Winds of Plague – Blood Of My Enemy

It's easy to see why Winds of Plague are the butt of jokes in "internet metal circles". As they rose to popularity during the most oversaturated era of deathcore, their imagery and lyrical content was mostly emblematic of all the tropes of the genre. Their most recognizable songs were aggressively simplistic thematically and musically. This reception is almost a shame, because Winds of Plague have always had a brilliant band hidden somewhere in that well of unrealized potential. The entirety of The Great Stone War, which was a progressive deathcore showcase, and tracks like "Angels of Debauchery" from their debut showcased the band's more creative and clever aspects, but it's also undeniable that the band brought this upon themselves with tracks like "Reloaded". Regardless, there's been a small contingent of fans wishing for a return to the more nuanced and epic sound that they often hinted at. After 4 years and a nearly-entirely-new lineup, the band returns with Blood of My Enemy, which doesn't fully satisfy that craving, but is a massive step in the right direction for the band.

Heavy Chat // Boston’s NIHIL and the Next Wave of Hardcore

Welcome to another Heavy Chat, and today we’re going to take things into hardcore territory. Jimmy and Spencer had a little gab about a Boston hardcore band we covered a while ago called Nihil, who are set to release their debut album Foundation in November. So without further ado, let's dive right in!

Hey! Listen to Insane Power!

There’s been some fantastic hardcore this year, and it only continues with this band. Maryland’s Insane Power, though new to the scene, showcases a hardcore style with very minor influence from thrash, but is most assuredly HC of the highest kind. It’s noisy, angry, and just fucking brutal in all the right places.

No Heroes In New England // Week of 8/7/16

New England: home of the Red Sox, Jack Kerouac, and some pretty damn fine hardcore. And as much as I'd love to obsess about and name celebrities that also call this place home, we have a fucking article to do! For those who are new: No Heroes is a weekly column that sheds some light on new and upcoming hardcore bands from New England. "Hardcore" in this context is a little vague, referring to not only metalcore (metallic hardcore), but hardcore punk and basically anything else using the hardcore title. Enjoy!

No Heroes in New England // Week of 7/17/16

With bands like Trap Them, Jerry’s Kids, and Converge all hailing from the northeast coast, it’s unsurprising to see why hardcore is a term almost synonymous with New England. But it didn’t always start out like that; due to the efforts of punk zines and record stores like Newbury Comics (who almost single-handedly birthed Boston Hardcore), angry music has been able thrive and blossom.