Thursday, March 15, 2012


Convulsions will be heading into the studio Mat 21st to record their forthcoming EP entitled I'll Be Seeing You. They will be recording at the infamous Machines With Magnets Studio in Pawtucket, RI. Record is set to be released in Early August via Glory Kid Ltd. It will be available in a 12" format and digital download. Jazzed.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Review:Comity-The Journey Is Over Now


French band Comity has kept a relatively low profile in the US despite releasing some of the most challenging and ultimately rewarding chaotic metal/hardcore material in the last decade. As with both their previous LP's, The Journey Is Over Now is dense and layered, taking several listens to fully digest and appreciate. Split into four separate parts but meant to be taken in as a whole, the band explores practically every genre of extreme music, from chaotic metalcore to more traditional screamo elements as well as some more sludgey downtempo sections. Much praise should be given as the band has managed to write such lengthy material that is devoid of a riff/section overstaying it's welcome when so many different elements are at play. Fans of the controlled technical chaos made famous by bands such as Botch, Converge and Dillinger Escape Plan will find plenty to enjoy here. This is an undeniably ambitious record that continues to reward with repeated listens. With Throatruiner records offering a free download of LP via their bandcamp page (see the link above), there is no absolutely no reason not to check this out.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Raindance Announce Northeast Tour!

Raindance will be hitting the Northeast coastal region of this fine country this month with the support of their label mates Colony on selected dates. Here ya go:

Mar 12th Providence, RI @ Secret Location (Video Shoot)
Mar 13th Portland, ME @ Geno’s
Mar 14th Burlington, VT @ 242 Main w/ Colony
Mar 15th Buffalo, NY @ TBA
Mar 16th Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Pickwick Pub w/ Colony
Mar 17th Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
Mar 18th TBA, NJ @ TBA
Mar 19th Haverhill, MA @ Anchors Up w/ New Lows, Loma Prieta

Thursday, March 1, 2012

REVIEW: War Hound- Colder Than Ever LP

If you have been living under a rock for the past year or two I’ll give you a quick summary of the band. Based out of Chicago, IL, War Hound consists of Ronnie Vinal, Jon Ortiz, Nico LaCorcia, Sean Inacio, and Sergio Mendoza Jr. The band plays an aggressive style of hardcore similar to the likes of Biohazard, Fury Of Five, and Dmize.

War Hound have finally wrapped up their eagerly awaited LP entitled “Colder Than Ever”. This is the bands debut LP on the long time running I Scream Records (Life Of Agony, Madball, Trapped Under Ice). Taking a wide range of influences and bringing it into a sound that they harnessed themselves, War Hound draw from all over on Colder Than Ever.

LP features 11 brand new tracks and is due out this April. I might sound biased since I’ve been a fan of the band for a long time, but I’m presently surprised with this LP as a whole. Dudes have drastically stepped their game up on song structure and lyrically.

Also, it’s amazing to see longtime members of the Hardcore community like Stikman taking time out of their schedule to drop a few lines on a new bands album.

Do yourself a favor and buy a copy of this album when it’s released this April.

1. Blue
2. Colder Than Ever (Ft. Tom Of Unfinished Business)
3. No Love
4. Cut Short
5. The Realness (Ft. Shane And Luke Of The Killer)
6. Vibe (Ft. Colin Of Twitching Tongues)
7. Pariah (Ft. Stikman Of Fury Of Five)
8. Die Slow
9. Big Brother (Ft. Senta Of Numb And Dave Ta Lose)
10. The Abyss
11. The Other Side

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


BENCHPRESS may seem like a joke band based on their name  But don't let that fool you. Taking influence from bands like Integrity, Madball, and Terror, it's hard not to take them seriously.  If you like fast paced hardcore with shredtastic solos, mixed with some added fun for the mosh warriors, this band is for you.  BENCHPRESS is from Central PA and making a name for themselves very quickly.  So if you're from PA, NY, MD, NJ, chances are you might be hearing about this band soon.  Now about the Stay Hated EP. It's 6 tracks of metal-laced hardcore full of pure fury and rage.  The albums opener "Hellbound" has a really strong New York "bouncy" feel to it and gives you and good taste for the band and what they're about.  The follow-up "Out of My Mind" is definitely a song for kids trying to hit the pit.  Its hard and heavy through the song and at towards the end of the song Donnie lays down a very sensible guitar lead.  Personally, I think bands playing this style of music needs to incorporate more guitar solos and leads into songs.  It's something I've felt for awhile so I have no problem with BENCHPRESS taking advantage of Donnie being a shredder.  Onward to the next song, "Better."  This song is fast, energetic, rageful, and not going to make your ashamed to get in a east coast circle pit.  I don't want to call the 4th track, Grudges a "filler track."  But to me there isn't really anything noteworthy going on in the song for me.  It's still a solid song and deserves it's place on the album.  Every band has a "love/girl" song.  And Misery is BENCHPRESS's.  The lyrics clearly seem to be about a break-up.  "Don't get it twisted" though, because there is absolutely nothing soft about this song at all.  Donnie again incorporating a killer lead at the end of the song bringing it all together to set up for the last track "Stay Hated."  The title track is the best on the album in my opinion.  Everything seems to be on point.  The song seems to be about doing what you do.  Being yourself and giving 0 fucks if people hate you because of who you are.  Ryan's backing vocals toward the end of the song is easily my favorite part of the whole EP.  It's dead on and almost gives you chills.  All in all, Carson Slovak seem to do a good job with the production.  I don't think I've heard any thing else he did but nothing seems to get lost in the mix and you can hear everything clearly.  I'll give it a 4/5.  It's a solid debut release and it shows a lot of promise.  The EP will be posted on Toxicbreeds Funhouse after the release show with Doubledealer and Burdens on March 10.  Look out for it.  But for now, check out two tracks on their facebook here:

Monday, February 27, 2012


Friday 3.16

Black Breath
All Pigs Must Die
KEN Mode
Young And In The Way

High On Fire
Trash Talk
Code Orange Kids
Black Cobra
Full Of Hell
Dead In The Dirt

Friday, February 24, 2012


Washington DC's incredibly brutal ILSA, have announced they will be releasing their sophomore LP titled 'Intoxicantation' via Baltimore's A389 Recordings.

Formed in 2008 ILSA self released a demo CDR before fine-tuning their sound and unleashing the incredible 'Tutti Il Colori Del Buio' LP (Contagion Releasing) which received rave reviews and was followed up by a split 12" with Finland's Hooded Menace.

Combining an obsession with 1970's foreign horror films, and a sound that is equally devastating on record as in a live environment, ILSA is sure to please fans of Grief, Amebix, and label mates Seven Sisters Of Sleep.
Listen to the track 'Blood Rituals' taken from their LP 'Tutti Il Colori Del Buio' available via Contagion Releasing

The band is booked with Kevin Bernsten (Developing Nations) over the next month, and the album artwork is currently being assembled by the drummer Joshy and vocalist Orion (whom have previously collaborated of the band's previous artwork).

Stay tuned for updated information on the release of ILSA's new LP 'Intoxicantation' on A389 Recordings. Add the band on Facebook in the meantime: