Saturday, November 8, 2014

Overlooked 2014 Releases You NEED To Check Out: Part 2

As promised, here's part two of the three part "Overlooked 2014 releases" series to close out the year.

With so many new albums being released in 2014 it's very easy to overlook great albums without even realizing it. To help change that, we will be closing out 2014 with a three part series (one per month) in which we'll be creating a list of 2014 releases we feel are extremely overlooked while being extremely enjoyable. Whether you feel these releases are overlooked or not is beside the point, main post of this series is for awesome releases to get checked out. Part One can be found here.

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Left Astray "Don't Look At Me"
Released digitally in August of this year, "Don't Look At Me" continues the trend of Southern California's Left Astray putting out some of my favorite Hardcore music from the area. Personally feel this band is getting leaps and bounds better each release, but you can be the judge of that. "Don't Look At Me" will be seeing a proper vinyl release through Black Circle Press extremely soon.

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Kringe "Demo 2014"
Awesome new band hailing from Minneapolis, best way to describe it "pogo-y" punk you would normally find out of NYC ala Hank Wood & The Hammerheads. Highly encouraged to check out.

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Vein "Self Titled"
One of the biggest surprises of 2014 thus far has been Vein's self titled EP. Absolutely phenomenal band from Western Massachusetts in vein (no pun intended) of Converge, Botch, and The Dillinger Escape Plan (with some Graf Orlock, in my opinion). Will be shocked if this band isn't huge by next year.

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Keeper "MMXIV"
Another big surprise coming out of California. CVLT Nation said it best "MMXIV, their first record, is so unrelentingly heavy it borders on the inexplicable. The band has taken a number of obvious cues for their chose sonic craft. Of course bands like Burning Witch, Grief, Noothgrush and Moloch can all be heard here in spades, their influences weave themselves in and out of each slow, misery-sodden riff and wretched, throat-gnawing vocal." 

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Afraid Of Life "Demo"
Texas is extremely known for pumping out its share of great Hardcore bands, so to see another new band added to the list is always a good sight. Afraid Of Life play Hardcore in vein of Chokehold, One King Down, and Snapcase. You may try and write them off due to "everyone and their mother playing in vein of 90's Hardcore/Metalcore right now" but I strongly suggest checking this release out. Two songs total and are an extremely great start for this new band. Very excited to see what 2015 and beyond holds for them.

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The third and final installment of this series is slated to hit the site sometime in December (likely sometime between the 1st and 12th, don't hold me to that though). Keep an eye out and make sure to support the bands listed in these.