March 29, 2023

Heavy Tune of the Week is a function on Heavy Consequence breaking down the highest steel and onerous rock tracks it is advisable hear each Friday. This week the highest spot goes to “Silver Lining” by Philly hardcore band Jesus Piece.

The panorama of hardcore has modified immensely since Jesus Piece final launched an album in 2018. Bands like Turnstile have introduced main publicity to the scene, shining a highlight on the underground. On one hand, it’s prime time for Jesus Piece to interrupt their silence and return with a brand new album. Likewise, the bar is larger this time, as astute listeners embrace experimentation and development versus hardcore and metalcore’s extra rote tendencies.

“Silver Lining” is the third single from the Philly band’s upcoming sophomore album, …So Unknown, and the strangest and most compelling of the three up to now. Firstly, its gradual tempo permits the band to dwell in an unsettling dissonance, which creates an uncertainty as to the place the music will go subsequent. Aaron Heard’s vocals are additionally combined extraordinarily low, an in any other case obtuse determination that finally ends up enhancing the monitor’s eerie ambiance.

From there, the music explodes right into a crunching doomed-out breakdown. Quiet vocal passages to construct pressure earlier than the drop: It’s a way bands like Deftones have patented — assume “My Personal Summer season (Shove It)” — and Jesus Piece apply it in a most crude and uncompromising trend. It additionally so works to steadiness the monitor out. Heard’s vocals finally are available scorching in the course of the second verses, sustaining the momentum from the drop whereas balancing out any pointless repetition. If the remainder of …So Unknown stacks as much as “Silver Lining,” Jesus Piece will likely be sitting on top-of-the-line heavy albums of the yr.

–Jon Hadusek,
Senior Workers Author

Honorable Mentions:

Frozen Soul – “Arsenal of Conflict”

Frozen Soul have been just too good to be contained within the Texas DIY steel scene. On the power of a sole demo (Encased in Ice, 2019), the Fort Value loss of life steel band was swooped up Nuclear Blast and luminaries equivalent to Trivium’s Matt Heafy have declared their fandom. It’s Heafy who’s co-producing Frozen Soul’s sophomore effort for Nuclear Blast, Glacial Domination, and if single “Arsenal of Conflict” is any indication, he’s letting the band experience the identical sound that acquired it right here. That is traditional old-school loss of life steel delivered in superb hi-fi, with each growl, divebomb, and downtuned riff hitting with whole readability.

MSPAINT – “Decapitated Actuality”

The anticipated debut album from synth-punk act MSPAINT delivered on the hype, and a pair tracks caught our ear over at Heavy Consequence. “Decapitated Actuality,” in significantly, appears like a futuristic tackle heavy steel — a foreshadowing of the place we could be headed as analog and digital change into indiscernible from each other. The monitor is simply over three minutes lengthy, however MSPAINT traverse cybergrind, screamo, and mellow alt-metal in that quick span, leaving little respiratory room within the association. Maybe probably the most alarming (and intriguing) inclusion on this week’s rundown.

OTTTO – “Dance of the Useless”

“Higher than the brand new Metallica music,” reads one cheeky touch upon the video for OTTTO’s “Dance of the Useless” — the newest monitor from the band that includes Robert Trujillo’s son Tye. Whereas we’re not so certain about that, the music is enjoyable, unpretentious thrash that positively has a touch of Metallica to it — although the punk parts skew it extra towards the elder Trujillo’s prior band Suicidal Tendencies. There’s additionally a tangible Billy Joe Armstrong vibe to the vocals. A robust effort from the younger band, and a lavish video in addition (that spooky carnival sequence would have been proper at dwelling on grunge-era MTV, plus search for a cameo from Tye’s well-known dad).

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