OMNIUM GATHERUM have just released their brand new single “Blade Reflections”. It is now available on all streaming and download platforms and will also be featured on a limited Edition Omnium Gatherum / Skalmöld split 7-inch, which will be available on the upcoming "Arctic Circle Alliance” European Tour (see below for all dates). You can watch the lyric video for “Blade Reflections” streaming here: https://youtu.be/j5glljbcJPw Singer Jukka Pelkonen comments, "In the light of recent events we wanted to voice our opinion about the tragedy of suicide. This is a subject that may concern anyone at some point. ʻBlade Reflectionsʼ is a statement against suicide and an encouragement to all of those who dwell in the depths of self-annihilation. Having been there myself too, I know how devastating it can be. There is nothing more precious than this life itself and it is worth seeing through. Though, we do not condemn those who choose to go, rather we want to stand by with all the rest, all of us, who are staying."
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.Add to My Radar
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.
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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.
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.Add to My Radar
I’m actually listening to the Doors right now but thought I’d post this Madball tidbit, thus demonstrating my style.
“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.Add to My Radar
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
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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.
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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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