For those unable to attend this year’s edition of This Is Hardcore earlier this July to watch Madball perform their debut classic album Set It Off in full, fear not. The New York hardcore outfit have decided to expand their 20th Anniversary celebration of the album a bit further, hitting eight cities along the East Coast early December with original guitarist Matt Henderson in tow and peers Turnstile, Death Before Dishonor, Take Offense and Downpresser due for support. Peep the tour dates and details below. Continue reading →
Twitching Tongues have recently announced dates for a Fall tour in support of their imminent sophomore full length, In Love There Is No Law. The month-long tour will hit more than thirty cities across the U.S. and Canada and will see direct support incoming from Downpresser and Angel Du$t, with Turnstile due to drop in mid-tour and the legendary Stigmata set to enter the fray for the last couple of California dates as well. Peep the full tour details above and a music video for In Love There Is No Law’s title track below. In Love There Is No Law is due out August 20 by way of Closed Casket Activities.
Back at the devastatingly brutal Florida based Bringin’ It Back For The Kids Fest 2: Electric Boogaloo last week, the grooviest band in contemporary hardcore, Turnstile, ended up debuting a new song entitled “Canned Heat”. While the current discography for the group has been short(a demo, a 7″, and a spot on the excellent Extermination Compilation), every piece of work has been a pure slice of fried gold. Shredtastic, groovy, and all out fun, Turnstile’s relation in the hardcore world mirrors that of Bloodbath’s in the death metal world. Both bands contain members of prominent acts within their respective scenes(Turnstile with Trapped Under Ice, Mindset and Bloodbath with Opeth, Katatonia) and both bands I wish were more active than their more popular counterparts. Yes, I like Bloodbath more than Opeth and Katatonia. Anyhow, enough rambling, check out the live shot video for “Canned Heat” and a track from Turnstile’s 7″ EP Pressure To Succeed(Reaper Records,pick up here) below. Mosh on. Continue reading →
A millennial ago in internet time(circa August 2011), a record label by the name of Flatspot Records announced that the Fall of that fateful year would befall the release of the label’s own homage to all the great hardcore compilations of the past, The Extermination Compilation. Consisting of five hardcore heavyweights of this day and age(Backtrack, Turnstile, King Nine, Soul Search, and Suburban Scum), this compilation was to be a legendary release. Trailers were released. Tracks were teased. Adult entertainment was hired as face placards for the satiable product. But this was not to be. With each passing month came another update of “It’s almost done”. The fire of hope waned as its last embers lay fueled by the lowly gas of promised test presses and problems at the printing plant. 2012 came. School ended. No Extermination Compilation. Eventually, I along with hypothetical others forgot about it. Anticipation of the compilation receded to a dark and undisturbed part of the mind, a place of unexpectancy. Come the afternoon of late July, that part of the mind opened as I saw in my usually empty mailbox, the holy grail of it all, The Extermination Compilation. I’ve listened. If the saying “Good things come to those who wait” doesn’t apply here, I don’t know what else does. Continue reading →