Category Archives: Hardcore / Post Hardcore

MEMORY OF A MELODY: ‘Mary Go Round.’

It’s been a while since I listened to a ‘metal’ track that grabbed me as instantly as this new release from MEMORY OF A MELODY.

After a six year hiatus, the San Antonio five-piece, returned in March of this year with a three track EP, ‘Burn Alive,’ from which this chilling, nursery rhyme inspired single is lifted.

Mary Go Round,’ is a tale of betrayal … and revenge. The anger in Mario Galdos’s voice is palpable as he spits out the immensely threatening lyrics.

(November 2019)

My personal roots in punk, hardcore and metal are, I suppose, of an ‘old school’ nature and perhaps that’s why I instantly took to this song / band. At various points through its four an a half minute duration, I can hear possible influences from System of a Down and Slipknot poking through. It has everything: pounding and rolling drums; growled vocals; heavy, heavy riffs and of course the almost obligatory searing guitar solo.

Memory of a Melody describe themselves as playing ‘Metal with mass appeal.’

I think they’re right. Absolutely love it!

SANS: ‘Aztec Drips.’

Over the past few years SANS have emerged from Bristol’s more avant-garde scene as one of the more hard-edged yet versatile bands.

The SANS sound melds post punk, experimental noise and hardcore, incorporating a maelstrom of overdriven guitars, jazz drumming and heavy breakdowns.

Their forthcoming eponymous EP, being released via Breakfast Records on 22nd May is a reflection of this, as you can hear from the lead track, ‘Aztec Drips,’ below.


Don’t be misled by the angelic, Westlife look; don’t be misled by the theme of their new single, ‘Sigh‘ –

a story about the shortcomings of online dating, how you can go from the absolute euphoria of making a connection with someone new, to worrying that you’re not enough, to pretending
to be exactly what you think they might want, and how that can spiral into a bout of crippling self-doubt.”

No – forget all that – I doubt you’ll come across a more assured and aggressive -sounding band in a good while.

I Cried Wolf are about as far removed from the carefully staged and choreographed image portrayed in their recent press photo / video as you could imagine. A post-hardcore band? See – never judge a book by its cover and all that.

(I recall the magnificent Adequate Seven taking on this image for their final album / tour many years ago. It must be a ‘thing.’)

This, though is more brutal, more primordial than the Ad7 lads, but equally magnificent. I Cried Wolf have energy to burn and having extensively toured the UK for the five years since their inception, the Oxfordshire quintet have built an (increasing) loyal fanbase.

In fact, they have just added one to that number in the time it’s taken to write this short piece.