Shows of Note – The Moment is Now

In This Moment

Metal is a genre of music with a bias towards a certain gender. Not that metal music is degrading to women or makes efforts to exclude them from the culture; it is just a fact that in general, men are the ones who prefer metal music, not women. In fact, it’s a common misconception that metal music is sexist. A lot of the earlier metal, especially in the late 80’s, was designed to trivialize sex and women, but now the issue isn’t the norm in metal. Many metal bands, especially of the Black, Grind and Doom metal genres avoid the topic of sex completely. All that aside, we love that melodic metalcore band In This Moment is led by a female vocalist.

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In This Moment

In This Moment got their start in the mid 2000’s releasing their first album, Beautiful Tragedy with two albums in between its most recent album Blood which dropped in 2012. Lead vocalist Maria Brink and co-founding member, lead guitarist Chris Howorth met by chance and went on to recruit Jeff Fabb on drums, Blake Bunzell on guitarist and eventually bassist Jesse Landry. Growing from a cult favorite to a MySpace phenomenon, the band landed a record deal in late 2005 with Century Media Records.

In This Moment will be playing at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland on January 1, Showbox at the Market in Seattle on January 3 and The Knitting Factory in Spokane on January 4. Tune-in tonight (12/4) between 8 and 10 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show!

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Shows of Note – Stoney Weather

Red Fang

Red Fang is labeled as stoner rock, hard rock, and/or metal, but the conclusion we have come to is that it’s just really awesome, loud, noisy music.

The quartet is made of Bryan Giles, Aaron Beam , David Sullivan and John Sherman, all of whom have spent a lot of time in the music biz all of them having played in at least one other band. The Portland based group can be described as classic rock influenced, stoner jam sessions. The band’s most recent album, Whales and Leeches just dropped on the 15th of October, this year.

The album is getting great reviews on iTunes, but Pitchfork.com gave it a measly 5 out of 10. The reviewer called the album “markedly fine and nothing else.” Others disagree, Underthegunreview.net gave the album 8 out of 10 stating “Whales and Leeches gives you enough to chew on that it even works for active headphone listening.”

Red Fang

Red Fang

We’ve come to the conclusion that you should come to your own conclusions! Check out the album here.

Red Fang will be playing in Seattle at Showbox at the Market on November 9 and The ‘Burg is hooking it up! Listen tomorrow tonight (10/30) between 6 and 8 p.m. and 8 and 10 p.m. for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to the show given away.

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Metalcore Remains

A War You Cannot Win dropped on November 6th, 2012 and is the sixth release by melodic metalcore band All That Remains since 1998 when the group formed. The album has received mixed reviews. Some fans claim the band has sold out because the new album is more “radio friendly metal” with only the slightest hint of core. Previous albums have been more metalcore so hardcore metal fans may be disappointed.

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All That Remains guitarist Mike Martin says the newest album is a step of maturity.

“I just think when you do something for 10, 12, 15 years you can’t help but learn a little bit along the way and I think that’s one thing this band continues to get better at with every album,” Martin says. “It’s not a physical thing where everybody has to get a 100 times better at their specific instrument – I think collectively the songwriting gets better with each one.”

Old fans should be able to appreciate the steps All That Remains has taken in their newest album. While perhaps softer than previous albums, A War You Cannot Win is still an illustration of the great songwriting All That Remains is capable of. A War You Cannot Win is especially great for those just becoming interested in the metalcore genre and the band itself.

Now on tour promoting the album All That Remains is playing in the northwest on March 24th at The Knitting Factory in Boise, March 30th at The Knitting Factory in Spokane, March 31st at Roseland Center in Portland and April 1st at Showbox at the Market in Seattle.

Listen to 88.1 The ‘Burg tonight for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show. Check out our Facebook for details and updates on how you can win.

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