Editors’ Picks – May 2020

As I am writing to you today, the world burns. Melodramatic, right? But, if we’re being honest, I could open this post with these words every month. Hell, I could open every single post like this because every single day, the world burns. Amidst this burning, there are a lot…

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Umbra Vitae – Shadow of Life

Let me get this out of the way up front: I can count on one hand the amount of “supergroups” that met or exceeded the expectations laid on them by the collective success of their individual parts. Most supergroups are, in my opinion, either time-wasting cash grabs or light, inconsequential…

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Release Day Roundup – 3/20/20

Editor’s Note: Longtime reader Remi VL is a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. 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…

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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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Best of 2009

Well folks, it’s that time once again: Album of the Year content is just ahead of us and the list-making engines have already been watered with the blood of magazines and blogs who think the year ends in November. As for us, we’re only getting things arranged and calculated out.…

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Norma Jean – All Hail

Norma Jean have been putting out awesome singles for the better part of 2019. Beginning with the awesome Polar Similar b-side “Children of the Dead” all the way back in January, followed by a steady stream of outstanding singles since mid-July, the band have been busy putting their competitors to…

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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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