Secondsight, “Touch,” from Promo (Self-Released, 2017)
FINALLY, a new band has completely nailed the somber, borderline emo side of '90s metallic hardcore!
2017 Year-End Favorites
A look back at my favorites of the year, with some honorable mentions for good measure...
Review: Cruelty of the Heavens, Somewhere Between Paranoia & Depression (Self-Released, 2017)
Another year-end best from the finest and most underrated band that you REALLY ought to be hearing more about... (Photo: Sydney Carlson)
Wax Wav, “Losing My Mind,” from EP1 (Self-Released, 2017)
Excellent emo/indie-tinged pop-punk à la Beach Slang.
Track Premiere: City of Industry, "Sisters"
26 seconds—with meaning—from this occasionally melodic, oft-powerviolence-tinged hardcore/punk outfit.
Firesuite's Outlive Your Body is the Best Album of 2017 That You Might Otherwise Miss: Stream + Interview
The hard-edged diversity of Aereogramme meets the mainstream appeal of Coldplay...
Honor Role, “My Place,” from The Pretty Song (Eskimo/No Core, 1986)
A downcast hardcore/punk-informed alternative post-punk masterpiece.
Purgatory, “Dr. Pain,” from Dr. Pain (J.U.F., 1989)
Flawless and infectious thrash: "Reporting for surgery!"
Built for Battle, “Lion,” from Killing the Dream (Brutality, 2017)
Vicious upstate New York metalcore for fans of 100 Demons, All Out War, etc.
In Between, “Different Language,” from Demo 2011 (Photobooth, 2011)
Catchy and energetic melodic hardcore perfection, bar none.
Track Premiere: World Narcosis, "Gildra"
Increasingly interesting blackened grind-tinged screamo (of sorts) from this forward-thinking Reykjavik outfit.
357 Justice, “Triumphant Pills,” from 357 Justice (Hater of God, 2001)
Crushing metalcore of the finest order. Period.
Shelby, “The Golden Boy,” from The Luxury of Time (Gigantic Music, 2005)
Beautifully-produced lush, moody, pop-tinged alternative rock that had mainstream potential.
Sludge Terror, “Voice of the Devil,” from The Thousand Voices of Demon (Self-Released, 2017)
You're in for a Crowbar-worshipping riff fiesta from this Brazilian solo project.
Track Premiere + Interview: Lunar, "Euterpe"
A 12-minute progressive metal epic from an album mandatory for fans of Opeth and other such greats...
Amoeba Men, “What You See,” from Amoeba Men (Whirling Dervish, 1989)
Semi-sarcastic, punked-out crossover thrash with a funky edge.
Indonesian Metalcore Unit Children of Terror Reaches Destructive New Heights With Kaliyuga EP: Stream + Interview
An ample soundtrack to the age of destruction...
Dredged and The Reality Show Join Forces for a New Split 7" and Tour of the Baltics: Stream + Interview
A short but sweet—and diverse—blast of Finnish metallic hardcore...