I tend to think of these yearly summer package tours that Sumerian Records and the Pantheon Agency put on as falling on a certain spectrum. One one end you have Summer Slaughter, meant for fans of more extre... Read More...
Lamb of God are hitting up the smaller second markets on their upcoming headlining tour, so now there's a greater chance of catching them close to your neck of the woods!
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.
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.