On a day when I was ready to punch a hole in the wall, or storm out of my job, or otherwise do something stupid and reckless, I put on Converge and immediately calmed down. And thus I feel compelled to reiterate that people who think that listening to metal/hardcore makes young people violent and angry are flat out wrong. Once again, it is actually the only thing that calms me.
"I’m 35 years old… and I’m still motivated, and I’m still angry, and I’m still trying to shake things up." - Jacob Bannon
Other than age, the similarities in our personalities is not surprising. But it feels good to know that someone who I hold in very high regards as being both influential and inspirational in my art and music, has the same thoughts and feelings that I do. We do what we can to leave a mark in this world, and we can only hope it’s a positive one.
Last year saw an over abundance of monumental releases from bands that cover a wide spectrum of heavy music. Be it hardcore or metal, 2011 was a great year, and it was quite obvious that 2012 had big shoes to fill. It was without much hesitation, as it only took the first month for the year to get off to an amazing start, with releases from Alcest, Iron Cages, and Woods of Ypres, and even though I kept my ear to the more bigger acts in these genres, I spent most of my time focusing on the underground and all the upcoming bands making their mark on the scene. read more…