HARM’S WAY Announce West Coast Fall Tour

994226_10151754377401469_1480845260_nThis upcoming September, Harm’s Way will be heading out west in support of their most recent EP, Blinded, along with grindcore peers, Dead In The Dirt, and dark hardcore allies, Homewrecker. The band has announced that the tour is the first out of a run of U.S. dates in support of the new record. Peep the full tour details above and a music video for “Mind Control”, a track off of Blinded, out now on Deathwish Inc., below.

HARM’S WAY Debut New Video “Mind Control”/Announce Pre-Orders

Artwork for Blinded by Florian Bertmer

Artwork for Blinded by Florian Bertmer

After nearly two years of silence, Harm’s Way have debuted a video for a new track entitled “Mind Control”, off of their upcoming EP, Blinded. Directed by Max Moore Films, “Mind Control” provides a cryptic visual counterpart to a devastating new slice of the group’s menacing signature brand of metallic hardcore. Stream the video for “Mind Control” below and pre-order Blinded in Vinyl or CD format via Deathwish Inc. here. Check out an interview I recently did with guitarist Bo Lueders here, where we go into some of the background behind Blinded, touring in Europe and more.  Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: Bo Lueders of HARM’S WAY

Based out of Chicago, IL, Harm’s Way are one of the hardest hitting and original bands in contemporary hardcore today. Initially surged with a powerviolence bite, the Chicago group eventually took a turn towards caustic metallic hardcore infused with the spirit of Merauder, Machinehead and 90s death metal, even stepping into industrial territory on their acclaimed 2011 sophomore LP, Isolation. The group’s relative silence since then has recently been broken with this year’s March announcement of the group’s signing to Deathwish Inc. along with the announcement of a new EP for the group, Blinded. I recently checked in with lead guitarist Bo Lueders to talk about Blinded, touring in Europe, growth beyond the scene, Wolfnote, Bo’s new pop punk group, and more. Check it all out after the jump. 

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Photo Credits to Danielle Parsons (http://dressingcold.tumblr.com/)

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HARM’S WAY Detail New EP “Blinded”

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Aside from a few tours, Chicago, Illinois hardcore group Harm’s Way have been relatively quiet since the release of 2011’s devastating Isolation. That silence has been broken. The recently Deathwish-signed group will have a new EP entitled “Blinded” out soon. Recorded at Bricktop Studios with engineer Andy Nelson(Weekend Nachos), Blinded features five tracks of what are said to be the band’s heaviest and most exploratory material yet. The full track listing as well as album artwork, by the mighty Florian Bertmer(Converge, Pig Destroyer, etc.) can be viewed below with release date and pre-order info soon to follow. In the meantime, mark your calenders for Harm’s Way on their upcoming European Summer tour with peers Twitching Tongues and I Exist, dates below.  Continue reading

Best Of 2012: Musicians Best Of Lists Part V

2012yearWe here at American Aftermath are readying our very own year end lists, to be unleashed this Friday. We have asked some friends and musicians to submit their very own Best of 2012 List, which we will be posting throughout the week and here we go. Read on to find out what members of Weekend Nachos and Harm’s Way were jamming to this year.

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BITTER THOUGHTS Self-Titled Demo Review

If there’s anything to be said, it’s that the Chicago hardcore scene is one of strength, progress, and growth. Off the bat, some of my favorite bands hail from Chicago: Weekend Nachos, Spine, Harm’s Way and now…Bitter Thoughts. While the band’s sophomore demo has been lying in wait in my music library for about a couple months, the moment I listened to the demo,I realized that I had not only opened one can of whoop-ass, but a whole pack.  Continue reading

SPINE To Release Debut 7″

Boasting members of hardcore heavyweights Weekend Nachos and Harm’s Way, Kansas City/Chicago hardcore group, Spine, are set to release their debut 7″, Subhuman, in September via Bad Teeth Recordings. Subhuman will run six brand spanking new tracks, one of which can be expected July 13th via Toxicbreed’s Funhouse free hardcore comp Casa De Diversion Volume III. I absolutely loved their Running Out Demo and its raw production, punching riffs, and tortured vocals. Expect pre-orders late July. In the meantime, stream/download the demo below.

Casa De Diversion Vol. III Preview: SNAKES “Confined”

As a metalhead of eleven years, I came to the hardcore scene pretty late and among the worst of “hardcore” contemporaries. Seas of “hardcore” kids recommending Winds of Plague and Emmure flooded the corners of every streets. One-eyed creatures seeped out of every crevice. I was horrified by this genre…this “hardcore” entity…and I vowed to walk away from its crab-dancing keyboard laden grasps forever. About a year ago, a stream on Metalsucks for a certain band called Harm’s Way brought me back on the right track towards hardcore. My revived interest in hardcore and endless google searches in turn brought me towards Toxicbreed’s Funhouse, a site that has since become my primary nexus and hub for REAL hardcore.

On July 13th, Toxicbreed’s Funhouse return to crush false impressions of hardcore once more. The third volume of Toxicbreed’s completely free and crushing hardcore compilation, Casa De Diversion, will be released. And as a bonus, a track by the excellent hardcore/powerviolence/sludge band Snakes has been released to tease the compilation. Anyhow, whether you listen to hardcore or not(DO IT), mark your calenders for July 13th and check out everything on Toxicbreed’s Funhouse. Support real hardcore. Death to crab-dancing and one eyed monsters.

Also, shoutouts to Snakes for their excellent hardcore record, Please Kill Me Now, which can be streamed below and downloaded for free. FREE.

Vincent Bennett Is Really Excited About This God Damn Tour.


Well, as usual I won’t be attending a tour because it’s not coming to my town. I’m not sure I’d go for this anyway. I’m not the biggest fan of The Acacia Strain and I haven’t listened to too much Stray From The Path. I’d like to see Terror and Harms Way, though. But, it’s not going to happen and according to the above video it’s not Vincent Bennett’s fault that the God Damn tour isn’t coming to my town. It’s out of his hands. Homeboy must be seriously excited about this tour because he cannot stop mentioning the bands that are playing alongside The Acacia Strain: Terror, Stray From The Path, Harms Way. Vincent figured it would be better to tell you all about this tour with his own mouth rather than make “typey-types” on the internet keyboards. Check out the video above and try to focus on Vincent and not seven logos floating around his head. Check here for dates.

~R. Gnarly//Grave Det Eller Dø.

God Damn! THE ACACIA STRAIN Are Going On Tour!

The Acacia Strain are embarking on a new North American fall tour cleverly named the God Damn tour. Hardcore heroes, Terror, will be supporting them along with Stray From the Path and Harm’s Way. Here are the tour dates that have been announced:    Continue reading