New LP from grind band Gridlink, featuring ex members of the legendary Discordance Axis. Between this record, Wormrot and Maruta, grind is getting real awesome lately. Highly recommended. This record is sold out online.
Requested. Children Of God play dark and heavy hardcore, this is their first EP and it is quite a rager. I get a huge Backstabbers INC vibe from this band, which is awesome. Thanks to Perception Through Dissonance for the original link. I could not find a buy link for this so keep an eye out for a physical release.
I was sent the rough mixes for this record a few months back and it absolutely blew me away. This EP features seven blistering tracks that will be done before you even know it, as it clocks in at just under ten minutes. The band features members of Four Year Strong, Last Lights and Mountain Man, but you would never know it from the sound that they produce. Think 90's hardcore meets American Nightmare, The Suicide File and even Paint It Black. Also throw a little bit of just straight up hardcore and you've got Foxfires. I personally love the way the record was recorded, because vocals groove so well together with the guitars. The EP has been available for free download via their bandcamp page for a while now but it just recently saw physical release. It will be available on tape through Where It Ends Records and the band has self released the EP on seven inch which is available to purchase at the link below.
FFO: The Suicide File, Paint It Black, Straight Up Hardcore.
Favorite Tracks: Life Inferno, Dogma, Resilience On The Side Of The Road
God Harvest are a ridiculously awesome and heavy grindcore/punk band from Tampa, Florida. When I first saw/played with these dudes I was blown away by how awesome they were, and the demo is definitely no slouch. I would highly recommend this for fans of Burnt By The Sun, Maruta and Magrudergrind, just to throw a few names out there. If you dig it, you can also cop a physical copy from the blog link above.
Troubled Coast's newest album Letters combines elements of pop punk, post hardcore and tons of melody to create a very interesting sound that I find to work well. This album has parts ranging from Pop Punk, Melodic Hardcore and even elements that remind me of Verse and La Dispute. The lyrical content is written in poetic form along with much pasion in Mike Scornaienchi's vocal delivery. This album is riddled with many suprises from folky/ acoustic songs, heavy melodic hardcore, pop punk influenced and post hardcore influenced tunes that will get stuck in your head. The song Absent Father, Holy Ghost really stands out the most in the midst of all the songs for it starting off slow and somber then picking up and ending up in an acoustic ballad, yet it is the lyrics in the song that really stand out. I would recomend this to anyone who has been into the "Wave" movement of bands like: La Dispute, Touche Amore, Defeater, Make Do and Mend along with such acts like Verse, Killing the Dream. Honestly there is a stretch in there but I'm sure someone can find something they like within this album.
Confirmed lineup for this years East Coast Tsunami Fest in Reading, PA: 108 Animalhaus Ashers Blood For Blood Bulldog Courage CDC Colin of Arabia Combat Crisis Common Enemy Concrete Reality Death Threat Ensign FOCUSEDxMINDS Fist Fight PAHC Foose Get Railed Hand's Tied Hate Your Guts Hazen Street Incendiary Last Call Brawl Leftover Crack Line of Scrimmage Lionheart Merauder Mucky Pup Murphy's Law No Redeeming Social Value Repressed Shattered Realm Shelter Shutdown Skarhead Steel Nation Stoked On Being Pumped Such Gold Sworn Enemy The Last Stand The Spudmonsters Trial Unlearn Vision Wisdom In Chains xLooking Forwardx
In this day and age it’s hard for me to find bands with very introverted lyrics but when few come along I make sure to give them a listen. Outrage’s Love Under the Sun EP proves to be a prime example, thriving on a 90’s hardcore backbone much in the vein of Undertow, Unbroken and 108. The music and the vocals seem to collaborate and mix greatly and still make me bang my head to the amount of heaviness that each song has. The vocals are also something to note on going from harsh vocals to the occasional clean much like older 108. I also am a big fan of the lyrics which range from, “I felt my heart fall in love with the lust. Naive to my surroundings I was blinded by the idea of trust. Everyone creates just to destroy. “(Cover the Canvas) to much more Unbroken influenced prose such as, “drown in my love..With love I write. I write the end of you and me. I write the end of everything. I feel nothing i feel nothing I feel weak I fall to my knees” (Riverbed). I also am a big fan of the last two songs, Severed Wings and Open Wounds parts 1-2, which revolves around the theme of this EP which is the struggles of being in love. I would recommend this album for anyone that is a 90’s hardcore buff since these guys definitely pull of the style right.
FFO: Unbroken, Undertow, 108.
Rating: 5/5 (seriously this EP rules)
Favorite songs: Severed Wings and Open Wounds parts 1-2
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2 new songs from Young Widows, the first off their new album In And Out Of Youth And Lightness, which comes out April 12th, and the other an exclusive b-side. The b-side song is amazing, one of my favorite songs yet from one of my current favorite bands. Highly recommended. Thanks to elementaryrevolt for the original link to this.
I've always been on the fence regarding Trap Them. I was a big fan of their first LP Sleepwell Deconstructor, but the recording unfortunately suffered from sounding somewhat muffled. Their next EP showed quite a bit of promise, but the LP that followed it, Seizures In Barren Praise, was somewhat unmemorable and didn't really stick with me. Darker Handcraft changes all that for me. The production on this record is an enormous step up from their previous output, although it is ironically helmed once again by Kurt Ballou, who has also worked with the band on all of their previous releases. Regardless, the extra time has most certainly paid off, as Trap Them grind/d-beat by way of hardcore stomp sounds more full and menacing then it ever has. The band also slows the tempo down quite a bit more on this release and shows that the band can truely excel at midpaced/slower tempo songs, like the crushing "Evictionaries" or the somewhat melodic (for trap them at least) "Drag The Wounds Eternal" .This is the record Trap Them were always meant to put out, potential fully realized. Highly Recommended.
5/5 Favorite Tracks:Slumcult & Gather, Evictionaries, Drag The Wounds Eternal