Saturday, March 11, 2017

Face Down NJ - Before My Eyes demo

Recorded in late '96 and released in '97, here's the 'Before My Eyes' demo by the NJHC band Face Down NJ, altho at the time they hadn't yet added NJ to their name. I can't recall where I picked this up, but the band managed to tour Europe in late '97. I saw them in Dilsen, Belgium with I think Trapped In Life and a bunch of other bands. So I might've picked it up there... Anyways, Face Down played heavy metallic hardcore that mixes a harder, tough edge with some Snapcase-style riffs and a mix of vocal styles. Overall, it's a really solid demo, esp 'All Is Gone' is simply awesome. After this demo the band would add NJ to their name as there was also another Face Down active in Canada and over here in Belgium there was also a Facedown. The band then did the 'Angels With Soiled Wings' 7" in 1998 and appeared on some compilations. I have no clue what happened to the band or the band members afterwards tho, so if anybody has more info, please leave a comment!

Face Down NJ - Before My Eyes demo

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fragment Of Reality - Demo 1998

Here's yet another demo I picked up from Alain RPP's amazing distro, at a show in Belgium in the summer of 1998. At that time, in the late 90s, there were a ton of bands in France that followed in the footsteps of French bands like Stormcore, Drowning, Kickback and Trapped In Life, playing hard and heavy metalcore. Fragment Of Reality from the Nantes area is no exception. Stylistically the band has a lot in common with the KDS crew bands from Rennes, just north of Nantes. Especially A Way Of Life comes to mind, altho they never quite reach that level of awesomeness. Still, this is a great demo with some awesome riffs. The lyrics are fairly simplistic tho, but don't sweat it, even with the lyrics sheet it's difficult to follow them anyways, hah.

Aside from this demo they appeared on a couple of compilations, I don't think this band released anything else. Band members moved on to bands like Right 4 Life, Slamface, Nantes Resilience, Die Die Die and Tromatized Youth.

Fragment Of Reality - Demo 1998

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cage - Earth At 95 demo

A random demo from a band I know virtually nothing about. Anyways, Cage was from Methuen, Massachusetts (also the town where Cave-In was formed btw) and played a heavy and downtuned hardcore/metal hybrid, similar to bands such as Blood Has Been Shed. Add to that a singer whose vocals alternates between gruff shouts to the type of singing that brings to mind BHBS's Howard Jones (also Driven & Killswitch Engage), and you should know by now whether this might be interesting for you or not. They recorded the 'Earth At 95' demo in 1995, and I think this was their second demo. I don't think they did anything else after this one tho, but if somebody has more information about Cage, please leave a comment!

Band members moved on to bands like Nok, Never Got Caught (which also featured someone from Boston hardcore band Tree) and Gozu.

Cage - Earth At 95 demo

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Manifold - When Silence Erases My Name 7"

Manifold was a new school hardcore band from the Lazio region in central Italy during the second half of the 90s. Their 'When Silence Erases My Name' 7" was released on Rebound Action in 1997, a label run by their drummer Andrea 'Capò' Corsetti who still runs the label and also still drums, in a brutal grind/hardcore band called Neid...

Anyways, Manifold was a (partly?) vegan sXe band with lyrics about those subjects, and played a heavy style somewhere between more early/mid 90s new school sounding and the more metallic sound of Italian edgemetal bands like Reprisal and Purification. But rougher and less polished, both in execution and production. Good stuff tho, it's a shame they remained fairly obscure, especially outside of Italy... They also did a split 7", but I don't have it unfortunately. Members also played in bands like Muddle and Tear Me Down.

Manifold - When Silence Erases My Name 7"

Thursday, December 22, 2016

New blood: Day By Day (Florida, USA)

I guess technically they can't be called 'new blood' as they've been around for a few years already, but fuck it... My blog, my rules...  I caught Day By Day from Florida earlier this year on their European tour, supporting Higher Power from the UK (who btw are seriously great, if yer into all of Leeway's albums you will love them!)... And they rocked, hard. Despite being from Florida, the band has a sound that has a rough, unpolished edge to it and at times brings to mind some of the more groovy NYHC bands of the early 90s, combined with some raspy vocals that gives their sound a bit of an edge. Day By Day just does their own thing, regardless of what is popular or hip, also on stage. I loved their stage presence, very energetic with a down to earth but fun vibe, no tough guy bullshit. Another band that reminded me once again that hardcore ain't about being the most original/crazy/unique/hardest band, it's about being real and doing what you love. Fuck trends. Long live Day By Day.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

New blood: Surrounded By Sins (France)

When it comes to metallic and dark hardcore, France has a long & rich history. I've written before about my love for A Way Of Life, one of the bands from the infamous KDS crew scene out of Rennes. And of course there's Kickback, the almighty Kickback. Not for the faint of heart, they were d-a-r-k and in many ways were pioneers of not just the French metallic hardcore scene, but Europe's. They have also inspired countless bands, also in France. Including two faves, Cowards (who are not exactly 'new', but please do check them out) and Surrounded By Sins.

Hailing from Le Havre & Rouen, Surrounded By Sins have been playing for a couple of years but are still fairly unknown outside of France. They did an awesome demo back in 2014, and have just released their first record, the 'Hope Is Raped' 12" on Terrain Vague Records... Which features what is probably my fave song of 2016, 'Grain'. I cannot tell you how psyched that song makes me. But the entire 12" is bloody awesome... It's just too damn short with only 5 songs (and an intro)... This 6-man band has 2 singers who both destroy their vocal chords over crazy and vicious metallic hardcore/grind that at times reminds not only of (later) Kickback but also bands like Rise & Fall, Cursed and such... Really impressive stuff. Hopefully I'll get a chance to catch this band live some time. In any case, don't sleep on this band!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

New Blood: Revolve (Glasgow, UK)

I will be out of the country for most of December, but I don't want to drop the ball on OnexPath. So I have scheduled a few posts on a couple of new(er) bands that have caught my ear this year. December will be New Blood month! First up...

Anybody who's been following the previous New Blood posts knows I love the current wave of UKHC bands. Here's another UK band that really impressed me this year, Revolve from Glasgow... They released their first demo called 'Death Spares No One' in late 2015, and it offers a perfect blend of modern metallic hardcore, with a dash of 90s hardcore and a big splash of early 00s metalcore... At times I'm reminded of bands from the old Tribunal Records roster, like a more straight-forward Nientara. Really good shit, that had me scrambling to get my hands on a copy of their demo and a t-shirt, hah... Yes, I'm well into my 40s and I still wear nothing but hardcore t-shirts. Anyways, Revolve bring the mosh with some creative riffing (without veering into overly technical masturbation territories), just check out 'Second Side' from their 2015 demo. That track is pure OnexPath perfection, awesome riffs, tempo changes and totally worthy of some dancefloor justice. The band released a new track, 'Withered', this past summer and it simply shreds. Hopefully this band sticks around and gets the chance to do a proper record. Check em out...