Shadow of Doubt – No Mercy

Some bands manage to find that sweet spot where they can emulate their heroes while still introducing some sort of new energy into the music. Unfortunately, it does not seem that Shadow of Doubt is one of those bands, nor is there debut, No Mercy, much more beyond your standard NYHC-in-2017-emulator fare. Truly the gang's all here on this one, be it from the overly forced gang vocals to the mid-tempo "grooves" to those ever so (lovably) cheesy mosh calls. And, fortunately for those digging into this EP, one does not need to look any further than track two, "No Mercy."

Weekend Nachos – Apology

Going to a hardcore show nowadays is an interesting, if not slightly disturbing, thing. Upon walking in, almost immediately, you are greeted by the sight of legions of hardcore kids; close shaved hair cuts, Nike Air Maxes (or similar shoes), camo shorts, and a shirt from one of the same three 80's/90's hardcore bands (Trapped Under Ice, Madball, or Youth of Today). And, more importantly than how they look - standing there in their get ups, arms folded across their chest or firmly bringing a cigarette to their lips - is the attitude they exert; one of hostility and, somewhat oddly given hardcore's basic principles, of conformity. These people are unflinching, devoted to whatever character they are playing and seemingly unable to take a joke at the expense of hardcore or deviate much from their standard genre listening beyond hardcore.
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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.