Monday, December 26, 2016

Eliot's top 5 records of 2016

In my personal opinion, 2016 was an incredible year for music releases in general. Instead of the typical top 10 list I usually drop for the blog every year, I decided to write a short paragraph for my favorite 5 hardcore/punk releases of the year. Releases are listed in no particular order. I would throw in honorable mentions but there are honestly too many to begin. So here are my favorite/most listened to punk releases of the year:


Without a doubt my most listened to album of the year in any genre period, Culture Abuse's first proper full length is by far one of the catchiest punk releases I can recall in the past decade or even more. A record filled to the brim with both disdain for modern society and a surprising amount of positive energy in rejecting those notions, the grip this album can easily take in your headspace cannot be denied. Coupled with an incredible live show, all eyes are set on the band for their next move in 2017.


It's hard to decide what's more impressive, the fact that Low Teens is chaotic metalcore band Every Time I Die's 8th full length record or the fact that it arguably stands as the finest material the band has releases to date. Featuring both the catchiest and most devastatingly heavy material the band has released to date, Low Teens has been in constant rotation for me since release and will stay that way throughout the year ahead.


After years of fevered anticipation, California hardcore band Dangers finally released their third full length LP, and the wait was beyond worth it. Keeping the anthemic and breakneck energy that made the band so endearing in the first place while injecting a heavy dose of new musical influences and maturity in the mix, the album stands tall as the band's greatest effort to date.An incredible live band, here is to hoping some touring will follow this release in the year to come.


Another highly anticipated release to drop this year that did not disappoint was Nothing's follow up to Guilty Of Everything, Tired Of Tomorrow. Displaying the same mesmerizing shoegaze laced crunch that made the band such an addictive listen in the first place while adding a large 90's alternative rock influence, they delivered an incredibly catchy album that was built for repeated listens.


All memes regarding the title of their album aside, it's hard to deny that metallic hardcore powerhouse Nails released one of the most insanely heavy albums of 2016 in any genre. Packed to the brim with headbang/mosh worthy riffs and pure vitriol, the band seemed to stop their momentum entirely by announcing an indefinite hiatus only to return at the end of the year with an excellent split with fellow extreme music champions Full Of Hell as well as a full US tour that stretches into the beginning months of 2017. It's a fitting mode of operation for one of the most intense heavy bands currently around, and through it all, despite all good and bad press, their third full length stood on it's own merit and the crushing music spoke for itself.

Again, it was almost impossible to narrow my choices down to just 5 releases. Incredible LP's such as the Full Of Hell/The Body collaboration and Fury-Paramount make a strong case for being on this list as well, but at the end of the day, these are the 5 that really stuck with me throughout the year. Looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store, and thanks for reading.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Review/Stream: Axis/Seraph The Light-Collaboration EP


Florida metallic hardcore band Axis and Memphis post-metal/post punk/post everything trio Seraph The Light (formerly Seraphim) are both standout bands in both their respective genres as well as the current heavy music landscape in general. The former band released their long awaited LP Show Your Greed via Good Fight Records last year, and cemented themselves as one of the best and most forward thinking heavy hardcore bands around. Meanwhile, Seraph The Light followed their now arguably seminal album The Light And The Distance with a self released LP and EP that pushed outside of their respective genre's confines more than ever before. Earlier this year, the two bands toured together and inbetween their shows, they merged together as one band to craft songs that they would play later at said shows. After the tour, the bands came together again to record the songs they created on the road together, resulting in this crushing 4 song collaboration EP that stands as one of the biggest surprises of the year.

While both commanding artists by themselves, this collaboration shows these two bands in an entirely new light, as these 4 lengthy songs bring to mind the crushing heaviness and ethereal and trance-like atmosphere of Times Of Grace/Through Silver In Blood era Neurosis, while piling on the sheer density and weight of both band's own sonic qualities. The result is impressive, and finds the bands both reaching outside of their respective comfort zones while seamlessly blending together. For the spontaneous  nature of the creation of these 4 songs, this EP always feels like a very focused and expertly crafted effort. It brings to mind the best of both bands while also bringing something new to the table entirely. This EP is something you will definitely want to check out immediately if you are a fan of heavy music and an essential listen for fans of either band as well as post metal heavy weights such as Knut, Isis and Neurosis. You can stream the release via Good Fight Records below, also below you will find a link to pre order the record on vinyl, and at an extremely limited 300 copies I would get on that asap. Finally, below you will also find the tour dates for their current run as a collaborative unit, so make sure to check it out if it's hitting your neck of the woods.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Review/Stream: Mercy Kill-The Great Betrayal


Mercy Kill are a new metallic hardcore band hailing from Pensacola/Tallahassee Florida. Featuring ex members of the much loved and missed Florida hardcore band Meantime, this is the band's debut EP which features 5 songs of heavy hardcore similar to bands such as All Out War, Another Victim and Terror just to name a few. Any fan of heavier metallic hardcore can find something to enjoy in these 5 songs, and the lyrical stance of killing nazi's in the last song (which also features Stikman of Fury Of Five) is something I feel anyone can rally behind in these trying times. Stream the entire EP below, and download it via their bandcamp page for whatever price you choose.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sports Reference - Blue Room

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Adult
2. Fragile
3.Everything's Wrong
4. Blue Room

Emo / punk band from Gainesville, FL.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Crystal Balls - Roots

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Baby Prison
2. Altered Strain

Doom metal band from Gainesville, FL. Previously known as Waste.

Conversion Camp - Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Broken
2. No God for Me

Awesome new hardcore punk band from Gainesville, FL.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pummel- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Pummel Boogie
2. Stone Cold
3. Shadow Boxing
4. R.P.G.F
5. Spitfire
6. The End

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Review:Homewrecker-Extinction By Design


After some solid years of near constant touring across the globe and the release of 2 excellent LP's on A389 Recordings, Ohio metallic hardcore powerhouse Homewrecker have returned with Extinction By Design, a collection of 4 crushing songs that serve as the band's most focused, intense, and best work to date.

For those unfamiliar with the band, Homewrecker are band that pulls from many different corners of the extreme music spectrum (black, death and thrash metal to name a few) and fuses it seamlessly with the aggression and energy of hardcore, coming out the other side a band that appeals to fans of all genres of extreme music.While many bands sacrifice quality trying to appeal to fans of all sides of hardcore/metal spectrum, Homewrecker manage to do it effortlessly with their incredibly well crafted songs and sincere, passionate delivery and execution.

 Extinction By Design feels like the culmination of the band honing their craft to perfection over massive amounts of touring since their last LP, the excellent "Circle Of Death" (review here) dropped, and the time on the road has certainly served them well, as the 4 songs that comprise this EP are perfectly crafted metallic hardcore anthems that will have you uncontrollably fist pumping and head banging throughout their entirety. The production and recording of these songs is notable as well, as the band has never sounded more huge or packed more of a punch than on these recordings. All and all, these 4 songs are all noteworthy in their own right and this EP serves as a must listen to all fans of sincere and passionate extreme music. Here's to looking forward to the eventual third LP that will hopefully surface sooner than later, and keep your eyes on the band to see when they'll be hitting your area, cause at the rate they are going it's bound to be soon. Highly recommended.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Infernal Coil- Burning Prayer of Infinite Hatred

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. True Nature
2. Blood Of My Blood
3. Our Punishment
4. Down-Going In Shadow

Killer new Death Metal/Grindcore band from Boise, ID. Band features Blake from Dead In The Dirt. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Gazm- Menace To Tha Earth

Year: 2016
Quality: VBR
1. Fuck You
2. Menace To Tha Earth
3. Livin Like I Wanna
4. Dispose Of Ya
5. Easy 2 See
6. King Of The Ring
Get It NOW!

Vinyl version available early 2017 via Byllepest Distro

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Guard Dog- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. The Bed You Made
2. Life?
3. You've Had Your Fun
4. Chewed Up
5. Cutt Off
Killer demo out of Seattle. Featuring members of Gag, White Wards, The Scare, Lower Species, and a bunch of other killer NWHC bands.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Innumerable Forms- Promo 2016

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Petrified
2. Joyless

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Vaaska- Futuro Primitivo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Futuro Primitivo
2. Gritos Suburbanos
3. Descontrol
4. Histeria
5. La Muerte Es La Paz
6. Outro

Lace- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Youth Hinge
2. Deliverance
3. Rope
4. Black Wall
5. Poison Drum
6. Moral Trip

Monday, July 11, 2016

Firewalker- Summer '16 Promo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Darken My Door
2. Change
Killer promo tape for the bands upcoming 7", which is due out this Fall. Catch them this summer on tour with GLOSS and Pure Disgust. 

Blindside USA- Summer '16

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Painkiller
2. Everytime...

Full of Hell- Live at Roadburn 2016

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Halogen Bulb
2. Pile of Dead Horses
3. Vessel Deserted
4. Burst Synapse
5. Humming Miter
6. Amber Mote in the Black Vault
7. Thrum in the Deep
8. Shattered Knife
9. Mute
10. The Lonely Path (of the Cestoda)
11. Barb and Sap

Monday, June 27, 2016

Bloodhound- Extinction

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Intro
2. Buried
3. Grip On Reality
4. The Suffering

If you were unaware, Bloodhound and Afflictive Nature were in a pretty serious van accident on their way back from tour. There's currently a GoFundMe campaign up where you can donate to help with the incoming medical / repair costs. The campaign has already surpassed it's initial goal, but I can say without a doubt the incoming medical bills are going to be significantly more than what's being asked. Help them out if you can!

Dome of Obedience- Promo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Division
2. Void of Fact / Scam
3. Taken By Force

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Unit- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Crowd Messiah
2. Exterminate
3. U.N.I.T.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Shadow Of Lies- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Scab
2. Never a Doubt
3. Just Talk
4. Descent
5. Contention

Killer new band out of PA featuring members of Mother of Mercy, Beware, and Agitator. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

S-21- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Mass Grave
2. Joke's on You
3. Oriental/Ornamental
4. Prisoner

Payday- Beyond Your Bond Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Payday-Pound For Pound
2. Beyond Your Bond
3. Deviant
4. Whitewash

Killer new Straight Edge Hardcore band from London. Featuring members of Blind Authority & Frame Of Mind. Tapes available soon via Quality Control HQ.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Review/Stream: DRUG-Infinite Stimulant


DRUG are a band hailing from Tampa, Florida that play hazy post punk with a 90's grunge bend as well as influences creeping in from the members former and current hardcore/punk bands. Infinite Stimulant serves as the band's first official recorded release, and it's 5 songs bring to mind the sounds of Rohnert Park/Zoo-era Ceremony as well as 90's giants such as Nirvana and Sonic Youth. Mastered by Will at Dead Air Studios, this EP is an excellent sign of things to come from the band, and highly recommended for fans of the all the aforementioned artists. You can stream the release below from their bandcamp, and physical copies of the release will be available via tape very shortly. The band will also soon be embarking on a short run, the dates of which you can also check out below.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Eraze- LS6 Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Urban Force
2. Welfare Warfare
3. Streets of Rage
4. Social Threat

Corrective Measure- S/T

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. No Acceptance
2. Break You Off
3. Right Direction
4. Losing Battle
5. Think Before You Speak
6. Resort To Violence

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hot Shot- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: VBR
1. Cage Aggression
2. Stress Position
3. Pain Cycle
4. Moksha

New band out of Washington DC featuring members of Pure Disgust, G.L.O.S.S., and Red Death. FFO Maximum Penalty, Absolution, and Outburst.

Murder- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Prelude
2. Murder
3. Workshy
4. Can't Win
5. Reduce Me
6. Hangman
New band featuring members of The Flex.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Review/Stream:Subliminal Control-Self Titled EP


South Florida band Subliminal Control has followed up an excellent demo and promo tape with this outstanding self titled EP, featuring 6 songs that channel the pioneering and forward thinking hardcore of bands such as Fugazi, Swiz and much of the late 80's/early 90's Dischord Records roster. It's really exciting to have a band like this coming out of Florida, and I would say this is an essential listen for fans of the any of the aforementioned bands. You can stream the entire EP below, and keep your eyes peeled for news on a physical release coming soon.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Enamel- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Intro
2. Nothing
3. We Wont Smile
4. Locked In
5. Leech
6. Don't Care
7. Control
8. Gimme Power

New band out of Philly, featuring members of Curmudgeon.

Wound Man- Cage Session

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. CB100
2. Mute
3. Cage
4. Sick
5. Rolled

Featuring members of Mind Eraser and Breathing Fire. Brand new 7" due out on Iron Lung Records due out in June. 

Lubricant- Aus Tour Tape 2016

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Fear Of Crutches
2. Die

Killer Punk band from Singapore. Highly suggest scoping them out asap.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Lower Depths- Demonstration

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Intro (Love Don't Live Here Anymore)
2. 24 Years
3. Coffin
4. Disguise
5. Lost

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Surplus- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Intro
2. Surplus (The Passion)
3. Holding Hands
4. Freedom Above The Law
5. Break Free

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Liberty- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 256kbps
1. Funny How
2. Nightmares
3. So Easy
4. Captivity
5. Interlude
5. United States

Leeway- Enforcer (Demo)

Year: 1985
Quality: 192kbps
1. Enforcer
2. Marathon
3. Self Defense
4. On The Outside
5. Be Loud

Riot Conduct- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Deprivation
2. Riot Style
3. State Warfare
4. Influx
5. Snake Pit

Friday, March 18, 2016

Void of Heaven- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Insecurity Immortal
2. Eye of the Beholder
3. New Burdens
4. Biological Imperative

New band featuring current/ex members of Death Injection, Suffer On Acid, and My Fictions, FFO: Unbroken, Turmoil, and Earth Crisis.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Primal Rite- 2016 Promo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Hatred In A Mask Of Flowers
2. Pestilent Clutch
The continuation of Bay Area Powerhouse, Scalped. Same members + a different singer. HIGHLY suggest checking this out asap. 

Life As One- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Intro/United of The World
2. Hard Stance
3. The Real Criminals
4. Get Wise
New band out of Oklahoma City. FFO 86 Mentality / The Repos

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Facility-Year One

1.Beneath The Pillar Of Light
2.The Shape Of A Soul
3.An Anchor Hanging From Heaven

Excellent New Jersey punk/hardcore/screamo band Facility returns with 3 songs originally intended for a split 7 inch, but the band decided to record new songs for that instead. These are the last recordings featuring the bands original lineup, and a must listen for fans of bands such as Majority Rule, Orchid and Page 99. Stream via bandcamp below:

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Waste- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Waste
2. Constrain
3. Left Behind
4. Force of Production
5. Responsibilities
6. Empty Words

Countdown- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: 320kbps
1. Live For Now
2. Delusions
3. One of Two
4. It Haunts...

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Krimewatch- Demo

Year: 2016
Quality: VBR
1. 小便 たれ
2. Coward
3. ゴキブリ 男
4. No Sympathy
5. Peach Generation

Link provided by the fine folks over at Stench Of Death.