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Full EP Stream: Household – “With Or Without”

Posted by hayley on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 2:55 PM (PST)

Minneapolis, MN melodic hardcore band Household are streaming their upcoming EP “With Or Without.” Check it out below.

“With Or Without” will be released September 30th 2014 (tomorrow) via Blood & Ink Records.

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Heart In Hand streaming new song “Poison Pen Letters”

Posted by Lauren Mills on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 9:14 AM (PST)

Bournemouth, UK-based melodic hardcore band Heart In Hand have premiered a new song called “Poison Pen Letters” off their upcoming album “A Beautiful White.”

You can check it out below.

“A Beautiful White” is due out on November 4, 2014 through Century Media.

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Music Video: TripSitter – “Colorblind”

Posted by ChrisDude on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8:52 AM (PST)

Austrian melodic hardcore band TripSitter have premiered a music video for their song “Colorblind”. You can watch the video below.

“Colorblind” is a brand new song recorded by TripSitter, and does not appear on the band’s latest EP Decampment.

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Music Video: Ezinean – “Lehen Hitza”

Posted by ChrisDude on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7:53 AM (PST)

Basque melodic hardcore Ezinean have premiered a music video for theirs song ”Lehen Hitza”. You can check it out below.

“Lehen Hitza” is taken from Ezinean’s latest album Berriz, which was released earlier this year on Oihuka Records.

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Free download: Full the Face release “Umbrella”

Posted by GinaVenz on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 2:18 PM (PST)

Brazilian melodic-hardcore band Full the Face is releasing their debut EP, Umbrella, and you can grab a free download of it here, or stream it below.

The 5-track EP was self-released on September 25th.

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Album Review: Gnarwolves – “Gnarwolves”

Posted by Carson Winter on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 4:54 PM (PST)

This doesn’t feel like Gnarwolves’ first full-length. This is a band that has been on the horizon for a long time coming, with a bevy of great tracks and a refined, hard-hitting sound. Its a wonder one band could cultivate such a reputation on the strength of three EPs alone. Yet, they have, and as with each subsequent release, their self-titled only solidifies them further as one of the best bands on the scene today.

I always likened Gnarwolves’ sound to something like melodic hardcore put through the grinder of post-hardcore and emo and then put on a skateboard and sent down the biggest hill in town. Their guitars chug and ring out, expand and contract, pluck single notes, and thrash sick riffs throughout their body of work, maintaining a sense of variety and athleticism to their music that mimics the versatility of human emotion. And of the latter, there is a lot. Snapshots of everyday life and struggles are screamed, sung, and gang vocaled across sticky melodies that work just as hard as the instruments.

Gnarwolves’ melding of melodic hardcore sonics and post-hardcore emotion is at the core of their self-titled. “Prove It” is a vicious album opener filled with self deprecation and jagged riffs. It’s relentless in its ferocity, where lines like “By all means be a slob, lay around and quit your job,” cut with venom. It’s not a far cry from the aggressive introspection of Against Me! and bands of their ilk.

“Boneyard” is a standout on Gnarwolves’ self-titled, complete with the balls-in-your-face punk they’re known for, finished with emocore intensity. While the song would’ve been a great tune on that alone, its Gnarwolves’ complete unabashed urge to be heavy that let’s it transcend. “Boneyard” ends with a sludgy section of thick power chords riffing at the gates of desolation. Moments like that bring Gnarwolves into a whole new realm of musicians. We love punk rock because anyone can pick it up and play it, but not everyone has the creativity and range of influences to make good on the freedom inherent in the concept. This is a band that writes a song and then fills in the instrumentals with the question: “Wouldn’t it be cool if…?” And then they act on it. They bring it to fruition, because, fuck yeah: it would be cool. It brings a level of enthusiasm and a broader spectrum of emotion to a style of punk that can be plagued with one note adherence to form. This is a raw, emotional band, and its refreshing to see a band as interesting musically as they are lyrically.

The choruses are out of this world. “Smoking Kills” is an anthem. I can hear myself screaming “I smoked a cigarette” in the middle of a sticky pit. “Ebb” and “Flow” form a duo of songs, the first of which is a slower track driven by a distant drum beat. It graduates into something epic and powerful in the second half, exploding into a mid-tempo boiler. The seamless change between the tracks hinges on a drum fill that bridges the gap effortlessly, making way for the latter tracks faster tempo and metallic riffs.

Gnarwolves’ self-titled is a damn masterpiece. Its hard to believe that this is their first full-length outing. There’s a mature sense of accomplishment in literally aspect of the band’s music. For the longest time, I had it in my head that punk bands could be cold-sounding technical musicians, or three-chord emotional waterfalls. Its not true, but its easy to see how so many bands can fall into such linear categories. You focus too much on one and you sound like robots playing odd-tempos and jazz scales, and then on the other you’re just screaming over chords. Bands that can do both, be musically interesting and emotionally investing, are in a league of their own. But beyond all of that is the inherent energy that fuels Gnarwolves; they rock with palpable feeling, they bring a weight and level of intensity to their work that made me realize that I hadn’t heard a punk band sound this damn angry in a long time.

Here’s to staying mad.

5/5 Stars

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Rochester punk act Such Gold have recently finished recording their upcoming album, “The New Sidewalk”. The album was produced by Bill Stevenson and is set to be released on November 10th through Razor & Tie Records.

Today, the band has made the first material available to stream. The track is entitled “Face” and you can check it out below.

You can view the album’s track list below.

The band’s last album “Misadventures” was released in August, 2012 through Razor & Tie.

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Album Review: Capsize – “The Angst In My Veins”

Posted by Seaniam on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7:10 PM (PST)

Capsize are a band out of San Diego, CA releasing their debut full length album ‘The Angst In My Veins’ through Equal Vision on September 30 (US) and Impericon Records in October (EU/UK).

Capsize deliver a pretty standard take on the modern melodic punk-hardcore sound and do it with confidence. The opening track ‘Linger’ does well to sum up the record based on the various styles and methods employed across the 10 tracks on offer: you get fast bits that break into half time grooves. Those in turn step up the pace into mid-paced melodic rock sections plus or minus a riff..and then it repeats the formula. Tracks range from 2-4 minutes long and maintain the furious energy of depressed/angry hardcore most of the way through.

There’s no re-inventing the wheel here, it will straight up appeal to fans of the genre/scene and is unlikely to bring new followers over the fence. What has been achieved here, if nothing new, is a very solid level of production courtesy of Jay Maas. Not all of his work is this shiny, so hats off to the band and the engineer for bringing some big sounds to the game. It sounds great up loud!

Guitars are huge, thick and very cool to begin with but… they’re the same sound almost the whole time. Bass is typically buried and only really audible when performing runs that differ from the tidal wave of high-gain guitars. Drumming is hella tight, be it due to the performance or the editing, the energy is really high on account of the performance and of course the sounds are spot-on perfect. Vocals are delivered in the as-per-usual hoarse/screamed manner familiar to fans of other bands in this genre i.e. Shai Hulud, Burning Bright, Napoleon etc Without a lyric sheet it’s hard to determine just what the songs are about and the message behind them but the overall sentiment of hurt/reflection/passion comes across just fine. There’s no clean singing or auto-tuned harmonies like many others in the genre play with, this is much more aggressive and true to form.

Highlight of the album (for me) occurs halfway through title track #3 ‘The Angst In My Veins’ where there’s a great example of the bands use of dynamics. The guitars pull back the gain after a really punchy and intense mid section, the drums get a more roomy sound and the tom-fills thump away and suddenly there’s some space. Vocals are a little more reverby and distant before the song explodes back into its fuller aggressive self and ends on a real high. The feedback and guitar noise at the end is also a nice touch. This principal of ‘build & release’ really works well and is not used enough on the record but it’s fair to say that when it is done right, these are the standout moments.

Such is the case on track 6 ‘Tension’ after a blistering first half the band really pull it back for a bit of ambiance and mood to build up with a slow and heavy post-hardcore-ish outro featuring guest vocals from Andreas Malm of Sweden’s ‘No Omega’. Its very dramatic and from that point on.. I feel like it cant improve much beyond this! The blend of melodic and aggressive hardcore on display here ..whether slower paced or a high octane speed.. has hit the peak!

From this point on however .. listener fatigue sets in and the second half of the record sounds too similar to what’s come before. It may simply be that this material, for all there is to enjoy about it, might be best served in bite sized chunks rather than all in one helping.

Overall it’s worth a look in if you are a fan of this style and I can imagine the real impact of these songs would be felt in a live setting. Capsize definitely come across as confident musicians and mature writers armed with one tough sounding record. This album wont set them apart to the average listener but will probably find a welcome spot on many iPods right along with Comeback Kid, Counterparts, and other bands starting with ‘C’.

3.5/5 Stars

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No Bragging Rights streaming upcoming album “The Concrete Flower”

Posted by Lauren Mills on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM (PST)

California melodic hardcore act No Bragging Rights are streaming their upcoming album “The Concrete Flower” in its entirety.

You can check it out here.

The Concrete Flower is set to be released on September 23rd through Pure Noise Entertainment. The band will be supporting New Jersey post-hardcore group Senses Fail on their upcoming Let It Enfold You 10th anniversary tour this fall.

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Congress (melodic hardcore) stream “Clarity”

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 3:43 PM (PST)

UK melodic hardcore group Congress are streaming their track “Clarity”, and you can give it a listen below.

This is a fresh release from the band, which was formerly known as Silence Remains.

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Full EP Stream: Pulling Punches – ‘Lighten Up, Burn It Down”

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 11:15 AM (PST)

Philadelphia-based melodic hardcore band Pulling Punches have just released a full stream of their new EP, Lighten Up, Burn It Down. You can give the whole thing a listen below.

Pulling Punches released their debut full length album, Former Friends, on April 29, 2014. 

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Music Video: Rabies – “Booze, Blood and Fights”

Posted by ChrisDude on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 8:35 PM (PST)

Czech melodic hardcore punk rock band Rabies have premiered a music video for their song ”Booze, Blood and Fights”.

You can watch the video below.

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No Bragging Rights premiere new song “Fallen Masters”

Posted by Screeching Bottlerocket on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 9:36 AM (PST)

California melodic hardcore act No Bragging Rights are streaming a new song titled “Fallen Masters,” which will be appearing on their upcoming album The Concrete Flower. Give the track a listen below.

The Concrete Flower is set to be released on September 23rd through Pure Noise Entertainment. The band will be supporting New Jersey post-hardcore group Senses Fail on their upcoming Let It Enfold You 10th anniversary tour this fall.

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Meridian premiere video for “Everything That Kept Me Moving”

Posted by Hopeless Romantic on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 6:35 AM (PST)

Poughkeepsie, NY based melodic hardcore band Meridian have released a new video for the song “Everything That Kept Me Moving” and you can check it out below.

The song is off of their new album, The Awful Truth, which is set to be released on September 2nd through Victory Records. It will be Meridian’s first release with the label.

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Free Comp Download: Punkrock Dah World – “Game Over, Pig vol. 6″

Posted by Lauren Mills on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 11:59 AM (PST)

Punkrock Dah World are offering a free download of a compilation entitled “Game Over, Pig vol. 6.” The comp features songs by Dead Neck, Forty Ounces and more.

You can check it out below.

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