Dedicated. It’s a word that gets thrown around haphazardly these days which has lessened its impact. However, in the case of hardcore / punk bruisers La Armada, this term describes their ethos better than any other. Formerly of the Dominican Republic, La Armada moved home base to Chicago and soaked up many more of metal’s extreme sub genres leading up to their first full proper full length in 2012. Their follow up EP and second full length are even more devastating while showcasing better songwriting and more of their Latin infusion which makes them stand out and sets them apart in a crowded hardcore scene. But, their dedication doesn’t stop at their song craft. The band is fully focused on social issues such as immigrant rights, globalization, and class struggle just to name a few. Where the dedication comes in is through their tireless efforts to spotlight these issues, help out wherever they can, and lead by example. This year the band will be releasing a series of songs titled Songs of the Exiled and the first of which is coming up this month. Links are contained below so bookmark them and be ready, trust me here – you don’t want to miss out. For now, read up on how the band responded to our Profile questions as they offer great insight into their inner workings. Continue reading
Rainbows in the Dark is back once again in force. Even in years where there is seemingly an avalanche of great metal albums released, it is necessary to make sure that you don’t get new release tunnel vision and miss out on some great albums from across the rest of the genre spectrum. To that end, I’d like to talk about my love for ambient music and a great release from earlier in the year by Chicago’s Trevor de Brauw. Continue reading
Another addition to the Horns Up family! We’re pleased to introduce our newest contributor: Joy Merten! Here’s a bit more about Joy in her own words:
“I’m Joy and I’m from Chicago. I was raised on a steady diet of Metallica and Sabbath, and have been getting more interested in metal—especially of the underground and experimental varieties—for the past few years. I have a lot of love for Inter Arma (the best live band out there right now), Thou (I could listen to their covers all day), and weirder stuff like Panopticon and Botanist. I also DJ at a local radio station called CHIRP on Tuesday nights from 8-10 pm, central time.
If Panopticon is weird, we really don’t wanna be normal. Anyway, keep an eye out for Joy’s first post—a review of The Body / Thou’s You, Whom I Have Always Hated—later today! In the meantime, give her a follow on Twitter (@joylkmus) and check out her blog, Shade of Living Light for more written work. Welcome aboard, Joy!
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