If there is one thing this is known amongst the Long Island Music Scene it's that we are a VERY diverse group. Long Island has been responsible for birthing bands of all styles of music. Pop-Punk is no stranger to Long Island, and we here at Washed Up Media are no strangers to the genre. Enter Scared20, LI pop-punk trio who recently dropped a new ep, More Punk Than Pop (link below) and had an amazing release show. They reached out to us to cover their set and were more than happy to work with them. These guys really stay true to their roots, while simultaneously creating music that makes them modern day ambassadors for bands like Blink-182, New Found Glory, and Green Day. If you like what you hear than show these guys some love, enjoy!
Xero is a band based out of Limerick, Ireland and recently they dropped a new music video. The video came out great, it was done by Niall Coley Cinematography(links Below), they really did a amazing job with capturing the bands intensity. On top of that, the band sounds tight and the song rocks. Xero does a great job of putting a modern twist on the classic metal sound. The track is titled "Savior" and also features guitar player Jeff Waters(Annihilator). Fans of the Heavy Metal OG's should give this band a listen for sure! Catch Xero's bandcamp link below, if you like what you hear than show these guys some love!!!
It was a pleasure to sit down with Aaron Setchauner for a one on one interview. For those who do not know, Aaron plays drums for Rings Of Saturn, something that is not a simple task. If you are familiar with the band than you already know how talented Aaron is as a drummer. If this is your first introduction, than I suggest you go take a listen to what Rings Of Saturn has to offer. Their unique approach to the Deathcore genre has helped them generate a loyal fanbase while simultaneously pulling in more fans with each record they release. In this interview we discus the standards of modern metal drumming, what it takes to be a touring drummer, Aaron's other projects and influences, and what the future holds for Rings Of Saturn. Enjoy the interview and if you haven't already, pick up Rings Of Saturn's most recent album "UltuUlla", here's the link. https://ringsofsaturn.indiemerch.com/grouping/1321
Wes Hauch has made quite the name for himself in the modern metal community. Having been involved with such bands like The Faceless, Glass Casket, The Zenith Passage, Periphery, and Black Crown Initiate only help solidify his reputation as a player and writer. Recently Wes has worked with fellow guitar shredder, Keith Merrow, on a project titled Alluvial. This track is off of the bands debut album, The Deep Longing Annihilation, and is titled "Encumbrance". The album can be purchased at the link below.
The video was filmed at Winter NAMM 2018 at the Seymour Duncan Booth. Big ups to them for always having awesome performers at NAMM!
To keep it short, Jason Richardson is an amazing guitar player. His playing speaks volumes in regards to his love for the instrument, how much time he has put into practicing, and how it at this point has basically become an extension of himself. Every NAMM I attend I always try catch his performance, it's always worth getting to the Ernie Ball/Music Man booth early for. Here is the song list for this video...
Omni... 00:00 - 4:40
Retrograde... 05:02 - 09:15
Hos Down... 09:45 - 16:20
DHÄRÄ is an up and coming Long Island based progressive rock band that I caught performing in the Boss/Roland room at this years winter NAMM. If you enjoy instrumental rock then this is a band that is without a doubt worth your time. In this video they perform two songs, the first, "Put A Bird On It", and second, "DBZ (Death By Zamboni). Below are links to Dhara's music. If you like what you hear show them some love!
When Nick Lee isn't hitting the grind with the rest of the Moon Tooth gang he can occasionally be found touring the world with legendary metal band Riot (also known as Riot V). In this live video Nick performs the guitar solo from the classic Riot tune, "Angel Eyes". The track can be found on Riot's 1998 album, Inishmore, and to this day is a favorite among their fans. This was filmed at the Vigier Guitars Booth at Winter NAMM 2018, Nick is playing a Vigier GV Rock through a Nuñez Amps Annex MKII & 2x12VL. Riot V's new album "Armor of Light" will be released by Nuclear Blast Records on 4/27/18. Make sure to preorder here! http://areyoureadytoriot.com
Moon Tooth is currently in the studio working on the follow up to their acclaimed 2016 release, Chromaparagon. Make sure to check their social media pages for more info!
A few weeks back we released a music video with our friends in Patterns Of Decay. The song is titled "Glasshole" and can be found on the bands upcoming album, Suicide Notes In Comic Sans. The album is due to release this Friday (3/9/18 Amityville Music Hall), at the bands album release show. We had a lot of fun making this one, nothing but laughs with these guys. Big shouts to the boys in Patterns Of Decay for being a blast to work, enjoy the video!
This Friday (3/9/18) Patterns Of Decay will be releasing their debut album, Suicide Notes In Comic Sans. at Amityville Music Hall. || Hailing from Long Island, New York, 5-piece outfit Patterns of Decay are here to give metalcore the much-needed shot in the arm it deserves. If that word “metalcore” has already turned some of you away, I’ll put this simply; your loss...
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