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The Learning Curve: Grunge, Dark Vibes And More

Brian Campbell Brian Campbell
April 7th, 2009 12:43pm EDT
The Art of DyingWe have lots of diversity on this week's 'Learning Curve'. Tune in and check them out.

The Art of Dying
Hail from: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Label: None
Sounds like: Seether, Taproot, Evans Blue
You should be listening to: 'Self Titled' LP

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I Should Care Why?: The world needs more bands like the Art of Dying and I'll tell you why. They aren't some whiny teenage Disney star who thinks they can sing, and they aren't emo. They are honest, that much is evident by listening to just one of their tracks (I recommend 'You Don't Know Me'). You would think that they have to be pretty good since they are on tour with Seether and Disturbed. The Art of Dying play rock music born for radio play.

The Monarchy
Hail from: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Label: Separadiques/Select
Sounds like: Depswa, Queens of the Stone Age, H.I.M.
You should be listening to: 'Kings of Nothing'

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Should Care Why?: The Monarchy didn't make this list just because of my friendship with guitarist Kevin Jardine, it is more because of their modern take on grunge. Jardine is one of the best underrated guitarists making music today and his work for the Monarchy proves that fact. Their music is rich and textural, layered with energetic guitars and superb vocals. The only beef I have with them is that their MySpace bio clams that Jardine's former band Slaves on Dope 'headlined the top-grossing Ozzfest tour in 2001,' which in fact isn't true, as they played one date, the Toronto, Ontario date, opening the second stage. Mudvayne headlined that stage that year. Sorry Kev, but I had to say it. By the way, 'Never Let You Down' has over 1.45 million plays on MySpace alone. Yeah, you read that right.

EsotericaEsoterica
Hail from: United Kingdom
Label: Trak Records
Sounds like: Breaking Benjamin, Amity Lane, 10 Years
You should be listening to: 'The Fool'

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I Should Care Why?: 'Don't Rely On Anyone' is one of the better songs you probably never heard, unless you listen to either Pandora or Yahoo radio. They are gearing up to release their new record, 'Silence,' music from which you can hear right now at their MySpace. Esoterica is modern rock played with a much darker vibe, almost sludgy at times, remaining all the while singable and hooky.

Destinity
Hail from: Lyon, Rhone-Alpes, France
Label: Lifeforce Records
Sounds like: Gojira, August Burns Red, A Life Once Lost
You should be listening to: 'The Inside'

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I Should Care Why?: Knowning well that it has been far too long since we the Learning Curve has brought the heavy, this time we go across the pond, all the way to France in order to bring it to you. Hey, don't say I never did anything for you. Like a typical Lifeforce band, Destinity grinds and thrashes their way through their form of modern death metal, full of towering guitars, ambidextrous vocals, militant drumming and breakdowns. Oh yes, breakdowns.

The Fashion
Hail from: Denmark
Label: Sony Records
Sounds like: TV/TV, Reggie And The Full Effect, Head Automatica
You should be listening to: 'Self Titled' LP

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I Should Care Why?: The Fashion has a certain swagger to their music that is hard to not notice and pay attention to. Their music just sounds cool, like the Fashion seem like the kind of band that Cobra Starship's Gabe Saporta or Glassjaw/Head Automatica/United Nations Daryl Palumbo matriarch would be involved in. Don't worry, it isn't all just mere 'flavor of the week' scene fodder, there is definitely some quality new wave/indie here too. If the Fashion could be ignored, would they be on here?

Brian Campbell
Story by Brian Campbell

Starpulse contributing writer


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