Elisium Releases New Record: Signifcantius Vitae XIXXVII

There once was a workhorse called Elisium

Whose home was a white metal box on 4 rubber wheels

They were a 3-piece outfit made up of 3 Days Grace and Chevelle,

A pinch of magic, a little mystery or even a little something more…

 

They’re songs are ambient and brainy

Provoking and aggressive

They are the real deal

Looking them in the eyes will tell you

 

That’s what it takes in 2017

and what most bands don’t have,

Confidence in themselves and a room to command

 

A gift of brothers who choose to walk the less traveled path

Setting the example, being bold, and taking a stand

Against the odds, and the trials and tribulations,

And the absolute beauty

of being in a modern rock n roll band

 

It’s about the “short cuts” and the “small things”

And the blood, sweat and tears… the love, and the passion

The dedication, and the life of effort that goes into it

I’ve been a fan for a few years, especially after sharing some stages

Significantius Vitae XIXXVII  is this latest of 4 releases

Open your browser and just copy and paste it

Go to your phone your itunes, or your spotify

Click on the search bar and type E L I S I U M

 

Significantius Vitae is a good fuckin record, good job boys. I’m gonna be listening to this one for awhile.

 

5 out of 5 horns

 

Curse The Fall Set to Release Symbiosis 11/21/17

Curse The Fall…. A 4-piece hard rock metal core blend of midwestern musical sauvignon. These boys are from the OKC in our beloved panhandle state. I’m a fan of Oklahomans already so this interview may be a little bias. I’ve personally toured through Lawton and OKC multiple times and love both. Last August, we played on a Sunday night to at least 75 people. Good job Oklahoma. There is a lot of hardworking talent and venues that support the heavy music community. I’m honored and humbled to give my opinion of one their own.

Seasons is a 4:00 min rock hard gritty wall of sound consisting of squishy and pronounced guitars, a bass guitar that fills every 200-500hz void like a musical metal jelly doughnut. You know…  like bacon on a maple glazed kind of doughnut… So fuckin good. The drum performance that was captured sounds good. Like the drummer showed up motivated and willing to do his job. Good job!  I do feel that drums could have been mixed a bit larger. But what the fuck do i know. And… the singer. I always enjoy a singer who can actually present himself with some emotion, character, and presentation. It sounds like he hasn’t quite found his unique identity as a vocalist, you know that thing we all feel when Randy, Howard, Jesse or one of the lovely Butcher Babies gets behind the mic, but he is well on his way. As the entire band is.

I like the overall composition and length of the song. The dynamics between all the instruments was well thought out and executed for a hard-rock metalcore snack. Although, I believe the bass could have been thicker in the low end and the drums could have been larger the overall mix is good. Sort of like spicy Chex mix without those burnt toasty crunchy things that nobody likes. It’s a tad bit messy getting the Chex dust on your fingers while eating it but you can’t stop eating it because the overall mission is being accomplished. This song fills the belly of the heavy music listeners soul. Thank you.

Gotta go get some spicy Chex mix and listen to the rest of the EP titled Symbiosis which will be available for your listening and purchasing pleasure 11/21/17. Buy Curse The Fall’s new record Symbiosis and then prepare to mack down on Thanksgiving dinner a few days later… I see what you guys did there. Good work! Maybe we’ll see you in OKC sometime or somewhere down the road.

4.0 out of 5 Horns

 

SEPARATION OF SANITY – song review

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to present to you the aggro and articulate 5-piece metal and punk act hailing from Portland, OR: Separation of Sanity (S.O.S).

I received a digital press package from Jason X (Vocals) within 24 hours of requesting it. I think I like these guys already; they mean business and were prepared. Like momma always said, never judge a book by its cover, but I have been fooled before and momma sure didn’t raise a fool. Are these dudes the real deal, I thought to myself? The press package I received was neatly organized; the files labeled in such a way that allowed me to cruise seamlessly through the works of Separation of Sanity.

The band has produced a new LP, titled The Crucible, due to be released on 3/17/16. I am here to tell you about their awesome new single; Armed. One of two tracks being released as singles off of the album; the other being Drift.

Listening to Armed once through my desktop speakers prompted me to immediately load it into ProTools and listen on my studio monitors. On the first pass, I noticed an awesome compliment of bass and guitar work during the verses specifically starting at :21. Along with the guitar overdub parts during the verses, I truly enjoyed the way the three layers intertwined, locking me into some sort of Separation of Sanity sleeper hold- all while preparing me for the chorus. It is here that Mr. X. himself lets loose his aggressive delivery while maintaining some personality and a nice overall gritty vocal tone.

I got the hint that Jason possibly used a dynamic microphone for tracking. SM58? SM7B with a Cloud Lifter, perhaps? Whatever it was complimented both his grit and delivery, as well as the genre.

The rhythm section, backed by Jackson Coffey and his click-killing percussive energy, blended beautifully throughout the entire song. The toms were wet and meaty during the more rhythmic parts, and his drums cut through the mix seamlessly when required. I do feel that the mix lacked a bit of low end, possibly from the kick and bass mix. Perhaps a little more massaging of the bass tone next time. Of course I am a bass player and am bias.

Speaking of bass- apparently, there is a human named Ivar Forkbeard that plays the bass in S.O.S. Yes, Ivar Forkbeard. The bass work, with the groove and flow in the verses was as entertaining and impacting as his name, the bass run at 1:50 was sweet too. At 1:58 my ears truly wanted to snack on some sort of modified repeat of that 1:50 bass run but momma always yells at me when I want snacks…

Speaking of snacks.. if you, the reader would like to hear some new heavy music, please, for God’s sake, take your ear over to facebook.com/separationofsanity and give them a like. Also, this St. Patrick’s Day, go and spend a few bucks on your copy of “The Crucible”, a sweet record that will keep those heavy metal and rock n roll cravings satisfied. Snack metal is my favorite kind of metal. I can’t wait to play a show with these dudes and also see what they blossom into.

Dirtbag Smitty – Grade: (4 out of 5 horns)
4-of-5-Horns