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Matthew Powers
I write reviews for CaliberTV and enjoy the existence of music.

REVIEW: OUTLINE IN COLOR – ‘IMPOSTER SYNDROME’; DOWN WITH THE SICKNESS

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With the release of Imposter Syndrome, metalcore maniacs Outline In Color are taking the necessary leap in a bigger direction. No more standardized breakdown into catchy chorus formulas. Instead, the newly rejuvenated Oklahoma-based quartet are unveiling a new (old?) lineup formatted with long-time founding member Michael Skaggs taking reins of the mic for the first […]

TRACK ANALYSIS: GUILLOTINES – “LIES BENEATH THE SKIN”; FOR FANS OF HATEBREED AND BIGGIE SMALLS

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Within the first 5 seconds of Guillotines’ new single “Lies Beneath The Skin,” I found myself astounded by the numerous nu metal and rap rock influences heard just from a single clean guitar line and vocal hook. My mind immediately resorted back to the first moments of hearing Korn, P.O.D. and Linkin Park. The glory […]

LIVE: WATCH ISSUES PERFORM “TAPPING OUT” (BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION TOUR)

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With their latest album Beautiful Oblivion and subsequent tour, Issues have journeyed into the great unknown of musical stability and returned unscathed. As you’ll see from this killer live performance of lead album single, “Tapping Out,” the quartet haven’t lost their ability to groove like Korn and R&B serenade like The Weeknd one bit. Joined […]

REVIEW: BURY TOMORROW – ‘CANNIBAL’; UK METALCORE FINDS ITS DEF LEPPARD

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Neither pandemic, nor album delay, nor cancelled tour dates will stop the UK’s Bury Tomorrow. Being one of the modern metalcore wave’s premier names, they have dropped some real fire with their potently consistent new record, Cannibal. Adding to an already strong back-catalog of heavy hitting (but melodic) tracks, what Cannibal does differently is aim […]

REVIEW: EMMURE – ‘HINDSIGHT’; THE 2020 VISION

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Naming an album Hindsight in the year 2020 is really something only a band like Emmure could get away with and not have their entire audience issue a collective eyeroll. A band built on pop culture references, satire and shock, Emmure are incredibly self-aware. Several times while listening to Hindsight, I could practically feel frontman […]

PREMIERE: DARK SIGNAL RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “IMPATIENT”

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If you’re looking for an airy, expressive post-metalcore tune that still has some rhythmic backbone, “Impatient”, the latest single by Sacramento’s Dark Signal is a perfect selection. The familiar smooth R&B melodies and slanted guitar stabs make for a great combo. An ideal summer jam for fans of bands like Dayseeker, Kingdom of Giants and […]

REVIEW: MAKE THEM SUFFER – ‘HOW TO SURVIVE A FUNERAL’; DEATH IS ONLY THE BEGINNING

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How To Survive A Funeral is a title that comes with a good bit of irony. For Perth, Australia’s metalcore boundary-pushers Make Them Suffer, it also comes with some welcomed realization and a sense of balance. This is the same band that released the roaring Neverbloom as well as the ethereal and longing Worlds Apart. […]

EXCLUSIVE: KINGDOM OF GIANTS INTERVIEW “NOT JUST KOG, THE INVOGUE RECORDS BAND ANYMORE”

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With the release of their latest single “Sync,” the world will welcome in the next era of Kingdom of Giants; an era the band describes as outliving their past selves and welcoming true progression. Kingdom of Giants are a constantly moving musical force. When the likes of COVID-19 struck as the band were planning their […]

DARKO – ‘DETHMASK EP’: DEATHCORE MASTERS PULVERIZE OFF THE CLOCK

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DARKO‘s debut EP is one of the more interesting, brutal spins on deathcore I have heard this year. When I saw the band was fronted by genre all-star Tom Barber and instrumentally composed by Josh Miller, I couldn’t resist letting a big grin slip across my face. Such a combo had major potential. Would it […]

ALBUM REVIEW: I PREVAIL – ‘TRAUMA’

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I Prevail are a unique band. Not from a perspective of musical direction- but in terms of marketability and appeal, they’re an interesting band to follow. Most dual-fronted scene bands died off  after their second or third albums (or transitioned into having one singer, right Issues?) and were largely written off as trends 5+ years ago […]