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)
Cosmonaut, The Late Great Cosmonaut (Self-Released, 2017)
'90s-reminiscent trio goes out with another stellar batch of top-shelf alt.-rock gold.
Random Violence/Value Lasts, Split (Still Ill, 2015)
Genuine, no-frills hardcore from two Filipino acts.
Khost, Governance (Cold Spring, 2017)
U.K. duo unloads some seriously oppressive and intense industrial metal.
Vegas/Long Gone, Split (Judas Chair Collective, 2017)
Just over 12 minutes of well-paired sinister metallic hardcore madness...
Black Helicopter, Everything is Forever (Limited Appeal, 2017)
An intriguingly-packaged new 12" from these underrated Boston greats...
A Track-by-Track Initial Reaction to Integrity's Howling, for the Nightmare Shall Consume
Representative of the band's nearly 30-year discography, and beyond...
Edgewise, Angels & Addicts (Coin Toss, 2017)
20 years later, these '90s PAHC ragers are back for more...
Broken Cross/Vegas, Split (Apocalyptic Visions, 2017)
A perfect pairing of dark metallic hardcore/punk enigmas...
Krupskaya/Foible Instinct, Split (7 Degrees Records, 2016)
A ferocious new split from the UK and Ukraine...
FRKSE, Desecration Anxiety I (Auris Apothecary/Divergent Series, 2016)
A unique and beautifully-packaged exploration of "false prophets and the empty promises of spirituality."
Truth & Rights, Lies & Slights (My Reality Entertainment, 2016)
Leeway's Eddie Sutton and a cast of unsung all-stars drop an instant best-of-the-year candidate.
Poutre/Gentle Veincut, Split (Et Mon Cul C'est du Tofu?, etc., 2016)
Top-shelf noise rock from Arles, France and Frankfurt, Germany...
Sister Rust, Escapist (Self-Released, 2015)
Orange County, CA quintet offers up a wide spectrum of viciously dark metalcore goodness.
Grey Heaven Fall, Black Wisdom (Aesthetics of Devastation, 2015)
A gnashing, dissonant form of blackened death metal à la Deathspell Omega meets Ulcerate.
Chinatown, The Night Market (Self-Released, 2016)
Raw '90s emo, post-punk-esque somberness, and undeniable emotional impact...