Hey! Listen to Mindforce!

When asked to name classic heavy metal bands, the ones that come to mind are Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Cirith Ungol, Mercyful Fate and Mindforce right? Wait, Mindforce the hardcore band? Ok, maybe not in the true sense when mentioning heavy metal but these gentlemen from New York sure go…

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Xibalba – Años En Infierno

Xibalba first made a name for themselves based on the sheer power of their particular blend of crushing  hardcore and brutal death metal. Although few, if any, have matched the intensity of their output, the increasing crossover between the hardcore and death metal scenes, along with the (over-)saturation of the…

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Drain – California Cursed

When did hardcore stop being fun? Not to start this review with a sweeping generalization, but it feels like the mainstream music press has been fawning over a wave of “edgy, “unique” hardcore for the sake of celebrating something different. I’m all about infusing adventurous songwriting into the hardcore and…

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Into The Pit – Playlist Swap

Following our mailbag post last week, Pete and I thought we’d get further antiquated with a good old-fashioned Heavy Blog is Heavy playlist swap. We each put together a list of the songs that we thought best defined our personal thrash metal tastes and where we think the genre is…

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Into the Pit: Thrash Metal Mailbag

Hello fellow pit-sters! This month, I thought we could do something a little different. You all know I’ve been playing fast and loose with the schedule of this column, and August will be no different! Fellow thrash Josh Bulleid and I thought we’d introduce ourselves to you all a little…

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Enforced – At the Walls

Trends can sometimes be difficult to identify. You see something over and over again, but you’re not always sure if there’s a pattern or just a series of coincidences. Until you see other people asking around about that thing you saw, you’re not even sure if you’re seeing something correctly…

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Into the Pit – Best of Q2

Good day to you all, fellow thrashers! Have you missed me? I’ve certainly missed all of you. However, there are only so many topics to discuss with thrash metal these days still. That being said, we are getting a lot of what I would call solid gold releases. This quarter…

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Judiciary – Surface Noise

Ah, the warm embrace of cold political hardcore punk-influenced thrash. Very few things in the world are as musically aggressive as that. It taps into your primal nature  and inflames that aggression you feel toward the system in general. Shouted vocals, overly crunchy guitars, and the unrelenting machine gun repetition…

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