Two of So Cal’s most promising young punk bands are set to head out on a short weekend tour of Arizona in March.
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.
Something Other Than Yourself
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.
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.
Children of God
We Set Fire To The Sky
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 find 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
Set to be released the 19th of this upcoming October, Toxicbreed’s Funhouse’s upcoming FREE Covers Volume II fires first with the teaser cover track “Tied Down/Ready To Fight”, two tracks made one, originally performed by hardcore legends Negative Approach and covered here by none other than Orange County hardcore punk act, Media Blitz. Media Blitz the track justice, keeping steady to the original track, albeit revamping the soundscape with the utilities of modern production and the youthful energy. Stream the awesome cover below, catch the full lineup below(subject to change), and mark your calenders for October 19th.