What’s Up Punks? May 2019, part 2

So here we are with the second installment of this month’s cavalcade of punk music in just about every style imaginable. Punk is, after all, as much a mindset as a musical style, right? Right. There’s a lot to get to so I won’t hold you up. Dig in, enjoy.…

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Hey! Listen to 99% Cobra!

In recent years, the city of Hull (a port on the north-east coast of England) has been a surprisingly fertile breeding ground for various flavours of angry bands. From the ugly noises of Black Tongue and Mastiff, through the chaotic hardcore of the very greatly missed The Colour Line, past…

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After the Firestorm – The Incarnation of Metalcore

Music operates in cycles and waves, with the energy generated from one, feeding directly into another. This is one of the major ways that we see genres and styles achieve growth. One particular genre that we have seen outgrow its roots and reach with newly grown tentacles into ever-evolving styles is hardcore. Just look around at the number of sub-genres that include the affix of “core” to their names. In this piece we look at the bands who evolved hardcore in both subtle and major ways to arrive at what we now know as “metalcore.” First, we take a look at some of the bands who were most directly tied to hardcore in its last iteration before metalcore truly came into being.

Rick Chapple of Devil Sold His Soul – The Heavy Blog Interview

During the mid-2000s, the UK hardcore and metal scene underwent a re-energisation of sorts due to the emergence of several bands who have since spearheaded the genres to modern popularity. Bands like Enter Shikari and Bring Me the Horizon resonated with mainstream crowds since their inceptions and have since established themselves as global institutions. On the other hand, Architects instantly occupied the forefront of an underground charge and, over the years, have also crossed over into popular realms. However, bubbling underneath the surface was (and still is) a whole scene of innovative, vital artists whose records define the country’s musical output at its finest, with albums that will undoubtedly stand the test of time among aficionados of heavy music. One such act is Devil Sold His Soul who, in this writer’s humble opinion, are one of the best bands the UK has ever birthed.

Hey! Listen to Employed To Serve!

Looking back upon it, it’s amazing how many different places hardcore punk has brought us, genre-wise; from metallic hardcore to grindcore to mathcore and crust punk and powerviolence and everything in between, it’s been an interesting evolution to pay attention to. What’s more interesting, though, is how these different sounds…

Hey! Listen to Blurricane!

Grindcore is probably the one metal subgenre that I’ve never gotten fully “into.” It isn’t that I don’t like it—I think Pig Destroyer’s Phantom Limb is pretty rad, and I’ve enjoyed bands that use elements of grindcore in their music (e.g. Trap Them, Cattle Decapitation, The Red Chord, etc.), but…

Hey! Listen to Mona Borland!

When I was starting to get really into mathcore, there were a few bands that I owe a lot to: Dillinger Escape Plan (but really, no shit, right?), Botch, Converge, Psyopus—you know, the essentials of the genre. On top of that, bands like Enter Shikari and Hands Like Houses were…