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Another Breath – The God Complex

Posted March 1, 2010, 8:26 a.m.

Another Breath – The God Complex

It’s been quite some time since Another Breath released Mill City. Granted it has only been a few years, but in hardcore that means an ... read more

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The Get Up Kids – Something to Write Home About (Reissue)

Posted Dec. 16, 2009, 10:46 p.m.

The Get Up Kids – Something to Write Home About (Reissue)

The release of The Get Up Kids’ debut full-length Four Minute Mile is something that I recall with the greatest of ease. My sister won ... read more

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Doomriders – Darkness Come Alive

Posted Dec. 14, 2009, 7:45 a.m.

Doomriders – Darkness Come Alive

Doomriders debut effort Black Thunder launched the Boston-based outfit into action with their dark-themed hybrid of punk, metal, and hardcore. Since its release the band ... read more

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Foundation – Hang Your Head

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 8:36 a.m.

Foundation – Hang Your Head

I grew up on 90’s hardcore, so when I hear new band’s drawing influence from that era I get excited. Atlanta’s Foundation does just that ... read more

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TV Crimes – Demo

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 8:34 a.m.

TV Crimes – Demo

I take pride in my local hardcore scene. I try to make it out to as many shows as I can, support friends in bands ... read more

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Like Wolves – Paths

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 8:16 a.m.

Like Wolves – Paths

Paths is the second 7” release from Rochester’s Like Wolves. I really enjoyed their demo 7”, but this is even better, showing immense promise for ... read more

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Troublemaker – Sons of No One

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 8:14 a.m.

Troublemaker – Sons of No One

New Jersey’s Troublemaker (not to be confused with the Westcoast one) bring forth seven new songs on their Sons of No One 7”. The band ... read more

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Damages – Scars

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 8:11 a.m.

Damages – Scars

About this time last year I received a 7” from a band named All Through a Life. That 7” contained a welcome surprise of D.C. ... read more

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Stressed Out / Rip it Up – Split

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 8:10 a.m.

Stressed Out / Rip it Up – Split

Self-released split 7”s are a rarity these days. This one features two bands from the state of New Jersey with both bands offering their take ... read more

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Fake Problems / Ninja Gun – Split

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 8:07 a.m.

Fake Problems / Ninja Gun – Split

This split 7” from Sabot teams up two punk sensations for one exclusive track each. Fake Problems offer up “The Manliest Man of All Men,” ... read more

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End of All – Places

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 8:05 a.m.

End of All – Places

Sweden is a country known for its thrash and death metal bands. End of All’s name had me thinking of End This Day. And since ... read more

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Monument to Thieves – Anyone but You

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 8:04 a.m.

Monument to Thieves – Anyone but You

Monument to Thieves is the title of the second full-length from His Hero is Gone. After listening to this 7” I found faint influence from ... read more

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Sakes Alive!! – Act II

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 8:01 a.m.

Sakes Alive!! – Act II

Act II is the second in a series of three 7” to come from Sakes Alive!! and this one picks up where the hardcore group ... read more

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Northern Towns – Good as Gold

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 8 a.m.

Northern Towns – Good as Gold

Northern Towns is a new San Diego outfit that features former members of Over My Dead Body and Please Mr. Gravedigger. Before you get excited ... read more

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Ancient Sky – Ancient Sky

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:57 a.m.

Ancient Sky – Ancient Sky

Ancient Sky is a fairly new group of individuals with impressive musical resumes with members having performed in City of Caterpillar, Darkest Hour, and Majority ... read more

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The Taxpayers – A Rhythm in the Cages

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:55 a.m.

The Taxpayers – A Rhythm in the Cages

The Taxpayers are a three-piece punk outfit from Portland, OR. A Rhythm in the Cages is their second full-length, with twelve songs that run the ... read more

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Litany for the Whale – Dolores

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:53 a.m.

Litany for the Whale – Dolores

John Cage was an avant-garde composer, poet, music theorist, artist, printmaker, etc. that was popular in the early part of the 20th century. “Litany for ... read more

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MGR y Destructo Swarmbots – Amigos de la Guitarra

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:51 a.m.

MGR y Destructo Swarmbots – Amigos de la Guitarra

Amigos de la Guitarra is a collaborative effort from MGR - the solo project of Mike Gallagher of Isis - and Destructo Swarmbots’ Mike Mare. ... read more

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Rot in Hell – Hallways of the Always

Posted Dec. 1, 2009, 4:01 p.m.

Rot in Hell – Hallways of the Always

If you’re not familiar with Rot in Hell, then this collection of recordings is a great place to start. Hallways of the Always compiles all ... read more

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Advent – Naked and Cold

Posted Nov. 12, 2009, 2:18 a.m.

Advent – Naked and Cold

Beloved was a band that I never really got into. I gave them a chance, but to me, they were just another band in the ... read more

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This Time Next Year – Road Maps and Heart Attacks

Posted Nov. 8, 2009, 8:19 p.m.

This Time Next Year – Road Maps and Heart Attacks

The term “pop-punk” has been tarnished and dragged through the mud quite a bit thanks to the surge of boy bands disguising themselves as pop-punk ... read more

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Keelhaul – Keelhaul's Triumphant Return to Obscurity

Posted Nov. 5, 2009, 12:46 a.m.

Keelhaul – Keelhaul's Triumphant Return to Obscurity

It’s been five years since Cleveland-based Keelhaul last graced us with Subject to Change Without Notice. In that time a lot has transpired, and not ... read more

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Sunny Day Real Estate – Diary / LP2 (Reissues)

Posted Oct. 30, 2009, 12:17 a.m.

Sunny Day Real Estate – Diary / LP2 (Reissues)

When it comes to album reissues, it is actually a much more difficult task to write a fair and unbiased review than you might think, ... read more

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Rise and Fall – Our Circle is Vicious

Posted Oct. 27, 2009, 2:35 a.m.

Rise and Fall – Our Circle is Vicious

Progression in music is never an easy thing to accomplish without getting mixed reactions; the hardcore community seems to be especially critical. You’re always going ... read more

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Folsom – Hammer Lane

Posted Oct. 26, 2009, 3:39 a.m.

Folsom – Hammer Lane

Since hitting the scene with a monstrous demo, Folsom have kept themselves busy with a full-length, couple of EP releases, and sporadic touring. The Las ... read more

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Converge – Axe to Fall

Posted Oct. 19, 2009, 3:44 p.m.

Converge – Axe to Fall

As they approach twenty years as a band, taking a look back at what Converge has accomplished throughout their career span would be a fairly ... read more

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Lewd Acts – Black Eye Blues

Posted Oct. 19, 2009, 3:34 p.m.

Lewd Acts – Black Eye Blues

Lewd Acts finally release their debut full-length in the form of Black Eye Blues. And with their first long-player, the San Diego outfit makes good ... read more

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Nightmare of You – Infomaniac

Posted Oct. 16, 2009, 12:17 a.m.

Nightmare of You – Infomaniac

With the release of their self-titled debut in 2005 Nightmare of You made it a point to distance themselves from their post-The Movielife buzz and ... read more

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Soul Control – Cycles

Posted Oct. 13, 2009, 10:51 a.m.

Soul Control – Cycles

Cycles marks a couple of firsts for Soul Control. After a slew of releases (an EP, a split 7”, a comprehensive CD release also featuring ... read more

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Dead Swans – Sleepwalkers

Posted Sept. 28, 2009, 7:36 p.m.

Dead Swans – Sleepwalkers

Dead Swans is the U.K. hardcore circuit’s latest export to reach American soil, currently being championed by the folks over at Bridge Nine Records. Sleepwalkers ... read more

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Polar Bear Club – Chasing Hamburg

Posted Sept. 22, 2009, 4:02 a.m.

Polar Bear Club – Chasing Hamburg

Polar Bear Club is essentially the musical version of the story, The Little Engine that Could. Here we have a band, that started out merely ... read more

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Andrew W.K. – 55 Cadillac

Posted Sept. 18, 2009, 12:02 a.m.

Andrew W.K. – 55 Cadillac

If I were to comprise a short list of individuals that I would love to sit down and just have an open-ended conversation with, Andrew ... read more

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True Colors – Rush of Hope

Posted Sept. 16, 2009, 8:37 p.m.

True Colors – Rush of Hope

The European hardcore scene has always fascinated me, and for many reasons. But perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the world of hardcore on the ... read more

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...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – The Century of Self

Posted Sept. 8, 2009, 4 p.m.

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – The Century of Self

Texas rockers ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead return with their sixth full-length effort, The Century of Self. The band’s newest ... read more

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Death Before Dishonor – Better Ways to Die

Posted Sept. 7, 2009, 1:16 a.m.

Death Before Dishonor – Better Ways to Die

Boston natives Death Before Dishonor really broke through with their 2007 full-length Count Me In. Like it’s predecessors, it featured a punishing assault of metallic ... read more

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This is Hell – Warbirds

Posted Sept. 3, 2009, 10:08 p.m.

This is Hell – Warbirds

Long Island natives This is Hell have been going full-force since their formation in 2004. There has been an endless stream of releases - a ... read more

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The Catalyst – Swallow Your Teeth

Posted Sept. 1, 2009, 11:24 p.m.

The Catalyst – Swallow Your Teeth

It’s hard to believe that Richmond, Virginia natives The Catalyst are only releasing their first full-length record in the form of Swallow Your Teeth. But ... read more

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City of Ships – Look What God Did to Us

Posted Aug. 31, 2009, 12:59 a.m.

City of Ships – Look What God Did to Us

Occasionally, a member of the staff at Scene Point Blank will write a piece on an artist of which I’m not entirely familiar. As a ... read more

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Mellowdrone – Angry Bear

Posted Aug. 28, 2009, 2:53 a.m.

Mellowdrone – Angry Bear

Los Angeles by way of Boston by way of Miami by way of Venezuela, Mellowdrone return with a second full-length recording in a career that ... read more

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We'll Go Machete – We'll Go Machete

Posted Aug. 26, 2009, 11:19 p.m.

We'll Go Machete – We'll Go Machete

Austin, Texas natives We’ll Go Machete offer six songs on their debut EP, released through indie label Cedar Fever Records, also based in Austin. It ... read more

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A Kid Named Thompson / Altus – Split

Posted Aug. 26, 2009, 11:17 p.m.

A Kid Named Thompson / Altus – Split

Two newcomers from Texas team up for a split 7” release. You get one track each, generally falling within the bounds of the indie music ... read more

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No Harm Done / Offsides – Split

Posted Aug. 26, 2009, 11:15 p.m.

No Harm Done / Offsides – Split

Seafoam Recordings teams up No Harm Done from Florida and Offsides from Connecticut on this limited edition split 7”. The a-side features the final three ... read more

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¡Apeshit! – Cavalier Activity

Posted Aug. 26, 2009, 11:12 p.m.

¡Apeshit! – Cavalier Activity

Two years back I reviewed ¡Apeshit!’s self-titled demo. The record contained thirteen songs in just about eleven minutes. This 7” EP - which the band ... read more

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All Leather – Hung Like a Horse

Posted Aug. 26, 2009, 11:09 p.m.

All Leather – Hung Like a Horse

With the demise of Some Girls and the considerable downtime of The Locust, Justin Pearson got the itch to do something new. He teamed up ... read more

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Half Hearted Hero – Defining. Refining.

Posted Aug. 26, 2009, 11:06 p.m.

Half Hearted Hero – Defining. Refining.

Massachusetts is obviously more well known for its metal and hardcore scenes, but they’ve also got a pretty substantial stream of pop-punk bands churning out ... read more

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Outrage – Broken

Posted Aug. 24, 2009, 9:01 p.m.

Outrage – Broken

Massachusetts has been a bastion for hardcore throughout the years, and 2009 isn’t any different. Outrage bring forth their debut full-length, Broken, which follows up ... read more

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Wolves & Thieves – Wolves & Thieves

Posted Aug. 20, 2009, 8:48 p.m.

Wolves & Thieves – Wolves & Thieves

I talk about the Bay Area hardcore scene a lot. Okay, maybe a little more than a lot. But it is a quality scene, so ... read more

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Title Fight – The Last Thing You Forget

Posted Aug. 19, 2009, 11:56 p.m.

Title Fight – The Last Thing You Forget

Pennsylvania natives Title Fight return with a collection of new and old on The Last Thing You Forget. This 7” contains three brand new cuts ... read more

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The Killer – Not All Who are Lost...

Posted Aug. 17, 2009, 3:31 p.m.

The Killer – Not All Who are Lost...

A few months back I spent a weekend in Chicago for the Burning Fight book release show. Granted this wasn’t an exclusively Chicago hardcore event ... read more

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Withdrawal – Unknown Misery

Posted Aug. 16, 2009, 10:48 p.m.

Withdrawal – Unknown Misery

Sometimes a band digs its claws into your very essence. This band refuses to let go, and only deepens its grip as times passes. Since ... read more

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Broadway Calls – Good Views, Bad News

Posted Aug. 10, 2009, 7:48 a.m.

Broadway Calls – Good Views, Bad News

It has been two years since Broadway Calls last graced us with a full-length release. But in that time the band has been keeping busy. ... read more

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Constants – The Foundation, The Machine, The Ascension

Posted Aug. 5, 2009, 8:54 p.m.

Constants – The Foundation, The Machine, The Ascension

Boston-based shoe-gazing space-rockers Constants return with their second full-length and follow-up to 2006’s The Murder of Tom Fitzgerril EP. With The Foundation, The Machine, The ... read more

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Iron Age – The Sleeping Eye

Posted Aug. 3, 2009, 9:36 p.m.

Iron Age – The Sleeping Eye

Texas natives Iron Age return with their second long-player, The Sleeping Eye, after making quite a name for themselves with 2006’s Constant Struggle. The band’s ... read more

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Unholy – New Life Behind Closed Eyes

Posted Aug. 2, 2009, 10:57 p.m.

Unholy – New Life Behind Closed Eyes

Unholy returns with a brand new full-length effort, and with it comes a number of new beginnings. First off, the band has seen a major ... read more

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At Our Heels – At Our Heels

Posted July 29, 2009, 5:01 p.m.

At Our Heels – At Our Heels

At Our Heels is yet another in the ever growing list of bands to emerge from the Bay Area’s excellent hardcore scene. Alex Pulisci began ... read more

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Tigers Jaw – Spirit Desire

Posted July 29, 2009, 4:59 p.m.

Tigers Jaw – Spirit Desire

Scranton, PA’s Tigers Jaw has really captivated listeners since releasing their second full-length album last year. Sure, they released their first full-length two years prior, ... read more

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Strangers – Night Minutes

Posted July 29, 2009, 4:57 p.m.

Strangers – Night Minutes

Night Minutes is the latest release from New Zealand’s Strangers. The group made quite a splash with their 2007 debut, Holding., and the subsequent full-length, ... read more

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In the Hollows – In the Hollows

Posted July 29, 2009, 4:54 p.m.

In the Hollows – In the Hollows

The pedigree of Baltimore-based In the Hollows is impressive, featuring members of Champion, Pulling Teeth, and Ruiner. The group offers up their debut release, a ... read more

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The Recluse – Summer Showers

Posted July 29, 2009, 4:53 p.m.

The Recluse – Summer Showers

Summer Showers is my first exposure to Alabama group The Recluse. I swore I heard their name before, in fact I think I saw them ... read more

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Masakari – Eden Compromised

Posted July 29, 2009, 4:50 p.m.

Masakari – Eden Compromised

After one listen to Eden Compromised, it’s not surprising to find that Masakari take their name from a battle-axe used in ancient Japan. The four ... read more

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Oak & Bone – Oak & Bone

Posted July 29, 2009, 4:48 p.m.

Oak & Bone – Oak & Bone

Oak and Bone hail from upstate New York, but when you listen to their debut 7” you would definitely not assume that by any guess. ... read more

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Higher Giant – The First Five

Posted July 29, 2009, 4:46 p.m.

Higher Giant – The First Five

Kid Dynamite. Grey Area. Paint it Black. Lifetime. Warzone. Yeah, these guys were in more than just a few quality bands over the past years. ... read more

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Mirrors and Wires – Colourized Audio Transmission

Posted July 29, 2009, 4:44 p.m.

Mirrors and Wires – Colourized Audio Transmission

Well. Colourized Audio Transmission from Mirrors and Wires is the most random album that I’ve received to review thus far this year. Released on Headcount ... read more

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Zhenia Golov / Botox Party – Split

Posted July 29, 2009, 4:43 p.m.

Zhenia Golov / Botox Party – Split

Railroaded Records teams up two Eastcoast acts on this limited split 7” release: Zhenia Golov from New Brunswick, New Jersey and Botox Party from Richmond, ... read more

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Adams Dagger – The Ripper

Posted July 29, 2009, 4:41 p.m.

Adams Dagger – The Ripper

Adams Dagger - California by way of Florida. This reminds of the 80’s hardcore scene when bands moved from all over to California or New ... read more

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Child Bite / This Moment In Black History – Split

Posted July 29, 2009, 4:39 p.m.

Child Bite / This Moment In Black History – Split

A couple of the rust-belt cities connect themselves through this new split 7” release. Detroit’s Child Bite and Cleveland’s This Moment in Black History each ... read more

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Pelican – Ephemeral

Posted July 27, 2009, 4:55 p.m.

Pelican – Ephemeral

I’ll be honest. I hadn’t really listened to Pelican all that much since City of Echoes was released in 2007. In fact, I think I ... read more

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The Mars Volta – Octahedron

Posted July 23, 2009, 5:03 p.m.

The Mars Volta – Octahedron

Throughout their eight-year tenure as a band, The Mars Volta has never been timid about doing whatever they please. The collaborative duo that is The ... read more

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Minute of Arc – Future Forests

Posted July 22, 2009, 12:50 a.m.

Minute of Arc – Future Forests

People make it a point to search far and wide for new music. I’m not against this by any means; I’ve found many quality bands ... read more

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Skin Like Iron – All Human Failings

Posted July 20, 2009, 7:39 a.m.

Skin Like Iron – All Human Failings

Never wasting a moment, the Bay Area’s Skin Like Iron has brought forth yet another new recording with this seven-track 12” EP. All Human Failings ... read more

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All Teeth – I am Losing

Posted July 12, 2009, 9:30 p.m.

All Teeth – I am Losing

Every so often you hear a record and it instantaneously floors you. All Teeth’s debut full-length I Am Losing is one of those records. The ... read more

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Sabertooth Zombie – …And Your Fathers are Dead in the Ground

Posted July 7, 2009, 2:56 a.m.

Sabertooth Zombie – …And Your Fathers are Dead in the Ground

California’s most intriguing current hardcore outfit, Sabertooth Zombie, returns with their latest full-length effort. Since they’ve last released Midnight Venom in 2006, the group has ... read more

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Oceans – Nothing Collapses

Posted July 2, 2009, 4:24 p.m.

Oceans – Nothing Collapses

Chicago natives Oceans offer up nine tracks with sixty minutes worth of music on their debut effort. The five-piece maintain a post-rock inspired craft throughout ... read more

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Outbreak – Work to Death

Posted June 30, 2009, 4:59 a.m.

Outbreak – Work to Death

I’ll be honest here. I was never a huge Outbreak fan. You Make Us Sick was fairly decent, but I was never really sold on ... read more

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The Reed Sea – No Help

Posted June 30, 2009, 4:56 a.m.

The Reed Sea – No Help

Hailing from Oregon, this four-piece outfit has brought forth a four-song EP titled No Help. The title of the EP is fitting as the band ... read more

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Man Overboard – Hung Up on Nothing

Posted June 30, 2009, 4:54 a.m.

Man Overboard – Hung Up on Nothing

Man Overboard is the latest bubble-gum pop-punk band to come around, joining the existing one hundred thousand others. This four-piece hails from New Jersey, and ... read more

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Disappearer – The Clearing

Posted June 28, 2009, 3:44 p.m.

Disappearer – The Clearing

Massachusetts-based Disappearer returns with their long-awaited second release. The Clearing marks the band’s first full-length effort, which follows up the band’s 2006’s self-titled EP release ... read more

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Pulling Teeth – Paranoid Delusions | Paradise Illusions

Posted June 22, 2009, 2:10 p.m.

Pulling Teeth – Paranoid Delusions | Paradise Illusions

Pulling Teeth continues to be an extremely active and productive group - touring the world and releasing three full-lengths and several singles since their inception. ... read more

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Transit – Stay Home

Posted June 17, 2009, 3:29 p.m.

Transit – Stay Home

Just as a clock comes full circle, so does the music world. Every couple of years the music cycle rotates back around from a previous ... read more

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Skeletons with Flesh on Them – All the Other Animals

Posted June 8, 2009, 12:37 a.m.

Skeletons with Flesh on Them – All the Other Animals

“I’m about to sell five copies of All the Other Animals by Skeletons with Flesh on Them.” I can totally picture some chap that works ... read more

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My Heart to Joy – Seasons in Verse

Posted May 31, 2009, 11:53 p.m.

My Heart to Joy – Seasons in Verse

Seasons in Verse is the debut full-length from Connecticut’s My Heart to Joy. The band’s first long player is the follow-up to the band’s most ... read more

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Casting Curses – Heartificial

Posted May 27, 2009, 12:57 a.m.

Casting Curses – Heartificial

Heartificial is a two-song EP from Upstate New York’s Casting Curses. This five-piece hardcore outfit delivers an impact statement in just two songs, something that ... read more

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Gray Ghost – Deep in the Shallow End

Posted May 27, 2009, 12:55 a.m.

Gray Ghost – Deep in the Shallow End

Atlanta-based outfit Gray Ghost return with their debut full-length. Following up their self-titled EP from last year, the band continues to evolve their sound. Still ... read more

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Dark Days – How Have We Done This

Posted May 27, 2009, 12:53 a.m.

Dark Days – How Have We Done This

Dark Days is a new band from the Bay Area of California and this is their five-song demo recording. It was printed on both cassette ... read more

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Iron Rain – Demo

Posted May 27, 2009, 12:51 a.m.

Iron Rain – Demo

I got this demo while I was in Chicago recently. This one was being given away outside of a show. Normally when bands do this, ... read more

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Nowhere Bound – Demo

Posted May 27, 2009, 12:49 a.m.

Nowhere Bound – Demo

Nowhere Bound is a new hardcore band from the Chicago area and this is their four-song demo. They’ve got an Eastcoast flavor going on over ... read more

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Arms Aloft – Comfort at Any Cost

Posted May 27, 2009, 12:48 a.m.

Arms Aloft – Comfort at Any Cost

Hailing from Wisconsin, Arms Aloft are quite a surprise with their 7” debut Comfort at Any Cost. This four-song EP follows up a demo recording ... read more

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Hope Lane is a Dead End – Illuminate

Posted May 27, 2009, 12:46 a.m.

Hope Lane is a Dead End – Illuminate

Metalcore has been an interesting genre over the years. Initially bands like Integrity, Earth Crisis, and Unbroken were labeled as metalcore for their metal influences ... read more

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Heads Held High – So Say We All

Posted May 27, 2009, 12:44 a.m.

Heads Held High – So Say We All

So Say We All is the full-length debut from Clevelanders Heads Held High. These five gentlemen have been kicking around in the city for a ... read more

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Narrows – New Distances

Posted May 24, 2009, 11:46 p.m.

Narrows – New Distances

Narrows return to the musical fold with their debut full-length and follow-up to last year’s very impressive self-titled EP. Like many others, when news of ... read more

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Capital – Blind Faith

Posted May 12, 2009, 12:33 a.m.

Capital – Blind Faith

Tommy Corrigan does no wrong. Silent Majority was an amazing and completely underrated band. Blood Red was an outstanding and original sounding group. And his ... read more

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Deathright – The Collapse

Posted April 29, 2009, 8:57 p.m.

Deathright – The Collapse

In spite of its low profile, the Pittsburgh hardcore scene is one of the better currently running, consistently churning out outstanding and original bands. Because ... read more

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Last Lights – No Past No Present No Future

Posted April 27, 2009, 10:06 a.m.

Last Lights – No Past No Present No Future

So often music defines our lives. We hear a song at a moment in our lives that no matter where we are from then on, ... read more

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Let Me Run – Meet Me at the Bottom

Posted April 17, 2009, 2:43 a.m.

Let Me Run – Meet Me at the Bottom

Hailing from New Jersey, Let Me Run is the latest in a series of bands walking the line between the punk, rock and roll, and ... read more

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Past Lives – Strange Symmetry

Posted April 13, 2009, 12:28 a.m.

Past Lives – Strange Symmetry

The hiatus and eventual breakup of The Blood Brothers in 2007 left many of their fans heartbroken. But honestly, with as many musical outlets as ... read more

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Steel Nation / Crucified – Split

Posted April 3, 2009, 1:19 a.m.

Steel Nation / Crucified – Split

Two very promising bands take on each other with this split 7": Steel Nation hailing from Pittsburgh while Crucified call the Bay Area home. Both ... read more

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These Arms are Snakes / Tropics – Split

Posted April 3, 2009, 1:15 a.m.

These Arms are Snakes / Tropics – Split

Here we have another limited edition split 7", this one that was issued in support of These Arms are Snakes and Tropics European tour together. ... read more

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Various Artists – Mass vs. Cali

Posted April 3, 2009, 1:12 a.m.

Various Artists – Mass vs. Cali

This 7” compilation partners two Massachusetts bands on one side and two California bands on the other side. Each band contributes one track each; with ... read more

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Until Your Heart Stops – We are not Coming Down

Posted April 3, 2009, 1:10 a.m.

Until Your Heart Stops – We are not Coming Down

The Bay Area of California was one of the original breeding grounds for hardcore – not to mention a hot bed as of late - ... read more

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Caleb Lionheart – Think Hardcore, Play Pop Punk

Posted April 3, 2009, 1:08 a.m.

Caleb Lionheart – Think Hardcore, Play Pop Punk

New York outfit Caleb Lionheart’s first proper offering Think Hardcore, Play Pop Punk is a bit of an odd title. Thankfully, the band does not ... read more

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Morrissey – Years of Refusal

Posted March 30, 2009, 1:53 a.m.

Morrissey – Years of Refusal

How does one introduce Morrissey? By no means am I intending to put the seasoned vocalist on a pedestal of godlike caliber it’s just that, ... read more

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New Found Glory – Not Without a Fight

Posted March 24, 2009, 4:49 p.m.

New Found Glory – Not Without a Fight

Over their twelve years together as a band New Found Glory has pretty much encountered it all. They started at the beginning on a fledgling ... read more

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The Wonder Years / All or Nothing – Distances

Posted March 18, 2009, 3:39 p.m.

The Wonder Years / All or Nothing – Distances

The glorious split 7” - how I love thee. What’s this? Two bands from opposite sides of the Atlantic? Even better! There is something strangely ... read more

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Thou – Tyrant (Reissue)

Posted March 18, 2009, 3:36 p.m.

Thou – Tyrant (Reissue)

Hailing from Louisiana, it’s not a surprise that Thou offer up grimy metal/doom on Tyrant. With fellow bruisers like Eyehategod, Crowbar, and Down before them, ... read more

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Wunami – Pointless

Posted March 18, 2009, 3:33 p.m.

Wunami – Pointless

Wunami is a fairly young group from southern California. While I mostly associate this region with it’s volatile hardcore history, Wunami is about the furthest ... read more

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I Call Fives – First Things First

Posted March 18, 2009, 3:31 p.m.

I Call Fives – First Things First

New Jersey natives I Call Fives offer up a style of pop-punk that have become increasingly popular in the past couple of years. You know ... read more

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Oddateee – Halfway Homeless

Posted March 18, 2009, 3:28 p.m.

Oddateee – Halfway Homeless

Oddateee is the first artist signed to Dälek’s Deadverse Recordings label. As a result of this I instantly knew the music, lyrics, and delivery would ... read more

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Final Fight – Half Head, Full Shred

Posted March 16, 2009, 4:07 p.m.

Final Fight – Half Head, Full Shred

Final Fight finally return with their second full-length. After releasing the acclaimed Under Attack in 2005 the band signed to Deathwish Inc. with promises of ... read more

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Memorial – The Creative Process/Berlin

Posted March 12, 2009, 2:05 a.m.

Memorial – The Creative Process/Berlin

Some of you may recall a band by the name of Renee Heartfelt. They were a fairly short-lived group that released an EP and a ... read more

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Killing Kings – ...The One You Feed the Most

Posted Feb. 26, 2009, 8:27 p.m.

Killing Kings – ...The One You Feed the Most

Killing Kings 2007 release Delusions of Grandeur was an under appreciated gem of 90’s inspired hardcore. It was equally as destructive as it was thought ... read more

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Above this Fire – Last Ones

Posted Feb. 23, 2009, 12:23 a.m.

Above this Fire – Last Ones

It’s been over three years since Above this Fire released their debut full-length, In Perspective. Since that recording the band has grown immensely as songwriters, ... read more

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Ramming Speed – Brainwreck

Posted Feb. 18, 2009, 10:59 p.m.

Ramming Speed – Brainwreck

Boston-based Ramming Speed burst onto the scene with their debut 7” in 2007. The EP followed suit of the crossover/thrash revival that had recently begun ... read more

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Mouthpiece – Can't Kill What's Inside: The Complete Discography

Posted Feb. 18, 2009, 12:23 a.m.

Mouthpiece – Can't Kill What's Inside: The Complete Discography

There are many names - bands, labels, zines, promoters, etc. - that instantly come to mind when one brings up the 90’s hardcore scene. Groups ... read more

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This Will Destroy You / Lymbyc Systym – Field Studies

Posted Feb. 17, 2009, 12:55 a.m.

This Will Destroy You / Lymbyc Systym – Field Studies

Split recordings are almost always unique projects in some aspect or manner; I particularly enjoy them when there is an artist involved that I’m not ... read more

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Lords – Fuck All Y'all Motherfuckers

Posted Feb. 9, 2009, 8:29 p.m.

Lords – Fuck All Y'all Motherfuckers

It’s been an interesting road for Lords since their formation by Chris Owens about five years ago. Initially boasting members of underrated The National Acrobat ... read more

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Energy – Invasions of the Mind

Posted Feb. 8, 2009, 11:45 p.m.

Energy – Invasions of the Mind

Massachusetts’ Energy is a band that showed great promise with the 2007 EP Punch the Clock. The band’s fusion of the classic punk sounds of ... read more

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Sakes Alive!! – Act I

Posted Feb. 1, 2009, 9:50 p.m.

Sakes Alive!! – Act I

Rochester, NY hardcore/punk outfit follow-up their impressive debut EP/demo with a series of 7” releases. Act I is the first in said series and features ... read more

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Bitter End – Bitter End

Posted Feb. 1, 2009, 9:48 p.m.

Bitter End – Bitter End

Texas hardcore powerhouse Bitter End return with a brand new 7” EP. You get two brand new cuts of punishing New York-flavored hardcore on this ... read more

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Like Wolves – Like Wolves

Posted Feb. 1, 2009, 9:46 p.m.

Like Wolves – Like Wolves

Like Wolves is the latest product from the upstate regions of New York - Rochester/Buffalo/Syracuse. This record is the band’s demo recording pressed on a ... read more

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Eyes Averted – Eyes Averted

Posted Feb. 1, 2009, 9:44 p.m.

Eyes Averted – Eyes Averted

Eyes Averted return with a four-song EP that the band is once again self-releasing, something they’re used to after self-releasing their debut album back in ... read more

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Murder Practice – Prophecies of Doom

Posted Feb. 1, 2009, 9:42 p.m.

Murder Practice – Prophecies of Doom

Bay Area stalwarts Murder Practice return with their second full-length, this time they’ve abandoned the world of plastic and CD’s for vinyl (each record comes ... read more

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Gray Ghost – Gray Ghost

Posted Feb. 1, 2009, 9:40 p.m.

Gray Ghost – Gray Ghost

Copper Lung Records strikes with another great find in Atlanta, GA’s Gray Ghost. The five-some melds together atmospheric post-rock, meandering drone-metal, and dissonant hardcore on ... read more

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Caestles – We Have Built a New God

Posted Feb. 1, 2009, 9:38 p.m.

Caestles – We Have Built a New God

Caestles is a six-person conglomeration of two bands that have fused together to form one entity. And when you listen to the band’s self-released EP, ... read more

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Timber – 2008

Posted Feb. 1, 2009, 9:36 p.m.

Timber – 2008

Hailing from Maryland, Timber is a hardcore outfit that plays an interesting style of the genre that reaches beyond the typical sounds associated with the ... read more

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Bad Lovers – Four Bad Lovers Sitting in a Tree

Posted Feb. 1, 2009, 9:34 p.m.

Bad Lovers – Four Bad Lovers Sitting in a Tree

Bad Lovers is a new project from members of Restrained. This Los Angeles-based punk outfit offers four songs on their demo recording. Musically, I am ... read more

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Unreal City – Ephemeral Subsistence

Posted Jan. 26, 2009, 12:20 a.m.

Unreal City – Ephemeral Subsistence

Cities like Boston, San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles get a lot of attention when it comes to hardcore. And it’s not that it ... read more

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Dead Vows – Bad Blood

Posted Jan. 26, 2009, 12:14 a.m.

Dead Vows – Bad Blood

Bad Blood is the debut effort from Swedish hardcore outfit Dead Vows. This release is my first exposure to the band, though I am familiar ... read more

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Smartbomb – Diamond Heist

Posted Jan. 14, 2009, 12:17 a.m.

Smartbomb – Diamond Heist

Smartbomb return with their debut full-length, Diamond Heist, following the quite promising debut EP Chaos and Lawlessness. The band’s first long-player is packed with more ... read more

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Beck – Modern Guilt

Posted Jan. 8, 2009, 9:04 p.m.

Beck – Modern Guilt

Beck has been releasing music for going on twenty years now. Since his first release, the multi-talented musician and songwriter has been labeled everything from ... read more

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Intronaut – Prehistoricisms

Posted Jan. 1, 2009, 9:05 p.m.

Intronaut – Prehistoricisms

Every so often you just want a metal album that is that, a metal album. Well here we have just that with the latest full-length ... read more

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Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst

Posted Dec. 31, 2008, 10:36 p.m.

Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst

It’s rather interesting that I’ve found the work of Bright Eyes to be wholly underwhelming since the release of Fevers and Mirrors back in 2000. ... read more

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Perth Express – Harrowed and Wealdstone

Posted Dec. 22, 2008, 12:30 p.m.

Perth Express – Harrowed and Wealdstone

Harrowed and Wealdstone marks the final recordings from German bruisers Perth Express. It’s quite a shame that the band decided to call it a day ... read more

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Unchained – Dark Days

Posted Dec. 22, 2008, 12:28 p.m.

Unchained – Dark Days

Unchained is a five-piece of youngsters from the Bay Area of California. This release is a four-song demo EP titled Dark Days. On these four ... read more

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Pristina – Khe Sanh

Posted Dec. 22, 2008, 12:26 p.m.

Pristina – Khe Sanh

Pristina is a metal/hardcore outfit from Connecticut. The arrival of their latest EP, Khe Sanh, to my doorstep was a pleasant surprise, one that was ... read more

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Primal Age – A Hell Romance

Posted Dec. 22, 2008, 12:25 p.m.

Primal Age – A Hell Romance

A Hell Romance is my first exposure to French metal/hardcore hybrid Primal Age. Prior to this release they’ve knocked out a few other recordings, garnering ... read more

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Out to Sea – Mouth Like a Sailor

Posted Dec. 22, 2008, 12:23 p.m.

Out to Sea – Mouth Like a Sailor

Hailing from outside of Dallas, this Texas hardcore outfit delivers six tracks of premium melodic hardcore with a slightly metallic edge. Musically their sound reminds ... read more

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You Lose! – All In

Posted Dec. 22, 2008, 12:22 p.m.

You Lose! – All In

I guarantee of two things after you listen to All In from You Lose! First off, you’ll never guess this band is from France. Secondly, ... read more

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Common Market – Tobacco Road

Posted Dec. 22, 2008, 12:20 p.m.

Common Market – Tobacco Road

Common Market is an alternative hip-hop duo from the Pacific Northwest. The group also has another LP and an EP prior to Tobacco Road. This ... read more

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The Franklin Cover Up – Commercial

Posted Dec. 22, 2008, 12:17 p.m.

The Franklin Cover Up – Commercial

On first glance The Franklin Cover Up’s name may appear silly. But upon further investigation - a child prostitution ring involving several former U.S. government ... read more

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Don the Reader – Humanesque

Posted Dec. 22, 2008, 12:14 p.m.

Don the Reader – Humanesque

Don the Reader is a new band to me; I was not aware of them until this album - apparently they have a previous EP ... read more

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United Nations – United Nations

Posted Dec. 16, 2008, 12:24 a.m.

United Nations – United Nations

The initial suggestions of United Nations falling under the grindcore, powerviolence, and traditional screamo umbrellas may have created unrealistic expectations for some music lovers. However, ... read more

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Last Lights – Last Lights

Posted Dec. 8, 2008, 2:02 p.m.

Last Lights – Last Lights

Last week I completed a short review of this 7” from Last Lights to be posted on the site. It was short and to the ... read more

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Terror – The Damned, The Shamed

Posted Dec. 4, 2008, 4:13 a.m.

Terror – The Damned, The Shamed

Since forming in the year 2000, Terror has been unleashing a punishing assault of metallic hardcore punk to the masses. From the get-go with their ... read more

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Zozobra – Bird of Prey

Posted Dec. 1, 2008, 8:38 p.m.

Zozobra – Bird of Prey

Originally planned as a whole other project of Caleb Scofield under the moniker Heatseeker, Bird of Prey is instead the second full-length release from the ... read more

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Suicide Note – Empty Rooms

Posted Nov. 25, 2008, 1:11 a.m.

Suicide Note – Empty Rooms

Some things just get better with age. Suicide Note is one of those things. As the band has progressed over the past ten years they ... read more

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Overcast – Reborn to Kill Again

Posted Nov. 17, 2008, 11:04 p.m.

Overcast – Reborn to Kill Again

I would say ninety percent of the fans of the current bands (Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, Seemless) that the members of Overcast are in weren’t ... read more

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Thursday / Envy – Split

Posted Nov. 16, 2008, 9:13 p.m.

Thursday / Envy – Split

The pairing of a so-called emo band from New Jersey and a screamo/post-rock band from Japan may seem odd. But for those well versed in ... read more

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Decades – Numbered

Posted Oct. 28, 2008, 10:04 p.m.

Decades – Numbered

Ah yes, Texas hardcore. In spite of the recent loss of many of its key bands, the various scenes within Texas continue to strike back ... read more

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The Gaslight Anthem – The '59 Sound

Posted Oct. 19, 2008, 11:10 p.m.

The Gaslight Anthem – The '59 Sound

Make no assumptions about it, The Gaslight Anthem are one of the best active rock and roll bands. You can argue over whether they are ... read more

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Grace Alley / Skin Like Iron – Quake City

Posted Oct. 14, 2008, 11:19 p.m.

Grace Alley / Skin Like Iron – Quake City

We all know how much I love the Bay Area music scene, so it’s really no surprise I’m loving this split 7” from Grace Alley ... read more

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Heavy Hearted – Heavy Hearted

Posted Oct. 14, 2008, 11:16 p.m.

Heavy Hearted – Heavy Hearted

Heavy Hearted is based out of Rochester, NY. It’s been quite some time since I’ve heard anything new from that area of the state. But, ... read more

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Creatures – Creatures

Posted Oct. 14, 2008, 11:14 p.m.

Creatures – Creatures

Orange County was a breeding ground for hardcore in the early 80’s. While many might suggest that the scene there has died off, they couldn’t ... read more

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Wraith – Wraith

Posted Oct. 14, 2008, 11:13 p.m.

Wraith – Wraith

Wraith is the latest U.K. export to hit my doorstep. Following on solid releases from Rot in Hell, Deal With It, and Dirty Money, the ... read more

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All Through a Life – All Through a Life

Posted Oct. 14, 2008, 11:11 p.m.

All Through a Life – All Through a Life

Unsolicited review materials are either one of two things: great surprises or extreme disappointments. Vancouver, British Columbia natives All Through a Life is of the ... read more

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Resonance – Transfuse

Posted Oct. 14, 2008, 11:09 p.m.

Resonance – Transfuse

Now defunct Virginia Beach outfit Resonance sees their two demos put to wax on this 12” affair. Transfuse boasts ten tracks of hardcore that is ... read more

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In First Person / Storm the Bastille – Split

Posted Oct. 14, 2008, 11:06 p.m.

In First Person / Storm the Bastille – Split

In First Person from New Jersey starts off the a-side with their dissonant and pummeling metallic hardcore sound. The band’s highly concentrated and volatile sound ... read more

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Ghostlimb – Bearing and Distance

Posted Oct. 14, 2008, 11:04 p.m.

Ghostlimb – Bearing and Distance

Ghostlimb is a project spearheaded by Justin Smith of Graf Orlock. Bearing and Distance is the band’s second full-length release and first for Level Plane ... read more

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O Pioneers!!! / The Anchor – Split

Posted Oct. 14, 2008, 11:02 p.m.

O Pioneers!!! / The Anchor – Split

The great state of Texas offers up two songs a piece from O Pioneers!!! and The Anchor. In the works for over a year, this ... read more

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Mouth of the Architect – Quietly

Posted Oct. 13, 2008, 3 p.m.

Mouth of the Architect – Quietly

It has been a rather tumultuous year for Mouth of the Architect. Late last year the band announced their breakup as a result of the ... read more

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These Arms Are Snakes – Tail Swallower & Dove

Posted Oct. 7, 2008, 9:10 p.m.

These Arms Are Snakes – Tail Swallower & Dove

Once again I come into a new full-length from These Arms are Snakes filled with expectations. And while I am filled with hope for repeated ... read more

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GZA – Pro Tools

Posted Oct. 5, 2008, 1:07 p.m.

GZA – Pro Tools

Wu-Tang Clan member GZA - aka The Genius - is back with his first solo offering since 2002’s Legend of the Liquid Sword. But it’s ... read more

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My Heart to Joy at the Same Tone – Virgin Sails

Posted Oct. 1, 2008, 10:42 p.m.

My Heart to Joy at the Same Tone – Virgin Sails

I’m not too sure about the band’s namesake, but you can’t always judge a book by its cover. So, I went into the new 7” ... read more

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Brainworms / Tubers – Split

Posted Oct. 1, 2008, 10:40 p.m.

Brainworms / Tubers – Split

Brainworms continue their progression with each release. With numerous recordings under their belts by now, the band has finally come to a point where they’re ... read more

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Inert – Inert

Posted Oct. 1, 2008, 10:38 p.m.

Inert – Inert

Inert is an ex-members of band from Los Angeles. This 7” is the band’s debut offering and boasts six tracks of metallic, groove-laden hardcore. Musically ... read more

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Skin Like Iron – Skin Like Iron

Posted Sept. 29, 2008, 8:33 p.m.

Skin Like Iron – Skin Like Iron

I can’t help but wonder what the music world would be like without experimentation. Sure, the first to try something different is often shunned, but ... read more

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The Cool Kids – The Bake Sale

Posted Sept. 24, 2008, 12:33 a.m.

The Cool Kids – The Bake Sale

When hip-hop exploded in the 1980’s it was characterized by flashy outfits, breakdancing, and of course, ghetto blasters. The music was primarily comprised of ridiculously ... read more

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sBACH – sBACH

Posted Sept. 21, 2008, 2:08 p.m.

sBACH – sBACH

Like his Hella counterpart Zach Hill - well, his original counterpart prior to the band’s recent additions - Spencer Seim has recently ventured out on ... read more

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Zach Hill – Astrological Straits

Posted Sept. 21, 2008, 2:05 p.m.

Zach Hill – Astrological Straits

Zach Hill is quite the accomplished drummer. Hill co-founded the genre-bending duo (now a fivesome) Hella with Spencer Seim. In addition, Hill has found time ... read more

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No Harm Done – Escape

Posted Sept. 17, 2008, 8:59 p.m.

No Harm Done – Escape

Sometimes, on paper a band can look really good. But when you get around to listening, it just doesn’t add up. No Harm Done is ... read more

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Clouds – We are Above You

Posted Sept. 16, 2008, 9:16 p.m.

Clouds – We are Above You

After debuting with last year’s Legendary Demo, Boston-based rockers Clouds return with their sophomore full-length. Fronted by former Cave In guitar maestro Adam McGrath, the ... read more

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Die Young – Through the Valleys in Between

Posted Sept. 14, 2008, 3:18 p.m.

Die Young – Through the Valleys in Between

I can’t exactly recall my first exposure to Die Young, but I do know the band’s 90’s inspired hardcore punk sound and intense lyrical messages ... read more

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Grave Maker – Bury Me at Sea

Posted Sept. 7, 2008, 11:41 p.m.

Grave Maker – Bury Me at Sea

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Grave Maker quickly made a name for themselves thanks to a promising demo and a commitment to the road. With ... read more

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No Turning Back – Stronger

Posted Sept. 2, 2008, 11:57 p.m.

No Turning Back – Stronger

For over a decade No Turning Back has been churning out release after release - CD, vinyl, and cassette - of punishing New York flavored ... read more

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Braindead – No Consequences

Posted Aug. 27, 2008, 12:30 a.m.

Braindead – No Consequences

Hailing from areas around the city of Philadelphia, Braindead have quickly become one of my favorite current hardcore bands. Formed only a few years ago, ... read more

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Have Heart – Songs to Scream at the Sun

Posted Aug. 26, 2008, 12:37 a.m.

Have Heart – Songs to Scream at the Sun

From the get-go Have Heart has had a rabid and devoted following. Beginning with their demo in 2003 and What Counts EP a year later, ... read more

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Know the Score – All Guts, Still No Glory

Posted Aug. 20, 2008, 7:52 p.m.

Know the Score – All Guts, Still No Glory

We don’t care about your labels and your fucking trends / We only care about the music and hanging out with our friends / So ... read more

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Wait in Vain – Seasons

Posted Aug. 18, 2008, 3:53 p.m.

Wait in Vain – Seasons

When you look at the list of previous ventures from the members of Wait in Vain, it’s hard to not get excited. Frontman Timm McIntosh ... read more

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One Day as a Lion – One Day as a Lion

Posted Aug. 7, 2008, 3:31 p.m.

One Day as a Lion – One Day as a Lion

The background behind the formation of One Day as a Lion isn’t really well, there at all. It pretty much consists of a day when ... read more

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This Time Next Year – The Longest Way Home

Posted Aug. 4, 2008, 11:45 p.m.

This Time Next Year – The Longest Way Home

So many thoughts come to mind when I think of this California-based pop-punk group. This Time Next Year is a band that not only captured ... read more

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Smoke & Mirrors – Flash Thunder

Posted Aug. 3, 2008, 9:02 p.m.

Smoke & Mirrors – Flash Thunder

Erie hardcore. Ninety-nine out of a hundred of you instantly thought of either Brother’s Keeper or xDisciplex AD. While these two groups have since fallen ... read more

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Down to Nothing / 50 Lions – Split

Posted Aug. 3, 2008, 9 p.m.

Down to Nothing / 50 Lions – Split

Richmond meets Melbourne on this split effort. Down to Nothing follows up last year’s The Most while 50 Lions follows up an Australian-released full-length of ... read more

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Catch Your Breath – Life & Sounds

Posted Aug. 3, 2008, 8:58 p.m.

Catch Your Breath – Life & Sounds

Catch Your Breath is an upstart hardcore group from the greater Los Angeles area. I couldn’t find much background info on the band, so I’m ... read more

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Your Fall – Your Fall

Posted Aug. 3, 2008, 8:56 p.m.

Your Fall – Your Fall

I know nothing of the Brazilian hardcore world, nor will I pretend to know anything. In fact, the only things I know about Brazil are ... read more

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Offsides – It's a Struggle to Communicate

Posted Aug. 3, 2008, 8:54 p.m.

Offsides – It's a Struggle to Communicate

Here’s something new for you. Well maybe not new, but something we don’t get much of these days. Offsides is a fast-paced melodic hardcore group ... read more

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The Wonder Years – Won't Be Pathetic Forever

Posted Aug. 3, 2008, 8:51 p.m.

The Wonder Years – Won't Be Pathetic Forever

The Wonder Years return with a brand new 7”, their follow-up to last year’s Get Stoked on it!. The record features four new tracks that ... read more

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Until the End – From the Beginning...Until the End

Posted July 29, 2008, 12:16 a.m.

Until the End – From the Beginning...Until the End

Whenever I think of Until the End, I think of the time I crammed five finals into a twenty-four-hour period so I could take a ... read more

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Hostage Calm – Lens

Posted July 14, 2008, 11:45 p.m.

Hostage Calm – Lens

Connecticut hardcore, no matter how great it is, always seems to get overshadowed by the nearby bustling Massachusetts (particularly Boston) hardcore scene. In fact, oftentimes ... read more

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Fallen from the Sky – Tonight We Radiate

Posted July 9, 2008, 8:52 p.m.

Fallen from the Sky – Tonight We Radiate

Florida’s Fallen from the Sky have been on the upward trend since releasing their debut EP, Tune Out the World, in 2005. They were runner-ups ... read more

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Ability – Expired

Posted July 6, 2008, 11:49 p.m.

Ability – Expired

Ability is a five-piece hardcore band from the Northern outskirts of Los Angeles. Expired is their debut effort and the 7” features five cuts of ... read more

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Police & Thieves – Amor Y Guerra

Posted July 6, 2008, 11:47 p.m.

Police & Thieves – Amor Y Guerra

It must have been two or three years ago now that I received Police & Thieves demo in the mail. I think it came with ... read more

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Coptic Times – Temptation

Posted July 6, 2008, 11:46 p.m.

Coptic Times – Temptation

Coptic Times is the latest output from the Texas hardcore scene, but after repeated listens to Temptation that might be one of the last places ... read more

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Pitfall – Another Day at the Zoo

Posted July 6, 2008, 11:44 p.m.

Pitfall – Another Day at the Zoo

Massachusetts is always churning out quality hardcore and Pitfall is no exception. Another Day at the Zoo is the band’s first official release following a ... read more

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Counting the Days / Hollywood – Split

Posted July 6, 2008, 11:43 p.m.

Counting the Days / Hollywood – Split

Counting the Days is back with two new tracks following an LP release in 2006. These songs are very much in line with their previous ... read more

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Braindead / Blackbirds – Split

Posted July 6, 2008, 11:41 p.m.

Braindead / Blackbirds – Split

The split effort from Burn Bridges teams up two underrated bands that definitely deserve more attention. Pennsylvania’s Braindead and Michigan’s Blackbirds each deliver original songs ... read more

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Pressure – Beasts

Posted July 6, 2008, 11:40 p.m.

Pressure – Beasts

So we normally stick to reviewing albums that have been released within the last six months, but sometimes we make exceptions. I don’t know why ... read more

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Triac – Blue Room

Posted July 6, 2008, 11:39 p.m.

Triac – Blue Room

Grindcore is a genre that you either fanatical about, or you just don’t seem to care. I can’t say that I’m all that jazzed about ... read more

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Unseen Force – In Search of the Truth (Reissue)

Posted June 25, 2008, 2:16 p.m.

Unseen Force – In Search of the Truth (Reissue)

Most people that really delve deep into and are passionate about hardcore and punk know Richmond, Virginia for its fruitful output over the past decade ... read more

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Killing the Dream – Fractures

Posted June 19, 2008, 10:56 p.m.

Killing the Dream – Fractures

I’m going to be straight up; Fractures is the most anticipated album of 2008 for me. Sure, there were other albums that I have really ... read more

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The End of Six Thousand Years – Isolation

Posted June 16, 2008, 8:51 p.m.

The End of Six Thousand Years – Isolation

Italy’s The End of Six Thousand Years return with their debut full-length following a split release with Embrace the End in 2006. Isolation picks up ... read more

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Bad Reaction – Had it Coming

Posted June 16, 2008, 8:49 p.m.

Bad Reaction – Had it Coming

Had it Coming is my first exposure to Los Angeles’ Bad Reaction, but apparently this recording is a CD version of their previously released 7”s ... read more

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Bullet Treatment / It's Casual – Split

Posted June 16, 2008, 8:47 p.m.

Bullet Treatment / It's Casual – Split

This split 7” from Basement Records teams up two Los Angeles hardcore veterans for two tracks each: Bullet Treatment and It’s Casual. Everything about this ... read more

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The Devil in the Sea – Heart vs. Spine

Posted June 16, 2008, 8:45 p.m.

The Devil in the Sea – Heart vs. Spine

Within moments of pressing play on Heart vs. Spine it comes as no surprise that The Devil and the Sea call Louisiana home. These southern ... read more

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Under Anchor – There is No End

Posted June 16, 2008, 8:42 p.m.

Under Anchor – There is No End

Despite my close proximity to the state, it’s been quite a while since I’ve heard something new from Michigan that’s caught my interest. Under Anchor ... read more

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Argos Checkmate – Argos Checkmate

Posted June 16, 2008, 8:40 p.m.

Argos Checkmate – Argos Checkmate

Argos Checkmate hails from Syracuse and mix together the worlds of chaotic metalcore and ambient post-rock. You may think the two don’t go together well, ... read more

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Hour of the Wolf / Lewd Acts – Split

Posted June 13, 2008, 8:16 a.m.

Hour of the Wolf / Lewd Acts – Split

It wasn’t that long ago that I caught a little tour featuring Hour of the Wolf, Lewd Acts, and Trash Talk. In fact, it was ... read more

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International Superheroes of Hardcore – Takin' it Ova!

Posted June 10, 2008, 3:03 p.m.

International Superheroes of Hardcore – Takin' it Ova!

Hardcore is serious business well most of the time. Mixed amongst those pushing forth ideas concerning local and world issues are those out to have ... read more

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Various Artists – Punk Goes Crunk

Posted June 9, 2008, 12:45 a.m.

Various Artists – Punk Goes Crunk

The Punk Goes series has been running since the start of this century, beginning with metal and running through pop, acoustic, the 80’s, the 90’s, ... read more

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Shai Hulud – Misanthropy Pure

Posted June 4, 2008, 11:09 p.m.

Shai Hulud – Misanthropy Pure

It has been five years since Shai Hulud’s last full-length offering, the underappreciated That Within Blood Ill-Tempered, The band has returned with Misanthropy Pure, their ... read more

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Muse – H.A.A.R.P.

Posted June 3, 2008, 7:51 a.m.

Muse – H.A.A.R.P.

Muse is a band that has long had their music overshadowed by comparisons to the giants that are Radiohead, U2, and Queen. Rather than worry ... read more

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Tides / Giant – Split

Posted May 28, 2008, 11:14 p.m.

Tides / Giant – Split

Level Plane Records and Teenage Disco Bloodbath Records have partnered together as they team up two extremely underrated artists, at least in my eyes. Originally ... read more

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Testament – The Formation of Damnation

Posted May 22, 2008, 8:23 p.m.

Testament – The Formation of Damnation

Since the mid 1980’s Bay Area thrashers Testament have persevered in the world of heavy metal, undergoing numerous lineup changes and even a few medical ... read more

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Down and Outs – Friday Nights, Monday Mornings

Posted May 8, 2008, 1:14 p.m.

Down and Outs – Friday Nights, Monday Mornings

Down and Outs have been shaking things up for going on four years now. Unfortunately, I really didn’t start paying attention to the band until ... read more

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Capillary Action – So Embarrassing

Posted May 6, 2008, 1:06 a.m.

Capillary Action – So Embarrassing

There is a small set of musicians that I would consider to be more than just your average artist. When it comes to composing music, ... read more

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Set Foot – Aging

Posted May 2, 2008, 8:30 a.m.

Set Foot – Aging

Set Foot is a fairly straightforward hardcore band from Vancouver, British Columbia. They may hail from the Pacific Northwest but they’re far different from their ... read more

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Brain Dead / Rot in Hell – Millennial Psychosis

Posted May 2, 2008, 8:27 a.m.

Brain Dead / Rot in Hell – Millennial Psychosis

Millennial Psychosis features two of the best up-and-coming hardcore bands that the U.K. has to offer. If you haven’t picked up on these two yet, ... read more

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Zhenia Golov – Zhenia Golov

Posted May 2, 2008, 8:24 a.m.

Zhenia Golov – Zhenia Golov

Zhenia Golov hail from the hardcore factory that is New Brunswick, NJ. I won’t bore you with a list of notables that have already made ... read more

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Dynamite Arrows – Blowin' It

Posted May 2, 2008, 8:21 a.m.

Dynamite Arrows – Blowin' It

Dynamite Arrows offers up four tracks on Blowin’ It. The four-piece have concocted a fine mixture of melodic punk, hardcore, and traditional pop-punk. Musically I’m ... read more

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Yo Man Go – Life Lessons

Posted May 2, 2008, 8:17 a.m.

Yo Man Go – Life Lessons

Yo Man Go hail from the eastern part of Pennsylvania and they play melodic punk that’ll please fans whose record collections boast releases from the ... read more

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Antillectual – Waves

Posted May 2, 2008, 8:14 a.m.

Antillectual – Waves

Straightforward hardcore/punk. That is what The Netherlands’ Antillectual offers up on Waves. This 7” features three new songs and three songs from their previous full-length. ... read more

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Masato Tanaka / Pocket Gallows – Split

Posted May 2, 2008, 8:11 a.m.

Masato Tanaka / Pocket Gallows – Split

Square of Opposition Records has teamed up two new bands, or at least two that are new to me team up for a split 12” ... read more

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Vanessa Van Basten – Vanessa Van Basten (Reissue)

Posted May 2, 2008, 8:01 a.m.

Vanessa Van Basten – Vanessa  Van Basten (Reissue)

Fortunately for all, Vanessa Van Basten is not the name of the latest female pop diva. Instead, they are a two-piece instrumental duo from Italy ... read more

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Bosch's With You – Dreams That Come a Thing Part II

Posted May 2, 2008, 7:58 a.m.

Bosch's With You – Dreams That Come a Thing Part II

I believe that Bosch’s With You is the first Russian band I’ve sat down and actually listened to. I can’t help but make the excuse ... read more

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Three Steps to the Ocean – Three Steps to the Ocean (Reissue)

Posted May 2, 2008, 7:54 a.m.

Three Steps to the Ocean – Three Steps to the Ocean (Reissue)

Three Steps to the Ocean is an Italian instrumental outfit. Like their counterparts in Vanessa Van Basten, Three Steps to the Ocean dabbles in the ... read more

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Hoor-paar-Kraat – In Eros Veritas

Posted May 2, 2008, 7:51 a.m.

Hoor-paar-Kraat – In Eros Veritas

There is a fine line between noise and music. Notice that I didn’t say art, because in all honesty, art is pretty much anything you ... read more

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Skin Like Iron – Amalgamation II

Posted April 30, 2008, 4:47 p.m.

Skin Like Iron – Amalgamation II

Amalgamation II compiles together the three self-released cassette recordings from Skin Like Iron. These recordings were originally released separate from each other beginning last year; ... read more

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Culprits – Demo

Posted April 21, 2008, 3:32 p.m.

Culprits – Demo

Culprits is a band that you’ve likely never heard. What the hell is wrong with you? This New Mexico four-piece serves up five tracks of ... read more

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Radio War – The Rising of the Talentless

Posted April 21, 2008, 3:30 p.m.

Radio War – The Rising of the Talentless

Richmond has always had an impressive hardcore scene, so it’s no surprise to hear good things from the city in Radio War. The Rising of ... read more

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Title Fight – Kingston

Posted April 21, 2008, 3:27 p.m.

Title Fight – Kingston

Title Fight is the latest pop-punk/melodic hardcore outfit to emerge from the school of Saves the Day/Lifetime. The three songs that comprise this 7” are ... read more

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Insurrect – Fucking Infinity

Posted April 21, 2008, 3:25 p.m.

Insurrect – Fucking Infinity

I’ve lived in Cleveland for most of my life and I’ve come to know the city as quite the haven for metal. I guess there ... read more

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Alone – Kiss Dreams Goodbye

Posted April 21, 2008, 3:24 p.m.

Alone – Kiss Dreams Goodbye

Kiss Dreams Goodbye is the newest offering from Alone, a melodic hardcore band hailing for Italy. This release is the band’s follow-up to a split ... read more

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Tempo No Tempo – Repetition

Posted April 21, 2008, 3:22 p.m.

Tempo No Tempo – Repetition

Tempo No Tempo fit into that niche of bands that take equal influence from the worlds of indie rock and new wave. Musically speaking the ... read more

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The Sword – Gods of the Earth

Posted April 21, 2008, 12:47 a.m.

The Sword – Gods of the Earth

The Sword is probably the first band to ever see their career catapulted thanks to a video game. Sure, lots of bands have had their ... read more

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Lair of the Minotaur – War Metal Battle Master

Posted April 2, 2008, 7:35 p.m.

Lair of the Minotaur – War Metal Battle Master

It is now five years into Lair of the Minotaur’s existence and I think its safe to say that this band is not a gimmick ... read more

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The Alphabetical Order – I am Magically Happening!

Posted April 1, 2008, 11:25 p.m.

The Alphabetical Order – I am Magically Happening!

I get a lot of albums in the mail, a lot. Every one of them comes with one-sheet containing information and descriptions that suggest that ... read more

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Blacklisted – Heavier than Heaven, Lonelier than God

Posted March 31, 2008, 1:22 a.m.

Blacklisted – Heavier than Heaven, Lonelier than God

Let’s be honest, the vast majority of hardcore music is similar sounding. There is only so many ways in which you can arrange music that ... read more

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Smartbomb – Chaos and Lawlessness

Posted March 27, 2008, 9:25 p.m.

Smartbomb – Chaos and Lawlessness

Members of No Trigger and Shock Nagasaki playing melodic hardcore in the vein of Kid Dynamite, Descendents, and 7 Seconds? Sign me the hell up! ... read more

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Attention – Stand Strong

Posted March 27, 2008, 9:22 p.m.

Attention – Stand Strong

Pop-rock is a huge right now and Attention has a shot at being the next big thing. This four-piece group from Minneapolis contains members that ... read more

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Sakes Alive!! – Presents

Posted March 27, 2008, 9:19 p.m.

Sakes Alive!! – Presents

Sakes Alive!! hails from Rochester, NY and this is the band’s debut offering. Interesting enough, this recording actually started as the project of one individual, ... read more

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Empire! Empire! (I was a Lonely Estate) – Year of the Rabbit

Posted March 27, 2008, 9:15 p.m.

Empire! Empire! (I was a Lonely Estate) – Year of the Rabbit

Emo is a genre that often gets its name dragged through the mud. While there are artists now classified as emo that are pretty horrendous, ... read more

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Salt the Wound – Carnal Repercussions

Posted March 27, 2008, 9:10 p.m.

Salt the Wound – Carnal Repercussions

Cleveland-based Salt the Wound has been festering in the depths of the metal world since their formation in 2001. With the release of their debut ... read more

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MGR – Wavering on the Cresting Heft

Posted March 25, 2008, 3:13 p.m.

MGR – Wavering on the Cresting Heft

Wavering on the Cresting Heft is the second solo recording from Isis guitarist Michael Gallagher under the moniker MGR. MGR is an acronym for Mustard ... read more

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Ritual – Wolves

Posted March 23, 2008, 3:44 p.m.

Ritual – Wolves

I don’t know what it is but Europeans love vegan and straightedge hardcore a lot more than us Americans do, or at least they come ... read more

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Sabertooth Zombie – Dance / The Prisoner

Posted March 13, 2008, 3:53 p.m.

Sabertooth Zombie – Dance / The Prisoner

Sabertooth Zombie is a band that has been waiting to explode for sometime now. After a few self-released efforts, the band release their debut full-length, ... read more

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Landmine Marathon / Scarecrow – Split

Posted March 12, 2008, 7:08 p.m.

Landmine Marathon / Scarecrow – Split

Level Plane Records is a quality label in all that they do. They’ve got the arty-punk and progressive hardcore bands, and they even tackle post-rock. ... read more

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Once Nothing – First Came the Law

Posted March 12, 2008, 7:05 p.m.

Once Nothing – First Came the Law

It’s been a few years now since I first became acquainted with Once Nothing. They were just a local band playing shows wherever they could ... read more

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Dead Will Rise – Entrepreneur

Posted March 12, 2008, 7:02 p.m.

Dead Will Rise – Entrepreneur

Dead Will Rise is one of the recent signings to Twelve Gauge Records. While the label mainly sets it focus in the hardcore world, they ... read more

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The Bakerton Group – The Bakerton Group

Posted March 12, 2008, 7 p.m.

The Bakerton Group – The Bakerton Group

What do you get when you take Clutch and tell Neil Fallon to take a hike? You get The Bakerton Group. While you might think ... read more

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ASG – Win Us Over

Posted March 12, 2008, 6:58 p.m.

ASG – Win Us Over

ASG stands for Amplification for Self Gratification. The name is rather fitting for this North Carolina rock group. On Win Us Over, their third full-length, ... read more

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Murder By Death – Red of Tooth and Claw

Posted March 10, 2008, 2:25 a.m.

Murder By Death – Red of Tooth and Claw

With their fourth full-length album, Murder by Death has finally brought all their varying influences together. Each of the band’s previous recordings focused on a ... read more

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The Carrier – One Year Later

Posted March 5, 2008, 5:17 p.m.

The Carrier – One Year Later

Sometimes I wonder if there is any passion left in hardcore - and not passion to be popular, but a passion that inspires a band ... read more

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Restrained – Restrained

Posted March 3, 2008, 3:08 p.m.

Restrained – Restrained

Last year this California five-piece released a heck of a demo tape; one that had me quite excited to hear more from them. Well here ... read more

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Defiant Hearts – Arlington

Posted March 3, 2008, 3:05 p.m.

Defiant Hearts – Arlington

Massachusetts has pretty much been a breeding ground for hardcore bands since well hardcore started. Defiant Hearts is yet another in the long line of ... read more

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Where it Ends – Resonate

Posted March 3, 2008, 3:03 p.m.

Where it Ends – Resonate

When I listen to Resonate from South Carolina’s Where it Ends I immediately think of individuals my own age that were spinning Strife and Trial ... read more

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Brothers – Black Friday

Posted March 3, 2008, 3:01 p.m.

Brothers – Black Friday

It is a shame when a band like Brothers goes unnoticed. This five-piece outfit hails from Michigan and Black Friday is their debut offering. The ... read more

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Just Went Black – Embracing Emptiness

Posted March 3, 2008, 2:58 p.m.

Just Went Black – Embracing Emptiness

Hamburg, Germany is a city that is known more for its architecture than it is for its musical output. In fact, if you were to ... read more

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Short Fuse – Blight

Posted March 3, 2008, 2:56 p.m.

Short Fuse – Blight

Short Fuse is a hardcore punk outfit from Münster, Germany. The four-piece outfit delivers six tracks of fast and raw hardcore punk. “Blight” packs a ... read more

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Anti-Flag – A Benefit for Victims of Violent Crime

Posted March 3, 2008, 2:54 p.m.

Anti-Flag – A Benefit for Victims of Violent Crime

Anti-Flag has always been a band about raising awareness, but usually the subject is tied to our country’s government in some manner. The band continues ... read more

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The Steal – The Steal

Posted Feb. 28, 2008, 10:20 p.m.

The Steal – The Steal

Fast, melodic, hardcore punk infused with melody. That is the short and sweet description of what you can expect from The Steal’s debut full-length, The ... read more

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Trial – Reunion / Retrospective

Posted Feb. 27, 2008, 12:41 a.m.

Trial – Reunion / Retrospective

If there were one band that I felt characterized both the sound and ideals of hardcore in the 1990’s, it would be Trial. The Northwest ... read more

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The Cancer Conspiracy – Omega

Posted Feb. 21, 2008, 3:14 p.m.

The Cancer Conspiracy – Omega

Omega is the final testament to the instrumental indie/math/prog-rockers The Cancer Conspiracy. Recorded over four years ago, the album was left in limbo due to ... read more

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Reign Supreme – American Violence

Posted Feb. 20, 2008, 12:41 a.m.

Reign Supreme – American Violence

Philadelphia’s Reign Supreme burst onto the hardcore scene in 2006 with great intensity. Fronted by former Blacklisted member Jay Pepito and also featuring former members ... read more

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Son Lux – At War with Walls and Mazes

Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 4:48 p.m.

Son Lux – At War with Walls and Mazes

Son Lux is the working project of one man, Ryan Lott, a multi-talented musician and artist. At War with Walls and Mazes is his debut ... read more

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Arson Anthem – Arson Anthem

Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 4:45 p.m.

Arson Anthem – Arson Anthem

Arson Anthem has quite the pedigree with members of Pantera, Eyehategod, and Superjoint Ritual in tow. Phil Anselmo, who is joined by Mike Williams of ... read more

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ANS / Seasick – Billy in a Bearsuit

Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 4:41 p.m.

ANS / Seasick – Billy in a Bearsuit

Hailing from outside Dallas, ANS deliver a concoction of fast-paced hardcore punk that draws comparisons to the early days of hardcore: Black Flag, Bad Brains, ... read more

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Lighten Up – I'd Rather be Snoring

Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 4:39 p.m.

Lighten Up – I'd Rather be Snoring

Philadelphia is always shooting out new hardcore bands. Lighten Up is one of the more recent products of the city of endless hardcore. The members ... read more

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Sequoia – Time to Change

Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 4:36 p.m.

Sequoia – Time to Change

The metropolis of Chicago, IL is home to many many artists. While listening to Sequoia, I found their sound to be somewhat fitting, but at ... read more

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Shout Magic – Ceiling Fan and Other Revolutions

Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 4:34 p.m.

Shout Magic – Ceiling Fan and Other Revolutions

Shout Magic is a five-piece ensemble from Philadelphia. Though, if you were listen to the music of Ceiling Fan and Other Revolutions you definitely wouldn’t ... read more

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The Out_Circuit – Pierce the Empire with a Sound

Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 4:17 p.m.

The Out_Circuit – Pierce the Empire with a Sound

Frodus is one of those bands that just didn’t seem to get the recognition they truly deserved until after their breakup, and they’re still extremely ... read more

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This Will Destroy You – This Will Destroy You

Posted Feb. 5, 2008, 3:30 p.m.

This Will Destroy You – This Will Destroy You

It wasn’t long ago that Texas natives This Will Destroy You were nothing more than a well-kept secret. But thanks to a solid debut album ... read more

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Life Long Tragedy – Runaways

Posted Feb. 5, 2008, 3:24 p.m.

Life Long Tragedy – Runaways

Evolution in the music world results in one of two things: fame or infamy. Life Long Tragedy have slowly grown from a group of young ... read more

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Skeletons with Flesh on Them – The Fish Don't Mind

Posted Feb. 1, 2008, 6:49 a.m.

Skeletons with Flesh on Them – The Fish Don't Mind

Some bands just have cool names. Skeletons with Flesh on Them, an indie rock band from Seattle, are one of them. This four-piece indie/rock group ... read more

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Endgame – Distracted

Posted Feb. 1, 2008, 6:45 a.m.

Endgame – Distracted

Endgame is the latest band to emerge from the New Jersey hardcore scene. The four-piece outfit has returned after a split CD with Movement that ... read more

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Orgone – The Goliath

Posted Feb. 1, 2008, 6:42 a.m.

Orgone – The Goliath

Orgone is an interesting term that refers to the “life energy” of humans. It may exist; it may not. That’s all up for debate. One ... read more

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Fight Pretty – Rewiring the Human Body

Posted Feb. 1, 2008, 6:39 a.m.

Fight Pretty – Rewiring the Human Body

How do you review an album plastered with a tagline from a review you wrote? We’re both about to find out. Rewiring the Human Body ... read more

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Fire on Fire – Five Song EP

Posted Feb. 1, 2008, 6:33 a.m.

Fire on Fire – Five Song EP

I have never been to Maine, but the visual in my head is that the state is a quite tranquil location. I know they have ... read more

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No Apologies – Survival

Posted Feb. 1, 2008, 6:30 a.m.

No Apologies – Survival

Survival is the debut full-length from No Apologies. This five-piece outfit comes from the land of koalas and aborigines. This album is filled with plenty ... read more

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Various Artists – Change!

Posted Feb. 1, 2008, 6:28 a.m.

Various Artists – Change!

Change! is the latest compilation from the team of Hopeless/Sub City Records and Hot Topic. Included in this release are one CD and one DVD. ... read more

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Trash Talk – Plagues

Posted Jan. 30, 2008, 11:09 p.m.

Trash Talk – Plagues

2007 was a huge year for this group of young men from Sacramento. A relentless touring schedule in support of their debut full-length, Walking Disease, ... read more

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Dub Trio – Another Sound is Dying

Posted Jan. 28, 2008, 2:12 a.m.

Dub Trio – Another Sound is Dying

In the year 2008, one might question the relevancy of reggae and dub on today’s music. When you take a closer look at things, you’d ... read more

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The Huguenots – Discography

Posted Jan. 25, 2008, 9:03 a.m.

The Huguenots – Discography

The Huguenots were a band that existed at some point during the late 1990’s, or at least that is what I can conclude based on ... read more

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Miles Away – Rewind, Repeat...

Posted Jan. 23, 2008, 4:49 p.m.

Miles Away – Rewind, Repeat...

If you were to listen to the latest offering from Miles Away, Rewind, Repeat , and yet knew nothing of the band, the last place ... read more

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Perth Express – Discography

Posted Jan. 20, 2008, 3:40 p.m.

Perth Express – Discography

Perth Express is likely a band that you’re unfamiliar with, but that’s okay. Prior to being contacted by the label in regards to this discography ... read more

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Various Artists – United States of Hardcore

Posted Jan. 17, 2008, 2:38 a.m.

Various Artists – United States of Hardcore

The title of this compilation speaks volumes about our nation. While there is an ongoing argument about who invented punk music - not that it ... read more

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Battles – Mirrored

Posted Jan. 13, 2008, 5:16 p.m.

Battles – Mirrored

The members of Battles definitely have impressive resumes when it comes to their former and current musical endeavors. Everyone knows John Stanier from his days ... read more

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Four Year Strong – Rise or Die Trying

Posted Jan. 8, 2008, 3:40 p.m.

Four Year Strong – Rise or Die Trying

Do you love bubblegum pop-punk? Do you love sign-alongs? Do you love ridiculous breakdowns? Well, then Four Year Strong and their debut full-length, Rise or ... read more

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Ringfinger – Decimal

Posted Jan. 7, 2008, 8:42 p.m.

Ringfinger – Decimal

The history behind Ringfinger’s Decimal is rather interesting. Tracy Wilson, whom some of you may remember from Dahlia Seed, started the project shortly after the ... read more

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Lie and Wait – Led Astray

Posted Dec. 31, 2007, 11:52 a.m.

Lie and Wait – Led Astray

Most within the hardcore and punk community are likely unaware of the existence of Lie and Wait. Sure, they are a fairly new band, but ... read more

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Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

Posted Dec. 26, 2007, 12:21 a.m.

Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

Modest Mouse’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank have proven to be a difficult album for the staff of Scene Point Blank. Since ... read more

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Animosity – Animal

Posted Dec. 20, 2007, 7:49 p.m.

Animosity – Animal

Animosity has proven that metal can truly reign supreme again in the Bay Area. Following the initial burst of thrash metal that drew the attention ... read more

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Romans – All Those Wrists

Posted Dec. 19, 2007, 12:58 p.m.

Romans – All Those Wrists

Romans is the latest band to be sprung forth from Vermont’s underground music scene - the last two that I recall are My Revenge! and ... read more

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Xasthur – Defective Epitaph

Posted Dec. 19, 2007, 12:52 p.m.

Xasthur – Defective Epitaph

One-man black metal projects certainly have become overabundant in the past couple of years. I’m not exactly sure what brought on their increased presence in ... read more

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Intronaut – The Challenger

Posted Dec. 19, 2007, 12:44 p.m.

Intronaut – The Challenger

After the release of their debut full-length last year, Intronaut return with an EP containing three new songs and some added bells and whistles. The ... read more

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Don't Mess With Texas – Los Dias de Junio

Posted Dec. 19, 2007, 12:40 p.m.

Don't Mess With Texas – Los Dias de Junio

Don’t Mess with Texas is my first exposure to any artist from the country of Croatia. Despite reading through their one-sheet, I was a little ... read more

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The Flatliners – The Great Awake

Posted Dec. 19, 2007, 12:36 p.m.

The Flatliners – The Great Awake

The Flatliners hail from Toronto, Canada and The Great Awake is their second full-length. By the Fat Wreck Chords connection, you can certainly expect this, ... read more

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The Catalyst / Brainworms – Split

Posted Dec. 19, 2007, 12:31 p.m.

The Catalyst / Brainworms – Split

This split 7” features two up-and-comers from the hardcore punk scene of Richmond, VA: The Catalyst and Brainworms. Brianworms is up first with two cuts. ... read more

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The Flash Attacks – Revenge of the Fruit Flies

Posted Dec. 19, 2007, 12:26 p.m.

The Flash Attacks – Revenge of the Fruit Flies

I know I’ve said this before, but sometimes a randomly received album can be a pleasant surprise. The Flash Attacks latest 7” release, Revenge of ... read more

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The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza – Danza II: The Electric Boogaloo

Posted Dec. 19, 2007, 12:23 p.m.

The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza – Danza II: The Electric Boogaloo

This Louisiana/Tennessee metal conglomerate has a fairly funny yet juvenile name that is likely a huge hit with the faux-hardcore kids. But rather than live ... read more

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The Narrows – Benjamin

Posted Dec. 19, 2007, 12:18 p.m.

The Narrows – Benjamin

The Narrows have been a band for nearly nine years and yet this is my first exposure to them. And its not like they haven’t ... read more

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New Atlantic – The Streets, the Sounds, and the Love

Posted Dec. 19, 2007, 12:13 p.m.

New Atlantic – The Streets, the Sounds, and the Love

Hmmmmmm. That’s the sound inside my head when I popped in New Atlantic’s The Streets, the Sounds, and the Love. That is the sound of ... read more

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Said Radio – Tidal Waves and Teeth

Posted Dec. 17, 2007, 3:14 p.m.

Said Radio – Tidal Waves and Teeth

The initial rumblings of Said Radio caused a lot of excitement in the punk/hardcore community, and for good reason. Rumors of Said Radio - though ... read more

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Kaada & Patton – Live

Posted Dec. 13, 2007, 4:09 p.m.

Kaada & Patton – Live

Has it really been three, almost four, years now since Mike Patton and John Kaada released Romances? Apparently so! Live chronicles the first and only ... read more

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Strangers – Weight

Posted Dec. 11, 2007, 4:05 p.m.

Strangers – Weight

Earlier this year Strangers really grabbed my interest with their four-song EP, Holding. On that release, five individuals from New Zealand delivered a devastating aural ... read more

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Pet Genius – Pet Genius

Posted Dec. 5, 2007, 7:04 p.m.

Pet Genius – Pet Genius

Stephen Brodsky is a shape-shifter. Throughout his musical career, the oftentimes-enigmatic frontman has been the main songwriting force behind numerous projects of all realms of ... read more

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Jena Berlin – Quo Vadimus

Posted Dec. 4, 2007, 6:14 p.m.

Jena Berlin – Quo Vadimus

Quo Vadimus is the sophomore effort from Philadelphia’s Jena Berlin. Unfortunately, odds are that most of you reading this are unfamiliar with the group despite ... read more

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Shipwreck A.D. – Abyss

Posted Nov. 29, 2007, 2:41 p.m.

Shipwreck A.D. – Abyss

Let’s be honest about things. Deathwish has hardcore locked down and Shipwreck A.D. is a key part of their commanding roster. After two self-titled 7” ... read more

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Pulling Teeth – Martyr Immortal

Posted Nov. 27, 2007, 3:40 p.m.

Pulling Teeth – Martyr Immortal

Pulling Teeth have quickly emerged as one of hardcore’s most respected groups following their formation a couple years back. With a steady supply of releases ... read more

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Skeletonwitch – Beyond the Permafrost

Posted Nov. 20, 2007, 2:05 p.m.

Skeletonwitch – Beyond the Permafrost

Skeletonwitch is the latest band from Ohio to make it to the big-time. These five dudes sport some silly names - Nate “N8 Feet Under” ... read more

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Dirty Money – No Escaping This

Posted Nov. 20, 2007, 2 p.m.

Dirty Money – No Escaping This

Dirty Money is one of the latest upstarts to emerge from the U.K. scene and take hardcore by storm. Dirty Money set forth a furious ... read more

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Deal With It – World Coming Down

Posted Nov. 20, 2007, 1:59 p.m.

Deal With It – World Coming Down

Deal With It is the latest hardcore export from the U.K. This five-piece group of fellas churn out five brand new songs on World Coming ... read more

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Show No Mercy – Death is My Religion

Posted Nov. 20, 2007, 1:58 p.m.

Show No Mercy – Death is My Religion

Show No Mercy hail from Maryland and deliver seven tracks of crossover/thrash/metallic hardcore over the course of Death is My Religion. Musically, the band shows ... read more

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The Black Dahlia Murder – Nocturnal

Posted Nov. 20, 2007, 1:27 a.m.

The Black Dahlia Murder – Nocturnal

I cannot think of another record label that could have released The Black Dahlia Murder’s new full-length Nocturnal. Sure, any number of labels could have ... read more

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Anchor – Captivity Songs

Posted Nov. 15, 2007, 8:17 p.m.

Anchor – Captivity Songs

One thing that I love about hardcore bands from the 80’s and 90’s is that they often included background info on the songs’ lyrics. Perhaps ... read more

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Living Hell – The Lost and the Damned

Posted Nov. 14, 2007, 11:18 p.m.

Living Hell – The Lost and the Damned

Revelation Records has made quite the turn-around in the past two years. Besides mainstay Shai Hulud, the once hardcore-proud label has returned to its roots ... read more

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Bitter End – Climate of Fear

Posted Nov. 11, 2007, 8:06 p.m.

Bitter End – Climate of Fear

There was a brief period in my life when I lived in Texas. During that time, I attended quite a number of hardcore shows that ... read more

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Path to Misery – Demo

Posted Nov. 8, 2007, 5:22 a.m.

Path to Misery – Demo

Path to Misery is a musical-collective from Pittsburgh, PA. The group of individuals involved focuses their attention of raising awareness of government actions, social issues, ... read more

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The Wonder Years – Get Stoked on it!

Posted Nov. 8, 2007, 5:19 a.m.

The Wonder Years – Get Stoked on it!

I love Set Your Goals, but the popularity of the band’s amalgamation of pop-punk and melodic hardcore has brought forth a million and a half ... read more

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Division Day – Beartrap Island

Posted Nov. 8, 2007, 5:17 a.m.

Division Day – Beartrap Island

Division Day are a fairly new band from Los Angeles and they are going to turn some heads with their debut full-length, Beartrap Island. The ... read more

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The Honorary Title – Scream and Light Up the Sky

Posted Nov. 8, 2007, 5:15 a.m.

The Honorary Title – Scream and Light Up the Sky

Scream and Light Up the Sky has been a long long time coming. Three years have gone by since their last release. This album also ... read more

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Motion City Soundtrack – Even if it Kills Me

Posted Nov. 8, 2007, 5:13 a.m.

Motion City Soundtrack – Even if it Kills Me

If you’re like me, the state of Minnesota is automatically associated with one of two things: 1) Mall of America and 2) Fargo. One is ... read more

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Bulldoze – The Final Beatdown

Posted Nov. 8, 2007, 5:10 a.m.

Bulldoze – The Final Beatdown

The Final Beatdown is a complete discography of New York’s kings of beatdown hardcore, thus the title. The release is comprised of a CD, which ... read more

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Badmouth – Strikes Again

Posted Nov. 8, 2007, 5:08 a.m.

Badmouth – Strikes Again

Badmouth is the latest in the seemingly never-ending line of pissed off hardcore bands from Southern California. Strikes Again is their debut effort, which is ... read more

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Failing Myself – Every Day

Posted Nov. 8, 2007, 5:06 a.m.

Failing Myself – Every Day

A cassette tape release? This is the third one I’ve received in the mail recently. I don’t even know where you get these pressed anymore. ... read more

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Botch – Unifying Themes Redux / American Nervoso / We are the Romans (Reissues)

Posted Nov. 6, 2007, 2:55 p.m.

Botch – Unifying Themes Redux / American Nervoso / We are the Romans (Reissues)

How does one measure the influence and impact of a band on music? Sure, you could look at album sales, which in the case of ... read more

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These Days – Chained to the Lake

Posted Oct. 30, 2007, 4:54 p.m.

These Days – Chained to the Lake

Following the release of their debut full-length, one of my favorites of 2005, These Days went on indefinite hiatus. Needless to say, I was bummed ... read more

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Rosetta – Wake/Lift

Posted Oct. 29, 2007, 6:17 p.m.

Rosetta – Wake/Lift

If you’re unfamiliar with Rosetta, punch yourself. Seriously, I’ll wait. Go ahead and punch yourself if you’ve never heard of Rosetta. Okay now By now, ... read more

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Just Surrender – We're in Like Sin

Posted Oct. 22, 2007, 11:31 p.m.

Just Surrender – We're in Like Sin

Rob Gordon once said “The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might ... read more

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Cloak/Dagger – We Are

Posted Oct. 18, 2007, 11:44 p.m.

Cloak/Dagger – We Are

Last year a band by the name of Cloak/Dagger released a 7” record. That record, Piñata, was easily one of the best slabs of wax ... read more

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Silverchair – Young Modern

Posted Oct. 16, 2007, 12:22 a.m.

Silverchair – Young Modern

The Beatles and Silverchair have a lot more in common than one might initially think. But before any of you go and get your panties ... read more

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See it Through – Breakthrough

Posted Oct. 8, 2007, 6:58 p.m.

See it Through – Breakthrough

I don’t really know much of anything about Reno, Nevada other than it’s like a smaller, less fun version of Las Vegas. The only other ... read more

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First to Leave – Forging a Future

Posted Oct. 2, 2007, 2:47 p.m.

First to Leave – Forging a Future

First to Leave have been the unfortunate victims of poor timing, not once, but twice. The first time occurred shortly after the release of their ... read more

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Unholy – Blood of the Medusa

Posted Sept. 27, 2007, 7:51 p.m.

Unholy – Blood of the Medusa

Unholy first appeared on the hardcore radar in late 2004 when demo recordings from the band surfaced on the Internet. While many may have gotten ... read more

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Living Hell – Pavor Nocturnis

Posted Sept. 26, 2007, 2:42 p.m.

Living Hell – Pavor Nocturnis

Last year I declared this release from Living Hell as one of the top demos that got upgraded to an actual release. After seeing a ... read more

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The Cancer Kids – The Possible Dream

Posted Sept. 26, 2007, 2:37 p.m.

The Cancer Kids – The Possible Dream

The Cancer Kids call Massachusetts home. But unlike many of the artists from the state, they don’t play tough-guy hardcore of Death Before Dishonor or ... read more

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La Piovra – La Piovra

Posted Sept. 26, 2007, 2:34 p.m.

La Piovra – La Piovra

Music from foreign countries is something that I always find interesting, especially when they sing in their native language. La Piovra takes its name from ... read more

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Sadville – Make Ready the Cross

Posted Sept. 26, 2007, 2:32 p.m.

Sadville – Make Ready the Cross

Tennessee natives Sadville without a doubt could be the biggest misnomer for a group. These dudes don’t play sad bastard emo at all. Instead they ... read more

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Brainworms – Which is Worse

Posted Sept. 26, 2007, 2:30 p.m.

Brainworms – Which is Worse

Brainworms hail from Richmond, VA, a city with a rich hardcore/punk history. So it’s not a surprise that the members of Brainworms have made waves ... read more

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Rampage – Limit of Destruction

Posted Sept. 26, 2007, 2:28 p.m.

Rampage – Limit of Destruction

Boston-based hardcore outfit Rampage unleash thirteen tracks of thrash influenced hardcore on Limit of Destruction. Some of the cuts here take on a definite New ... read more

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Four Days to Burn – Lieutenant/Casino Bitch

Posted Sept. 26, 2007, 2:27 p.m.

Four Days to Burn – Lieutenant/Casino Bitch

Looking at the cover art to this 7” I was anticipating one of two things: stoner metal or art-metal akin to the Hydra Head roster. ... read more

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Kids Explode / Dialogues – Split

Posted Sept. 26, 2007, 2:24 p.m.

Kids Explode / Dialogues – Split

Rome Plow Records serves up another offering of under the radar music on this split 7”. This time around we’ve got two bands that draw ... read more

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The Mall – Emergency at Everyday

Posted Sept. 26, 2007, 2:22 p.m.

The Mall – Emergency at Everyday

The Mall plays post-hardcore with aspects of screamo and indie rock. But the most identifiable characteristic of their music is the use of keys. The ... read more

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Iamb / Candle – Come Back Home

Posted Sept. 26, 2007, 2:19 p.m.

Iamb / Candle – Come Back Home

Two artists from California team up for a split 7”. Iamb is the work on single individual - Ross Major - with the help of ... read more

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Foot Foot / Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – Split

Posted Sept. 26, 2007, 2:18 p.m.

Foot Foot / Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – Split

Los Angeles-based label Oedipus Records is an independent label run out of an apartment. As an individual doing the same thing with my label, I ... read more

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New Found Glory – From the Screen to Your Stereo Pt. 2

Posted Sept. 23, 2007, 4:16 p.m.

New Found Glory – From the Screen to Your Stereo Pt. 2

Last year I interviewed New Found Glory drummer Cyrus Bolooki about the possibility of another cover album in similar fashion to the band’s From the ... read more

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Soul Control – Involution

Posted Sept. 20, 2007, 12:02 a.m.

Soul Control – Involution

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the union, so you would think that with them already delivering Verse, they’d be all out of ... read more

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Wisdom in Chains – Class War

Posted Sept. 10, 2007, 1:27 p.m.

Wisdom in Chains – Class War

A lot has been made lately of the throwback sounds that are ultra popular in hardcore these days. It seems that if you’re not biting ... read more

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Shipwreck – Shipwreck

Posted Sept. 9, 2007, 2:15 p.m.

Shipwreck – Shipwreck

Shipwreck burst onto the scene last year with their debut 7” on Rumble Records. The four-song release was an instant hit and eventually brought them ... read more

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War of Ages – Fire from the Tomb

Posted Sept. 9, 2007, 2:13 p.m.

War of Ages – Fire from the Tomb

Erie has a long-standing tradition of hardcore: xDisciplex A.D., Brothers Keeper, Shockwave, and Abnegation. Continuing that tradition is War of Ages, though they definitely mix ... read more

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Daymares – Cant Get Us All

Posted Sept. 9, 2007, 2:11 p.m.

Daymares – Cant Get Us All

Daymares hail from Poland. Yes, that Poland. Prior to this release, the band had nothing more than a roughly mixed demo, which mixed 90’s metallic ... read more

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The Fire The Flood – Truth Seekers

Posted Sept. 9, 2007, 2:08 p.m.

The Fire The Flood – Truth Seekers

The Fire The Flood hails from North Carolina, a state home to metalcore greats Prayer for Cleansing. Unfortunately, the music that makes up Truth Seekers ... read more

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Lewd Acts – Dark Days

Posted Sept. 9, 2007, 2:06 p.m.

Lewd Acts – Dark Days

Dark Days is a discography release that compiles the San Diego-based hardcore outfits previous material into one neat package. The CD opens with “The Bridge,” ... read more

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Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape (Reissue)

Posted Sept. 4, 2007, 3:31 p.m.

Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape (Reissue)

The Colour and the Shape was the Foo Fighters second full-length release, though it was the first album in which Grohl enlisted a full band ... read more

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Ruiner – Prepare to be Let Down

Posted Sept. 2, 2007, 11:44 p.m.

Ruiner – Prepare to be Let Down

There was a time when I thought that Prepare to be Let Down was never going to be released. The album was slated to come ... read more

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Balboa / Rosetta – Project Mercury

Posted Aug. 28, 2007, 8:25 p.m.

Balboa / Rosetta – Project Mercury

Project Mercury is the latest output of material from two of Philadelphia’s underground sensations: Balboa and Rosetta. The split features original material from each band ... read more

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Death Before Dishonor – Count Me In

Posted Aug. 21, 2007, 8:23 p.m.

Death Before Dishonor – Count Me In

Boston-based and Boston-proud, Death Before Dishonor has been churning out bruising hardcore since they first hit the scene with True Till Death. Their debut EP ... read more

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Last of the Believers – Paper Ships Under a Burning Bridge

Posted Aug. 16, 2007, 8:21 p.m.

Last of the Believers – Paper Ships Under a Burning Bridge

Paper Ships Under a Burning Bridge is the debut offering from Last of the Believers, a new project spearheaded by former members of the extremely ... read more

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The Geeks – Every Time We Fall

Posted Aug. 6, 2007, 11:56 p.m.

The Geeks – Every Time We Fall

The Geeks: Korean straight edge hardcore with a youth crew twist. I know what you’re thinking; the first time I heard it I didn’t believe ... read more

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To the Lions – Baptism of Fire

Posted July 30, 2007, 10:05 p.m.

To the Lions – Baptism of Fire

In 2005, former members of Grade and Confine, among others, resurfaced with a new project To the Lions. The band issued up a demo recording ... read more

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The Pax Cecilia – Blessed are the Bonds

Posted July 26, 2007, 1:56 a.m.

The Pax Cecilia – Blessed are the Bonds

If I had to loosely describe The Pax Cecilia I would have to use the term “rock,” but doing so would be a great disservice ... read more

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Last Minute Fix / Lie and Wait – Split

Posted July 26, 2007, 1:53 a.m.

Last Minute Fix / Lie and Wait – Split

Two of Texas’ most promising hardcore upstarts team up on this split 7” release. On the A-Side we have Last Minute Fix, who released Revenge ... read more

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Stag – Stag

Posted July 26, 2007, 1:50 a.m.

Stag – Stag

Stag is a two-piece sludge-metal outfit from Missouri. This self-released four-song EP is a definite homage to the likes of early Neurosis with doom metal ... read more

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¡Apeshit! – ¡Apeshit!

Posted July 26, 2007, 1:14 a.m.

¡Apeshit! – ¡Apeshit!

¡Apeshit! is a four-piece outfit hailing from New York City. They blast through thirteen songs on this, their debut effort, in less than eleven minutes. ... read more

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Internal Affairs – Deadly Visions

Posted July 11, 2007, 6:34 p.m.

Internal Affairs – Deadly Visions

Internal Affairs is a band that embodies what hardcore should truly be about. The music is fast, energetic, and pissed off. The lyrics are honest ... read more

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Misericordiam – Unanimity and the Cessation of Hostility

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:57 a.m.

Misericordiam – Unanimity and the Cessation of Hostility

Unanimity and the Cessation of Hostility is six tracks of blistering death metal that lasts a mere fourteen minutes. And while this EP is extremely ... read more

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Crowd Deterrent / Creepout – Split

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:56 a.m.

Crowd Deterrent / Creepout – Split

Two of the world’s most underrated hardcore bands team up for fourteen tracks of no-frills and no-fuss hardcore. First up is Crowd Deterrent from Youngstown, ... read more

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The Homefront – Sacrifice

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:56 a.m.

The Homefront – Sacrifice

Massachusetts-based hardcore outfit The Homefront has quite a pedigree of previous bands: Have Heart, Guns Up!, and Verse. And if you’ve enjoyed the output of ... read more

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Limbeck – Limbeck

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:55 a.m.

Limbeck – Limbeck

The fact that Limbeck call Orange County, CA home is a bit of a head-scratcher. Based on their home, you’d be more likely to expect ... read more

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Grave Robbers – Hell to Pay

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:55 a.m.

Grave Robbers – Hell to Pay

Horror-influence hardcore-punk from Texas. That is something that I can get behind. Grave Robbers blast through eight songs in just under thirty minutes. While the ... read more

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Taken Under – Silence Your Enemies

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:54 a.m.

Taken Under – Silence Your Enemies

Tennessee hardcore. I know what you’re thinking; you thought everyone from Tennessee that was into music plays country. Well you’re wrong. Although, the five gentlemen ... read more

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Sound the Alarm – Stay Inside

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:53 a.m.

Sound the Alarm – Stay Inside

Sound the Alarm is the latest in a crop of super-young musicians getting a major label deal. And on their debut full-length effort, Stay Inside, ... read more

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Spires – Spires

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:53 a.m.

Spires – Spires

Spires hail from Oakland, CA and deliver a punishing blend of hardcore, metal, and grindcore, not unlike like The Number 12 Looks Like You and ... read more

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Aoria – I Know You Came Here to Erase Me

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:37 a.m.

Aoria – I Know You Came Here to Erase Me

It’s been a year since I first reviewed material from this Swedish rock group. Well Aoria are back with a new two-song EP. While the ... read more

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Off Balance – Demo

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:36 a.m.

Off Balance – Demo

Whoa! It’s like I hit a time warp and traveled back to the early years of the NYHC scene. But I didn’t. Off Balance hail ... read more

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Restrained – You Have Nothing to Lose but Your Chains

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:35 a.m.

Restrained – You Have Nothing to Lose but Your Chains

A demo tape - heck yeah! It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen one of these. Restrained blast through seven songs - one an ... read more

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Gallows – Orchestra of Wolves

Posted June 10, 2007, 4:40 p.m.

Gallows – Orchestra of Wolves

For the most part, the state of music - underground or major label - is stale and nothing more than a regurgitation of what has ... read more

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Andrew W.K. – Close Calls With Brick Walls

Posted May 31, 2007, 8:01 p.m.

Andrew W.K. – Close Calls With Brick Walls

Andrew W.K. is the latest Renaissance man in the world of music. Like others before him, John Lennon and Henry Rollins among others, W.K.'s influence ... read more

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Various Artists – Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres

Posted May 16, 2007, 2:44 p.m.

Various Artists – Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres

I'm going to be quite blunt right off the bat. Normally I would take the time to write some kind of intro that ties in ... read more

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Hoods – Ghetto Blaster

Posted May 6, 2007, 2:43 p.m.

Hoods – Ghetto Blaster

In the event of a worldwide nuclear war, I have come to the conclusion that only one thing will survive. And no, it is not ... read more

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Drawing Voices – Drawing Voices

Posted April 24, 2007, 5:21 p.m.

Drawing Voices – Drawing Voices

Drawing Voices is easily one the most experimental and groundbreaking projects that I have come across in all my years of listening to and reviewing ... read more

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Shadows Fall – Threads of Life

Posted April 18, 2007, 3:03 p.m.

Shadows Fall – Threads of Life

I have five different CD players, three in my home and two more in cars. The copy of Threads of Life that I received to ... read more

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Life in Your Way – Waking Giants

Posted April 15, 2007, 5:21 p.m.

Life in Your Way – Waking Giants

Waking Giants marks Life in Your Way's jump from the farm leagues to the, well, the somewhat bigger indie league. This is their first effort ... read more

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Annasay – Annasay

Posted April 2, 2007, 3:28 p.m.

Annasay – Annasay

I know this sounds familiar and you've heard a thousand of projects along these lines by now. But bear with me. Following the breakup of ... read more

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Strangers – Holding

Posted March 22, 2007, 4:24 p.m.

Strangers – Holding

Many Americans tend to take our music scene for granted, very rarely looking outside of our borders for new music. But if the last couple ... read more

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Since the Flood – No Compromise

Posted March 19, 2007, 2:59 p.m.

Since the Flood – No Compromise

New Hampshire natives Since the Flood have worked hard to get where they are today. In their five years of existence the band has self-released ... read more

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This Time Next Year – Demonstration

Posted March 15, 2007, 4:04 p.m.

This Time Next Year – Demonstration

I know I've said this before, but God bless the Bay Area! Five-piece outfit This Time Next Year is the latest band to emerge from ... read more

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Die Young – Graven Images

Posted March 12, 2007, 4:36 p.m.

Die Young – Graven Images

Each year, like so many other music-obsessed individuals, I make a list of my most anticipated albums. In doing so, I am setting myself up ... read more

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Protagonist – Reasoning with Time

Posted March 8, 2007, 2:24 p.m.

Protagonist – Reasoning with Time

Reasoning with Time is the follow-up offering to Protagonist's debut effort, Hope and Rage, which was put out by Blackout! Records back in 2003. It's ... read more

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Psyopus – Our Puzzling Encounters Considered

Posted March 6, 2007, 4:23 p.m.

Psyopus – Our Puzzling Encounters Considered

Tech-metal reached perfection with The Dillinger Escape Plan's Calculating Infinity. That is my opinion, and you may argue that it is wrong or that my ... read more

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Time for Change – Wasting Away

Posted March 1, 2007, 8:57 p.m.

Time for Change – Wasting Away

Two years ago when reviewing Time for Change's debut EP, Profound, I made it known that while the band delivered some quality music, they hadn't ... read more

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Clouds – Legendary Demo

Posted Feb. 27, 2007, 5:02 p.m.

Clouds – Legendary Demo

It's quite an interesting experience to hear the whole of Cave In broken down into its different parts, in a manner of speaking that is. ... read more

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The End of Six Thousand Years / Embrace the End – Split

Posted Feb. 20, 2007, 4:22 p.m.

The End of Six Thousand Years / Embrace the End – Split

Still Life Records delivers another slab of aggressive metalcore as it teams up Italy's The End of Six Thousand Years and Sacramento, California's Embrace the ... read more

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As Hope Dies – As Hope Dies

Posted Feb. 18, 2007, 2:26 p.m.

As Hope Dies – As Hope Dies

This self-titled affair is the final recorded material from the melodic death metal/hardcore outfit As Hope Dies. Prior to this five-song EP, the band had ... read more

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Ignite the Will – Words Fail

Posted Feb. 13, 2007, 5:09 p.m.

Ignite the Will – Words Fail

I sometimes wonder what motivates individuals to be in a band full-time. That's a lot of devotion to one thing, and it comes with a ... read more

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Zozobra – Harmonic Tremors

Posted Feb. 11, 2007, 2:55 p.m.

Zozobra – Harmonic Tremors

Those frustrated by the fact that Old Man Gloom is nothing more than a studio project that rarely tours can get excited - at least ... read more

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The Miracle – Not Just Words

Posted Feb. 5, 2007, 1:58 p.m.

The Miracle – Not Just Words

It's quite amazing how widespread hardcore music has become these days. Despites its relatively young age compared to other genres, it has become a worldwide ... read more

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Murder Practice – Murder Practice

Posted Jan. 29, 2007, 5:41 p.m.

Murder Practice – Murder Practice

The wave of hardcore bands coming from the hotbed that is the Bay Area is endless; Murder Practice is the latest export from the constantly ... read more

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Pulling Teeth – Vicious Skin

Posted Jan. 22, 2007, 3:17 p.m.

Pulling Teeth – Vicious Skin

Baltimore based Pulling Teeth released an extremely impressive demo and all expectations of what a proper release would be are exceeded on this recording. Vicious ... read more

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Windmills by the Ocean – Windmills by the Ocean

Posted Jan. 3, 2007, 2:28 p.m.

Windmills by the Ocean – Windmills by the Ocean

Windmills by the Ocean is a collection of songs that have been dusted off after they sat on the shelf for... well, for far too ... read more

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Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton – Knives Don't Have Your Back

Posted Dec. 27, 2006, 1:43 p.m.

Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton – Knives Don't Have Your Back

Emily Haines is a diva. Okay, maybe not in the traditional sense of the word, but if the modern definition - "an extremely independent and ... read more

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Brand New – The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me

Posted Dec. 13, 2006, 3:38 p.m.

Brand New – The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me

Reviewing albums isn't an especially technical task. Anyone can do it. But, when you are piecing together your thoughts for an album review, there is ... read more

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Palehorse – Amongst the Flock

Posted Dec. 10, 2006, 2:29 p.m.

Palehorse – Amongst the Flock

During the late 90's there occurred a revival of the youth crew sound that had dominated the hardcore scene during the mid-80's up through the ... read more

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Jeremy Enigk – World Waits

Posted Dec. 5, 2006, 1:11 a.m.

Jeremy Enigk – World Waits

If you're not familiar with the name Jeremy Enigk, I have only one conclusion: you've been living under a rock for quite some time. Enigk ... read more

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The Neon Hookers – Calling All Creeps!

Posted Nov. 29, 2006, 1:03 p.m.

The Neon Hookers – Calling All Creeps!

Calling All Creeps! is the debut EP from The Neon Hookers. Okay, so the band's choice in name isn't the greatest, but 1) most band ... read more

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Born from Pain – War

Posted Nov. 23, 2006, 2:19 p.m.

Born from Pain – War

Born from Pain's fourth full-length, War, is the next logical step for the Dutch masters of hardcore. The music still draws heavily from the 90's ... read more

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Fireworks – We are Everywhere

Posted Nov. 19, 2006, 2:27 p.m.

Fireworks – We are Everywhere

Say hello to your new favorite band. Well, that is, of course, if you enjoy a band that blends upbeat punk, infectious pop hooks, and ... read more

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Giant Squid – Metridium Fields

Posted Nov. 12, 2006, 4:20 p.m.

Giant Squid – Metridium Fields

I've always been fascinated with oceanography, or anything related to the ocean for that matter. And with the oceans covering nearly three-quarters of our planet, ... read more

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Pound for Pound – For Our Fallen Brothers

Posted Nov. 1, 2006, 8:29 p.m.

Pound for Pound – For Our Fallen Brothers

Pound for Pound hail from Springfield, Illinois, not to be confused with the hometown of The Simpsons, as the true location of that fictional town ... read more

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Eye of Judgement – The New Crusade

Posted Oct. 18, 2006, 2:53 p.m.

Eye of Judgement – The New Crusade

Let's face it, since the departure of Earth Crisis in 2001, there hasn't been a prevalent force in the vegan straightedge scene. I suppose Undying ... read more

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These Arms Are Snakes – Easter

Posted Oct. 12, 2006, 4:40 p.m.

These Arms Are Snakes – Easter

Easter, the second and highly anticipated full-length from These Arms Are Snakes, is finally upon us. But just how anticipated was this album? Well it ... read more

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Know the Score – All Time Low

Posted Oct. 8, 2006, 1:48 p.m.

Know the Score – All Time Low

A lot of bands get labeled as "angry" or "pissed off" as a result of their lyrical content, and I'm sure you could apply those ... read more

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Set it Straight – Live Your Heart and Never Follow

Posted Oct. 1, 2006, 12:34 p.m.

Set it Straight – Live Your Heart and Never Follow

Set it Straight is a band that truly deserves notoriety. Unfortunately, they really haven't gotten much attention outside of the Westcoast, which is both a ... read more

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Isis & Aereogramme – In the Fishtank 14

Posted Sept. 24, 2006, 2:22 p.m.

Isis & Aereogramme – In the Fishtank 14

By now all of should know who Isis is and what to expect from them in terms of their music output. A good number of ... read more

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On a Warpath – On a Warpath

Posted Sept. 19, 2006, 3:30 p.m.

On a Warpath – On a Warpath

Within hardcore there lies a style of music that has come to known as beatdown. It is an interesting but narrow-minded sub-genre to the whole ... read more

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Another Breath – Mill City

Posted Sept. 10, 2006, 2:18 p.m.

Another Breath – Mill City

Fulton, New York's Another Breath have returned with their debut full-length, Mill City. This is their follow-up to their first offering, 2004's Not Now, Not ... read more

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Death is Not Glamorous – Death is Not Glamorous / Undercurrents

Posted Sept. 5, 2006, 3:36 p.m.

Death is Not Glamorous – Death is Not Glamorous / Undercurrents

I know very little about the country of Norway. Sure, I could hit up Google or Wikipedia and shoot off some facts about their leading ... read more

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Regret – Misery Brigade

Posted Aug. 30, 2006, 3:30 p.m.

Regret – Misery Brigade

Organized Crime Records is branching out these days with the release from a band that isn't from the Chicago metropolitan area. Jokes! Jokes! I'm aware ... read more

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Turn It Around – These Days

Posted Aug. 29, 2006, 1:45 a.m.

Turn It Around – These Days

It's been a while since Sacramento churned out a new band worth hearing, but Turn it Around is that band. Their four-song 7" is chuck-full ... read more

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Triple Twins/A Roman Holiday – Split

Posted Aug. 29, 2006, 1:43 a.m.

Triple Twins/A Roman Holiday – Split

The A-Side of this split features indie rock outfit A Roman Holiday. Their first contribution to this split is "Octopus." The song is a fun ... read more

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Steel Trap – Cold.Dead.Broke.

Posted Aug. 29, 2006, 1:41 a.m.

Steel Trap – Cold.Dead.Broke.

Steel Trap is the latest export from the highly talented Bay Area scene. This five-piece group serves up volatile hardcore that no doubt gets the ... read more

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Shipwreck – Shipwreck

Posted Aug. 29, 2006, 1:39 a.m.

Shipwreck – Shipwreck

This 7" has launched Shipwreck to the forefront of the hardcore scene, and with their recent signing to Deathwish, further fuel has been added to ... read more

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Our Times – Our Times

Posted Aug. 29, 2006, 1:38 a.m.

Our Times – Our Times

Buffalo has a rich history as far as hardcore goes. In recent years things have been a bit stagnant, but bands like Dead Hearts and ... read more

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Deep Sleep – You're Screwed

Posted Aug. 29, 2006, 1:37 a.m.

Deep Sleep – You're Screwed

You're Screwed is nine songs of modern punk from Baltimore-based Deep Sleep. The songs on this 7" are quick and to the point and fueled ... read more

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Cloak/Dagger – Piñata

Posted Aug. 29, 2006, 1:36 a.m.

Cloak/Dagger – Piñata

When you look at the pedigree of Cloak/Dagger, you really can't argue with it: American Nightmare, Striking Distance, Count Me Out, and Trial by Fire, ... read more

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The Pledge – Distress

Posted Aug. 23, 2006, 4:37 p.m.

The Pledge – Distress

I don't really consider myself to be a professional journalist by any means. But in my position as an "in my spare time journalist" I ... read more

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Jena Berlin – Passion Waits as the Program Keeps Going

Posted Aug. 18, 2006, 2:28 a.m.

Jena Berlin – Passion Waits as the Program Keeps Going

I realize that we are more than halfway through 2006. I realize that Jena Berlin recently began recording their follow-up to this album. But, I ... read more

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Slumlords – On the Stremph!

Posted Aug. 11, 2006, 3:02 p.m.

Slumlords – On the Stremph!

The members of Baltimore based Slumlords have been around the proverbial block a few times and know their niche. On their previous releases the band ... read more

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Russian Circles – Enter

Posted Aug. 7, 2006, 4:15 p.m.

Russian Circles – Enter

Hearing a new band for the very first time can be an awesome experience - it can also be horrible, but that is not the ... read more

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Lamella – Love Versus Dirt

Posted Aug. 1, 2006, 1:41 p.m.

Lamella – Love Versus Dirt

I'll openly admit to the fact that the vast majority of my music preferences fall to the heavy side of the medium. However, there are ... read more

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Betrayed – Substance

Posted July 26, 2006, 3:41 p.m.

Betrayed – Substance

I just finished watching the trailer for the book-to-film documentary American Hardcore and it got me thinking. Anyone that claims to be a fan of ... read more

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Force of Change – The Bond We Share

Posted July 21, 2006, 4:57 p.m.

Force of Change – The Bond We Share

Metallic hardcore is easily my favorite genre of not only hardcore, but of all musical genres. My fondness of this genre is a direct result ... read more

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Set Your Goals – Mutiny!

Posted July 10, 2006, 3:36 p.m.

Set Your Goals – Mutiny!

The debut full-length from Set Your Goals has been one of the most anticipated releases for myself and countless others for the year of 2006. ... read more

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Last Minute Fix – Revenge of the Syringe

Posted July 4, 2006, 4:47 p.m.

Last Minute Fix – Revenge of the Syringe

The cover of Last Minute Fix's debut effort, Revenge of the Syringe, depicts a bald eagle sitting in an alley totally strung out. Sitting next ... read more

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Sinking Ships – Disconnecting

Posted June 29, 2006, 1:56 p.m.

Sinking Ships – Disconnecting

The Northwest hardcore scene recently lost an undeniable force with the breakup of fan favorite Champion. Fortunately there is a wake of other amazing bands ... read more

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Slayer – Eternal Pyre

Posted June 21, 2006, 3:19 p.m.

Slayer – Eternal Pyre

It's been a quite wait for Slayer fans, who are as rabid as music fans come. We last heard new music from the metal masters ... read more

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Aoria – If I Slow Down Everything Will Disappear

Posted June 20, 2006, 10:06 p.m.

Aoria – If I Slow Down Everything Will Disappear

I love unsolicited review materials, especially when it's a band I've never heard before, and even more so when said band turns out to be ... read more

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Defcon 4 – File Under Fuck

Posted June 20, 2006, 10:03 p.m.

Defcon 4 – File Under Fuck

A lot of bands claim influence from early hardcore favorites like Black Flag and Minor Threat. Nine times out of ten it is complete bullshit ... read more

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Junius – Blood is Bright

Posted June 11, 2006, 4:10 p.m.

Junius – Blood is Bright

I could attempt a witty introduction for this review, but both you and I know that you never read the first paragraph of these reviews. ... read more

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Murder By Death – In Bocca Al Lupo

Posted June 1, 2006, 4:37 p.m.

Murder By Death – In Bocca Al Lupo

Music is an art, and oftentimes musicians will use their art to tell a story - concept albums have become increasingly popular in recent years. ... read more

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First Blood – Killafornia

Posted May 28, 2006, 11:53 p.m.

First Blood – Killafornia

In the year 2002, hardcore/metal outfit Sworn Vengeance was on the brink of blowing up. The band had finished recording what I consider to be ... read more

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Fight Pretty – Blood Migration: The Year One Collection

Posted May 22, 2006, 2:36 p.m.

Fight Pretty – Blood Migration: The Year One Collection

Discography releases are a great thing, when they are deserved, that is. When a band has only released material on vinyl or defunct labels and ... read more

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Tides – From Silence

Posted May 15, 2006, 4:30 p.m.

Tides – From Silence

Tides have undergone a number of changes since we last heard from them on 2005's Resurface. Most notably, the band has added a second guitar ... read more

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Exit the King – Exit the King

Posted May 9, 2006, 2:25 p.m.

Exit the King – Exit the King

While most publications seem to avoid reviewing independent releases, I actually enjoy covering bands that aren't joined to a label. It refreshing to hear from ... read more

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Eagles of Death Metal – Death by Sexy

Posted May 2, 2006, 8:55 p.m.

Eagles of Death Metal – Death by Sexy

The Eagles of Death Metal are back in action and are kicking all notions of a sophomore slump to the curb. Death by Sexy is ... read more

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Mouth of the Architect / Kenoma – Split

Posted April 26, 2006, 8:57 p.m.

Mouth of the Architect / Kenoma – Split

When I started to write this review I wasn't really sure what direction this introduction was going to take. So I decided to let the ... read more

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Human Demise – Whitechapel Demise

Posted April 23, 2006, 11:35 a.m.

Human Demise – Whitechapel Demise

This review is an open letter to all the hardcore bands from the United States, consider yourselves called out. The next big thing in hardcore ... read more

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Set Your Goals – Reset

Posted April 14, 2006, 10:11 a.m.

Set Your Goals – Reset

Deje vu. Nearly two years ago I was writing a review of the original release of this EP. I closed that review stating that the ... read more

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Go it Alone / Blue Monday – Split

Posted April 11, 2006, 1:18 a.m.

Go it Alone / Blue Monday – Split

I know very little of Vancouver, British Columbia other than the fact that the bulk of X-Files was filmed there and that it has the ... read more

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Magrundergrind / Shitstorm – Split

Posted April 6, 2006, 4:58 a.m.

Magrundergrind / Shitstorm – Split

A few years back, I used to be friends with this kid Lee. He played drums in a few local metal bands and he loved ... read more

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Anti-Flag – For Blood and Empire

Posted April 2, 2006, 4:12 p.m.

Anti-Flag – For Blood and Empire

Punk rock has always been centered on the voicing of ones opinion, with the vast majority of those opinions taking direct aim at politics. In ... read more

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Lahar – Provide & Conquer

Posted March 30, 2006, 11:31 p.m.

Lahar – Provide & Conquer

The Northwest is breathing new life into its hardcore scene. They've got a lot of great bands right now - Go it Alone, Shook Ones, ... read more

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Ambitions – No Limits

Posted March 24, 2006, 1:45 a.m.

Ambitions – No Limits

Demos can be funny sometimes. They are called a demo for a reason; it's by no means a finished product. And yet many times these ... read more

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If Hope Dies – Life in Ruin

Posted March 20, 2006, 11:57 p.m.

If Hope Dies – Life in Ruin

Auburn is a tranquil town in upstate New York sitting about fifteen minutes outside of the city of Syracuse. You may not be a geography ... read more

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Iron Age – Constant Struggle

Posted March 14, 2006, 12:51 a.m.

Iron Age – Constant Struggle

Despite what everyone else is saying, I can't call Iron Age a hardcore band. I know they're on a hardcore label and have members that ... read more

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Various Artists – We Reach: The Music of The Melvins

Posted March 12, 2006, 4:49 a.m.

Various Artists – We Reach: The Music of The Melvins

A tribute to The Melvins, in theory, is a great idea. Hell, all tribute records in theory are great ideas. They pay homage to talented ... read more

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Ultra Dolphins – Why Are You Laugh

Posted March 5, 2006, 1:05 a.m.

Ultra Dolphins – Why Are You Laugh

Prior to receiving this album, I was only aware of Ultra Dolphins by name. I'd seen their name plastered on various websites and heard a ... read more

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Rise and Fall – Into Oblivion

Posted March 2, 2006, 7:07 p.m.

Rise and Fall – Into Oblivion

On last year's Hellmouth Rise and Fall showed obvious signs of influence from metallic hardcore acts Integrity, Leeway, and Ringworm. With their new full-length, the ... read more

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Ceremony – Ruined

Posted Feb. 27, 2006, 5:04 a.m.

Ceremony – Ruined

Ceremony is hateful and unrelenting hardcore/punk from California. Why people from California are so angry is beyond me, but since it results in hardcore as ... read more

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Stop This Fall – Scream Till You're Free

Posted Feb. 25, 2006, 7:27 a.m.

Stop This Fall – Scream Till You're Free

Stop this Fall performs a unique mix of melodic hardcore and punk. The closest contemporaries that come to mind are The Suicide File and With ... read more

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Rubikon – The Hollow Men

Posted Feb. 25, 2006, 7:26 a.m.

Rubikon – The Hollow Men

Mainstream music is constantly changing. Congruently evolving with it are the numerous bands attempting to make it big by cashing in on whatever sound is ... read more

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Norma Jean – O' God, the Aftermath

Posted Feb. 25, 2006, 7:25 a.m.

Norma Jean – O' God, the Aftermath

Norma Jean went through a googolplex of vocalists between their last album and O' God, the Aftermath. After choosing one, the band took to the ... read more

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Neglect – The Complete Don Fury Sessions

Posted Feb. 25, 2006, 7:21 a.m.

Neglect – The Complete Don Fury Sessions

Neglect are one of those bands that I always heard about, but never really took the time to listen to. Musically, they are on par ... read more

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Mouth of the Architect – Time and Withering

Posted Feb. 25, 2006, 7:19 a.m.

Mouth of the Architect – Time and Withering

It is quite likely that Mouth of the Architect has been flying under your radar for quite some time. This is unfortunate, for both them ... read more

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Kasabian – Kasabian

Posted Feb. 25, 2006, 7:19 a.m.

Kasabian – Kasabian

There was a slight revival in retro rock-n-roll a few years ago with the breakout albums from The Strokes and The White Stripes. But in ... read more

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Gratitude – Gratitude

Posted Feb. 25, 2006, 7:18 a.m.

Gratitude – Gratitude

Those among the cult fanbase of former Far frontman Jonah Sonz Matranga were likely shocked when they heard that his latest project, Gratitude, would be ... read more

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Dälek – Absence

Posted Feb. 25, 2006, 7:17 a.m.

Dälek – Absence

There's rap and there's hip hop, or at least that's how things used to be. Now there's Dälek and there's everything else. Dre, Outkast, and ... read more

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Armor for Sleep – What to do When You are Dead

Posted Feb. 25, 2006, 7:16 a.m.

Armor for Sleep – What to do When You are Dead

Armor for Sleep is a band that for me failed to live up to the potential they were capable of on their debut album, Dreams ... read more

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All Hell Breaks Loose – All Hell Breaks Loose

Posted Feb. 25, 2006, 7:15 a.m.

All Hell Breaks Loose – All Hell Breaks Loose

South Florida must be a breeding ground for hardcore bands. It seems every three months I'm hearing about another band featuring members of past bands ... read more

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Shook Ones – Slaughter of the Insole

Posted Feb. 18, 2006, 1:04 a.m.

Shook Ones – Slaughter of the Insole

In 2005, Shook Ones quietly released their debut LP Sixteen on Endwell Records. Okay, so maybe quite a few people noticed, but I'm just trying ... read more

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Queens of the Stone Age – Over the Years and Through the Woods

Posted Feb. 16, 2006, 9:38 a.m.

Queens of the Stone Age – Over the Years and Through the Woods

Live albums aren't worth purchasing 99% of the time due to two reasons: 1) the band doesn't deserve it; 2) the recording quality is atrocious. ... read more

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Set to Explode – Set to Explode

Posted Feb. 12, 2006, 11:34 a.m.

Set to Explode – Set to Explode

Sometimes the Internet can be a glorious thing, and we can all thank Al Gore for that... It is because of the glorious invention that ... read more

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Scissorfight – Victory Over Horseshit

Posted Feb. 7, 2006, 5:30 p.m.

Scissorfight – Victory Over Horseshit

I'm going to jump right to the point; if you don't like rock-n-roll music, you're not going to like Scissorfight. This New Hampshire outfit plays ... read more

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Carry On – It's All Our Blood (Reissue)

Posted Feb. 3, 2006, 7 a.m.

Carry On – It's All Our Blood (Reissue)

Despite the fact that they are broken up, Carry On is probably the second most talked about band in hardcore - American Nightmare being number ... read more

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Dissolute – Intermittent Parasitic Oscillatior

Posted Jan. 26, 2006, 9:41 a.m.

Dissolute – Intermittent Parasitic Oscillatior

For this Cleveland math-metal band, this release has been a long time coming. It was several years ago that I heard their first demo; the ... read more

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Renee Heartfelt – Death of the Ghost

Posted Dec. 27, 2005, 7:20 a.m.

Renee Heartfelt – Death of the Ghost

I often wonder how musicians reach the point in their lives where they want to make a change in their musical endeavors. Perhaps they no ... read more

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I Am the Avalanche – I Am the Avalanche

Posted Dec. 20, 2005, 10:54 a.m.

I Am the Avalanche – I Am the Avalanche

If you look at the musical resumes of the members of I Am the Avalanche, they are quite impressive. Vocalist Vinnie Caruana fronted the pop-punk ... read more

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At Risk – At Risk

Posted Dec. 9, 2005, 4:36 a.m.

At Risk – At Risk

This past summer, while vacationing in California, I decided to do the drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. I drove along the winding road that ... read more

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Lair of the Minotaur – Cannibal Massacre

Posted Dec. 3, 2005, 11:41 p.m.

Lair of the Minotaur – Cannibal Massacre

In 2004 we were treated to Carnage, the debut effort from this throwback thrash/metal outfit from Chicago. If you heard it, good. If not, well, ... read more

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Hoods – The King is Dead

Posted Nov. 27, 2005, 7:58 a.m.

Hoods – The King is Dead

Hoods, the reigning kings of Sacramento hardcore, have endured a lot throughout their decade of existence. The band have released a slew of recordings in ... read more

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American Werewolves – 1968

Posted Nov. 16, 2005, 8:44 a.m.

American Werewolves – 1968

If you were to randomly walk into a concert venue while American Werewolves were performing you would be extremely fortunate. The four-piece punk outfit from ... read more

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Killing the Dream – In Place, Apart

Posted Nov. 14, 2005, 3:34 a.m.

Killing the Dream – In Place, Apart

It wasn't too that ago that Killing the Dream was just a band with a demo. Upon first hearing said demo, I shared it with ... read more

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Ringworm – Justice Replaced by Revenge

Posted Nov. 9, 2005, 7:45 a.m.

Ringworm – Justice Replaced by Revenge

It's rather sad that a band as influential as Ringworm has been reduced to being promoted as 'featuring members of Terror.' By no means is ... read more

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Municipal Waste – Hazardous Mutation

Posted Oct. 25, 2005, 4 p.m.

Municipal Waste – Hazardous Mutation

If you're craving a throwback to the time when thrash metal was at it's height, then look no further than Municipal Waste's Hazardous Mutation. On ... read more

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Know the Score – All Guts, No Glory

Posted Oct. 18, 2005, 7:04 p.m.

Know the Score – All Guts, No Glory

Some might say that hardcore has gone soft. Those that feel this way have a distorted view of the genre. Hardcore is as explosive and ... read more

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Ctrlaltdelete – Mondegreens

Posted Oct. 13, 2005, 3 a.m.

Ctrlaltdelete – Mondegreens

I used to hate 'ctrl,' 'alt,' and 'delete.' Used in succession, it only meant one thing - reboot. That's right! Your computer is fucked and ... read more

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Saltlick – A Face Only a Mother Could Love

Posted Oct. 4, 2005, 7:54 p.m.

Saltlick – A Face Only a Mother Could Love

In recent years country and folk music have had a significant increase in their influence in the genres of indie rock. We have seen albums ... read more

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Cave In – Perfect Pitch Black

Posted Sept. 25, 2005, 7:43 p.m.

Cave In – Perfect Pitch Black

About a year and a half about I was fortunate enough to catch a Cave In performance at which they debuted a handful of new ... read more

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Death Cab For Cutie – Plans

Posted Sept. 12, 2005, 1:57 a.m.

Death Cab For Cutie – Plans

With their fifth full-length, indie music darlings Death Cab for Cutie make the jump from 'the little engine that could,' Barsuk Records, to the big-time ... read more

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Doomriders – Black Thunder

Posted Aug. 29, 2005, 6:05 p.m.

Doomriders – Black Thunder

Throughout the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Nazgul have their own musical score. The music that was written for them is dark and ... read more

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Down to Nothing – Splitting Headache

Posted Aug. 23, 2005, 6:18 p.m.

Down to Nothing – Splitting Headache

With their debut, Save it for the Birds, the Richmond, Virginia straightedge outfit turned quite a few heads with their high-octane approach to hardcore. The ... read more

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Rise and Fall – Hellmouth

Posted Aug. 16, 2005, 4 p.m.

Rise and Fall – Hellmouth

This quartet hails from Belgium and obviously has better taste in music than a good portion of the people I cross paths with each day. ... read more

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Tides – Resurface

Posted Aug. 10, 2005, 5:31 a.m.

Tides – Resurface

Boring. Derivate. Crap. These are all words that I have heard individuals use when referring to the craze of post-rock/instru-metal that is sweeping our nation, ... read more

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Sir Millard Mulch – How to Sell the Whole Fucking Universe to Everybody... Once and for All

Posted Aug. 4, 2005, 4 p.m.

Sir Millard Mulch – How to Sell the Whole Fucking Universe to Everybody... Once and for All

If I had to nominate an album for the most bizarre and intriguing release of 2005 thus far, I would have no problem choosing Sir ... read more

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Pelican – The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw

Posted July 31, 2005, 3:15 p.m.

Pelican – The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw

"Evolution is the key to survival." I don't know which famous individual stated this, but I am quoting them both out of respect as well ... read more

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Names for Graves – Worst Kid Ever

Posted July 23, 2005, 4 p.m.

Names for Graves – Worst Kid Ever

Sandusky, Ohio is home to Cedar Point Amusement Park, the rollercoaster capital of the world. About 45 minutes due east is the blue-collar city of ... read more

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On Our Own / Under One Flag / Your Mistake – Split

Posted July 18, 2005, 5:21 a.m.

On Our Own / Under One Flag / Your Mistake – Split

Split releases are a great way for bands to promote their music in locations they might not be able to travel to for shows. This ... read more

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You Will Die – You Will Die

Posted July 12, 2005, 11:55 p.m.

You Will Die – You Will Die

One of the few perks of writing reviews is that you get stuffed mailed to you all the time. Sure you may not enjoy every ... read more

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Various Artists – Dead Band's Party: A Tribute to Oingo Boingo

Posted July 9, 2005, 8:28 a.m.

Various Artists – Dead Band's Party: A Tribute to Oingo Boingo

The 80's weren't really as bad as those VH1 specials make it out to be. Sure the fashion of those years was pretty atrocious, but ... read more

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Die Young – Survival Instinct

Posted July 6, 2005, 12:41 a.m.

Die Young – Survival Instinct

Some people consider hardcore music to be quite contrived. And if you look at it from their point of view, they have a compelling argument. ... read more

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Our Final Say – Same Mistakes

Posted July 3, 2005, 4 p.m.

Our Final Say – Same Mistakes

The state of a Connecticut certainly has a grasp on the whole posi-hardcore revival trend that is sweeping the hardcore nation. Despite the state's minute ... read more

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Donnybrook – Lions in this Game

Posted June 29, 2005, 4 p.m.

Donnybrook – Lions in this Game

Donnybrook take their namesake from a famous festival in Ireland that is notorious for its brawls. So taking that into account, it isn't a surprise ... read more

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Playing Enemy – I Was Your City

Posted June 26, 2005, 5:15 a.m.

Playing Enemy – I Was Your City

The members of Playing Enemy certainly have an impressive resume of musical ventures in which they have been previously involved: Rorschach, Kiss it Goodbye, Deadguy, ... read more

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Torche – Torche

Posted June 21, 2005, 4 p.m.

Torche – Torche

Whenever I am having a discussion of music with friends, which happens more often then I'd like to admit, for music is my sole sense ... read more

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These Days – These Days

Posted June 15, 2005, 4 p.m.

These Days – These Days

"Hey, these dudes are seriously pissed." That's probably the initial thought that comes to mind when listening to These Days debut full-length. Yes indeed, the ... read more

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Folsom – If You're a Viper

Posted May 30, 2005, 4 p.m.

Folsom – If You're a Viper

Last year Folsom released their debut full-length through Westcoast Worldwide Records, a label that I would describe as a "word of mouth label." The larger ... read more

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Fall Out Boy – From Under the Cork Tree

Posted May 25, 2005, 4:43 a.m.

Fall Out Boy – From Under the Cork Tree

Selling out. Trying something new. Maturing. Call it what you will, but a substantial number of underground artists have become fairly well-known after changing up ... read more

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Time for Change – Profound

Posted May 18, 2005, 4 p.m.

Time for Change – Profound

There was a time long long ago when Victory Records put out quality hardcore releases by bands like Integrity, The Path of Resistance, and Snapcase ... read more

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Enola Grey – Cabal

Posted May 15, 2005, 4 p.m.

Enola Grey – Cabal

Beginning a band is no easy task, there are many pressures involved with the entire process. Those pressures intensify when you're coming from a previous ... read more

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Pride Kills – Deep in the Heart

Posted May 9, 2005, 1:48 p.m.

Pride Kills – Deep in the Heart

I was having a conversation the other day with a close friend. We were discussing music, as we normally do, and I started quoting some ... read more

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The Warriors – War is Hell

Posted May 2, 2005, 4 p.m.

The Warriors – War is Hell

Three months back I attempted to review War is Hell, but something more pressing came up to displace the debut full-length from The Warriors from ... read more

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Feersum Ennjin – Feersum Ennjin

Posted April 27, 2005, 10:43 a.m.

Feersum Ennjin – Feersum Ennjin

Feersum Ennjin is the work of essentially one man with the assistance of a few close friends. All the songs were written by former Tool ... read more

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Above this Fire – In Perspective

Posted April 24, 2005, 11:03 p.m.

Above this Fire – In Perspective

Above this Fire is a band that I have known since their very inception, a band that I have been able to watch as they ... read more

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The Locust – Safety Second, Body Last

Posted April 19, 2005, 4 p.m.

The Locust – Safety Second, Body Last

On hearing of The Locust's signing to Ipecac, one might be inclined to call this an unexpected pairing. But if you were to take into ... read more

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Pelican – March into the Sea

Posted April 11, 2005, 6:46 p.m.

Pelican – March into the Sea

What's the point of an introduction? They really just delay the reader from getting to what they really care about: the actual review. I could ... read more

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Jesu – Jesu

Posted April 10, 2005, 11:27 p.m.

Jesu – Jesu

A year ago, Jesu was only a blip on the radar for most of the music world. And then, as if out of nowhere, Justin ... read more

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Shotpointblank – Heart of a Disbeliever

Posted April 7, 2005, 4:31 a.m.

Shotpointblank – Heart of a Disbeliever

The stereotypical US citizen knows very little about Australia. In fact, what little knowledge they do have was likely learned from two sources: their grade ... read more

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Fantômas – Suspended Animation

Posted April 4, 2005, 5:08 a.m.

Fantômas – Suspended Animation

As a youth, my Saturday mornings were characterized by two things: tuning in to watch the newest episode of my favorite cartoons and eating as ... read more

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General Patton vs The X-ecutioners – General Patton vs The X-ecutioners

Posted March 29, 2005, 3 p.m.

General Patton vs The X-ecutioners – General Patton vs The X-ecutioners

Each morning as I make my way to work, I find myself flipping through the various local radio stations and select one based upon my ... read more

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Cursed – II

Posted March 24, 2005, 5:53 a.m.

Cursed – II

Cursed - the movie or the band? Well considering one is likely a story lifted from a Goosebumps book and transferred to the filmscreen, I ... read more

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Queens of the Stone Age – Lullabies to Paralyze

Posted March 20, 2005, 4 p.m.

Queens of the Stone Age – Lullabies to Paralyze

Before Lullabies to Paralyze could even be committed to tape, frontman Josh Homme was faced with several important choices. And none was going to be ... read more

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The Joy Circuit – EP1

Posted March 14, 2005, 4 p.m.

The Joy Circuit – EP1

The Joy Circuit formed out of a unique situation; they were the backing band Ken Andrews hired on for his most recent space/indie/rock outfit Year ... read more

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Repercussion – And the Winner is...

Posted March 10, 2005, 7:34 a.m.

Repercussion – And the Winner is...

While this album has been out for a little while now, it's somewhat coincidental that I am reviewing it as television is graced with The ... read more

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Dead Hearts – Dead Hearts

Posted March 7, 2005, 6 a.m.

Dead Hearts – Dead Hearts

The melding of hardcore and rock-n-roll seems to be quite the rave as of late. So when you have a sudden influx of bands taking ... read more

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Red Sparowes – At The Soundless Dawn

Posted Feb. 27, 2005, 11:04 a.m.

Red Sparowes – At The Soundless Dawn

Even though Red Sparowes is a new project, they didn't have much difficulty making a name for themselves. Neurosis visual-effects man Josh Graham and Isis ... read more

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Fordirelifesake – Dance.Pretend.Forget.Defend

Posted Feb. 20, 2005, 4 p.m.

Fordirelifesake – Dance.Pretend.Forget.Defend

Henry Rollins had this to say about being in a band in his book Do I Come Here Often: Black Coffee Blues Pt. 2: "I ... read more

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Codeseven – Dancing Echoes / Dead Sounds

Posted Feb. 17, 2005, 8:58 a.m.

Codeseven – Dancing Echoes / Dead Sounds

A lot of albums are released during the course of a year. Hell, even if you rule out all the albums that you know you ... read more

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...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Worlds Apart

Posted Feb. 7, 2005, 4 p.m.

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Worlds Apart

Vocalist Conrad Keely poses a question on the album's title track; "What's the future of Rock-n-Roll?" A rhetorical question? Perhaps, but he chooses to answers ... read more

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Let it Die – Stick to Your Guns

Posted Feb. 6, 2005, 9:38 a.m.

Let it Die – Stick to Your Guns

The city of Detroit has a bad reputation on the streets of, well, the entire United States. It's known as a dirty, crime-ridden city full ... read more

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Kaada & Patton – Romances

Posted Jan. 26, 2005, 10:17 a.m.

Kaada & Patton – Romances

By now everyone is familiar with "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," that fun movie trivia game that is ever-so-often used as a conversation stimulator. Well ... read more

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Instilled – Unfinished Business

Posted Jan. 15, 2005, 4 p.m.

Instilled – Unfinished Business

The city of Atlanta is known for its output of southern fried rap and hip hop MC's like Outkast, Ludacris, and Jermaine Dupri. But there ... read more

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Legs Up / My War – Split

Posted Jan. 11, 2005, 12:20 p.m.

Legs Up / My War – Split

Split releases are a breed that can be difficult to review. Do I review each band's portion separately, or do I give the entire release ... read more

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With Resistance / Twenty Inch Burial – Split

Posted Jan. 10, 2005, 4 p.m.

With Resistance / Twenty Inch Burial – Split

Though both bands play their own variations of metalcore, this split release is an unlikely partnering. While With Resistance hail from New Jersey, Twenty Inch ... read more

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Hoods vs. Freya – Split

Posted Jan. 9, 2005, 4 p.m.

Hoods vs. Freya – Split

East coast and west coast heavyweights collide on this split release from two under the radar acts in today's metal/hardcore scene. Hoods and Freya attempt ... read more

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Life Long Tragedy – Destined for Anything

Posted Jan. 6, 2005, 4 p.m.

Life Long Tragedy – Destined for Anything

The way the underground music scene, namely hardcore, functions is vastly different from the days before the existence of the Internet. Gone are the days ... read more

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Isis – Oceanic Remixes Volume IV

Posted Jan. 5, 2005, 6:28 a.m.

Isis – Oceanic Remixes Volume IV

The time has finally come. Originally scheduled for a release in November, printing and pressing delays pushed the album's release back to January. Fortunately we ... read more

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Nirvana – With the Lights Out

Posted Dec. 12, 2004, 4 p.m.

Nirvana – With the Lights Out

Shortly after Kurt Cobain's death in 1994, a local college radio station DJ took it upon himself to air an entire show of Nirvana material, ... read more

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Helmet – Size Matters

Posted Nov. 28, 2004, 4 p.m.

Helmet – Size Matters

Helmet falls into the category of bands that had the unfortunate luck of spawning a group of bands that were nothing more than third-rate rip-offs. ... read more

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Lair of the Minotaur – Carnage

Posted Nov. 21, 2004, 4 p.m.

Lair of the Minotaur – Carnage

It will take roughly 20-30 seconds of Carnage for you to come to the conclusion that it's no surprise that Lair of the Minotaur's debut ... read more

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The Rise – Reclamation Process

Posted Nov. 13, 2004, 4 p.m.

The Rise – Reclamation Process

Someone call the RIAA because I stole an album. That's right, I downloaded the entire Reclamation Process album using a downloading program that shall rename ... read more

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These Arms Are Snakes – Oxeneers or The Lion Sleeps When Its Antelopes Go Home

Posted Nov. 4, 2004, 7:22 a.m.

These Arms Are Snakes – Oxeneers or The Lion Sleeps When Its Antelopes Go Home

The anticipation of the release of a new album is always a difficult burden to bear. That burden is only intensified when said album comes ... read more

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Oceansize – Music for Nurses

Posted Oct. 25, 2004, 4 p.m.

Oceansize – Music for Nurses

For Oceansize, 2004 has been quite a delightful year. The band saw the re-release of their debut full-length, Effloresce, here in the US as well ... read more

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Isis – Panopticon

Posted Oct. 16, 2004, 4 p.m.

Isis – Panopticon

Despite what the calendar may tell you, Christmas has arrived early this year, though much earlier than expected. To my doorstep came a US Postal ... read more

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Old Man Gloom – Christmas

Posted Oct. 13, 2004, 11:49 a.m.

Old Man Gloom – Christmas

After an extensive delay, the rabid and hopeful fans sporting various Hydrahead affiliated t-shirts can finally rest. Old Man Gloom's Christmas brings an end to ... read more

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Isis – Oceanic Remixes Volume III

Posted Oct. 3, 2004, 4 p.m.

Isis – Oceanic Remixes Volume III

While this may seem repetitive to say, before you listen to Volume III, it would be in your best interest to purchase the band's last ... read more

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These Days – Death Sentence

Posted Sept. 29, 2004, 4 p.m.

These Days – Death Sentence

Before we begin I'd like to officially admit that I have a problem. I have an obsession with the Nor Cal hardcore scene. So if ... read more

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Mare – Mare

Posted Sept. 22, 2004, 6:45 a.m.

Mare – Mare

Maybe I am blinded by my love for Hydrahead Records, but it seems to me that as of late the label has been churning out ... read more

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Set Your Goals – Set Your Goals

Posted Aug. 25, 2004, 5:07 p.m.

Set Your Goals – Set Your Goals

Recently, the scene of hardcore-punk has become a stagnant cesspool of monotony. Out of the thousands of bands playing "hardcore" music, there is only a ... read more

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Folsom – Folsom

Posted Aug. 12, 2004, 7:52 a.m.

Folsom – Folsom

With the way things are going in the music world these days, it should only be a matter of months before Folsom is the most ... read more

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Isis – Oceanic Remixes Volume II

Posted Aug. 11, 2004, 4 p.m.

Isis – Oceanic Remixes Volume II

As I did with the review of Volume I, I will recommend that those of you who have not heard Isis, in particular the band's ... read more

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Terror – One with the Underdogs

Posted Aug. 3, 2004, 5:18 a.m.

Terror – One with the Underdogs

Terror might be the only band that could have had a successful career in music without playing a single show. The band's demo made its ... read more

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The Dillinger Escape Plan – Miss Machine

Posted July 26, 2004, 4:43 a.m.

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Miss Machine

The Dillinger Escape Plan (DEP) certainly have been enjoying the good life since releasing their last full-length, Calculating Infinity, back in 1998. The band was ... read more

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Oceansize – Effloresce

Posted July 18, 2004, 4:42 p.m.

Oceansize – Effloresce

A lot of my friends feel they have a duty to recommend me music. I don't mean to sound conceited, but I'm quite an educated ... read more

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Cast Aside – The Struggle

Posted July 12, 2004, 4 p.m.

Cast Aside – The Struggle

Remember those spelling/definition tests that you had to take in grade school? You know, the ones where they ask you to give the definition of ... read more

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Meshuggah – I

Posted July 8, 2004, 9:46 a.m.

Meshuggah – I

Meshuggah is one of those bands that make me want to grow my hair out and head-bang for hours on end. When I was around ... read more

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Neurosis – The Eye of Every Storm

Posted July 1, 2004, 3:41 p.m.

Neurosis – The Eye of Every Storm

Over the years, and it has been years for them, Neurosis have slowly developed from the melodic death metal juggernaut that graced us with the ... read more

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Minus the Bear – They Make Beer Commercials Like This

Posted June 28, 2004, 2:52 p.m.

Minus the Bear – They Make Beer Commercials Like This

It was roughly a year and half ago at the South by Southwest Music Festival that I was able to witness one of the greatest ... read more

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Your Enemies Friends – You are Being Videotaped

Posted June 22, 2004, 4 p.m.

Your Enemies Friends – You are Being Videotaped

Buddyhead Records is a label fueled by hype. Your Enemies Friends released their debut effort The Wiretap EP on their label. So naturally I was ... read more

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Beastie Boys – To the 5 Boroughs

Posted June 20, 2004, 4:08 p.m.

Beastie Boys – To the 5 Boroughs

A lot has transpired since the Beastie Boys released their last full-length Hello Nasty nearly six years ago. George W. Bush was elected President afterthe ... read more

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Isis – Oceanic Remixes Volume I

Posted June 16, 2004, 4:11 p.m.

Isis – Oceanic Remixes Volume I

I am going to assume for your own sake that you are familiar with Isis, the doom-sludge-metal outfit that saw an overwhelmingly positive response to ... read more

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Secret Chiefs 3 – Book of Horizons

Posted June 7, 2004, 4 p.m.

Secret Chiefs 3 – Book of Horizons

For many, Secret Chiefs 3 is considered to be "Mr. Bungle minus Mike Patton." While I feel this description does a grave injustice to the ... read more

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Harkonen & These Arms Are Snakes – Like a Virgin

Posted June 1, 2004, 3:11 a.m.

Harkonen & These Arms Are Snakes – Like a Virgin

When I was in the sixth grade I had a birthday party and for some reason one of my classmates, his name was Seth, gave ... read more

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The End – Within Dividia

Posted May 26, 2004, 4 p.m.

The End – Within Dividia

Whether you call it tech-metal or mathcore, it's a style of music that has captivated the head-bangers of the world. Gone are the days of ... read more

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Silent Drive – Love Is Worth It

Posted May 23, 2004, 4 p.m.

Silent Drive – Love Is Worth It

In my circle of friends, I am the only one who doesn't find anything remotely interesting about Bane. So what does that have to do ... read more

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Die Young – The Message

Posted May 19, 2004, 5:01 p.m.

Die Young – The Message

Back in the mid 1990's, there was one place to turn to for hardcore, and that was the thriving mecca of New York City. There ... read more

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TV on the Radio – Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

Posted May 18, 2004, 4 p.m.

TV on the Radio – Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

Young Liars was one of the most exceptional releases that I have heard in recent years. It caught me completely off guard. Based on the ... read more

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Dissolute – Demo 2004

Posted May 13, 2004, 4 p.m.

Dissolute – Demo 2004

Every city has that one local band that should be signed to a label and off touring Europe because they are that phenomenal. For Cleveland, ... read more

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Still Crossed – Love and Betrayal

Posted May 12, 2004, 4 p.m.

Still Crossed – Love and Betrayal

Growing up in Cleveland I was more than spoiled when it came to hardcore bands: Integrity, The Spudmonsters, Committed, Ringworm, and countless others. I always ... read more

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Harkonen – Dancing

Posted May 6, 2004, 6:42 p.m.

Harkonen – Dancing

When I first undertook the task of writing the review for Dancing, I wanted to make sure I did the job right the first time. ... read more

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With Honor – Heart Means Everything

Posted May 3, 2004, 4:36 p.m.

With Honor – Heart Means Everything

You know those stickers that they put on the front of CD's that say "For Fans Of.." or "Featuring the Hit Single..."? Well, I have ... read more

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Clutch – Blast Tyrant

Posted April 30, 2004, 4:17 a.m.

Clutch – Blast Tyrant

Back on Jam Room Clutch asked the world, "Who wants to rock?" And on the bands sixth full-length, Blast Tyrant, they respond to that question ... read more

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The Kiss of Death – The Kiss of Death

Posted April 28, 2004, 4:54 p.m.

The Kiss of Death – The Kiss of Death

It wasn't that long ago that I was greeted with the news that hardcore act Turmoil had decided to call it quits. After a tumultuous ... read more

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Time for Living – The Cheat is Not Dead

Posted April 22, 2004, 4 p.m.

Time for Living – The Cheat is Not Dead

The Bay Area and surrounding areas must have an endless supply of hardcore bands. It seems every week I am discovering a new band from ... read more

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Kid Kilowatt – Guitar Method

Posted April 18, 2004, 4 p.m.

Kid Kilowatt – Guitar Method

There are side-projects and then there are supergroups. A side-project is something that a band member fiddles with when they are bored. But a supergroup ... read more

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Lostprophets – Start Something

Posted April 11, 2004, 4 p.m.

Lostprophets – Start Something

After releasing their debut, The Fake Sound of Progress, Lostprophets have returned with their second album for Columbia Records. On their first effort the band ... read more

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Skare Tactic – Remember When

Posted April 8, 2004, 4 p.m.

Skare Tactic – Remember When

Remember when hardcore music had more in common with punk bands as opposed to metal ones? Remember when hardcore music was concerned with getting a ... read more

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Murder By Death – Who Will Survive, And What Will Be Left of Them?

Posted April 8, 2004, 3:04 a.m.

Murder By Death – Who Will Survive, And What Will Be Left of Them?

I'll be honest right off the bat. The first mention I heard of Murder by Death was when they were making their name change from ... read more

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27 – Let The Light In

Posted April 5, 2004, 4 p.m.

27 – Let The Light In

27 reach beyond simple classification. Combining bits and pieces from indie rock and trip-hop, as well as post-rock and traditional emo, 27 creates their own ... read more

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Eagles of Death Metal – Peace Love Death Metal

Posted March 31, 2004, 3 p.m.

Eagles of Death Metal – Peace Love Death Metal

For those of us that follow the happenings of the music world closely, it seems there is always a release that involves a Queens of ... read more

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Shockwave – The Ultimate Doom

Posted March 29, 2004, 3 p.m.

Shockwave – The Ultimate Doom

There was a time during my childhood when my after-school hours were dominated by sitting in front of the television to catch the latest episode ... read more

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Onelinedrawing – The Volunteers

Posted March 25, 2004, 4:33 p.m.

Onelinedrawing – The Volunteers

Long before the MTV defined "screamo" fad took the music world by storm, there was the underground phenomenon Far, a four-piece outfit from Sacramento, CA. ... read more

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Error – Error

Posted March 24, 2004, 4 p.m.

Error – Error

It wasn't that long ago that a band released an album entitled The Shape of Punk to Come. While many ignored its principles, others took ... read more

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Seemless – Seemless

Posted March 23, 2004, 4 p.m.

Seemless – Seemless

It's been a while since I heard a new band that played some outright rock-n-roll. Enter Massachusetts natives Seemless and their self-titled debut. Seemless, is ... read more

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Pride Kills – Life of Hate

Posted March 18, 2004, 1:01 a.m.

Pride Kills – Life of Hate

While the majority of Texas seems to think that listening to indie rock and "emo" is where all the fun and hype are at, there ... read more

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Orange Island – Orange Island

Posted March 12, 2004, 12:49 a.m.

Orange Island – Orange Island

Orange Island are one of those bands who have had the unfortunate luck of being horribly mislabeled as emo. A more accurate description of their ... read more

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Year of the Rabbit – Year of the Rabbit

Posted March 10, 2004, 12:58 a.m.

Year of the Rabbit – Year of the Rabbit

Before I even begin to go in depth about Year of the Rabbit's major-label debut I want to get one thing clear. I find it ... read more

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Fantômas – Delirium Cordia

Posted March 4, 2004, 11:54 p.m.

Fantômas – Delirium Cordia

Fantômas is a musical group whose sound can best be described as a schizophrenic adventure through the world of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller. The music ... read more

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Far From Breaking – The Identity

Posted March 2, 2004, 11:40 p.m.

Far From Breaking – The Identity

Every once in a while, a band comes along that reminds you why you ever got into hardcore music. Far From Breaking, a five piece ... read more

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Premonitions of War – Left In Kowloon

Posted March 1, 2004, 12:19 a.m.

Premonitions of War – Left In Kowloon

What can I say about Toledo, Ohio? Honestly, I never found anything about the city to be remotely appealing at all. Then again, I might ... read more

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Keelhaul – Subject to Change Without Notice

Posted Feb. 29, 2004, 10:22 a.m.

Keelhaul – Subject to Change Without Notice

Remember when you and your friends formed your first band? It didn't matter what kind of music you were going to play. As long as ... read more

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Roy – Big City Sin and Small Town Redemption

Posted Feb. 29, 2004, 10:14 a.m.

Roy – Big City Sin and Small Town Redemption

The whole "ex-members of" marketing campaign is starting to get out of control. The hype that surrounds these types of bands before they even release ... read more

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Pelican – Australasia

Posted Feb. 29, 2004, 7:19 a.m.

Pelican – Australasia

Pelican flirted with my heart earlier this year when they released their self-titled debut. And now with the release of their first full length, Australasia, ... read more

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