A Track-by-Track Initial Reaction to Vegas' ...Not Ever
The decades-long doomsday dance takes a more belligerent and linear turn...
Bovice/Hurtpiece, Flatline (Upstate Records, 2020)
Yet more A+ quality metallic hardcore heft from the mighty Upstate Records.
Cruelty of the Heavens, Nothin's Cool (My Name is Jude Records, 2020)
The return of the best band that barely anyone is talking about...
Onespot, The Difference Between (Self-Released, 2019)
Perfect for any fan of the D.C./Maryland/Dischord Records niche of (post-)hardcore/punk.
Just Ice, Just Ice (Moo Cow Records, 2020)
Groove-suffused metallic hardcore that's an absolute must for fans of early Turnstile, etc.
Unreal City, Satyr/Sheol (Subversive Craft/Closed Casket Activities, 2019)
Fans of "holy terror"-styled hardcore can't lose with this one.
Quick Hits: Trip Machine Laboratories—Raw Breed, Miracle Drug, Piece of Mind, Ryan Patrick White, and Love & Trust
Running through the latest batch of varied goodies...
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.