Heart of a Coward – The Disconnect

There aren’t many better illustrations of how interconnected the UK tech-metal scene is than a glance at Heart of a Coward’s family tree. Before their inception, drummer Christopher Mansbridge was part of djent pioneers Fellsilent, whose demise also brought Tesseract and Monuments to life as full bands rather than side-projects.…

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Editors’ Picks – May 2019

Ah, May! What a heady month, as Spring makes itself known in most of our circles. It’s probably my favorite time of the year to listen to music; something about the combination between the weather, the symbology of the period, the days getting longer, and the fact that it’s just…

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Release Day Roundup – 5/10/19

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…

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Employed To Serve – Eternal Forward Motion

If ever awards were given for the most appropriate album name, British hardcore quintet Employed To Serve would be a dead cert for the 2019 trophy with Eternal Forward Motion. Since dropping their 2015 debut album, Greyer Than You Remember, the band have barely strayed beyond touching distance of a stage or…

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Thoughtcrimes – Tap Night

It’s probably fair to say that many of us don’t fully want to admit to ourselves that there probably won’t be another Dillinger Escape Plan album.  But, as time stretches away from those final shows at the end of 2017, various members of the band are wheeling out their post-Dillinger…

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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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Disco Loadout: 2018 In Review

Four years ago, I started to keep a complete list of every band I saw. Three years ago, I began kicking myself for not starting that childishly simple task sooner. Never mind. At least I can tell you exactly what I got up to this year – with one important caveat. A…

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