Quick Hits: Upstate Records—Bushido Code, Habits, Leeway NYC, Paid in Full, and Ripped Away
Upstate Records continues its tear of killer metallic hardcore releases across a number of impressive EPs.
Hell of Self, Hell of Self (The Coming Strife, 2019)
Ripping metallic hardcore à la Kickback meets Sworn Enemy.
Phantom Hymn, A Story of Days to Come (Self-Released, 2019)
Utterly crucial listening for any fan of the His Hero is Gone/Tragedy blueprint.
Sarin/Vegas, Split (Self-Released, 2019)
A slick-looking 7" EP from two distinct purveyors of the rough, rugged, and raw...
The Final Sleep, I (Self-Released, 2017)
Superb melodic death metal out of Troy, NY featuring former members of Arsis, Withstand, Dying Breed, and Burning Human.
Wire Lines, Demo (Self-Released, 2019)
Combative yet melodic indie-tinged (post-)hardcore/punk that can't be pigeonholed.
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.
Vegas, Tetralogy (Self-Released, 2019)
Arguably the project's most crisply-produced and succinctly aggressive effort to date.
Quick Hits: Upstate Records—Volume II, Dissent, and Refuge
Another quality batch of crushing metallic hardcore from Albany's finest label.
Piece of Mind, Trilogy (Trip Machine Laboratories, 2018)
Scathing metallic hardcore out of Tulsa, OK; for fans of Harvest, Turmoil, etc.
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.
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...
Labor Hex, Lost in Calling (Self-Released, 2018)
Boston quartet dishes out top-shelf angular post-hardcore with the hammering oomph of noise rock.
Shinobi, The World is Mine (Self-Released, 2018)
Still one of the finest grungy/indie/alt.-rock outfits you're (probably) not listening to...
Jukai, Prologue (Trip Machine Laboratories, 2018)
Early demo collection from top-shelf metallic hardcore up-and-comers out of Long Island, NY.
Tetelestai, Crvsh Svtvn (Self-Released, 2017)
Intense metalcore of the decades-old Solid State/Hydra Head variety.
Quick Hits: Upstate Records—Volume I, Nailed Down, and Organharvest/Comic Arson
From pummeling metallic hardcore to shredding death metal, this label will be one to watch...