The Number 12 Looks Like You are a band that should need no introduction (espically becasue our previous post is also about them...). In 2010 these guys went on a indefinite hiatus that fortunately only ended up lasting 6 years. Fast forward to 2016, despite a few member changes TNTLLY have managed to get themselves back into the swing of things, a decision which left their cult fan base in a cheering uproar. This past December they did a 12 Days of 12 tour and this video was filmed on the 12th day at the Brooklyn Bazaar. the song, "Jay Walking Backwards", can be found on the bands 2007 release, Mongrel. Enjoy and keep an eye on The Number 12 Looks Like You for more news about more shows and new music!!
After a six year hiatus The Number 12 Looks Like You are back! This past December they embarked on their 12 Days Of 12 tour, which took them around the USA in support of their classic album, Nuclear.Sad.Nuclear. The tour also featured Rolo Tomassi and Cryptodira, making this tours line up one not to be missed. It's very exciting to see these guys back at it, their stage show was as intense as ever and their performance was tight. If I'm not mistaken they should have some new music out soon too, so keep an eye out on their social media pages for more information.
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Hailing from the UK, Rolo Tomassi are a band that has been chomping at the bit since 2005, and have made quite the name for themselves over the years. The 5 piece math core/post hardcore outfit is well known for their sporadicly heavy yet melodic and dynamic approach to forging music, and are also saluted by fans for their very intense and in your face live shows. Currently they are awaiting the release of their 5th LP, Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It (preorder here). With that being said, it's awesome to see them finally make a trip across the pond to do a US tour. It was awesome to see them pair up with our buddies in Cryptodira and The Number Twelve Looks Like You. Hopefully you caught them when they were in your area because who knows when they will be back (soon I hope!). This video is for their track "Stage Knives" which can be found off of their 2015 release, Grievances and was filmed at the Brooklyn Bazzar.
Inverted Earth are a Long Island band that formed in 2016 and made their live debut earlier this year(2017). IE's style of music can be compared to death metal, but their approach incorporates groove and melodic elements giving their listeners a bit more variety to latch on to. This video is for their track "Oyasute" and it was filmed at their most recent show at Amityville Music Hall, a show which was hosted by our good friends at SBC Booking. Inverted Earth are currently in the process of recording some music which will hopefully be out early 2018. Currently they have noting available online so until then you can hold yourself over with this video. If you like the video make sure to catch their next show, which is at Amityville Music Hall on Sunday, 2/18/17(From Bliss To Devastation, If He Dies, and more). Enjoy the video and Lets show these guys some love!
In early 2016 our friends in Moon Tooth did an in-house performance followed by an interview and Q&A session at School Of Rock Rockville Center. Huge thanks to SOR for inviting Moon Tooth down to there location. It's great to see someone giving kids with an interest in perusing music the opportunity to talk to people who have made music what they live and breathe for. It's not always fun and games when being in a band. Those who have put in the work to achieve their goals can vouch that the struggle is real, but if you give it 1000% of your time and effort it will always be worth it. If you are a parent on Long Island who has a child that is interested in music, then contact School Of Rock Rockville Center today!!
Our good friends in Dead Empires have been working hard on new material, as well as incorporating a vocalist into their already dense sound. Having been an instrumental project since incarnation(2009) I was very surprised to see them introduce Jason Sherman (also of Torrential Downpour). Jason, aka PrKr, will handling responsibilities as the bands vocalist but will also be bringing with him his love for noise and synth effects. All of this can be heard in the bands latest track, "Slay Rider", which will be featured on their upcoming album, Designed to Disappear (preorder available here https://silentpendulumrecords.bandcamp.com/album/designed-to-disappear-dead-empires). If you enjoy the video make sure to give the album a preorder and to show Dead Empires some love!
Always a pleasure to see our friends in Johnny Booth hit the stage. This has to be one of my favorite Long Island bands and are a group I'm proud to call my friends. JB's unique approach to hardcore and metal music has helped their fans stay hungry for new material, despite their inconsistency with their releasing new music. To their defense they have been dealing with line-up issues for quite some time now, something that I am sure isn't easy for them to deal with too. Currently they are in writing mode and as always we are excited to hear what they've been cooking up!
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Moon Tooth's local show are always a good time. It's always a packed house, bodies flying left and right, crowd surfing, sing-a-longs, and lots of love. These guys have had a crazy past two years between all the touring they've been doing and have recently started demoing out their next album. Make sure to keep your eye on them in 2018, I'm sure they have some big things in store.
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Today, Cryptodira's debut LP, The Devil's Despair, is finally available. Washed Up was fortunate enough to snag a copy early for reviewing purposes, check below to read our review of the album, to see their latest music video, and the link to order your copy! The album release show is THIS FRIDAY (11/24/17) at Amityville Music Hall, DON'T MISS IT!
The Devil's Despair
Recorded at Graphic Nature Audio (Belleville, NJ)
Engineered/Produced by Steve Seid & Randy LeBouef
Mastered by Steve Seid
Review by Sean Ageman of Washed Up Media
Cryptodira is a four-piece progressive metal band hailing from the depths of Long Island. Over the past few years, they have built themselves quite the reputation locally through playing shows and releasing music independently. The music they play can be relentlessly heavy at times and at others beautiful and calm, but their unique approach to writing is what separates them from their peers. Cryptodira’s live shows are chaotic, engaging, and have without a doubt made them a favorite among the Long Island music scene. Their debut album, The Devil's Despair, is the perfect evidence to back this up.
After my first listen of The Devil's Despair I casually removed my headphones, took a deep breath, and smiled. I was ecstatic to hear how unique and progressive this album really is. Sure, it may fall for some of the genre's cliches, but Cryptodira's delivery and execution speak volumes in regards to their love for and ability to create progressive music. The band introduces themselves in a polite manner, an intro song that acts as a palate cleanser, ominously preparing the listener for the main course about to ensue. Track 2, "Constituted - Constitutum", kicks off with a guitar tone so raw it pulls the skin from bone, and then the band joins in, crushing everything in their path. The grooves are tight, the riffs are ferocious, and the vocals are so in your face you'll be wiping Scott and Mike's spit out of your eyes. These guys wear their influences on their sleeves, something they use to their advantage. Immediately there is a very apparent Converge influence, the way they use noise and obnoxiously heavy riffs are something I really enjoy. It's an element you don't hear as often these days when listening to progressive metal, and is something they use to their benefit throughout the album. It adds a nice gritty texture to their more aggressive sections. Cryptodira has an amazing ebb and flow within their writing style, and where this album may seem overly complex at times, at its core it is a very cohesive and a well-orchestrated piece of music.
The remaining tracks are written with the same extensive thought processes. You can tell they are always keeping the song as a whole in mind, never writing parts for the sake of filling up time or to selfishly display any one’s own talent. Fans of Between the Buried and Me, more specifically The Great Misdirect era, should also be satisfied with this release. But fear not, Cryptodira are in no way a watered down BTBAM clone, they do a very good job of carving out their own identity. Don't expect to hear any shredding guitar solos from Mike and Scott though, it is simply not the band's style. Vocal duties are split up between Mike Monaco and Scott Acquavella, who also comprise the guitar section. Their distinct voices, and by extension respective approaches to screaming, help keep things fresh on the vocal front, and adding Scott's cleans into the mix provides for the perfect dichotomy of good and evil. Track 6, "Longing Belonging", is a great showcase of Scott's clean prowess. The song has a very uneasy vibe, and for the majority is limited to just the guitar and vocals. Part of me wishes that the song wasn't as long as it is, but it undoubtedly serves its purpose. Scott has a unique tone to his voice, and it definitely deserves some time to shine.
The title track, "The Devil's Despair" is arguably the track that stands out the most on the album. This song is like a labyrinth, pulling the listener every which way as the seconds tick by. It starts with a back and forth between heavy and clean sections, and in the middle of the song we have the eye of the storm. The band brings us to a calm and peaceful resolve, only to erratically be pulled back into the technical lunacy. They really showcase their ability to play tight and complex sections on this one, while still maintaining a natural and organic feel. Much love to the rhythm section for keeping it together and driving the song forward here, and on many other points throughout the album. The song continues to take a few more twists and turns, before ending up at what is the album’s hardest hitting moment. The end of this track absolutely DESTROYS. The chaotic vocals, the feedback from the guitars, the immense groove from the rhythm section, all culminating to create something devastatingly heavy. And just when you think it can't get any more intense, Cryptodira dials back the tempo, giving way for a catastrophic beatdown. This last section is so overwhelmingly colossal it left me feeling like I was going to punch out the sunroof of my beat up 4-door sedan. The track abruptly ends, no resolve, dead air hanging, tension so thick you can feel it when you breathe. The perfect conclusion to the madness that the song so carefully constructed.
Cryptodira's drummer, Matt Taibi, is not only rhythmically proficient on all levels but also plays with a sense of confidence that can be felt as obviously as it’s heard. Blast beats? check. Tight double bass? check. Chops? check. Jazzy sections? check, and most importantly, the ability to play with taste and feel? check. There are many moments on this release where Matt is respectively in the spotlight. Although there aren't too many stand out moments from the bass, there is no denying Shane Kennedy's talent on the instrument. His playing is always in the pocket, and whether he's backing up the drums, or the guitars, his presence is always felt. Something else I'd like to point out is the album's production. Despite the amount going on in these songs, the album sounds incredibly pristine. The balance between all the instruments and the vocals is spot on, the dynamics sound great, nothing sounds muddy or suffocated. Everything sits in the mix nicely, enabling the listener to have the best experience possible when giving this album a spin.
The Devil's Despair is a total of 10 tracks and clocks in at 41 minutes and 51 seconds. If there is one thing most up and coming bands can agree on it's the significance of your first full-length release. It's your introduction to the world and is a crucial point in and bands journey. Most bands these days seem to be in such a rush to push out that first LP and don't always take the time needed for their band to marinate and develop into what they are fully capable of. Cryptodira has spent the past few years molding and perfecting their craft, allowing their band to mature. If you are a fan of heavy and progressive music and are looking to sink your teeth into something new, then I highly recommend you pick up a copy of The Devil's Despair. This album not only left me wanting to hear more from them, but also has great replay value, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Our friends in Moon Tooth recently put out a new music video for their song "Little Witch" AND are currently on tour with Husbandry! The video was directed by Paul Motisi & Michael La Gattuta of Centerville Presents. Paul is also the one responsible for this bad ass tour poster. Tour dates, music video, and poster can all be seen below, and make sure to see Moon Tooth when they roll through a city near you!
11/1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
11/2 - Cleveland, OH @ The Foundry
11/3 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
11/4 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
11/5 - Denver, CO @ Moon Room
11/7 - Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room
11/8 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Underground
11/10 - Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live
11/11 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamo Music Hall
11/13 - Nashville, TN @ The End
11/14 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
11/15 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
11/16 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall
For those who are unfamiliar with Cryptodira, they are a Progressive Metal band (to keep it short) based out of Long Island. Our followers should be familiar with their name, since we have worked with on a few occasions. Needless to say, Cryptodira are a band we have lots of love for. Over the past few years they have played with bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan, Shai Hulud, Between The Buried and Me, Deafheaven, and more. It's safe to say they have created quite a name for themselves recently, they are hungry for success and humble enough to achieve it. On Long Island they are renowned as one of the best heavy/progressive bands in our local scene, their live shows are passionate, intense, and they really know how to get the crowd going. Cryptodira recently announced that they will be working with Good Fight Music, released a brand new single (which is preformed live in this video), are dropping an album soon (The Devil's Despair - 11/17/17 CLICK HERE TO PREORDER), and will be doing a winter tour with The Number 12 Looks Like You and Rolo Tomassi. It goes without saying that these guys have a lot of good things going on at the moment, and it's well deserved. Show these Cryptodira some love, check the links below to pre order their upcoming album, and to see if they will be touring a city near you! Congrats homies!
12/12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
12/13 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
12/14 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
12/15 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
12/16 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
12/17 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
12/18 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Casa
12/19 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
12/20 - Knoxville, TN @ The Open Chord
12/21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
12/22 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawks
12/23 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazar
Last Summer (2016) our good friend, and Washed Up Media Team Member, Ryan Doyle caught Gojira at the best venue in the Brooklyn area, Saint Vitus Bar. We strapped Doyle up with one of our GoPro cameras and sent him off into the madness. Despite the show being sold out and packed in like a can of flying whales, he still managed to capture one song from their set. "Stranded" can be found on the bands 2016 release, Magma, and in my opinion is one of the best tracks on the album.
Euro-Prog Juggernauts Tesseract came through to our local venue, Revolution Bar & Music Hall, back in July, and needless to say we were there. These guys have been in the game for a bit, and despite having gone through some changes with their line up and overall sound, their fans have remained very loyal. Tesseract are one of the top Prog Rock/Metal bands in present day. Their musician ship to top notch, they are extremely tight live, and they groove like no other. This video is for a song named "Smile", a single the band released earlier this year(2017). Enjoy the video!
Ollocs are a Progressive Instrumental(mostly) band from Long Island, one that I'd say the majority of people in our local scene are very familiar with. Their sound is heavily Progressive, but not always heavy, they tend to lean more towards the classic rock style of the progressive spectrum. There is no doubting their strengths as a band lie in their musicianship and song writing. When listening to them its very clear that Ollocs are band that tend to think more about their songs as a whole, rather than trying impressing you with individual sections. This song, Macrocosm, is off of the bands most recent release, Soul Theory(2016) and was filmed at our local venue, Revolution in Amityville, NY. Check out the video below and show these guys some love!
On Friday 9/15/17 we held a local showcase of bands which featured some of the best rock and funk bands Long Island has to offer! The Line-up consisted of The Native Alien Tribe, Hold Fast Hope, MJT, Nonstop To Cairo, and Intona and the show was held at one of our favorite local venues Amityville Music Hall. Huge thank you to all the people who came out that evening to hang with us, the amazing staff at AMH, and to all the bands who played. Congrats to Intona on their EP Release show, pick up a copy of "Stay A While" right here! (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stay-a-while-ep/id1281888105)
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Every Time I Die are a band that in my opinion need no introduction. Some people classify them as hardcore, and some label them as metalcore. Despite how you choose to categorize the music they write, there is no denying their greatness as a band. ETID have remained one of most popular bands in heavy music for over 15 years. In 2016 the band released their most recent album, Low Teens, one that has been held to high regard with their fans. If you consider yourself an ETID fan and have yet to pick up a copy of Low Teens, stop what you are doing and go grab that, now, RIGHT NOW! With that being said, this video is for a song off of the bands album From Parts Unknown. "Thirst" is sprint from start to finish, clocks in at just over a minute in length, and is one of my personal favorites off of that album. Show the boys from Buffalo some love, and share this video with a fellow fan!!
With all the hype going on about The Contortionist releasing their new album, Clairvoyant, we figured why not release a new live video with them. Clairvoyant, will be the 4th studio album from our boys and is the second release since Michael Lessard(Vocals), Eric Guenther(Keys), Joran Eberhardt(Bass) have joined them. If you have been keeping up with The Contortionist and their studio updates you should be well prepared for how awesome this album is going to be, make sure to grab a copy if you haven't already. I was really happy to capture them play this song in particular though. As many fans have realized this is a style the band as dismissed with their recent releases, and where I love where they have gone, I will always love their classic and heavier sound. This video is for a track of of the bands second release, Intrinsic. "Solipsis" is a short one, but packs a HUGE punch. Big ups to these guys for following their vision and for doing it their way. Enjoy and show these guys some love!!!
Code Orange seem to be on the tip of everyones tongue since the release of their recent album, Forever. Headlining tours, big festivals, WWE appearances, playing 2 of the 3 The Dillinger Escape Plan's final shows, etc. This band has come a very long way since their early days when they were known as Code Orange Kids. Dropping the word "Kids" from the bands name, as cliche as it may be, is a very important thing to take into consideration in how they themselves as a group. The Release of the I am King marked a new chapter for the band, one that has not only brought them a onslaught of new fans, but one that has also brought them to new and amazing opportunities. I highly recommend seeing Code Orange live, but if you can't we gotcha covered! We filmed their entire set when they rolled through our local venue earlier this month, enjoy!
Last Thursday (8/31/17) we held a banger of a show over at Amityville Music Hall. Usually most of our shows focus around the heavier side of the Long Island music scene, but for this show we really wanted to kick things up a notch. We wanted the line up to be heavy and we wanted to work with some new band. Servant, Carcosa, and Wreath Of Tongues were exactly what we were looking for. These three bands are relentlessly heavy, abrasive, and are all very tight live. To round off the evening we had or friends in The Lysine Contingency and More Of Myself To Kill fill the last two spots on the show. It was awesome to see each band bring something unique to the table while keeping it a consistent and cohesive show package. Below are some pictures from that evening, enjoy!
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Consonance are a Long Island band that we have been fans of since their early days, so when we were contacted to help kickoff their first tour we said yes immediately. For those who haven't had the pleasure of hearing them yet, they can be described musically as a blend of BTBAM and Circa Survive, with a hint of Brandon Urie on vocals. This five piece are a progressive powerhouse of a metal band who's music has an intriguing ebb and flow. They have a great ability to seamlessly transition between massively heavy guitar riffs into beautifully written piano sections while simultaneously including a variety of vocal styles. In 2016 the released their debut EP which is available here(https://consonanceny.bandcamp.com). Peep the tour poster below to see if consonance are playing in a city near you! Also, HUGE thank you to Fon Ghoul, Ollocs, The Summoned, and Cryptodira for coming out and playing the show. All the bands killed it that night, probably one of our most talented lineups to date!
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