Tag: Solid State

December 10, 2021

Song of the Day: Blindside - Nerve

I remember when I first heard this song. It was on the Tooth & Nail Songs from the Penalty Box compilation, amidst other songs ranging from pop-punk to hardcore and everything in-between. But Blindside was hard to peg. It was heavy and raw, and kind of hardcore, but not really. There was a mild rap influence in the delivery, but it wasn’t really rapcore either. Post-hardcore hadn’t really occurred to me as a category yet. The band put the song on their debut, self-titled, full-length album and a year later released a second–both albums on Tooth & Nail/Solid State.… Continued →

December 6, 2021

March 19, 2021

Song of the Day: Beloved - Before There Was You There Was Everything

Wow, what a great band, with such potential! Sadly, Beloved released only one EP (originally for Vindicated from the Deep Water and later re-issued by Solid State) and one full length. That first EP rocked my world. I got to see the band live 2 or 3 times in this era and they were rapidly becoming my favourite emo-core band. They had a truly unique take on the genre fusing melodic indie rock with emotional emo and brutal hardcore, all in one go!… Continued →

December 11, 2020

Song of the Day: Living Sacrifice - Not Beneath

There are so many different types of Living Sacrifice fans. People who started listening from the beginning, and those who joined somewhere along the way. Fans who praise their experimental phase, those who prefer the -core era, and those who swear by the traditional metal era. Heck, I even know one guy who claims they only released one album (he’s a thrash fan), and all the others were recorded by imposters! The band has certainly seen a number of different phases, most easily broken down into two main categories (metal and -core) with a few other splinters.… Continued →

August 25, 2020

New Music Coming From Earth Groans?

According to a post on the band’s social media, there’s some new music in the works from Earth Groans. With the “Prettiest Of Things” ep dropping back in March, and well received by fans of the band, who’s looking forward to some new stuff from these guys??… Continued →

February 21, 2020

Song of the Day: Zao - Lies of Serpents, a River of Tears

Zao had already made a name for themselves, working up from the underground, with a 7″, cassette demo(s) and 2 full-lengths. They were quickly becoming known for taking hardcore in a new direction. I remember a friend telling me that although he loved the riffs on their sophomore effort Splinter Shards the Birth of Separation, he also found them really hard to dance to. With the third album, they would push the metallic limits of hardcore even further.… Continued →

May 10, 2019

April 16, 2019

March 25, 2019

REVIEW : Demon Hunter - Peace

So, it’s been a couple weeks since Zac reviewed Demon Hunter’s “War” album. If you haven’t yet given it a read, you can find it HERE. Go check it out, I’ll wait. Caught up? Good. Now that we’re all on the same page, it’s my turn. Let’s talk about the other album the band released on the same date (yes, a double release), “Peace”. When it came down to reviewing one of the new Demon Hunter albums, I’m not gonna lie, I was a little disappointed to find I’d be reviewing “Peace” rather than “War”.… Continued →

February 15, 2019

New(ish) Norma Jean - "Children of the Dead"

We’re a little behind on this news, but around a month ago, Norma Jean released a B-side from the Polar Similar album called “Children of the Dead”. The song is available on the Polar Similar Deluxe Vinyl Set, which you can get HERE. You can check out the video for this track below, it’s pretty bizarre, but a great song! Right now, the band is in the studio recording their 8th LP and the follow up to Polar Similar, so we can hopefully expect it later this year.… Continued →

November 25, 2018

IVM Christmas Collection

Christmas Songs

For those of you who braved the crowds on Black Friday, you probably heard Christmas songs playing on the PA overhead. I put together a Spotify playlist of Christmas songs that my wife and I enjoy this time of year to share with all of you.

September 19, 2018

October 27, 2017

New Phinehas Music Video, "Hell Below"

It wasn’t long ago that Phinehas announced their signing to Solid State and a new album soon to be released. Since then, many of us have eagerly awaited more and more tracks to be released. If that’s you, the time has come! Check out Phinehas’ music video for “Hell Below” off their upcoming album, “Dark Flag”, available on Solid State 11/17/17.… Continued →

September 13, 2017

August 17, 2017

July 20, 2017

INTERVIEW : Phil Chamberlain of To Speak of Wolves

We had a chance to speak with Phil Chamberlain for To Speak of Wolves in preparation of their upcoming album (out TOMORROW). IVM: Hey Phil, thanks for taking some time to talk. 2016 saw the release of “New Bones” on Cardigan Records and “Dead in the Shadow” is coming up quickly. This all follows years of years of silence. How have things changed for the band, be it lineup, personal lives, or musical influences? Phil Chamberlain: We took a few years off to pursue matters in our personal lives so when we got back together in 2016 we kind of exploded out a ton of music in a short amount of time.… Continued →

November 7, 2016

May 21, 2014

February 20, 2014

Questions for The Overseer

In honor of the sophomore album, "Rest & Let Go", from The Overseer which comes out on March 4th I will be conducting a written interview with the band. Submit your questions you would like asked here.

June 6, 2013

January 29, 2013

May 21, 2012

April 5, 2012

February 10, 2012

June 2, 2010

April 13, 2010

April 1, 2010

August 28, 2009