Milwaukee based hardcore/crust/thrash/grind/whatever unit Enabler will see the release of their second full length, La Fin Absolue Du Monde this spring. Set to hit stores in vinyl and CD versions this May 27, just one day after their debut appearance at Maryland Deathfest. A collaborative effort between San Francisco based Creator-Destructor Records and NYC-area-based The Compound, the label arm of media/PR outfit The Earsplit Compound, La Fin Absolue Du Monde, (“the absolute end of the world” in French) , comes hot on the heels of Shift of Redemption and Flies , the two EPs the band released in 2013.
Hoax are on the shortlist of hottest DIY hardcore bands. All on the strength of 3 superb EPs. With such a volatile style it’s always the fear of underground punks that a band like Hoax will breakup without putting out an LP. But lucky for us Hoax deliver on their many fans’ wishes and come through with one of the best releases of the year.
Experimental powerviolence band Bucket Full of Teeth have put their entire output; EPs I, II, III, and LP IV, up for free/name your price download on their bandcamp. So now instead of scouring the internet for crap quality rips of their utterly revolutionary take on the powerviolence genre you can conveniently download high quality versions of all 4 of their releases in one place and since the band if offering it them free you can do so guilt-free. Continue reading →
Canada has distinguished itself in this new century with some quality extreme music bands rising to international scene recognition. From all of Chris Colohan’s projects to the Endless Blockade and the band that rose from the ashes of TEB: Column of Heaven, there has been quite a few metal and hardcore bands that have made a name for Canada. Vancouver’s Burning Ghats, while lesser known, are making a case for themselves to be included among the giants of heavy music in the Great White North. Continue reading →
Bay Area hardcore band At Our Heels are dark. And by dark, I mean that sort of dark where the blackness is so oppressive that you find it hard to breathe. The noise they perpetuate seems to just suck the air out of your lungs, leaving you panting and pleading for more. And it’s not just their sound, it’s their lyrical content. Misanthropy and Godlessness, the title of their LP, perfectly sums up what this band is about. But it’s not all doom and gloom, I’m listening to AOH as I type this and I can’t help but nod my head along to their infectious grooves and gang vocals. Alex, their singer and songwriter, agreed to answer some of my questions and they are as follows. Continue after the break. Continue reading →
I’m going to be blunt with you. This review will be entirely biased. I was very familiar with Children of God before taking on the job of reviewing their new self released LP, We Set Fire To The Sky. They played my festival this past Labor Day weekend and to be honest, I found it very hard to divest myself of my own personal feelings when I chose the task of attempting to put down in words, my thoughts on their record. So instead of trying to fool myself and you, I’ll be blunt. I love this band more than any other hardcore band currently active the world over. Now on with the review.
New Jersey surf-rock infused hardcore punkers Night Birds have recently debuted the manic title track to their previously discussed upcoming 7″ EP Maimed For The Masses. Featuring the same good, old Night Birds signature riffage and psychedelic tone, the overladen with cheesy horror movie lyrics “Maimed For The Masses” is made complete with an awesome chorus and ripping solo. Pre-orders for the regular edition of the May 7th expected EP are now up via Fat Wreck Records here with the out of 500 limited edition 70 gram vinyl now long sold out and only available via the band themselves on their upcoming tour dates. Check out those dates as well as a stream of “Maimed For The Masses” courtesy of BrooklynVegan below. Continue reading →
HOAX (aka the scary hardcore band with multiple self-titled EPs and the singer likes to hit himself in the head with microphones) have recently debuted a video for the track “Fantasy” off of their third and most recent self-titled EP out now on Painkiller Records. The Cali-Dewitt directed and beautifully-shot “Fantasy” is ripe with uncomfortable bondage imagery, people sucking on shoes, abstract dance and the beautiful streets of Los Angeles, California which is all further boasted by the paranoid, buzz-tone, and d-beat-like riffplay of the song itself. Anyhow, watch the abstract video below and decide for yourself. Continue reading →
“We have such sights to show you!” – Hellraiser, 1987
Welcome to the second edition of Cryptic Passages, a weekly column in which I, Eric Nguyen, will be presenting for your torture, some of the most brutal, unrelenting, and hate drenched pieces of audio I’ve found journeying through the misanthropic plains of the internet. Three satanic passages await you in the cryptic chasm…after the jump. Continue reading →