Artist Of The Week - Anchor & Braille

It's been about three years since we've gotten an album from Anchor & Braille, the indie side project of Anberlin's Stephen Christian, but this week, on July 31st, the band's sophomore album will be released. The Quiet Life is a collection of haunting melodies and catchy percussion, certainly a maturation of sound since 2009's Felt. The Quiet Life is available now in stores and online through Tooth & Nail Records.


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I've Lost All Faith In Myself

Artist: Venia
Album: I've Lost All Faith In Myself
Release Date: 11/30/10
Label: Blood & Ink Records

Pure hardcore is becoming a rarity in today's heavy music scene, with the progressing metalcore genre at the forefront of it all now. Well, Venia are here to prove that good hardcore is still out there, with their great brand of authentic, Spirit-filled hardcore. Their newest release, the five-song I've Lost All Faith In Myself, shows off where Venia stand, among the true hardcore bands. A sound that I'm certainly sure carries over well live, elements such as the gang vocals and speedy drumming are strewn throughout the five songs, adding to the live feel.

I've Lost All Faith In Myself bursts to life with the flying, fast-paced "Crux." The next few songs, "Mouth of a Liar" and "Numbers Game" follow with high adrenaline and ferocity, before coming to the highlight of the EP, being "The Call." The song features the songwriting and vocal talents of former Strongarm vocalist Jason Berggren. Besides the aforementioned contributions to the song, Berggren also provides a bit of spoken word in two parts of the song as well. The final product is an anthem of a track, with dueling vocals and a breakdown for good measure. "Calloused" has a very aggressive, yet sludgier sound due to the frantic guitar work and slower vocals from vocalist Chad Urich.

Rating: 8/10 Venia have done something right with their solid EP, I've Lost All Faith In Myself. The five songs on their newest effort show off the band's skillful ability to make authentic Spirit-filled hardcore. Fans of real hardcore, this is for you.

  1. Crux
  2. Mouth Of A Liar
  3. Numbers Game
  4. The Call
  5. Calloused
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