Hostage Animal will be released on October 27 via Southern Lord.
Mysterious Japanese hardcore/powerviolence outfit Friendship have announced the vinyl release of their debut full-length, Hatred. The 25-minute LP was originally released in Japan back in June via Daymare Recordings, but will be given the vinyl treatment by Southern Lord on October 20. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break, along with streams of the tracks “Tortures” and “Life Sentence”.
The band’s previously-released, head-turning I&II EPs can be streamed here.
I feel I shouldn’t have to say more, as the band is legendary in and of itself. From their insane live shows to their constant break ups due to conflict, to the musical boundaries they push and the legacy they always leave behind, this band is revered by many, imitated by few, and mastered by none. Like most people, I discovered them through their song “You Can’t Kill Us All,” which lead me on a spree of hearing more, ultimately falling down the rabbit hole to their first proper full length “Give Them Rope” (remastered in 2004 as “Give Them Rope She Said Ver. 2.0“).
Following 2015’s Show Your Greed and their 2016 collaborative effort with Seraph the Light, Florida metallic hardcore outfit Axis will return this November with their sophomore full-length album, Shift. The band recently premiered the first single from the upcoming effort via Metal Sucks. The new track, titled “Fear and Impulse”, is a vitriolic number that combines the muscular grit of new age metallic hardcore with the angularity of the genre’s progenitors. Check out the track after the break.
Shift will be released on November 10 via Good Fight Music.
Ahh 2005, you were such a seminal year in my life of music. My supposed senior year in college (I ended up taking another semester and a winter semester to get a dual major, and another semester of required undergrad to take and receive my masters) and it is also the year I expanded my music. You see, there were these things called record stores ( a store that sold music, in various formats such as cassettes and CD’s) and I was looking about when I noticed a CD. It was black…very black with picture of a goat-man, gray in color and stark, cold, bleak. I had to see who and what it was.
About halfway through my second year of college, one Wednesday night I found myself climbing out of an elevator that had gotten stuck between two floors of the residence hall I lived in. I was in there with four other dudes, and we had to eventually sort of slink out the bottom of it and drop to the floor below to make our escape. The elevator had become jammed in the shaft and wouldn’t move anymore as a direct result of an impromptu mosh pit that erupted inside because someone had brought a boombox that was blasting the song Bloodshed Rain from Disembodied’s landmark 1998 EP If God Only Knew the Rest Were Dead. Continue Reading
On their full-length debut, Helpless unleashes a vicious amalgam of mathcore, hardcore and grind that rips the throat of those who listen. This new album, titled Debt, delivers 22 unyielding minutes of dissonant, frenetic riffs, pummeling grooves and oppressive sonic weight. It’s mission is to destroy, and destroy it does.
Svbterranean recently caught up with vocalist and guitarist Dan Couch to discuss the new album, dissonance and future plans.
I’m not ashamed to admit that my first introduction to metalcore was through the more commercially successful acts of the mid-2000s like Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Unearth and so on. Eventually, though, those bands fell to the wayside as I developed more dynamic and unorthodox tastes, as well as more appreciation for diverse composition and intricate technicality. But if there’s one band from that era of metalcore, and one record in particular, that still speaks to me as much as it did when it was released, it’s Walls of Jericho‘s All Hail the Dead.
Following hot on the heels of this year’s Tando Ashanti LP, Danish blackened hardcore outfit Hexis have announced the release of a new EP. This forthcoming, five-track offering will be titled XII and will see a collaborative release through Crown and Throne Ltd, Moment of Collapse, Truthseeker Music and Division Records. Check out the official track listing after the break, along with a stream of the EP’s second track “Nefarius”.
Read our review of Tando Ashanti here.
Awe, the golden age of metalcore: a time where fashion was big and huge (18 Visions and Orange County, California), skinny jeans were actually girls jeans, and most subtlety was non-existent, as bands wrote poems as songs in their vain attempts to show that their was brains behind their supposed brawn. A random genre created and still expanded upon to this day; a genre much loved and maligned by many people that it took a few death metal stalwarts and a humorous disposition to create a band that ultimately would become one of the shining examples of it?