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.

No Heroes in New England // Week of June 12, 2016

Welcome to yet another week of No Heroes in New England—your source for only the best hardcore that New England has to offer to the world. Last week shed some light on some excellent bands, including Chaos Cross, Burden, and Mass Graves, and this week we have some weird stuff, including the newest genre craze, Spongecore (not really, but more on that later), and just some more kickass music that you’ll want to listen to so loud that you’ll develop tinnitus. So, strap on in and enjoy another entry of No Heroes!

31 – Therein Lies The Beauty

Yay, I get to talk about one of my favorite bands with this week's BALLS DEEP. It's Dark Tranquillity, with two Ls! We got a bunch of news this week, including new material and announcements from Periphery (new album teaser), Devin Townsend Project (terrible new album artwork), Rings of Saturn (signed to Nuclear Blast), The Official Zakk Wylde "Emjoi" Set (why), Rage Against The Machine (more like Prophets of Rage), Insomnium (cool concept album), Between the Buried and Me (they're mature now), Black Crown Initiate (grab Wes Hauch), Gojira (cool new song), WRVTH (live studio video), NAILS (should have spelled it NVILS to be cool (then it looks kind of like ANVILS (what happens when a band with a V in their name try to do the V-ification, like ANVILS-->VNVILS, that looks pretty weird (though it has that self-aware stupid quality to it that some bands seem to love (yes I'm intentionally dragging out these parantheses (wake me up inside)))))). We also discuss the passing of Adrian Guerra of Bell Witch, and briefly gibe our thoughts on the new Hatebreed which we both ended up listening to. Then the balls deep! Also, we talk about some cool stuff in the cool people section.

30 – Crowns Of Symbolical Meaning feat. Chris of Schammasch

Surprise! This week we have an interview, with Chris of Schammasch, the Swiss avant-garde band we've been raving about for weeks. We get his perspective on art, avant-garde and meaning behind music. A great chat! Definitely listen to Triangle (here is a good place). Then we do our news round-up, new music from Hatebreed, Six Feet Under (why), Meshuggah, Setentia, Brujeria, The Levitation Hex and the DOOM OST. We talk about Agalloch's disbanding, Rob Zombie's being a Babymetal fan (and my short review of their live show), and we talk about Radiohead, Beyonce and Drake taking a stance against Spotify, and the big perspective of the streaming service wars. Then we talk about how album art reflects on the music, inspired by our conversation with Chris. We have an extensive cool people section this time, gushing over DOOM and talking about the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. Enjoy!

Hatebreed – The Concrete Confessional

People really hate Hatebreed. Fair enough. The hardcore outfit don't leave much to the imagination and it's been said that it's only really necessary to own one of their records. Still though, they have a huge, incredibly dedicated fan base that spans the high and low lands of this planet. They are also two decades into a career that has kept them in the company of pretty much every big name in metal. That doesn't happen without hard work. Even if the music itself is pretty one dimensional, it has heart. On their newest spin The Concrete Confessional, Jasta and co. plunder the high seas of hardcore with familiar riffs and exactly the same level of hostility as usual. It doesn't suck either.

28 – Getting Too Old For This…

...shit! iTunes will probably get mad if I swear on the episode title, so there you go. Sometimes I wonder if anyone actually reads these descriptions. Well, in case you do, here are this week's links for new music: Be'lakor, Hatebreed, Lacuna Coil, Whitechapel, Astronoid, Unlocking the Truth, Oracles, Fallujah. Also, Kylesa are done, and as you probably know, Prince passed away. Well, this week we talk about the external and internal perception of metal as intellectual/ignorant, then we talk about people who "leave" metal and feel that it's for "angsty teens" and that we should "grow up". Can you feel the salt already? Also, a brief tangent about where some MTV-metal artists are now.

Primitive Weapons – The Future Of Death

Getting near that time of year when music critics start panicking that they might have already found their album of the year, the likes of Primitive Weapons show up. Guitars slung low and played violently, leaving a wanton trail of aural oblivion. People desperately trying to come up with a new last.fm tag for this type of music. Opinions will be divided, some will naysay but a few of these critics (from all walks and stages of life, mind you) will start to gush lavish praise on this magnificent entry into the world of heavy. It's already begun? Well of course it has! This is The Future Of Death.

25 – Ethics In Metal Journalism

Eden's back! This week we have a whole batch of news! New music from First Fragment, Devin Townsend and Haunted Shored, Gorguts, Gojira and Inter Arma. Industry stories like Bandcamp's success, Babymetal on Colbert, Northlane selling gear to make ends meet and Cult of Luna's statement about leaking. New videos from Behemoth and Dethrone the Sovereign. Upsetting news including the arrest of Puddle of Mudd singer, Adam Young of Sockweb being arrested for assault and kidnapping, former singer of Fair to Midland in a sad situation. Finally, some random news including Disillusion teasing a return and Whitechapel being confused about whether they have clean vocals on their upcoming album or not. Then we talk about what "journalism" means in the metal scene. Enjoy!