A Track-by-Track Initial Reaction to End Reign's The Way of All Flesh is Decay
First impressions of one of 2023's most-anticipated releases...
Brights, This City Kills People (Self-Released, 2023)
Heavy yet atmospheric and catchy post-hardcore/alt.-rock for fans of Renee Heartfelt, Quicksand, Hum, etc.
At All Cost, Nothing Comes Easy (Trip Machine Laboratories, 2023)
A collection of both demos from this lesser-known Rockland County, NY hardcore outfit.
Die Theory, Ice Cream Headache (Heavy & Fast, 2023)
Killer reissue of obscure crossover-tinged thrash from Rhode Island, 1991.
Quick Hits: Trip Machine Laboratories—Soul Provider, Repetitionist, Night Battles, and Heavy Duty Medicine
A hugely diverse spread of three discs and a tape from one of the realest labels still runnin'.
Sweet Teeth, High Anxiety (Lövely, 2022)
Expert-level alt.-rock from Finspång, Sweden, described by the band as "power pop/punk/Hüsker rock."
Quick Hits: Headless Death/Radiation Vomit and Derailment
Raging grind and powerviolence gone death-sludge, from Australia to California.
Entropy, Death Spell (Crazysane, 2022)
Probably the single finest alt.-rock band that not enough people are talking about...
Vegas, VV 4x Cassette Boxset (Abraxas, 2022)
This ambitious outing offers far more than just a few cassette reissues...
Lähiöbotox, Itä-metal (Deggael Communications, 2022)
Hip-hop-tinged metalcore from Finland that actually has something to say.
Ritual Earth, MMXX (Iodine Recordings, 2022)
Philadelphia group nails a familiar yet original take on dark and droning psych-tinged doom.
Dødsleie, Immortal Hand (Subversive Craft/Bat Magick, 2022)
Raw, atmospheric, and experimental black metal from members of Unreal City, Broken Cross, etc.
Above All, Disarm the Gods (2022)
Underrated '90s U.K. metallic hardcore unit resurfaces with an even more crushing, metal-centric approach.
Hellblind, A Plague on All Your Houses (Revenger, 2022)
Crushing modern groove metal with lineup ties to Pitchshifter and Stampin' Ground.
Watchmaker, Kill.Fucking.Everyone. (Death Hymns, 2022)
Over-the-top grinding insanity circa 2003, on vinyl for the very first time.
Nothing in Between, Nothing in Between (2022)
Best hardcore album of the year contender, for fans of Shai Hulud, Comeback Kid, One Step Closer, etc.
End Reign, MMXXII (A389 Recordings, 2022)
Aptly explosive metalcore featuring members of All Out War, Integrity, Bloodlet, and Pig Destroyer.
Fright, Fright (Gloom, 2021)
FFO: raw, punk-infused early- to mid-'80s thrash metal filtered through ripping hardcore.