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.
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.