Blast Beats is a weekly column in which metal and hardcore artists discuss their favorite hip-hop records.
In the inaugural edition of Blast Beats, we reached out to Otis Chamberlain of Looks Like Apocalypse and STRESS (previously of Ornithologist and Arkaname) to talk about seven hip-hop records that influenced his formative years. Check out his list below. Continue Reading
Southern California hardcore outfit Take Offense are poised to release their new EP, Tensions on High, in just a matter of days. Following their 2013 full-length, United States of Mind, Tensions on High comes stampeding in with five new tracks of thrashing, stage dive inducing hardcore. Drawing influence from both the 80s scene and contemporary hardcore, Take Offense provide a blistering good time. Continue Reading
*Stay Trve – an (in)frequent column that aims to help counterbalance potential audio malaise and a nearly total saturation of sub-mediocre artists in the current music industry.
Time has been kind to the sounds of Richmond, Virginia’s Engine Down. Relentless touring and exceptionally high-quality records afforded them a loyal fan base during their 9-year career. Despite a staggering work ethic, the success of the likes of which their peers like Circa Survive, Thursday, and Alexisonfire achieved, eluded Engine Down. Rest assured, going back and revisiting their recordings will move even the most jaded fan of all things brainy, guitar driven, and complex.