Best Of 2012: Eric’s Top 30 Releases Of The Year


Similar to the conflicted state of mind the character Jules Winnfield Of Pulp Fiction was in when he decided not to execute the characters of Honey Bunny and Ringo like “fucking fried chicken”, my American Aftermath writership came at a period in my life of transition, a time of both fleeting and returning tastes. In short, my idea of “music” was flipped upside down. What was once a streamlined process of music listening and discovery was overloaded and overridden by my previous months exploration into a multitude of realms and genres previously unexplored, most notable among that being my new found discovery of hardcore and the cascading effects of that discovery, which led to realms from sludge metal to pop punk.

The following thirty album list reflects the few difficultly chosen releases that stuck with me the most throughout both the bombarding ocean of releases this year and the aforementioned musical overturn. Before we actually begin, I’d like to thank the American Aftermath crew especially Ross Gnarly, Lane Oliver, and Josh Huddleston for allowing me to be a part of their team. I would also like to thank the musicians and bands that have created music for me to write about and those that have helped out in interviews and features. Last but not least I want to thank you, the readers, for giving a shit. See you all after the jump.

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MERAUDER Announce Headlining Tour; Demo Track

New York metalcore legends Merauder have announced the dates for their upcoming East Coast headlining tour with support incoming directly from L.A. beatdown maniacs Murder Death Kill, Chicago rap-oriented hardcore act War Hound, and Riverside metalcore group Darasuum. In addition, Merauder have released a rough demo track for an as of yet untitled song. Check the dates for the tour, check the crushing title track from Merauder’s legendary album, Master Killer, and stream the demo all after the jump. Continue reading

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

WAR HOUND Release Two New Tracks

Ridiculously heavy Chicago hardcore band War Hound are currently streaming two new songs, “Truth” and “Next Level”, on YouTube. With these new songs, War Hound hit hard(as if that wasn’t expected), seamlessly interlacing their songs with more groove and heaviness than ever before. As usual, the band showcase awesome lyrical flow and prowess alongside the regular instrumental domination. Stream the two tracks above.