The Monthly Summary
Albums Out This Month
The Weekly Tour Round-Up
I Hate Our Freedom
Coming Clean - “Remember To Breathe (Dashboard Cover)”
Behind The Booths
Never Shout Never - Ticket Giveaway [Ends on November 15th]
Motion City Soundtrack - Irving Plaza [Ended on November 4th]
Macbeth + Wake Up Lucid - Bundle [Ends on November 7th]
Glamour Kills - Winter Line [Ends on November 10th]
Mayday Parade, The Maine
It’s the weekend, so PropertyOfZack is back with a brand new Team Recommendation Playlist! Each weekend, different members of our team will be recommending both old and new songs for our viewers to listen to and enjoy. Check out the Team Playlist and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
The Body Rampant - Sativa
So I usually go to the punk/pop punk route with these suggestions (ignoring my halloween suggestion from last week) but I’ve been getting into this band lately. Can’t really put them in a genre… maybe alt-rock? Something about them, and especially this song, keeps me interested and listening. And the video is trippy in the best way. I’m really looking foreward to their upcoming LP. Found out about them typing their interview for POZ a while back. Was a great discovery. You kids give this playlist a listen and try them out, you won’t regret it. Peace from Pucon, Chile! Later Skaterz. - Mike Sheffey
Parkway Drive - Dream Run
This band does metalcore the right way, and this song is a perfect example of that. It’s fast, loud, aggressive, and pissed off, but at the same time, it’s catchy and melodic. Isn’t that fancy? Atlas is a huge record, and Dream Run is one of the best tracks on there. And they’re Australian, so even if you’re not a fan, there’s always those great Aussie accents to fall back on. Oy mate, throw another breakdown on the barbie. - Brandon Allin (@brandon_allin)
Coasta - Sunzal
When I first heard that Jesse Lacey’s little brother’s band had released music, I couldn’t help but think “Jeeze, that’s gotta be horrifying for him.” Now that I’ve listened (and listened and listened), I know why Jamey wasn’t stopped by the pressure of having one of the greatest frontmen ever as an older brother. I can’t get enough of this entire EP but this song is especially soothing. Lacey’s voice “just makes me feel so nice.” Between my Long Island nostalgia and the disaster that the east coast is dealing with, this song is helping to remind me that the best things about home, amazing music like this, will never go away. - Alyssa McKinley (_alyssamckinley)
Jenny Owen Youngs - Pirates
A cute girl singing a catchy tune about sex in humorous fashion. What’s not to like? - Dylan Powell (@Dylan5493)
Real Friends - Anchor Down
This summer PropertyofZack introduced me to Real Friends when I saw a post mentioning the release of their free acoustic ep. After a few spins I was dying for more and subsequently bought the full band release Everyone That Dragged You Here. The track where the EP got it’s name, Anchor Down has been playing on repeat since I heard the acoustic version and the full band rendition packs an even bigger emotional gut punch. Every listen I find myself finding a new favorite part of the song, the lyrics, the production (very DIY punk but polished just enough) and the arrangement (don’t even get me started about how awesome that guitar part is during the bridge) are all parts perfect that help bring it home for the perfect fall anthem. - Hobbes (@waitrewindthat)
Motion City Soundtrack - The Worst Is Yet To Come
I’ve been a fan of Motion City Soundtrack for as long as I can remember but there’s something about this song that quickly made it one of my favorites. Maybe it’s the dark passion lurking in the lyrics. Maybe it’s the brilliantly haunting synthesizer showcased in the pre-chorus. Or maybe it’s just MCS’s ability to write a song that SOUNDS like a Motion City song without recycling the same old hooks. Whatever it is, I could listen to this song on repeat for nearly several hundred years and still not get sick of it. - Becky Kovach (@beckystrz)
Cold Crows Dead - Man In Bleak (feat. Stephen Kalinich)
I’m not typically one for dirty blooze-rock grooves, but there’s something alchemical in the way the grumbling guitars here intertwine themselves with the warbly, watery refrain and poet/spoken word artist Stephen Kalinich’s words. The membership of the mysterious experimental-indie outfit known as Cold Crows Dead might be tightly under wraps, but give a close listen to the chorus of this track off their just-released (and seriously excellent) debut EP and you might recognize an old friend of PropertyOfZack. - Jesse Richman (@jrichmanesq)
Stop for a second and make a shortlist of everything you want a metal record to be. You want crunchy guitars, drums that pulsate through your stereo and ferocity in the vocals. You want the lyrics to be more than just mindless, angst-filled poetry. You want the words being thrown back at you to mean something. You want the album to be fast, loud, aggressive and, beyond all else, pissed off. While few records can truly place a check mark beside each of the above criteria, all the while acting as a measuring stick for the rest of the genre as a whole, Atlas, the fourth full-length offering from Australia’s Parkway Drive can. Atlas is a monumental, sonic assault for the ages: a metalcore force to be reckoned with.
On the heel’s of 2010’s Deep Blue, the five-piece outfit are back with 12 powerful, dynamic songs littered with relentless energy. Where Deep Blue soared, Parkway Drive have fine-tuned the formula to construct their most eclectic collection of songs yet. “Sparks” is a haunting little number that leads the charge, before transitioning beautifully into “Old Ghosts/New Regrets,” one of the quintet’s heaviest tracks to date. Lead vocalist Winston McCall wastes no time in putting his cutthroat honesty on display, ruthlessly declaring “We’re born with nothing and we die alone” in the song’s chorus. That same textbook barbarity is sprinkled throughout “Dream Run,” and while the track feels a tad more accessible than some fans may be accustomed to, it does little to compromise the track’s savagery.
On “Wild Eyes,” a track that undoubtedly deserves to be placed in contention for the best that Atlas has to offer, the band seamlessly blend clever guitar riffs, gang vocals, and a few unique tonal shifts, resulting in a memorable exercise in metalcore. “Dark Days” proves a welcome punch in the throat, on which McCall details his thoughts on the corruption of our planet, before closing with, in true Parkway Drive fashion, a massive, powerhouse of a breakdown. “The River” shows off the quintet’s more melodic side, offering periods of almost ethereal, atmospheric delicacy, a welcome breath of fresh air amidst the band’s back catalogue. “Swing” and “The Slow Surrender,” the album’s seventh and eight tracks are Parkway Drive by the numbers, heavy on breakdowns interspersed with McCall’s trademark screams, but offering little in the way ingenuity or inventiveness.
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