Harm’s Way are one of the more exciting hardcore bands out there. Their 2011 full length Isolation is still a personal favorite of mine, and while they’ve been relatively quiet since then, the silence has finally been broken. The band are set to release a 12″ EP entitled Blinded via Deathwish Inc., and released the tracklisting today, which is as follows:
California hardcore group Loma Prieta, who’s last record IV was sick as all things sick, have announce that this May they will be releasing a split with Italy’s very own Raein via Deathwish Inc. This is pretty awesome. Both bands play very different styles, with Raein being more emotional post-hardcore and Loma Prieta being more of a hardcore band. The track listing is as follows:
Enabler are a band that I told many people to watch out for. Being one of the top breakthrough artists of 2012 and also having their debut album earn a place on my year end list, this band means business. It’s no surprise that they have began to rise in fame, but what is surprising is that less than a year after their debut they are releasing an EP titled Shift of Redemption. While my mind is full of “wat” over how fast they did this, I’m beyond excited. New Enabler is awesome Enabler, and the band, judging by the single, haven’t changed one bit. The new track ‘Live Low’ is every bit as good as their debut, and for an EP, it will definitely hold its own among the rest of the hardcore scene. You can pre-order it here, and listen to the new single ‘Live Low’ over at Metalsucks. Follow them on Facebook so you can catch them live if they come to a show near you! Shift of Redemption will be out April 9th.
To anybody who doesn’t know who Jacob Bannon is, he is the lead singer/lyricist/artist of one of, if not the best, hardcore band of all time, Converge. They released an album last year (which was my album of the year) and also did a few festivals and a full-fledged tour. And now we have something else that we can enjoy: a whole documentary about Jacob Bannon, filmed by Ian McFarland.
Being my favorite lyricist and also one of my favorite artists, I think this kicks ass. It’s nice to see people get the recognition that they truly deserve, and it couldn’t have happen to a nicer guy. Anybody that dedicates an album to his dog that passed away deserves all of the medals forever. You can watch the film at Noisey. And if you haven’t yet, (which shouldn’t be the case), go spin All We love We Leave Behind. It’s purely amazing.
Code Orange Kids are a four piece hardcore band that mean business. Releasing a few EPs and a split prior, their upcoming release Love Is Love // Return To Dust is definitely an album that I’m glad Dethcaek pointed out to me. It’s certainly shaping up to be a year end highlight, if what we’ve heard so far is any indication. They have just released their pre-orders via Deathwish. Vinyl for twelve dollars, shirts for thirteen, and posters for two, it’s definitely not something to pass up if you’re a fan of Converge, Enabler, and Encrust.
Love Is Love // Return To Dust is out November 19th via Deathwish Records, though Code Orange Kids are streaming their new Kurt Ballou produced album in in full at this location. Keep an eye out for a full review in the coming weeks. If you’re not feeling dedicated enough to check out the stream, the video for the band’s single ‘Flowermouth (The Leech)‘ can be viewed below:
Over in a land called Belgium lies a small but beautiful town that was technically built not long after WWI seeing as it was completely leveled during the battle. This town is known as Ypres (Ieper in ‘murcan). Beyond the city limits of this town lies many farms and there you will behold a monumental dual sound stage festival in the late summers. This darling little festival unleashes many bands from several different styles of metal and hardcore and even some of their close friends.
One of the most important things about this festival is that it has an ethical message. A lot of what the festival and its bands are about is a forward thinking lifestyle so it heavily promotes things such as recycling, tolerance, and veganism. I only felt like I was being preached to about veganism once and it was only because a band was buying time because another was late and it was otherwise just the occasional quip about how racism is not all that cool and neither is riddling the farmland we were on with toxic green radiation left from empty pop bottles. That may be all fine and dandy, but the most important thing to us is the music and how much fun can be had at such a place.
I really and thoroughly enjoy Trash Talk, as do many other writers on this site. Eyes And Nines is one of my favorite albums from 2010, and their EP from last year was also awesome. But with the new record 119 coming out soon, I wanted to hear some new music.
Today they debuted a new track from their record, and it fucking rules. Need I say more? If you liked them before, you’ll love them now, and if you didn’t like them before, then hopefully this will sway your views.
119 is out October 9th on Odd Future Records, and is also the first release on the label to not come from Odd Future. Cool! Pre Orders are available here.
[Good Fight Music]
The Chariot are one of the few bands where you can feel the emotion they put into their music as much live as on their records. They are constantly referred to as one of the greatest live act in music and their fans are every bit as rabid and unpredictable as they are. Seeing The Chariot live is nothing short of a gift and a privilege, because the experience they give their fans is unlike anything experienced before. Their latest offering, One Wing, capitalizes on the successful quartet of albums that came before it, not only by refining their signature brand of hardcore, but also expanding on it and adding elements many people would have never thought would end up on one of their records. Just as frontman Josh Scogin said, “let’s get weird.”
Howdy folks, it’s been a while since I last posted on Heavy Blog. Life has been quite the roller coaster ride as of lately, between buying a house, getting married and becoming unemployed, I haven’t had much time or the heart to write — but now that the wedding has passed, and things have slowed down a bit, I wanted to get back in the groove of writing again.
Enough blabbering about my life though, lets get to the matter at hand. Recently I was lucky enough to attend a show that featured a few bands that not only encompass my love of music, but are also the foundation for the guy I am today. This past Saturday, May 26th, I headed off to Manhattan to a venue called Le Poisson Rouge, where I was about to treat my ears to some Grade-A hardcore.
Limited print of the shows flyer!
As I began my trek towards Manhattan, where I found myself traveling solo (which is fine, as I have a sort of lone wolf personality, and don’t mind being alone), I still relied on my trusty traveling companion to accompany me though… good ‘ol Mr.Coffee. So, with coffee in hand I made my way down I-495 towards the city, and after taking one wrong exit that set me back a bit, and killing time looking for a spot near the venue, I finally found a choice spot and was ready to rock, and perhaps roll if the situation called for it. To make up for lost time (already having missed Xaddax and Indecision), I was quick to dash to the venue in hopes of not missing out on the one band that always puts a smile on my face and a ringing in my ears; Converge!
02. To Age And Obsolete
03. The Increased Sensation Of Dullness
04. Sleep Is The Brother Of Death
05. The Polyglutamine Pact
06. Cancer Man
07. C.G.B. Spender
10. Recluse MMX
11. Inferno III/IV
[Lifeforce | 11/09/10]
I actually planned on reviewing this album earlier, but due to some medical complications I wasn’t able to. Then the 2010 list came about, and it had actually fallen under my radar. And I regret that it did, because I would’ve exchanged one of my selections for this one. To be honest, I had a hard time staying interested in War From A Harlot’s Mouth earlier work In Shoals. My main complaint at the time was the fact that In Shoals lacked the consistent intensity throughout for me to want to continue listening to it past the beginning tracks. Fast forward to their latest album, MMX, and things have certainly changed in respect to maintaining the energy. As for consistency, this is still a point of criticism which I’ll explain later.