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, and 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.
Trillionaire, Romulus (Nefarious Industries, 2021)
Modern progressive metal collective issues a surprising gem of a debut.
Pariiah, Swallowed by Fog (Trip Machine Laboratories, 2020)
Hardcore vets team up to deliver convulsing metal-punk à la Celtic Frost + Discharge + Saint Vitus.
Man Destroyed Man, [Know Thy] Self-Titled EP (Self-Released, 2021)
Former members of Elements DEC use pandemic downtime to craft a new dose of metallic hardcore with melody and a message.
Quick Hits: Trip Machine Laboratories—War Babies, Dissolve, and Herjaza
Another trio of quality goods courtesy of "The Lab."
Quick Hits: Trip Machine Laboratories—Piece of Mind, Life’s Question, and Soul Blind
The latest assortment of tunes from a label that never disappoints.
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.