Exclusive: Life On The Sideline EP announcement, music video premiere

Since releasing Honesty Is A Dying Breed two years ago, Life On The Sideline has remained active on the road and is now ready to unveil its upcoming EP, Never Settle. To kick things off, we're premiering the music video for the band's new single, "Echo", which tells the sad story of a young girl reminiscing times spent with her deceased partner. While not a pop punk song per se, it's as catchy as one with an infectious chorus that you'll inevitably get stuck in your head. The band's sound could be compared to that of Transit's and The Early November's. Fans can pre-order the EP on iTunes and CD here, before it's released on June 7th. […]

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: Capsize - "The Angst In My Veins"

Release InfoCapsize - The Angst In My Veins
Release Date: September 30th, 2014
Record Label: Equal Vision Records
Pre-order: CD, vinyl

Since 2010, San Diego, California's Capsize have relentlessly delivered a stunningly brutal and captivating sound that is conveyed articulately with a passionate sense of furious emotion and pure sincerity. While the band has released very little material aside from their EP Live A Burden, Die A Curse, this past year, singles like "Weight" as well as "Fade To Grey" have truly captured in perspective the band's blissfully intensified approach.

Leaving avid melodic hardcore enthusiasts coming back for more, it appeared that Capsize's fanbase began to branch out even further within recent months as they've shared the stage with likes of Hundredth, Counterparts and Being As An Ocean. With these thoughts in mind, it is clear that the band's debut studio effort, The Angst In My Veins is proven itself to rise above as one of the most anticipated hardcore full-lengths of the fall.

Carrying the torch for the new wave of melodic hardcore, I think the title of this heavy-hitting debut pretty much speaks for itself. Immediately from the album's opener, "Linger", the unraveling suspense that has left our senses trembling with anticipation for these past months leading up this release have finally halted as the song fades into a heavily distorted build-up to lead right into an explosive entity that is complemented by its melancholy backdrop.

While "Pale" continues to follow suit with capturing Capsize's intensified hardcore sound on The Angst In My Veins, we are embraced by the band's alternating instrumental musicianship that incorporates spine-chilling transitions of heavy chords and melodic fast parts into their dynamic. These transitional arrangements not only center its focus on the finer details of Capsize's eccentric dynamic, but also plays a key role throughout the entire record, especially in tracks like "Calming, Crippling", "Endless, Emptiness", and "Complacent".

Another incredible quality that adds to chaotic and melodically-driven nature of The Angst In My Veins comes from the additional guest vocal appearances that are highlighted on songs like "Tension", that features a surprise appearance from No Omega frontman Andreas Malm, as well as the title track "The Angst In My Veins", which also includes a cameo from Defeater guitarist (and album producer), Jay Maas. The unique vocal styling of these two cameos genuinely go hand-in-hand by providing a fitting song to match both Malm and Maas' vocal personalities.

Throughout this record, not only will you be drawn by the fury and intensity that The Angst In My Veins conveys, but listeners can also find themselves captivated by the melodically-driven influences of "Numb" and "The Song Made Me Think Of You". With these closing numbers ringing in your ear, you will experience fully-charged feelings of bliss and overwhelming despair right at the very end of the record that might help you relinquish any bottled emotions held from within.

From beginning to end, The Angst In My Veins is a breath of fresh air record that provides listeners with ten passionate songs that will not only leave you speechless, but send chills down your spine. The chaotic dynamic of Capsize's heartfelt nature equally holds weight for the band's melodically innovative musicianship. For any fan of emotionally driven hardcore with a infuriating edge that adds fuel to the fire, it goes without saying that The Angst In My Veins has exceeded all expectations.

1. Linger
2. Pale
3. The Angst In My Veins (feat. Jay Maas of Defeater)
4. Calming, Crippling
5. Endless Emptiness
6. Tension (feat. Andreas Malm of No Omega)
7. Complacent
8. Numb
9. This Song Made Me Think Of You
10. Spent

RIYL: Love Let Me Go by More Than Life, The Difference Between Hell And Home by Counterparts, No Love Can Save Me by The Carrier, Stranger Songs by My Fictions, Empty Days & Sleepless Nights by Defeater


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