Enabler has since their formation in 2009 gained a sizable following by releasing a plethora of LPs, EPs, and splits showcasing their potent combo of punk,hardcore,thrash,grind, and crust. Following up on their critically acclaimed 2012 LP All Hail The Void, released on Southern Lord Records, will be La Fin Absolue Du Monde, a rawer ,even more intense exercise in brutality than anything else in Enabler’s discography.
Singer/guitarist/main songwriter Jeff Lohrber was kind enough to sit down with me for an interview via email. Read on after the break.
The Pennsylvanian metallic hardcore rippers in Benchpress are at it again. Following the release of two crushing EPs and a recent European excursion, the Lewistown executioners have finally returned with a new track entitled “Penance”, off of their upcoming May 6th double-tap split with San Juan Holy Terrorists, Martyrs Tongue. Stream the track below and pre-order the split via GTR Records on limited vinyl with digital download here and purely digital download here.
Situated by membership and sound in the context of contemporary rising Southern California hardcore, Skinwalker walk the edge along with bands like Power Trip as niche groups prominent among the hardcore underground but not yet broken in the mainstream of their appropriate genres. While the latter Power Trip has found its corner amongst the hardcore world with recent success beyond following the release of their latest record, the approaching three-year career of Skinfather seems to have walked the path of stagnation, having under their belt but two EPs and a record of inconsistent touring with prominence overshadowed by their peers, by the genre disconnect among their main fanbase. 2014 brings Skinfather’s debut record, None Will Mourn, to the front by way of Todd Jones of Nails’s label Streetcleaner Records. Continuing the group’s evolutionary incline towards a more expansive death metal style whilst refining their hardcore assault, None Will Mourn is definitely the group’s finest work to date and just may be the group’s breakout record. Continue reading
SICK OF IT ALL have begun writing songs for their new album which is scheduled for release this fall via Century Media Records. Once again the band will be teaming up with Tue Madsen for what they describe as a “straight up old school New York Hardcore record.”
The time is here: the long anticipated new album from Chicago-based powerviolence quartet Weekend Nachos is being streamed via SoundCloud thanks to good ol’ Relapse Records! Get some of this blisteringly heavy, beat-you-in-the-face hardcore for yourself after the jump!
Formed out of the remnants of the late and great Lapse and Eddie Brock comes Sokushinbutsu, a new Baltimore based group so accurately self-described as “not metal dudes playing death metal”. Presenting death metal strained through the filters of hardcore, powerviolence, grindcore and d-beat, Sokushinbutsu assault with a bite not ill-compared to the more recent iterations of Mammoth Grinder and Hatred Surge on their debut demo Holy Ground, albeit sustained with a bit more focus. In accordance with the aforementioned groups and in contrast to the dirgy death metal archetype, Holy Ground’s tracks run short and sweet with the majority of tracks running under two minutes, however, the tonality and vocals remain firmly ingrained in doomed out death metal, making the group’s excursions and diversions into their more familiar genres seem just that, extremely moshable “additives” to an already firm death metal base. Holy Ground is currently available for streaming below and free download via Sokushinbutsu’s official bandcamp here. Follow Sokushinbutsu through their official Facebook here and be sure to lookout for a tape version via Arctic Night Records soon as well as a full length from these maniacs on the horizon.
Release Date: September 23rd, 2013
Favorite Track: “Nail Through The Immortal Hand”
For Fans Of: Coffins, Mammoth Grinder, Hatred Surge
On this split LP, released by the legendary Deep Six Records, Boise fastcore band Hummingbird of Death join forces with Austrian thrashcore band Cold World. Interestingly enough this release marks the 25th anniversary for Cold World. Initially active from 88′-94′, Cold World reunited in 2008 and have returned to cranking out extreme jams for old fans and the uninitiated alike. While the long running Hummingbird of Death need no introduction to some but for those unfamiliar the roots of HOD lie in the spring of 2004 and after a demo, 2 EPs, 7 splits, and 2 LPs, Hummingbird of Death continue to lay waste to sore eardrums the world over with this split LP.
Plans for Backtrack’s forthcoming LP, teased “in progress” through the group’s Twitter sometime last March, have been laid out in full. The New York hardcore outfit have officially signed to Bridge 9 Records with plans for the release of their sophomore full length sometime early 2014. This latest effort sees them returning to record with premiere hardcore engineer Nick Jett(Terror), who worked with the band on their excellent debut 2011 Reaper Records LP, Darker Half. In the meantime, Backtrack are poised to close out 2013 on The Anonymous Tour alongside Stray From The Path, Gideon, No Bragging Rights and Rescuer in October. Check out the full tour details as well as a stream of Darker Half below. Follow Backtrack via their official Facebook for updates. Continue reading
Out of the fucking blue, Massachusetts brooding hardcore act Hoax have released their debut full length LP alongside the onset of a currently ongoing month-long tour, which kicked off last Wednesday in New York City. Keeping in line with their past releases not only in denomination, by keeping their trend of self-titled releases, but sound, Hoax’s debut LP is a twelve track reverb-glazed slice of raw basement punk horror including an intro noise track by power electronics/death industrial act, Pharmakon. Stream the record below, download it free here, and purchase the vinyl including poster artwork from over 14 underground artists here. Video for the NYC Record Release Show last Wednesday as well as complete tour details are also available below. May the microphone have mercy upon the singer’s forehead.
Merrimack Valley rising hardcore act Rude Awakening are currently streaming a new track entitled “Higher Power”, off of their upcoming Triple-B Records split with legendary hardcore act, Death Threat. Groovy, succinct, and to the point, “Higher Power” is just good old modern hardcore, nothing more. Peep it below and be sure to catch Rude Awakening and Death Threat together for a string of Record Release shows in October, details also below. Continue reading
Richmond, VA hardcore group Down To Nothing have released a new video for the track “No Leash” off of their upcoming LP, Life On The James. Shot by GetDeluxe Films, “No Leash” is a pro-shot black and white live performance depicting all the exuberance and vitality of a perfect hardcore show, stage dives, gang shouts, bruised bodies and all. Peep the video below and be sure to pre-order Life On The James, out September 10th via LP/CD through Revelation Records, here. Look out for the thong-wearing stage diver. Continue reading
Despite the fact that Down To Nothing was birthed sometime during the year 2000, I hadn’t caught up with the group until I learned of them this year through Backtrack guitarist Ricky Singh’s zine Moment Of Truth and Greetings From Richmond, Virginia, the band’s recent teaser EP for this upcoming September’s release of their third full length LP, Life On The James. Overall, all I can really say is that what makes Down To Nothing unique is their sense of “alive-ness” and that is absolutely apparent on the band’s most recent Life On The James single, “Sheffield”. Still heavy with the riffs and moshability, Down To Nothing are able to convey a hardcore undercurrent of life, outside of the too-oft and exhausting “world against me” hardcore archetype, that is prevalent in every inch and corner of their sound. Stream “Sheffield” below and be sure to pre-order Life On The James here, out this September 10th via Revelation Records.