Hi guys, welcome to songs of the week. This is where I let you in on what I’ve been listening to lately. My top 5 songs this week includes several surprises as old favourites releases a new track; a few new, unsigned bands really grab my attention with their raw sounds, and I’ve found a new favourite track to unwind to.
Megadeth – Fatal Illusion
This is Megadeth‘s first release from the their new album, Dystopia, coming out in January. This track reminds me of some of the classic Megadeth songs despite the altered line-up (including a new drummer for the first time in over 10 years). Featuring fast-paced, all out action riffs; Mustaine’s trademark snarling vocals; and face-melting guitar solos, Fatal Illusion is fuelled with aggression and shows off the new line-up’s technical prowess. If this song is representative of the new album then I might get a little excited!
Update: Following the release of the new album, you can check out my album review for Megadeth’s Dystopia.
Korbee – Great Escape
This is a track I’ve really enjoyed this week. This L.A. based duo created a fun, upbeat and gripping song that really caught my attention. Its spacious texture and minimalist instrumentation create a fantastic space to display the vocal abilities of these two. The melodies are catchy and harmonise well together. The chorus is really anthemic, with the strings becoming more prominent and providing an excellent backdrop to allow the vocals to flourish.
For fans of: Bastille, Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac
Landmarks – 40mg
Having just released their new track ‘Bones’, I started listening to other tracks from Landmarks’ EP, Fighting Gravity. 40mg really stood out to me; its upbeat, catchy chorus and great riffs kick off their EP in great style and really defines their sound. Managing to put a British twist on a heavily American populated genre, 40mg delivers a more serious message than American counterparts, and the enthusiastic drumming provides a great energy, matched by the backing vocals to accompany a vocals tune that drives it home.
For fans of: Good Charlotte, Four Year Strong, A Day To Remember
High rise – Burdens
Burdens kicks off the London band’s first EP, Tides Will Take You. It features awesome riffs to accompany the aggressive vocals and emphatic drums. The track combines elements of Punk, Thrash, and Groove Metal to create a really engaging and fantastic song. The constant varying of textures and rhythms helps the build up and release of tension throughout the song, providing fantastic opportunities to headband along the way. The riffs range from fast and furious to syncopated and groovy, really displaying the band’s ability and aptitude for the genre. A great song, and I look forward to hearing more.
For fans of: Enter Shikari, Escape The Fate, Pantera
Protest The Hero – Ragged Tooth
Ragged Tooth is the band’s first release following the announcement they would be launching a subscription based service for their new EP. It retains the band’s trademark virtuosic guitar riffs, dramatic time signature shifts and melodic vocals. Ragged Tooth shows how the progressive metal band have honed their style to create an impressive and thrilling track. Rody Walker is given the platform to display his ridiculous vocal ability by the songs rapid textural changes. The all out metal sections allow for his roaring aggressive style, while in the calmer sections (at least for PTH) he uses a more melodic, melissmatic style to suit the song. It’s good to see the Canadian band continuing to push boundaries and I’m excited for the next 5 months of releases!
Update: having listened to every song as it came out, you can read my full album review for Pacific Myth.
For fans of: Lamb Of God, Animals As Leaders, The Human Abstract