Dens – “Deadrise”: Last year we featured Dens in a preview of Audiofeed Festival, and I am thrilled to learn of the ambient post hardcore group’s signing to Facedown Records. I already tweeted about this so, sorry if I spoiled the review, but this song gives me a feeling very similar to what I get when listening to Thrice’s “Of Dust and Nations.” Somewhere in between “I’m lost in all of these feels” and “I want to throw my neck out headbanging.” I also get a bit of early My Epic in there. I fully expect to be belting out “I throw myself into the deep!” when that chorus hits in my car in the years to come.
Gatherers – “Every Pain In Monochrome”: I set out with this write up to find a group of songs that were fun and dark and groovy and by golly I’m having success! Gatherers is a post-hardcore group that I have caught live as a supporting act for The Ongoing Concept and Hotel Books, and their moody, unpredictable music was fitting for both that evening at Donatos Basement and for my mood right now. To be transparent I’ve been dealing with some anxiety issues this week and songs like this are cathartic. I enjoy the nonlinear format of the song and how it sort of leaves you to contemplate what you just experienced instead of abruptly ending.
Corusco – “The New Year”: I know we’re talking about “dark” tracks in this write up, but Corusco isn’t dark in the way that the songs above are. It’s heavy handed, yet uplifting. Aaron Gonzalez carries the band with bright and earnest vocals. Rather than function as a song that is enjoyable and dark sounding, this is a song that is meant to pierce through the darkness – allow you to escape, even if just for a moment. Soar with this jam and crank it loud. Corusco is for fans of Thrice, Manchester Orchestra, and Jimmy Eat World.
Fathom Farewell – “Consume the Earth”: There is something inherently nostalgic about this song – that tone takes me back to being in high school and sitting in my room listening to RadioU’s Ten Most Wanted nightly show. If you want an aggressive song to get you pumped up and possibly even throw down to when no one’s watching, this banger from the Worcester, MA band might do the trick. The overall vibe is post-hardcore with some familiar sounding metalcore breakdowns sprinkled in for fun.