Song of the Day
Olly Steele, “Open” (2021)
Technical and progressive instrumental shred metal with sleek melodies and stellar writing.
ShotClock, “Cross My Heart,” from Side A (Say-10, 2020)
Catchy, no-frills pop-punk that really hits the spot.
Zero Trust, “Birch” (Equal Vision, 2021)
With lineup ties to Train of Thought, Bulldoze, Ghidrah, GMK, and even Coheed and Cambria—get those hopes up!
Sound/Escape, “Deep Field” (2021)
Spectacularly heavy shoegaze with an energetic approach that's much-appreciated.
Wire Lines, “A Wolf for Your Rabbit,” from Harvest Verses (Self-Released, 2021)
Underrated Massachusetts four-piece returns with full-length #1.
Vainoa, “Vainot Eivät Pääty Koskaan,” from Pelon Varjo (Self-Released, 2021)
"New generation blackened hardcore" out of Helsinki, Finland.
Damokles, “Ms. Misanthropy” (2021)
Old school Norwegian punks deliver another quirky slice of alternative post-hardcore that rocks.
God Program, “Fate Sealed With a Glance,” from Forever Lasts Another Year (Bitter Melody, 2020)
Connecticut metalcore adherents continue to impress.
Holy Figures, “Beatrice,” from Luck of the Draw (New Morality Zine, 2021)
North Carolina trio debuts with an impressive fusion of the heavy, grungy, catchy, and 'gaze-y.
From the Moon, “Bury the Truth” (Self-Released, 2020)
High-quality melodic/emotional hardcore out of Örebro, Sweden.
Moral Mazes, “Gold Beach Fortress,” from Moral Mazes (Little Rocket/Rad Girlfriend, 2020)
Possibly the most overlooked "supergroup" in the history of all living things!?
Gridiron, “What Can You Do?,” from Loyalty at All Costs (Streets of Hate, 2020)
Hardass metalcore grooves featuring members of Year of the Knife and Never Ending Game.
Repetitionist, “Check Please,” from Process and Intention (Self-Released, 2020)
Downcast post-hardcore meets emo-esque sludge-noise.
Blood From the Soul, “Debris of Dreams,” from DSM-5 (Deathwish Inc., 2020)
27 years later, Shane Embury resurrects one of the finest industrial metal side projects of all time!
Kind, “Broken Tweaker,” from Mental Nudge (Ripple Music, 2020)
Doom-soaked stonery excellence out of Boston that should appeal to fans of Goatsnake, etc.
Abrasion, “Intro/Coward's Display,” from Demonstration (2020)
Southern California metalcore that owes equal inspiration to Merauder, All Out War, and H8000...
Black Harvest, “Abandon,” from Sun Across the Fields (Self-Released, 2020)
Supreme technical, progressive, and visceral extreme metal from one of the genre's more unsung greats.
The Feeds, “Stepping Out,” from The Feeds (Self-Released, 2020)
Excellent "melodic, riff-driving rock 'n' roll" featuring ex-members of underrated '90s greats Lustre.