Editors’ Picks – January 2020

You know that feeling you get right before you’re sick? I’m talking the day or night before; you feel your bones start to ache, a sort of cloud descending upon you. It’s like standing in the first few seconds of rain; you can feel the water around you but you’re…

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Hey! Listen to Antagonist A.D.!

New Zealand’s Anatgonist A.D. (or simply Antagonist, as they were known then) were among the many semi-local hardcore bands my friends and I would make public transport pilgrimages to see every other weekend, during my formative years. What started as a quasi-ironic appreciation of the ridiculous, flatly-delivered moshcalls – including,…

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Hey! Listen to Dragged Under!

2020 is off to a hell of start, with great releases from all across the musical spectrum already and plenty more on the horizon as well. When spoile for choice, it’s often sensible to fall back on old favourites and familiar offerings. However, it’s also often those less expected territories…

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Hey! Listen to Can’t Swim!

Can’t Swim’s new EP Foreign Language is one of the best hardcore releases I’ve heard in some time. Which is weird, because I’m pretty sure they’re a pop punk band. Foreign Language’s lead single “Filthy Rich” starts out about as hardcore as it gets: a quick drum fill drops into…

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What’s Up Punks? – April 2019

March turned out to be a massive month for solid releases all over the punk spectrum so let’s just dive in, first with the albums that need checking out and then the singles and EPs that have been spinning here at Wannabe Manor. Albums The Maine – You Are OK…

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 9/15/17

For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to. For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you.

Comeback Kid – Outsider

The thing about old hardcore bands is that they kind of never really die. There is inevitably some festival or other, especially these days, that will invite X or Y legendary hardcore band to get the kids to circle pit and stage-dive one more time all while pointing to the sky and shouting along unintelligibly to, usually, lyrics about how important it is to stand on your own two feet, rise above some aspect or another of society, and be true to yourself. There is a reason for this, though, and it’s because of a certain timelessness to the cliches that present themselves in what we think of when we call something “hardcore”.

Release Day Roundup – 9/8/17

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure trove, others find themselves drawing a blank at the end of the month due to the breakneck pace needed to keep up to date with what’s been released. Which brings us to this Heavy Blog PSA: a weekly roundup of new albums which pares down the the week’s releases to only our highest recommendations. Here you’ll find full album/single streams, pre-order links and, most importantly, a collection of albums that could very well earn a spot on your year end list. Enjoy!