Vancouver’s finest TEMPEST were nice enough to send over a HQ rip of their Passages LP for everyone to check out. Band fits the definition of “Dark Hardcore” to a tee, mixing aspects of Hardcore, Black Metal, and Crust in a unique blend of chaotic fury.
Callusing and fast metal fused with D-beat punk and hardcore, Tucson, AZ's Hellhorse is a unique blend of precision and raw aggression. Lyrically, "Decade Of Dust" paints a bleak and mysterious picture, as much for fans of Watain and Celtic Frost as it is for those of Catharsis, Ringworm and Gehenna (US).
This LP complies all the tracks from their "Madre Mia" CD as well as the songs from the "Earthquake" split, all remastered. Dudes have been having huge van issues on their current tour. If you want to help them out, order some merch from their Cold Cuts store.
On Unlearn's debut 7 inch Extinction they serve up 5 tracks of solid metal influenced hardcore with a heavy 90's influence. While nobody is going to get an award for originality here, thats not really necessary when you have the killer riffs, scathing vocals and solid songwriting presented on this record. Another highlight here are the lyrics that the band so kindly sent in with the record to review. Here are the lyrics from my favorite track on the record "Everyday America"
"It's all a joke, a fun house mirror image. Fat and bloated, twisted and broken. A nation of children, lazy, complacent and content to suffer. No Flags. No Wars. No Resistance. Not on your life. A parody, a fucking blight. Dead weight to the world. You lie in a bed of ash. Your time will come. You lie in a bed of ash and your world will burn."
As a big fan of lyrics that get straight to the point, I was a big fan of the content within. This is an extremely promising debut 7 inch from a band that is hopefully just getting started, and fans of metallic hardcore would do good to check out the streaming songs below.
"The Love Below/ Homewrecker split, is the next onslaught release to come out from the powerhouse label that is A389 records. I may be a bit biased since I am a big fan of everything both bands have done so far and have been looking forward to new material from either for a while. I’ll start off with the Love Bellow’s half of the split first, which shows the band heading into a darker and more sludgy sound which fits them well since I feel that these are they heaviest songs that they have put out thus far. Sounding more so like Cursed mixed with Rot in Hell and the previous Love Below efforts these 3 tracks have me wishing that it their LP would come out sooner. Uncomfortable is the stand out track for me in which it shows the band slowing down from their usual fast paced songs while High Friends in Low Places seems to show the band still can crank out 45 seconds of destructive rage. The Homewrecker side of the EP features 2 songs from the band’s Internal Morgue EP which I feel is one of the best EP’s to come out recently. The song Cemetary Man seems as though it could have been written by Integrity at some parts which I love, also the lyrics are something to note such as “I am the ill fated liberator, deliverer of pain”. The song Internal Morgue is one of my favorites from the band for being the heaviest and for featuring Weekend Nachos front man John of whom brings the track to the next level. All in all this split makes me wait for whatever else these bands will put out." -Words Of Evil
"I was extremely stoked to get to review this release, being a big fan of Withdrawal's last release "Unknown Misery" and their brand of heavy hardcore not unlike All Out War, Integrity and Ringworm. The new material featured on this EP is far and wide the band's best and fiercest output to date, featuring 4 (3 on the vinyl, 1 extra track on the digital copy) tracks of scathing metallic hardcore. Memorable and crushing riffs are everywhere the be found on this record, playing with an energy and urgency most newer bands aping this style could only dream of achieving. With this 7 Inch/EP, Withdrawal are bound to gather much well deserved attention. Fans of metallic hardcore and especially the heyday of 90's era metalcore take note:this isn't something you are going to want to miss." -Words Of Evil
"HIVE DESTRUCTION was spawned in October 2008 from ex-members of Belgium metal staples AMENRA as a project to try out new riffing and stretching the known boundaries with a mixture of CROWBAR, NEUROSIS, ISIS, OLD MAN GLOOM and RUSSIAN CIRCLES heaviness combined with atmospheric, acoustic and original hooks, deafening electronics and gloomy grooves with layers of samples and sounds and instruments. All the songs are instrumental yet extremely heavy. "Secretvm/Veritas" collects the bands 2009 and 2010 self-released demos, "Teeth Of Silver Teeth Of Gold" and "To Serve King & Queen", both of which sold 75+ copies in approximately a month. Those 8 demo songs have all been remixed and remastered and two brand new exclusive songs recorded late 2010 have been added to fill out this collection."
"Better Times is a straight edge band from Buffalo, NY. They take influences from such bands as Insted, Youth of Today, Floorpunch and the Gorilla Biscuits. Their first show was January 30th, 2011. Featuring ex members of Our Time"
First off, can you give our readers a brief introduction on who you are and what you represent.
My name is Domenic, I can be found spread thin between my family, a record label called A389 Recordings and various bands/recording projects. Most notably Pulling Teeth and Hatewaves.
How were you introduced to Hardcore/Punk, and what was the first show you attended?
First show I attended was Iron Maiden/Anthrax in like 1990 when I was in 7th grade. I was into crossover bands like Suicidal or DRI that had videos on the Power Hour, but I didn't go to a real hardcore show until like 1995 or so when I saw Madball for the first time. Set It Off era when Matt Henderson was still in the band. It definitely made a lasting impression.
As a listener/fan, what drew you toward darker hardcore (Integrity, Left For Dead, etc.)?
I'd attribute it to growing up as a metalhead and a horror fanatic, I was always drawn to darker things I guess. I wouldn't call LFD a dark band tho. They fall under my #1 criteria for hardcore bands which is being a legitimately angry band, and having it transpire through the music. Bands like them, Haymaker, Despise You, Gehenna, all make my blood boil when I listen to them. It's a feeling I think is lacking in a lot of bands these days. There are a few bands that can still hit it though, like Low Places. When I heard the new 12" I felt like a giant hand came out of the speakers and smacked me in the head.
Anyways cross that anger with dark riffs and you open the door to bands like Integrity, Ringworm etc, which is the recipe for my favorite style of hardcore. Dark hardcore. Whatever you want to call it.
What was the reasoning for the move to the United States, and how do you feel the move changed you not only as a person but as a musician?
I came here to fill in for a tour with Comin Correct in like 2001. My old band back home (Day Of Mourning) broke up the week before a full US tour, and I was determined to find another avenue to do it Rick Ta Life emailed me at the perfect time. It was there I met dudes that I would end up starting Slumlords and Pulling Teeth with and we travelled all over the US and Europe. It was a lot of fun.
How did you become involved with the Slumlords, and how do you feel about that project?
We started that band because there were no bands playing straight-forward fun NYHC at the time other than your mainstays such as Murphy's Law or NRSV. The whole Slumlords experience was perfect, from the shows to the bands recorded output. I don't think it's something that can ever be recaptured, tho. We played a couple shows years ago and the feeling wasn't the same. A slice in time.
At what point did you decide to make the transition into making a new band?
It was fun writing music for Slumlords because it was out of the box for me, but in the back of my head I wanted to continue the work that was left incomplete with Day of Mourning. Once Perlin's wife was pregnant with their son, I knew we'd be out of commission for a while so I switched gears and put all my focus on doing PT.
How did Pulling Teeth become a band?
I wanted to start a band influenced equal parts by the bands that came out of Cleveland like Integ/Ringworm crossed with the Hamilton bands like Left For Dead/Haymaker. That was the original vision, a lot has evolved since then. I kinda recruited all the dudes from around Baltimore I thought were the most talented and driven. Dudes that can actually play and could hang on tour. We toured a lot in the early days and for the most part managed to keep the 4/5 same lineup from the first record to the last.
As a musician how do you feel about the progression in sound Pulling Teeth has made?
I dig it. Every record strays even further from the original vision, but certain elements stay same. They all tie together well.
You guys recently released a new full length entitled 'Funerary', what was the writing process behind that album?
Most of the music was written for 'PDPI' but we never got a chance to finish it as the band was dysfunctional at the time and could only finish 6 songs for those sessions. We took the next couple of years fleshing out the rest of the songs and making it cool. Most of the motivation came from the passing of both Mike's father and my own.
You recently became a father, how did the new addition change your intentions as a band (touring wise)?
I doubt I'll ever tour again. I'm totally content spending all of my time with my wife and playing with my daughter.
Where do you see Pulling Teeth in 3 years?
Sleeping. Maybe for a little while, maybe forever.
You also play guitar in a Grindcore band called Hatewaves, how did that project come into play?
The idea came about when PT was in Iceland. There was a duck trying to float in the water that kept getting toppled over, I turned to Kuhns and said 'They must hate those waves'. Hatewaves was born. That duck was soon replaced TheXBeast (aka Alex Henderson/PT Drummer) as the band's inspiration. He has an interesting outlook on life to say the least. All of our songs are based off things that have come out of his mouth at one point or another. HW consists of me, Kuhns, Dougie (that played in Slumlords) and Kevin/Jake from the band Triac. We put out a 7" last year called 'Taste The Beast' and have a new 5" coming out this summer on A389/RSR.
What other projects are you working on?
Alex from Skin Like Iron and I have talked about doing a new Virgin Witch record. I loved the first 7", and would love to see it happen, but everyone is so busy as they get older. Who knows if it will. My wife used to sing in a band called Gnarly Rueage and actually sings the second part of the song 'Funerary' on the new PT album. Her voice is sick. I hope as the baby gets a little older, we can do create more music together. PT might keep doing more records, but less shows...we'll see what happens.
Now onto your other endeavors, you run the label A389. How did that project unfold and how do you like being the man behind the desk for a change?
I don't actually have a desk. I often work on the floor surrounded by boxes. A389 started almost 8 years ago and has just managed to keep going, gaining more and more momentum as each year passes.
What are your plans as a label for 2011 and beyond?
To keep releasing records that don't suck.
Also, I would like to touch base on this quickly. As a label owner, how do you feel about music sharing?
It's got its ups and downs. When I was growing up it was tape trading which was awesome, I made a lot of great friends and discovered many bands that way. But nowadays with blogs and file sharing... it's just a sign of the times. Technology has made everything available easily, and without any personal interaction. I don't mind people being able to find the music that much. I'm glad they want to listen to it.
It's the latter is what is really a bummer though. The sense of entitlement people display online and the lack of respect they have for the entire process that goes into making records exist is just pityful. Remember if you keep taking and not putting anything back, eventually there won't be anything left to take.
Now onto you as a hardcore listener/fan, how do you feel about the current state of hardcore and what bands do you feel are raising the bar?
Asides from ALL of the bands on A389, or the bands I grew up listening to, there are few current bands I get stoked on. Nails is great, I really like this band Ilsa from DC. Magrudergrind of course. Having Yo Gabba Gabba on around the house 24/7 makes me not want to listen to anything at all anymore.
Being the older guy, how do you feel the hardcore scene has changed in your time being involved with it and what issues do you see with the current hardcore community?
I don't really go out to let alone play shows anymore, I just don't have the time to spare these days. By the time I'm done with my day job it's either hang out with my family and make sure A389 stuff is taken care of, or go out to a show and lose out on that time. As far as issues go, I put my time in and like to think I helped keep it going. I booked shows for years, toured in bands, put out records, just like the guys who came before me, and those before them. Now it's the next generation's turn to do what they please with it.
Lastly, I would like to thank you for doing this once again and if you have any final comments/shout outs feel free to leave them here
You're welcome. Tons of stuff coming out on A389 this year. Up next new Seven Sisters, Hatewaves, Rot In Hell and more.... Taste the beast.
"Entitled 'asylum', this Boston contingent have been known (in their somewhat-short career) to create some of the heaviest, most absorbing, and overwhelming sounds in heavy music. Sounds that mirror the vibe bands like NEUROSIS had back in their 'souls at zero' days. It didnt take long for MORNE to become a notable force within the modern-day crust and hardcore-punk movement. Nonetheless, 'asylum' is MORNE's heaviest, most atmospheric and cinematic sonic offering to date. While still maintaining the bands crust, hardcore, and post-metal leanings, 'asylum' sees the band delve more into genres such as progressive-metal and prog-rock."
Kicked In from Kansas City, Missouri bring in 6 new songs of Youth Crew much in vein of The Rival Mob, Mental, Rampage, Jaguarz, Stop and Think and lastly Crunch Time. In Session has enough of the grove of all those bands combined to make this EP a must have for any major Lockin’ Out head out there or anyone who just likes top notch youth crew bands. The fact that Kicked In are an Edge band also gives them more points in my book due to the fact that many of the bands that back the Edge are playing on riffs that Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today and Judge have been using since the late 80’s but Kicked In bring in a new style to the table by adding all that with the aforementioned Loc bands to make a sound that you’ll be wanting to mosh all day. Honestly, when I first heard all of the songs, I knew that this EP would become one of my favorites of the year. I’m expecting big things to come of this band in the future.
Favorite Songs: Bitter Visions and What’s Right?
Coming Soon To: http://thickskinrecords.limitedpressing.com
There’s a certain amount of respect that should be given to a band that embraces the way things are, and releases their own album for free download. I’m not talking about a demo or an out of print EP, but a full length LP. And to top that off, it was released for download BEFORE you could even purchase it. This is just another reason I love Weekend Nachos. Now onto the actual music.
Holy shit. That’s my initial response in listening to this record. After some feedback (in true Weekend Nachos fashion) the album kicks into high gear with Hometown Hero. The best way to describe this record is a mix of their old, faster stuff (Punish and Destroy) and their newer, heavier sound(Unforgivable.) The end result is a perfect combination that should appease fans of both eras of the band. These songs have some of the fastest parts, and some of the heaviest parts the band has ever written. Sometimes even in the same song.
If you had the chance to check out the Black Earth EP a few months back, two of those same songs make it onto this LP. If you were into those songs (as you damn well should have been) then you’ll eat up this LP. If you weren’t into those songs, I’m going to assume you don’t like good music.
This record will definitely make my top 10 list for 2011. Check it out NOW.
For those who have been slacking on checking out one of the heavier hardcore bands to come around in recent years, now is your chance: This self titled LP includes Xibalba's "Madre Mia Gracias Por Los Dias" album as well as the 4 tracks from their 3 way split with Ruckus and World Of Pain. Imagine Disembodied covering Obituary and you get a good idea of the crushing heavy hardcore these 12 tracks provide. The remastered Madre tracks sound better then ever, and the 4 tracks from the 3 way split (also remastered) contain my favorite Xibalba material thus far. Now that Disembodied has again called it quits and there is no hope for a new album from them, it's great to see newer bands carrying the torch for this sadly underplayed style of hardcore/metal.
"The first 7" in our second series of split 7"s, this time around featuring the mighty Iron Chic and Pacer. They released two of the best records of 2010 and now New York and London's finest have come together to kick things off. With both bands you can talk about them being jam packed with ex-members of x, y and z but they are so good in their own right they need no sales pitch!"
"Returning from the dead in the winter of 2010 to record their long belated lp, Soul Swallower offer up 11 songs going back to demos and rehearsals from 2006/2007. Devoured features the first official release of older tracks like "Logic" and "Abyss", as well as heretofore unheard cuts including "Ejaculation" and "Greed and Disgust". It all falls somewhere in the limbo between hardcore and metal: Citizen's Arrest, Ringworm, Sarcofago, Hellhammer, etc." Link from Elementary Revolt.
"After three insane EPs and a compilation tape last year, heres finally the first full length LP of Konstanz hardcore punx CIVIL VICTIM! Fast and angry straight-into-your-face 80s hardcore punk from the Reagon Era. BLACK FLAG, SS DECONTROL and POISON IDEA already sent their regards and even nowadays, Civil Victim belongs to one of the greatest hc-punk bands around, besides bands like SNIFFING GLUE or SHORT FUSE."