xconsumetosatisfyx, “The Play of Life,” from xconsumetosatisfyx (Catalyst, 2018)
Flawless "vegan edge metal" featuring members of Safe and Sound and Judiciary.
Review: Dead of Night, Dead of Night (Red Menace, 2018)
Apocalyptic crust punk for fans of Amebix. Two songs, six minutes, $5.
Quick Hits: Auric Records—Excruciation, Babylon Asleep, Heavydeath, and Stig .C. Miller
A high-quality set of predominantly doom/death-driven split EPs from this Swiss imprint.
Video Premiere: Extra Arms, “Headacher”
A real head-splitter from one of the year's best—and most power poppin'-est—LPs.
YouTube Rabbit Hole: Mega City Four Edition
A somber, pop-leaning punk plunge into an ocean of (mostly) obscure shoegaze.
Lift, “Pressure,” from Harsh Light of the Truth (Self-Released, 2018)
If you enjoy Snapcase circa Progression Through Unlearning, you need to check out Lift immediately. Like, NOW.
Track Premiere + Interview: Extra Arms, “Under Surveillance”
Lightly shoegaze-tinged power pop from yet another potential best-of-the-year full-length.
Crowsview, “Lost Resistance,” from Lost Resistance (Self-Released, 2018)
H8000 metalcore with a Kickback + Arkangel vibe. What's not to love?
Stream + Interview: Movin’ in Stereo, ‘My Dear Effigy’
Hook-fueled punk rockin' gold for fans of Down by Law, Hot Water Music, etc.
Muzza Chunka: Grungy ‘90s Alt.-Metal That You Won’t Find on Spotify, Volume II
Another bargain bin gem of punk-infused, grunge-metal goodness.
Random Roundup: August 2018
Shit you should hear from Brainpan, Ekulu, A Needle Under the Nail, Search for Purpose, Será, and Year of the Knife.
Scratchpack, “Sick Shit,” from Unconscious Suicide. (Self-Released, 2017)
Polish trio achieves the perfect combination of Nirvana and Fudge Tunnel.
Foreign Hands, “What's Left Unsaid (The Cure for Years to Come),” from Summer '18 Promo (Self-Released, 2018)
Ripping death metalcore + melody + complexity = FUCK YES!
Quick Hits: Upstate Records—One Down, No Convictions, Embrace the Hostility, and Penitentiary
From the U.K. to Indiana, four high-quality metallic hardcore bands worthy of further exploration...
Review: Labor Hex, Lost in Calling (Self-Released, 2018)
Boston quartet dishes out top-shelf angular post-hardcore with the hammering oomph of noise rock.
Seattle Trio City of Industry Tackles the Breadth of Addiction in "A Horse and its Master": Track Premiere + Interview
A minute-long plod of powerviolence-tinged hardcore meets noise rock skronk...
The 1984 Draft Streams Heartfelt Emo/Indie Gem “Wedding”: Track Premiere + Interview
In the band's own words: "recommended for fans of The Replacements, Beach Slang, The Smoking Popes, and Sugar."
Full Album Stream: Drowning, 23
Chicago hardcore outfit broadens beyond beatdown with impressively diverse sophomore full-length.