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Breakdown of Sanity Release New Single “Chapters” for Free Download

Switzerland thrashers Breakdown of Sanity have released their new single “Chapters” for free download on their facebook.

Chapters just kills everything and anything that gets in its way. BoS are currently in the studio recording their follow-up to 2011s diamond in the rough Mirrors. If their new album is anything like Chapters, we are all in for something great.

Since the track has reached its maximum downloads on their facebook, Breakdown of Sanity has given out the mediafire link for the song that you can find at the bottom. So Merry Christmas and Thank You Breakdown of Sanity!

Enjoy! I know I have at least 8 times already.

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Squid the Whale

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to see a great show in Cleveland, OH at “Now That’s Class”. The headlining band was an extremely talented group of guys from Michigan. Their name was Squid the Whale. The band made their presence known the second they stepped on the stage, which was a refreshing change from the previous acts because they all seemed to blur together for me. Despite the size of the stage, Squid the Whale had no trouble moving around like a bunch of guys that were having a blast. That passion and excitement was then  emulated by the audience.

Unlike most shows, Squid the Whale’s sound was amazingly clear and could easily be understood and enjoyed. Frontman, Brad Walden’s voice sounded incredible. Bassist, Dan Mataczynski had as much energy as a hardcore punk rocker, which is a terrible comparison… oh well. Guitarist, Brandon Kubiac was an artist, concentrating on hitting all of the right notes (he nailed every single one, by the way). Drummer, Jonathan Wagoner shot out incredible beats throughout the show and flaunted bloody hands to show how hard he worked.

After the show, my friends and I got to hangout with the guys. They’re very fun people to be with and if you ever have the chance, I’d strongly recommend striking up a conversation with them!

Squid the Whale’s new EP, “New War.” is out now. Go listen to it on Spotify and buy it! Below are some links to help you better understand and help out Squid the Whale.

Official Website

Facebook

(Picture courtesy of Transcribed In Audio)


Cartel releases single

Georgia-based pop-rock band, Cartel, just released a single last night on iTunes. The track is titled “Lessons in Love”. I can honestly say that this new song is typical Cartel, however, with that said, I can also say that their talent is not retrograding. This band is still one of the best in the scene, and it looks like they plan on staying that way for quite some time. In unrelated news, their bassist, Jeff Lett, has indeed left the band. There were no hard feelings with his departure since he left to finish off school.


That’s Outrageous!: “Teenage Scream” tracklisting and review

Hate your ex-girlfriend? Like hardcore music? Then Teenage Scream is for you!

That’s Outrageous! is one of Rise Records’ newest additions to the family. Their debut album, “Teenage Scream”, could easily be described as ‘electronicore’. For fans of the genre, Teenage Scream is a must have for your music library. Even those that aren’t fans of the genre could find something in the album that they find interesting. With angelic singing infused with goosebump-inducing screams and breakdowns, That’s Outrageous! could easily make their way to the top of the music scene very quickly.

  1.  The Poughkeepsie Tapes
  2. Headshot At the Ballet Recital
  3. Teenage Scream
  4. #Winning
  5. Star 69
  6. So, I’m Thinking of Starting a Clothing Line…
  7. Is It 2012 Yet?
  8. The New York Chainsaw Massacre
  9. Re: Why I Killed My Girlfriend
  10. What Happens In Azeroth, Stays In Azeroth

CurbsideAudio Presents: Shut Up and Deal

Hey all! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything… actually, it’s been a while since ANYONE has posted anything. With Jake and Kriston gone that leaves pretty much just myself and Brandon to keep up the blog. Yes, the posting has been slow, but we always have it in the back of our minds.

After visiting the 2011 Vans Warped Tour yesterday in Cleveland, and sitting in on an EIY (Earn It Yourself) meeting with tour owner/founder Kevin Lyman, my eyes were opened. From hearing various speeches by Kevin, Shut Up and Deal’s lead vocalist, Joe Heafy, and many other “behind-the-scenes” people of Warped, I discovered that being in the music business isn’t the easiest thing. You can’t just say that you love music; you can’t just say that you want to go somewhere in the music industry; you can’t just say that you want to do something musical. You actually have to go out and do those things. And this is me going out and doing what needs to be done.

 

After hearing Joe talk, I thought it would be a great idea to go see his band, who was playing at the Kia Kevin Says Stage later that day. I honestly couldn’t believe how great they were! A completely independent band that sounded incredible and had great stage presence and a charismatic personality to match. They really are worth the time to take a listen to a song or two. If you like pop-punk, or, in my case, like pop-punk bands, then Shut Up and Deal is just for you! They recently released an album entitled “This One’s For Me”.

Shut Up and Deal Myspace

Shut Up and Deal Facebook

Shut Up and Deal Twitter

1. Just So You Know

2. Learning How To Lose

3. Dangerous

4. Someday, Somewhere

5. Sink or Swim

6. Anything and Everything

7. Not Shipwrecked, Not Quite Yet


IMPORTANT NEWS: UNDER THE GUN REVIEW

Hey everyone,

If you haven’t heard already, I have happily accepted the managing news editor position at Under The Gun Review. This means I am no longer updating this blog. Neither is Kriston. She has joined me at UTG as a writer.

If you haven’t looked at UTG, do it. We have plenty of exclusive interviews, reviews, and streams for your listening and viewing pleasure. I’m sure you’ll be quickly fond of the site and our content.

As for CurbsideAudio, its sad to leave it behind, but it was never meant to go anywhere. It got my foot in the door and for that, I am very grateful. Thanks for reading <3.

You can still reach me at my Twitter or at Under The Gun Review

Promotional requests/business stuff can be sent to UTGJacob@gmail.com.

Thanks Again,

Love,
Jake


Unearth New Album “Darkness in the Light”

New Song Stream Available

Pit-churning, melodic metal pioneers, UNEARTH, are currently readying to unveil Darkness in the Light, their fifth full-length in a discography that’s placed the band among the most prolific and plainly ravaging modern metal acts to come out of the U.S.. Set for North American release on July 5 via Metal Blade Records, the 11-track long player — their most conceptually personal offering to date — was recorded at Zing Studios in Westfield, Massachusetts with producer (and Killswitch Engage guitarist) Adam Dutkiewicz and mixed at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium, et al). Sitting in on drums during the recording was Justin Foley of Killswitch Engage/Blood Has Been Shed.

Commented UNEARTH vocalist Trevor Phipps of the band’s latest output: “Darkness In The Light is without a doubt some of the heaviest, most dynamic and memorable tunes we’ve ever written. The disc is littered with the shred ‘n’ stomp-filled songs our fans would expect from us, as well as some added vocal hooks, guitar melodies, guitar solos and some different paths taken in style and structure. We knew we had to continue to separate ourselves from the pack and to cement our place in the heavy metal world as one of the leaders and not as one of the many followers that seem to hop on the trend wagon and give up so easily when the going gets hard. We are here to stay and collectively we couldn’t be any more fired up to play these songs around the world for our fans new and old.”

Darkness in the Light Track Listing:
01. Watch It Burn
02. Ruination of the Lost
03. Shadows in the Light
04. Eyes of Black
05. Last Wish
06. Arise the War Cry
07. Equinox
08. Coming of the Dark
09. The Fallen
10. Overcome
11. Disillusion

The first single, the instantly pummeling “Eyes of Black,” is currently streaming on the band’s official album landing page, which includes updated tour info, pre-order options and more. Said Phipps of the track: “We chose ‘Eyes of Black’ to be the first song heard out of the gate as we feel it represents the ‘UNEARTH sound’ and style perfectly and it’s simply a hard-hitting, catchy-as-hell song. The lyrics are also in line with many of the albums darker lyrical themes. I’m not speaking for all of the band, but this is my personal favorite on the album and I can’t wait to get out there and play it live!” To check it out the tune, point your browser to This Location

http://www.darknessinthelightalbum.com/.

Several pre-order deals for Darkness in the Light are available.
Packages include:
CD: $9.99
CD + T-Shirt: $19.99
CD + Unearth Beer Bong: $20.99
CD + T-Shirt + Unearth Beer Bong: $29.99

For further info, visit: http://www.darknessinthelightalbum.com/

Coinciding with the release of Darkness in the Light, UNEARTH will bring their ruckus to the live arena on a host of dates that include headlining shows and a spot on this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, In Flames, All Shall Perish, Kingdom of Sorrow and more! Confirmed dates below.

UNEARTH:
05/20/2011 Egan Civic & Convention Center – Anchorage, AK w/ As I Lay Dying, Turbid North
05/21/2011 Blue Loon – Fairbanks, AK w/ Turbid North
07/05/2011 Jakes – Lubbock, TX w/ Turbid North
07/06/2011 Club 101 – El Paso, TX w/ Turbid North
07/08/2011 Hard Rock Café – Las Vegas, NV w/ Turbid North

UNEARTH on 2011’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival w/ Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, In Flames, Trivium, Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Straight Line Stitch, Kingdom of Sorrow, Red Fang:

07/09/2011 San Manuel Amphitheatre – San Bernardino, CA
07/10/2011 Shoreline Amphitheatre – San Francisco, CA
07/11/2011 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish
07/12/2011 White River Amphitheater – Seattle, WA
07/13/2011 Idaho Center Amphitheatre – Boise, ID
07/15/2011 Cricket Wireless Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
07/16/2011 Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM
07/17/2011 Comfort Dental Amphitheatre – Denver, CO
07/18/2011 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Red Fang
07/19/2011 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – St. Louis, MO
07/20/2011 Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
07/22/2011 Comcast Center – Boston, MA
07/23/2011 Parc Jean Drapeau – Montreal, QC
07/24/2011 The Comcast Theatre – Hartford, CT
07/25/2011 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY *Off Date w/ All Shall Perish
07/26/2011 Club Texas – Auburn, ME *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish
07/27/2011 P.N.C. Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
07/29/2011 First Niagara Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
07/30/2011 Jiffy Lube Live – Washington, DC
07/31/2011 Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
08/02/2011 Verizon Wireless V. Beach Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA
08/03/2011 Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC
08/04/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish
08/05/2011 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
08/06/2011 DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
08/07/2011 Verizon Wireless Music Center – Indianapolis, IN
08/09/2011 Zoo Amphitheatre – Oklahoma City, OK
08/10/2011 Superpages.com Center – Dallas, TX
08/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Red Fang
08/12/2011 Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
08/13/2011 1-800-Ask-Gary-Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
08/14/2011 Cruzan Amphitheater – West Palm Beach, FL

Worldwide Release Dates:
Darkness In The Light will be released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Norway July 1, the rest of Europe on July 4, North America, Spain and Italy on July 5, Finland and Hungary on July 6, and Japan on July 27.


Arctic Monkeys – ‘Don’t Sit Down’ Single Review

Arctic Monkeys – Don’t Sit Down Cause I Moved Your Chair

TJ’s Rating: Awesome

I’ve been a massive fan of the Monkeys since they were the best new band around 2005. They were the most popular and mainstream sounding of the Neo-New Wave/Garage Indie band in 2005. I remember downloading the ‘Beneath the Boardwalk’ demos and absolutely loving everything.

Three albums later, the Monkeys are back with album number four. I was completely surprised when it came out. I wasn’t expecting it. I received an e-mail in March about a new download and a forthcoming album.

On first listen, the track sounds like an extension of the Josh Homme produced material on Humbug. The song is a great listen to on headphones; the mix is made for the iPod. It’s much more immediate and mellow than the material on Humbug which I found bombastic. The Arctics are becoming more of a studio band than a riff rock band. The releases seem to be getting better and better. The focus is on Alex Turner’s vocal. Turner is writing poetry for the 21st Century. He’s written stuff like this before (see ‘Brianstorm’ and most of the first album). It’s not as literal or political as the Kinks or Blur, but Turner has his finger on the hedonistic youth of the UK. It’s got some weight to it, something that Josh Homme brought to the table on album number three. The guitars are heavy, which is a nice change from the jangle of the other singles.

‘Brick by Brick’, the teaser for the new album, was a nice little preview, but ‘Don’t Sit Down’ finds the band in new territory. The different between ‘Dancefloor’ and ‘Don’t Sit’ is huge. The Monkeys are constantly progressing and moving forward with every release. It’s a smart move in the ever-changing music world. I wouldn’t be surprised that the Monkeys would establish some kind of hybrid indie metal band. These boys want to do more than make people dance; they want to make you head bang.

They’ve stolen a few things from Homme (guitar tone, a heavier rock feel) and are totally benefiting from his help. I hope that they’ve gone this route on Suck It and See. It’s always interesting to hear what they come out with, it’s certainly better than what most American and Brit indie bands are doing. This is a smart band and they have their eye on rock mythology.


Breakdown of Sanity – “Mirrors”

This album is amazing. I can’t even do a full review of it because I can’t put it in words. From the deafening 808s to the bone-cracking breakdowns, this album has everything your little angry heart desires. FUUUCCKKKK!!!!

Genre: Metalcore
Album: Mirrors
Website: http://www.myspace.com/breakdownofsanity

1. Prologue
2. Story Of A Stranger
3. When Silence Breaks
4. Infest
5. The Storm
6. The Chosen Ones
7. Lights Out
8. December
9. Mary
10. Deadline
11. One Bullet Left
12. Jnna
13. We Are The Wall
14. Paralyzed


Concert Review: Call it Fiction Release Show.

Saturday, March 5th

Bands:
– Call It Fiction
– Second Time Around
– Love & Fear
– Fighting Words
– The Whenever Plan
– So Many Ways

Let me start of by saying that local shows are definitely worth it. If all you do is go to big name shows, you are missing out. The Call it Fiction release show was no exception. $10, a half a tank of gas, and an Arizona Tea or two and I was there.

Unfortunately, I was there about 20 minutes late. My good friend Quinn Starkey (drummer for Fighting Words) had originally been set to play 3rd or so, however after a lineup change, they were slotted for 1st. So, I got there just as the second band, Love & Fear got started. I don’t have much to say for this band, I wasn’t really listening. I was saying hello to some pals but they were alright.

The first band I was really watching was The Whenever Plan. This group really surprised me. A group of 5 high school kids making some great pop punk tunes. The lead singer looks 15 but sings exceptionally well. The blonde curly haired guitarist also had a great voice. Personable kid to boot. He did some very interesting things with his voice that I’ve only heard the pros do before. The best part of the set for me was the use of a violin. It isn’t often you see the utilization a violin in a local venue such as The Grog Shop. So, to the kid playing violin and singing, mad props. Keep it up. To the band, if you read this, hit me up. Let’s talk promo.

Next up was Second Time Around. I’ve heard about these guys from my band friends, but had never heard them play. I was into the energy, but it didn’t really grab me. Sorry.

After STA, was So Many Ways, this band came from Chicago to play. And they played! I really enjoyed this set. Lots of energy, great music, and a hardcore John Mayer cover. That’s right, these guys did a fantastic rendition of “Your Body is a Wonderland”! I want a recording of this, so guys, when you read this send one my way.

Finally, Call it Fiction took the stage. This band is special. They are oozing talent and charisma. Alex Gaskarth needs to watch his back, because Elliott Blair has some seriously good vocals. I wasn’t surprised to see that I wasn’t the only one to know a majority of the song’s lyrics. The EP had leaked the week before show time and I will admit that I downloaded it myself. Granted, I got my hard copy at the show that night. Nevertheless, the crowd was really getting into the pop punk sound. Alex Tucker was blasting away on the synth, while Alex Hylton sang backup. Both Alex and Elliott have great voices that compliment each other greatly. Nick Rinaldo was strumming out some seriously catchy rhythms while Brandon Young kept beating our hearts (and drums). The set was flawless, they played a majority of the new EP as well as some old favorites. On the last 2 songs, the musicians from the supporting bands decided to give the Call It Fiction show a taste of gang vocals. Stealing Alex Tucker’s Mic, the guys screamed the lyrics producing the best example of musical kinship I can recall ever witnessing.

It was a great show and I plan on seeing many of these bands many more times. If you live in Ohio, check out Call It Fiction at a show. If you live elsewhere, you can check them out on Purevolume or get their newest EP on iTunes and Amazon