Sure, the shock is worn off when you hear a small little female belting out blood-curdling screaming. I mean, little Dacey of Still Breathing and Lacey of Flyleaf were doing this many, many years ago … and don’t forget that tough gal named Ally French from Bloodlined Calligraphy orchestrating the circle pits close to the stage. Enter Bethany Durbin from The Rose Hill to this conversation, who holds her own in this scrappy metal onslaught that pays homage to some classic metal and the speedy bits of metalcore/deathcore. The drumming swells of tunes like “His Choice” reinforce the harcore origins of the “core” suffix to the genre they fall into. Authentic? I think so. Innovative? Maybe not, but who cares? It’s heavy and it kicks … and that’s enough for some of us.
The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.Full Feature More from Comrades
On Tigerwine's latest, 'Nothing is for You,' vocalist and lyricist Trobee departs from the band's last effort as a concept record to write about an array subjects. Notably, Trobee tackles his evolution from rigid belief system to an acceptance and understanding of other ideas: "Through touring and becoming close with those very people I was taught to be afraid of, I realized how untrue it all is."Full Feature More from Tigerwine
Two years since the release of Hands Like Houses' latest album, 'Anon,' the band should be on the road supporting the release. Instead, the band has leveraged their local presence, government help, and new platforms like Patreon to stay afloat in the COVID-age.Full Feature More from Hands Like Houses
In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.Full Feature More from HM Magazine