New Waters – Experience (Review)

New WatersThis is the second album from Finnish hardcore band New Waters.

Experience is suitably titled, leading the listener on an…ahem…experience, lasting 36 minutes. As you travel through the band’s internally-forged landscapes, you get to…ahem…experience their charismatic and aggressive form of hardcore. It’s definitely an…ahem…experience. Continue reading

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Split Cranium – I’m the Devil and I’m OK (Review)

Split CraniumSplit Cranium are an international hardcore band and this is their second album.

This album features members/ex-members of Isis, Old Man Gloom, Converge, Mamiffer, and Circle, (as well as others). The band play crusty d-beat hardcore punk, with a decidedly more simple and straightforward approach than a lot of the band members’ other projects. Continue reading

Baptists – Beacon of Faith (Review)

BaptistsBaptists are a Canadian hardcore band and this is their third album.

I very much enjoyed 2014’s Bloodmines, so a new record form Baptists is well overdue.

The band’s trademark blend of violent hardcore, punk, and noise rock is intact and well, but on this latest release they have developed the latter part of their sound to a greater degree. This has resulted in a more involved and Continue reading

Toothless – Red (Review)

ToothlessToothless are a hardcore/metalcore band from the US and this is their latest EP.

The press blurb describes Red as being influenced by bands like Norma Jean, The Chariot, and Every Time I Die, and I can see that; this is of that same breed of chaotic, barbed metal/hard/noise/mathcore. If you like those aforementioned bands, then you should get on very well with Toothless. Continue reading

Wolf King – Loyal to the Soil (Review)

Wolf KingWolf King are a blackened hardcore band from the US and this is their debut album.

Ahh, this is precisely the kind of adrenaline shot you need when…well, whenever really. With the dark, invigorating energy that comes off this thing in waves you could power one of the cities of Hell, I’m sure. Continue reading

Systemik Viølence – Anarquia-Violência (Review)

Systemik ViolenceThis is the latest EP from Systemik Viølence, a blackened hardcore punk band based in Portugal.

Brutally old-school punk is mixed with something like Darkthrone’s rawest nightmares to create short, blistering songs of dark intensity and suprising catchiness. Continue reading

Hell to Pay – Bliss (Review)

Hell to PayHell to Pay are a US hardcore band and this is their debut album.

Here we have 29 minutes of hardcore mixed with elements of metal, grindcore, death metal, and crust. About a third of the running time is taken up by the last track, leaving most of the other songs as Continue reading