Wednesday 10 December 2014


GenresPunk / Emo-violence / Grind / Hardcore / Black-Metal / Emo / Screamo / Thrash / Skramz
Related artistsUbasute and Gifts.
CountryNew Jersey, USA
Years Active2010-present
Song: "IV"
Album: "S/T_EP"
Year: 2012
Label(s): Self-Released
This post's artist is from the December 2014 Mix. This is track #9.
You can download the December Mix#12 right here or get the new January 2015 Mix#1 here.
For fans of: Beau NavireYouth Novel, Amydgala, Funeral Diner, Avvika, Welcome The Plague Year, Meryl Streaker, Nayru, Yusuke, Gas Up Yr Hearse!, Jeromes Dream, Eyelet, Deadseraphim, Old Soul, Deafheaven, The Assistant, Joshua Fit For Battle, ...Who Calls So Loud, Rats Into Robots, Loma Prieta and Textbook Traitors aka PROPER SCREAMO.

Tylr Brns, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, as this band owns. I will spend about half of this review primarily on the dissection of a single song, because it is easily one of the best things I've ever heard. "IV" is structured like a bomb:
-after an atmospheric opening, the band obliterates the listener with a pummeling assault of emo-violence and grindcore
-at 52 seconds the band layers amazing softer instrumentals over dispersed screaming, constantly hinting of something hard and epic to come, and the band certainly delivers starting at the 1:46-mark
-chaos ensues until 2:30 when shit gets ridiculous, as seeing from 2:30-3:00 live would absolutely floor me
-just after 3 minutes the band transitions back into atmospheric, slow noodling and rolling drumming before a surprisingly focused meandering into the outro
-the huge epic outro with dual screaming is fantastic and has an Old Soul feel to it

From the same 'S/T_EP' "III" combines the angelic and breakneck guitars simultaneously right from the get-go, but as good as the song is, "IV" is my baby - my ugly, angry and malformed baby. Get the fuck on this already.

The band's first album 'Rules of the Sife' is much less refined, but instrumentally indicates where the band may head. It's the vocals that don't do it for me, as they are yelled/screamed and I personally enjoyed the all-out "murder scream" of the 2012 release. It's worth a listen if you are a fan, but otherwise I would recommend starting with the 'S/T_EP', although "In Retrospect" sounds very much like Funeral Diner, ...Who Calls So Loud, Coma Regalia and early Textbook Traitors, which is pretty awesome and should garner a few listeners based on that comparison alone.

The band has gone through some lineup changes, but I'm still pumped to hear anything this band produces and if it holds even a light up to the 'S/T_EP' you can bet Zegema Beach Records will attempt to be all over that. If you've never heard of GUIDELINES and you like the screamy stuff, holy moly I just made your day.



2010 - Rules of the Sife digitalEP/LP? (stream/buy/download here)

2012 - S/T_EP digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2012) GUIDELINES - "IV" (from 'S/T_EP')

(2012) GUIDELINES - "III" (from 'S/T_EP')


GUIDELINES additional links


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