The Anatomy Of – Ithaca

The staying power of Holy Roar Records’ current roster has only been amplified by the furious metallic hardcore of Ithaca. As you might have you seen from our review of their stunning LP The Language Of Injury, these young and boisterous noisemakers make heartache heavier than ever; their picks for…

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Minors – Abject Bodies

The trailblazers of hardcore and all the other violent branches of music have one thing in common and it isn’t just having a catchy name. They all embodied a distilled sense of malice and ruthless aggression, brandishing the tools of the trade to create music that incites passion just as…

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Ithaca – The Language of Injury

“I’m not here to make friends.”  As statements of Ithaca’s intent go, this screamed refrain is about as concise as they come.  Ithaca have been a near-constant presence in London’s teeming hardcore scene for some years now. Finally, after two EPs and countless shows, their hard work has been rewarded with the…

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Burning Vow – Burning Vow

Few subgenres in metal have as many abilities to express music like doom. How many different combinations of “doom ___” can you think of? How many different variations on the sound have there been? I can think of quite a few, and I know for a fact that the sound can be quite expansive. It takes creative musicians to do it, but doom seems to have that in spades. Chalk up another entry with Burning Vow and their self-titled debut.

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Holy Roar Records Files Pt. 8 – Giver’s Where The Cycle Breaks

With the company I keep, I’m always inundated with music suggestions from friends far and wide. Friends of all genres, trying to get me out of the grind and noise vacuum I’ve been trapped in for a few years. Unfortunately, there’s literally not enough time in the day for me to get really into shoegaze, power pop or Asgardian black metal so I need somewhere to give me all the good stuff in one place. That place is Heavy Blog Is Heavy. No! Shit! That place is Holy Roar Records! On the block today is Germany’s melodic hardcore mega upstarts Giver with Where The Cycle Breaks.

Holy Roar Records Files Pt. 6 – Watchcries’ Wraith

Another year draws to a close and here we are again, telling you about yet another superlative release from the one, the only, Holy Roar Records. For those who aren’t aware, we are paid handsomely by the label to cover their releases; I myself am writing this from an unnamed Pacific island which I have made my home, thanks to all the gold that they have bestowed upon me. Money is no object to me and I’m richer than all of you so suck it. Nah. They don’t. And I’m not. We have dedicated a feature to this specific label because like us, they don’t believe in dull, insipid music and as such do not release any. This edition of the HR-Files will get a bit dirty, a bit rough around the edges and definitely doesn’t belong in the ‘dull’ category. Playing vibrant and vicious metal from the UK, never afraid to toy with conventional metal sounds, we present you Watchcries and Wraith.

Helpless – Debt

The nihilist music market is a hot market and every despondent soul has a favourite hot property at the minute. The worlds of sludge, doom and core have bore witness to a smattering of acts capable of sapping the complete energy of a room; using just the atmosphere they create with their instruments, implements and voices. As mentioned, there’s enough history with this area of music that there’s always someone threatening to unsettle and threaten with their music. Helpless definitely aim to create a misery of their very own with Debt, a brief but bloody record showcasing the serrated edge of sludge bass and hellish vocals. The music does impose, but the band occasionally take second stage to the wall of noise.

Holy Roar Records Files Pt. 5 – The Tidal Sleep’s Be Water

“Post” genres tend to get a lot of play around these parts. Post-hardcore and post-metal are broad stroke genres for a lot of bands that we love here at Heavy Blog; we love gorgeous sounds and carefully crafted tear jerks, that’s for sure. The “post” tag does seem a bit surplus to requirements however. Are we at the stage where we have post-prog, post-deathcore yet? I dunno. That’s a question for another writer to attack. What we do have right here is the self proclaimed post-everything band The Tidal Sleep and their earnest, emotional brand of hardcore. Released on Holy Roar Records in the UK (duh), Be Water is a benchmark record for “post” fans to gush over. Yes, even I, the gore obsessed cretin can see the beauty in this art form.