Discrepancies’ New Album Is An Aptly Titled Record

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Independent rock band Discrepancies is quite the interesting act.  The up-and-coming quartet has only been in existence since 2013.  In the short time since its formation, this little band that could has proven itself one of the next big names in the rock community. That is evidenced through the facts that since its formation, the quartet has played some of the nation’s biggest concert festivals, garnered thousands of streams for its singles and videos, and even released two successful studio recordings – an EP and an album.  Now this Friday, the band will look to continue its meteoric climb with the release of its aptly titled second album (and third overall studio recording) The Rise.  The 10-song record has already produced five singles, each of which has done its part to prove the band’s place in the rap-rock community.  They are just a part of what makes this 33-minute presentation such an entertaining and engaging record.  That is because they only show one side of the record, so to speak.  ‘Put ‘Em Up (Dub Flow)’ shows another side to the album.  It will be addressed shortly.  ‘Blame Me,’ the album’s penultimate entry, is another notable addition to the record.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Left To Drift,’ which comes early in the record’s run, is one more important addition to the album.  It shows yet more depth to the record and will be discussed later, too.  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here, the album’s singles and its remaining two songs, the record in whole becomes a presentation that proves Discrepancies’ star truly is on the rise.

Up-and-coming rock band Discrepancies is unquestionably one of the next big names in the rock community to watch for 2020 and beyond.  The five singles that the record has already produced have shown that the band can easily hold its own within the rap-rock and nu-metal communities.  They are not all that the album has to offer, though.  There’s also a touch of some more pure rap alongside the band’s rock influences in ‘Put ‘Em Up (Dub Flow).’  Yes, the rock element is present here through the guitar and drums, but that aspect plays more of a supporting role alongside front man ATG Metcalf and guest rapper Dub Flow’s rhymes, and their pairing with the song’s bass and keyboards.  The rhymes that the pair spits are collectively a message of self confidence.

The noted lyrical theme is inferred right from the song’s outset as the lead verse states, “Corny a** rappers/Gettin’ hyped up by mascots/Claimin’ that they have guac/I call them have nots/Put ‘em in a super soldier, figure four/Until they give me mad props/Things get intense and the caps lock/Lately I feel a bit offline/But I gotta get at it/It’s all mine/Now hundred percent ground…These critics are drillin’ me/I’m not the enemy/I’m just a victim of hard times/Our message is vivid/It might take a minute/’Cause we gotta fit it in small minds/I try to keep it classy/’Cause I’m not into fashion…They don’t like the way we mix it up/They want to send me packin’…”  Some of the lyrics here are tough to catch, considering the speed at which the lyrics are delivered at some points.  However, enough is decipherable that it can be inferred here that this is someone who is fighting plenty of odds, but is still standing strong.  It’s a familiar topic in the rap and hip-hop world, and is no less engaging here than in any other song.  The inferred theme is made even clearer in the song’s second verse, which states, “I you’re ready to feel the rush/That’s what’s up/Feel the adrenaline building up/Hit the clutch/even if you think everything sucks/Put ‘em up/’Cause if you don’t give a damn/We don’t give/a/f***.”  The song continues in similar fashion from there, giving the musical middle finger to all of the naysayers out there while also continuing to remind listeners to not give up.  It collectively makes for a strong statement that will resonate with listeners long after the song ends.  When this familiar lyrical theme is considered along with its companion musical content, the whole of the song becomes even more notable.  Collectively, they make the song just one of the album’s most standout songs.  ‘Blame Me’ is as notable as ‘Put ‘Em Up (Drub Flow).’

‘Blame Me’ stands out in that its musical arrangement is not the standard rap rock style presentation that has been so prevalent in most of the album’s singles.  Rather, this song boasts more of an aggro-rock style complete with not just Metcalf’s rapping, but also more clean singing vocals from guitarist Addison Bracher.  The combination of the two elements joins with the subtle keyboards and the drums to lend the arrangement to a comparison to works from the likes of Nonpoint, Stuck Mojo and Linkin Park.  When the aggression in the song’s musical theme couples with its lyrical counterpart, the whole of the song becomes even more engaging and entertaining for listeners.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Blame Me’ is certain to resonate with listeners in its own way as it takes on those people who live to make everyone around them miserable.  That is inferred clearly in the song’s lead verse, which states, “I’ve watched you/Interrupt nonsense/Set it on fire/Creating your own problems/Complain that it burns/But still refuse to drop it/If you want to leave my day in ruin/Well, mission accomplished/Offer you the blueprint/All you do is knock it/Allergic to the solution/Addicted to the conflict/Drop it/Listen to something I can’t rock with/I love you to death/but your attitude’s toxic/Stop it/Why you gotta wreck my day/Save all that negative energy and step away/Why you searching for the sympathy I guess you crave…”  The last line in this verse is tough to decipher without a lyrics sheet to reference, but that is beside the point.  Enough of the lyrics are understandable at this point to make clear the noted theme.  The song’s second verse follows in similar fashion, noting, “I promise if you let it/I swear this world will drown you/let go of the drama/You really seem to be bouncin’/Listen/Doesn’t always have to come down to bringin’ yourself down and everybody around you.”  Again, here is that noted message as clear as day.  The song’s subject then goes on to state, “I need to cut you out.”  This is important in that it puts out there that this is someone who is at that breaking point with someone in a highly toxic relationship.  It doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship.  It could just be a general plutonic relationship.  Lots of people out there have been in the noted scenario.  It is certain to make the song that much more accessible for listeners.  In turn, it proves even more why not just the song, but the album, too, is so hard hitting.  It is just one more of the album’s most notable works, too.  ‘Left To Drift’ adds even more depth to the album.

‘Left To Drift’ stands out perhaps more than any other arrangement in Discrepancies’ new album in that it presents a distinct progressive metal sound.  The heavy, guitar-driven work immediately lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of TesseracT, Periphery, and Meshuggah.  What’s really interesting here is the juxtaposition of that sound against the clean vocals.  It makes for such a powerful impact.  In relation, the song’s lyrical content makes for its own powerful impact. 

Right from its outset, the song’s lyrical theme hints directly at the familiar topic of a broken relationship as Bracher sings, “Oh what a beautiful lie/To give a heart with no trust left inside/They say…the truth it sets and feels like I’m dead inside/Let the waves wash over my skin/Let the tide pull me in.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Oh what a colorless lie/to trust a love that left you torn inside/You feel you’ll never be worthy/Do you/You fear there’s no room for you left in their hearts.”  This again comes across as someone addressing another who is dealing with some heavy thoughts and emotions as a result of very negative interactions in the past.  The lines that follow add to that statement even more.  All things considered, the heaviness in the song’s lyrical content couples with the heaviness in the song’s musical arrangement to make the song in whole its own unique presentation that makes the album even more engaging and entertaining.  When the song is considered along with the other songs noted here, the album’s singles and its two remaining tracks, the record in whole cements Discrepancies’ place as one of the next big names in the hard rock and metal community.

Discrepancies’ sophomore album The Rise is an impressive return for the band.  It is a presentation that certifies the band’s place among the next generation of hard rock and metal acts.  That is proven not only through the rap-rock style singles that the album has already produced, but also through the songs noted here as well as the album’s other two singles.  They collectively present The Rise as a record that is quite diverse in its content.  That diversity and the accessibility of the record’s lyrical content comes together to make this record a solid success from beginning to end.  They make the record a sign that this band’s fame is in fact on the rise. 

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Every Hour Kills’ New EP Will Appeal To Any Metal Fan

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Independent metal band Every Hour Kills is scheduled to release its new EP Re:Awaken Friday.  The band’s eight-song record (its third studio recording and third EP) is a presentation that will appeal just as much to the band’s established fan base as it will to those who are new to the band.  That is proven in part through the 36-minute album’s lyrical content.  This will be addressed shortly.  The musical content featured alongside that lyrical content plays into the album’s appeal, too, and will be addressed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements, bringing the musical and lyrical content together to make the EP in whole, a presentation that will appeal to any metal fan.

Every Hour Kills’ forthcoming EP Re:Awaken is a presentation that metal fans across the board will agree is worth hearing at least once.  That is due in pat to the record’s lyrical content.  More specifically, the overarching conceptual story contained in the EP’s lyrical content plays into the record’s appeal.  The lyrical content spread across the EP’s eight tracks tells the story of an alien race from another world that comes to Earth and offers to save the planet from a pandemic that has ravaged the planet’s population.  There is a catch, though.  In return for providing the cure to the disease that has wiped out so much of the planet’s population.  The songs go on to tell the story of what happens from there.  Whether the band crafted this album in response to everything happening in the world today is unknown to this critic.  If not, then the irony is dramatic to say the very least.  The decision to go the noted route is nothing new for the band.  The group’s sophomore EP Fragile Machine took a Matrix type of approach, telling the story of a giant “server cube” that held the world’s “digitized minds in code.”  The band’s 2015 self-titled debut EP took less of a sci-fi approach, by comparison.  That the record’s central topic is such a reflection of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, coincidence or not, will make this aspect certain to connect with listeners.  The science fiction aspect of the story involving aliens coming to the planet conjures thoughts of the classic Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man.”  It makes the story that much more engaging for listeners.  Keeping all of this in mind, the overall lyrical content featured in Re: Awaken does its own share to make this record worth hearing.  It is just one part of what makes the EP worth hearing.  The musical portion of the EP strengthens its appeal even more.

The musical arrangements that are featured in Re:Awaken are distintly prog-metal in their approach.  Each work is unique in its own fashion, too.  The band’s cover of Joe Satriani’s ‘Time’ for instance stays true to its source material.  At the same time though, the arrangement adds a certain heaviness through the guitars, drums and bass.  It makes the song such an impacting work.  By comparison, the more symphonic approach to ‘Anthelion’ lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Scar Symmetry, Starset, and Bring Me The Horizon.  The juxtaposition of the ethereal keyboard arrangement and the intense vocals, pummeling guitars and drums here makes for a composition that boasts its own unique identity that is separate from ‘Time’ and the EP’s other two official tracks.  Yes, the record boasts eight songs, but four of those are just instrumentals of the four main tracks.  Interestingly enough, ‘Time’ is featured twice even though the original song is itself instrumental.  That’s just something to think about.  Getting back on the topic at hand, ‘Anthelion’ is just one more way in which the EP’s musical content proves itself so important to the record’s presentation.  ‘Veiled Aura,’ which opens the EP, is yet another way in which the record’s musical content proves so important to its presentation.  The metalcore and melodic metal elements are just as audible as in the record’s other works here.  What sets the arrangement apart from its counterparts is that this arrangement also incorporates more of a mainstream melodic hard rock approach a la Sevendust.  From the guitars to the vocals to the bass, guitar and drums, the influence is undeniable.  The balance of that element and the death/black metal style vocals in other parts of the song, as well as the more industrial elements makes for quite the unique presentation in its own right, too.  When all three of the noted arrangements are considered along with that featured in the EP’s title track, the result is a record that is just as strong for its musical content as for its equally engaging lyrical content. 

For all that Re:Awaken’s musical and lyrical content does for its presentation, they are just a portion of what makes the EP such an engaging and entertaining work.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.  As noted already, a song such as ‘Veiled Aura’ sees a lot going on musically.  There are melodic metal elements set alongside some death/black metal influences.  Those influences are joined by some distinct industrial influences.  The band did its own impressive job of balancing those elements.  At the same time, considering all the stylistic changes within the song and all the dynamic changes and performance styles, a lot of work had to take place in order to make the final product work.  Those responsible for the record’s production are to be commended here for that effort.  It paid off, needless to say.  The way in which the guitar arrangement was layered and balanced in ‘Time’ is another example of how well the record’s production was handled.  That is especially the case when one takes into account the subtlety in the ghost notes on the snare and the overall drumming against all of the guitar work.  The addition of the bass line to the mix adds even more richness to the work.  It all comes together to give this song – even being a cover – such powerful aesthetic impact.  Again, this is credit to those responsible for the record’s production.  The balance of the screams and clean vocals in ‘Anthelion’ and their very balance against the almost Fear Factory style guitar, bass, and drums is yet another way in which the production shines in this EP.  The keyboards really serve to form the song’s foundation.  The way in which the guitars, bass, and vocals build on that foundation.  They whole results in an arrangement that is just as impacting as the EP’s other compositions.  When the production put into Re:Awaken is considered along with the EP’s overall content, the whole of the noted elements makes the record a work that any metal aficionado will agree is worth hearing at least once if not more.

Every Hour Kills’ forthcoming EP Re:Awaken is not the first time that the band has ever taken the route that it did both in terms of its musical and lyrical content.  Even with that in mind, the band has crafted in this new EP, a presentation that holds its own against the band’s past works and those of the aforementioned similar acts.  Again, that is noted through the record’s overarching sci-fi story.  The story is a mirror image of everything happening in the world today, save for the aliens.  The musical content exhibits elements of so many of the metal world’s subgenres.  The production put into the record brought out the record brings out each of those subgenres’ presence expertly throughout.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of the EP.  All things considered, they make Re:Awaken a work that every metal fan will agree is worth hearing at least once if not more.

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Every Hour Kills Pays Homage To Joe Satriani In Its Latest Single

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Independent rock band Every Hour Kills debuted the latest single from its new EP this week.

The band Sacha Laskow (guitar, programming), Bret Stutsky (bass), and Jerrod Mawell-Lyster (vocals) — premiered its cover of Joe Satriani’s ‘Time’ Friday through Bravewords.  The song, which feautres a guest guitar performance by Rick Graham, is the second single from the band’s forthcoming EP ReAwaken, which is scheduled for release Oct. 9.

The premiere of ‘Time’ comes less than a month after the band debuted the EP’s lead single, ‘Veiled Aurora,’ whose musical arrangement will appeal to fans of bands, such as Sevendust, Periphery, and Between The Buried and Me.

The musical arrangement at the center of EHK’s cover of ‘Time’ stays true to its source material.  At the same time though, the arrangement adds a certain heaviness through the guitars, drums and bass.

The EP is a concept record of sorts that is set in the 22nd century.  A plague has all but wiped out Earth’s population.  Enter a race of beings from another world that are known as “Illusorians.”  The Illusorians have a way to end mankind’s suffering.  Each of the EP’s songs features a story of someone trying to deal with the planet’s “new normal.”

Pre-orders and pre-saves for Re:Awaken are open now here.  The EP’s track listing is noted below.

Track Listing:
1. Veiled Aurora (ft. guest vocals Shaley Bourget of Dayshell, Of Mice & Men & guest guitar solo Morgan Reid of Bloodshot Dawn) (4:18)
2. Anthelion (ft. guest vocals Chris Thoresen (Shark Infested Daughters & guest guitar solo Travis Montgomery of Threat Signal, Meytal) (4:26)
3. Re:awaken (4:12)
4. Time ft. guest guitar solo Rick Graham (Joe Satriani cover) (5:04)
5. Veiled Aurora (Instrumental) (4:18)
6. Anthelion (Instrumental) (4:26)
7. Re:awaken (Instrumental) (4:12)
8.  Time (Joe Satriani cover) (Instrumental) (5:04)

More information on Every Hour Kills’ new EP is available along with all of its latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://everyhourkills.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EveryHourKills

Twitter: http://twitter.com/everyhourkills

 

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