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All time low re-releasing Don’t Panic! along with new music video

Baltimore pop punk band, All Time Low will be rereleasing their latest album ‘Don’t Panic’ with a new title, ‘Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now!’ The album is expected to be released September 30 featuring four brand new songs along with acoustic versions of favourites ‘For Baltimore’, ‘Somewhere in Neverland’, ‘Reckless and the Brave’ and ‘Backseat Serenade’. See full track listing below

All Time Low have also released a music video for their new song ‘A Love Like War’, featuring Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil. check it out below!

 

 

 

Don’t Panic: Its Longer Now! track listing

1. The Reckless And The Brave
2. A Love Like War (ft. Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil)
3. Backseat Serenade
4. Me Without You (All I Ever Wanted)
5. If These Sheets Were States
6. Somewhere In Neverland
7. So Long Soldier
8. Canals
9. The Irony Of Choking On A Lifesaver
10. To Live And Let Go
11. Outlines
12. Thanks To You
13. For Baltimore
14. Paint You Wings
15. So Long And Thanks For All The Booze
16. Oh Calamity!
17. For Baltimore (Acoustic)
18. Somewhere In Neverland (Acoustic)
19. The Reckless And The Brave (Acoustic)
20. Backseat Serenade (Acoustic)

Album Review: The Past Is Not Far Behind EP- Ben Draiman

By Kayla SchultzTPINFB- Ben Draiman

For those of you seeking an artist, who is not only unique but also real, look no further than Ben Draiman.

Ben Draiman’s debut EP The Past Is Not Far Behind is a 6 track musical fusion comprised of his calming, soft vocals with smooth piano and electric guitar. Every track embodying powerful yet soothing rock ballad melodies and choruses that capture you, lingering in your memories for days to come.

The rock style of Ben Draiman could be compared to the likes of bands, Threes Days Grace, Daughtry and even the softer material of Stone Sour however it’s the lyrics that make his music truly unique and stand out from other artists. It is clear his heartfelt words have personal meaning to Draiman, the lyrics inducing the very emotion within his audience that the song musically illustrates.

Every listener, big and small can take Draiman’s lyrics to heart and reflect on their own experiences. The Past is Not Far Behind is an enjoyable EP and a perfect addition to any soft rock playlist. Be prepared to hit the repeat button as you will soon find that at 25 minutes in length, this EP just isn’t long enough.

Rating: 9/10

ALBUM REVIEW: Hollow Bodies- Blessthefall

By Kayla SchultzHollow Bodies

After finishing an American summer on main stage of the Vans Warped Tour, Blessthefall have released their brand new album Hollow Bodies through Fearless Records on August 20th 2013.

Ever since post-hardcore/metal-core band Blessthefall revealed the album artwork for their latest album Hollow Bodies, fans have been expecting something a little different from the Arizonian outfit fourth time around.

Change is sometimes heavily criticised by fans and critics of the music industry, however in Blessthefall’s case, change has certainly worked in their favour. Not only did the band choose to work with producer Joey Sturgis for this album (who is known for his work with bands such as Of Mice & Men and Asking Alexandria), they also decided to feature collaborations with other artists throughout this album which is a first time for Blessthefall. Listen out for guest vocals by Jesse Barnett of Stick to Your Guns and Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red.

Hollow Bodies sees a rise in powerful breakdowns and more unclean vocals from Jared Wrath, which weren’t as predominant in previous releases, but has formed for a much heavier sound. For fans that prefer the mellow vocals of front man Beau Bokan, never fear! Despite the album having some of the heaviest tracks recorded by Blessthefall to date, a couple of lighter, softer songs with only clean vocals have been included, breaking up between the heaviness. ‘Buried in These Walls’ has an intermission feel to it, while ‘Open Water’ is the calm, almost orchestral closing track. This song is a duet between Bokan and his singer/songwriter wife, Lights with their relationship and connection make this ballad all the more meaningful and a really great closing track.

Fellow label friend, Vic Fuentes helped Blessthefall co- write song as ‘See You On the Outside’. As you listen to the lyrics, the way they have been written give off an obvious ‘Pierce the Veil’ vibe. The song is well written and one of the catchiest tunes of the album.

Whether it was the change in producers, addition of guest vocals, the bringing forward of a heavier sound or a combination of all of the above, Blessthefall have released a game changing album that showcases that the band have raised their own bar musically and lyrically.

Hollow Bodies might just be the key Blessthefall needed to prove that they are a great force in the metal-core genre and should be taken seriously.

Tracks to Listen to: Youngbloods feat. Jesse Barnett, You Wear A Crown But You’re No King, Déjà Vu, See You on the Outside, Open Water feat. Lights

Rating: 8/10

 

 

ALBUM REVIEW: From Death to Destiny- Asking Alexandria

By Kayla Schultz

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It’s been a long two years for fans of metal-core band Asking Alexandria but finally the wait is over. Asking Alexandria’s third album From Death to Destiny was released August 6th through Sumerian Records.

The English rockers have certainly done a lot of growing up in those two years. While maintaining their electronic, metal-core sound, the band has also brought forward more mature material and a rockier sound which has greatly worked in their favour, producing an outstanding album.

As a band, Asking Alexandria have become well known for their partying attitude, especially in the case of vocalist Danny Worsnop who has had a past of alcohol and drug abuse. Opening track Don’t Pray for Me brings back these past experiences with audio clips of their infamous show in Seattle, Washington in 2011 with a very intoxicated Worsnop. Anyway the past is the past and Danny Worsnop has cleaned himself up. Nobody could agree more with the man, when he says in track The Death of Me from the new album, “I’m back and I’m better than ever”.

Danny Worsnop’s vocal style and voice has changed dramatically since the days of the band’s debut album Stand Up and Scream, however he certainly sounds more comfortable with his matured deeper, rockier voice and bark. Older fans of the band shouldn’t be disheartened by this album because of the addition of more synth/orchestral parts. Although not as heavy as some parts of their older material, From Death to Destiny is still filled with plenty of breakdowns and sleek guitar riffs. Bonus track Dead on the deluxe edition of the album, is one of the heaviest tracks Asking Alexandria have ever written and is definitely worth a listen. 

As you go through the tracks, the older style Rock ‘n’ Roll /metal sound influences really come together and shine, especially in track Moving On which is the equivalent to an 80’s rock flashback. Early interviews with Asking Alexandria state that members Worsnop and lead guitarist/vocalist Ben Bruce are influenced by older rock artists/ bands such as Mötley Crüe, Skid Row and Bon Jovi. The band have always wanted to bring back the style and attitude of the Rock ‘n’ Roll life and even while playing in the metal-core genre, Asking Alexandria are heading in the direction they’ve wanted to be going in all along.

It would have been good to hear a longer solo or two by Ben Bruce however that is just personal opinion. Fans of Ben Bruce’s vocal style should listen to second bonus track on From Death To Destiny, another acoustic version of Someone Somewhere, this time with vocals only by Bruce.

Asking Alexandria have completed their album with a rock mix of The Death of Me, a radio friendly version of the song, stripped of its breakdowns and filled with clean rock vocals and louder and stronger guitar riffs. Metal-core or Rock mix, the song works, just like the entire album.

Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of AA, if you haven’t heard this album yet, go have a listen. You might even like it!

Tracks to listen to: Killing You, The Death of Me, Run Free, Poison, White Line Fever, Until the End (featuring ex-vocalist of Killswitch Engage, Howard Jones) and Moving On

Rating: 10/10

 

 

ALBUM REVIEW: Tracing Back Roots- We Came As Romans

By Kayla Schultz

 

American melodic metalcore band We Came As Romans have released their third album Tracing Back Roots, which was released on the 23rd of July through Equal Vision Records.

We Came As Romans have produced an album with the same sound as their earlier albums and EPs with Kyle Pavone’s clean melodious voice and the screamed vocals of Dave Stephens creating the great vocal balance that fans have loved. Tracing Back Roots is a vocally cleaner album which also sees a first time appearance of clean vocals by Dave Stephens. While some fans may harshly critique the album for slight lack of the heavy breakdowns that appeared on the bands second album Understanding What We’ve Grown to Be, Tracing Back Roots still has its heavier tracks including opening title Tracing Back Roots and Present, Future and Past.

This album shines through its progressive story of the band dealing with the past, life of touring and being on the road, growing and not giving up. For existing and new fans of the band, Tracing Back Roots is filled with catchy, positive, and easy to sing along to material with the inclusion of anthem worthy choruses and verses making them perfect additions to We Came As Romans set lists for future shows.

While currently wowing the crowds at the Vans Warped Tour over in the US, it will be interesting to see how the Australian fans react to hearing We Came As Romans’ new songs live when they head to our shores for the Australian Warped Tour at the end of the year. Tracks to listen to: Fade Away, Never Let Me Go, Ghosts and of course Hope (Which also appeared on the deluxe reissue of Understanding What We’ve Grown to Be)

Rating: 9/10