Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hermon Dekalb - 'To Repossess The Heart' MCD

Plenty of stuff has been written about Syracuse and its hardcore scene & bands, both old and new. One band that doesn't get mentioned as often as it should in my opinion, is Hermon Dekalb. Hermon Dekalb were around in the late '90s and unfortunately didn't release a whole lot. Apart from demo('s) and some compilations (such as the Syracuse Hardcore comp and the Hex comp 7"), I don't know of any proper HD release besides their 'To Repossess The Heart' MCD which was released on Temperance Records in 1999, which I ripped and uploaded here. They had a sound of their own, combining quieter parts with powerful metallic hardcore into an awesome blend (3rd track 'How I Spent My Summer Vacation' is the perfect example). I wish this band had done more, but at least they did this MCD. Enjoy.

Keith In Hell, of Hellfest fame, played bass in this band btw. Members went on to bands such as Found Dead Hanging, The Funeral, Prisoner, Darker Day Tomorrow and The August Prophecy.

Hermon Dekalb - 'To Repossess The Heart' MCD
Hermon Dekalb myspace

1.6 Band releases new 7"

After Beyond folded, singer Kevin Egan formed a new band, 1.6 Band. During their short existence, from 1991 to 1993, they released a couple of 7"s (including a split 7" with Rorschach), an LP and a discography CD which was released on Gern Blandsten in 1995. I'm not familiar with the LP nor the discography CD, but the 7"s are really good. Recently the band re-united for some shows and they even recorded a new 7", entitled 'The Checkered Pasts of All Kings Present'. The 7" is available from Metastasis Records, and can also be downloaded for free from the Metastasis website. 4 More great quirky & rocking hardcore tracks. So what's stopping you from checking it out?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Corrin - Earth Scorned Beauty demo

Corrin from Rhode Island were one of the many awesome metalcore bands from the New England area in the mid '90s, such as Overcast, Converge, Fortydaysrain, Cave-In, Barrit, etc... Despite being an amazing band with their own sound, they didn't do a lot of proper releases. There's the 'Despair Rides On Angel Wings' 7" from 1995 on Hydrahead Records and the split 7" with Arise from 1996 on Devils Head & Infidel Records and that's it. A couple of years after those releases, in 1998, and after Corrin had broken up, a discography CD called 'Plutonian Shores' was released, again on Infidel Records. It also includes this 'Earth Scorned Beauty' demo from 1995, which was recorded at the same time as the 7". Despite the demo also being on the CD, I decided to rip the original tape, so here are the tracks in their original form and not the remastered versions.

Singer Jesse Leach (spelled 'Leeche' on the demo and the 7") would move on to be the original singer for Killswitch Engage and also fronted Nothing Gold Can Stay (Corrin guitarist Joe Cantrell also played in this band), Seemless and currently The Empire Shall Fall & Times Of Grace. Other bands with former Corrin members include The Game, Breakthrough and The Radio Speaks.

Corrin - Earth Scorned Beauty demo
Corrin myspace