News Stories

IN SHORTS #22 📢 Punk/Metal/Rock News Roundup!

13 mins read

Photo: Sofia hardcore band LAST HOPE live; watch their new music video below!

Influential post hardcore rockers QUICKSAND are streaming their new highly anticipated record “Interiors” in full! The record showcases the alternative feel and intimacy of their earlier work and proving them to retain its honesty while aiming at larger audiences. Great listen! Check it out below and grab a copy via Epitaph Records.

GO HERE to listen and watch some videos oon YouTube.

HOT WATER MUSIC‘s full performance at FEST 16 has been posted online

High energy melodic hardcore punk rockers AUTHORITY ZERO are streaming their new video “First One In The Pit”, coming from the album Broadcasting To The Nations release on Bird Attack Records, released earlier this Summer.

Since ’94 Authority Zero has brought their unique signature blend of anthemic melodic-punk and reggae to the masses. The band was formed in Mesa, AZ by a group of high school friends with ample ambition but no lofty expectations. After a few years, they refined and established their sound: a mix of SoCal punk with reggae and ska tendencies. With the release of their debut album A Passage in Time (2002, Lava Records), the band’s career gained momentum quickly and they’ve since spent their fair share of time on the road, having toured extensively with such acts as Pennywise, Sum 41, Flogging Molly and many more. They’ve released a total of 5 full length studio albums.
The band entered Fort Collins, Colorado’s legendary The Blasting Room Studio (Rise Against, Descendents, NOFX) in December of 2016 to start work on yet-to-be-named new album with producer/iconic punk drummer Bill Stevenson (of Black Flag/Descendents fame) at the helm. DeVore describes the direction of the new material: “It’s really going to be an exciting album. It’s a combination I think of The Tipping Point [released in 2013] meets the first album A Passage in Time.

Bulgarian hardcore punks LAST HOPE have dropped a new video for their song “Chain Reaction”, taken from the album “Chain Reaction”, out on GSR Music. Watch and catch them on tour with DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR (see the dates below).

08.11. Hamburg – Hafenklang (Germany) + Cro-Mags
10.11. Roeselare – De Verlcihte Geest (Belgium) + Death Before Dishonor
12.11. Barcelona – Sala Razzmatazz (Spain) +
Death Before Dishonor + Youth Of Today + Municipal Waste + more
13.11. Madrid – Panorama Five Club (Spain) + Death Before Dishonor
14.11. Lisboa – Popular Alvalade (Portugal) + Death Before Dishonor
15.11. Bilbao – Zorrotzako Gaztexte (Spain) + Death Before Dishonor
16.11. Marseille – Molotov (France) + Death Before Dishonor
17.11. Milano – Leoncavallo (Italy) + Death Before Dishonor
18.11. Castelfidardo – CFHC Fest 2017 (Italy) + Death Before Dishonor + Strength Approach + more
19.11. Zurich – Ebrietas (Switzerland) + Death Before Dishonor
20.11. Cologne – Jungle Club (Germany) + Death Before Dishonor + Agnostic Front + Brick By Brick
21.11. Saarlouis – JUZ (Germany) + Death Before Dishonor + Booze & Glory + ManifeStatioN
22.11. Vienna – Viper Room (Austria) + Death Before Dishonor
23.11. Brno – Melodka (Czech Republic) + Death Before Dishonor
24.11. Wegeleben – JUZ (Germany) + Death Before Dishonor
25.11. Prague – 007 (Czech Republic)
26.11. Budapest – Durer Kert (Hungary) + Nasty + Lionheart + Get The Shot

Russian female fronted emo indie punks ENNSLIN are streaming 2 new fuzzy, hearty tunes! Check out the new EP ‘Little Crushes’ below:

Spanish power pop / indie punk rockers KLÜTE are streaming their newest record “No Youth”! Listen below, check out oour full prsesentation + interview with the band HERE, and graba copy via Rufus Recordings, CGTH Records, Hold Your Ground Records, Sello Bramante, H-Records, Bartolini Records, and Sweet Grooves Records.

Boston straight edge hardcore punks SPIRITS are taking their powerful new record “Unrest” on the road. See the details of the upcoming West Coast trek below.

HOLY HANDS (members of Sweet Jesus, Fiddlehead, Raindance, Fault, Supermachiner, and Daltonic) are streaming a new track called ‘Love is Love’, coming from their Atomic Action! Records debut ‘New Magnetic’, slated for a December 13th release this Winter! Recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City, the new track is full of life, and countless allusions to 90s rockish side of post hardcore and it can be heard below:

All four members of HOLY HANDS have roots firmly planted in hardcore punk and its fringes. Their new LP, “New Magnetic”, is a 2017 observation. It perfectly captures the energy and spirit of the time these gentlemen clearly came up in. Though decades have passed, Holy Hands feels less like it was influenced by bands like Seaweed, Farside, and Jawbox; and more like one of their contemporaries. I don’t know if “Post-Hardcore” is still a relevant genre description, but it fits. One thing for sure: “New Magnetic” and its’ themes of peace, love and justice are certainly relevant in the here and now.

Midwest raw punks TARANTULA release new swingin’ EP “Weird Tales of Radiation and Hate“, available via Mid Heaven and Deranged Records.

The second EP from Chicago’s Tarantula, the band featuring former members of Cülo with the additional layer of the always popular bass player. Just as catchy as the aforementioned Cülo, but a little less mid-tempo, and with more obvious classic punk influence. Great jacket art from DrugFace as per usual. Mastered by Geza X, a killer 7-inch.

GLASSJAW performed a couple of new songs live at their recent show at House Of Blues in Cleveland, OH on November 4th set. You can find them at 49:15, 1:04:50 and 1:12:23 (thanks PRP mag).

Montreal melodic punks ARISING FROM are thrilled to announce that they have signed with Thousand Islands Records! The band is currently working on a new release which could hopefully come out next year. In the meantime, Thousand Islands Records is offering the band’s debut self-titled EP, which was officially released last June, for name your price download on Bandcamp. Fans of the Epi-Fat era and bands like Pulley and Ten Foot Pole, will definitely like what the band has to offer.

Dakota’s alt hardcore punks GERM CIRCUS (featured on IDIOTEQ earlier this year) are back with a new self-titled record. Join the wild ride and play it right here!

Toulouse metallized hardcore band BLACK KNIVES release new single & video “You’re Not So Special”. Listen below and check out our older interview with the band HERE.

Garage surf rockers THE DUKE OF SURL have released new music video for their song Phone Dead, off their King Pizza Records debut record Ham Radio. Shot in Passaic, New Jersey last winter when they were doing a little run up he Northeast, the video can be watched below.

GO HERE to see our previous feature for the band + be sure to check out our mega interview with more King Pizza associated acts.

Belgian punk rockers F.O.D. have released new single ‘Hope For A Moment’ in support of the Music For Life project, an annual charity by Belgian national radio station Studio Brusse and ‘Wereld-Delen‘, an organisation to improve the well-being of disadvantaged people. “Punkrock 4 Life” features 2 songs and “Hope For A Moment” includes additional appearances from Minx (Flatcat), Roos Van Acker, Tim Van Doorn, Hanne (For I Am), Jeroen (Fleddy Melculy) and Steven (Off The Cross).

Supported by Destudio, Funtime Records and Bearded Punk Records the single is released –both in digital ánd physical format. All proceeds will be donated to “Wereld-Delen”.

Serbian screamo / emoviolence act EVA RAS (read out introductory interview HERE) has teamed up with Ukrainian srcreamo act THE WORST IS YET TO COME for a new killer split release, hitting some older and breaking new sonic grounds, hitting harder and delivering a record that will hopefully break through to most fans of the vicious, visceral genre!

California hardcore act LIONHEART are streaming another new video for their new song “Cursed”, coming from their new record Welcome To The West Coast II, due out today!.

Metalcore / hardcore act VOID OF VISION have announced and released their punishing new EP ‘Disturbia’. A smashing return the the roots of the Melbourne band, the first single lifted from the EP is “Ghost In The Machine“, a brutal and relentless slice of classic hardcore rendered with a new-school twist. The single was was written during the band’s debut European tour during a watershed moment.

According to frontman Jack Bergin, ‘Disturbia’ EP is the most honest piece of work he has ever been involved in. The title and concept of ‘Disturbia’ comes from a time when Bergin was in a state of flux and trying to fit in wherever he found himself.

“Over the past year, I haven’t really been in a place which I could call ‘home’. I’d found myself lost numerous times and had to revisit a lot of dark places I never wanted to reflect back upon to do so. The term ‘Disturbia’ is coined as the dark side of a neighbourhood, a place I became all too familiar with”.

Following on from their debut album ‘Children of Chrome’ (2016), Void of Vision brought ‘Disturbia’ to life with co-writing sessions with label mates Jon Deiley (Northlane) and Sam Bassal (Ocean Grove), with Drew Fulk (Motionless in White / I Prevail) in the producer’s chair. These external factors helped the band step out of their comfort zone and create an EP that’s fresh yet familiar. A cathartic collection of songs for Bergin, he says he purged every single emotion he’s bottled up in the past two years into ‘Disturbia’, which is the best thing he’s done for his mental health in a long time.

IDIOTEQ-featured Belgian groovy hardcore band LOTUS are streaming 2 new tracks from their new record ‘The Road To Calvary’, to be released on December 9th through Assault Records and Shield Recordings.

“Straight out of Antwerp, Belgium, LOTUS brings you a harrowing exercise in self-reflection with its second full-length album ‘The Road To Calvary’. Ushering in their post-‘Israel’ era, TRTC is an unapologetically intense album with relentlessly straightforward riffs and brutally honest lyrics. This record gets deeply under your skin and does it in true LOTUS style: in and out, with little room to catch your breath.”

Brighton melodic punk rockers HARKER are streaming their new single, “Hellion”, available via Paper and Plastick Records. The track is featured on their second ‘Cassette Club’ series, alongside a cover of ‘Sticky’ by The Wedding Present. This physical release is EXCLUSIVE to the band’s mailing list subscribers. Entering your email address OR signing up at will add you to their mailing list and will give you the chance to win a copy of this release.

Canadian melodic hardcore punk rockers NO LIARS are streaming new track & video ‘Animal’, the first single from their new record. With one self-produced EP under their belts, they enlisted the help of Jesse Gander of Rain City Recorders (Japandroids, White Lung,) to record their first full length, The Cause & The Cure (Due in early 2018). They unlisted Joao Carvalho (Alexisonfire, Arkells, Silverstein, Protest the Hero) to master the album.

This month sees Magic Bullet Records partnering with Cleveland outfit APARTMENT 213 – named after the apartment number of Jeffrey Dahmer – reactivating the majority of the band’s back-catalog into the digital universe. The band’s 2006-released Cleveland Power Violence album leads the charge with an official digital reissue this Friday, November 10th, followed by the massive forty-seven-song Collected Violence on November 17th. Pre-order HERE.

Cleveland Power Violence is the sole full-length album from heavily lauded Midwestern maniacs APARTMENT 213. Sixteen songs in length, the album captures a perfect era in the band’s long-running career where their unique take on power violence and power electronics hit a sweet spot, all documented under the solid production skills of Cole “Slaw” Martinez at Conquistador Studios in 2006, except for the track “Lockweld: Infection” which was recorded by Steven Maketa and Karen Thomas.

Thematically, the band keeps entirely within their ultra-violent, serial-killer inspired focus, this time ramping up the intensity via contributions from Eric Wood (Man Is The Bastard) and summoning singer Steven Maketa’s alter-ego Lockweld (a noise/power electronics outfit rounded out by Karen Thomas). While adhering to the ultra-fast and ultra-slow dichotomy of the genre, exemplified by their peers in Spazz, Crossed Out, Despise You, et al, APARTMENT 213 found a way to make it their own through hook or by crook.

Backing vocals on Cleveland Power Violence were provided by Jim Fellahean and Matt Hemdale, and Eric Wood of Man Is The Bastard/Bastard Noise collaborates with the band on “Freak War,” the record completed with the grim art of Tared Swenson. Long out-of-print, 2017 marks the first time Cleveland Power Violence has been officially offered via all streaming and digital service providers worldwide.

Chattanooga, Tennessee’s heavy beatdown metalcore/hardcore mob RELAPSE are streaming their new split record with Marion, Indiana’s slam hardcore/metal pack LYKAN on Delayed Gratification Records.

Experimental post rockers GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR have booked a string of North American and Australian shows, with one additional performance at Dutch festival Roadburn!

2-13 Mexico City, Mexico – Festival Aural
12-14 Guadalajara, Mexico – C3 Stage
12-16 Houston, TX – Paper Tiger
12-17 Houston, TX – Day for Night Festival
01-12-13 Launceston, Australia – Princess Theatre
01-19 Hobart, Australia – Mona Foma Festival
01-22 Melbourne, Australia – Melbourne Recital Centre
03-05 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom
03-06 Portland, ME – Port City Music Call
03-07-08 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
03-09 Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre
03-10 North Adams, MA – Mass MoCA
03-12-13 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
03-14 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
03-15 Columbus, OH – Columbus Athenaeum
03-16 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
03-17 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
03-18-19 Chicago, IL – Metro
03-20 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
03-22 Knoxville, TN – Big Ears Festival
03-23 Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom
03-24 Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
04-21-22 Tilburg, Netherlands – Roadburn Festival

Closed Casket Activities have launched their new devastating 2-track release for GATECREEPER entitled ‘Sweltering Madness’! Listen below and catch them on tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE and POWER TRIP!

Experimental post rock / electronic one man project STARVING GHOSTS translates the experience of a decade playing raw rock music in bars, into beautiful improvised melodic soundscapes, in the context of a year spent recording in a Moncton bedroom. Starving Ghosts’ melancholy is as hungry as the emotions conveyed into its songs. Exclaim! liked it and gave it a 9/10 review, pointing out the project is “Improvised yes, but not aimless.” Eight tracks from these releases were remastered and will be released in Une année à Moncton, physically in a (very) limited CD edition (25) and on (virtually) every digital platform on December 1st, 2017, via Bored Coast Records.

After two successful tours in 2017, SIBERIAN MEAT GRINDER return to Europe in March/April 2018 with their brand new record “Metal Bear Stomp”! Don’t miss to check them out live on the following dates:


23.03. Wiesbaden – Kreativfabrik (GER)
24.03. Aalst – Oilsjt Omploft Fest (BEL)
25.03. Cologne – Sonic Ballroom (GER)
26.03. Nuremberg – Kunstverein (GER)
27.03. Budweis – MC Fabrika Club (CZE)
28.03. Zagreb – Vintage Ind. Bar (CRO)
29.03. Novi Sad – SKC Fabrika (SRB)
30.03. Sofia – Grindhouse (BGR)
31.03. Brasov – Club Rockstadt (ROM)
01.04. Cluj-Napoca – Flying Circus (ROM)
02.04. Budapest – Dürer Kert (HUN)
03.04. Bratislava – Fuga (SVK)
04.04. Ostrava – Barrak Music Club (CZE)
05.04. Warsaw – Poglos (POL)
06.04. Wroclaw – Spring Forward Fest (POL)
07.04. Prague – Rock Cafe (CZE)
08.04. Berlin – Cassiopeia (GER)
09.04. Hamburg – Monkeys (GER)
10.04. Augsburg – Ballonfabrik (GER)
11.04. Geneva – l’Usine (CHE)
12.04. Solothurn – Kofmehl (CHE)
13.04. Lindau – Club Vaudeville (GER)

LA based alt rockers SATELLITE CITY just released a new video featuring a touching narrative of a young LGBTQ teen struggling after being kicked out of their home and constantly harassed by their peers. Entitled ‘Undead’ the video takes an unexpected turn and shows the band joining forces with the youth and defeating every metaphor in their path, united as a team, all whilst in a unique video game setting.

Satellite Citi are an alt-rock two piece band hailing from Los Angeles, California. Anna Gevorkian (vocals/drums) and Shaunt Sulahian (guitars/backing vocals) are successful in pushing forth elements of multiple genres to create a truly unique and dynamic realm of sound. Combining Gevorkian’s melodic vocals and funk rock drumming style with Sulahian’s dynamic guitars and background in heavy metal, Satellite Citi resurrect the rock genre with a fresh and modern delivery.

People Used To Live Here is the haunting new full-length from New Zealand-based atmospheric metal conjurers SPOOK THE HORSES. Ahead of its anticipated unveiling this Friday, No Clean Singing magazine is currently streaming the record in full issuing (listen below), “The entire album flows almost like a single composition; some of the tracks move seamlessly from one to the next (it makes sense that the album is presented here in a single YouTube stream without artificial breaks). Yet without ever breaking into a race, the band are skilled at building tension and changing moods, bringing the music to emotional crescendos but also plumbing the quiet depths of abandonment and desolation.”

St Raymond, Québec’s melodic hardcore punk rockers EXHIBITION have uploaded their recent EP ‘Point Of No Return’ on Bandcamp. Charge your batteries with the stream below and grab a copy via Montreals’ Thousand Islands Records.

Cinematic instrumental surf rockers THE ILLUMIGNARLY are streaming their new EP “Particle Shore” via Don’t Look Down Records.

Equal parts Dick Dale and David Lynch, Santa Rosa’s The Illumignarly have spent the last three years taking surf music into strange waters. Featuring members of Barren Altar, Batman vs. Predator, and Tight Bikes, the 4-piece stitch together reverb-drenched instrumentals echoing the siren song of the post-modern human abstract- annexed by an extensive catalog of torrented Sci-fi Originals. Their latest EP Apocalypse Gnar is their most ambitious effort to date. Recorded over three days in Oakland’s Nutone Studios with Scott Goodrich behind the board, the EP marks a new chapter for The Illumignarly, as they steer their sound off the edge of the map.

VITRIOL‘s newest vicious track, “Violence, A Worthy Truth,” has made its debut via MetalSucks (stream below). The song appears on new EP Pain Will Define Their Death – the EP will be available as a free download this Friday, November 10th, on the band’s Bandcamp page.

Racking up serious pre-release praise from within the metal media, Pain Will Define Their Death sets forth Vitriol’s sound in no uncertain terms. Through the EP’s three tracks, the Portland, Oregon band lashes out with a style rooted in the turn-of-the-millennium works of Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, and Nile. Vitriol’s three members – guitarist/vocalist Kyle Rasmussen, bassist/vocalist Adam Roethlisberger, and drummer Scott Walker – attack the hallowed genre with a fresh aggression that cannot be faked. Dense, visceral, overwhelming, Vitriol’s tornado of sound is familiar but new.

This weekend, Brooklyn, New York’s TOMBS will begin a near-three-week run of US dates supporting Crowbar. Set to commence on November 11th and run through December 1st, the band’s latest trek follows their recent mini tour with 1349 and labelmates Goatwhore leading to their performance at this year’s edition of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest. Additional support will be provided by Incite and Tricounty Terror on select shows. See all confirmed dates below.


11/11/2017 Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, CA ^
11/13/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
11/14/2017 Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
11/15/2017 Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
11/16/2017 New Parish – Oakland, CA
11/17/2017 Hard Rock – Lake Tahoe, NV
11/18/2017 Toots Tavern – Crocket, CA
11/19/2017 Old Nicks – Eugene, OR
11/20/2017 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
11/21/2017 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
11/22/2017 The Pin – Spokane, WA
11/24/2017 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO ^
11/25/2017 Lucky’s Tavern – Lincoln, NE ^
11/26/2017 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA ^
11/27/2017Reggie’s – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s ^
11/28/2017 Frankie’s – Toledo, OH ^
11/29/2017 Castle Theater – Bloomington, IN ^
11/30/2017 The Outpost – Kent, OH ^
12/01/2017 The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN ^
^ w/ Crowbar, Incite, Tricounty Terror

Previous Story

Milwaukee hardcore/metal act STONE sign with Pure Noise; release new video

Next Story

SUIS LA LUNE and their Swedish friends’ equipment stolen; help needed!