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

REVIEW: KINGDOM OF GIANTS’ ‘PASSENGER’ IS METALCORE’S NEXT (SYNTH)WAVE

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Whatever sci-fi techno landscape that Kingdom of Giants are living in has given their new record, ‘Passenger’, an incredible atmosphere. Either that or the California five piece are really hyped for Cyberpunk 2077. Regardless, ‘Passenger’ is like Kavinsky’s Nightcall from the movie Drive gone metalcore. And I love it. A plentiful bed of synth padding […]

PREMIERE: SUNSPEAR RELEASE NEW SINGLE “THE MANIC” (TRACK ANALYSIS)

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Sunspear have released their brand new single “The Manic”, premiering exclusively on CaliberTV today! Sunspear’s new track “The Manic” will have any fan of older Whitechapel and Fit For A King banging their head. Appropriately named, the band’s signature metallic attack is on full display. Play this while dragging your Halloween decorations out, but beware […]

MGK IS ROCK’S NEW RAPPER ON ‘TICKETS TO MY DOWNFALL’ (REVIEW)

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It’s safe to say when Machine Gun Kelly (abbreviated as MGK) began uploading videos to his YouTube with a guitar around his neck playing Paramore covers and doing Linkin Park tributes, the rock world let out a loud cheer. There’s hardly a bad side to someone from the world of mainstream hip hop and pop […]

REVIEW: FIT FOR A KING ‘THE PATH’; “DOWN THE BEATEN PATH”

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The average life of a modern metalcore band is ironically 1 to 3 albums of actual metalcore then at least 2 albums of genre experimentation or radio rock. Fit For A King have already outlived this generalization. 2018’s Dark Skies was a seminal record that found the Solid State five man outfit growing their sound […]

REVIEW: ‘WE ARE CHAOS’ – MARILYN MANSON ORCHESTRATES OUR MADNESS

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Don’t let words like ‘accessible’ and ‘relatable’ make you believe that Marilyn Manson’s latest work can’t still crawl under your skin. The shock rock artist’s new record, We Are Chaos, goes places that might bewilder listeners, that is if they haven’t been following Manson’s later-day efforts. His consistent push to a hazier, more introspective approach […]

TOP ALBUMS OF THE 10S: 2012

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2012 — A year the Mayan calendar predicted would host the end times. Also the same year the movie based off that idea was still taken seriously and not considered a comedy. In heavy music, it was a year of massive growth for the different sonic templates a band could implement. There was an air […]

INTERVIEW: KILL THE LIGHTS BRING MID-2000s METALCORE INTO 2020

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“I cannot be saved” roars Kill The Lights’ debut single “The Faceless” off the UK super outfit’s debut record The Sinner. And this is one stacked lineup of talent. Comprised of current and former members of such names as Bullet For My Valentine, Throw The Fight, Still Remains and Threat Signal, many nostalgic metal legends […]

REVIEW: IN HEARTS WAKE DETAIL THE END OF AGES ON ‘KALIYUGA’

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Australia’s In Hearts Wake have a particular interest in associating the end of the world as we know it with the theming of their albums. Last time around, we had Ark and visions of floods and torrential downpours washing us away through radio rock hybridized metalcore. This time around, Kaliyuga, translated as ‘the end of ages’, […]

INTERVIEW: SLAVES MOVE ON “TO BETTER DAYS”

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With To Better Days, Slaves ascend into the higher plane of post-hardcore and alternative rock greats. On the eve of the release of the 13 track record, Matt McAndrew, who makes his stunning vocal debut with this release, chatted with us about the band’s recent livestream, the challenge of playing to a virtual audience, the […]

PREMIERE: VICE VERSA RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “LUST” (TRACK ANALYSIS)

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Vice Versa’s new single, “Lust”, is a bruising mission statement for the Sacramento metalcore quartet. Containing both flashes of nostalgic aggression and modern stylistic flair, “Lust” is the group’s latest and greatest upload to the internet’s music super highway. The stabs of slanted, percussive cymbal work and the group’s grasp on climactic moments of intense […]