Lustre: Grungy ‘90s Alt.-Rock That You Won’t Find on Spotify, Volume III
Gritty power pop excellence, senselessly buried in bargain bins worldwide.
The Rope, “Terminus,” from Lillian (2019)
A sleek and contemporary take on the goth-leaning side of post-punk...
Hex Machine Streams Gritty, Atmospherically-Inclined New Tune, “Spiral Outhouse”
Track premiere (+ interview) from the genre-defiant new album, 'Cave Painting'.
One Step Closer, “Imagination of Being,” from From Me to You (Triple B, 2019)
Excellently melodic and moving hardcore out of Wilkes Barre, PA.
Skitzo, "Progressive Psychosis," from Progressive Psychosis (1990; reissued by Divebomb, 2019)
Mandatory early-'90s tech-thrash that should've garnered a reputation as a more aggressive successor to the likes of Realm or Toxik.
Review: The Final Sleep, I (Self-Released, 2017)
Superb melodic death metal out of Troy, NY featuring former members of Arsis, Withstand, Dying Breed, and Burning Human.
Rancorous, “Stealth Dominion,” from Stealth Dominion (Self-Released, 2019)
Imagine, perhaps, if Angelcorpse leaned more Infest than Morbid Angel.
Review: Wire Lines, Demo (Self-Released, 2019)
Combative yet melodic indie-tinged (post-)hardcore/punk that can't be pigeonholed.
The Northern Skulls, "8.6.45" (Miltown Cover, 2018)
Current (and killer) Jonah Jenkins-fronted outfit covers defunct (and killer) Jonah Jenkins-fronted outfit.
Last Night Issue, “Split Second” (2019)
Belgian duo delivers inventively brooding guitar/drums grunge.
Slap of Reality, “A Part Of” (2019)
Emotional and melodic (post-)hardcore/punk that's perfect for fans of Samiam, etc.
Review: Violent by Design, Dark Days Deserved (Self-Released, 2019)
Bitter 'n' brutal metalcore out of Albany, NY that should appeal to fans of Neglect, etc.
Review: Vegas, Tetralogy (Self-Released, 2019)
Arguably the project's most crisply-produced and succinctly aggressive effort to date.
Mystery Grab Bag: Episode 11
Long-delayed (but no less enthusiastic) musings on Soften the Glare, Atomic Opera, Propagandhi, Meathook Seed, and then some...
YouTube Rabbit Hole: Lou Miami Edition
From obscure-yet-wonderful post-punk gems to, well... less interesting fare.
Quick Hits: Upstate Records—Volume II, Dissent, and Refuge
Another quality batch of crushing metallic hardcore from Albany's finest label.
Full Album Stream: Statues, ‘Adult Lobotomy’
Ex-members of Kevlar return with eight killer tracks of diverse-yet-catchy indie rock.