Western Massachusetts metallic hardcore group Revenge have released a new track entitled “Coven Ov The Wolf” off of their upcoming third LP, The Heavens Are Empty. The record will be self-released on drummer Will Hirst’s new up and coming label Rat Trax Records this September. Stream the track below and pre-order The Heavens Are Empty on digital download here or on CD here or pick it up direct at the band’s record release show at The Waterfront in Holyoke, MA on September 14th. Continue reading
Pittsburgh, PA metallic hardcore/beatdown co-op Unit 731 are currently streaming a new single entitled “Immolation” off of their upcoming third full-length LP and Harm Reduction Records (helmed by Jami from Code Orange and Patrick From Self Defense Family) debut, The Hive Mind, on their official bandcamp. Following off of the promise of the group’s first single “Altar Of Waste”, “Immolation” sees Unit 731 at their peak, melding the group’s bludgeoning beatdown roots with a new found sense of variation and transition. Stream “Immolation” below, catch Unit 731 on their upcoming August European tour with No Zodiac and Ablaze (details below) and lookout for pre-orders for The Hive Mind as well as all the excellent upcoming records on Harm Reduction Records soon.
The recently renamed Code Orange have released a new track entitled “My World” off of their upcoming sophomore LP, I Am King, in conjunction with the opening of pre-orders for the record as well as announcements for an upcoming Fall tour with direct support from Los Angeles metallic hardcore act Twitching Tongues and indirect support from peers (Soul Search, War Hungry, Nails, Discourse, Axis and Blistered) whose appearances will vary by tour date. Aside from the trimming of denomination, the first two singles released for I Am King so far, the title track along with this most recent number, feature a similar change (in my opinion, for the better), narrowing down the band’s technical metalcore assault for a simpler approach that still retains the band’s experimental edge. Stream “My World” exclusively over at Alternative Press here, peep the poster and details for Code Orange’s upcoming tour below and pre-order I Am King via Deathwish Inc. here. Continue reading
The strange Los Angeles metallic hardcore ensemble Twitching Tongues are currently streaming a new “live” album entitled World War Live exclusively over at Decibel Magazine. Recorded live with an audience of twenty sum members, the dichotomous fake/real record(with art by Sean Taggart (Crumbsuckers, Agnostic Front)) simultaneously functions as a best-of album for the group with jokes, cameos and easter eggs that followers of California hardcore will be able to pick out. The band’s official statement for the record is as follows:
Recorded live in the Van Nuys stadium called THE PIT in front of twenty screaming fans, this is (not) a true testament to the event that occurs when this band hits the stage. The band was tired of hearing “they’re better live,” so here it is. With a setlist comprised mostly of songs from their latest LP, In Love There Is No Law, as well as previous material, the record almost doubles as a best-of the band’s current stage. The album cover was made by the legendary Sean Taggart (Carnivore, Crumbsuckers, Agnostic Front) and hardcopy buyers will regret their purchases slightly less with the addition of bonus material.
Stream World War Live here and pre-order the physical record, which promises extra material, via Closed Casket Activities here. Alternatively, attendees of this year’s This Is Hardcore festival can purchase the record from Closed Casket before everyone else gets it shipped.
After nearly two years of supporting their debut LP, Down With The Devil, Philadelphia metallic hardcore goons, Rock Bottom, are finally ready to release new material. Debuting the video for a new song entitled “Life’s Bitch” today, the five-piece announced plans for a release of a new 7″ entitled Moral Decay, due out on Fast Break! Records later this Fall. Stream the video for “Life’s Bitch” below and follow Rock Bottom on Facebook here for further updates. Fellow Pennsylvanians and travelers for this year’s This Is Hardcore Festival can catch the band opening up for the fest on Thursday alongside Crowbar, Code Orange Kids, Xibalba, Noisem and Killswitch Engage among others. Continue reading
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.
Legendary New York metalcore outfit Earth Crisis are set to unveil their Candlelight Records debut and eighth full length record, Salvation Of Innocents, March 3rd for Europe and March 4th for the rest of the world and the U.S. Pegged to be one of the band’s most meticulously crafted albums, the conceptual Salvation Of Innocents will coincide with the release of a comic book that will pair Black Mask Studios’s new Matt Miner helmed-vigilante series Liberator along with the “vivisection concept” of the album with cover artwork for the comic and album being done by Chicago illustrator Menton3 amongst additional comic art by Rod Reis, Javier Aranda, and Joaquin Pereyra. Pre-orders for the album are set for January 20th/21st with the premiere of a new track entitled “De-Desensitive” expected via Lambgoat the 22nd. Digital pre-orders on iTunes will also receive the track “The Morbid Glare” instantly as a bonus. Peep the comic’s cover art above and the full-track listing after the jump. Continue reading
New York metallic hardcore legends Earth Crisis have announced a mini-tour spanning West Coast and East in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of their Firestorm EP. With West Coast support incoming from Harness and Lionheart and East Coast support incoming from Shai Hulud, Thy Will Be Done and White Widows, Earth Crisis are set to perform live sets featuring the Firestorm EP in full along with many other rarely played songs. Peep the full tour circuit details above and stream Firestorm in full below.
Boyerstown, PA straight edge hardcore group Agitator have posted dates and locations for an announced eleven date Mid-July tour, viewable above. Venue and lineup details will be posted as they come via Agitator’s official Facebook page here. Stream Agitator’s excellently vicious debut full length, Bleak, available now via Six Feet Under Records, below.
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
New York hardcore group, Backtrack, kick off their UK/European tour today, running now through early May and including dates alongside Comeback Kid and Trapped Under Ice. In addition, Backtrack have recently tweeted that their as-of-yet untitled sophomore follow-up to 2011’s Darker Half is currently finishing up.
We're about halfway done writing for the new LP.—
Backtrack NYHC (@BacktrackNYHC) March 20, 2013
Santa Barbara metallic hardcore heavyweights, Downpresser, have returned from their three year slumber with a new May 28th due album entitled Don’t Need A Reason(6131 Records), of which the title track is currently streaming exclusively over at BNB Takeover here. Additionally, Downpresser are set to tour later this month with allies, Take Offense, full details below. Pre-orders for Don’t Need A Reason are up now via No Sleep Records here. Continue reading
Baltimore, MD’s grooviest metallic hardcore act, Turnstile, have just debuted a video for “Canned Heat”, a new track we last saw the group performing live at Florida’s Bringin’ It Back For The Kids Fest 2: Electric Boogaloo. Strewn together with pro-shot live footage from that very show, we are now treated to a mastered and complete version of the track…along with news that Turnstile will be releasing a new EP/LP/?? possibly entitled Step 2 Rhythm through Reaper Records this year. Metallic hardcore release of the year? I’d put my money on it. Stream “Canned Heat” below. Continue reading
“We have such sights to show you!” – Hellraiser, 1987
Welcome to the seventh 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
Winnipeg, Manitoba’s arm of the Holy Terror Church, Withdrawal, return with an all new track entitled “Guardian Angel” off of their upcoming A389-released split with Charlotte, North Carolina’s atmospheric blackened crust Young And In The Way. Bridging the line between their debut EP Unknown Misery’s metallic hardcore thrash and their sophomore EP Faith, Flesh, and Blood’s more Slayer-esque approach, “Guardian Angel” pummels with triumphant double bass drum blast, Behemoth-ian riffs and the group’s usual brand of angular hardcore riffing. Withdrawal have also announced a string of East Coast US dates surrounding their appearance at the upcoming Baltimore A389 IX Anniversary Bash. Stream “Guardian Angel” and peep the dates below. Continue reading