Monday, November 17, 2014

Path To Misery (re-)does it again... The Vegan Metalcore Bible is back!

I already posted about this on xSITPx, but it's too good not to re-post here as well. AJ from the ever-amazing Path To Misery posted the Vegan Metalcore Bible back in 2011. It was a hugely popular post, but as with most downloads (and there were A TON in this case), they eventually expired and became a thing of the past. I've had the same thing happen to me, and re-upping a ton of stuff at the same time is crap, especially when you can also post about other bands. So it's no surprise AJ kept up with the blog and posted about other obscure, awesome bands, instead of focusing on the VMB.

But it seems the VMB never really left AJ's mind after all, and he re-upped all the links again, check it out here! From Abnegation to Wrath Of Nature, this is a treasure trove of vsxe awesomeness! And as a bonus, he recorded an Abnegation cover as well, which you can check out here. I love the 18 Visions-esque vocals by AJ, which add a different edge to the cover (and yes, 18V used to be awesome), but musically it's also not a note-for-note copy, it's heavy as fuck. And if you do download it, which I hope you do as it's an awesome cover, all proceeds go to a local animal rights group. So support AJ and support an animal rights group by checking out both links!

Path To Misery's Vegan Metalcore Bible

Saturday, October 18, 2014

New blood: Divers (Malaysia)

A post-hardcore band from Malaysia, how often do you come across that? Admittedly, I am not a post-hardcore expert, but when Divers emailed me, they were the first one for me. And they sound great. Their melodic post-hardcore sound is full of energy and heavier than the average band in style, which is always a good thing to me. But they're also not afraid let go and turn up the heaviness an extra notch in their songs where needed with some good riffs, bringing a band like Cast Iron Hike to mind at times. Singer Faizul has a great screaming voice, hoarse and very throaty at times, and it really conveys the emotional content of his lyrics which deal with subjects like not letting anger control you, personal doubts and fears and not giving up on yourself. When I hear this band, I imagine them being quite intense and awesome in a live environment. Definitely a surprise for me, Divers, and a pleasant one. Give it a shot, you might get surprised too.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Nothing But A Hardway comp CD

In the mid to late 90s Japan developed a huge NYHC-inspired scene. The 'Nothing But A Hardway' compilation CD, released by Radical East in 1998, is one of finest examples of this era/scene of Japanese hardcore. It's got 18 bands, and while not every band is all that great, it's an overall solid compilation. Highlights include Dyingrace and Second To None (both awesome and heavy as fuck hardcore, I posted Dyingrace's insane demo here), T.J. Maxx (the Japanese 25 Ta Life), Protect (awesome old school dual-vocals hardcore), John Holmez (excellent metallic hardcore), Strength (heavy mid-tempo hardcore), Swing Arm (up-tempo sing-along hardcore) and Stinger (love their crazy vocals). Enjoy!

Nothing But A Hardway compilation CD

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cardboard Salvation? comp 7"

Here's another typical 90s hardcore compilation 7"... Let's see: it's packaged in a screenprinted manilla envelope, it features a mish-mash of bands playing hardcore styles ranging from emocore to grindcore, it's a benefit comp (in this case for the Memphis, TN shelters for homeless people), it's got cut & paste xeroxed inserts... Need I go on? And yes, that makes it awesome! Cardboard Salvation? was released in 1997 by Shandle Records and Genesis Twelve Records. I don't know anything about Genesis Twelve, but Shandle put out a bunch of releases in the 2nd half of the 90s. The guy behind Shandle Records also played guitar in a band called Chalkline, who also contribute a track here. Chalkline was a pretty decent emocore band, but unfortunately their track here, while decent, is pretty weak compared to their other material. The other bands on this comp are Self Infliction, Deathreat, Inept, FMD (F.M. Destruction) and Burned Up Bled Dry. Self Infliction play 90s emotive & metallic hardcore but with some weird vocals thrown in, and are the best band on here together with the rough grind/hardcore of Burned Up Bled Dry. All in all another great 90s hardcore comp.

Cardboard Salvation? comp 7"

Sunday, September 7, 2014

New blood: Incitement

Poland has traditionally always had a strong hardcore scene, with bands like Cymeon X, Sunrise, Agni Hotra, and many others. The past few years it seems stronger than ever with great new bands and labels like Indication, Hard To Breathe, Ratel Records and Last Warning Records. One such band is Incitement. This band plays awesome metalcore in the vein of Arkangel and Kickback with a dark Holy Terror edge thrown in for good measure. They released an awesome demo last year on Ratel Records out of Poland and Atonement Records out of the UK, and will release an LP later this year on Carry The Weight Records out of the UK and again Ratel Records. Judging by the pretty damn intense song that got posted a while ago here, the band has taken an even darker and more atmospheric approach to their sound. It certainly sounds like an album I need to hear. In any case, do check out this band.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

New blood: Decadence

Spain's Decadence is up next in this series of 'new blood' bands. Hailing from Jerez, Andalusia in South-Spain/North-Africa, their sound combines the 90s metalcore of bands like Arkangel, Morning Again and Purification with more modern-sounding beatdown influences. Awesome stuff, that is indeed 'a tribute to true metalcore bands of the 90s' as they say on their bandcamp page. The band has members of Minority Of One (pop-punk), Pacto De Sangre (beatdown) and Truth Through Fight (youth crew), it's cool they have such a wide range of tastes.

The band recorded their 'In The Mouth Of Hell' record in early 2014 and self-released it on CD. It got released on 10" earlier this month as a co-release between several Spanish labels. I can't wait for my pre-order to arrive, haha. Anyways, do check out this band, if you enjoy the general stuff I post on here, chances are you will enjoy this band as well.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New blood: Soulground

Hardcore is alive and kicking around Europe... For this post I'm focusing on Germany. There are a lot of great bands in Germany at the moment, including Reapers Path and Beneath The Wheel. But this post is about Soulground, an awesome new band from Berlin. They play heavy metallic hardcore that alternates between mid/up-tempo hardcore and slow and heavy-as-fuck tuned-down breakdowns, with bleak and dark lyrics. Awesome stuff basically, with some great riffs to boot. Their singer's screaming voice might take some getting used to for some, but I love it.

The band did a demo in 2013 that was damn good already, but they recently released the 'Paradise' 7" on Mind Control Records, also out of Germany, which is simply awesome. It blew me away when I first heard it, it's a definite contender for my top 10 of 2014. I'm hoping to catch this band live some time, I don't think they've played in my general area (the Netherlands, Belgium, Ruhrpott Germany) yet. Anyways, check out this band if you like your hardcore metallic and heavy as fuck.

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