Plunging into the tumultuous world of Void Bringer, the powerviolence hardcore band from Vermont, we sit down with the band today to unveil their favorite bands from their area that are certainly worth your attention.
Originating in 2018 as a duo, Void Bringer has since spent their years cultivating their unique take on powerviolence-infused hardcore, creating what they call “Mapleviolence“, a frenzied, sludge-filled symphony arising from the rural corners of the northeast.
With a demo, a 7″, a 5”, and a split already in their arsenal, they’ve begun their journey towards their ultimate goal: a full-length album. Despite life’s challenges and the constraint of distance, they’ve managed to keep their fanbase satiated, presenting NO PROMO 23 as an appetizer for what’s to come.
Expect faster tempos, slower breakdowns, and unfiltered rage all condensed into a powerful five-minute package. This release also features a tribute to one of their key inspirations, Left For Dead, thanks to the aid of their reliable live members, Elliott Lester (Split in Half, Sachem) and Hank Isabelle (Black Axe, Christpuncher), who’ve helped ramp up the intensity to scorching levels.
NO PROMO 23 is a relentless attack on rural ignorance and our irremediable dependence on technology, shining a light on these universal issues we all grapple with.
“Crumble” is a brief yet potent reflection on the fragility of industrial society, while “RABMV” serves as a clear rebuttal against oppressors and suppressors. “8 Floors Above” pays homage to their favorite Left For Dead track, and “Enslaved” encapsulates the desperate plea of a society addicted to digital screens and enslaved by insatiable algorithms.
You can stream NO PROMO 23 anytime, anywhere, and grab it in CD format, accompanied by a poster from fastcore visual guru Tommy Wilson (Noose Sweat) at their live performances.
Their forthcoming full-length album will delve deeper into the hardships of secluded rural life and the daunting task of preserving sanity amidst isolation. Stay tuned for the full album release in 2024, courtesy of 625 Thrashcore, Second Republic Records, and Blast for Humanity.
Vermont hardcore bands worth a check:
The Path is a straightforward hardcore punk band from Burlington who have been around for some time, have toured the east a bit and just did a California weekend back in May. Their newest album, ‘Prison Planet’, out soon on State of Mind Recordings (Jon Berg the vocalist is originally from Long Island and fronted Contra and the Solidarity Pact) was recorded last year at Gate 4 with Will Hirst, and is their strongest material yet.
Black Axe are a central VT crust band, straight up, pulling heavily with both Dystopia (trendy!) and Asunder (deep cut!) Though they may be a bit too left field for some hardcore listeners, there are also a lot of folks they will appeal to. Absolutely check out “Live From the League of Darkness”. Black Axe is also hitting the road at the end of the month.
The first band of people under 28! The oldest members are maybe 22 or 23, but when they came out they were legit kids – the vocalist Axl was 14! Gone Wrong has had a fair bit of focus on them in the past…there was even a Thrasher Mag article on them as they are all sponsored skateboarders. They are currently on hiatus, supposedly coming back in 2024 but definitely helped “bring things back” to what had felt like a dead scene for a minute.
They also have a powerviolence band:
Burlington’s best looking boys! This band has a HUGE appeal to the younger kids coming to shows, and pack rooms out better than any of us. And, they are mostly all under 30 as well!
Other bands worth mentioning: Voices in Vain, Old North End, Split in Half and Torn.
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