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“A Chance To Change” and many other moments of France’s TARLD‘s new record Gone For A While feature guitars and drums completely united around one goal, to rock your socks off. The big chords and pounding punk/hard rock drums keep pulling me back to the album, while the melodies, interludes and a few real curveballs I don’t want to spoil make “Gone For A While” a must hear. The band are unabashed about primarilly being intended as a great live act, but the songs honestly stand up. “Gone For A While” is a cool mix of 90’s emo, alt rock and newer, more commercial punk. Regardless if you like any of those genres it works because the songs come off as life soundtracks. These guys really performed well on this baby. I’ve listened to the album about 11 times this week and not gotten sick of it yet.

I spoke to guitarist Maxime Comby about the album and you can catch the chat BELOW.

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A389 XI Anniversary Bash kicking off tonight

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 4:35 AM (PST)

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Check out this Baltimore Sun reverential article on the great hardcore and metal label A389 Records. The humble yet consistent as heck label that could is still going strong. Domenic Romeo has carved out a place in heavy music history by plugging away and following his vision (and ears), just releasing what he is inspired by. Check out event listings for the nights of this years bash HEREHERE, HERE and HERE! IS that enough awesome for ya?!  Bands include Weekend Nachos, freakin’ Starkweather (!!), Condemn The Infected, Sex Prisoner, Noisem, Iron Price, Full Of Hell and more!

Special items at the festival this year include:

(ALL WEEKEND / WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)
18″ x 24″ Professional Prints of this year’s incredible poster artwork by Human Furnace (Ringworm)

(FRIDAY ONLY)
New HAYMAKER Longsleeves + a handful of skatedecks that come with their super rare / super new ‘$10 Worth Of Rope’ 7″ on Murder Contest Records

(SATURDAY ONLY)

Super limited / 100 Hand-Numbered Pre-Release copies of the upcoming new IN COLD BLOOD 7″ coming February on A389

Plus ALL OF THE BANDS will have cool stuff for sale all weekend long and the A389 DISTRO will be in full effect at both Saturday Shows for your purchasing pleasure.

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Violation Wound are punker, uglier and gnarlier than what you like

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM (PST)

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It takes guts to name your band Violation Wound. It pretty much is completely unethical, up there with names like (the awesome punk femme band) Spider Cunts, Diarrhea Planet , The Murder Junkies or engineer Steve Albini’s short lived Rapeman as names you will have a hard time advertising on venue posters… anywhere! But Chris Reifert of Autopsy and early Death fame has been collecting steaming piles of guts for years in the death metal world, so forming a band that bathes in beer and who sound like The Exploited were actually ever kind of good doesn’t seem like it was much of a problem. Who knows, maybe the name means the wounds we suffer through the violation of society or something deep.

Anyway,this music will make you poop some bloody, runny browns and want to punch a friend. It really is not the kind of punk I can see causing a social movement to rise up and overthrow our Skull & Bones masters, but it will make you think most other bands are complete wussies.

I can’t believe I just discovered this and that they played with fucking Vampire and Midnight recently while I was probably home watching freakin’ Charmed on Netflix or something. Thank Gawd I was on an Autopsy kick tonight and stumbled across this semi-related but very different project. Not exactly metal but certainly made for those intent on ruling.

Order a 3 way split cd with Violation Wound, dirty Mike & The Boys (which for some reason is a grosser name to me for a band…sounds so sleazy, haha) and First Class Elite through HPGD Productions right HERE (out late November) and check out some ripping music in the form of “Roll Over And Die Blues” BELOW.

 

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Hierophant deliver serious “Paranoia” from B9 release “Peste”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM (PST)

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“Paranoia”, the second single from Hierophant‘s forthcoming new album, is now streaming on BlowtheScene.com.  This track appears on Peste, which will be available on November 25th on CD, LP and digital formats via Bridge Nine Records and is up for pre-order now via B9Store.com.

From the disturbing artwork (seriously, dudes) to the great Alan Douches mastering job, this track is beyond brooootal. Put down your tarot cards and circle pit now.

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Happy Halloween Interview: Davey Havok talks XTRMST, AFI

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 9:38 AM (PST)
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So, not many people are lucky enough, on freakin’ Halloween, to get interview answers back from Davey freakin’ Havok. I have been pumped as heck (I almost said pumped as kin but that is a horrible Halloween joke gone wrong) for the new XTRMST stuff, the straight edge and intense new project from Havok and AFI guitarist Jade Puget, one of the most electric players in rock.

Why is this on a metal site? Because XTRMST stand for bold positions and action, DIY love taken into the larger zeitgeist of pop culture and beliefs that the world would be blessed to consider less extreme and more the norm. Earth Crisis nailed it on Salvation Of Innocents recently and it is cool the ever vocal and inspiring AFI crew have decided to make another major statement with a similarly important message. I think they have more than earned respect at this point.

This is not a record to make people comfortable, but it will get people who love the shifting but always intense chemistry between these two old friends more than fired up.

New track, “Dirty Nails” from the upcoming XTRMST album is now available on iTunes. Click here to pre-order the important album, and download the first two singles instantly.

And click HERE for this exclusive chat with Davey.

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There are few bands as widely respected and as influential as the Ramones. And now, the group’s long-time drummer is gearing up to unveil his long-awaited autobiography, ‘Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone,’ which will be released on January 13, 2015, via Touchstone Books. And what better way to celebrate the book’s arrival than with gloriously mega-decibel renditions of Ramones classics, which is exactly what Marky will be offering up on Saturday, January 17th at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC.

Joining Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg that night will be special guest Andrew W.K. on vocals.

“These songs are too good not to be played,” says Marky. “I am really looking forward to playing live once more in my hometown of NYC, and celebrating the arrival of the book.”

‘Punk Rock Blitzkrieg’ will serve as a social history of the New York punk scene from an eyewitness. Yes, it has plenty of tales from the dirty streets, drugs, and rock and roll, but it also takes readers on a musical journey of a legendary band. And a few days after it’s release, fans will get the opportunity to rock out – and possibly meet – one of the greatest rock n’ roll drummers of all time.

XTRMST announce self-titled debut, first take vocals

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 1:57 PM (PST)

I don’t care. AFI still rules.

“Total Immortal” and even  Decemberunderground will always be part of my favorite musical moments in this life. The dark sub-textures and literary spin the punk band brought more fully into the mainstream in the wake of the Mansons and the Danzigs out there was always evolving and still takes the guys to their own unique places. Now, Davey and Jade are returning to straight edge hardcore with a sound older fans of the early AFI records may be keen on comparing and hyper-analyzing. Any 90’s-00’s kids feel me on this? AFI was once one of the ultimate backpack/skateboard bands, whether you wanna admit it now or not. It is funny though that it is almost “artsy” of them to do a new SxE band at this point.

AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have announced a November 18 release for XTRMST, the self-titled debut album from the duo’s new straight-edge hardcore band. The first single from the album, “Conformist,” will be available this coming Tuesday, October 7.

“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years,” says Havok. “We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name XTRMST because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”

Click HERE for more info.

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Enabler sign to Century Media

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM (PST)

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Enabler have been making more of an impact with every release, every tour, every new song. The work ethic is undeniable and the amount consistently good material is impressive. Now the band have made a major signing to Century Media Records.

Via their Facebook:

We are very happy to announce that we are now part of the Century Media family. To start it off, they will be releasing our newest full length La Fin Absolue Du Monde in Europe on December 8 with 3 extra bonus tracks. We also might be recording a new record early next year, and debuting a new track next week… as if you haven’t had enough new music from us in the past two years!

Congrats and hails. Also, be sure to check out Jeff from Enabler in the new Today Is The Day video for “Masada” HERE. Best TITD drummer since Marshall, in my opinion.

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Regulator (Cro-Mags with Bad Brains guests) play NYC benefit show

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:05 AM (PST)

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Regulator has confirmed that they will be headlining a benefit concert to take place on Thursday, September 25th at Bowery Electric. A NYHC all-star event, Regulator includes John Joseph & Mackie of The Cro-Mags and performs all classic Bad Brains material. Mackie, of course, also was in Bad Brains previously.

Special guests to join Regulator during this performance will be none other than the Bad Brains own, Darryl Jennifer & Dr. Know. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Childrens Tumor Foundation (which is also the charity John Joseph supports through competing in Ironman Triathlons).

Also performing will be Wilding Incident (which features members of Crown Of Thornz, Maximum Penalty and The White Mandingos) and the recently re-united Subzero.

Purchase tickets here. PMA!

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Album Review: Sick Of It All – Last Act Of Defiance

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM (PST)

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It used to be cool when you’d open up Sick Of It All‘s CD for Just Look Around and see them hangin’ out with Sepultura or whoever and just everyone bein’ cool. Before that you had DRI bring “crossover” most fully (with their album of the same name), and the eventual deathcorn-holed anus of the low end diaper filler breakdown riffs we know and love today. It is not inevitable, however that Rage begets Bizkit begets Deathcore or whatever bad metaphor you want to insert here. I’m not here to trash on anyone.

Sick Of It All need to be celebrated, man. This band simply embody whatever they encompass, be it the more crossover sounds so many fell in love with on Scratch The Surface to wider appeal or the staying power of more straight up hardcore dance-a-thon classic Built To Last. Or the unbridled assault on the issues of the day that was (perhaps still high water mark) Death To Tyrants. Regardless of your favorite era of the band (my fave record is actually Yours Truly, believe it or not), Sick Of It All are on point.

The new album is no different and you should pre order it HERE now! (Though I do wonder why their merch says NY est. 86 but has a Yanks logo when the Mets won in 86′, but it’s all NYC).

We hate when a band alludes to the end in an album title or song name, but it thrills popular culture junkies to know we are watching “The Final Season” of a show and that plot threads will resolve, at the same time. End Hits didn’t turn out to be Fugazi’s last record. The verdict is out on if it was Iron Maiden’s Final Frontier, but I doubt it. End Game would have been a great place for Megadeth to stop before Super Collider. It’s all because an artist has made great works that we hold them to the highest standards, regardlessof if I disagree with some of Mustaine’s politics, for example. I know Ted Nugent can write “Stranglehold”, so even if I disagree with his politics on many issues, I still can seperate the musician and what they espouse. Sick Of It All I simply champion because they stand for real shit, true hardcore and always kick out the killer jams…all while uplifting the community. This is NYHC. This is defiance. But also dignity and grace, hard knocks and all.

Click HERE for more.

Secrets debut ‘Dance of the Dead’ music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM (PST)

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San Diego metalcorers Secrets (Rise Records) have just released the video for their song ‘Dance of the Dead’ off of their latest album.

Secrets’ latest album Fragile Figures, which came out last summer.

Check out the video for ‘Dance of the Dead’ here.

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Album Review: Code Orange – “I Am King”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 12:22 AM (PST)

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I Am King from Code Orange (formerly Code Orange Kids) is a divisive record. I get that the band wanted to maybe mature a bit, drop the “kids” tagdespite most fans obviously preferring it, as well as evolve their sound. I still can’t tell how I really feel about the sonic results, however. Most of I Am King, which the band says they will draw almost exclusively from live for the forseeable future, is kind of like brief experiments in sludge. I remember once wanting to star a project to see if I could take great dub reggae basslines and somehow make them into two minute ramones length songs with great looped beats, instead of the drawn out dub of, say, old school King Tubby. Would it still work? On I Am King, the answer seems to be yes and no. There are many highlights here, from the thundering bass of “Thinners Of The Herd” to the welcome fast hardcore of “Unclean Spirit”, but some sections of the record kind of meander aimlessly. Still, it seems like most of this material would work better live. I have a feeling this is a grower, as depending on my mood it has either resonated with me or kind of waxed and waned.

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B9 Hardcore band Expire have announced they will be supporting Stray From The Path on upcoming Fall dates in the United States, a killer package tour that also includes Counterparts and My Ticket Home. That’s three of my very favorite newer hardcore bands (and I am assuming My Ticket Home are pretty dope also to hang with these guys). From Stray From The Path’s social awareness to Counterparts and Expire’s personal and social themes with a current twist, this is a collection of bands who really give a shit and ought to be supported.

I just had a very inspiring chat with Rey from veterans Downset for another publication about remembering the roots of hip hop and hardcore were in social change. Even thrash metal had Testament singing about the Greenhouse Effect. Look at Gaza on fire from religious bullshit territorial pissing/skipping record hatred ot the military USA defense budget that could be cut to solve hunger and poverty in America, and we’d still be able to have enough left over to defend ourselves. It’s time to bring back the social change and put down the Candy Crush culture.

This shit is real. “You say fuck the world, we say fuck you!”, as Stick To Your Guns (another great band) say.

I know I just posted about Novembers Doom below, a really depressing band, but it is also positive to channel those emotions into art as well. Whatever we do, we have to unify and get off our asses. This tour is a great place to start. Remember kids, fashion will only get you so far but being exploited during our brief lives will scar you forever.

Click HERE for the tour dates and keep the PMA.

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Album Review: Expire – “Pretty Low”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM (PST)

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“I wish I could feel remorse”…

Midwest hardcore with as much bite as bark, the adrenaline levels on new Bridge Nine release Pretty Low are through the roof. Every song on this album has a healthy pulse, with the opening title track hitting home with Trial’s Are These Our Lives levels of ferocity. Expire have penned some future classics and sure fire pit starters in the bulldozer accident crunch of “Forgetting” and album standout “Fiction”, each song frustrated with shallow lives and people who ignore hard truths or run for cover at the expense of others.

Through the record the group Expire maintain enough heart to keep you hooked. It isn’t as dynamic as, say, Counterpart’s recent The Difference Between Hell and Home or Meridian’s pending The Awful Truth (both releases that are very redeeming for Victory Records hardcore), but songs like the red eye scream on “It Were Up To Me” have a certain Inside Out No Spiritual Surrender conviction too often missing these days in bands more focused on merch designs than content with depth. Foundation or Trash Talk come to mind as band’s giving a shit, and this is the same caliber of legit here. I’m usually into more political hardcore but while this is more personal life stuff, from what I can gather, it still feels important and not yet another band’s spilled milk relationship stories.

Expire will be hitting Austria, Serbia and many other places in support of this crucial release, so get out there and get those arms swingin’, kids. It’s not no brainer shit, but the songs are accesible in a classic hardcore way, even though far more caustic than any clean chorus or badly produced crazp we’re all getting ear fatigue from in the squashed MP3 era.

Not a single song hits the three minute mark and it aint for the technical metal types who read our site, but if you are looking for real heat of the moment anger but smart lyrics and crushing hardcore grooves for fans of old one king down or anything that goes thump just right…this is for you. Fans of Dying Scene or Metal Riot ought to be able to equally get behind this band, just real people in our underground keeping the shit set off right.

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Interview: Madball – Hardcore Lives Forever, Of Course

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 9:02 AM (PST)

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Someone on Facebook this morning had a post about “What bands changed the world”? Of course everyone said The Beatles. I said Bad Brains. Why? Because the bands from D.C. and NYC who started hardcore created the touring circuit, helped unite progressive minded folks from across the USA, which has led to regionalism movements that affect everything from organic, local farming to music scenes. And hardcore itself, however much “studio-jingle” punk gets used in car commercials…true hardcore will always be there for the working class.

As I write this up I am listening to power-prog metal heroes Stratovarius’ epic key-laced intro to “King Of Nothing” from Polaris. It is even hard to wonder if we would ever have the creative quirks of our most niche bands like this to enjoy if, arguably, hardcore and metal hadn’t reared their heads from the outcasts cry for freedom, causing mass movements in the underground across the world that led to the alternative rock movement and the many splinters of sub genres we have today.

Amidst all of this is Madball. Formed in the late 80’s by most of Agnostic Front, Madball over the years fought in the trenches. Freddy Cricien’s musical baby is the emblem of nyhc hardcore for so many people. Madball are fittingly at the tip top of their game on new release Hardcore Lives. “DNA”, “My Armor” with CM Punk, Chad Gilbert and Toby Morse, “True School” with Scott from Terror…I could list many highlights.

But let’s check in w Freddy HERE to see what’s goin’ on.

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