If you’re at all a fan of melodic hardcore then I’ve got a “new” band for you to check out right this very instant. Finland’s Distral take the melodic hardcore intensity of bands like Raised Fist and Comeback Kid but cranked up about 5 notches on the speed scale. Think the musical equivalent of a 5 hour energy drink with a red bull chaser and on September 7th they unleash their new EP “Strike” upon the masses. It’s an absolute banger of an EP and we’re stoked to bring you a stream of its first track. Crank up your speakers, prepare to destroy all the furniture in your living room, and blast “Narrow Nation” below while you check out the band’s upcoming tour dates.
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Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10:03 AM (PST) by Johnny X
Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 3:05 PM (PST) by GellmanB
Finnish melodic hardcore band Nerverlearn have self-released a new 4-song EP titled Start Tomorrow.
You can give the EP a listen below.
Monday, August 15, 2016 at 5:09 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
When French melodic hardcore band Bigblast broke up in 2015, 4 members of the band formed a new project called Adversity. Now, after months of recording, their debut EP Figure Out has released through KROD Records. The EP features a nice mix of blazing fast punk rock, hardcore breakdowns, and shredding guitar riffs. It’s almost like Atlas Losing Grip, Strike Anywhere, and Mute fornicated and had a beautiful little punk rock baby. Give Figure Out a listen below, and if you like what you hear, head over to Adversity’s Bandcamp Page to buy it.
Friday, July 29, 2016 at 9:21 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
New York’s Such Gold have announced Bird Attack Records will reissue their 2010 Pedestals EP on September 9th. The reissue features bonus songs from their splits with Into It. Over It. and A Loss For Words. Vinyl, CD and digital pre-orders are available here.
In related news, the band’s currently touring Europe. See if they’re stopping near you below.
Such Gold’s latest full-length album The New Sidewalk was released in 2014 through Razor & Tie Records. Following their current European tour, they will embark on a short run of Canadian shows with Millencolin.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 12:20 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
A Reintroduction: The Essence of All That Surrounds Me was released on July 22nd through Equal Vision Records.
Monday, July 25, 2016 at 9:43 PM (PST) by Robolitious
Dying Scene is proud to be exclusively streaming the record, and you can check it out below!
Modern Color released a music video for the song “Shade” off of Chromesthesia last month. You can watch that here.
I’m convinced that everyone wants melody in their hardcore. When we raise our fists and complain about a band losing their edge, we’re not complaining about melody. We’re complaining about how much. The trick to good hardcore (and its more friendly and likable cousin, melodic hardcore), is to find that delectable sweet spot of raw, thrashing energy and hummable chaos. It can be a tasteful riff, or even a howled chorus, but there’s no denying– melody is as much a part of hardcore as rhythm.
For me, the best of hardcore was always the stuff that sprung out as soon as the seal was broken. It was the second and third-wavers that made their mark on me; the experimenters. I love me some Minor Threat (and while we’re at it, hum “In My Eyes,” whydoncha? See? Melody), but Dag Nasty was always the one that churned up true and honest passion. Can I Say is one of those albums that melt through your skin and become a part of you. And, throughout it, whether through vocals shouted at the edge of hoarseness, or through Brian Baker’s aggressively tuneful fretwork– there was melody.
I bring up the venerable Dag Nasty, because on my first listen to Dragged In’s EP I, I found unmistakable similarities. They had the same call and response vocal style, the same sense of strained melody, and of course, the same driven hardcore backbone. It’s not skate punk, nor is it overt Epifat worship (but strains of it are unavoidable to some extent), it hearkens back to when hardcore bands just started to stretch their musical muscles and find new ways to be loud and fast.
Toronto’s Dragged In tout members from lots of other hardcore outfits, most notable of course is vocalist Patty from Brutal Youth. At first glance, there are a lot of similarities here between the two band’s sounds, but if you look between the machine-gun rhythm and rushed melodies, there are things going on here. It seems to me that Dragged In aren’t aiming to be a typical melodic hardcore band, and it comes across in the small ways they dress their songs. The album opens with “August,” that begins with sludgy bass before launching into the old familiar attack. The song itself reminds me of a mix between Dag Nasty’s “Values Here” and anything on Bad Religion’s Suffer. But before the song ends, it returns to the sludginess and everything becomes a lot more intense. The bass propels the rest of the song as melodic leads and shouted lyrics fill in the mind and flesh of its deliciously shambling corpse.
As with all classic hardcore bands, Dragged In have a song named after themselves. “Dragged In” is filled with fast riffs and gang vocals that lend itself to the stage. Much like “Breathe,” it’s a fun song with a lot of aggression and mosh-worthy speed, but, for me, it doesn’t fulfill the potential that “August” lays out. The final song though, does. “Empty Glasses” is of course fast, melodic, and has plenty of shout-along elements, but it also uses a personal lyrical perspective to give a fresh and authentic look at straight edge rhetoric. It’s vivid from the opening lines, “Your hands marked her face/ Your life smudged her history/ Trying to drown your hate/ Fueled a torrent of misery,” and then is brought home with the refrain: “I know I’ll never find strength in the bottom of empty glasses.” Musically, the song also excels with its bridge, which features a gang vocaled chant of “Predisposed to violence, predisposed to pain, predisposed to anger, predisposed of rage,” as an ascending melody chimes in the background. The music and lyrics work together to create a meaning all its own, and from here on out the song is charged with positivity and a sense of triumph. “Empty Glasses” is a rallying cry to know our dispositions and fight their hold over us with all the fight we’ve got, and here, knowing is half the battle.
EP I is a lean and introspective piece of modern hardcore that hints at more influences than the usual associations. This is where Dag Nasty and early-Bad Religion meet a new and exciting era of hardcore where stoner, sludge, thrash, and crust aren’t dirty words. And while I would’ve loved a little more experimentation, I have a feeling this is just the beginning of a new lexicon.
Monday, July 11, 2016 at 9:25 PM (PST) by Cyco Chris
For Better Days was released nearly a week ago (July 5th), and was the follow-up to their 2013 EP Take Over.
Friday, July 8, 2016 at 12:11 PM (PST) by Lauren Mills
featured band photo by Within Punk Zine
You can give the EP a listen below.
EP1 was released on January 14th, 2016, The band are wrapping up work on their second EP, which they will be released soon.
Monday, June 27, 2016 at 1:51 PM (PST) by Michael Pementel
Melodic Hardcore act Capsize are here to share with you the new music video for the song “Tear Me Apart”, featuring Counterparts frontman Brendan Murphy.
You can check out the video below. “Tear Me Apart” will be featured on the band’s newest album A Reintroduction: The Essence of All That Surrounds Me, which will be released July 22 via Equal Vision Records.
Friday, June 24, 2016 at 12:54 PM (PST) by Jonathan Lyte
Long Island post-hardcore band Adiron have released a new song off of their upcoming album Crucible. The Song is called “Inheritance” and it is the first track off of the band’s release, which is scheduled for release on July 17th. You can take a listen to the song below.
The band has also released a music video for the song, you can also take a look at it below.
Crucible will serve as a follow-up to the band’s 2015 album Frequency & Pressure.
Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 4:23 PM (PST) by Midwest Punk
No Panic! Records and Flix Records are now streaming the latest split in their collaborative Great Thieves Escape series. The newest four-way EP features Brighton punk/rock band Harker, German garage/punk group No Fun, New York melodic hardcore band Such Gold, and DC hardcore punks Walk The Plank. Listen to the split for yourself below.
Friday, May 27, 2016 at 11:35 AM (PST) by Jonathan Lyte
Scottish melodic metalcore band As Daylight Fades have released their highly anticipated sophomore EP Love//Loss today and it is available on their Bandcamp for you to stream/buy. Frontman Matty Clarke comments, “The songs of our E.P are about loving and losing people close to you, which is something everyone, unfortunately, will have to deal with at some point in their life.”
You can can take a listen to the new release below.
Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 12:00 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
The track appears on the band’s latest EP, Breath of a Ghost which was released on April 11, 2016 through White Russian Records.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 12:20 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Melbourne melodic punk act Tigers are getting ready to release their self-titled debut album. The album is set to be released on June 16th via Arrest Records. To give you an idea of what to expect, you can check out the first song from the album, “Vice Grip,” below.