Capra – In Transmission (Review)

Capra - In TransmissionThis is the debut album from US hardcore band Capra.

Capra play a hybrid style of metallic hardcore and punk. It’s a style that you don’t hear too much these days, and they play it damn well. It’s a style that makes me very nostalgic, yet at the same time it also sounds vibrant and fresh due to the band’s inherent enthusiasm and skill. Continue reading “Capra – In Transmission (Review)”

Among Phantoms – Memories/Catastrophes (Review)

Among Phantoms - Memories CatastrophesAmong Phantoms are a hardcore band from Denmark and this is their debut album.

This is a modern brand of hardcore, with elements of metalcore that can be heard, alongside a healthy rock influence. Continue reading “Among Phantoms – Memories/Catastrophes (Review)”

Ghastly Sound – Have a Nice Day (Review)

Ghastly Sound - Have a Nice DayThis is the debut album from US metallers Ghastly Sound.

Having really enjoyed both Ghastly Sound and The Bottom, I’ve been looking forward to Have a Nice Day. It has not disappointed, quite the opposite in fact. Continue reading “Ghastly Sound – Have a Nice Day (Review)”

Shock Narcotic – I Have Seen the Future and It Doesn’t Work (Review)

Shock Narcotic - I Have Seen the Future and It Doesn't WorkThis is the debut album from Shock Narcotic, a grindcore band from the US.

Featuring current and ex-members of bands such as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Child Bite, and The Black Dahlia Murder, this is 19 minutes of nasty grindcore mixed with elements of chaotic hardcore and jagged metal. Continue reading “Shock Narcotic – I Have Seen the Future and It Doesn’t Work (Review)”

Gnarwolf – GnarVina – Split (Review)

gnarwolf - gnarvina - splitGnarwolf are a US hardcore band and this is their latest EP, a split with Covina.

I enjoyed 2017’s II, so am pleased to hear some new work from Gnarwolf. We only have seven minutes of material here, divided into three songs, but it sure hits the spot. Continue reading “Gnarwolf – GnarVina – Split (Review)”

Dead Retinas – Divine (Review)

Dead Retinas - DivineDead Retinas are a hardcore band from the UK and this is their latest EP.

Here we have 10 minutes of energetic and charismatic hardcore. This is sharp, scathing music that knows a good riff when it sees it and is backed up by punishing beats and a sense of songwriting that’s compelling and moreish. Continue reading “Dead Retinas – Divine (Review)”

Violent Life Violent Death – Come, Heavy Breath (Review)

Violent Life Violent DeathViolent Life Violent Death are a US metal/hardcore band from the US and this is their second EP.

Mixing old and new influences from the metalcore and hardcore scenes, this is a savage and heavy collection of songs, despite being enhanced by some more accessible parts here and there. Continue reading “Violent Life Violent Death – Come, Heavy Breath (Review)”

Hivetower – Lunacy (Review)

HivetowerHivetower are a US metal band and this is their debut EP.

I like this, it has character. On the longer side for an EP, (31 minutes), Hivetower have produced the type of metal album that pilfers willingly from a few different scenes and styles, while still managing to have a personality of its own. Continue reading “Hivetower – Lunacy (Review)”

Brond – Graveyard Campfire (Review)

BrondBrond are a Bulgarian rock band and this is their debut album.

Brond’s music mixes riff-focused modern rock and post-hardcore/rock, with progressive, stoner, and noise/math rock tendencies. Wow. Now there’s a description. Delivering eight tracks across almost 44 minutes of music, Graveyard Campfire is a well-realised and enjoyable release, despite my mangling together of various subgenres in an attempt to loosely categorise it. Continue reading “Brond – Graveyard Campfire (Review)”

Ghastly Sound – The Bottom (Review)

Ghastly SoundGhastly Sound are a metal/hardcore band from the US and this is their second EP.

Oh Ghastly Sound, with this latest EP you’re really spoiling us. Already this year we were treated to your extremely enjoyable self-titled debut EP, and now, hardly any time at all later, you’ve now gifted us with your latest creation – The Bottom. Continue reading “Ghastly Sound – The Bottom (Review)”