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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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NYHC kingpins Madball have been crushing it with new material from Hardcore Lives, which drops June 27th in the U-S-A. Every track so far has seriously been pure fire, but it is especially exciting to hear Madball doing something really cool and teaming up with stage owning powerhouse Candace Puopolo of Walls Of Jericho for a track. Candace has been kicking ass in the scene forever and since  The Bound Feed The Gagged I’ve been a fan. She also is a powerlifter and so deserves to be on a track called “Born Strong”. Rumor has it that now that she’s had a baby, Walls Of Jericho will be back with a new album this year. I fuckin’ hope so!

Anyway, the video smokes and I think I saw Joe Black from Wisdom In Chains in there too, among other hardcore cameos.

Click HERE to get that hardcore spirit, kids. ”

Dig deep for the strength that you seek!”

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Every Time I Die stream “From Parts Unknown” album in full

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 3:28 PM (PST)

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Every Time I Die have tried their best to make this horrible Monday better by doing what they do best, releasing another unfuckwithable album of party/rage/wordplay awesomeness.

Click HERE to check it out and if you don’t hear from me in three days, I have moshed myself to death listening to this and you can have my room.

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N.Y. hardcore ambassadors, Madball have announced co-headlining dates for August with Virginia’s Municipal Waste. The east coast/Canadian run will include an appearance at TheHeavy MTL festival (aka Heavy Montreal) which will have Metallica and Slayer as headliners.

These dates will come after the release of Madball’s latest album Hardcore Lives to be released June 27th via The Black N Blue Label (in U.S.) and Nuclear Blast (in Europe). The first official Madball full-length to drop in four years, Hardcore Lives has been eagerly anticipated by fans and peers alike. Some advance praise of the album includes UFC Heavyweight, Andrei Arlovski who called Hardcore Lives “pure aggressive street style!!” while Tim Armstrong of Rancid/The Transplants weighed in as well saying “I always look forward to hearing their new records and this one is absolutely brutal.”

Listen to “Doc Marten Stomp” and “DNA” from Hardcore Lives here:Here

The band will be filming a video for the new song “Born Strong” in NYC this week featuring Candace Puopolo of Walls Of Jericho.

click here for tour dates.

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Album Review: Enabler – “la fin absolue du monde”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 8:47 AM (PST)

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Enabler‘s “new life” kind of hits with a similar power of when i first heard refused’s “new noise”, just such an overpowering and infectious energy you knew it was going to infect the whole “scene.” the reason this grind and avant garde influenced hardcore/thrash amalgam are getting so much traction is they kill. it is firing on all cylinders, from the opening eerie tones of their recent flies ep on the compound, to a bloodthirsty touring drive. the gritty and focused resolve to this shit is unreal, while the band also respectfully ignore people who want them to be more traditional and manage to molest the shit out of weird high notes that create sheets of ghostly electricity waves searing the upper cortex.

“neglect” is a crazy blend of megadeth riffing meets universal order of armmaggedon-esque brittle, post-hardcore shit. and that breakdown trap them meets frickin’ integrity section is beastly. this record really just gives and gives, a shot of adrenaline right into the heart of the scene for anyone who really gives a fuck. i was so excited to see this band’s rise as they have been working really hard, and when they announced they were working on the art with my pittsburgh designer friend chris smith of the band hindsight, i knew it would be a masterful pairing. the john carpentar influenced illustration caps a bold record of brave new world inhabitants who want a little more out of life. “i will not give in to feaaaar,” roar the vocals on the sprawl core of dissonant opus “rain darkness”, before the gloom of “felnoy” sits in with alienating inevitability.

so far, at this juncture, this is the hardcore influenced record to beat of the first half of this here 2014 year.

“balance of terror” is evidence that enabler also can kick out the socially aware jams, with that title alone a perfect synopsis of the state of the world. “the exiles” is like the new rumblefish of an anthem for the raw trash influenced minded. the early sepultura love of this band shines here, just grim as fuck. i hurt my neck on a construction job recently, but hearing this song i have to fucking headbang. it says something that these guys were tapped by eyehategod for some real, down in the trenches 2014 touring.

Ryan Steigerwald is a monster on this beast of a memorable release, bringing ringworm aggresion and stomp to the proceedings. fast parts, slow decimation, blazing fills, tricky little licks…dude can do it all. this record makes you envision you are running across rooftops with the band in some neo-crime future or resisting arrest somewhere, sickened by the wake of humanity’s ugly footprints on mother earth.

For All Those Sleeping premieres “Incomplete Me” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM (PST)

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Minnesota metalcore five-piece For All Those Sleeping have premiered a music video for their song “Incomplete Me”.

The video is the title track off of the band’s upcoming album which is set to be released on June 23 via Fearless Records.

Guitarist David Volgman-Stevens had this to say about the video:

“Since ‘Incomplete Me’ is such a raw and personal song we wanted the music video to reflect that, that’s why instead of shooting the typical “Hollywood” music video, we shot it in our hometown (St. Cloud, Minnesota) and kept it true to ourselves. We love how it turned out and represents the song!”

For All Those Sleeping will be on the Vans Warped Tour all summer long, check out the tour dates and the video for “Incomplete Me” here.

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Madball’s “Doc Marten Stomp” will stomp you.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM (PST)

 

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“Hardcore Lives packs a serious punch like only Madball can deliver. Mosh pits will erupt and fans both old & new will feel the fury!!”-Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed, Kingdom Of Sorrow)

Madball has premiered a new song via Brooklyn Vegan this morning. “Doc Marten Stomp” will appear on the NY Hardcore heroes, forthcoming album Hardcore Lives to drop on June 27th via their own Black N Blue Label for the U.S. and Nuclear Blast for Europe.

Listen to “Doc Marten Stomp” from Madball Here

Involving an all-star roster of friends, Hardcore Lives includes the work of Ken Susi (of Unearth) as engineer, Zeuss (Hatebreed, Whitechapel) who mixed and mastered the album and Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) who took the band pics for the album. Guest vocals appear from Scott Vogel (Terror), Toby Morse (H20) and Candace Puopolo (formerly Kucsulain, Walls of Jericho) as well.

Just returning from a European tour including Biohazard and Wisdom In Chains, Madball is poised to set it off in NYC next week. They will play new material while appearing with Body Count at the Grammercy Theater on June 12th.

Hardcore Lives is available for pre-order now and will include a digipak and limited edition colored orange vinyl, both including two additional bonus tracks: “The Beast” which also appeared on 2012’s EP Rebellion and “Spit On Your Grave” originally from 1992’s Dropping Many Suckas EP. Both tracks have been exclusively re-recorded for this release.

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Direwolves release Euro Tour footage, tear out throats

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 8:01 AM (PST)

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French hardcore/crust outfit DIREWOLVES have been catching my eye lately, one of the more visceral and totally exciting bands in heavy music. They just have that burn, the elusive real energy many bands lack these days. You can tell they really mean it.

Now Direwolves have unveiled some footage documenting the band’s recent European tour. Their debut full-length “Aegri Somnia” was released March 31th on vinyl, CD and free download via Throatruiner Records – http://store.throatruinerrecords.com/bands/direwolves

Click HERE to watch the video and get your nasty wolf on.

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Sick of it All recording new album

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:58 AM (PST)

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New York Hardcore band Sick of it All have began recording their first album since the 2010 album Based on a True Story. The currently untitled album is the bands tenth will be produced by Tue Madsen. The album is set for release by Century Media in September.

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Enabler head back out on a six week tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 9:14 AM (PST)

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Having just returned from a three-week East Coast tour, ENABLER will head back out on a new six-week tour assault in just days, as the release date for their anticipated second LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde, nears its street date.

 ENABLER‘s newest tour itinerary begins this Thursday, May 15th with a five-city run including a set at the massive three-day Pouzza Fest in Montreal alongside Reagan Youth, The Hold Steady, Dillinger Four, SNFU, The Dayglo Abortions, 7 Seconds and dozens more. From there, they trek back to the East Coast on their way to let loose at their first ever Maryland Deathfest performance on Sunday May 25th at Batlimore Soundstage with Maruta, Shitstorm, Left for Dead, Unholy Grave, Ratos de Porao and more. Just two days later, their killer second LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde, will see release the same day as Eyehategod’s brand new album, after which both bands will tour the US for a full month, the trek also including Ringworm.

 Over recent weeks, multiple tracks from La Fin Absolue Du Monde have been released, including the newest single, “Balance Of Terror” at Pitchfork at THIS LOCATION, “New Life” via is at Lambgoat RIGHT HERE and “Prey” is playing at MetalSucks HERE.

La Fin Absolue Du Monde will see release via The Compound and Creator-Destructor Records on May 27th. Preorders are available via The Compound HERE, via Creator-Destructor HERE, and digital preorders are live HERE.

 Click HERE for tour dates.

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Enabler announced the impending release of their second full length “La Fin Absolue Du Monde” the other day and the artwork from Chris Smith of Gray Aria Design Studio (& a proud member of the Pitts, PA band’s Meth Quarry & Hindsight) has been revealed. Smith is a popular illustrator in the Pittsburgh scene and shares his thoughts on how he became involved in crafting the visual look and feel of the forthcoming Enabler release.

Chris Smith: I first saw Enabler 2 years ago here in Pittsburgh at Roboto with Cop Problem and Neon Warship. All three bands blew me away. I had already done some art and merch for Neon Warship at that point. Cop Problem was just bonkers – I met Josh (Cohen) their drummer, through a mutual friend who writes for Josh’s online entity – Blow The Scene. Enabler came on and completely floored me – they had a second guitarist and Andy Hurley behind the kit at that time. I went ahead and scooped up all their music and some merch as well. Enabler stopped back here for a stacked show with Tragedy headlining at The Shop last August – a day before I was to leave for my Adirondack vacation. The show was awesome and all the bands were great. Enabler had released All Hail The Void and Shift of Redemption earlier that year. After the show, Adam Thomas (No Time/Blood Pressure/ex-Heartless) was asking people if they had somewhere for Enabler to stay – so I told them I lived right down the street and they could stay over. We hung out at the house for the remainder of the evening and the next morning they were off to Philly. Jeff mentioned hitting me up for art for future Enabler endeavors before leaving.”

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Enabler announce 2nd full length “La Fin Absolue Du Monde”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 3:41 PM (PST)

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Following recent broadcasts informing the public of ENABLER‘s deadly revamped lineup and impending East Coast tour, the Midwest-based trio now expose the details on their anticipated second full-length release, La Fin Absolue Du Monde. Translated from French to signify “the absolute end of the world,” the title of the new album is yet another of the band’s works inspired by filmmaker John Carpenter, in this case in referencing his movie, Cigarette Burns. La Fin Absolue Du Monde was tracked with Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee (Expire, Northless) and mixed by Steve Austin (Today Is The Day) at his Austin Enterprises, and packs the band’s most diverse material to date into a thirty-six minute battering with fourteen tracks.

 

ENABLER has partnered with several close allies to wage this new battle in a collaborative strike. Proudly going to war as part of the La Fin Absolue Du Monde campaign are San Francisco-based Creator-Destructor Records as well as NYC-area-based The Compound. Creator-Destructor has released titles from The Funeral Pyre, Gypsyhawk, Heartsounds, VYGR and others in addition to the vinyl version of ENABLER‘s 2012 debut LP, All Hail The Void, which came out on CD and digital platforms via Southern Lord. The Compound, the label faction of media/PR faction, The Earsplit Compound, unleashed ENABLER‘s rabid 2013 Flies EP and is currently unloading physical versions of new releases from Godhunter, Cop Problem, Die Choking and others. La Fin Absolue Du Monde will see killer deluxe CD and vinyl pressings and will see North American release on May 27th, just one day after ENABLER marks their debut invasion of the annual Maryland Deathfest.

 

Stated founding guitarist/vocalist and chief songwriter, Jeff Lohrber, on the current state of ENABLER: “This record is one of the proudest moments of my recording career. It’s a record made by a full band, and it sounds like a band playing. That is something that is lost in modern recording and is slowly becoming a thing of the past in the modern world of music. I feel alienated by it and I’m pissed about it. I recommend turning everything all the way up while listening to it.”

 

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Enabler secure new drummer, lock up tour dates to NEMHC

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 6:47 PM (PST)

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Did you think “Sickened By The Wake” had the sickest intro you’ve heard in awhile? Can’t wait to smash your face into a beer can listening to it live? You are soon to be granted your innermost desire!

After several months off the grid, metallic punk radicals, ENABLER, now pledge full-on annihilation in 2014, today announcing their revamped lineup, a plethora of upcoming live actions, and the completion of their highly anticipated second LP. Faster and faster we turn into cancer!!!

Over the past two years, ENABLER has followed their massive Southern Lord debut LP, All Hail The Void LP, with widespread touring of North America, Europe and Australia, and unloaded both their four-song Shift Of Redemption EP via Think Fast! Records and six-song Flies EP via The Compound in 2013. Since the Autumn release of Flies, things with the band have been seemingly quiet on the public front, but the band has been working harder than ever behind-the-scenes, and now confirm that 2014 will be their most frantic and busy year yet, beginning with the announcement of their newest lineup. ENABLER officially confirms Ryan Steigerwald as their full-time drummer. Steigerwald previously hails from the Chicago band, The Ox King, in addition to having filled-in as Ringworm’s drummer for the past nine years, and now takes the throne as ENABLER’s first full-time skinsmasher since the departure of Fall Out Boy’s Andy Hurley in 2012.

Having already performed locally with the stripped-down new lineup — rounded out by bassist/vocalist Amanda Daniels and founding vocalist/guitarist Jeff Lohrber — ENABLER has also been secretly recording their latest material over the past few months, and just this week put the finishing touches on their second LP, which will see release later this year; detailed info will be available soon.

The band will tour harder than ever in 2014, the first major trek of the year now confirmed to embark on April 10th as the trio forges across the country on their way to rip shit up at the sixteenth annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts on April 17th. On the opening evening of the gigantic festival, ENABLER will join The Compound labelmates, Philly’s d-beat activists, Cop Problem, as well as All That Remains, Bleeding Through, Broken Hope, Fallujah, Oceano, Scars of Tomorrow and others. From there, ENABLER and Cop Problem will share stages in four more cities (including a date with Meth Quarry!) before ENABLER forges homeward. Other standout spots on the tour include Skeletal Lightning Fest II in Champagne, Illinois, Forward Ohio Fest in Columbus and more.

Click HERE for more.

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Cro-Mags tour dates with Cockney Rejects announced

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 7:25 PM (PST)

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NYHC torchbearers Cro-Mags still kick ass and have announced a chunk of new tour dates, including some with UK heroes Cockney Rejects. Now if only we could get a Both Worlds reunion (damn, I still love that album).

For dates click HERE. Check your weapons and BS at the door.

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