Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: Axis-Shift

2017

In my humble opinion, Axis is not only the best currently active hardcore band in Florida, but one of the best current hardcore bands period. In 2015, after a string of excellent EP and split releases, the band unleashed their breakthrough debut LP "Show Your Greed", a blistering 10 song collection of crushing metallic hardcore that took the foundation laid out by powerhouse bands such as All Else Failed, Deadguy and Turmoil and upped the intensity tenfold. It's a release that I still spin regularly today and one of the finest metallic hardcore albums of the last decade, if not longer. After touring on that LP, the band followed it up with an unexpected curveball, a stunning collaboration EP with Seraph/The Light that drew more inspiration from the build up and release intensity of metal giants Cult Of Luna and Neurosis than the metallic hardcore foundation they pushed on previous releases. Nearly a year later, the band has released their highly anticipated sophomore LP "Shift" and once again they have pushed the boundaries with an album of crushing, forward thinking metallic hardcore.

One of the most noticeable differences out of the gate with "Shift" is the absence of previous vocalist Rafael Morales, with guitarist Dylan Downey taking on main vocal duties this time around in addition to his previous roll. Thankfully the band doesn't lose an ounce of their intensity from the lineup change, delivering their urgent and crushing material to date. They also add flashes of the intense buildup shown on their collaboration LP as well, blending in the more experimental elements of their sound perfectly with the heavy metallic hardcore that they've become well known for. It's a pairing that further elevates the band's standing as one of the more unique metallic hardcore bands that are currently active.

With "Shift", Axis again have released an album that is both unbelievably catchy and filled with dense/intricate songwriting that will continue to reward with repeat listens. You can stream the entire record via Good Fight Entertainment's bandcamp below, where you can also find links to purchase physical copies of the album. "Shift" is a highly recommended listen to all fans of heavy music/metallic hardcore.





Purchase "Shift" via Good Fight Recordings here

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Video Premiere: VACANCY-Empty Head



After releasing a 2 song demo earlier this year, new Florida hardcore punk/noise rock/sludge trio Vacancy are set to drop their debut 5 song EP "Empty Head" on August 26th. In advance of the EP the band has filmed a video for the title track which you can view above. Info for two release shows coinciding with the release are below, as well as links to the band's bandcamp and facebook pages and a pre order link for a physical tape version of the EP via Dead Tank Recordings. FFO: Ceremony, The Melvins, Pissed Jeans.

Vacancy "Empty Head" EP release shows:



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review/Stream: Deaf To Reason-Demo 2017

2017


Deaf To Reason are a new heavy/metallic hardcore band from Tampa, Florida. Featuring members of noteworthy bands such as Blistered and Fourth Son, the band's 2017 demo speaks for itself with 4 incredibly hard hitting hardcore songs. This is one of the best demo's I've heard all year, and fans of bands such as the aforementioned above as well as bands such as Foundation, Integrity and Strife would be playing themselves if they didn't check this out immediately. Stream the entire demo below, and keep an eye out as I'm sure the band will have some new material brewing soon that will be more than worth keeping an eye out for.


Review/Stream: Pickpocket-Demo

2017
Bandcamp

Pickpocket are a new punk/noise/experimental band out of Tampa, Florida. On their debut demo, the band churns out 4 angular post punk songs with a lo-fi/one mic recording that fits snugly within their sound. This release is a promising sign of things to come and will appeal to fans of bands such as Fugazi, Trumans Water and The Ex among others. A recommended listen for fans of strange, forward thinking punk music. You can stream the demo below and can also download it from their bandcamp for free/donations. Keep an eye out for more to come from this promising new band.




Friday, June 9, 2017

Review/Stream: Shurwood-Somewhere I Have Not Traveled

2017

Somewhere I Have Not Traveled, the debut EP from Tampa, Florida alternative/emo quartet Shurwood quietly dropped today, and it exceeds the promise already shown on their excellent initial releases. The 6 songs on this release showcase the band's familiar and yet unique take on the hazy and atmospheric emotional punk that bands like Daylight, Title Fight and Turnover have brought to the forefront throughout the years, while a distinct heavy quality in both lyrical content and guitarwork manages to put the band in their own category altogether. This release is a must listen for any fans of the aforementioned bands. You can stream the release below, and check their bandcamp link above if you'd like to grab a digital copy on a pay what you want basis. Also below you can find the band's tour dates supporting the release, so make sure to catch them if they are hitting your area.



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review/Stream: DRUG/Joyboy Split

2017


Fans of post-punk would be remiss not to check out this awesome new release from Florida band DRUG and Joyboy hailing from Birmingham. DRUG returns with 2 songs that bring to mind bands such as Creative Adult and Murder City Devils, while simultaneously delving deeper into their own unique sound. On the other side of the split, Joyboy have added a psychedelic element to their already excellent screamo sound that finds itself an excellent fit with DRUG's side of the split. Overall, this is an excellent release that anyone who is a fan of forward thinking punk music should give a listen. You can stream both band's sides of the split below and also find a link to purchase the split on CD or Tape via Crass Lips Records. Also below you can find tour dates for both bands, so make sure to catch them if they're hitting your town.




DRUG Tour Dates:

7/09 Sun: St. Pete, FL
7/10 Mon: Atlanta, GA
7/11 Tues: Greensboro, NC
7/12 Wed: Philadelphia, PA
7/13 Thur: Brooklyn, NY
7/14 Fri: Richmond, VA
7/15 Sat: Savannah, GA
7/16 Sun: Orlando, FL



Joyboy Tour Dates W/ Amygadala:

05/22 Little Rock, AR 
05/23 Nashville, TN 
05/24 Birmingham, AL
05/25 Asheville, NC
05/26 Baltimore, MD
05/27 Philadelphia, PA - BREAK FREE FEST
05/28 Richmond, VA
05/29 Savannah, GA
05/30 Tallahassee, FL
05/31 Hattiesburg, MI