Fucked Up – “Year of the Dragon”. Canadian hardcore, eh? Well Canada is a good source for good music so I am open to the idea of good Canadian hardcore. Is it tastier than your morning flapjacks covered in maple syrup? Well maybe. I’m particular about my hardcore and if it has more outside influence than just your usual ‘tough guy’ hardcore shtick, then I am usually fine with that. Fucked Up definitely do that and they create heavy hardcore moments as well as comforting melodies, quality riffs and maintaining a heavy atmosphere within their sound. Fucked Up is some good stuff! 3 out of 5
Father Murphy – “Pain Is On Our Side Now”. I wasn’t sure if I was going to review this or not, the description is confusing, the music is weird and I believe this belongs in /r/awkwardboner. I’ll label this as drone though and tell you that this is a must listen. It’s very experimental, very random and very off putting. A weird & terrifyingly unique experience. 3.5 out of 5
Enabler are a mix of raunchy hardcore, grindcore and metal. The blend definitely gives them their own sound and it’s appealing to those fans of each of those genres. Hell, even at times they will incorporate some southern groove and rock and roll into their riffs to add more to the mix. Does Enabler give us a properly heavy and entertaining album?
One single track from German post-metal band Amber and one track from a melodic hardcore, post something from Cleveland known as Locktender. Two different artists, somewhat of a similar sound and one pretty kick ass short EP.
Heavy riffing, ‘Kirk Windstein’ like pissed off vocalist and crushing drum work. This is Coldwar, from Dublin! What I like about this is the constant attack, excellent tone and drum production. Kinda sounds like a mix of Crowbar and Acid Bath, just that down toned pissed off style of music. The aggression is fowl and the result is some gnarly metal.
Coming straight from the Brooklyn is the experimental punk hardcore angry band called Meek is Murder. These guys are pretty well known throughout the community with their grind and metal moments. The guitars are loud, the vocals are more than angry, the bass is crunchy and powerful and the drumming is hectic and precise. These butchers know how to slice it just right as Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters is a heavy hitting album.
Today’s choices are a bit random: some are good, some are average and some are never going to grace my ears again.
Nails’ description on their Bandcamp page is pretty much a good review for this album: “NAILS is beyond brutality. These grindcore tyrants of the American underground have triumphantly returned with their 2nd full length “ABANDON ALL LIFE”! Like the bands debut album: “Unsilent Death, was recorded with CONVERGE’s Kurt Ballou. These 10 tracks of barbaric rage have no resemblance to the laughable retro party metal that passes as extreme music in today’s world. Abandon All Life viciously carpet bombs the listener with a horrifying brand of Death/ Grind/ Hardcore chaos. Bludgeoning beatdowns, grinding blasts, hyper-distorted vocals, hard-hitting metallic chugs and early death metal riffs intensifies to a climatic end where the guitars wail and militant drum breakdowns send us marching. With profound hatred, the howling war cry of ABANDON ALL LIFE shows NAILS as a band without equal in their class.” Word.
Zozobra, the sludge/post-metal group led by Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Old Man Gloom), just released their pummeling new mini-LP, Savage Masters, on Brutal Panda Records on 04/02/13. This album marks the first release from the band since 2008′s Bird of Prey on Hydra Head Records and features contributions from Cave In bandmates Adam McGrath (guitar) and J.R. Conners (drums). The end result of this 15 minute album is an unrelenting hardcore-influenced, sludge metal assault on your ear holes. Continue reading