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We are "AUGUSTINE 313"

 

I play Melodic Metal with my Wife Blue Augustine (She plays 5 String Bass and does Vocals in the band hoping Solar starts a bass line;)) in the State of Hawai’i on the Big Island. We started our own recording label & studio, Made In Pain Records. Our band has released 2 Metal albums, Cinematic Masquerade(released by Sony Music & Universal, featured in Terrorizer Metal Magazine) & A Winter In The Void.

My Guitar playing is primarily focused on Tasty Rhythms, Captan Crunch Riffs and Spider action on the Fret Board.

Hawaii’s Metal Scene is alive & well, I have been honored to be a part of bringing Metal out from the underground belly of the Big Island, opening for Testament, Killswitch Engage, Cannibal Corpse, and many local Metal bands. Augustine 313 has become a well known Hawaii Metal band In all the islands, we are future looking headed out into the World.

Along the journey I got picked up and endorsed by Mesa Boogie, Solar Guitars, EverTune, and Aero Instrument. Metal from the Island with the active lava flow. We are Hawaii’s Metal Monarchs!!! 

"Augustine 313"

Made in Pain Records

 

Vocals / Jerez Tehero
Bass & Vocals / Blue Augustine
Guitars & Vocals / Jeremiah Augustine
Drums / Juan Robinson

 

 
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History - News - Updates

 

November 13, 1998 - I met my Wife Blue Augustine for the first time and Since then our journey has been a Wild Crazy Magical and very blessed ride!!! I Love my Wife!!!

this is How it all started-2007 

 March 21, 2007 - Augustine Releases - "Cinematic Masquerade"

CD Artwork work done by -Brady Hollowell
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First Metal Album in Hawaii to be released by Universal and Sony Music

"We worked with Mark Berry from Attack Media Group and Basically, through the Stone farther than we could based in Hawaii!!! The freshman album then reached the World and the Fire was lit!!!"
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"Blue and I will always be Augustine"

May 2007 - Augustine's first appearance in terrorizer Magazine

"There was a small write up about Augustine in the Magazine and was Featured in there Fear Candy CD #41"
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Augustine Featured - May 2007

In Terrorizer Magazine Issue #157 in Fear Candy CD #41 March 2008 with our Song "Cinematic Masquerade" 

Track List

 

1–Megadeth - Sleepwalker 5:57

2–Neurosis - Water Is Not Enough 7:05

3–Marduk - Cold Mouth Prayer 3:31

4– Six feet Under - Doomsday 3:50

5–Vital Remains - In Infamy 6:18

6–Dødheimsgard - Vendetta Assassin 4:32

7–Mithras - Into Black Holes Of Oblivion 3:46

8–Ensiferum - Blood Is The Price Of Glory 5:20

9–Martriden - The Art Of Death Infernal 5:24

10–Pantheon I - Where Angels Burn 5:18

11–End Of Level Boss - Reticence 3:50

12–Monogono - Remolding Steel 5:05

13–Strain - Something More 4:27

14–Larkin - Retrospect 3:00

15–Die By Design - Burn Well My Dear 3:43

16–Augustine - Cinematic Masquerade 3:45

17–Black Sun - Disintegrate To Khrist 3:38




 

 

July 2007 - Augustine gets Support from Thorin Owner and Creator (at the time) of the Wicked Jester Clothing line 

     July 2007    Wicked Jester Clothing Line Supported Augustine from our first Album "Cinematic Masqurade"       Thorin  past Owner and Creator of the Shirt Brand Gave us Amazing support and also wrote lyrics for one of the songs called "My Enemy" in our second album "Winter in the Void"

 

July 2007

Wicked Jester Clothing Line Supported Augustine from our first Album "Cinematic Masqurade"

 

Thorin past Owner and Creator of the Shirt Brand Gave us Amazing support and also wrote lyrics for one of the songs called "My Enemy" in our second album "Winter in the Void"

"My Enemy" By Thorin

    Marching, with their heads held high Adorned with smug smiles and shifty little eyes I know your type and I know your game You think you’re unique, but you all look the same Cutouts, paper doll silhouettes A crude imitation, a pile of leaflets You look the part, you play the game A thousand fucking faces with the same fucking name You think you impress me, you think you’re my envy Nah, motherfucher…

YOU’RE MY ENEMY!

Pathetic little sheep, a long line of lemmings The same redundant shape cut by the corporate millings You’re just a charade in a world of masked attendees A pathetic waste of flesh sold on brain-dead empathy You just don’t get it; it’s such a sick game You’re just  another cog in the dollar machine Laughing, as you try to provoke You just can’t see that its you whose the joke

A hole for a soul, rotted strewn debris

A shell of a man, MY FUCKING ENEMY …YOU’RE MY ENEMY!

Cookie Cutter shapes MY ENEMY! Eyes sewn shut MY ENEMY! Stringed puppet MY ENEMY! Pathetic little sheep MY ENEMY! Timid and weak MY ENEMY! No fucking integrity MY ENEMY! All you fake Motherfuckers

(Your) MY ENEMY!

Early 2008 - Augustine's first Endorsement's Lasted 2 years with - Coffin Cases, Skull Strings, and Mehana Brewing company 

March 2008 - Augustine Featured Again in Terrorizer Magazine 

"there was another write up done on Augustine the Metal band in Hawaii!!! and also featured on there Fear Candy #52a"
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Augustine Featured - March 2008

 

In Terrorizer Magazine Issue #168 in Fear Candy CD #52a March 2008 with our Song "The Impossible" 

Track List

1–Meshuggah - Combustion 4:10

2–Cavalera Conspiracy - Inflikted 4:32

3–Hate - Threnody 5:54

4–Trigger The Bloodshed - Laceration 3:15

5 Stigma - I Am Dracula 3:58

6–Thorium - Epidemic Skeleton 3:40

7–Toxocara - U48 4:37

8–Draconian - Seasons Apart 6:30

9–Rotten Sound - The Effects 1:58

10–Anal Vomit - Prevail The Cult 2:47

11–Asesino - Y Tu Mama También 3:30

12–Boltdown - Blind Faith 4:28

13–Jarboe And Justin K Broadrick - Romp 5:14

14–Romeo Must Die - Who Died And Made You God? 3:19

15–Augustine - The Impossible 6:36

16–Sworn Amongst - And So It Begins 5:18

17–Gallileous - ...Et Mors 10:13

 

September 2, 2009 - Augustine Releases Sophomore Album

"Escape Plan from the Damned" under a different Band Name "Descendants of Angels"
 "In this Album we choose to show our Vocal Melodies and Harmonies with Waltz timing Melodic Metal Undertones"with Songs  "Descendants of Angels"  and a Beautiful Ballad  "Winter in the Void"  the Album almost seems like it got Harder to play LOL!!!

"In this Album we choose to show our Vocal Melodies and Harmonies with Waltz timing Melodic Metal Undertones"with Songs "Descendants of Angels" and a Beautiful Ballad "Winter in the Void" the Album almost seems like it got Harder to play LOL!!!

October 24, 2012 - Opened for Cannibal Corpse

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Played Guitar for "Jesus Wears Armani" they didn't have there Guitar Player on island stood in as Backup!!!

December 7-8, 2012 - Opened for Impending Doom

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Played Guitar for "Jesus Wears Armani" they didn't have there Guitar Player on island stood in as Backup!!! Again LOL!!!!

March 7, 2013 - Opened for Killswitch Engage

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Played Guitar for "Jesus Wears Armani" they didn't have there Guitar Player on island stood in as Backup!!! and Again LOL!!!!

2013 - Got Pickup Endorsement by "Aero Instrument" - Larry Pollack 

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"Larry created my Custom set which I call Wicked 1 & 2"

2014 - Got Guitar Endorsement by "Vento Music" - Federico Vento

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Federico helped me Design 2 Electric Guitars ( K-1 and K-2) to my Specs and also help build Blue's 5 string Bass as well!!!
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October 11, 2015 - Opened for "Testament"

 Best Live Show ever!!!

Best Live Show ever!!!

Alex Skolnick even plays my guitar!!!!! K-2(Koa Guitar Prototype #2)

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August 14, 2017 - Metatron is alive and well!!! Blue & I Practicing one of the Tracks on the "Metatron" album

October 2017 - Got Endorsed by "Evertune" Cosmos Lyles

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November 1, 2017 - Blue & I got Endorsed by "Mesa (Boogie) Engineering" Garey Noble and Mesa Crew:)

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November - 2017 Starting working on Augustine 313 "Metatron" album and it is still in Process:) LOL!!!!

February 28, 2018 - Got Endorsed By "Solar Guitars" - "Ola Englund" designer and creator of his own signature brand guitar!!!!

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solar artist - "Jon Bjork" added an amazing solo to a track off of our "Metatron" album called "Sounds of the Senseless" visit his page - "jon bjork music"

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Cinematic Masquerade

by Augustine 313
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Lyrics

Cinematic Masquerade

Written By: Jordan Pelletier

I can see her face I can see her smiling eyes
Just a tragedy entangled in her lies
It was all in vain She left me to my demise
But I'm holding on I still cling to life despite the torment(What she's done)
Deep within my soul and her discontent will stay with me all time
She won't take it back won't take back all the lies
I just wanted her to know I won't forget her tragedy
She knows not what she's done

I'll pluck every petal from this rose and rub the thorns between your thighs until your skin bleeds

Time only tells if the heart will mend or will these stitches break free from the skin?
Can you tell she's my siren? My Poison Drink her down but I'll spit her out again on the floor forever.
can see her face I can see her smiling eyes
Just a tragedy entangled in her lies
It was all in vain She left me to my demise
But I'm holding on I still cling to life despite the torment(What she's done)
Deep within my soul and her discontent will stay with me all time
She won't take it back won't take back all the lies
I just wanted her to know I won't forget her tragedy
She knows not what she's done

Time only tells if the heart will mend or will these stitches break free from the skin?
Can you tell she's my siren? My Poison Drink her down but I'll spit her out again on the floor forever.

All the lies She'll take it all back
All my cries
She wants to get in my head
But I would rather be dead

And she got what she wanted but gave nothing back
But I still can't imagine my life without her.

Cinematic Masquerade.

What Would You Do

Written By: Blue Augustine, Jordan Pelletier

What would you do
If I said that I could and admit the time of day
Of your death how you die your age and life
The growing philosphy that exists
Ignorant selfishness
Reflection of ourselves
All this hate paved to demonstrate
Cause of hate hope is dead love is dead peace is dead
Resurrect it inside of me

Belief alive I believe that
Tell it to yourself
Then go away from a hate ideology
Burn the money in the voice
In the voice creation of a choice
No more stuff to gain aim to satisfy
A death bed lieing to yourself
Thrown into your sanilty
You're left lying with the blame
Lift beauty into life. My heart is not broken

Heal us everyone all of us one by one.
I care about you
Though I don't know who you are from a far
Yet you hate me and I hate you
The in between they're all screwed
When wrath will battle love
Game is done no one won
All is lost what's the cost?
Paid in blood symbolic deaths.

You're left lying with the blame
Lift beauty into life.
My will is not broken

To seal the fate what would you do? We're making this hard for you
When the existence is real, There's no dying overflow
What would you do when I conceal you when you die.
You're left lying with the blame
Lift beauty into life. My heart is not broken

 

Subterranean War

Written By: Blue Augustine

Today my mind is escaping into madness
With every drop of my blood I must resist
The battle to save my sanity subterranean scars are deep within me
The metal axe releases all of this hatred that builds

When I vs.I the truth is dead within you
And I will lose breaking you from the inside
When I vs. I the truth is dead within you
And I will win

Armies are gathering
Wage war on soul
Half dead truths with help are half alive
To live your life as you are breathing
Or suffocate on yourself
You're so full of it, so full of shit.

Nothing but love and pain
Today my mind escaping into madness.

 

Mind Thieves

Written By: Jordan Pelletier, Blue Augustine

The mind thieves built a brand new destruction
A world made narrow they got rich quick
Enter me the well fed cattle
Remote controlled human a puppet on a stick
The new candy fed my soul
Rotting me slowly
I didn't even know
So happy for me to be a brain dead
Zombie generation
Celebration of Annihilation

Shadow dealers selling dead morals
Truth and humility money turned red
Politicians pay Electricians
Wiring minds forget if consequence ever comes
More candy filled my veins
Pain Insanity left me trained,
" Accept life as it is given this is life as we live it, never ever wake up."

Beware of the Mind Thieves

We are controlled by war
Who is right or wrong?
We are controlled no more held hostage to fear and greed
Corruption of these lies
Forever feeding all the mind thieves

Mind thieves will catch you if they can
Stamp you in the face, she was Made in Pain
Hide and seek with crooked smiled eyes
Distortion of your image lies
Staring in a mirror pool
You stole your own mind's world
Finding out the real truth the mind thief is you
Was that such a surprise hell breathes on your death
Till you know you're still alive.

What will you say who you are?
What will you be?
When will you die?
Can you speak your mind?
Or are you and me not who we are?

So we've been fed this heresy telling us what's right or wrong
So who is really free?
Those trying to make an honest living or those who hold the money?
How far will they take this until the world is torn in anarchy?
You seem to think that we're blind but the blind one is you not me.

 

King Odium

Written By: Blue Augustine

Across water spread on wind
Voice from Mass graves
Words are spoken
lullaby for sin
Death Melody
Fate gives birth to hate magician
The light of lover spelled for extinction
The night uncovers darker imaginations

No warning signs everywhere
Signs only seen with blind stare
The spoiled children don't care
Uncaring children won't share
Too busy feeding ego
Too busy feeding evil
Blood spilled for their own expense
Order of life makes no sense

Rising of a Nation
Power humiliation
The scandal forced out from your eyes
Struggle elimination of all the degradation
They can not hide what is in their eyes.

The time has come for you to pay for your ignorant bliss
Your priviledged life is something you will learn to miss
The dead feeding King of the Dead the ruler of faith
The Odium King knows your name.

How does it feel to be blessed?
World of souls under arrest
The begging hour is near
A side effect of true fear
No payment or bribe will save
You'll make your payment in grave
All seasons at my command
A growing lesson for man

 

Can We Play Here

Written By: Jeremiah Augustine, Blue Augustine

Here we are standing tall
Everyone around us seems to fall
To their knees on the floor
All around screaming and shouting for more
They love to hate everything that we try to create
Their lies and fate slowly turn into a silent rage
As the sound turns to fear
A rising of madness tends to appear
We're not blind trying to lead
You wish you could play
Can we play follow me
Cries out raised fist
Creeping full force with a clenched fist
Lies, Hate, agony

We always thought we would be the first to get thrown out of here
And all the cowards and the egos seem to disappear
But if you really want to know what we are all about
Can we play here?
We'll take control of change
Be the masters of this game
With an appetite for fear
Can we play here?

How this mind seems to create
Hate, anger, violence will penetrate
Tormented souls Convict your mind
Living with sorrow on borrowed time
False foes, damn shame
Pointing your fingers when you are to blame
Lies, Hate, Agony

Stab this song into your brain
A haunted circle of anger remains
Tormented souls wating to reign
Complete mind takeover are we insane?
They love to hate everything that we try to create
Lies, Fate, Family

 

Generation Why

Written By: Blue Augustine

Fake people hide true face
As they slowly rot in themselves
A temple shit on day by day
By sins of fame and class
Where are true friends, true family
Trapped in a warped society
Lost and found
Just say goodbye
Building a Generation Why

Hello Fake people
Listen to these words I say
I middle finger salute you and I expect the same
No need to think to hard
You know I know the bullshit you sell
Never true to who you are you will just rot in your shell in hell

Freedom from a belief system built on Money and fame
Enter into a metal realm where we can all release the pain
Living up to your own dream
No fear or doubt within sight
Building fear and hate in a generation
Generation Why

Suicide dreams to take your own life
Killed you but your still alive
Tortured pain to control your weak mind
Folow noone only self

Left right left
Dance to a master's beat
You are the meat to be slaughtered
A main course for their feast
they know you know your life
feeds on the bullshit they sell
Starve yourself to who you are
Who you are is a slave building hell.

 

Cries Out

Written By: Jordan Pelletier

I can't take my mind off these things.
The things that poison and corrupt humanity
Greed causing poverty causing starvation
Will we rise above it or will we fall?

Rotten life begins with instant pain.
A child a person left for dead in deep disgrace
Born without security no life to lead
Within this heart cries out in despair
Mourning for those lost.
You are choking on the greed
No respect for life
Fell down for centuries
And you go on day by day with no remorse
And no hope for those lost

These lusts of the flesh are burning with desire for what you want.
You never seem to get it right

No one can save you now.
A victim of your gluttaneous exercize with power
Your heart is torn apart. 
Self pity consumes you.
You did no wrong so you say
Or is it just me?
But compassions left your heart eternally.
Your weakness becomes my strength and I will rise

You all look away while countless people are dying.
How many orphaned children have you left crying? How many?

As it seems nothing ever stays the same
You still seem to always play these little games
Toying with life that's not even your own
And you refuse to let these things alone
Destruction is your only anecdote
I'd like to see you spend one hour in their shoes
And you'll see them smile
Despite the destruction that you have caused
And you'll collapse on your fucken head

Ballad

Written By: Blue Augustine, Jeremiah Augustine, Jordan Pelletier

All the tears and apologies can not heal what you gave to me

You're a liar
We believed in you
Hater of all that we are
And your jealousy it sickens me
Artificial friend of mine
And the door closes
Not long ago we called you friend
All of it just lies
You know you are simply dead to me
I forgive you and forget to care about you
Sadly this won't hurt me anymore
This is how I will rip this life out from your hands

Rip light from your eyes
Rip life from your hands

You know you are simply dead to me
I forgive you and forget to care about you
Sadly this won't hurt me anymore
This is how I will rip this light out from your eyes

And you faked your way in
And I'm pushing you out 

Follow me out of hell
I'll save you from cold pain
The door is closing fast
The seconds still remain last chance
We fall through flames
I reach for you but you're gone

And you feel so alone
You keep coming back wanting some more
And you feel so alive as you rip this life out from my hands

The Impossible

Written By: Jordan Pelletier, Blue Augustine, Jeremiah Augustine

To kill your enemy you must embrace them
The fear you feel must be forsaken
Pay the price of what's been taken
No regrets before you die
You rise
and you shine

Losing sight of reality the space between the tales makes no sense

Murder sour notes and lies
torture were we left behind
Desperation nightmare ties
Tell them there's no going back

Murder Murder these sour notes and lies
Torture Torture no
Desperation embracing nightmare ties
Tell them Tell them gone

Promises of equality
You and my insanity
A crying eye for you to see
Welcome Impossibility
Hey now don't cry
Saved I'll take my life and runaway.Hide
And I just left you all alone, all alone
Remember

Twelve thousand going strong
We've known this all along
And you still felt doubt for this
So we changed out of this place

Murder Murder these sour notes and lies
Torture Torture no
Desperation embracing nightmare ties
Tell them Tell them gone

Promises of equality
You and my insanity
A crying eye for you to see
Welcome Impossibility
They'll play god
Cold hearts
Now fall apart slowly
you you you and you

Tell them the realizations and revelations will come to pass
And you sick sorry beings want a piece of everything like it's free.
You're nothing special
What do we owe you?

So I ask you this ?
What have you gave to us that we didn't let you be priviledged?

Promises of equality
You and my insanity
A crying eye for you to see
Welcome Impossibility

In one hundred years we'll be dead
It won't matter as long as you lived
At the scene you used to speak
And I know that it's a dream

So walk away now or accept what we've given you
Walk away now or accept us for what this is you're nothing special
Nothing special to us

Promises of equality
You and my insanity
A crying eye for you to see
Welcome Impossibility

Give me love
Throw out the pain
Love me forever
Hate falls down, love waits inside

Remember.

 

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Band Press

Foley Entertainment review – Eugene Foley

Date: 8/12/2008 5:18:04 PM
Status: Selected  
Response: RATING SCALE  
"1" Indicates the Lowest Score
"5" Indicates The Highest Score


Recording Quality/Production: 4

Lead Vocals: 4.5

Musicianship: 4

Lyric Writing: 4

Music Composing: 4

Melodies: 5

Song Arrangement: 4


Dear Jeremiah, 

Thanks for submitting the material for the evaluation.

I enjoyed listening to the songs. The energy of the music, coupled with excellent production and great guitar tone/sounds made for strong material.  

To give you insight to the scoring scale above, the majority
of artists score in the 2.5 to 3.5 range in the various categories.  

Whenever an artist sees a 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 or 3.5 as a score in a certain category (or categories) it means that's an area I feel they need to improve and develop.  

When someone sees 4, 4.5 or 5 as their score in a category, that tells them, to me, they are in the professional league and have strong potential. It's a validation from a pro, letting you know you are doing a fine job.

Every artist should work hard to earn 4.5 to 5 in every category.

It's a very competitive business and people averaging in the 3's (or less) will probably not get too far without a great deal of improvement and development.  

I don't give out 4's and 5's easily, so any of those you see, you have earned. Well done!  

One thing to keep in mind, at least for your songs designated as "Singles" (the songs geared towards winning over radio stations and record company executives) - try to keep Intros to under 10 seconds and try to reach the Chorus between the 40 and 43 second mark.  

If it's 44 seconds or longer and the Chorus did not kick in yet, you should edit the song's arrangement accordingly.

In rap music, the chorus can come in at the 55 to 58 second mark or so, since the verses are traditionally longer, compared to pop and rock music.  

If you are trying to gain the attention of record companies, music publishers, booking agents or top managers, make sure your game plan includes radio promotion, publicity, lots of gigs, Internet marketing and CD sales, at the minimum.  

Just having a great CD and live show are no longer enough in today's music business.

Also - on the Sonicbids Web site, the only choices the system gave me were -- "Selected" "Standby" or "Not Selected."

So I chose "Selected" for your submission, as it was the best of the three choices.

For the Foley Entertainment opportunity, none of those categories really apply, because EVERYONE qualifies for the professional evaluation and feedback.  

It's more of an educational opportunity for everyone who submits - not a contest where only a select few will win or benefit. 

I guess the majority of the Sonicbids opportunities are for contests, festivals and things like that, where some artists are chosen and some are not. 

Thank you for the submission and continued best wishes!  
Keep me posted!  

Direct E-Mail Address: EugeneFoleyMusic@aol.com  

Best wishes,

Eugene Foley

http://www.FoleyEntertainment.com 

  

Jason Miller-Hawaiian Express Records 808Shows

AUGUSTINE Review:

Clearly one of the hardest working bands on the Big Island, Augustine's debut

CD, Cinematic Masquerade is an impressive collection of high quality music and

top notch packaging. The songs range from the hard and heavy to really nice, 

mellow ballad with some outstanding female lead vocals. If you're looking for

an introduction to the hard rock / metal scene in Hawaii, you simply cannot go

wrong with this album. Coming from a guy who's worked with hundred's of Hawaii

bands large and small, from albums to concerts, as well as radio... i have no

problem giving this band and their new CD a big seal of approval as rockin' 

ambassadors of our islands. Thanks for your time.

aloha, jason
 

Cinematic Masquerade – Star Bulletin Review-John Berger

 

"Cinematic Masquerade"
Augustine
(Made in Pain) 



Augustine, one of the noteworthy participants in Jason Miller's recent "Metal Made in Hawaii" compilation, steps forward with a full-length album that offers some unusual ideas in local metal. Where most groups in town feature a single roarer, er, vocalist, Augustine has three distinct voices. And, although the primary voice spews lyrics in the standard hard-core style -- imagine a psychotic demon with a sore throat who's having a very bad day -- other vocalists provide counterpoints in imaginative ways. 
Conventional melodic singing emphasizes key lyric passages in "What Would You Do" and "Mind Thieves." The leisurely acoustic introduction on the deceptively titled "Ballad" also adds dramatic impact. 

The arrangements -- most of them frenetic, a few others slow and brooding -- are the musical delivery system for grim and desperate commentary on the evils of society, phonies and hypocrites, and deceptive lovers. With "Cinematic Masquerade," Augustine provides perfect anthems for scenarios of nightmarish revenge on all of them.

MP3 Audio Clips*
"Cinematic Masquerade"
"Cries Out"
"Ballad"

John Berger, who has covered the local entertainment scene since 1972, writes reviews of recordings produced by Hawaii artists. See the Star-Bulletin's Today section on Fridays for the latest reviews. Reach John Berger at jberger@starbulletin.com.

 

Cinematic Masquerade – Noktorn

 

Augustine Cinematic Masquerade

Aloha! Hawai'i could really never be described as a hotbed of the metal scene. There's only really been a handful of bands from that distant state, so when I heard of Augustine, a five-piece heavy metal band out of Hilo, I was quite curious to investigate exactly what the island was releasing these days. I'm pleased to report that not only is Augustine a pretty unusual group, but they're pretty damned good as well! A synthesis of various influences ranging from death to thrash to groove to metalcore, Augustine's music is unique without sacrificing a solid core of heavy metal that is sure to please most fans of the genre.

This is music better described through elements rather than holistically. For instance: I like the frantically screamed vocals on the first couple tracks that remind me of Vio-Lence for some reason. I like the midpaced metalcore/groove riffing with lots of overrunning vocal lines, double bass trills, and chugging riffs. I dig some of the melodic ideas they have, like on the break a bit before midway through 'Mind Thieves' that speaks to tastefully employed rock influence, mostly evidenced through the writing of clever hooks and grooves. I really like the pure amount of variation, allowing the band to move through Cynic-like mellow portions into almost Strapping Young Lad-derived smashers like on closer 'The Impossible'.' It's hard to get a grasp on the base elements of the music here simply because there's so much going on; while it all revolves around the basic idea of post-thrash metal, it explores everywhere it can within that framework.

Augustine seems to be one of the new set of American post-Pantera bands that are influenced from essentially all metal genres but particularly whetted to none, creating music that seems to be made simply to be referred to as 'metal'. There are weird elements even for that style though: the protracted end-song samples, the strange rhythmic shifts, the multitude of varying vocal styles that appear unexpectedly. In fact, that may be the very word that defines the music on 'Cinematic Masquerade': unexpected. The band seems to love to spring something unusual on you: where a natural conclusion might be reached through a climb in tempo or an extra dose of aggression, the band instead decides to drop the speed and add clean female vocals. It's everywhere at once and speaks to a great deal of ambition and skill in the band members.

Flaws are present, of course. The album begins to drag a bit in the middle section, probably due to the placement of the most aggressive pair of tracks at the beginning. Sometimes the music seems unfocused, with too many ideas preventing a real clarity from coming to the songs, or perhaps more clearly, too many variations on ideas. A lot of the tracks seem rather samey at times: just like how too few ideas can make everything identical, so can too many, though not quite as severe as that language makes it out to be. The music, however, is propulsive and heavy enough to distract from these issues, always providing solid beats and riffs to offset the experimental kinks the band hasn't yet worked out.

So my first genuine foray into Hawai'ian metal is a successful one. I'm hoping to see more coming from the island in the future, and from this band in particular; Augustine is clearly an artistic collective with a great deal of talent at their disposal. Recommended for anyone curious as to what one of the lesser known areas for metal is up to, as well as anyone who's looking for something unusual yet with a grip on songwriting. Pretty good all around.

~ by noktorn on August 31, 2007.

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Cinematic Masquerade – Muloc from London-Metal-ARchives

 

I like this a lot. - 80% 
Written by Muloc7253 on September 18th, 2007



Should Augustine have come from New York or Sweden or Germany or anywhere other than Hawaii I don't think I would really care about them. That's not to say that I like them because they're from a place that rarely releases metal (it just happens to be a coincidence that I do like listening to metal from countries where it's scarce) but if they had come from anywhere else they would have either been caught up in trends or have become more elitist. I actually don't really know about the Hawaiin metal scene, but since i've never really heard of any other bands from Hawaii before, i'm going to presume that there isn't much of one.

Because of this (I believe anyway) Augustine take exactly what they like about metal, rock and extreme music, and create something they like. This means that it doesn't sound like the massive legion of underground elitist bands you can't escape these days, these guys don't go out of their way to try to impress anybody with how true they are, or how their music is one hundred percent groove-free, they're just out to make kickass music. It could be described as metalcore I suppose, the riffs sound very Lamb of God to me, but there is also a lot of influence from thrash and death metal too. The rhythm is heavily groove-based, meaning if you hate Pantera and cringed at my mentioning of Lamb of God then you may aswell stop reading now. But to me, and a lot of other people that use the archives, this is simply a big kick in the balls from a highly brutal band. The riffs are very heavy and memorable, the vocals range from manic screaming to typical clean stuff (and an excellent clean female vocalist) and the songs are structured nicely too. The whole album is very professional, and the packaging and artwork rules too.

There's really not much more to say. This is just a hard punch in the face in the form of 10 heavy yet melodic, neatly constructed songs. There are some mellower sections too, such as Ballad for instance. But if you're into heavy music and are in no way an elitist, this is a very fun and competent album to own. 
 

 

Augustine Uniting the Metal Scene – Katie Whitman 808Scenezine

 

I headed down to a metal show on July 20th to
interview Augustine, a metal band from the Big Island. Augustine
is a big organizer and promoter of metal shows on
their home island and they have reached out to Oahu bands,
inviting them to play on a Big Island billet and also making
many journeys themselves to join on an Oahu billet.
On this night, they arrived at the club to find out
it had been double booked. Promoters know that there is
always the potential for big problems and they learn how to
roll with the punches. Eventually, everyone worked together
to open up some available space, even running extension
cords through the ceiling and messing with the electrical
box to get power to the other room. This, here, was Hawaii’s
real underground. Hacked power. Termites buzzing around
the lights. Bands screaming over heavy guitar riffs. People
moshing or simply nodding their heads in a minimalist way
to show the bands that they were, indeed, into the music.
It made me smile, that despite the circumstances, these
bands would find a way to play. Their desire to play music
was that strong. And the audience! Those dedicated souls
stuck around in that stuffy room with no bar because they
wanted to hear some live metal.
I interviewed Augustine in the parking lot between
sporadic rain showers.
Katie Whitman: Augustine. That’s your last name, right?
Blue Augustine: But that’s not why we’re called Augustine.
Jeremiah Augustine: We actually have the name from our
first drummer out of seven. It was our dummer who said
“Why don’t we name the band Augustine?” That’s where it
comes from. A lot of people say [disapprovingly], “Why did
you name the band after yourself?”
KW: If you’re lucky enough to have a good name like that,
you might as well use it.
JA: It means “exalted by God” or “held up high.”
KW: So how’s the metal scene over on the Big Island?
JA: It’s as big as Oahu on Oahu’s great nights. There are a
lot of great bands, a lot of great people, great musicians
on the Big Island. We actually have another band from the
Big Island coming tonight. Cellar. Tonight is the first show
we’re going to do with Jonathan, our new lead guitar player.
Oahu is going to be the first to see Augustine with a lead
guitar player. People have been asking one for a few years.
There’s been many complications with the upstairs/downstairs
thing.
KW: Yeah, what the heck happened?
BA: People got angry and changed other people’s minds.
Then we did some electrical things. We changed the panel
and then we got power.
KW: This is the true underground, though. All these termites.
Hacked electrical.
JA: Back in the day [it was always like this]. For our genre
and style, we really don’t have a venue. If you play reggae,
jazz, contemporary you can play everywhere. This genre we
choose to play in, the venues are hard to come by.
… We are constantly just knocking on doors that tell us no
until they let us in. We prove ourselves to them. A lot of
places in Hilo say “No. You cannot play metal in my bar.”
Then it is a matter of getting to know the owner and say
“Let’s try to do this show.” We have our shot and it works
out and we keep doing it. A lot of times they’re like “First
time if you screw up a show, you’re never going to do a
show here again.” We opened up like 5 doors that way. By
throwing the show that we do and how we run them is professional.
KW: How do you guys meet the bands from Oahu?
JA: The first band was Blind Faith and I went on Jason Miller’s
site [www.808shows.com] and looked at metal bands
in Oahu. I was doing shows on the Big Island and I thought it
would be cool if I brought a band from Oahu. So I was looking
and I called Deep Wounded, Dagra, and another band.
Two of them didn’t answer their phone, but I got Ryan’s cell.
I was talking to Ryan and I was like “Hey, man. I’m Jeremiah
Augustine from Made in Pain Records and we’re going to be
doing a show in Hilo at Uncle Mikey’s? Do you want to come
do a show with us?” They don’t know us. We don’t know
them, but three days later he called me back and said “Yeah,
we’re down.” They’re on a compilation record with us now.

Me and my wife basically started this up because
a person in Hilo running the music said “You cannot
play music here unless you have a drummer and a bass
player.” We played acoustic music. We came from Oahu
[where] we played 4 to 5 nights out of the week.
BA: So we said “Well. Let’s start something. Something big
and different.” We went through a lot of networking with different
musicians to become what we are now. It was doing
all kinds of ghetto shows. We wanted to [be more professional]…
We were wishing that something would start. But
instead of hoping for someone to do something, we just do
it. Then we began networking with all the bands.
KW: When did all this start?
BA: Augustine evolved in 2002.
KW: So you guys are Made in Pain Records?
JA: Yes.
 



 

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