Song of the Day
7th Grade Girl Fight, “The Long Way,” from 7th Grade Girl Fight (Self-Released, 2021)
Multifaceted indie rock that sways effortlessly between soft/somber and catchy/high-energy.
Peroxide Blonde, “No Reason to Pretend” (Jetsam-Flotsam, 2021)
NYC/NJ quartet returns with a somber indie/alternative sound that can only be described as their own...
The Mourning, “Mood Swings,” from Time Well Wasted (Self-Released, 2021)
Semi-shoegaze, or dream pop for the dark and depressed?
Eastwood, “Anthropozentrische Kackscheiße,” from Antibiose (Lixiviat/No Time/etc., 2021)
Almost certainly the finest grindcore album of 2021.
Incinerate, “Room 101,” from Back to Reality (Dead by Dawn Records, 2021)
Top-notch death/thrash out of Belgium that effortlessly captures the old school aesthetic.
Man Destroyed Man, “They Lied/Fantastic Fiction” (Self-Released, 2021)
Two more tracks of inventive melodic/metallic hardcore from ex-members of Elements DEC and All Parallels.
Knub, “Stutter,” from Knub (The Ghost is Clear, 2021)
Noise rock/post-hardcore excellence from this new Baltimore group.
Neckscars, “Jarring,” from Don't Panic (Sell the Heart/Engineer, 2021)
For once, the promo text nails it with, "FFO: Hot Water Music, Leatherface, Seaweed, etc."
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.