‘Left in Awe’ is Reading-based Empress‘ first single. They’re a band in their infancy, having only started playing music together in 2011. So normally you’d understand if these guys were ‘searching’ for their sound still.
Well, these guys have found it and they are blasting six shades of awesome at it. They have a go from describing themselves as Elbow, mixed with a bit of Mastodon and Pink Floyd to create the fantastic blend of prog metal that is on show.
Frontman and bassist Alex Loring’s vocal range is the focal point in this song, where he goes from as subtle a crooner as you’ll find to a roaring satanic catastrophe sound. It’s not quite a death metal sound, but it does have that reminiscence of those sounds, where the vocalist goes from subtlety to…ridiculousness. The music is extremely tight, with everyone slowly but surely getting to exactly where they need to be for the song.
Now, while it may not be hugely accessible music, if this stuff is your bag then well, you are in for a treat. A brief (longer than most songs) exploration into the darker kind of Elbow. Just don’t expect the beautiful lyrical work of ‘One Day Like This.’ However, don’t be disappointed by it either. Empress are an unknown entity at the moment and with very few releases, these boys are ones to look out for on the future. Rock on boys, rock on.
You can get a free download of ‘Left in Awe’ from the widget after the band’s unofficial video for the song below.
By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 31st July 2012 at 10:00 am
To Kill a King have made their new EP, ‘Word of Mouth’, available for free. You can get it from the band’s Bandcamp in exchange for signing up for their mailing list here. Catch them on tour in October.
To give you a taste of what the EP’s like, here is the band’s new video for ‘Rays’, which features on the release. Watch it below. Singer Ralph Pelleymounter sounds remarkably like Charlie Fink of Noah and the Whale, and if you needed any more evidence of their street cred, the Guardian’s Paul Lester reported Laura Marling and Ted Dwane of Mumford and Sons grooving at their music at one of their early London shows last year.
By Mary Chang on Friday, 27th July 2012 at 10:00 am
I kind of had a feeling that Casiokids would be reappearing at some point later in 2012 after their album ‘Aabenbaringen over aaskammen’ had been released in January. I mean, come now. They had a song called ‘Olympiske leker’, which translates literally to “Olympic Games” in Norwegian.
Today, in honour of the Olympic ceremonies to take place tonight, we’re offering up their two free downloads of ‘Olympiske leker’, the original and a special v.2 version just in time for the special event. And it wouldn’t be an mp3 of the day and more post without that something more. That something more today is a specially commissioned hand-drawn video for the song, done by Chad Blevins. It’s all below for you to look, listen to and enjoy. Happy Friday!
By Mary Chang on Thursday, 26th July 2012 at 10:00 am
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, General Fiasco release their second album, ‘Unfaithfully Yours’, Monday on Dirty Hit Records.
To help introduce tracks from the new album, the band will be releasing a series of live videos, one a week; for those of you that need instant gratification, all of the songs in this treatment are available for free download now in the widget below. For this week’s video, we’ve got the live version of ‘Gold Chains’ in video form for you. If this doesn’t get you excited about the new release…I think I need to check your head. And for a pulse. Seriously.