Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review:Shin To Shin-Self Titled LP


In recent years, the 90's metallic hardcore sound has seen quite the resurgence in popularity, through the efforts of newer bands such as Xibalba and Xaphan giving their modern take on the sound and also through classic genre originators such as Integrity and Ringworm finding themselves more active and prolific than they have been in years. It's with perfect timing indeed then that  unveils the debut LP from Shin To Shin, a solo project composed and performed almost entirely by Aaron "A2" Melnick, the drumming being the one exception. For those unfamiliar with Melnick, he's spent decades crafting some of the best riffs in metallic hardcore. From his time spent as the lead guitarist in Integrity where he contributed the insanely influential guitarwork in essential albums such as Systems Overload and Humanity Is The Devil, not to mention his hand in In Cold Blood and his various other musical ventures. It's easy to get excited thinking about a whole LP crafted by Melnick, and Shin To Shin's self titled debut LP delivers on that excitement in spades.

Throughout it's 8 song, 22 minute duration, Shin To Shin's debut is stacked to the brim with some of the hardest and finest riffs metallic hardcore has seen in sometime, unsurprising considering the pedigree of it's mastermind. Sounding like an unholy amalgamation of his previous band's, it's clear that Melnick spent alot of time crafting these tracks before laying them down to tape, and the end result is a collection of songs that embodies the best part's of 90's metallic hardcore in calculated blasts of fury, while not afraid to stray from the confines of that genre as well. A perfect example of this is album closer "Maia", a beautiful and haunting closing instrumental that almost feels like a reflection on the carnage that it follows.

Shin To Shin's debut full length not only meets the lofty expectations that come with who's involved, it far surpasses them. One can only hope that perhaps Melnick will find a few backing members and bring these exceptional songs to a live setting. Regardless, this is a top notch collection of metallic hardcore songs that are an essential listen for anyone even slightly interested in the genre, and comes highly recommended to say the least.

Stream/download Shin To Shin's self titled LP via Bandcamp
Purchase via A389 Recordings

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Callow/Jungbluth - Split

Year: 2014
Quality: V0
1. Callow - Bildungsroman
2. Callow - Dead End Kids
3. Callow - Warhead
4. Jungbluth - Keeping Peace
Get It NOW!
And if you like it, BUY IT!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Song Premiere: Fever Dreams- Failure

Fever Dreams and Toxicbreed's Funhouse are extremely excited to bring you a brand new single off the bands upcoming album entitled “Life Has Departed”. After their 2012 effort “As Above, So Below” the band has gone through a handful of changes, the most significant being the departure of their singer. Vocal duties now taken over by the bassist (Andrew) and drummer (Jordan), Fever Dreams will continue as a three piece band.

In November of 2013 the band entered the studio with Taylor Young (Nails / Twitching Tongues) to oversee the recording/production process while giving mastering duties to Brad Boatright of Audiosiege. The album will see a summer release on vinyl by European label Sell Your Soul Records and on cassette from Australian label Whitewinter Records. Life Has Departed does not have a scheduled American release at this time. Album artwork was done by Derek Setzer.


Life Has Departed Tracklisting:
 1. Stillbirth
2. Failure
3. Dreg Of Life
4. Ovis
5. Blinding Light
6. Of Nothing
7. Disease

In the meantime enjoy the bands first single entitled “Failure” off their forthcoming album. Failure features guest vocals from Todd Jones of Nails / Carry On fame.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Draize- Self Titled

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Thick
2. New Nightmare
3. Degenerate 
4. Enemy
5. To The Bone
6. Tapped Wire
Let me start off this write up to say that I was extremely late to the Draize party. I've been hearing this bands name thrown around for years but for some reason I never too the time to check them out, which after listening to the bands newest EP was extremely stupid of me.

Blistering fast hardcore band out of Boston, MA with the occasional heavy breakdown for you fist clinching mosh warriors to go off on. EP clocks in at 10 minutes flat, with the "all killer no filler" I love about fast hardcore records. Highly encourage for any fan of Hardcore/Punk to check this out, I know Powerviolence isn't for everyone, but this band may be the exception to your hate bubble.

You're familiar with Bad Teeth Recordings and their back catalog of releases, so you know this will be good right off the bat.

Clarity- Unstoppable

Year: 2013
Quality: 192kbps
1. Break Out
2. Unstoppable
3. Sick
4. The Life That Chose Me
5. Under Attack
Sent in by the band. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Die Young- Chosen Path (Exclusive Stream)

This past December we were lucky enough to premiere the first Die Young single in five years. Now two months later, we're lucky enough to have the FULL EP for all of you to enjoy.

For those of you unfamiliar with the release, here's some background information. After a five year hiatus, the band entered the studio this past November to record at Origin Sound in Spring, TX (Bitter End, Iron Age, and many more) with Craig Douglas overseeing the engineering process. The EP was then shipped off to the legendary Audiosiege Studio's in Portland, OR for Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise) to master it.

EP is due via a 7in vinyl release on Headfirst! Records, a CD release in South America by Vegan Records, and in Europe as a one sided 12" (with a bonus track) on Ugly and Proud Records.

Preorder now!
Vegan Records (South America // Coming Soon) 

 Now enjoy a full stream of the bands brand new EP entitled "Chosen Path"! 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Waco Fuck- Eliminate Culture

Year: 2014
Quality: VBR
1. Leave Me Alone
2. Drums First
3. Anti Rational
4. Self Hate
5. Past Lives
6. No Words
and if you like it, BUY IT! (Scroll to the bottom of the main post) 

The final 12" EP from San Diego's own Waco Fuck. 

Adult Crash- Unfinished Business

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Full Control
2. The Words
3. At-Risk Youth
4. Wait Of The World
5. Tried And True
and if you'd like it, BUY IT! (Scroll to the bottom of the main post)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Torn- Demo

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Burden Of Truth
2. Into The Fire
3. Hand Of Judgement
4. Marked For Death
Killer new band featuring former members of Advent.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Vatican Massacre - Demo 2014

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Serving Shit
2. Vatican Massacre
3. Forced to Exist
4. Disgusting Plague

New fast shit out of Florida.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Spine- 2014 Promo

Year: 2014
Quality: 256kbps
1. Take It Easy
2. Hall of Death
3. Nomad
4. Mind So Gone
5. Cold As Life
6. Tusculum Dub

LP due out on Youth Attack Records later this year. Bar none one of my favorite bands out of the Midwest right now, highly encourage to snag this right away.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Forced Order- Demo

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Dead &Gone
2. Eternal War
3. Cut Deep
4. Downcast

New band out of Southern California, features members of Creatures, Harness, Soul Search, and Twitching Tongues.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Head Creeps- Demo

Year: 2013
Quality: 320kbps
1. Free

2. Danger To Society
3. Head Creeps

4. Break Their Knees

5. Circuit Breaker

New band featuring members of Vices (FL).

Stream:Host-Death Will Claim These Tired Bones

It was a real shame when New Hampshire hardcore unit Host called it quits last year, as the material they had released up to that point was quite promising. Before disbanding, the band recorded an LP that would serve as the final offering from the band, and today it has been released for streaming/donation download via their Bandcamp. Not only do I highly recommend checking this album out if you are a fan of dark crust influenced hardcore bands such as Cursed, His Hero Is Gone and Surroundings, but all the money from bandcamp donations the band receives will be going to an incredibly good cause as well, as you can read straight from the band themselves:

"Dearly Valued "Fan", 

Unlike prior releases this will not be downloadable for free. Are we greedy, capitalist sellouts? Maybe... 
But actually all proceeds from this album will be going to help a friend in need with some seriously expensive medical costs. Learn more about Ana's struggle here: 

A large amount of money has already been raised in an effort to help Ana survive her pancreatitis liver failure, however it is mere pennies in contrast to the overwhelming cost of treatment. 

Please help out and buy this album! 

(Hint: the minimum price is much lower if you just go ahead and buy the whole album, but feel free to donate however much you would like)



You can stream the album via bandcamp below, and please consider donating to a great cause!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Komplott- Sei Vivo, Sei Morto A Nessuno Importa

Year: 2013
Quality: 320kbps
1. Non Esistenza
2. Logiche Del Potere
3. Casa, Lavoro, Cimitero
4. Disinteresse
5. Oppressione
6. Sempre Il Falso
Raw D-Beat Punk out of Italy. Featuring members of Holy, Horror, Vacui, and Giuda.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Hexis- Abalam

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Faciem 
2. Tenebris 
3. Exanimis 
4. Desolatum 
5. Sequax 
6. Supplex
7. Abalam 
8. Immolabant
9. Exhausit
10. Timor
11. Exterminati
12. Neglexerunt
13. Inferis
and if you like it, BUY IT! (United States) / (Europe)

Worsen- Blood EP

Year: 2013
Quality: 160kbps
1. Open Viens
2. Collect Their Skulls, Leave Their Bones
3. Wortal Sin
4. Blood
New EP out of the AC//13 camp, highly suggest checking it out. USBM.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Black Mask- Lost Below (Exclusive Stream)

The time is upon us! We're extremely excited to bring you a full EP stream for Pennsylvania hard hitters Black Mask. The 4-piece have returned to form with their new EP entitled "Lost Below". PA based label GTR Records will be officially releasing the bands EP tomorrow (2/4/2014) and preorders are up right now!

I'll save everyone the hassle of having to read a dragged out write up about an album, but I'll say this. If you're into absolutely killer tunes then I highly suggest checking out Black Mask. Gritty down-tuned guitars, technical drumming, and pissed off vocals. What's not to like?

Order "Lost Below" today!