XIBALBA is one of the most violent and fierce acts I have ever witnessed in person. The band formed in 2007 in Pomona, California. The band’s sophomore release and Southern Lord Records debut ‘Hasta la Muerte’ (2012) is still one of the most influential hardcore albums released in the last decade. It was during their tour in support of that album that I was able to see them in what used to be a United States Post Office in the small town of Whitesburg, Kentucky. The city has a population of less than 2,500 people, and it just goes to show the band is willing to play anywhere that their music is wanted. They followed up ‘Hasta la Muerte’ with their 2015 release ‘Tierra y Libertad’. On that album XIBALBA demonstrated their ability to progress their aggressive sound from one album to the next. It’s been one year since the release of ‘Tierra Y Libertad’, XIBALBA now returns with three vicious new tracks of hard hitting hardcore on ‘Diablo, Con Amor.. Adios’ via Closed Casket Activities. The EP is a continuation of the bands gritty, raw, downtuned, metallic grooves. As with their prior titles, ‘Diablo, Con Amor.. Adios’ was recorded at The Pit Recording Studio with longtime cohort Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Disgrace) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, Nails, Harm’s Way), XIBABLA also once again secured artwork from Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Suffocation) to visually depict the wrath of these three relentless tracks. XIBALBA has climbed their way to the top in regards to hardcore bands and the new EP is the proof that they have earned their rightful place at the top. Continue reading →
Cold Summer are an energetic post-hardcore 4-piece from Wakefield / Leeds. They have referenced their sound as experimental melodic rock with a twist. But the definition of an experiment is “a scientific procedure undertaken to make a discovery.” Cold Summer is no longer experimenting, they have proven their sound and are moving forward with their unique style. Fans are discovering the band by the dozens and building up a huge fan base. The band formed in 2011 and for the most part have flown under the radar in the metal world. 2012 saw the release of two EP’s by the band. ‘Transitions’ and ‘Wake’ and their ‘Self Titled’ album dropped in July 2013. Cold Summer brings the best parts of their punk and hardcore influences to the table. The band has a strong DIY approach to both their music and touring. The bands relentless show and recording output, also shows their fierce work ethic. These contributing factors has resulted in a large and growing fan base across the North Of England,as a result of playing shows alongside well respected yet diverse bands such as: Funeral For A Friend, Polar, He Is Legend, Self Defense Family, Lemuria, Milk Teeth, Brawlers, Grieved, and Employed To Serve. Cold Summer have released their follow up EP ‘Fight To Survive’ with producer Mike Bennett (Empires Fade, The Eyes Of A Traitor, The Ocean Between Us). The EP hit shelves on April 1st, 2016. Continue reading →
I have been a longtime fan of the Post-Rock/Hardcore band Will Haven from the moment I first heard them years ago so it was a no brainer for me to check out Horseneck recently when I saw they had connections to WHVN. Those connections are in the form of present and/or past members of not only Will Haven but Chelsea Wolfe as well but to be honest, that is where any and all comparisons to either band should be stopped. In fact, comparisons should not even be actually made because Horseneck is one of the more uniquely stand-alone bands I have heard in awhile. The sound they have is unlike most anything else happening in the heavy rock, alternative, or what have you scenes..their music is as diversified as it gets. And what it gets here is fantastically rocking and energetically intense and I really don’t know what labels or genre quantifications to throw at you to properly relate what the hell is going on here with the “Heavy Trip” debut. Guitarist/vocalist Anthony Paganelli, bassist Lennon Hudson, guitarist/vocalist Lance Jackman and drummer Jess Gowrie meld elements of Post-Rock, Aggro-Noise Rock, Hardcore and, believe it or not, Classic Rock. Hell, they even have synths, organs and horn sections at times and man, oh man does it make for some amazingly fascinating music on this album. This album, “Heavy Trip” being exactly what this is with the ten tracks of dense heaviness recorded by Lance Jackman (Will Haven) at The Dock, mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios and mastered by Carl Saff (Big Business, Helms Alee, Russian Circles) at Saff Mastering. It will be issued on February 17th on CD, cassette, and digital formats. Continue reading →
Directly from Belfast, Ireland has come “The Amygdala” 5-song EPfrom one of the country’s longest running extreme metal bands, Cursed Sun. After at least one full-length effort and numerous EPs, these lads are well established veterans within the the Northern Ireland music scene and for damn good reason. The music contained on this latest salvo is intense, multifaceted metal that incorporates primarily Thrash, Death Metal, Hardcore and Metalcore along with some hard Rock into the mix, and all with an endless supply of grooves. The guys themselves, vocalist Jones, guitarists Jonny and Ciaran, drummer Chris and bassist Monty, run like a well-maintained engine of pummeling savagery. It’s easy to hear what bands have probably both inspired and influenced them to play metal themselves, the primary comparison is to Pantera pure and simple. You can hear that nod to the legendary band in the savage introduction to this release, the opening cut “Breeding To Bleeding“. It’s a mid-tempo, chunky and heavily beefed-up hard hitter that chugs along with some killer guitar-fueled grooves, solid drumming, and great gravelly vocals that are full of angst and aggression. What’s really interesting is the band’s ability to merge somewhat tranquil, more melodic elements into things such as the emotion-evoking title song “The Amygdala” and its alternating harsher and cleanly sung vocals. They fluidly interchange nicely as the song’s music is equally diversified and able to provide varying types of energy, like a rollercoaster ride basically.
Texas metallers I AM are preparing to unleash their abrasively caustic style of sonic aggression upon the masses with the upcoming “Life Through Torment” album on February 10th. The record was recorded, produced, and mixed by Ryan Harvey at Red Oak Collective and mastered by Jacob Pouttu. The cover art was created by Grayson Altom with design by Benjamin Hoagland. The band is releasing the album on CD and digitally but for your enjoyment, they are streaming the release in its entirety here today along with an Official Video for the title track.
Brutal post-hardcore band Xibalba are sharing a new song from their upcoming 3-song EP, “Diablo, Con Amor… Adios“, which is to be issued via Closed Casket Activities on February 17th. The song, “Adios“, is a mournful but pummeling goodbye stated with rage and aggression. Check it out streaming below.
Multinational hardcore veterans First Blood are crashing back into the public spotlight with their upcoming “Rules” album, the band’s first new studio effort in seven years. Produced by the famed Will Putney and slated for a February 10th release through Pure Noise Records, “Rules” finds the metallic-tinged savagery of First Blood as volatile as ever. Here’s what frontman Carl Schwartz had to say about the new offering:
“Rules are everywhere. Explicit rules. Unwritten rules. Unspoken rules. The rule of law. Some rules we accept. Others we hate or choose to ignore. Frequently, those who set the rules are found guilty of breaking those rules. Many have become victims of the rules they live by, either by conquest or consent. I hope that, after listening to this album and reading the lyrics, we can revisit and remind ourselves of the very essence of the underground music scene: Living our own lives by our own rules.”
Youth Of Today was first formed in the Danbury, Connecticut region in 1985 by two members of the hardcore band Violent Children, vocalist Ray Cappo and guitarist John Porcelly. The duo were already quite beholden to social and lifestyle awareness and wanted to start a new Straightedge Hardcore band which was to be Youth Of Today of course. The pair eventually got help from two high school friends, Graham Phillips and Darren Pesce, who had played with Porcell in a band called The Young Republicans in the past. Quickly tightening their sound into a furious tumult of punk angst and intensely aggressive music, Youth Of Today recorded their debut EP, “Can’t Close My Eyes“, for Positive Force Records, the label run by 7 Seconds’ vocalist Kevin Seconds, in 1985 also. Y.o.T. began playing the circuit of hole in the wall dives and punk clubs in that region but after awhile both Graham and Darren left the band and their replacements, bassist Craig Setari and drummer Tommy Carroll (both from NYHC band Straight Ahead) joined. Tommy’s presence was short lived as he too exited after some touring and so drummer Drew Thomas of Crippled Youth came on board. Continue reading →
It appears that Alaskan metalcore band 36 Crazyfists have wrapped up the initial recording process for their next studio album. Nothing has been officially shared via any usual music news outlets but a social media posting from vocalist Brock Lindow yesterday seems to confirm the assumptions:
“The last words belted into the mic for the new album just went down. Probably the most fun I’ve had recording an album in my 20 some year career of doing the damn thing… Special thanks to my brothers @high_holtage @kb36cf @bear36cf for powering me through the trenches and creating such a killer batch of tunes for our newest chapter of @36crazyfistsofficial ..
“…Few months from now and we can get this thing out into the galactics and start the touring machine back up again. Can’t wait to see y’all and thank you for listening after all these years. See ya on the road!”
North Carolina’s Advent are an iconic, legendary band with roots in both the Metal and Hardcore worlds. Typically associated with being a Christian-based band due to their early origins connected to the band Beloved, their releasing past albums through Solid State Records and their blatantly pro-Jesus lyrics among other things. In 2011 Advent announced they were disbanding and played their then-last, final shows in South and North Carolina respectively. Thankfully that cessation in activity was short lived as they declared their return in 2015 along with news of a planned new recorded offering and now here we are on the cusp of that release manifesting. In fact, the 4-song “Pain & Suffering” EP will be released this Friday, January 27th via Bridge 9 Records. Continue reading →