Saturday, April 4, 2015

New blood: Lockout

Lockout is a new band from Lancaster, PA. They just released their 'The Sickness Spreads' demo. The band currently has 2 members, brothers Jonathan & Jody. They used to play in a band called Common Ground and these songs were originally written for that band, but the band ended due to other commitments. So hopefully Lockout will become a more permanent band once they find more time, and additional members. Cuz I like what I'm hearing, and I'm sure it would sound killer in a live environment. It's heavy, energetic and hard with a nice flow to the song,  this stuff will appeal to fans of bands like Strength For A Reason, Death Threat and Lifeless while not sounding like a copy of any of them. Great stuff, I hope they can stick around and become a full band.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

New blood: Mind Awake

I haven't kept up too much with the French scene the past few years, even tho I've written about a bunch of 90s French bands in the past. There are great bands like xDIGx and Overmars, they just don't pop up on my radar as much as bands the UK or the US for instance. So it's cool that Mind Awake from Paris contacted me. They just released their first demo on Paris-based PPB Records. Combining fast hardcore with groovy and heavy mosh breaks, it's a sound I can totally dig. There's a slight old school/youth crew feel but then they turn up the heaviness and bring the mosh. The lyrics are pretty varied and deal with lost friendships/relationships but also elitism in the scene. But I have to ask, where are the signalongs?! Their sound screams for singalongs... But I'm fine without them too, the band is definitely on the right track, and I can't wait to hear to hear more from them. They are also eager to play all over Europe, I will definitely make an effort to check em out if they play anywhere near me.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Chloe - Soon Enough 7"

Chloe was a band from Boston MA in the early 90s. For a band with such a lovely non-hardcore name, they sound much rougher than you'd expect. Their sound is a mixture between Boston's Toe Tag and Detroit's Pittbull. Their 'Soon Enough' 7" was released on Gawdawful Records in 1991. Only 2 songs, but both are solid if yer into the aforementioned bands. There is no lyrics sheet with my copy, so I have no idea what their lyrics are about. In 1992 they would do another 7" called 'Shaman', released on Cinderblock Records. I don't have that one unfortunately, if I get my hands on it, it'll end up on here tho, count on it, haha...

Anyways, with a name like Chloe, finding information on this band is next to impossible, heh... So if anybody has some more information on them, please leave a comment. I am really interested to find out if the band members played in other bands before or after, esp the singer who has an awesome voice! I did find out that someone (maybe from Chloe?) created a bandcamp page for them with some live-recordings, so do check that out if you like what you hear!

Chloe - Soon Enough 7"

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review: Lay It On The Line - A Prelude To The Process EP

London, UK's Lay It On The Line was formed in spring 2012 with ex-members of Hang The Bastard and Phinius Gage, and has since been carving out a name for themselves. If you hadn't guessed from the circle logo on the cover, the Process from the EP's title refers to the Process Church of the Last Judgement, also the bands inspiration for the lyrics on this EP. I wouldn't necessarily put LIOTL's sound under the Holy Terror banner tho.

The band's sound lies somewhere between the rough and gritty hardcore punk sound of bands like Tragedy and a more modern hardcore sound like The Carrier. Defunct and IMHO underrated UK band Burning The Prospect also came to my mind. It's an interesting mix that also works well because of the vocals, which fit the range of influences and sounds well.

I wasn't aware of this band until this release, so I also checked out their previous releases. 'A Prelude..' continues in the direction set by their previous material but also has a darker and more focused sound. I am really into it, and I'm looking forward to their upcoming full-length album. The one thing I feel is lacking somewhat is that the production is a bit thin, I feel their sound could use a bit of extra heaviness. But it's a minor complaint, as I said I am digging this band a lot. Check it out!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Center-Point - Reflection demo

Spirit filled hardcore was quite big in the 90s, with some labels devoted solely to this Christian section of the hardcore scene, such as Tooth & Nail Records. On 2 of their 'Helpless Amongst Friends' comps, a band called Center Point appears (they're called Centerpoint on the 2nd one). The band was from the Lakewood/Artesia area inbetween Los Angeles and Long Beach and was made up of mostly young teenagers. They started out under the name Center-Point in 1992 and remained active till 1997. They went under the radar pretty much and aside from a 1994 demo and those compilations, I have no idea what other recordings they made/were released.

Anyways, here is that demo, released in 1994 on Resolve Recordings, still under their original name Center-Point, altho they also use Center Point for their address... Make up yer minds kids! They played fairly straight-forward mid 90s hardcore, decent but nothing great. The potential was here tho, closing song 'In The End' is pretty good and hints at an Unashamed-like sound. A track from this demo, 'United We Stand' also appeared on the 1st 'Helpless...' comp.

My demo copy has a drop in sound at the start of opening track 'Relieved', sorry about that. Nothing I can do about it I'm afraid, so I've left it in as-is. Members of Centerpoint later played in Redlight Halo, which also had members of Exist, another Christian band I wrote about before.

Center-Point - Reflection demo

Saturday, February 21, 2015

New blood: Outshined

I should do these posts more often, as there are great new bands popping up all the time. Here's another one, Outshined from Richmond, Virginia. They're a young new band playing a crossover hardcore style that feels both contemporary as well as refers to the past. It's a style that's quite popular these days, and for good reason, hah. Bands like Bitter End, Broken Teeth, Take Offense, etc all have a modern sound but have clearly also listened to crossover bands like the Crumbsuckers, Ludichrist and D.R.I..

The same goes for Outshined, but even more so than the aforementioned bands, you can clearly hear their late 80s influences in the way the songs are written and played. And they are good at what they do! They don't stretch out songs needlessly, aside from closing track 'On Your Time' all the tracks are done within 2 and a half minutes. Get in, do your thing, and get out. Awesome! Outshined's singer also uses a vocal style and a flow that reminds of late 80s crossover bands. I will definitely keep this band on my radar!

Outshined has members of other Richmond bands Meth Lab and Barge, which are (were?) more rooted in powerviolence & grindcore, as well as postrockers Springtime. I don't know if Outshined is a sideproject for them or not, but either way, this is one awesome demo! Check it out!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Psycho Civilized compilation CD

The 90s gave us a ton of awesome compilations, some of which I've posted in the past, and I will continue to do so. Next in line: 'Psycho Civilized', which was released by Elevator Music in 1995 and contains a great selection of bands from across the States, altho the focus is on the CT scene. Elevator Music was from New Haven, CT where they were also involved with the Tune Inn club, hosting hardcore shows on a regular basis. They released stuff by hardcore bands like Dissolve, who are also on this comp, and Cleanser, but also punk and ska bands.

In true 90s fashion this comp starts with a spoken words track, in this case by Greg Bennick of Trial. After that the comp has 18 bands on it: Cornerstone, Trial, Vision Of Disorder, Brace, Dissolve, Blood Runs Black, Dismay, Stigmata, Tyrant Trooper, S.F.A., Killing Time, Asphalt, Botch, Jasta 14, Eventide, Shiv, Tapeworm and 25 Ta Life. Most bands should not be unknown to regular readers of OnexPath. Shiv feels a bit out of place with their noisey cover of Gang Of Four's 'Natural's Not In It' (called 'Gangüforé' on here), and Tyrant Trooper is straight up death metal, but the rest of the bands fall anywhere between indie/hardcore (Eventide) to old school (Cornerstone) to NYHC (Killing Time, 25 Ta Life) to more metallic hardcore (most other bands) etc... All in all, a solid comp that's great for playing in the car while driving to/from a show.

If anybody has any info on Brace from CT, please leave a comment. I love their track, but I can't find any info on them. I would love to hear from by them.

Psycho Civilized compilation CD