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:



Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review:Pale Creation-Twilight Haunt


Channeling the signature metallic hardcore sound of fellow Cleveland peers Integrity and Ringworm, Pale Creation originally released Twilight Haunt in 1999 and it still stands as their only full length record. Based on the very small number of times I've heard this band mentioned it seems the first release slipped under the radar of many at the time and to this day, quite a shame considering how outstanding this record really is. While this band does dabble in a sound not unlike the bands mentioned above, they also inject a heavy handed does of gothic atmosphere into the songs that gives them their own unique feel. Twilight Haunt is a true rarity, a metallic hardcore album that heavily dives into the more experimental territories of metal and succeeds with flying colors. Pale Creation recently played the A389 Records Bash in January, so here is hoping they are once again active and here to stay. While the limited vinyl reissue of this album has been sold out for quite sometime, it is more then worth it to purchase a digital copy from the A389 Records webstore. Hopefully with this wider release of the record, more people will get a chance to discover an album that simply needs to be heard by all fans of the more experimental side of metallic hardcore.

Listen to a song off "Twilight Haunt" on the A389 media player

Purchase a digital copy from the A389 webstoreLink

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Review: Wild//Tribe- Endless Nights

Crushing Japanese Hardcore. American Crusty D-Beat. Motorhead infused Riffs. Like what you are hearing? Then you will absolutely love Wild//Tribe’s debut album Endless Nights. The album is the perfect blend of Texas style hardcore (think World Burns to Death, Spazm 151, etc), mixed with a total love for Japanese Hardcore that bleeds through the vocals and melodies/solos (that are virtually ever-present throughout the release) all packaged in 10 d-beat driven songs. It is sometimes hard to review records by bands you are close to, but I can safely say that every bit of positivity I attribute to the record comes, not from my friendship with Wild//Tribe, but with their absolutely crushing song-writing and performance.

Wild//Tribe (ex Unit 21) opens the release with Broken Head, which just over 2 minutes of crushing hardcore that doesn’t slow down for anything. The record isn't all about speed though. The band isn’t afraid to really experiment with their sound and with the last track, Midnight Tribes, really display how talented they are. The almost ballad-like track both showcases the expertise of both guitarists and allows the dual vocalists a chance to really develop in a way that fast riffs don’t always allow. Bands with two vocalists can be tricky, but Wild//Tribe blends each together in a unique way; they don't just simply wait for each other to finish before starting, nor do they have songs for each singer. Wild//Tribe instead using both vocalists talents and matches them against each other in an almost constant onslaught. The vocals are not afraid to overlap, and in the end they construct, in my opinion, one of the most successful uses of what otherwise could be a very disastrous thing.

The record, past being written well, sounds powerful(being both recorded and mastered by Jack Control of World Burns to Death/Severed Head of State). What you can expect from this release is a polished package of heavy-hitting songs, that will also stay in your head for days. This is not however just a release for die-hard d-beat/crust fans but seems to have a little bit of something for everyone. Don’t sleep on this album.

Download Courtesy of the Band Coming Soon Via Toxicbreed Funhouse


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


A389 Recordings have officially revealed the details behind their special Eighth Anniversary Release: A limited edition professionally recorded live collaboration LP by Baltimore's PULLING TEETH, and Canadian Heavy Metal God THOR.

Dubbed as THOR'S TEETH this live LP takes you through 11 THOR classics redone by PT at 2010's A389 Anniversary concert in Baltimore. Professionally recorded/mixed by Kevin Bernsten/Developing Nations, that magical night of January 08, 2010 can now be relived at any time.

That is...IF you are one of the lucky 100 people who picked up the LP at last weekend's A389 Anniversary Bash.

However, you may be in luck as A389 has set aside an additional 100 copies which will be made available this Friday 01/27 for mailorder only. A digital release is set to follow shortly via Vulcan Sky/Smog Veil Records.

This performance is one for the history books. Check out THOR'S TEETH ripping through the THOR classic 'Thunder On The Tundra' below

Go listen:

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Nazi Dust - Wretched Hour

I've been looking forward to this release for some time. For those who don't know, Nazi Dust are from Tampa, Florida and play hardcore punk influenced by the original Boston greats like SSD, Siege, etc. While I enjoyed their previous demo and self titled 7" release on Youth Attack Records, this single sided 12" is a HUGE step up in song writing. With this release the band drops the spastic song structures, and focuses more on well rounded jams. Seriously, each song is a banger, with "Suffering" being one of the best hardcore punk songs released last year. If you're a fan of raw, blasting, distortion heavy hardcore punk don't pass this one up. This will definitely be on my year end list, and we're not even through the first month of the new year!

Pick up a copy here: BUY

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Review:Junior Bruce-The Headless King


After listening to this record nonstop for the last 3 days, I couldn't be more stoked that Junior Bruce is from Florida, my own swamp ridden backyard. Featuring the former vocalist of now practically legendary hardcore/metal group Bloodlet, Junior Bruce have released an incredible debut LP featuring 10 tracks of scathing stoner metal thats both ridiculously heavy and undeniably catchy. There is literally NO filler to be found on this record, every single note is there for a reason and that is a lesson many bands playing this style today could learn today. Too many times bands playing this style today are relying on noise/ambiance and theatrics to simply fill up space inbetween the actual songs on their LP. All the more reason it is so refreshing to see a band say no bullshit and get straight to the point:heavy excellent riffs. The vocals fall into much different territory in comparison to Scott's days in Bloodlet, falling somewhere between older Mastodon and more classic forefathers such as Black Sabbath. It's a perfect fit for the band and in my opinion his best vocals so far. This LP will stay in constant rotation for me in the months to come, and while the year has obviously just started I have a feeling I'll still be talking about this record at the end of it. For any fans of metal in general, this is something you are going to want to check out immediately.

Stream A Track From "The Headless King" Via A389 Records
Purchase The Record From The A389 Records

Thursday, January 5, 2012

JUNIOR BRUCE TO RELEASE DEBUT LP 'The Headless King' on A389 Recordings

Florida's JUNIOR BRUCE have finalized the details surrounding the release of their debut 12" titled 'The Headless King', which is set to be released on January 31, 2012 via A389 Recordings

Fronted by vocalist Scott Angelacos of Bloodlet fame, JUNIOR BRUCE‘s debut album continues along the sludgy path paved by their predecessors. With no intention of rehashing their musical past, JUNIOR BRUCE take a sharp turn into territory riddled with straightforward grooves, huge stoner riffs and gruff,
yet melodic vocals.

Angelacos recently completed an interview conducted by old friend Jeff Beckman (Pick Your Side/Haymaker/Chokehold) that was included as part of CVLT NATION’s Artist To Artist series.

JUNIOR BRUCE will also be making a trip up north in a few short weeks to perform at the A389 RECORDINGS VIII ANNIVERSARY BASH alongside Eyehategod, and Integrity to name a few. The band will have earlybird copies of their LP available at this performance. Be sure to not to miss them!!!

01/11 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
01/20 Charleston, SC @ Jimbo’s Rock Lounge (w/Antiseen)

Check out the brand new JUNIOR BRUCE track ‘Deceiver’ from
‘The Headless King’ LP/Digital coming 01/31/2012 on A389 Recordings

Check out a live video JUNIOR BRUCE performing the title track
from 'The Headless King' here: