Those who remember the Etnies Sal 23 shoe back in the day know that it was a game changer. They were an innovative skater owned shoe choice, backed with the skills of Sal Barbier who was pushing skateboarding forwards at a rate of knots.
Watch this new éS web doc on the history of the shoe that they’ve re-issued this week and look out for them on your travels.
As far as metalcore is concerned, few have made the impact that As I Lay Dying have achieved. Arguably pioneers of the movement, and still its leaders, ‘Awakened’ is As I Lay Dying‘s 6th studio album. Expectations for the record are high.
As a whole it doesn’t disappoint; laden with meaty riffs and a tried and tested scream and clean vocal pattern, ‘Awakened‘ is quintessentially an As I Lay Dying record. Blasting in with ‘Cauterize‘ (which was offered as a free download in advance), the band’s intent is made clear from the the first note.
Tracks like ‘Resilience‘ show why the band have stayed close to so many hearts over the years; delicious shredding, tight drums, intoxicating melody and powerful vocals. Tim Lambesis is ever the dominant front man, with a scream second to none, his vocals resound over the music full of strength delivered at high intensity.
Despite ‘Awakened‘ having numerous positives, its hard not to compare it to previous full length, ‘The Powerless Rise’ and unfortunately it doesn’t quite match up. However, this isn’t a real criticism as it is hard to compete with the perfection displayed on their 2010 release. Nonetheless, ‘Awakened‘ will go down as one of this years best metal albums.
Following the successful premiere’s of Stacy Peralta’s new documentary Bones Brigade : An Autobiography, the director has announced overnight his desire to release the film publicly in October this year. Speaking to an energy drink website on the subject of distribution Peralta says:
“I’m very excited with the road we’re taking with this film. It looks like we are going to self-release theatrically and make a deal with a company called Topspin Media that is going to manage our entire presence on the web. This will include selling “Bones Brigade” directly from our website via download and DVD, as well as many other things. We will be doing the final on-line and sound mix in late June to have it finished July 1st. Our plan is to release sometime in early October.”
Put it on your Xmas present list.
The film had its UK premiere this week month at a screening at the Sheffield Doc Fest this Wednesday night with another screening about to run this weekend on Sunday.