Release Day Roundup – 5/29/20

Editor’s Note: Longtime reader Remi VL is a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and…

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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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Leeched – You Took the Sun When You Left

The presence of dissonance and electronic elements in hardcore today speaks for itself. It’s okay, nay, encouraged to embrace a bully’s approach to structure and melody, shaking both down ’til they tumble in and out of consciousness. Leeched, thankfully, are far more direct in their approach. On their full-length debut…

Jesus Piece – Only Self

Trying to convince some of the staff at Heavy Blog that hardcore can be great isn’t the nightmarish task it probably could be. Thankfully, outside of the rare shitpost thread, opinions and feelings about genres are shared genially; almost lovingly, at times. Everyone knows not to try and beat a…

Homewrecker – Extinction By Design

Thrown into a fit of rage. Your blood starts to boil. Your head bangs and the riffs are smashed against whatever part of your brain makes you a metalhead. Ushering in decades of death metal influence, from the seamless slams of Devourment to the standard tremolo pick death metal riff (you know the one), the hardcore band of old washes away against the new death metal landscape Homewrecker has presented. Extinction By Design sees a band not graduate from hardcore, but rather shift gears in the same sonic vehicle to come into their own. This transition has long since been on the horizon. Their incredible mix of powerviolence, hardcore, death metal and grind on Worms and Dirt, and the similarly sounding Circle of Death slowly built towards this death metal iteration of the band. This change was even more evident when we consider that side project Scorched are OSDM worship and splits albums with similar new death metal acts such as Gatecreeper. Th question, however, remains: does this album pay off by going all in on death metal ? Is this even the same band and is their new sound, well, good?

Xibalba Release Video For “Guerrilla”

California’s purveyors of hardcore death sludge Xibalba have released a video for ‘Guerrilla’, the second track from Tierra Y Libertad, which was released this past January via Southern Lord Records. The video comes exclusively from the folks over at Lambgoat, and was directed, shot, and edited by Shawn Skadburg and…