Holding Absence have proven that they are in the ascendancy. Every single they have released so far has been prominent and gut punching in an exciting manner. The welsh band is a true staple in the scene, spearheading originality in everything they do, and new track In Circles is another emotional twist in the story. This guitar driven song opens a new light, it is sadder than a day in the rain, but it is one of the most courageous tracks from a band that is creating waves. The chorus is majestic; it is loud, and those vocals do not hang under the instrumentals but are heavily flagrant in a good honest fashion. It is another proud moment for this band.
Rise Against – Nowhere Generation.
Legends in the scene, Rise Against has been creating monumental songs that highlight world decay and political strife. The Chicago band know hurt and messy affairs, they speak truth, and their viewpoints are valid. Nowhere Generation is the new track, and it is another loud offering, full of burning riffs and powerful lyricism. Rise Against are masters at writing songs that go against the grain, that generate debates, and Nowhere Generation is no different. Truly timely, this song will connect to so many.
Against The Current – Weapon.
Another pile-driver, Against The Current, escalate here. Their songs are always razor sharp and lyrically charged, and Weapon is not a heartfelt track, nor is it sweet. It is a song burning with regrets and rage, and lead singer Chrissy Contanza sings with vigour. Her voice is wonderful, her range expansive, with poppy overtones. Weapon is a statement of intent, an angry, impulse generated, offering.
Atreyu – Warrior.
Atreyu do not release softer songs. The band is renowned for their abrasive offerings that melt painted walls. With Warrior, they lower the tempo only slightly. A chorus fuelled track, it is balanced well, and introducing Travis Barker on drums adds stability. Not the most creative lyrically, but it shows a different side to a band that usually hit heavier notes.
Havelocke – When We Go.
When We Go by Havelocke sounds like old AFI. Those screams are reminiscent of Davey Havok’s brooding vocals. There is plenty to like here, and Havelock shows passion and emotion throughout this track, sprinkling punk magic upon the scene. Overall, it will not spark a punk revolt, but it will be listened to for weeks to come.