Legendary punk zine Maximum Rocknroll announced it will cease print publication after 37 years. The online version of MRR and the radio show will continue. GO HERE or HERE to read the full statement.
Influential Gainesville, Florida based hardcore punk act AS FRIENDS RUST have revealed some details of their upcoming comeback record and an additional EP, to be released sometime later in 2019.
We’ve played sporadic reunion shows and festivals over the years — Gainesville, Brooklyn, the Fest, Groezrock — and even a couple of tours in Europe and Japan, but yeah… this is the first real action we’ve taken toward amassing new material for a recording.
We’ve been quietly and steadily writing, demoing and working through songs, and now feel like we’re sitting on some really, really good stuff. So, it’s time. We fucking love this band, and since it seems like we’re gonna keep playing shows, we may as well get some new music out there.
We’re pretty close to having the writing for a new album completed, and starting to look into recording two songs for a precursor EP within the next couple of months.
We’re currently shopping labels and having a few conversations, but not yet settled on who we’ll be partnering up with.
The songs are a pretty perfect blend of the raw, energetic melodic hardcore of ‘Coffee Black’-era AFR and the slightly darker, gallows humor, snarlier, more polished rock ’n’ roll of the band’s later days from the Won LP or A Young Trophy Band EP. All of the traits that defined AFR’s sound and spirit are alive and well, and I really think these songs will be fresh and new while still striking a nostalgic, familiar chord.
“I don’t think any of us ever really left this band, and since our first reunion in 2008, we’ve been writing and tinkering with new songs. But we’ve finally got new material that we’re proud enough of and happy enough with to want to record. Also, we keep fielding offers for shows and festivals, and it feels silly to be ten years into reunion shows without anything new.”
Legendary Berlin hardcore punk store CORETEX has released its top 20 records of the year 2018. Check it out below, visit CORETEX online HERE, and check out our end of the year wrap-ups HERE.
Troy / Albany, NY’s metal/hardcore act BRICK BY BRICK has dropped a new video for their new song “Hive Mentality”, the title track and first single off of Brick By Brick’s latest release on Upstate Records.
WRISTMEETRAZOR have teamed up with Revolver Magazine to share “In Line For Halos” the final single from their upcoming Prosthetic debut, Misery Never Forgets out January 18, 2019. The visualizer for this gut wrenching track was filmed by Devin Stroud and can be watched right now via Revolvermag.com: https://www.revolvermag.com/music/hear-wristmeetrazors-seething-savage-new-song-line-halos
“In Line for Halos is about a person who will manipulate you until they have all they want from you. Essentially, looking for love in the wrong places.” states WRISTMEETRAZOR guitarist/vocalist Jonah Thorne. Under a crestfallen cloak of internal darkness, WRISTMEETRAZOR issue nine tracks of blinding, chaotic emotion on Misery Never Forgets. Set for official release on January 18, 2019; the new album will be available on all digital platforms, compact disc and limited edition LP in two colors: silver with blood red splatter and cream with blue, green and black splatter.
Immediately following the release of Misery Never Forgets, WRISTMEETRAZOR will hit the road on tour U.S. with Heavens Die. All dates below.
January 18th – Hingham, MA @ Sons of Italy
January 19th – West Haven, CT @ C***** H****
January 20th – Oakdale, NY @ Shaker’s Pub
January 21st – Brooklyn, NY @ Gold Sounds
January 22nd – Philadelphia, PA @ The Pharmacy
January 23rd – Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
January 24th – Harrisonburg, VA @ Easy Greasy House
January 25th – Greensboro, NC @ New York Pizza
Yekaterinburg, Russia based post black metal / neocrust band TEACH ME VIOLENCE and French blackened hardcore / post hardcore band EXYLEM are streaming a new crushing split record. Be sure to check it out below.
“Female-Fronted” Is Not a Fucking Genre – new interesting feature on the insulting and reductive term has landed on No Echo. Be sure to read up and check out a follow-up over at UniteAsia.
Greg Puciato of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will release a book titled Separate the Dawn on February 12. The book is a collection of poetry and photography.
This is a selection of poetry and photography that has been culled from a larger collection of journal entries, free writing, and photos that mostly manifested during a period of intense transition and processing from September 2016 to December 2017, with a few thematically relevant/connected prior writings thrown in as well. If you are looking at this book, you probably already know a little of the author’s background, and if you do, this will add context. If you don’t, it isn’t necessary.
Stuttgart post hardore act YOUNGER US have premiered a new song called “White Noise”, their first new offering since their 2015 LP “Graustark“, detailed in our feature at this location.
Russian blackened, post metallic hardcore act MORO MORO LAND have premiered a new massive track called “Сами не уйдут”, a forerunner of their new LP, to be released later this year. The new song comes with an amazing new cover art by Jonas Holmberg that can be seen below.
California hardcore punks TORSO are streaming their new EP “Build and Break”, out now on Revelation Records.
Torso is armed with a powerful punk and hardcore sound with influences as geographically diverse as its members. Lyrically, Torso does not rely on any of the hardcore cliches or spew overly simplistic lyrics that carry no real meaning. Instead, the band tackles issues of veganism, politics, mental health, displacement, and feminism at a time when the world needs it the most.
“False Memory”, the newest powerful track from Durham, North Carolina’s hardcore band FEVER STRIKE, has landed online. CHeck it out below and GO HERE to see our recent feature and more information on the band.
RADIOHEAD have shared a new song ‘Ill Wind’, featured on deluxe versions of 2016 album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’.
Swiss metal/hardcore group CardiaC have released a new crushing album Mañana No Será Otro Día Igual, out now on Tenacity Music. If a blend of Brujeria, Hatebreed and Municipal Waste sounds interesting to you, you should defintiely check out this effort below.
CardiaC is an international metallic hardcore four piece band based in Geneva, Switzerland. The band’s signature style resides in its singer Ricardo Chimichanga, who sings in Spanish adding a groovy Latino feel to CardiaC’s music.
After 6 full length albums, 2 EP’s, various compilations, several TV / radio appearance and video clips that lead the band to perform across Europe and central America, CardiaC are ready to unleash their seventh album “Mañana No Será Otro Día Igual”. Produced, recorded and mixed by Thomas Betrisey (Samael & Sybreed) at Downtown Studio and mastered by Greg Dubuis at Studio du Flon, the new album is set for release on December 7th via Tenacity Music and sees CardiaC merging a hard-hitting hardcore sound with the intensity and of groove of metal that will surely engage some unbridled action in front of the stage.
New York’s emotive post hardcore rocker BAD LUCK is back with their new single “Wish We Still Talked”. Pressing play is followed by an immediate slap in the face on an early Friday morning. The song showcases the dynamics that made 2014 “Cold Bones” LP an underground hit. It breathes when it needs to and the hooks just keep coming around every turn. FFO: Taking Back Sunday, Joyce Manor, The Used.
Bad Luck. was a solo project from Long Island, then they were a band from Florida. While in the Sunshine State, they released Cold Bones in 2014 and Noise in Your Head the following year, two compact yet abrasive pop-punk releases that placed nostalgia and neuroses on the same plane. After those anxieties collapsed a hefty touring schedule and the group’s first taste of the industry ecosystem, Bad Luck. seemingly vanished, kept afloat by a whispering community of fans kept alive by their short discography. Having since returned to their home base and their homegrown mentality, Bad Luck. is looking to add to their short but sweet legacy and score a longer winning streak.
Anchored by brothers Dominick and Joe Fox and colored in by a rotating cast of touring friends, Bad Luck.’s second wind offers the same great pop hooks chased with hard-hitting backdrops that originally captured crowds’ hearts.
Catch BAD LUCK. live at:
3.28- Somerville, MA @ Once
3.29- Albany, NY @ Low Beat
3.30- Brooklyn, NH @ Knitting Factory
3.31- Philadelphia, PA @ Creep Records
Nate from DESTROY NATE ALLEN has released a new music video for “Lightning”, a track from his upcoming new record “Hide No Truth”, the debut release for his new project Good Saint Nathanael. Produced by Jon from LISTENER, the new offering unveils a new, emotionally and spiritually nuanced experience that sounds both heartbreaking and hopeful.
The nine songs on Hide No Truth, find Nate stripping back his sonic pallet to reveal stark memorable acoustic songs full of detail and intention.
In what is a cathartic move towards self-choice, honest art, and emotional health, Nate uses religious language to explore human vulnerability and his own broken Christian religious experience.
Hardcore festival The Rumble will take place on April 26 and 27 at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago, IL. Check out the line-up below.
Friday, April 26
Saturday, April 27
Year Of The Knife
Three Knee Deep
World Of Pain
Line Of Scrimmage
Never Ending Game
Death metal act VENOM PRISON have announced a full UK and European tour as main support to Fit For An Autopsy. The uncompromising five-piece will head out on the road from May through to June; also joining the tour will be Vulvodynia & Justice For The Damned. All dates are below.
After spending the first half of 2018 on the road – supporting Trivium around Europe, then an extensive US tour with Aborted – VENOM PRISON spent the end of the year working on their upcoming album. Working once again with producer Tom Dring at Vagrant Recordings, the band have already revealed that the new material is more “experimental and technical” than their debut. As yet untitled, the record will see a release this year via Prosthetic Records; more information will be revealed soon.
17.05.19 Germany Karlsruhe @ Weiße Rose
18.05.19 Germany Leipzig @ Naumanns
19.05.19 Germany Berlin @ Musik & Frieden
20.05.19 Austria Vienna @ Viper Room
21.05.19 Germany Munich @ Backstage
22.05.19 Italy Milano @ Circolo Svolta
23.05.19 Switzerland Aarau @ Kiff
24.05.19 Germany Bochum @ Matrix
25.05.19 Germany Hamburg @ Hafenklang
26.05.19 Netherlands Den Bosch @ Willem 2
27.05.19 Belgium Antwerp @ Kavka
28.05.19 France Paris @ Gibus
29.05.19 UK Birmingham @ Mama Roux
30.05.19 UK Bristol @ Exchange
31.05.19 UK London @ Underworld
01.06.19 UK Leeds @ Key Club
02.06.19 UK Manchester @ Rebellion
VENOM PRISON first pummelled the jugular of the underground with a self-released demo Defy the Tyrant in 2015. They continued to rip through the touring circuits of the UK and Mainland Europe following up with The Primal Chaos EP. Once a steady and full line-up was established with the addition of bassist Mike Jefferies, the band then went on to release their debut full lengthAnimus on Prosthetic Records. This propelled the band into the spotlight earning them the prestigious Metal Hammer Golden Gods award for best new band in 2017. With this recognition they continued their assault on the UK, Mainland Europe, North America and Canada with their energetic and passionate performances alongside many respected bands.
Emotive punk rockers RADAR STATE (members of THE GET UP KIDS, THE ANNIVERSARY, and THE ARCHITECTS) are straing their new record “Strays”, out now on Wiretap Records!
Radar State features Josh Berwanger (The Anniversary, Berwanger) and Jim Suptic (The Get Up Kids, Blackpool Lights) trading off lead and rhythm guitar duties, with Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids, The New Amsterdams) on bass, and Adam Phillips (The Architects, The Gadjits) on drums. Berwanger, Pryor, and Suptic all take turns on lead vocals, and that’s an integral part of the band’s direction, say the members.
“It was the most important discussion we had when first getting together,” says Suptic. “I love that we each take the lead. I also think it has challenged us to write better songs. If Josh walks in with a great song, then my natural instinct is to try to write a better one.”
Phillips agrees, acknowledging that each of the singers also has their own unique songwriting voice.
“Creative influence changes and adapts depending on what instrument you pick up or what situation you’re in,” the drummer explains. “This band is its own thing. We all try to play to each other’s strengths, but we haven’t really spent much time talking about how or why.”
The natural aspect of the band comes out in any discussion of Radar State’s music. The band as a whole agrees that this is something that just makes sense, given the fact that they’ve all shared the stage in some shape or form over the years. A sense of mutual appreciation and respect really drives the band, and the fact that all four are friends certainly helps.
“It’s funny we haven’t done something like this sooner,” Berwanger muses. “We all live close to each other and want to continue making music and there is no better way to do it than with not only friends, but people you respect as musicians and songwriters.”
With members name-checking The Damned, Pegboy, Undertones, Seaweed, Dillinger 4 — as well as a universally-held appreciation for ‘70s power pop — it’s unsurprising that Radar State’s sound is guitar-driven and hook-laden, reminiscent of vintage Lookout Records pop-punk.
After releasing their debut 3 Songs EP in 2017, the group played a handful of shows with stints as support including Say Anything, and performed at Riot Fest 2017. The band is back with their debut full length album “Strays” set to be released on January 11th, 2018 via Wiretap Records.
The title track from the album “Strays” is the first offering from the new record.
“Sometimes folks end up in difficult situations and they need to get out of. This song is about helping people even if you don’t get along with them. Having compassion for everyone that is in need of help.” Matt Pryor
Catch Radar State on tour supporting the new record from January 24 – Feb 9th. With stops in Boston, Brooklyn, Philly, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more.
Italian pop-punk act SLENDERS has revealed a video for “Close To”, first single taken from the album “Angry Youth” out on February 15th via This Is Core. The video – directed by Lucerna Films – was filmed between Sardinia and Genova, the track was recorded at Lambda Studio by Simone Dettori.
About the new song, the band says:
“‘Close To’ is the first track taken from our new album ‘Angry Youth’. This song is an enormous outburst for us, an outlet against a world that we live and see every day. This song is intended to be a journey within the life of an immigrant from his point of view. It denounces a political system that creates a common enemy in racism, fueled by hatred and ignorance. Is it really worth one more life than another? In 2018 died about 13,000 people in our shores. Souls, broken lives swallowed by the sea. We dedicate this song to them. We say stop to this. This is not a political question, but a question of humanity, and ‘Close To’ wants to be the voice of those who do not have it”.
UNWRITTEN LAW‘s “Unwritten Law” will be pressed on vinyl for the first time ever via SRCVinyl in celebration of the album’s 20th anniversary. The album has been mastered for vinyl and lacquers created by Kevin Gray, Cohearent Audio and pressed at RTI.
Constant touring and the support of fans have enabled Unwritten Law to rise above the glut of rock and punk bands that have saturated the scene since Green Day exploded in the mid-’90s. Songs like “Harmonic” and “Teenage Suicide” show a depth …of songwriting and arrangement that few other bands of the genre obtain. Scott Russo sings tight vocals over an extremely impressive killer rhythm section. “Cailin” became a staple on modern rock radio stations. Outstanding tracks include “Coffin Text,” “Lonesome,” and “Holiday.” UNWRITTEN LAW is a strong record from an extremely talented outfit.
Catch the band live at their upcoming Black Album shows at:
2/8 – Las Vegas, NV: https://bit.ly/2LqDMV5
2/9 – Denver, CO: https://ticketf.ly/2PSeK25
2/15 – Mesa, AZ: https://bit.ly/2UYFr8N
2/16 – Santa Ana, CA: https://bit.ly/2SaD0hN
Indonesian hardcore band FOUR TRUTH have dropped a new record called “Man Is A Wolf” on Samstrong Records.
Swedish emo indie pop punks I LOVE YOUR LIFESTYLE have released a new tune called “23”.
Triple B Records has reissued “Free Yourself” EP from Boston, MA fast straight-edge hardcore act FREE SPIRIT. Check out the new stream below.
Serbian experimental noise / screamo label Confusion Specialist Records has dropped a new release online below. A split between Serbia’s WAAS and France’s I, ETERNAL unleashes the unnerving mental wreckages of sounds that causes chaos in each listen. The only questions are who can outdo the chaos in our ears and how bad could it be? The only way to find out is to hear it… with a dare.
More new music from Kevin Seconds‘ Songs For Years 2019 series has landed online. Check out the new tracks “That’s How We Are” and “Soul To The Gutter” below and GO HERE to listen to the full series.
Further promoting their acclaimed current album “To Drink From The Night Itself”, Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES have now started a massive European tour together with Behemoth and Wolves In The Throne Room. AT THE GATES are now also releasing both a strictly limited 7″ EP entitled “The Mirror Black” and a special Digital EP entitled “With The Pantheons Blind” today. Enhancing the release of the EP’s, AT THE GATES are also debuting a video clip for the track “The Mirror Black” in the version featuring guest vocals by Rob Miller (Amebix, Tau Cross). The clip was created by Costin Chioreanu / Twilight13Media, who also is also responsible for the artwork duties of the entire “To Drink From The Night Itself” release. The video can now be seen below.
AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg checked in with the following comment:
“When we decided that we wanted to release the two Rob Miller tracks on a separate 7″, we felt that ‘The Mirror Black‘ was worthy of its own video. Costin was already excited about the idea, and I explained the basic outlines of the idea of the song. Working with Costin always brings in another dimension to our music and my lyrics; so he did his own interpretation of the main theme of the song. I am super happy with the result, I really think that this is one of the best videos AT THE GATES have ever done. There are a lot of hidden meanings and other symbolism in this clip, so you can watch it many times and still find new stuff. We as a band are super excited about this release!”
The new 7“ EP features the two songs “The Mirror Black” and “Daggers Of Black Haze” off AT THE GATES‘ current album “To Drink From The Night Itself” in the versions that come with guest vocals by Rob Miller (Amebix, Tau Cross).
A few of the dates on the now started European tour with Behemoth and Wolves In The Throne Room are already sold out, so better grab your tickets quickly. Here is a list of upcoming AT THE GATES shows (Updates marked #):
10.01.2019 Frankfurt (Germany) – Batschkapp
11.01.2019 Munich (Germany) – Tonhalle
12.01.2018 Prague (Czech Republic) – Forum Karlin
13.01.2019 Vienna (Austria) – Arena * Sold out!
15.01.2019 Zurich (Switzerland) – Komplex 457
16.01.2019 Milano (Italy) – Alcatraz
17.01.2019 Lyon (France) – Le Transbordeur
18.01.2019 Barcelona (Spain) – Razzmatazz
19.01.2019 Madrid (Spain) – La Riviera
21.01.2019 Toulouse (France) – Le Bikini
22.01.2019 Paris (France) – Bataclan
23.01.2019 Oberhausen (Germany) – Turbinenhalle
24.01.2019 Berlin (Germany) – Huxleys
25.01.2019 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Vega * Sold out!
26.01.2019 Stockholm (Sweden) – Annexet
27.01.2019 Oslo (Norway) – Rockefeller
29.01.2019 Helsinki (Finland) – The Circus
30.01.2019 Tampere (Finland) – Pakkahuone
01.02.2019 Hamburg (Germany) – Grosse Freiheit 36
02.02.2019 Utrecht (The Netherlands) – TivoliVredenburg
03.02.2019 Brussels (Belgium) – Ancienne Belgique
04.02.2019 Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
06.02.2019 Bristol (UK) – The Marble Factory
07.02.2019 Birmingham (UK) – O2 Institute
08.02.2019 London (UK) – O2 Forum Kentish Town
09.02.2019 Manchester (UK) – O2 Ritz * Sold out!
10.02.2019 Dublin (Ireland) – Vicar Street
11.02.2019 Glasgow (UK) – QM Union
AT THE GATES – Live 2019
02.03.2019 Umeå (Sweden) – House Of Metal Festival
22.03.2019 Kiev (Ukraine) – Pochayna Event Hall + Powerwolf
23.03.2019 Moscow (Russia) – Zil Arena
25.03.2019 St. Petersburg (Russia) – Club Zal
12.04.2019 Tilburg (The Netherlands) – Roadburn Festival
25.04.2019 Brisbane (Australia) – Triffid + The Haunted & Witchery
26.04.2019 Sydney (Australia) – Manning Bar + The Haunted & Witchery
27.04.2019 Melbourne (Australia) – Max Watt’s + The Haunted & Witchery
05.-08.06.2019 Sölvesborg (Sweden) – Sweden Rock Festival
28.-30.06.2019 Ferropolis (Germany) – Full Force Festival #
15.-18.08.2019 St-Nolff (France) – Motorcultor Festival
And even more dates to be announced soon…