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.
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
Of Virtue has been around for awhile, but, on the eve of the release of a stripped-down version of their latest EP, they're still ripping through the sceneFull Feature More from Of Virtue
Almost 27 years after the band's first studio album, P.O.D.'s message is arguably more important than ever. "I believe (our message) is even more relevant now than it was then. If you really listen to 'Youth of the Nation,' we still have these tragedies going on. There’s a lot of searching still going on out there."Full Feature More from P.O.D.
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