Scion Roundup

Is it just me, or does Scion’s Audio/Visual department deserve weekly bonuses and a large raise? Scion have been churning out so much quality content lately, it’s actually becoming quite the hassle to keep up with! Come on guys, slow it down a bit. But just kidding, don’t do that…

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.

Scion Rock Fest 2012 Announced!

2012’s Scion Rock Fest has finally been announced, and has confirmed rumors that the fest will take place June 2nd at Tampa, FL. Here’s the lineup, via Metal Injection: Sleep, Repulsion, Merzbow, Church of Misery, Psychic TV, Oxbow, Decapitated, Terror, Cerebral Ballzy, All Pigs Must Die, Ides of Gemini, Cellgraft…

Holy Catastrophies, Batman.

Despite my sort of flippant headline, the last 24 hours has been nuts, and not in a good way. First we got word of the tragic passing of GWAR guitarist Corey Smoot. The fates aren’t smiling on us right now apparently, as it doesn’t end there. Polish death metal band…

For Whom The Bell Tolls: Mare

Not pictured: the sea So. Bands break up. It sucks, but that’s the way of things. For most of them, the reason is pure and simple; on some level, they suck. Whether it’s only a little, or harder than a $20 hooker, it doesn’t matter; the world doesn’t lose a…

Every Time I Die UK Mini-Tour

Another one for my UK bred’ren. Every Time I Die make people go nuts, so I know people are going to be clamouring for tickets to this limited run of shows. Get them while they’re hot! Or something. Also on the bill will be Terror, All Shall Perish, Down To…