procrastinate with giving them a listen.  In fact, I first heard about how phenomenal Panopticon’s “Autumn Eternal” was through CountBlagorath’s Youtube channel.  After finally giving the Black Metal band a listen I can agree with all the hype that Panopticon is a fantastic band.  Despite only hearing a few projects by the Minnesota based band, it is obvious to any listener that their musical ability and skill in songwriting surpasses the standards set by modern Black Metal.  If you love melodic Black Metal with heavy folk influences, then you not only have to check out “Into the North Woods”, but the entire “Autumn Eternal” album.  Panopticon might be one of the greatest American Black Metal bands of all time, and I highly suggest you don’t sleep on this group like I did!

Next up on the list of tracks you need to listen to today is Black Tongue’s “In The Wake Ov The Wolf”.  If you’re familiar at all with the deathcore band, Infant Annihilator, then you will know that after the departure of Dan Watson, guitarist and drummer Eddie Pickard and Aaron Kitcher, went on to form a separate, downtempo deathcore group called Black Tongue.  Black Tongue, in the 3 years of being a full time band, have already seen an immense amount of success in the metal community and in their own songwriting.  Releasing 2 EPs and a full length record titled “The Unconquerable Dark”, Black Tongue have begun to solidify themselves as a prominent leader in the continuously growing sub-genre that is downtempo deathcore.  As you might have guessed, I also slept on their full length record despite the fact that I absolutely loved their fist two releases.  After finally checking out “The Unconquearable Dark” I cannot stop listening to the entire 2015 album.  That being said, this is a record you need to give a listen to as well, and I suggest you start off with the track “In The Wake Ov The Wolf”.  “In The Wake Ov The Wolf” was one of the first singles released off the debut full length and it has easily become one of the catchiest songs on the entire record.  I know it might be hard to imagine downtempo, beat down deathcore to be labeled as “catchy”, but the leads and chord progressions heard, especially in the chorus, are absolutely addicting and get stuck in your head immediately after listening to the entire track.  If you are not familiar with the new Black Tongue album, or the sub-genre they write in general, “In the Wake OV The Wolf” is the perfect place to start.

For those who have been reading the blog for the last few months you will remember that I wrote a blog post about the upcoming August Burns Red tour.  Last year, Lancaster’s own, August Burns Red, announced that they would do a North America tour performing “Messengers” for its 10th anniversary.  Recently, the 10 year Messengers tour went through Denver, Colorado and I was able to attend the show!  Of course, the concert itself was phenomenal, but what truly stuck out was actually Protest the Hero’s performance.  Once again, Protest the Hero was another band I heard great things about but never thought to give their discography a listen.  However, I was completely and absolutely blown away by their seamlessly flawless performance.  Every song was perfectly crafted with face melting riffs, intricate drumming, and (for a lack of a better term) impressive vocals that made me listen to the Canadian group non-stop for days after the show.  So far I can say that “Yellow Teeth” is my favorite track by Protest the Hero.  The high pitched vocals cry out as a speedy instrumental section burns through chugging and melodic shredding riffs.  If you want to be blown away by insane musicianship, then stop reading this post right now, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and listen to “Yellow Teeth” by Protest the Hero and enjoy one of the best Modern Progressive Metal acts.

Finally, the last track I want to share with you today is an experimental pop track by the Iranian upcoming pop artist, Sevdaliza.  Sevdaliza’s music, and the music videos that accompany her catalog, are mesmerizing to put it simply.  Sevdaliza’s approach to her songwriting and how she visually portrays these tracks is something that not only makes her unique, but will also allow her to reshape and change the genre of experimental pop completely.  There isn’t a single bad place to start when first listening to Sevdaliza, but I must say that Sevdaliza’s “That Other Girl” is one of her masterpieces so far and is a track that you must listen to, regardless of what other songs by the Iranian pop artist you’ve heard so far.  Plus the 2000s-esque style of animation featured in the music video for “That Other Girl” is not only trippy, but extremely nostalgic and entertaining.  I guarantee I’ll be writing a lot more about Sevdaliza in the future, so if you really enjoy this track stay tuned and I’ll be sure to post about other songs in her discography.

Of course, every song mentioned is attached below.  I know this is a lot to take in all at once, but these four songs are tracks you absolutely need to give a listen to today.  The “Track of the Day Tuesday” segment is a segment I greatly enjoy writing and the staff here at Erik’s Album Reviews is extremely glad that we can continue this segment into 2017.  Check out the songs mentioned below, let us know what you think of the tracks, and of course, let us know what songs you would like to see featured on future installments to “Track of the Day Tuesday”!

 

Panopticon’s “Into the North Woods”:

Black Tongue’s “In The Wake Ov The Wolf”:

Protest the Hero’s “Yellow Teeth”:

Sevdaliza’s “That Other Girl”:

Track of the Day Tuesday: LIL YACHTY Minnesota Remix

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Recently I have been starting to consider what albums will make it onto my Albums of the Year, EPs of the Year, and best Rap Albums and Mixtapes of the Year and while evaluating 2016 releases I decided to revisit multiple albums.  Lil Yachty’s 2016 mixtape,”Lil Boat”, was one of the releases that I have revisited recently.  Being one of the first two projects released by the young rapper himself,”Lil Boat” has had a significant impact on the modern trap scene with its use of unique, reverb filled beats and a mix between rap and auto-tune singing vocals.

So far, my favorite track is the remix of the song “Minnesota”, which you can hear below.  This is the best place to start for trap or rap music fans who have yet to check out Lil Yachty.  Even though I still have a lot of rap releases to re-listen to before making a final list of the best Rap Albums and Mixtapes of the Year, I can guarantee that “Lil Boat” will absolutely be a contender for this exclusive list.

Listen the “Minnesota” by Lil Yachty below and let us know what you think and what of the track and what rap albums and mixtapes should be nominated as the best of 2016!

Track of the Day Tuesday: AMERICAN FOOTBALL I’ve Been So Lost For So Long

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This week the track of the day is by the Illinois based rock band, American Football.  Releasing their self titled masterpiece in 1999, American Football has solidified themselves as one of the most influential and inspiring bands for indie rock and pop punk.  Since that release, the group took a 15 year break only to reunite in 2014 for some live performances and reissues of their classic discography.  Now, on October 21st, American Football will be releasing their second album, “American Football (LP 2)”, after a 17 year wait.  “I’ve Been Lost For So Long” is the first single to be released in this near two decade gap and already hints that the classic rock band will easily surpass expectations for their upcoming release.

When you listen to this song it’s obvious that the band has grown over the years, regardless if you were aware of their significant gap between releases.  The songwriting, and of course the vocals themselves, sound more mature and are a musical representation of running into an old friend for the first time in years.  You can hear how the years since 1999 have had an impact on members, but the familiar sound is still present from when we last heard from them.  I actually like this sound a little more than the one heard on their debut LP so far, mostly because I believe the deeper, emotion filled vocals and the more advanced songwriting style exemplify the more wise, yet even sadder sound that embodies this single.  The vocals especially are sad yet happy, somber yet peaceful, depressing yet uplifting, and make listening to this new track a truly memorable experience.

You absolutely need to check out this new American Football song, regardless of your opinion of them.  Also be sure to check in later this month for an album review of the upcoming album, “American Football (LP 2)”, and check out the first single, “I’ve Been So Lost For So Long”, below!

Track(s) of the Day Tuesday: THE CHAINSMOKERS Closer (Xan Griffin Remix) and EVERY TIME I DIE Map Change

Last week this page was really slacking on content and ended up not posting a “Track of the Day Tuesday” for last week.  In order to make up for it, this week I’m posting two tracks for “Track of the Day Tuesday” that you need to listen to.

The first track for today is a Xan Griffin remix of the immensely popular EDM track “Closer” by The Chainsmokers.  I’ve been a fan of The Chainsmokers for awhile now and have really enjoyed their singles they’ve released this year, especially “Closer”.  Xan’s remix takes this catchy, pop influenced track and puts a anthemic, full sounding House spin on the song itself and it makes the finished product sound absolutely beautiful.  This is very unique to Xan Griffin’s sound since remixes for songs like “Colors” by Minnesota and “Alone” by Marshmello feature the same songwriting style.  These remixes, including the one for “Closer”, are extremely impressive, especially when you consider how young Xan is and how his music career essentially started only 1 year ago.  I will say though that I do not care at all for his skits and other non-EDM videos on his channel, but as far as his music production career goes, he has an unfathomable amount of potential and an already impressive collection of works with many more successful releases to come.

The other track you should check out today is Every Time I Die’s “Map Change” off their latest record, “Low Teens”.  I’ve listened to this album a few times since its release and its absolutely stellar.  This songwriting is flawless and the emotional lyrics seen from Keith Buckley are absolutely captivating.  This song is a fan favorite so far and in my opinion it is one of the most memorable songs you will hear on “Low Teens”.  It encompasses Every Time I Die’s classic Rock n’ Roll influenced hardcore while showing off both Keith’s remarkable harsh and singing vocals and Every Time I Die’s ability to write some amazing melodic parts that truly emphasize the significance of this song.  I will absolutely be writing an album review for this record and if you haven’t heard anything off this album yet then absolutely give it a listen.

If you want to check out these tracks I’ve posted the videos for both below!