New Brunswick-based crust ‘n’ roll outfit Hard Charger and Québec hardcore quintet Sights of War will release their split full-length next Friday, July 20, via Ancient Temple Recordings. In anticipation of its release, we are excited to bestow new tracks from each band upon you. Hard Charger‘s new song “Boiling Point” will mow you down with its blistering, energetic punk stylings, while Sights of War‘s “Breeding Violence” will finish the job with its groove-laden, blackened hardcore grit. Check out both tracks after the break and listen to previously released singles from both bands here and here. Continue Reading
Listening to Body Void‘s newest full-length recording, I Live Inside a Burning House, is much like being trapped inside said burning house as the flames whip away at its structure. Eventually the house will collapse and if the occupant hadn’t already perished in the flames, they will be undoubtedly be crushed as everything comes crumbling down. Either way, death is inevitable. Continue Reading
Chicago grinding hardcore outfit Nequient have announce the release of their debut full-length album. The forthcoming record, which was recorded by Pete Grossman (Weekend Nachos, etc) and mastered by Brad Boatright, will be titled Wolves at the Door and will be released on May 18 via Nefarious Industries.
The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break, while a stream of new track “Scorched” can be found at Toilet ov Hell. Vocalist Jason Kolkey said of the new tune:
Blackened hardcore quartet Centuries have premiered their forthcoming full-length, The Lights of This Earth Are Blinding, via Metal Hammer. The record is officially due out this Friday, January 26, via Southern Lord and can be purchased here. The band issued the following comments to Metal Hammer regarding the new effort:
“From bringing children into this world to slowly losing the ones we love and how we choose to cope with an always looming self doubt.”
Check out the record after the break.
Read our review of the record here.
Centuries craft their darkest and most dynamic material to date on their sophomore full-length album, The Lights of This Earth Are Blinding.
This formerly Florida-based act, whose lineup is now based both stateside and in the UK, possess a dark sound that seems to spawn from the most harrowing aspects of human existence. Their music is both seething with anguish and sorrow; emotions that are heightened by a blackened brand of furious hardcore. Centuries were last heard on their blistering 2013 album, Taedium Vitae, an emotionally potent and devastating release that scorched everything in its path in a mere 20 minutes. Outdoing such a promising debut could prove to be a very daunting task, but Centuries do it with ease on The Lights of This Earth Are Blinding. Continue Reading
Mammoth Grinder return with 30 minutes of raging, crust-fueled death metal on their fourth full-length album, Cosmic Crypt.
Since 2005, Austin’s Mammoth Grinder, along with mastermind Chris Ulsh (Power Trip, Hatred Surge, etc), has been a formidable force within the Texas metal and hardcore scenes. Whether it be sludge-tinged hardcore (Rage and Ruin, 2008), death-infused prehistoric crust (Extinction of Humanity, 2009), or buzzsaw death (Underworlds, 2013), Mammoth Grinder deliver a catchy and heavy-hitting time with each release. Though the band’s output has dwindled in recent years, they remain an influential figure and talks of new material is met with a good amount of anticipation, which is where Cosmic Crypt comes in. Continue Reading
It’s been a pretty solid year, as far as heavy music is concerned. Some of my favorite artists surpassed even the highest of my expectations, such as Full of Hell, Primitive Man and Blood Sun Circle, while I feel lucky to have been introduced to a few stellar new acts. Bands like Chepang and Sunlight’s Bane completely blew me away with their debut full-length releases, which are both refreshingly unique and utterly intense. This year was also an incredible one for death metal, with a slew of legendary bands offering up impeccable releases, and in some cases, their best work in years. Without further delay, here are my top 20 picks for the best of 2017.