In January 2018 two of the best up and coming hardcore acts in the scene will be embarking on an epic month-long co-headlining tour across North America. Castaway are currently promoting their latest EP, Duality of Love, while Insvrgence are touring in support of Third World America, a new track that was released back in October. The tour kicks off in Pomona, CA on January 2nd and concludes on January 26th in San Angelo, TX. The Duality Of Love can be streamed and purchased here and the video for Third World America can be viewed here.
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India’s False Flag formed in June 2015 in the aftermath of witnessing grindcore legends Napalm Death live at Bangalore Open Air Festival, due to their uncompromising DIY ethic and catchy tunes, their early recordings and shows received a positive response from the South Asian Punk scene. Their self-titled EP is set for release on the 25th December via Bandcamp, the EP will feature a dark and heavy mix that brings to mind contemporary chaotic hardcore acts from Europe. False Flag look set to push the boundaries of punk, fusing an existential outlook with progressive political stances against all forms of bigotry from casteism to misogyny. False Flag‘s Facebook page can be found here and their Bandcamp is here
You can stream the track Sisyphus’ Lament from their forthcoming self titled EP here
Alternative hardcore band Lifetight have released their new video for Dreams, a track taken from their acclaimed debut EP, Self-Tightled, that is now available via Crooked Noise Records. Lifetight‘s Self-Tightled is a straight-up, no-holds-barred, two-stepping alternative hardcore EP in the finest traditions of the genre that sees the band draw on personal experiences to create a release bursting with positive energy.
Self-Tightled can be purchased and streamed here
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Punk legends MDC are back with Mein Trumpf, their first full-length in 13 years. Mein Trumpf is an album in classic MDC style, a searing indictment of current US politics, true to the band’s radical left-wing self. A musical call to equality and wake-up call against intolerance and hatred, Mein Trumpf closes with the widely heard and oft-repeated chant “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA”, first coined by the band and now picked up at political rallies across the world.
Mein Trumpf can be streamed via Soundcloud here
you can order Mein Trumpf here
Mein TrumpfPrimordial Records
By AJ Phink
MDC have been with us since 1979, they were amongst the very first US hardcore bands, and over the years they have built an illustrious history in the underground punk scene, have been an influence on countless bands and have always been consistent advocates of gay, trans, animal and equal rights. Now MDC are back with their first full length in thirteen years, Mein Trumpf, their latest release is an album in classic MDC style, a searing indictment of current US politics that is true to the band’s radical left-wing self, and one that represents a musical call to equality and a wake up call against intolerance and hatred.
The title track leaves you in no doubt exactly where MDC‘s loyalties lie, in six minutes they question every element of Donald Trump’s presidency, and ask’s the question ‘what the Trump is going on?’, whilst the first cut resembled a punk take on the classic protest song, Working For Satan returns to the frantic punk rock that MDC are best known for. Along with the political blasts against the Trump regime, there are attacks on toxic masculinity, the treatment of mental health and addiction, mainstream culture and remote warfare. Mein Trumpf closes with the widely heard chant ‘No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA’, that was first coined by the band a lifetime ago, and is now widely heard at concerts and rallies across the USA.
Mein Trumpf has a distinctly lo-fi feel and if you like you punk rock political and raw with no punches pulled then Mein Trumpf will be a timely album, the unfiltered politics of MDC marks the welcome return of one of the original bands in the American hardcore scene, and for fans of the likes of early Dead Kennedy‘s, Crass and Minor Threat this will be the rallying call you’ve been waiting for. Mein Trumpf signals a timely and welcome return by MDC and is evidence that they’ve lost none of their fury at injustice and inequality.
Mein Trumpf will be released via Primoridal Records on December 1st
UK hardcore posse Of Legions are a formidable, raw, crushing and passionate unit, the Stoke four piece take their cues from many quarters including punk, metal, rock and hardcore, and cite everyone from Black Flag, Slipknot and Parkway Drive as influences. Of Legions are set to unleash their debut album, Face Value, on Friday 16th February 2018 and ahead of the release they’ve revealed a track from the album, Suicidal Thoughts.
Of Legions Facebook page can be found here
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Apollo, Manchester, UK2nd November 2016
By AJ Phink
Chicago’s Rise Against hit Manchester tonight on the second date of their current UK tour in support of their new album, Wolves, alongside the melodic hardcore legends is a diverse duo of support acts in the shape of Sleeping With Sirens and hardcore upstarts PEARS. The queue for Rise Against’s return to Manchester snakes round both sides of Manchester’s historic Apollo venue and I start to get worried that we’re not going to catch the opening set by PEARS, and as that’s one of the main reasons I’m here tonight this is a worrying state of affairs.
Rise!Underground Communique Records
By AJ Phink
Rebel Spies released their debut album, Rise!, earlier this year and it is now available via Underground Communique Records. Rebel Spies are a Detroit area hardcore punk band that boasts an impressive pedigree, amongst their number they include past and present members from the likes of Suicide Machines, Telegraph, Hellmouth, Hi-Fi Handgrenades and fordirelifesake. Given Rebel Spies members collective background you’d be forgiven for assuming what to expect on the debut album, and the odds are that your expectations won’t be confounded.
From the frantic opener, That Mask, it’s clear that Rebel Spies are influenced by old school hardcore, this shouldn’t come as any surprise given the band members previous membership and neither should the fact that Rebel Spies eleven track debut full length is an impressive blast of punk rock that seems to steadily build in intensity. Rise! is a relentless album that embraces the early history of the American punk scene, my personal highlight from the album is The Misfits influenced track See You In Hell, and it’s likely that everyone’s personal choice will vary depending on your musical preferences, but with their debut Rebel Spies have released an album that hit’s the mark on every track.
There’s a distinctly old school feel to Rise! with obvious influences from the likes of 7 Seconds, Bad Religion, Dag Nasty and The Misfits, and if you have any love for the roots of the US punk scene then Rebel Spies are band that you need to investigate. Rise! is a welcome eleven track blast that recalls the energy and attitude of punk’s past, from that description you can probably guess that there’s nothing groundbreaking or new on Rebel Spies debut, but as their press release states, this is a love letter to the bands that influenced them and for me it’s one that captures the essence of early punk and hardcore perfectly.
Rise! can be purchased and streamed via Underground Communique Records here
San Antonio’s Blank Side have been playing live since 2011 and have released a steady stream of albums and EP’s since 2012, the self styled purveyors of thrashpop have now released their latest single, Ringworm, that will appear on the band’s upcoming EP that is due for release in the coming months.
Ringworm can be downloaded and streamed via Bandcamp here
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Rebel Spies have released their debut album, Rise!, that is now available via Underground Communique Records. The Detroit area hardcore punk band features an impressive pedigree as they include past and present members from the likes of Suicide Machines, Telegraph, Hellmouth, Hi-Fi Handgrenades and fordirelifesake. Rebel Spies is their love letter to hardcore and punk, and it’s a loud love letter at that!
Rebel Spies Bandcamp can be found here
Rise! can be streamed and purchased via Underground Communique Records here
Turnstile have returned with new track, Real Thing, which represents the first new music from the band since 2016’s Move Thru Me EP, the track is accompanied by an official video directed by Mortis Studio. Tomorrow, Turnstile will begin a month long U.S. tour with The Story So Far and Drug Church.
Turnstile‘s tour dates can be found on the band’s website here
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Don't Hold Your BreathHorn And Hoof Records
By AJ Phink
Manchester’s Clayface, not to be confused with the DC dark wave band of the same name, are set to release their latest EP, Don’t Hold Your Breath, on November 10th via the South Manchester based independent punk label, Horn And Hoof Records. Following the self-release of their angsty teenage debut EP, Squeel, back in 2013 the band took a few quiet years out, now they’re back with their upcoming aptly titled EP, and the band are now set to return with their own blend of scrappy, melodic punk to the eardrums of the world.
The introduction to Don’t Hold Your Breath, builds from delicate, through to pop punk to full blooded punk rock, setting the tone nicely for what’s to come. Just A Word carries a heavyweight skacore element that sits alongside the raw punk rock that populates much of the remaining five tracks. There’s a distinct influence from Snuff‘s early recordings in Clayface‘s sophomore release, especially in the EP’s finest moment, Something Sweet And Sickly, which closes Don’t Hold Your Breath in fine style. A lot has changed in the four years since Clayface released their debut EP, whilst their energy and commitment have remained a constant Don’t Hold Your Breath feels more rounded and mature than their debut release.
Don’t Hold Your Breath contains elements of ska punk, hardcore and good old fashioned punk rock, all of which is delivered with a distinctly DIY touch. The seven tracks that make up the Don’t Hold Your Breath EP are done and dusted in around a quarter of an hour confirming that Clayface‘s return to recording has resulted in a frantic and raw blast of grass roots punk rock, one that stands up as another example of the energy and commitment of the bands at the heart of Manchester’s DIY punk scene, I just hope we don’t have to wait until 2021 for their next release.
The Don’t Hold Your Breath EP can be pre-ordered via Horn And Hoof Records here
Forming in July 2017, you don’t get much fresher than alternative hardcore band LIFETIGHT, who are streaming their debut EP Self-Tightled ahead of its release on 3rd November via Crooked Noise Records. Rising from the ashes of Lock & Key, LIFETIGHT‘s Self-Tightled EP is a straight-up, no-holds-barred, two-stepping alternative hardcore EP in the finest traditions of the genre. Recommended for fans of Hatebreed and Beartooth, the band draw on their personal experiences in writing the EP to create positive energy.
On A WireExploding In Sound Records
By AJ Phink
Big Heet, the Tallahassee quartet led by the former ex Breathers guitarist and vocalist David Settle, released their full-length debut, On A Wire, on October 20th via the Exploding In Sound Records Tape Club. On A Wire is an album that shifts between agitated post punk and tangled post-hardcore whilst maintaining a social conscience, throughout the album Big Heet rally against anxiety, environmental concerns, politics, anti-semitism, dead end jobs, assault, abuse and false activism, and do their part in creating some much needed change.
The opening title track on Big Heet‘s full length gives the impression that On A Wire will resemble the aftermath of a collision between The Foo Fighters and The Beatles, the melody and energy are all there but it’s all delivered a breakneck pace with a ragged lo-fi approach. But it’s as you get deeper and deeper into the album it becomes increasingly discordant and frantic, and it just keeps heading off into a primal hardcore swamp of noise, one that simultaneously recalls the more experimental sides of punk, post punk, hardcore and noise rock
On A Wire is a unique noisy chaotic hybrid of an album, and it’s one that reflects the chaotic and dark times we live in, but the energy and enthusiasm that is carried across the entire album is evidence of hope in the face of the insanity that is the modern world. On A Wire is an album that won’t be for everyone, but for those of you who like your punk rock ragged, experimental and raw then Big Heet have produced an album that is well worth investigating, and it’s one that has found it’s natural home on the eclectic, and well named, Exploding In Sound Records.
On A Wire is also available digitally via Bandcamp here
In their short history PEARS have released two full-lengths, both on Fat Wreck Chords, and have played far and wide, including Australia and Chicago Riot Fest, now PEARS have announced they are opening for Rise Against on their UK tour this November. The band will also be releasing a split album, Human Movement, on November 3rd with Direct Hit via Fat Wreck Chords.
You can pre-order Human Movement via Fat Wreck Chords here
You can view PEARS UK tour dates with Rise Against, and the video for Green Star, below Read More…
The Manchester Punk Festival will be returning next year between the 19th and 21st April across a number of venues in Manchester, UK’s City Centre. This is the first volume of the compilations that precede next year’s festival, the Manchester Punk Festival Volume 15 features Mobina Galore, Drones, Natterers, Antillectual, Forever Unclean, Captain Hotknives, Incisions, Egos At The Door, Fresh, All Aboard, Darko, Wolfbeast Destroyer, Foxes Faux, The Lab Rats, Aerial Salad, Regret and Svetlanas, who are all appearing at the festival. Tickets for the Manchester Punk Festival are on sale here
You can download Manchester Punk Festival Volume 15 as a name your price download here
Metal Bear StompDestiny Records
By AJ Phink
Hardcore punk band The Mons have released a full stream of their new album, Trust No One, that is due for release this Friday via Triple Eye Industries. Trust No One is available for pre-order on black, and a very limited edition orange with black spatter, vinyl as well as digitally. Trust No One can be streamed in full via Scene Point Blank here
The Punk Site review of Trust No One can be read here
You can pre-order Trust No One via Bandcamp here
Trust No OneTriple Eye Industries
By AJ Phink
The long-awaited second album, Metal Bear Stomp, from the Moscow based hardcore crossover outfit Siberian Meat Grinder is out now and available through all usual retailers and online platforms. Bringing their cross-genre game to the next level, Siberian Meat Grinder have delivered an explosive sonic mix over the twelve tracks of Metal Bear Stomp that will have you headbanging, slam dancing, finger pointing and throwing down throughout.
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Hardcore punk band The Mons are streaming, Trust No One, the title track from their upcoming album which will be released via Triple Eye Industries on October 20th 2017. The track is a short blast of old-school punk that is highly recommended for fans of The Circle Jerks, Black Flag and early COC.
You can stream the title track from Trust No One via Svbbterranean here
Trust No One can be pre-ordered here
Hardcore punk outfit Cope have dropped their new single, Many Faces, ahead of their new EP Tooth & Nail, that is set for release on October 13th. The track is but a glimpse into the soundworld on Cope‘s upcoming release, as fiercely political and positive as ever, the Londoners are a band fitting of today’s political climate. For fans of early Gallows, Feed The Rhino and Every Time I Die, Cope are a band who are at their most inspired and angry with Tooth & Nail.
Many Faces can be purchased via iTunes here
Svetlanas have revealed that they have a new track included on Music From or Inspired by Pump!, a compilation released by Posh Boy Records. Svetlanas have contributed their own unique personal musical arrangement and interpretation of Steppenwolf‘s Born To Be Wild to the album.
Music From Or Inspired By Pump! can be downloaded via iTunes here
Hungry CrowsSelf Released
By AJ Phink
Over the years Shanghai’s Spill Your Guts have had to deal with stringent government regulations and a fluid line up due to members moving in and out of the country, with the current line up, that is formed from a disparate collection of expatriates from three far flung continents, only having been in place since 2016. The band has been in existence since 2012 and ever since their inception they’ve been building up to the release of their debut album with a steady series of EP releases, now Spill Your Guts have finally released their first full length album, Hungry Crows.
Riotica opens Hungry Crows with a full blooded hardcore roar, the opening salvo is followed by Praise The Fire, that somehow manages to up the intensity and introduces an element of crossover into the mix. Hungry Crows is an album that constantly switches between the styles over the ten tracks, but for me it’s when they head back into the tracks that carry a heavier influence from straight up hardcore that Spill Your Guts are at their best, with the stunning Altitude being my personal highlight from Hungry Crows.
Hungry Crows is a contemporary take on hardcore, it captures the same relentless spirit and blends it with elements taken from the extreme end of the metal world. This is the first time I’ve received an album from China, and Spill Your Guts are a band that indicate that the punk and hardcore scenes are alive and well on every continent. Hungry Crows is an album that carries the original spirit of hardcore, but blends it with contemporary metal influences to create an album that is as brutal and intense as anything I’ve heard this year.
Spill Your Guts Facebook page can be found here
Hungry Crows is available as a name your price download via Bandcamp here
Agony KingsSelf Titled
By AJ Phink
New York crossover thrash punk quartet Agony Kings, who were formerly known as WDKM (What Doesn’t Kill Me) and features False Gods vocalist Mike Stack amongt their number, will unleash their self released and self titled debut album on October 6th 2017. Agony Kings state that they have spent over ten years building up to the release of their first full length, and given the time lapse in making Agony Kings long awaited album it seems appropriate that this album’s thirteen tracks are deeply rooted in old school hardcore and crossover.
Agony Kings debut album starts with a sample from the dystopian movie Strange Days that bemoans the fact that everything has been done and used up, from this point they launch into a blistering cross between old school hardcore and crossover. Everything might have been done, but it certainly isn’t used up, as Agony Kings have sampled heavily from the past to produce a relentless and brutal album that embodies the spirit of the hardcore movement from around three decades ago, a time when metal and punk collided head on to spectacular effect.
Personally I find trying to pick a favourite moment from Agony Kings debut full length to be an impossible task, this is an album that is an aggressive blur and as a result of this I’d predict that anyone listening to this album will either love or hate it. Personally I think bands like Agony Kings are best suited to a live environment where the intensity of this kind of aural barrage really comes across, but if you’re a fan of early recordings by the likes of Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies, or bands such as The Exploited, Agnostic Front and D.R.I. then Agony Kings will be a more than welcome blast from the past.
Agony Kings Facebook page can be found here
Prowler and Rucktion Records are proud to announce that the new album, The Curse, will be released physically and digitally today, September 29th 2017. Since 2002 Prowler have been at the absolute forefront of London hardcore, with 15 years under their belts they’ve proven why they’re well known in UKHC for their ultra heavy blend of metallic hardcore. Prowler will play Rucktion Records bi-monthly night at The Unicorn in Camden on September 30th to celebrate the release of The Curse.