Forced Neglect, “Bloodspiller,” from Need to Feed (Self-Released, 2019)
Crisp 'n' crunchy crossover thrash that should make Power Trip fans go apeshit.
Track Premiere + Interview: Casual Burn, “Baggage”
Intriguingly distinct and anxiously energetic punk rock out of New Orleans, LA.
Track Premiere: Extra Arms, “Up From Here”
One of my favorites from last year returns with one of my favorites from this year!
Streetlights, “Dirt/Diamonds,” from Postcards From Knoxfield (Self-Released, 2019)
Superb emo that brings to mind portions of the early- to mid-2000s Equal Vision or Victory Records rosters.
YouTube Rabbit Hole: Disharmonic Orchestra Edition
Death metal, death metal, death metal, then things start to get interesting, then everything falls apart...
Óværa, “Guts,” from Perdido en Islandia (Self-Released, 2019)
Ultra-brutal Botch-meets-Hellchild-sounding (death) metalcore out of Iceland.
Upstate Records to Release Long-Lost 1994 EP From NY Thrashers Attica
Founding guitarist Mike Valente on how these absolutely badass 25-year-old recordings resurfaced...
Subway Mirror, “Clouds,” from Subway Mirror (1994)
Did you know that Dan Swanö was once in an awesomely poppy alt.-rock band?
The Dead Cvlt Offers a Vicious Fusion of Industrialized Hardcore/Punk With Debut EP, The Cataclyst
For once, a TRULY industrial-electronic take on RIPPING metal-infused hardcore/punk.
Ore Miner, “Zygote,” from Onism (Self-Released, 2019)
Chaotic, rhythmically crushing metalcore out of New Haven, CT.
Interview: Blaze Tishko on the Grueling Road Behind In Cold Blood's Punishing New Album, Legion of Angels
A refreshingly honest and revealing conversation on the determination required to see things through...
Wire Lines, “Blind,” from Terminal (Self-Released, 2019)
More angular post-hardcore greatness from this New Bedford, MA quartet.
Colonial Wound, “New Skin,” from Untitled (Self-Released, 2019)
Ultra-heavy and windingly dissonant noise rock gone metal.
Quick Hits: Upstate Records—Bushido Code, Habits, Leeway NYC, Paid in Full, and Ripped Away
Upstate Records continues its tear of killer metallic hardcore releases across a number of impressive EPs.
Review: Hell of Self, Hell of Self (The Coming Strife, 2019)
Ripping metallic hardcore à la Kickback meets Sworn Enemy.
Review: Phantom Hymn, A Story of Days to Come (Self-Released, 2019)
Utterly crucial listening for any fan of the His Hero is Gone/Tragedy blueprint.
Contrast of Sin, “Race of Man,” from Summer Promo (Arduous Path, 2019)
Impressively seething metallic hardcore out of NJ/DE.
Review: Sarin/Vegas, Split (Self-Released, 2019)
A slick-looking 7" EP from two distinct purveyors of the rough, rugged, and raw...