BATS AND MICE
INDIE-ROCK. While not featuring any bats OR mice, this does have 3 of the 4 members of SLEEPYTIME TRIO: Ben Davis (also of MILEMAKER), Dave Nesmith (also of THE RAH BRAS), and Jonathan Fuller (also of ENGINE DOWN). Unlike their other bands, this new endeavor seems to touch on a more relaxed and casual style of ambient indie-rock, similar to THREE MILE PILOT.
BATTALION OF SAINTS
best of (2010/MYSTIC)
HARDCORE. The BATTALION OF SAINTS "best of" full-length contains 10 studio tracks from various studio recording sessions and 9 live tracks recorded at Fairmont Hall in San Diego. It's available on colored vinyl and is limited to 500 copies.
Whatever it takes (1998/REVELATION)
OLD-SCHOOL HARDCORE. 12 tracks of old-school style hardcore with a twist sound, all cut in singer Brian Mcternan's own studio, Salad Days. BATTERY features members of bands like SHELTER, WORLDS COLLIDE, ASHES, DAMNATION A.D., and BETTER THAN A THOUSAND.
BATTLE OF MICE
A day of nights (2006/NEUROT)
POST-ROCK. After appearing on the Triad comp alongside RED SPAROWES and MADE OUT OF BABIES, Brooklyn, NY's BATTLE OF MICE prepare to come into their own with this offering through Neurot Recordings. "A day of nights" is 7 epic songs played in the vein of bands like RED SPAROWES, ISIS and NEUROSIS with female vocals that are presented with different sounds and expressions throughout. The sonic philosophy of the band reflects a huge, primal range of emotion: love, lust, jealousy, whiskey, and blind rage. And while it might be pointed out that 'whiskey' is not necessarily a clinically- recognized human emotion, it is unlikely that anyone will misunderstand the implications of its inclusion after hearing BATTLE OF MICE.
entourage of the archiac (2010/INIT)
POST-HARDCORE. "entourage of the archaic" is 1 track clocking in at slightly over 13min. from Minnesota's BATTLEFIELDS. Highly recommended for fans of NEUROSIS, ISIS, RED SPARROWES, ROSETTA, and the like, only adding their own unique touch to the doom-metal sound, combining both metal and screamy hardcore elements to the mix. Limited to 500 copies vinyl includes MP3 download code.
terminal dawn (2008/MAD AT THE WORLD)
HARDCORE. Mad at the World's favorite thrash duo return with what appears to be the final chapter in the life of their beloved mascot Tungar, and with "terminal dawn", he goes down in flames! BATTLETORN crank the brutality up higher with their apocalyptic thrash; filtering some early '80s hardcore fury through thrash metal unruliness via Marshall stacks. They blast through 16 shattering songs that recall late '80s UK Earache Records acts as it does some NEGATIVE FX, early D.R.I. style hardcore mania. CD comes along with a re-mastered version of the band's 6 song "burn fast" 7".
killing time (2011/WIND-UP)
INDIE/EMO-ROCK. BAYSIDE's major label debut finds them sticking to what works: a formula of both heartbreaking and heartwarming anthems that nods to rock contemporaries like THE SMITHS and NICK DRAKE.
the walking wounded (2012/VICTORY)
INDIE/EMO-ROCK. "the walking wounded" is the best collection of BAYSIDE songs yet. It is their strongest effort, with improved musicianship and singing, it would only be right that BAYSIDE broke out with this 12 track release. This record is a testament to the band's perseverance, with timeless pop/rock songs packed with emotion and vitality. CD+DVD edition (called "the walking wounded: gold edition") comes with bonus audio acoustic tracks and a DVD with documentaries, live acoustic tracks and music videos. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
BEAR VS. SHARK
Right now, you're in the best of hands (2003/EQUAL VISION)
POST-HARDCORE. BEAR VS. SHARK creates music for people like them who need to be inspired in the same way as they have been by music. The band originates from the greater Detroit metro area, specifically Highland and White Lake, MI. They play with no emotional pretenses and bring a sense of music history and genuine sincerity to their craft. With musical influences as diverse as Fugazi, Led Zeppelin, Hot Water Music, Elton John, The Commodores, Johnny Cash, Sunny Day Real Estate, At The Drive-In and Radiohead, it’s easy to see the root of the band's unique sonics. BVS recorded their Equal Vision Records debut at Big Blue Meenie studios [Thursday, Taking Back Sunday, Breaking Pangaea] in NJ. The studio, with it’s incredible team of engineers, proved to be the perfect environment for the band to harness their raw, melodic power. The members of BEAR VS. SHARK have played shows with broken legs, broken teeth, bloody noses, open wounds, torn cartilage and migraines. They will play through most injuries, and sustain many while playing.
BEAR VS. SHARK
Terrorhawk (2005/EQUAL VISION)
INDIE-PUNK. Michigan-based indie-punk quintet BEAR VS. SHARK has become synonymous with a chaotically beautiful live show and an eclectic musical vision that transcends numerous genres. Citing influences ranging from THE CLASH, THE COMMODORES, HÜSKER DÜ, FUGAZI, LED ZEPPELIN and ARCHERS OF LOAF, BEAR VS. SHARK strive to make music that is cathartic, inspiring and an emotionally cleansing experience for themselves and their listeners.
BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE
dichotomy (2008/TOOTH AND NAIL)
DEATH-METAL. For "dichotomy", BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE teamed up with metal legend Devin Townsend to create an album of metal akin to bands like OPETH, SOILWORK and LIVING SACRIFICE with lyrics that give a nod to "2001: a space odyssey", wherein lyricist and vocalist Jason explores the struggle between man and machine, biological and technological. This release also sees the return of original guitarist Jon and debut of new drummer Brandon. Filled to the brim with innovation and precision, Dichotomy elevates BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE to a level of unrivaled musicianship and songwriting.
BEDLIGHT FOR BLUE EYES
life on lifes terms (2007/TRUSTKILL)
INDIE-ROCK/EMO. Back with a vengeance, New Jersey melodic pop-rock quintet BEDLIGHT FOR BLUE EYES has taken all of their passion, insanity, and rock ’n roll, and multiplied it by one hundred. If you didn’t like BEDLIGHT’s 1st album, you’re not alone. But that doesn’t mean that you should ignore "life on life’s terms". They’re almost a different band all together. This is a pretty good release for the pop-rock genre.
BEDLIGHT FOR BLUE EYES
the dawn (2005/TRUSTKILL)
INDIE-ROCK/EMO. Passion, insanity, rock 'n' roll. Armed with these notions ingrained in their very bones, five kids out of Berkeley Heights have worked tirelessly to perfect a unique and explosive sound. This is BEDLIGHT FOR BLUE EYES 1st full-length. When a unique marriage of post-hardcore grit, metal guitar leads, motown-soul, and hard-rock mentality cross paths, the result is nothing less than jaw dropping. This combination of extremes works as a cohesive sound, anchored by the masterful melodic vocals of the shouter.
BEFORE THEIR EYES
BEFORE THEIR EYES is a five piece Christian outfit from Findlay, Ohio, whose passion is putting on an energetic, explosive live show since their inception in September 2006. This full length features artwork from renowned illustrator Derek Hess, and the music can be recommended to fans of DROP DEAD GORGEOUS and UNDEROATH.
BEFORE THEIR EYES
The Dawn Of My Death (2008/RISE)
POST-HARDCORE. Returning with their sophomore album, "The dawn of my death", BEFORE THEIR EYES us a melodic driven album that is both energetic and explosive. The guitar rifts are harder and more complex than before. They continue with a good balance of clean vocals and screamo to create a catchy sound with introspective lyrics that is noticeable from beginning to end. For fans of A DAY TO REMEMBER, CHIODOS and ATREYU.