Thursday, February 24, 2011

Defeater- Empty Days & Sleepless Nights

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Defeater's latest album Empty Days & Sleepless Nights starts off where the band left off with their debut album Travels , continuing the story of the two sons and their addict mother, with such lyrics as, "You touch her cold hand, your mother is gone. In front of her God, needle in her arm" (from the track At Peace). Defeater's narrative lyric styling is what separates them from a lof of bands out there now, while most bands discuss personal topics Defeater breach into a more strory telling approach in which each song is a chapter giving more insight on a character and moving the story along. The album comes to a hard-hitting conclusion with the track White Oak Doors, in which the album seemingly ends abruptly, yet that is just an end to one of the characters story. While not being a traditional hardcore band, and the album not being a traditional hardcore album, it is easy to see why Defeater are so widely accepted in the hardcore scene. Empty Days & Sleepless Nights is what the hardcore scene was in dire need of, a band with versatility for not only is this a hardcore album but it also contains 4 upbeat and catchy acoustic songs making this album one that you should not sleep on.

Pick up a copy of the record here


Rating: 4/5
For Fans Of: Touche Amore, Killing the Dream, The Effort
Favorite Track: At Peace

Nails - Unsilent Death

I figured for my first review, I'd tackle one of my favorite LP's of last year; Unsilent Death by the Southern California band Nails. If you don't already know, Nails is the newest band from guitarist Todd Jones (Betrayed, Carry On, Internal Affairs, Terror), although Nails is a much different monster than any of his previous bands. While still a hardcore act at its core, there are very strong elements of other genres including grindcore and powerviolence.


The LP starts off with a blast and doesn't let up for its 14 minute duration. There is not a single track on this album that slows down enough for you to catch your breath, but that's not to say it's repetitive. As I stated before; while at its core Nails is a hardcore band, there are traces of early Napalm Death and Entombed in these songs.


The best part about Nails is their no bullshit approach to the music. There are no intro's, outro's, or interludes here: just fast, pissed off hardcore. The fast parts are fast, the breaks are heavy, and the lyrics are fucking pissed: "Bow to no man, no pig, no book of myths."


If you're into no frills, fast, heavy music do yourself a huge favor and check this band out.

Rating: 5/5

You can pick up a copy of the record HERE

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New WAR HOUND song






Chicago's War Hound just posted a new song up that's going to be on their upcoming EP, go listen! For fans of NYHC bands like Crown Of Thornz, Biohazard, and Madball.

Check it out here, and download their 2010 demo:

And if you want some merch:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Summer Of Hate 2011


Wisdom In Chains, COA and Lifeless added to Summer Of Hate in Cleveland, which is happening July 9th. I'm pretty interested to hear what the Opening Ceremony is going to include.

For more info go to the Summer Of Hate Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Summer-Of-Hate/154198447961836

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rainfest- Full Lineup

The 5th annual RAIN FEST will take place May 27, 28, and 29 at NEUMOS in Seattle, Wa.
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7 SECONDS
ALL TEETH
ANOTHER BREATH
BLACK BREATH
BREAKING GROUND
BULLY
COWARDICE
CRUEL HAND
DEVOTION
ENVISION
FIGURE FOUR
FOUNDATION
GRAVE MAKER
ILL INTENT
KNIFE FIGHT
LOSING SKIN
MADBALL
MAKE DO AND MEND
MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD
NAILS
NOT SORRY
OBLIVION
OWEN HART
POWER
PUNCH
ROTTING OUT
RUCKUS
RUN WITH THE HUNTED
SABERTOOTH ZOMBIE
SHOOK ONES
SIXES (last show)
SOJOURNER
SUPERTOUCH
THE CARRIER
TRIAL
WAIT IN VAIN
WEEKEND NACHOS
WISDOM IN CHAINS
WRECK
XIBALBA