Friday, December 19, 2014

Xibalba - Invierno

     Xibalba just released a new song of their upcoming LP Tierra Y Libertad, titled "Invierno." Although they have stepped even further away from hardcore and more into the realm of death metal, I can still hear their hardcore roots and sound from their first release and I love it. I'm a fan of their entire discography so far and I hope they keep at it and continue making solid tracks. Also, being on a label like Southern Lord was bound to catch up with them and I think they took that influence and made a hell of an impact on hardcore and death metal. 


Here is that track, released on Noisey

Monday, December 1, 2014

Shrapnel (UK) - Frenzied State

     UK's Shrapnel released Frenzied State just in time to make my top releases of 2014. It consists of members of Obstruct and Violent Reaction so you know its going to rule. Its like they took a time machine back to the 80's, took the cheese off Jeff Perlin's Big Mac, brought it back to the UK and aged it for like 30 years. Now the cheese is mature and oh so delicious.
     For those of you who don't like cheese, this record is really great.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Mizery - Survive the Vibe

     Finally the full release is here and I can take the promo off repeat. I've posted about Mizery before when I listened to their promo which consisted of 2 tracks from this EP but now I have listened to all 5 songs and I am extremely stoked on this band. Being a huge fan of Fire & Ice, I can't help but dig this band and their perfect brew of their F&I, Cold World, and Crown of Thornz influences. Super groovy, yet heavy- hitting, this bands riffs will tear you to fucking shreds. Do yourself a favor.



They are also playing GameChanger World in Howell on December 2nd as part of the California Takeover Tour with Soul Search, Fury, Forced Order, and Blind Justice to host the Californians. Violent Situation dropped unfortunately but I'm personally more stoked on Mizery so come check out all of those bands.  

Dilate - Demo 2014

   
Dilate is a new band that formed out of other bands like Seasick, Razorheads, Ugly Parts, and Bible Thumper and you can clearly hear the influences from those bands, and more. FFO:D-beat, crusty riffs, Japanese punk, and straight up raw pillaging music. The demo is just under 5 minutes long with track titles such as "Unyielding Wrath" and "Human Cost," and makes me really wish I could get my hands on a demo or some lyrics. They are playing a show on December 5th at the Cooler Ranch in New Brunswick with Red Death, Shrapnel (UK). and Big Bad Wolf, which I am super stoked for.




Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Nine of Swords - I Can't Stand My Own Face


     If done right, it can be really refreshing to hear a woman's voice in a hardcore-punk band. I think its about time we got more of that female touch around here and this band is a great example of that. One of my friends showed me this band an I was blown away! Between the vocals, the lyrics, raw energy, and the great pairing of the drums and bass, you find slow Pelican-esque head bobbing melodies that really make you groove. Hardcore, punk, screamo, skramz, whatever you want to call it, it rules and you should check them out.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Black SS - Animals

      Crazy-fast, blistering, and full of rage are some of the few characteristics that come to mind when talking about the Black Sheep Squadron. Birthed from the Syracuse hardcore scene, Black SS is for fans of Negative Approach and Uniform Choice, professional wrestling, and other people that are equally pissed off. Animals is their first release since 2008 and is being put out on tape on the Bleeding Edges label (The Flex, Brain Slug, Altered Boys, Protester). You can listen to and download the tape on the Black SS bandcamp or the Bleeding Edges bandcamp, and you can also buy the tape and others on the Bleeding Edges Big Cartel.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Overcast - Discography


     Overcast was an amazing early 90's metalcore band from Boston, Massachusetts fronted by Brian Fair from the more popular band Shadows Fall. In the 7 years that they played they released a few 7" records and 3 full lengths with the last one (Reborn to Kill Again, 2008) being a re-release of old tracks and two unrecorded songs.
     They briefly reunited in 2006 at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and announced the release of Reborn to Kill Again. Even more recently they reunited once again at This Is Hardcore 2014 where I heard their music for the first time and was instantly blown away. Knowing nothing about Overcast I curiously asked my friend what the vocalist of Shadows Fall was doing up on stage during sound check. The room was full and they really set it off making it my favorite set of this years fest. During their set they announced another release of their discography coming out on Bullet Tooth titled "Only Death is Smiling" which will feature 45 tracks across 3 CD's and is speculated to be released in the fall or late 2014. This is a collection of their 7" and 12" releases along with some splits and a live set.




















Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Inside Out - No Spiritual Surrender


     Still a classic almost 25 years later, No Spiritual Surrender left a huge footprint on hardcore music. Orange County's Inside Out released this in 1990 only to break up a year later, but some of the songs they wrote for an upcoming release turned into Zack de la Rocha's new band Rage Against the Machine. No Spiritual Surrender is an essential record in your music collection.


This year at This Is Hardcore Fest, a band called Hounds of Hate covered Burning Fight.


Uppercut - Collection


     Uppercut was a NYHC band from the Bronx during the late 80's and early 90's. I just listened to this for the first time the other day and was wondering why I haven't heard of them sooner. They sound very similar to Outburst and Breakdown, and the guitarist has also played for bands like Side by Side and Judge.

Waste Management - Get Your Mind Right EP


     Another awesome band out of Boston, Waste Management, released this EP in 2007 on Pain Killer Records.

Alert - Demo 08


     Straight Edge Youth Crew from Western Massachusetts on Six Feet Under Records and Life to Live Records.

Dumptruck - Feelin' Good Demo 2003


     Aka The Wrong Side. I don't really know what you want me to say about them besides the fact that most people consider to be one of the best Lockin' Out releases ever. Listen for yourself.

Youth of Today - Live in Toronto


     The almighty Youth of Today from Connecticut, but basically a surrogate of the New York Hardcore scene. This is a bootleg of their live show in Toronto on  August 15th, 1986.


This is a live video of the show.

Ten Yard Fight - Hardcore Pride

   
     Straight Edge Youth Crew band from Boston, Ten Yard Fight followed up their demo with a 1995 release of Hardcore Pride on the Big Wheel Recreation label. Their last show on October 17th, 1999 has been dubbed National Edge Day and has been celebrated every year since. The show also featured Bane, In My Eyes, Reach the Sky, and Floorpunch.










Sick Symptom - Demo 2014


     Featuring members of Wrong Answer and Modern Pain, Sick Symptom's demo hit the streets not too long ago and left some hot burnout marks. Awesome lyrics and vocals that are very similar to Wrong Answer but it's faster and more raw.