Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Mourning - Demo 2013

The first demo from these guys.This is on repeat in my house at the moment! Truly emotional punk from the heart of then UK for fans of Basement,Nai Harvest, Title Fight ect. Definately some big things to come from these lot and best of all, its free! 

1. Happy
2. Resurrect (This Broken Home)

NAILS-Abandon All Life is crustier than none

So if your like me you've been eagerly awaiting the new NAILS release and its finally here!! and it certainly doesn't disappoint at all i mean who isn't into NAILS? whats not to like about a Solid mix of grindcore/hardcore with a sprinkle of crust thrown in for good measure? Not to mention it sounds like the singer really wants to rip off your face and wear it for a mask Its just that much better.Ya just cant beat heaviness with the sincerity to back it up.The first track In exodus wastes no time getting straight down to business short sweet and to the point nothin wrong with that at all.The next few tracks follow the basic formula of being loud fast and under a minute but on track four Gods cold hands(by far my favorite song on the album) they change things up a bit by adding slower/sludge-y/grinding riffs to the mix  creating the perfect blend that cant be stopped.the rest of the album proceeds in that manor but not to worry the slower tempos don't last that long just long enough for you to catch your breath before being thrown back into the chaos and Jesus Christ its just so god damn good! Hard fast and heavy just the way your mom like its Abandon All Life is a must have 

you can catch NAILS on tour with every ones favorites Xibalba&Early graves at these dates

Apr 26, 2013Chicago ILThe Cobra Lounge (The Rumble)
Apr 27, 2013Cleveland OHNow Thats Class
Apr 28, 2013Buffalo NYThe Funeral Home
Apr 29, 2013Toronto ONSneaky Dea's
Apr 30, 2013Montreal QC Il Motore
May 1, 2013Albany NYBogies
May 2, 2013Boston MAGreat Scott
May 3, 2013Brooklyn NYSt Vitus
May 4, 2013Philadelphia PAO'Reillys
Jun 7, 2013Berkeley CAGilman

                                                             See you in the pit-Nate J

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fur and Bones Design

So this cool dude named Matt did free artwork for the blog, and he is realllllyyy good. Absolutely love this dudes art style. He has plenty more of stuff to look at on his facebook page, and also he will do artwork for your band for free! Please like this dudes page, he deserves some attention.

I Was Afraid/Nouns - Split

Genre: Emo/Shoegaze/Punk
Year: 2013

I Was Afraid:
1. Ugly
2. Everything Ends

1. Still Bummed
2. My Life Through Cold Sweats

Awesome split between these two bands from Arkansas. I Was Afraid plays a very beautiful style of like an emo and shoegaze mix, while Nouns plays a noisy kind of surfy like emo. Both of these bands have a very solid side. Not a bad song on this split!

Downpour/Thetan - Split

Genre: Crust/Powerviolence/Sludge/Black Metal
Year: 2013

1. Coming of Wage
2. Disarm The Swarm
3. Severance
4. The Elegy
5. Expression
6. You're In Your Prime, Kid
7. I Want The Whole Truth

8. To Please The Gods

Two awesome bands, two different styles. Downpour bringing a very fast and abrasive style of Powerviolence and Crust to this split busts out 7 tracks around like 10 minutes. While Thetan brings a very sludgy black metal sound to this split with one song that is 8 minutes long! Both bands rule at what they do, please check this one out, they deserve your attention! -Jacob Rice

Moon Bandits - Action Changes Thinking

Genre: Folk Punk
Year: 2013

1. Burn It Down
2. The Symptom
3. Speaker and the Chairman
4. From the Windows of Your Home
5. Revolutions Personal
6. Cold Leaves
7. Southwest to Northwest
8. It's a Lie
9. Keep Your Head Up
10. Fool's Gold

Folk Punk from LA. Posted their album Straight Thinking Means Plain Speaking around October of last year, great listen! This album to me sounds a little better to me, more folky and traditional. Very much like Ghost Mice. Enjoying this a lot so far! Definitely give this one a listen -Jacob Rice

FFO: Ghost Mice, Blackbird Raum

Juna - Heteroglossia

Genre: Indie/Post Rock
Year: 2013

1. Notes on a Penance
2. Solemnly Swear
3. A Passage
4. A Decade in Salt
5. Camus

Some really good dark atmospheric indie/post rock stuff from Athens. Don't understand how this group isn't bigger. The song writing of this music is just perfect, and the music is just beautiful and moody. If you're looking for some creative, smart, beautiful, and just great music. Here you go! -Jacob Rice

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ramlord/Condensed Flesh-Split

Genre: Blackened Crust
Year: 2011


1.Restrained (2:14)
2. Retrained (0:52)
3. Reality (2:16)
4. Relapse (1:51)

Condensed Flesh:

1. Side B (18:04)

FFO: Young and in the Way, Amebix, MDC
Ramlord is an East Coast crust band that has been gathering momentum over the past few years. The band incorporates Black Metal-like instrumental strands throughout the music, as well as influences from hardcore and powerviolence bands.

Condensed Flesh is self-described as "punx playing metal." CF uses more traditional punk influences (think Millions of Dead Cops) in their approach.

-Tucker Ross

Krang-The Bog of Eternal Stenchcore

Year: 2010
Genre: Crust

1. The Bog
2. To Thine Own Self...
3. Oh, Drear Circumstance
4. Losing the Bigger Picture

I originally saw this band play with No Master in Kansas City. Not too much to say here besides that this demo is crustier than a geological pizza. FFO Dropdead, Crossed Out, ya know...

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Eisberg - Eisberg

Straight edge hardcore featuring members from all over Europe and the UK. The snarling vocals emphisise the vocalists accent and this EP is an aggressive change from the usual hardcore recipe.Motivational with great lyrics, this is a release to be proud of. And best of all. Its free!

Afflictive Nature - Strictly Savage

Strictly Savage is the third and most exciting release from San Antonio's very own, Afflictive Nature. This band is often referred to as the “Masters of Crossover Chaos” which is a fitting title for their own blend of thrash, punk, and hardcore that they excel in creating. Following their split with Jungle Juice, Strictly Savage showcases six ruthless tracks which prove this band is something to pay attention to. Each track is a forward progression from the last, with thrashy riffs and fast Ceremony-influenced parts that the band truly makes into their own. 

Afflictive Nature opens up this record with “Beneath the Streets,” a fast paced, aggressive introduction to what is in store for the listener. The third track “Nothing Beyond” is a personal favorite from this release. Clocking in at 36 seconds, the song proclaims “no hope/no faith/no tears/no pain,” which sums up the theme of this record. For a moment in seems that the band loses focus, somewhat straying from the distinct variation that was showcased at the beginning of the record. This is all changed during the slow opening of the final track “Body of Two,” which pulls everything together. Fast riffs and and a pounding bass drum seem like an homage to 80's thrash metal bands at times, while the vocals really make this a great hardcore record. In my opinion, the constant drive from the drum section without predictability is what really make this record stand out from others in the genre. It's an honest, raw release from 5 dudes who have something to give to punk and hardcore music. 

Fans of this record will certainly enjoy the band's first release, Doomed from the Start, where the listener can see the progression from this 2009 EP to Strictly Savage. Afflictive Nature has recently been signed to Life to Live Records, home to bands like Losin It and Ivy League. They are in process of recording their first 7” under the label.

4/5 - John

Mason Mercer - Beast

Genre: Indie/Experimental/Pop/Lo Fi
Year: 2012

1. Mating Dance
2. Flush
3. Poison Mojo
4. Grandma's
5. Homeostasis

Some cool experimental stuff from a guy named Mason Mercer in my area. He has plenty of experience in music with playing in bands like Caveman and Free At Last(Which i've posted here) as well as many other solo things he has done. Its not like any of the other stuff he has done though, this stuff is really catchy and just kind of spacey and tribal like. Its really talented music, great song writing and fantastic lyrics. If you're into different stuff definitely give this a try, I love it. -Jacob Rice

End Reign - Suicide Collection

Genre: Crust/Hardcore/Sludge
Year: 2013

1. Sacrifice
2. Release The Wolves
3. Horror
4. Abyss
5. To Pray For
6. Dream Eater
7. Paradise
8. Release The Wolves
9. The Freeze
10. Azrael
12. The Great Fall

Crust band from the UK. These dudes play some relentlessly heavy hardcore. The vocals are shrill and raw as fuck, and it rules. Instruments are just noisy and in your face, so good. The sludge parts on this just rule so hard. Overall this band is just one awesome wave of noise and pure anger. This is another release from Witch Hunter Records, dude just keeps putting out all this good shit. Support him!(There is a cool limited version of this tape on the bigcartel that comes with a shirt) -Jacob Rice

FFO: Cursed, Trap Them, Rise & Fall

I Was Afraid - Ugly

Genre: Emo/Punk/Shoegaze
Year: 2013

Sweet new track from this emo group from Little Rock. This track is super well writ and just really pretty sounding instrumentally. Great lyrics. Just fantastic overall. After hearing this song I am even more excited for the new release. -Jacob Rice

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Bitter Thoughts - S/T

Huge sounding , straight up hardcore from Chicago. Sound like a young TUI with a metallic edge. Big things to come from these guys im sure. Grab the free download, and show your friends, super nice riffs.


Year: 2013

Gaining fame through recommendations from odd future and other rappers/Mc's,these guys are something truly different. "Jazz infused hip hop" sounds really odd when you say it, but once you have a listen youll understand. Their second offering they've given out for free! super awesome! Really talented group of musicians, hope you guys love it. - George

Monolith - A Votive Offering


 Downtuned,Djent mayhem, blended with gritty agressive hardcore vocals. This EP isn't for the faint hearted, with battering breakdowns and riffs aplenty.Also really well recorded for a second EP. Definitely worth a free download ehh?! - George

Friday, March 22, 2013

Scorned - Nothing So Certain As Death

Genre:Dark Hardcore/Powerviolence

Track List:
1. Pestilent Conflagration
2. Volition
3. Fester
4. Possessed By The Blade
5. No Mercy

Get it!

Heavy ass beatdown/powerviolence from the UK. This EP mixes hardcore style vocals with heavy,downtempo riffs and even hints of death metal. sick for people with a heavier taste. hope you guys like it as much as I do! -George

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bitter Times - Demo '13

Genre: Hardcore
Year: 2013
1.Head In A Vice
2.Giving Up
4.I Died In 99
5.Wrong Ways

Hardcore from Little Rock, Arkansas. Bitter Times infuses the riffs and speed of Hardcore with the metallic guitar tones and drumming of early Metalcore bands like All Out War. This demo was put out earlier this year and the band hopes to start touring outside of Arkansas as soon as possible. 

Depths - Decadent Pt. I

Year: 2011
Genre: Hardcore

A submission from Tampico, Tamaulipas Mexico. Depths takes influences from older hardcore punk bands such as Bad Brains, as well as more contemporary acts. Decadent Pt. 1 was recorded in 2011 but the band maintains newer recordings for sale on their Bandcamp.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Back To Square One - Arkansas Music Compilation

Genre: Various
Victim of Pain-Rotting Nation
Bitter Times-Head in a Vice
I Was Afraid-Northwest
Perfect People-Old Habits
No Outlet-Crisis
Antics-The "L" Train
Second Rate-Southlake
RawHead-Drive Me Away

Downer/Lonely Life

Genre: Emo/Pop Punk/Hardcore
Year: 2013

1. Insecure
2. Clinton Ave.

Genre: Emo/Pop Punk/Hardcore
Year: 2013

1. Dead Inside
2. Together
3. Cold Weather
4. Memory
5. Leaving 

Downer and Lonely Life are some of my favorite groups right now. Downer is the main band, and Lonely Life is a side project of one of the members of Downer. There is something about this music that I just absolutely fall in love. Maybe it the vocals, maybe the lyrics, maybe just every goddamn thing about both of these albums. I can't find a single flaw in these in my book. If you don't get this you are seriously missing out on something. -Jacob Rice

Side Split - 2nd Self Demo

Genre: Hardcore
Year: 2013

1. Twist of Fate
2. Crossed Pulse
3. Odds Are
4. 2nd Self

Hardcore from Chicago. These dudes music is hard as fuck. Just pure aggression and energy, imagine these dudes are a blast live. Love the creative riffs these guys pull out from nowhere sometimes too. Some pretty cool thrashy riffs in here as well. Extremely solid release, I advise everyone to check this one out. 
-Jacob Rice

FFO: Expire, Frustration, Backtrack

Da Council - Council St Sessionz Vol 1

Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
Year: 2012

1. With The Pressure
2. No Hingez
3. Vexed & Perplexed
4. Work Of The Masta
5. Through The Ceiling

Hip Hop group from Kentucky. I know I don't post much rap, but I do enjoy it a lot. These dudes do a very wide range of styles including; old style rap, kind of a chopped and screwed sound, atmospheric, and like some artists off Rhymesayers. Definitely kind of an Aesop Rock feel on how some of these dudes rap. Enjoying this stuff! -Jacob Rice

FFO: Wu Tang Clan, Aesop Rock, Eyedea

Weighed Down - 2013 Demo

Genre: Hardcore
Year: 2013

1. Bloodline
2. Misplaced Faith
3. Alone Again

Straightedge Hardcore band from Toledo. These guys are pretty hard hitting and heavy, as well as being able to rip out some fucking rad riffs. Pretty straight forward, but cool release. Check it out! -Jacob Rice

Aurora - Stepping Stones

Genre: Pop Punk/Emo
Year: 2013

1. Stepping Stones
2. Searchlight
3. Rough Gem
4. Violet

Pop punk from Boston. These dudes blend pop punk and emo very well. This album tops their last release which was released around late last year which I posted a review about, definitely check that review out and the album. Anyways I loved that album, and i'm loving this one even more. Much more of a mature sound this time around, I feel like they combined a lot more emo sound into this one as well but still keeping a modern pop punk sound. Great lyrics, great feeling and passion. I will definitely have this thing on replay for a while. Also, great acoustic track at the end of this EP Check this one out for sure. -Jacob Rice

Monday, March 18, 2013

I Was Afraid - Howling

Genre: Emo/Punk/Shoegaze
Year: 2013

1. Northwest
2. Howling
3. Southeast

Emo from Little Rock Arkansas. These guys play a very mellow, but still energetic. Yet there still are obvious punk influences in this. Very easy to listen to and get into. Very well writ music. I would highly advise checking this out. -Jacob Rice

FFO: Title Fight(Floral Green), Algernon Cadwallader, Snowing

Maumelle - 1997

Genre: Screamo/Emo
Year: 2013

1. Exposed
2. Thirty Three
3. Rest
4. Thankful
5. These Walls
6. The Only Way Out

Very twinkly and noodly sounding screamo from Lancaster. These guys music is packed to the brim with emotion and passion. Great recording quality, great music overall. -Jacob Rice

FFO: Old Gray, American Football

Cross Me - Demo

Genre: Hardcore/Thrash
Year: 2013

1. Intro/Hidden
2. Motive
3. Leech
4. Don't Cross Me
5. Maze

Hardcore band from Milwaukee. These dudes play a NYHC style of hardcore, which is very thrash influenced. High energy, and highly aggressive. Definitely check this out! -Jacob Rice


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Atragon - Volume 1

Genre: Doom/Sludge/Stoner
Year: 2013

1. The Sound In The Halls
2. Jesus Wept

Doom band from the UK. These dudes are like if you took Electric Wizard and made them heavier, which is hard to think of considering Electric Wizard is like jaw droppingly heavy. These dudes bring a much more harsh/noisy style in my opinion. Much more aggressive vocals. These dudes bring the best riffs. Another release from Witch Hunter Records, support him! -Jacob Rice

FFO: Electric Wizard, Sleep, Saint Vitus

Seagraves - Weight of the World

Genre: Hardcore/Punk/Crust
Year: 2013

1. Hollow Lies
2. Dreams Are For Fools
3. Weight of The World
4. Blood Runs Black
5. Wrong

Hardcore band from Leeds. Lets say you throw Converge and Botch in a blender and then the blender gets hit by a bat, that bat being His Hero Is Gone. These dudes play a nasty and dirty style of hardcore that is just oozing with crust influences. This stuff is fucking mean and dark. This is from one of my favorite record labels Witch Hunter Records who releases all of their releases for free on bandcamp, so you should go support him and buy some shit! -Jacob Rice

FFO: Converge, Botch, His Hero Is Gone, The Hope Conspiracy

Fvnerals - The Hours EP

Genre: Post Rock/Ambient/Drone/Shoe Gaze
Year: 2013

1. The Hours
2. The Woods

Dark ambient/shoegaze band from Brighton UK. This stuff is really cool, don't get to post much stuff like this. Very, very eerie music. Really well produced. Girl singer in this band has a beautiful voice! This is from an independent label called Eerie Echoes. I am really liking this, don't pass this one up! -Jacob Rice

Lay It On The Line - Crowhurst

Genre: Hardcore/Thrash
Year: 2013

1. 1968
2. Cro-Hymn
3. October 31st
4. Tim Westwood Ho!
5. Tetley
6. Triumph
7. Lying Low
8. Nobody Likes A Quitter
9. 243

Hardcore band from London. These guys play a modern style of hardcore that sounds very similar to groups like Dead Swans and Modern Life Is War. As well as having some obvious skramz influences that I hear in the music, thrash too. This album is actually a concept album about a guy named Donald Crowhurst who solo voyaged the world for 243 days and it made him slowly turn insane. Pretty rad story and music! 
-Jacob Rice

FFO: Modern Life Is War, Dead Swans, More Than Life

Murkdaddyflex - Third Compilation

Genre: Hip Hop/Rap/Instrumental
Year: 2013

Murkdaddyflex back with his third compilation. This one being without a doubt his best effort yet. More spacey, more droned out, very smart. As stated before very A Tribe Called Quest-esque. Definitely give this a chance if you're into instrumental hip hop or just relaxing music! -Jacob Rice

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Badblood - End Me

Genre: Hardcore/Sludge/Crust
Year: 2013

1. Reject
2. Fall
3. Pale

Hardcore from LA. These guys play a very noisy and just evil as fuck sound. Absolutely filled with hate and anger fueled. This is being released on Irish Voodoo/Black Voodoo records sometime this month. I have the honor of posting this a little earlier than its being released. I am really enjoying this EP, favorite track on this thing is the last one Pale. That track is so sludgy, heavy, and just oozing of black metal influence. Don't pass this one up, these dudes truly deserve your attention. -Jacob Rice

FFO: Young and In The Way, Creatures, Full of Hell, Thieves(Illinois Hardcore band)

Dark Circles (Stream)

Genre: Hardcore/Crust/Black Metal

Check out this stream on Dark Circles Bandcamp. Dark Circles are a group of dudes from Montreal. They are playing a very dark and blackened style of hardcore. They just recently had these songs recorded and mastered by Brad Boatright (who has mastered From Ashes Rise, Tragedy, Sunn O))). These songs will be on 7inches, tapes, and CD this spring. 7inches by Toys of Disharmony. Tapes and CD's will be self released.
Give these dudes a chance, it rules.

Ghost Hound - Demo 2013

Genre: Powerviolence/Hardcore
Year: 2013

1. Waiting (Part One)
2. Honest
3. Plague (Nothing)
4. Husk
5. Waiting (Part Two)

Powerviolence from Kingscliff. They play a very raw and aggressive style of hardcore. Leaning more towards kind of an experimental side but still keeping very true to the roots of darker style of hardcore. This release is short but sweet. Definitely check this one out. -Jacob Rice

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Eyes For Hands - Demo 2013

Genre: Powerviolence
Year: 2013

1. Pain///Gain
2. Burning
3. No Answers
4. Answers
5. Pigfuck
6. Man Without Bones

Powerviolence from Massachusetts. This is a side project of Nik from Rat Trap who I have posted earlier on. As their facebook genre says "FAST" I can't describe it any better than that. This stuff rules. -Jacob Rice

FFO: Mind Eraser, Iron Lung, Weekend Nachos

Lowlife - Stranded on Retard Island

Genre: Hardcore/Punk
Year: 2013

1. Cesspool City
2. Garbage Day Poetry
3. Whorehouse Fire
4. Stranded On Retard Island
5. Dead Idiot
6. Lavaswim Marathon
7. Dirtnap
8. Blowhole

Hardcore from Rhode Island. Has an older sounding punk sound to it, as well as the newer hardcore sound. Very fast, and angry. -Jacob Rice

FFO: Sabertooth Zombie, Dangers, Cerebral Ballzy

Rat Path - Mean Streets

Genre: Hardcore/Thrash
Year: 2013

1. Cold Soul
2. Fools Fortune
3. Trip Hard
4. Sewer Chief

Thrash influenced hardcore from Seattle. Their music is very straight forward and to the point. Has a very specific west coast sound to their music. Very similar to Hellmouth which I dig a lot. Check this out for sure 
-Jacob Rice

FFO: Suicidal Tendencies, Take Offense, Cro Mags, Hellmouth, Power Trip

Child Brides

Genre: Gothic/Industrial/Black Metal
Year: 2013

1. Elite Downpour
2. Chained
3. There Was Nothing
4. False Options
5. Prisoner of the White Lord
6. Hated
7. Pleasure & Pain

As you guys know, Low Places broke up recently. One of the members Vince has a side project called Child Brides, which he had emailed me about recently. This is a release he put out and made entirely by himself. Recently he met some people and is going to turn this project into a full band thing. If you like some noisy, heavy, industrial, and some pretty evil sounding music. Give this a chance, but go into it with an open mind because it is very different. -Jacob Rice

Sunday, March 3, 2013


Record Label: Revelation Records
Active Years:1988-1994
Genre: Hardcore/NYHC

1. Shall Be Judged
2. Godhead
3. Drown
4. Out Of Time
5. New Morality
6. Tales Of Statou
7. Last Great Sea
8. The Bait
9. Disgraces
10. Decay
11. Cleanse
12. Melt Meta Growth
13. Drown
14. Decay
15. On And On
16. Onlooker
17. Out Of Time (Live)
18. The Bait (Live)
19. Godhead (Live)
20. The New Morality (Live)
21. Nowhere (Live)
22. Drown (Live)
23. Shall Be Judged (Live)
24. Strata

Should be almost everything (if not everything) Burn has released. One of my favorite Rev bands, definitely download this and check it out. -Tanner Caruthers

Mammoth Grinder

In & Out/See Me Hang 7"
Genre: Hardcore/Dark Hardcore
Year: 2012

1. In & Out
2. See Me Hang
3. Arise

Mammoth Grinder/Hatred Surge Split (MG Tracks Only)
Year: 2011

1. Pulverizer
2. Societal Collapse
3. Surveiled

Get it!

Obsessed With Death 7"
Year: 2010

1. Obsessed With Death
2. Welcome To Hell

Get it!

Mammoth Grinder/Legion Split (MG Tracks Only)
Year: 2010

1. Anxiety Onset
2. Unnatural Death

Get it!

Extinction Of Humanity
Year: 2009

1. Total Extinction
2. Societal Collapse
3. Sentenced To Hell
4. Resurfacing
5. Frozen
6. Devoured By Fear
7. Life Returns

Get it!

No Results EP
Year: 2008

1. You're Wrong
2. Sick And Rotting
3. No Results
4. Excuses

Get it!

Rage And Ruin
Year: 2008

1. Two More Classes Until Blackout Weekend
2. Iron Pigs
3. Voice Of Rage And Ruin
4. Digging Holes
5. Shitting Glitter
6. Dead Rednecks
7. God Is Stuck In A Black Hole
8. Curse Breeder/Bottom Feeder

Get it!

Goes To College
Year: 2006

1. Two More Classes Till Blackout Weekend
2. Thrash Boeckman
3. Alcohollege (Preprise)
4. Alcohollege

Get it!

Texas Hardcore at it's finest. Shares members with Power Trip. Bang your fucking head.
-Tanner Caruthers