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...
Reunited '90s Metalcore Act Drowning Room Rivals Their Finest Work With New EP, Monument: Stream + Interview
A seriously standard-setting approach to how it should be done...
Hewolf, “Past Shadows,” from Hewolf (Self-Released, 2017)
Former members of Darkest Hour, Alabama Thunderpussy, and Joyburner bring the rock.
Review: Cosmonaut, The Late Great Cosmonaut (Self-Released, 2017)
'90s-reminiscent trio goes out with another stellar batch of top-shelf alt.-rock gold.
Interview: The Hyperactive Musical Obsessions of Vegas Conspirator Ogirdor Zul
For this fanatical artist, music is in the blood...
Review: Random Violence/Value Lasts, Split (Still Ill, 2015)
Genuine, no-frills hardcore from two Filipino acts.
Shinobi, “The World is Mine” (Self-Released, 2017)
Another rugged alternative/indie rock jammer from one of my favorite new bands.