OLAM – I Will Guide Thy Hand

I Will Guide Thy Hand, the debut LP of Indianapolis-based OLAM, is uncompromisingly ferocious hardcore, recalling Botch or the harder edges of Converge; the album is propelled by galloping drums, sharp shrieks and jagged riffing, songs frequently interspersed with slower brooding moments or a strategically patient bridge.  I Will Guide…

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Periphery – Periphery IV: HAIL STAN

It’s 2019, and Periphery are untethered by third-party oversight and have complete creative freedom. One would expect, given their memey and not-so-serious aesthetic and progressive-leaning musical nature, that they must have not had much oversight from their previous label Sumerian Records to begin with; after all, much of the music that Periphery were releasing under Sumerian had a paper trail of demos from the Bulb Soundclick demo era of the band, and the output was always super consistent in terms of quality and musical direction, so it was easy to just assume that the band called their own shots.

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Hey! Listen To Climate of Fear!

There aren’t too many of the good early 2000’s melodeath/metalcore bands remaining but, if I’m being ignorant and missing a few good ones, then they should just be releasing better music. The precarious balance between At The Gates-worship and the clinical edges of modern metal was too much for most…

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Wristmeetrazor – Misery Never Forgets

(I don’t really feel comfortable starting this review off without a disclaimer about this band’s name, so here goes: there are many people, myself included, who have struggled in some form with self-harm and/or suicide, and feel as though Wristmeetrazor is a band name that is tasteless and some degree of…

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Unearth – Extinction(s)

Unearth sound like Thy Art is Murder now. That’s the big takeaway from their brand spanking new seventh album, the coyly titled Extinction(s). Yet just because its ultimate evaluation, along with the album itself, is overly reductive doesn’t mean it’s not still a fierce slab of hyper-aggressive metalcore, with plenty…

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All Hail the Yeti – Highway Crosses

Few bands have suffered from the dreaded “sophomore slump” in recent memory as much as Los Angeles’ All Hail the Yeti, The metal world waited four long years following their promising, self-titled, 2012 debut, only to be greeted by the abominably disappointing Screams from a Black Wilderness (2016), which saw…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Black Coast Go Black (And White) With “Ill Minds” Video

There’s something timeless about a good old-fashioned black and white music video. You can probably think of ten off the top of your head. Eschewing colour and frivolity, the grainy, gritty monochrome video doesn’t take away from the heart and heft of the track behind it, giving the music a visual aid that never overpowers the riff. Today, we’re psyched to bring you a brand new video, in this style, from one of the UK’s brightest new ‘core bands, Black Coast. Don’t expect a narrative or outlandish concept, as previously mentioned this is a no fuss view of the band in their element – playing riffs in the dark and being moody as fuck.

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