Exclusive Track Premiere: Carve Your Niche, “Be Nice”

  • Axl Rosenberg

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This past summer, the editors of MetalSucks hand-picked ten unsigned bands from an open application process to record at Converse Rubber Tracks — Converse’s completely free, state-of-the-art recording studio — in either Brooklyn, NY with producer Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Suicide Silence, Exhumed), or Boston, MA, with producer Kurt Ballou (Converge, High on Fire, Torche). In the weeks leading up to the recording sessions, we previewed each band, and over the past couple of weeks we’ve been premiering the finished tracks from all ten! Today, we feature Long Island’s Carve Your Niche.

“Be Nice,” which Carve Your Niche recorded at CRT Brooklyn with Will Putney, is not a nice song — but it is a nice song, if you catch my meaning. When previewing this band back in September, I wrote that “‘metalcore’ has become a bad word, but Carve Your Niche are real metalcore, in the truest sense” — a fact perfect exemplified by “Be Nice.” It’s not the most technically complex song ever written, but its chugging riffs defy you not to groove along with the music, it does the good cop/bad cop vocal thing in a way that’s satisfying, never irritating, it’s catchy, and it’ll make you wanna stage dive and mosh your ass off. “Be Nice” sounds like Burst and Norma Jean had a baby… and that baby can rock.

Be nice to yourself and listen to “Be Nice”:

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