Review: Piece of Mind, Trilogy (Trip Machine Laboratories, 2018)
Scathing metallic hardcore out of Tulsa, OK; for fans of Harvest, Turmoil, etc.
Coreupt: NJHC Obscurities, Volume II
Without a doubt, one of the most truly obscure NJHC outfits of the '90s.
Track Premiere + Interview: Anna Sage, “Goddess”
Parisian metalcore unit channels classic Converge on impressive new EP.
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.