Code Orange – Underneath

The runaway success of Code Orange’s previous album Forever (2017) left a lot of us here at Heavy Blog pretty baffled. While its combination of hardcore and industrial was certainly novel, it wasn’t necessarily “original”, and the band’s forays into moody alt-rock appeared under-developed to say the least. Nevertheless, the…

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Spanish Love Songs – Brave Faces Everyone

“So let me ruin my guts tonight” sings Dylan Slocum as Spanish Love Songs’ latest full-length, Brave Faces Everyone, kicks into gear on album opener, “Routine Pain”. The preamble is filled with self-effacing lyrics that see how much “lower (he) can go” as it sets the tone for a set…

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The Anatomy Of – GIVER

Giver are one of the brightest lights currently updating the hardcore sound for this era. Part of the reason for that is the way they take elements from across the wide-ranging hardcore universe and apply it to their sound in unique and absolutely aggressive ways. When the band lets you…

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Leeched – To Dull the Blades of Your Abuse

Like it or not, Code Orange’s Forever (2017) is one of the most influential albums of recent years. The record’s unprecedented mixture of hardcore, industrial and ’90s alt rock was bolstered by an impressive marketing campaign, garnered a Grammy nomination and drew seemingly universal praise from everywhere but here. Within…

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What’s Up Punks – January 2020

Welcome to another god damn new year and the mea culpa/house cleaning edition of this here column. A bit of housekeeping, first. I’ve decided to make this thing a bit more compact for the new year. Gone are long-winded descriptions of albums and the multitude of links to individual songs.…

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Giver – Sculpture of Violence

It takes a lot these days for me to get into modern hardcore, particularly that which shows clear roots to certain subsets of the genre. During the late ‘90s and throughout the ‘00s we saw a lot of hardcore acts that started to infuse their sound with themes more commonly…

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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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