Beak's adept combination of blistering heaviness and melodic prog-rock sits within the traditions of Chicago's post metal landscape – at the same time fitting as well with the likes of Neurosis, Godflesh, Isis, and Killing Joke. Even before an official release, Beak has provided direct support for Killing Joke, as well as sharing the stage with Pentagram, Anvil, Weedeater, Mouth of the Architect, and more.
A new leader of the Brooklyn pack, FAMILY combines lush classic rock flavor with modern progressive heaviness on its astonishing debut album, Portrait. The balance Family strikes is one perfected by few bands. To bring the finesse, the hooks, the grooves of a classic rock sense of musicality into the modern day metal underground is a fine line indeed, a delicate tension that is rarely achieved.
Formed in summer 2004 in Chicago, IL by Dam MacAdam, Bill Murphy, Rob Sullivan, and Dan Sullivan, ARRIVER boasts a formidable rock pedigree including the Butchershop Quartet, Nad Navillus, Magnolia Electric Company, and Viza Noir. ARRIVER plays to their strengths, seamlessly blending classic and modern strains of rock, metal, and prog into a vicious hybrid of ass-kickery. When a colleague of Rob’s showed him a strange paragraph of text mysteriously conjured overnight by voice recognition software, ARRIVER had their manifesto. By adding only line breaks and punctuation ARRIVER had The Verse of Halon Hong, Sighting the First, from which the mythology of Vanlandingham and Zone was born.