Harness – Victim of Suffering

As if Gaza, Xibalba and a forthcoming Converge record wasn’t enough dark hardcore/chaotic metalcore to supplement fans of all things raw and harrowing, Californian newcomers Harness have given us a bitesized chunk of material that stacks up against their influences.

Lionheart – Undisputed

With metal and hardcore so incestuous and diluted these days, it’s more the exception than the rule to ever find a band who solely represents one of those scenes. And with things like the trad-metal revival going on, it’s absurd but true that these once traditionalist bands have become exotic and interesting endangered species more than anything else. Lionheart, for example, are hardcore through and through — albeit in a post-Hatebreed world of hardcore, so we would probably have to define the difference between ‘metallic hardcore’ and ‘metalcore’ just to keep the purists happy. There are some clear moments that sound distinctly metal, but they’re outweighed ten to one by the moments that bring to mind Terror, Madball, Death Before Dishonour and any number of distinctly hardcore acts.

Return To The Motherland Tour Kicked Ass

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Return To The Motherland Tour, featuring Arsonists Get All The Girls, Lionheart, The Contortionist, and Volumes. The one band missing was A Plea For Purging, which I didn’t find myself too disappointed over at all since I never really did get into…

I Appreciate A Good Lost Reference…

…especially when it’s combined with a good Glassjaw reference, re: John Lennon. Canadian hardcore band Counterparts have just posted a new song called ‘(You Think You’re) John Fucking Locke’ on their Myspace page. I haven’t had a chance to give it a listen yet, but they at least deserve an…