Song of the Day
Honor Role, “My Place,” from The Pretty Song (Eskimo/No Core, 1986)
A downcast hardcore/punk-informed alternative post-punk masterpiece.
Purgatory, “Dr. Pain,” from Dr. Pain (J.U.F., 1989)
Flawless and infectious thrash: "Reporting for surgery!"
Built for Battle, “Lion,” from Killing the Dream (Brutality, 2017)
Vicious upstate New York metalcore for fans of 100 Demons, All Out War, etc.
In Between, “Different Language,” from Demo 2011 (Photobooth, 2011)
Catchy and energetic melodic hardcore perfection, bar none.
357 Justice, “Triumphant Pills,” from 357 Justice (Hater of God, 2001)
Crushing metalcore of the finest order. Period.
Shelby, “The Golden Boy,” from The Luxury of Time (Gigantic Music, 2005)
Beautifully-produced lush, moody, pop-tinged alternative rock that had mainstream potential.
Sludge Terror, “Voice of the Devil,” from The Thousand Voices of Demon (Self-Released, 2017)
You're in for a Crowbar-worshipping riff fiesta from this Brazilian solo project.
Amoeba Men, “What You See,” from Amoeba Men (Whirling Dervish, 1989)
Semi-sarcastic, punked-out crossover thrash with a funky edge.
Hewolf, “Past Shadows,” from Hewolf (Self-Released, 2017)
Former members of Darkest Hour, Alabama Thunderpussy, and Joyburner bring the rock.
Shinobi, “The World is Mine” (Self-Released, 2017)
Another rugged alternative/indie rock jammer from one of my favorite new bands.
Drowning Room, “Sunday's Best,” from True Love Always (Glacial, 2017)
Taken from the unexpected 20th anniversary remastered reissue of this unsung gem...
Black Magic Acid Cult, “Mother's Boy,” from Bad Trips & Ritual Murders (Self-Released, 2017)
Take the ride with this "electronic doom noise" duo from the Netherlands...
Gevurah, “Crowned With Smoke and Fire...,” from Negate Everything (Negate Everything, 2017)
An unexpected trio of new cuts from these grinding U.K. blast masters...
Misery Loves Co., “Happy?,” from Misery Loves Co. (Earache, 1994)
Simplistically depressing industrial metal from this underrated Swedish outfit...
Rusteater, “Drawn Into the Eclipse,” from Live Demos (Self-Released, 2017)
Top-shelf dark ambient/death industrial explorations, post-Teeth Engraved With the Names of the Dead.
The Loveless, “Follow,” from Star Rover (Euphonious/Prophecy, 2002)
An early-2000s "metalgaze" masterpiece from members of Saturnus, Of the Wand & the Moon, etc.
Roy Batty, “A Quality of Mercy” (Self-Released, 2017)
Creatively angular metal/punk with a Voïvod-ian sensibility.
Elizabeth Herz, “Easter Island,” from Elizabeth Herz (Old Glory, 1991)
Sorely underrated early-'90s melodic/metallic hardcore brilliance...