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BAND SPOTLIGHT: DESZCZ (CRUST-HARDCORE/POLAND)

Deszcz is neo-crust/dark hardcore hailing from Poznań, Poland. Kuba, Wojtek and Michał barged into the scene with guns blazing with their debut album titled “Rain Keeps Falling” in 2014.  Their second self-titled LP was one of the best crust releases of 2017 and also the album that made them known to a wide spectrum of extreme music fans.

The band released its third full-length endeavour titled “III” a week ago, displaying a remarkable progress in terms of quality both in composition and production, especially considering the fact that the time gap between their last two releases is less than a year. Combining dark, melodic neo-crust guitars with relentless d-beat drumming may be the backbone of their music but they don’t limit themselves to that pattern. By incorporating hardcore and metal elements, mid-tempo bridges and interludes and utilising the double vocals in the best way possible, they create heavy, distorted ambience filled with raw emotion and rage. Check out “III” below and keep these guys in mind. Something big is going down here.



BAND SPOTLIGHT: CHAIN CULT (POST-PUNK/GREECE)

Chain Cult is a new post-punk trio from Athens, Greece. These guys self-released their self-titled demo a few days ago and it will soon be available on tape. The band plays a dark shade of post-punk with a lot of groove and interesting lyrics. Check the album out below and get your body moving.



Introducing New Hardcore Act: Sick Minds (Full EP Stream)

If you’re on the lookout for a new hardcore band to check out and you miss the vocal stylings of Comadre then we’ve got a special treat for ya. Boston’s Sick Minds are relatively new to the scene but their individual members are no rookies. Self described as “For Fans Of: Comeback Kid, Modern Life is War, Bracewar”, I might just say they sound like the old lead singer of Comadre formed a new band with members more influenced by straight forward hardcore-punk. But you know the drill by now, just give their debut EP “Lose Your Grip” a listen below and make your own distinctions.



Band Spotlight: MEH (Mindless Empty Hardcore)

 Ladies and gentlemen, get acquainted with Meh.

Mindless Empty Hardcore, (aka meh) hail from the arctic tundra of Montreal, Quebec and sing in English! Check out their debut EP below.

The band’s sonic approach is simple: energetic, old school East Coast hardcore, stripped down and pumped out loud. Although only 6 tracks long, the band’s nihilisitically self titled debut EP absolutely drips with aggression and rings of disconnection. The track “Anti-Punk” reflects their discontent and acrimony rather beautifully, and should be featured at many of this years most fashionable weddings.

Fans of Sick Of It All, The Cromags, Circle Jerks and The Germs will hear the DNA of those pioneers in this 4 piece. I’m looking forward to more of meh, and I bet you will be too, once you listen. Or, whatever.



Band Spotlight: Bed Of Wasps (Hardcore punk/UK)

Bed Of Wasps are a hardcore punk band hailing from Dundee, UK. They have released two EPs (“Plagued”, “Heartless”) in the previous years and one more titled “Self” a few days ago. While their music is rooted in hardcore punk and d beat, they incorporate black metal and crust elements in their songs, inducing the relevant atmosphere as well.

“Self” contains 3 tracks and it’s an abrupt 7-minute facepalm contemplating on the subject of self-awareness. Check it out below and make sure you check their kick-ass older stuff as well.



Band Spotlight: Nieviem (UK/Skate Punk)

Hailing from Lincoln, UK Nieviem is a newer skate punk band that has been tearing it up for a little over a year.  Steadily releasing new songs, live recordings, and EPs, the band continues the trend with their second EP The Hope Is There.  The EP is fast and heavy, borrowing from hardcore but still strongly entrenched in 90’s skate punk.  If that sounds up your alley, then give it a listen here.



BAND SPOTLIGHT: NAILBOX (CANADA/HARDCORE)

Nailbox is a fairly new band from Ontario, Canada specializing in hardcore/metalcore with a few touches of hardcore punk. They have released the single “U.S. Effigy” last year and an EP titled “To Clear My Conscience” last March. A week ago they released their new self-titled EP independently. Their music is pretty much straight-forward, in-your-face, U.S. hardcore with plenty of ground-smashing breakdowns and distorted guitars.

The new EP has five songs following the style I described above, with some sweet punk groove added in the song “Indico State”. Raw emotions and face-spitting attitude all over the place, just like you hardcore kids like it. Pretty good stuff in general, check it out below.



Band Spotlight: Children of Terror (Indonesia/ Metallic Hardcore)

Children of Terror come from Malang, Indonesia and do not fuck around. They were formed in 2006 and have released a demo (2008), a full-length album titled “Retrospective” (2016) and an EP titled “Kaliyuga” this year. The core of their music consists of all the classic hardcore elements i.e. agressiveness, mid-tempo rhythms and earth-shattering breakdowns. Their lyrical themes revolve around inner struggle, depression, humanity, spirituality, philosophy and hardcore attitude and pride.

Children of Terror’s latest offering, “Kaliyuga”, was released last September and it’s a turnpoint for the band’s sound progress, drawing inspiration from a wide range of influences, from grindcore/powerviolence to sludge, without losing their identity. You can check it out below.



Band Spotlight: Offensive Mindset (Canada/Crust)

Offensive Mindset hail from Montreal, Canada and deliver some pretty straightforward, aggresive anarcho-crust punk to bang your heads and trash your room. These guys have been around a couple of years but they released their first full-length album titled “Legacy” digitally and independently, a few days ago.

“Legacy” is comprised of eight bullet-like songs, aimed straight to the heart of the system. Mid-tempo punk filth laced with a tasty punk ‘n roll groove and fucking awesome vocals. Definitely worth listening and strongly recommended for the die-hard fans of the genre. Check it out below.



Introducing Spanish Melodic Punk Band: Radio Station (Free EP Download)

Hailing from Badajoz, Spain, Radio Station is a new band with an old school sound. The five-piece plays straight-forward, rough-around-the-edges melodic punk that harkens back to the 90’s. If this sounds appealing to you, then their debut EP, appropriately titled 1st EP, is a must-listen. Head over to bandcamp to check it out and download it for free.



Band spotlight: KNOCK OFF – UK street punk

It’s been a good long time since I heard street punk I could behind. KNOCK OFF delivers straight-forward, pissed off street punk heavily influenced by the early 80s UK scene. They’re angry, bitter, disillusioned, and catchy as hell. If you’re a fan of some of the bands they’ve supported, such as Buzzcocks, UK Subs, and The Business, and beer bottle-fingered dudes in denim taunting well-meaning gang members to come out and play, you should definitely check them out.

Their latest album, “Like a Kick in the Head,” is available on vinyl for the UK and Europe here from Step-1 Music. A US version will be available from the Longshot Music store at Pirate Press some time later this month. The CD is available at the band’s site, and a digital version at their bandcamp page. You can check out the stream from bandcamp below.



Band Spotlight: Paroxysm (Canada/Crust)

Paroxysm is a d-beat infused crust group, hailing from Edmonton, Alberta. The Canadian quintet combines relentless d-beat drumming with crust guitar riffs, creating brutal sonic attacks and invoking a dark, sinister atmosphere. The band’s music is fast and aggressive while the throat-ripping vocals pass judgement on patriarchy, colonialism, capitalism and the political status quo in general. These guys also seem to be especially fond of cats, which is something always checked below “pros” in my list.

The band released a demo titled “Open Wounds” in 2016 and has returned a few days ago with its self-titled, first full-length album that was released in digital and vinyl format via a constelation of d.i.y. labels (Anomie Records, Chainbreaker Records, Doomed Society, Echoes from Beneath, Path to Oblivion Records). You can listen to the new album in full below.



Band Spotlight: Dangerface (Norway/Punk)


Ladies and gentlemen; get acquainted with the boys from Norway’s Dangerface.

Hailing from the town of Stavangar (which sounds like a bitchin’ viking final resting place, or hidden realm of Asgardian warriors), Dangerface combine a disharmonic, low gain guitar attack with vicious speed and gritty vocals that get to the goddamn point with no emotional ambiguity. The band claims The Bronx and Gallows as influences, while fans of The International Noise Conspiracy and Refused are going to detect DNA from those acts in the snarly, low fidelty assault of Dangerface.

The band is putting together their deubt LP, poised for a release sometime around March of 2018. Until then, check out “Wolves”, “Broken Man” and “Get Loud” on the bands Bandcamp page. Below is my personal favorite, “Wolves”. Comment, and let us know which track you’re into.



Band Spotlight: Introducing Service Delay

Guys and girls, I’m happy to introduce to you Toronto’s Service Delay!

A 5 piece hailing out of the arctic tundra of Toronto, Service Delay kick out some midtempo, crowd rousing and groovy punk rock with some seriously catchy vocal harmonies.

Fans of The Menzingers and their ilk are gonna pick up what these guys are putting out, and dig it. There’s an honest earnestness about the band’s introspective and self-depreciating lyrics…you quickly get the impression these guys are out for fun and don’t put themselves on any pedestals.

Check out the band’s brand new single “Cavities” on their bandcamp.



Band Spotlight: Timekeep – Indonesian sadcore

Timekeep is not something I ever thought I’d be listening to. Specifically, Indonesian melodic hardcore, though the band prefers to describe themselves as “sadcore.” I can dig it.

Their debut single, “Suite,” starts off mellow with clean, jangly guitar and stream-of-consciousness vocal delivery that I’m into. A minute into the song, and it’s clear they’ve got a lot more energy than they’re letting on in the intro. I always feel like I’m awful at comparing bands to one another, but this kind of reminds me of early Dag Nasty or Rollins-era Black Flag, but with a more 90s epi-fat sound in the harder parts. The lyrics and vocals are angsty (I don’t mean that as an insult) and like I mentioned, delivered with a stream-of-consciousness, raw feel.

The band lists their influences as Comeback Kid, More Than Life, Casey, and more. They’re currently planning their debut EP.

You can find “Suite” iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. I recommend going straight to their bandcamp page and throwing them a buck. I’m really looking forward to that EP. Check out “Suite” below.