TOP 10 METALCORE BANDS YOU WISH THEY HAD NEVER CALLED IT QUITS – PART 2.
1. Attack Attack!
2. I Killed The Prom Queen
3. In Fear And Faith
4. For All Those Sleeping
5. For Today
1. ATTACK ATTACK!
ATTACK ATTACK! was a metalcore band from Westerville, Ohio. The outfit was known for lining up screamer Austin Carlile, presently known for being long-time vocalist for Californian outfit Of Mice & Men and Caleb Shomo, soonafter confirming the icon status with new project Beartooth arisen when Attack Attack! project came to an end. They have been active between 2007 and 2013 soldiering into Rise Records’ roster. Their discography includes 3 studio albums: Someday Came Suddenly, Attack Attack!, This Means War and first EP If Guns Are Outlawed, Can We Use Swords?.
Formers members of Attack Attack! disbanded to join new outfits. There has been a turmoil bands and projects: Nativ, The March Ahead, Bilmuri, Of Mice & Men, Beartooth, In Fear And Faith, Nativ, Drudge, Nine Shrines, The Bad Chapter, Brightwell and a few more mixing and matching the original members. The band formally called it quits in 2013 with final lineup: Phil Druyor, Andrew Wetzel, Andrew Whiting, Tyler Sapp.
Transitioning from keyboards to lead vocals, Caleb Shomo managed to keep the name of his band relevant, showing a strong vocal presence since album number two despite the ups and downs the band has gone through with the lineup changes. Attack Attack! Are considered to be the pioneers of electronicore, making a wide use of keyboards, interlacing synth and electronics with the onslaught of frantic riffing. In the very first record, Someday Came Suddenly, the ’80 dance electronic vibe is fully evident. It’s not a kind of modern Crossfaith-electronicore. It’s mainly relying on keyboards – as concerning the other two albums – and the digital effects does not take over the full track.
Lyrically, the themes discussed Christian beliefs, even though Attack Attack! have never considered themselves a Christian act. They have been a controversial band, judged by some as similar in their heavy sections and lacking originality. I have personally loved their sophomore self titled album. Latest record This Means War was solid and tracks were similar indeed, but a good one all in all. It was a fast riff-laden album combining bold bass lines and crunch guitar, pushing and pulling with a high sense of urgency and featuring massive breakdowns. In this record the band has also a strong and powerful hardcore influence, pummeling with a confident drums pattern. The clean and clear style used is intense and full bodied. You can see it whatever you like, at the time of their foundation there were not as many mainstream metalcore titans as today, and Attack Attack! had their aces up their sleeves. Not a case that their members pursued variance and kept alive their commitment to music.
If you’re not familiar with the band I suggest a few tracks best representing Attack Attack! : Smokahontas, Stick Stickly, AC-130, The Wretched, The Revolution, Last Breath, The Motivation.
2. I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN
I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN Australian metalcore warlords have started their journey in 2000 and suffered two main hiatuses along the way. They have released three studio albums: When Goodbye Means Forever…dating back to 2003, Music for the Recently Deceased dated 2006, and Beloved released via Epitaph Records in 2013. They also have a split album with Parkway Drive out in 2003 called I Killed the Prom Queen and Parkway Drive and two EPs: Choose to Love, Live or Die EP and Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You EP plus Sleepless Nights and City Lights live album.
Off a convoluted path, final line up was confirmed as follows: Jaime Hope on vocals, Jona Weinhofen on lead guitar, vocals and keyboards (also known for being a member of Bring Me the Horizon and Bleeding Through), Kevin Cameron on rhythm guitar, Benjamin Coyte on bass guitar together with drummer Shane O’Brien.
I Killed The Prom Queen used to be one of the best Aussie metalcore acts. Someone said: “You never get it wrong with an Aussie band”. So true. When you hear the output they have, you instantly get the idea of some great mainstream bands belonging to the amazing kangaroos’ land. You get the chugging combination of fast razor-sharp riffing and blast beats assembled as a clockwork device. Their sound is packed with heavy break downs especially visible in last album Beloved: a massive breakdown-fest. A violent storm of bludgeoning drums and rapacious guitars. Jaime Hope used to display unconventional harsh vocals, grittier than usual and closed to vocal fry technique. As for the last album, Beloved, there is an enchanting use of violins and strings interlaced with synth along the relentless brutality.
I Killed The Prom Queen was about to perform with their original lineup at Unify Gathering festival 2019 in Australia to celebrate the fifteen anniversary of their first album. The announcement was soon followed by another statement by UNIFY cancelling the band’s performance as due to some sexiest comments by former member Michael Crafter posted on social media years before. He was meant to appear on stage for the band’s nostalgia set. His comments were considered against the music community and the culture of positive change.
Such a shame this resilient outfit who managed to survive and evolve is no longer active. I Killed The Prom Queen contributed to the golden age of Australian metalcore. There are some rumours they may be back to the stage in a next future, let’s conjure a spell to make it true.
To get an idea of I Killed The Prom Queen was all about I suggest sophomore album Beloved and tracks: To The Wolves, Bright Enough, Thirty One & Sevens, Kjærlighet, Nightmares. Plus: Say Goodbye, Sharks In Your Mouth.
3. IN FEAR AND FAITH
Hailing from Sand Diego, California, metalcore / post-hardcore merchants IN FEAR AND FAITH, a 6-piece band active between 2006 and 2016. With a decade of music under their belts they have released three studio albums via Rise Records: Your World on Fire (2009), Imperial (2010), In Fear and Faith (2012) and two EPs: Voyage (2007) and Symphonies (2011). They have been off the stage since 2014 when they opened for Saosin. There had been some updates on the production of a new album in 2015, but no more music followed. Lead vocalist Scott Barnes and guitarist Sean Bell are in a new band, Noble. On August 25th, 2017 Scott Barnes posted a statement on social media declaring the band could not put out any more music, so apparently creating a new outfit was the best course of action. He asked the fans to give a chance to the new band.
Despite the rumors and falling to the wayside upon uncertain and mysterious reasons leading to their breakup, In Fear And Faith gave the metalcore soundscape some amazing music. They were a metalcore band with a massive post-hardcore attitude, with furious instrumentation, harsh vocals and post-hardcore typical clean range. They used to make use of abundant synth, piano and atmospheric effects conveying ambience and darkness. A very central element was the use of a melancholic piano.
Symphonies is a symphonic EP, where brutality is switched off against a prevalent use of clean vocals, orchestral elements, melodic and eerie harmonies. Heaviness and -core entirely move into the realm of synth and melody. No fretwork, no blast beats, no pulverizing bass and frenzy rhythmical patterns. The shift between the first album and the second fully highlighted the talent and creative potential of this band. Funny fact, this EP is in the middle of two metalcore albums, evolving in greatness.
Self titled In Fear And Faith is a natural follow up of Imperial and also first LP Your World On Fire taking the game to another level. Gaining maturity and evolving towards a tested winning formula, they bring along brutality with catchiness and plenty of entertainment. In Fear And Faith knew their own thing. So bad they are no longer together, just imagine what progressions could take place.
Get a taste of a few songs by In Fear And Faith : The Road to Hell Is Paved with Good Intentions, Live Love Die, Relapse Collapse, Your World On Fire, The Calm Before Reform, A Silent Drum, Look What You Made Me Do, Counselor, Let It Out, Afterthought, Bones.
4. FOR ALL THOSE SLEEPING
Off Fearless Records’ roster, you may remember a band called FOR ALL THOSE SLEEPING, a weapon of mass destruction and one rare case of constant lineup and label. Active since 2007, they marched through the metalcore scene until 2014. For All Those Sleeping were brought together back in the days in St. Cloud, Minnesota by: Mike Champa on harsh vocals, London Snetsinger at bass and clean vocals, David Volgman-Stevens at lead guitar, Jerad Pierskalla on rhythm guitar and drummer Ethan Trekell. They Self-Released their first EP The Lies We Live in 2008 followed by three studio albums: Cross Your Fingers in 2010, Outspoken in 2012, and Incomplete Me in 2014.
If you don’t remember For All Those Sleeping, go and check them out. You’ll find some incredible choruses in the anthemic version, a proper balance achieved between clean high-pitched vocals and harsh vocals on the mid range growls side, straight face-pounding metalcore, screamo influence and inventive songwriting. They used to discuss inspiring themes especially in latest album Incomplete Me made of relatable lyrics compounding emotion and energy. Very capable of being ferocious and vicious and at the same time being harmonious. They output was a perfect blend of heaviness and melodic catchiness. Lighter sections would build up the breakdown and choruses would be a refreshing reset before the next heavy section breaking in.
For All Those Sleeping delivered an incendiary formula of metalcore taking the stuff to a high level of mastery. A wide amount of talent and potential that sadly came to an end in 2014.
Give their latest and best record Incomplete Me a spin especially to the following tracks fully representing their overall sound: Mark My Words, Follow My Voice, Incomplete Me, We’re All Going To Die, Crosses, It’s Not Love (If It Doesn’t Hurt), Red, My Funeral.
5. FOR TODAY
From the Christian metalcore scenario, our latest band of this TOP 10 METALCORE BANDS YOU WISH THEY HAD NEVER CALLED IT QUITS: FOR TODAY. Hailing from Sioux City, Iowa, where they started their career in 2005 lasted until 2016. For Today have released six full-length albums: Ekklesia, Portraits, Breaker, Immortal, Fight the Silence, Wake and two EPs: Your Moment, Your Life, Your Time and Prevailer. The outfit comprehended: Ryan Leitru, Brandon Leitru, Mattie Montgomery, David Puckett. From Facedown Records, to Razor & Tie, they landed to Nuclear Blast with latest album Wake.
They were known for their hard-hitters. Some great vocal dynamics accompanied by heartfelt lyrics dealt with the struggles in the present world and reality. As fiery as the harsh vocals were between mid and lows, the clean vocal style was flawless and recalling the best rock-arena vocals of some top alternative metal singers. The lyrical themes were always blinking to the Christian world, but relatable and tangible for any human being. With For Today music was truly a means to spread a personal experience and reflect emotions. The musical backbone of those pensive lyrics was brutality which is pretty bashing on the last release Wake. Super low tuned guitars, dark atmospheres, palm muted chugging, thin and thick chords relying on forcefulness. A virtuous guitar work indeed, that sometimes recalled Parkway drive’s signature sound. Haunting atmospheres evaporate against backbreaking breakdowns. Very charming stuff for a –core listener, comparable to the current down-dropped guitars and fierceness of German metalcore act Caliban. For Today used to lead a unique experience in the dark.
If this band had been still together, it easily would have been one of my favourites. I have been revisiting some tracks and still get carried away in the mosh-inducing stomping For Today could set up properly.
Roll with it and listen to a few bangers: Break the Cycle feat. Matty Mullins, Fearless, Fight The Silence, Foundation, Saul Of Taurus, Flesh And Bones.
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