Album Review: O’Kingdom – Adamah

O’Kingdom – Adamah

Release Date – October 2011

Genre: Metal, Hardcore

Tracklisting:
1. I Am No Traitor
2. The Appointed Boundaries
3. A Place For No Man
4. The Rising Up
5. Prophecy

For fans of: Miss May I, Whitechapel, and The Devil Wears Prada

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O’Kingdom is a fresh band, having just formed in 2010, Adamah is their first release.  This five song EP shows the bands potential in a big way. The breakdowns on Adamah are so catchy, you cannot sit still and listen to this. If you are you can you’re probably dead. While every song on this album is amazing,  the stand out track is The Appointed Boundaries.  It was the first song that I heard from this band and on the first listen I was immediately hooked.  As heavy as this song is, the choruses paint such amazing mental images. The vocals are a great blend of screams and singing. I would highly recommend buying this CD. You can pick it up here on iTunes today!

Review by Zach Rantanen

Reckless And Relentless Tour Review

 

We caught up with the Reckless And Relentless Tour on its stop in Seattle, WA on March 29, 2011. The night was full of surprises, and through all of the chaos, some bands still shined.  As I walked in to Studio 7, Evergreen Terrace was just finishing their set and getting the crowd pumped for the rest of the bands coming up.

Let me just warn any future concert goers about Studio 7.This club is not set up for smooth movement through it. Be ready to have to fight to get to the bathroom.  The ceilings are all bare wooden beams as well.  It was not my favorite venue to attend; there was no barricade, and the staff weren’t exactly friendly either.  But on to the music!

The crowd’s anticipation started to build as the bigger bands were going to start playing now. The push for the front became very heavy at this point. Miss May I, Chiodos, Emmure, and Asking Alexandria were the bands that were coming up.

Miss May I really had to fight to get through their set. They had so many kids crowd surfing to get on stage that all of the mic cables were getting broken. The problems didn’t really start happening until the end though, so they were able to belt out the best in their arsenal from Apologies Are For The Weak and Monument. By the end their mics were so beaten down, the crowd had to sing the clean vocals on the closing song, Relentless Chaos. All in all, Miss May I played so hard that everything started to give out on them on the stage, but they delivered a killer set regardless of these circumstances.

Next up was Chiodos. Their sound guy was not too happy about playing on a beaten up stage following Miss May I, so he made a remark thanking the band for breaking the mic cables. The crowd shrugged it off and waited in anticipation for Chiodos to start. I don’t know how, but Charlie Sheen always manages to work his way into everything. Just when you thought he was gone, he shows up again. Chiodos’ intro music was a techno mix of some clips from an interview with Sheen. I guess that caught even the club off guard because they forgot to turn down the main lights for the full first song. The band had to tell them to shut them off. The band suffered through the same mic problems that Miss May I had but got through it. They played a decent set but the new lead singer Brandon Bolmer had noticable troubles hitting the higher notes that (previous Chiodos frontman) Craig Owens would nail with ease on previous records.

Emmure was up next. This band killed it. There were no problems, no mess ups, nothing bad. This set was flawless, and these guys really had it together that night. If you want to see a great hardcore band live, see this one. They don’t mess around. They go in, are more brutal than anyone out there, and they get out. Job well done by Emmure. They played songs from all of their albums and played them all perfectly. There was great participation from the crowd as well.

At this point I want to make note of how different lead singers are from each other. Before each set, every lead singer got ready differently. Levi Benton from Miss May I was joking around with the other guys in the band just like it was any other day. Brandon Bolmer was doing what looked like jumping jacks. Frankie Palmeri was sitting quietly on the stairs, looking off in a thousand yard stare. Then there was Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria. He was absolutely wasted. This guy has been known to put on a good show in the past. But he has come to the end of people looking away from his foolish behavior. Everyone who was at the Studio 7 venue that night was made clear of Worsnop’s dirty laundry. He stumbled on stage and gave his drunk remdition of what sounded like The Final Episode. The crowd was furious that he did it all wrong and was stumbling and knocking speakers down. after the song, the crowd was booing him and he walked off stage. At this point, we had enough. Mary and I from Holy Cow! Music Press walked out. I felt as though Danny should take his own advice. If you cant ride two horses at once (alcohol & fame) then get out of the circus. After a little research we found out that the crowd joined in a chant of “Drunk Piece Of Shit” and then Ben Bruce told the crowd to help him to get Danny to go to rehab. Asking Alexandria had to finish this show with a fan from the audience that knew the words. This band has to play the entire Warped Tour this summer. I hope they know what they are getting into, and I personally hope Danny Gets help.

Review by Zach Rantanen

Jonny Craig Announces Solo Hiatus, Isles & Glaciers Possibly Break Up

Amidst the current controversy surrounding him, Jonny Craig announced the hiatus of his solo project, and Craig Owens unofficially announced via Twitter that there will not be another Isles & Glaciers record.  You can read the tweets below.

Jonny Craig tweeted on January 16, 2011 – “Ok so Iv decided to just put my solo cd on hold. I will be playing out the tours with DGD and emarosa. As for writing music I’m on HOLD..”

Craig Owens tweeted on February 21, 2011 – “and people wonder why we won’t do another I & G record.”

Saints & Vipers Cover of Ke$ha’s ‘Cannibal’

Check out this great cover of Ke$ha’s Cannibal from this great Portland, OR band Saints & Vipers!

Attack Attack! Release Smokahontas Video Teaser

 

Attack Attack! will soon release a music video for their song Smokahontas from their new self-titled album.  The band released a teaser video this weekend, which you can view below.

Ronnie Radke to be released from prison in 2 weeks

Falling In Reverse posted on their Facebook page that Ronnie Radke (current Falling In Reverse vocals, ex-Escape The Fate vocals) will be released from prison in 2 weeks.  He was arrested in June of 2008 for being involved in a deadly bar fight.

Woe, Is Me release music video

The Rise Records band, Woe, Is Me, released a music video today for their song [&] Delinquents, off of their debut album Number[s].  You can watch the video below.

Review: Various Artists – Punk Goes Pop 3

 

Various Artists – Punk Goes Pop 3

Release date: November 2, 2010

 

Track List:

1. Breathe Carolina – Down

2. Woe, Is Me – Hot N Cold

3. Artist Vs. Poet – Bad Romance

4. Mayday Parade – In My Head

5. Asking Alexandria – Right Now (Na Na Na)

6. This Century – Paper Planes

7. The Word Alive – Heartless

8. Family Force 5 – Bulletproof

9. Of Mice & Men – Blame It

10. Miss May I – Run This Town

11. The Ready Set – Airplanes

12. Cute Is What We Aim For – Dead & Gone

13. Sparks The Rescue – Need You Now

14. We Came As Romans – My Love

Punk Goes Pop 2 made a big hit with the hardcore scene.  In this follow up to greatness; how would Fearless Records ever top PGP 2?  The answer is better songs.  Last time there were about three huge hits, whereas with PGP 3, almost every song is rap chart topper.  Familiarity truly breeds success here.  Breaking away from the pop and pop rock hits of PGP 2, Fearless makes a huge gamble.  This album should be titled Punk Goes Crunk 2.  The 2 tracks that really stood out for me on this one, although all of them are great, were Right Now (Na Na Na) and Blame It.  Asking Alexandria did a great job in making their song pick almost sound like a song entirely their own – it has a very wide open synth sound.  Although it’s a song about losing the one person you loved, it manages to sound like a happy song.  Of Mice & Men did an incredible job with the track Blame It. Shayley Bourget (vocals) sings this one perfectly. This is also Jerry Roush’s (screams) debut recording with the band, and he fits in with the sound perfectly.  There is no way you can go wrong by picking up this album; it guarantees a good time.

Woe, Is Me – Number[s] Review

 

Woe, Is Me – Number[s]

Release Date: August 31, 2010

 

Track List:

1. On Veiled Men

2. [&] Delinquents

3. Mannequin Religion

4. Keep Your Enemies Close

5. Hell Or High Water

6. For The Likes Of You

7. I.

8. Our Number[s]

9. If Not, For Ourselves

10. Desolate [The Conductor]

Woe, Is Me is an American, 7-piece metalcore band from Atlanta, Georgia, who are signed to Rise Records and Velocity Records.  First off; seven members might sound like a bit much, but in WIM’s case, it is a heavenly combination.  This band is making big time waves on the hardcore scene right now.  They played their first show after they were signed to a record label, and that is something that not many bands have done.  Number[s] is an amazing start for these guys, seeing as all the songs on this disc seem to blend together perfectly.  Austin Thornton (drums) throws down amazing breakdowns for this band.  However, the first thing you will notice about this band is Tyler Carter.  This kid is the next Jonny Craig, but I believe he is better already than Craig.  His lyrics are very well formed, and each line builds on the songs story so well that by the end of each song, you wish it would keep going.  His R&B style is very similar to Craig as well, but I don’t think Jonny has a problem with it, as he does guest vocals on this album.  Watch for this band to come to your town, they are worth seeing, as they are sure to put on a great show.  Pick up this album, you won’t regret it.

Review: Miss May I – Monument

Miss May I – Monument

Release date – August 17, 2010

Track List:

1. Our Kings

2. Masses Of A Dying Breed

3. Answers

4. Relentless Chaos

5. Creations

6. Gears

7. Colossal

8. We Have Fallen

9. In Recognition

10. Monument

Hello readers! My name is Zach and I will be doing CD reviews here at Holy Cow! Music Press. I will be telling you about the albums to pick up and the ones you should pass up.

Miss May I is an Ohio metalcore band that formed in 2006.  Monument is the band’s second full length album. In this release, Ryan Neff (Bass & Vocals) is really a shining star.  While Ryan pours out the most powerful lines, sometimes sounding similar to As I Lay Dying, Levi Benton (Vocals) delivers devastating screams.  The breakdowns on Relentless Chaos are ridiculously catchy, and impossible not to jam along with.  In Recognition is a very powerful ballad that sways and moves with an ocean tides rhythm.  Then it breaks in to the title track. The double bass sounds impossibly fast on this track.  These guys have truly grown from their last release, 2009’s Apologies Are For The Weak.  I recommend picking up this head-banger anthem.  But try not to listen to Relentless Chaos while driving; it is dangerous.

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