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...
Omega Diatribe, Trinity (Metal Scrap, 2018)
Top-shelf "extreme groove metal" packed with hulking rhythms and sinewy, psychedelic leads.
Dødsleie, Dødsleie (Subversive Craft, 2018)
Impressive and well-balanced black metal featuring members of Unreal City and Broken Cross...
Rot in Hell, A Thick Rope and a Strong Branch (Neuropa, 2017)
Woefully underrecognized "neo-folk" artistry tendered with grave earnestness...
Sea Lilies, Soonest (Tired as a Chicken, 2018)
Dischord-styled post-hardcore meets mature pop-punk (and more) on what I'm already proclaiming one of my favorite releases of 2018...
A Track-by-Track Initial Reaction to Vegas' Digital Affairs Neurotic + Stream "Gift of Oblivion"
Long-awaited sophomore full-length is a surprisingly diverse—and memorable—contribution to the Vegas maelstrom...
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...