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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.

Click HERE for more.

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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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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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