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Album Review: Disgrace – “True Enemy”

If you are somewhat versed in the metallic hardcore scene, you are probably already familiar with Disgrace.  Maybe not with the bands’ music (yet), but at least with the many other bands they share members with, including NAILS, Twitching Tongues, Creatures, and Forced Order.  True Enemy, the debut full-length from the Southern California quartet, sees Disgrace evolving their brand of technical and sludgy metallic hardcore they introduced to the world on their 2012 EP Songs Of Suffering.

The sound of Disgrace is very different than any of the other bands their members are part of.  Where Creatures and Forced Order are fast and more crust-influenced, Disgrace is slower with lots of breakdowns.  Where Twitching Tongues is more melodic in their approach to metal, Disgrace’s music is down tuned and dissonant with guttural vocals.  The band is more like NAILS in that they are as loud and extreme as they can be, but where NAILS plays as fast as humanly possible, Disgrace embraces the other end of the metal spectrum and keeps thing slow.

The first half of True Enemy showcases the bands’ penchant for crafting technical hardcore jams.  Tempo changes are all over the first 6 songs, and at some points, you might not realize it’s all happening in the same song.  Galloping guitar, squealing pinch harmonics, and driving double bass are featured throughout the whole album, but especially in the first half.  With all these metal influences and the amount of changes the band puts into each song, I would expect there to be faster drum beats popping up more often.  There is nothing wrong with the sludgy and groovy feel this album has, but I can’t help feeling like something is being held back.  Every song has a feeling of building up to something that never quite gets there.

Disgrace changes up the formula a bit for the second half.  In some aspects the songs seem more straightforward with less tempo changes going on.  Songs like “The Forgotten Land” and “The Dawn” have more of a metal sound in comparison to the other tracks that feature more of a hardcore influence.  They pull this off really well and I feel like these are the best songs on the album.  The last half also features more defined guitar solos, where the first half is just filled with riffs.  They also throw in an acoustic instrumental with “Segue” that changes things up and gives the listener a short break from the crushing intensity.

They guys in Disgrace are no strangers to heavy music, and this project seems to be a way for them to explore another side of metal and hardcore that they haven’t really been able to do in their other bands.  While the songs are slower overall than some of their other projects, this does not mean they are any less intense.  Prepare for a pummeling when you check this one out.

3.5/5 Stars

Tartar Control (hardcore) release pilot episode for their “Tarter Control” the TV show series (funny!)

Tartar Control, a pretty hilarious hardcore-punk rock band consisting of two Mormon missionaries and a robot, have released the pilot episode for their “Tartar Control” TV series and as much as I thought it was going to be an unwatchable amateur hack job of a video I actually ended up laughing out loud and thoroughly enjoying the music in spite of myself.  Check it out below.

The band’s new album, We Forgive You, was released April 6th. You can purchase the 21-track album here. This is the band’s first album since Holy Crap! which was self-released back in 2011.

Noisey release first episode of documentary series “Under the Influence”

Noisey has just launched their brand new series called “Under the Influence” and the first episode is an exposé on New York hardcore. You can check it out below and be sure to stay tuned for more.

The documentary delves into some of the most important genres and traces their influence to present day, and this episode features interviews with Cro-Mags, Title Fight, Texas is the Reason, Agnostic Front, Trash Talk, and many more while Tim Armstrong (Rancid, Operation Ivy, Transplants) narrates. 

Kickstarter for Agnostic Front documentary launched

Film and Music Video Director Ian McFarland has announced that New York hardcore veterans Agnostic Front will be the subject of his new documentary. Appropriately titled The Godfathers of Hardcore, the film will chronicle the band’s career from their beginnings in 1980 to the present, focusing heavily on the friendship between Roger Miret and Vinnie Stigma. To help get the film finished, McFarland has launched a Kickstarter campaign. You can find out more information on the project and how to donate here.

Agnostic Front released their eleventh studio album, The American Dream Died, on April 7, 2015 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Counterparts sign to Pure Noise Records and New Damage Records

Canadian hardcore outfit Counterparts have announced that they have signed with both Pure Noise Records (in the US) and New Damage Records (in Canada). Counterparts vocalist Brendan Murphy had this to say about the signings:

“We’re happy to finally be able to announce that we’ve signed to Pure Noise/New Damage. In my opinion, these are two of the best current record labels in their respective territories. The decision to sign with P[ure] N[oise]/N[ew] D[amage] was an obvious one. Thank you to those who stuck by us, and anyone who actually cares about anything we do. It means more than you know.”

The band is currently supporting Defeater on a US tour, but once they get a chance, they plan to record and release their fourth studio album later this year with both of their new labels. Counterparts last released The Difference Between Hell and Home in 2013 through Victory Records.

The Banner and Old Wounds announce split EP

New Jersey hardcore acts The Banner and Old Wounds (pictured) will be teaming up together to release a split EP. The split will be titled Only the Dead Know Jersey, and will feature two songs from each band. You can check out a teaser video for the split and the track list below.

Only the Dead Know Jersey will be released this spring via Good Fight Music. You can pre-order it here.

Music Video: NEEDS – “We Forgot the Records to Our Record Release Show”

Vancouver’s hardcore punks NEEDS have released a music video for their single “We Forgot the Records to Our Record Release Show,” which comes off of the band’s upcoming self-titled debut album. You can check out the video below.

NEEDS will release NEEDS on May 12, 2015 via File Under: Music. Pre-orders are now available with the first 100 copies on limited edition black and white mixed vinyl.

Conveyer recording second full length album

Hardcore group Conveyer are officially in the studio recording a new album.

The band’s last album, Worn Out, was released in 2013. Check out the title track from that below.

Cross Dog (female fronted hardcore) announce new album “Vigilante”, stream 2 new tracks

This. Is. Awesome. Ontario based hardcore/punk ‘n roll act Cross Dog will be releasing a new album titled “Vigilante” on May 1st.  They’re streaming the title track and another tune called “High Gain” ahead of the release and holy shit, the title track is by far my favorite hardcore punk song of the month.  Do yourself a favor and stream both tunes below.

Cross Dog last released a self-titled full-length in 2013.

Comeback Kid stream cover of Nirvana’s “Territorial Pissings”

Canadian hardcore punk veterans Comeback Kid are streaming their cover of Nirvana’s “Territorial Pissings” and I gotta say, it came out pretty badass.  Give it a listen below.

The song appeared on the band’s Rain City Sessions +1, a 10 inch colored vinyl released exclusively for Record Store Day.  Along with the cover it includes six previously unreleased live tracks.

As you should know by now, Comeback Kid’s “Die Knowing” came out last March via Victory Records.

Hundredth premiere music video for new song “Unravel” off upcoming album “Free”

South Carolina hardcore act Hundredth have released a music video for a new song titled “Unravel” off their upcoming album “Free” and you can check it out below.

Free is set to be released in June through Hopeless Records. It will be the band’s first full-length release with the label, serving as a follow-up to their 2014 EP Resist on Mediaskare Records.

KEN mode stream new song “These Tight Jeans”

KEN mode are streaming their new song ”These Tight Jeans”, taken from their upcoming album Success, which is due for release on June 16th. You can listen to the song below.

Success will serve as the follow-up to Entrench, which was released in March 2013 through Season of Mist Records.

Bitter End reveal details for new album “Illusions of Dominance,” stream new song “Sting of Betrayal”

Texas hardcore act Bitter End have revealed the details for their upcoming album, Illusions of Dominance. Check out the tracklisting below.

The band also released a new song from the album, “Sting of Betrayal,” which you can stream here. This is the second song released from the album, the first being “Power and Control,” which can be streamed here in case you missed it.

Illusions of Dominance will be released on June 30th through Deathwish Inc, and will the band’s first album since 2010′s Guilty as Charged.

Enabler announce headlining tour with Meek Is Murder

Ohio hardcore/metal act Enabler have announced a two-week long headlining tour with support from Meek Is Murder. Check out the dates below.

The band will release their new studio album, Fail To Feel Safe, sometime this summer. Their last album, La Fin Absolue Du Monde, was released in May 2014 through  Creator Destructor Records and The Compound.

Full Album Stream: Deez Nuts – “Word Is Bond”

Australian hardcore act Deez Nuts are streaming their new album “Word Is Bond” in its entirety.

Check it out here.

Word Is Bond is due for release on April 24th, 2015 through Century Media. You can pre-order the album here.