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.
Prize Horse, Welder (New Morality Zine, 2022)
Exciting "alt.-rock" that conjures terms like "grunge," "shoegaze," and "emo" while firmly avoiding any clear-cut categorization.
Obsidian, Vultures (Tequesta, 2021)
Atmospheric gothic "deathrock" from the perhaps unlikely locale of South Florida...
Dome Runner, Conflict State Design (Starving Light Collective, 2021)
Very possibly the most dead-on '90s industrial metal rerun that I've heard in the last 10 - 20 years!?
J. Robbins/Her Head's on Fire, Split (New Granada, 2021)
Veteran lineups come together for a killer split that will far exceed the expectations of mildly curious listeners.
Quick Hits: Trip Machine Laboratories—Piece of Mind, Rain of Salvation, Malik(s), Faithless, Jukai
Another great batch of hardcore (and beyond), from the only label cool enough to still send me physical promos!
Webbed Wing, Bike Ride Across the Moon (Self-Released, 2019)
An impressive assortment of "alternative rock" featuring former members of Daylight/Superheaven.
Groupie, Ephemeral (Handstand Records/Tapehead City, 2021)
Post-punk meets alt. rock on Brooklyn group's sleek 'n' unique new LP.