Wednesday, February 25, 2015

HOT NERDS + PunkNews

"The band takes the early synth-punk of Suicide and The Screamers, chops it up in a blender, and spits out a fractured, nasty sound that alternates between abrasive and bouncy. This is far out, man."
–PunkNews

"Their spastic, demented, synth-heavy sound encapsulates all the insanity that is 2015."
–VICE

"Part of a proud San Diego tradition of completely wild and utterly unabashed spazzitude... Strategically Placed Bananas is a ten-song collection of synth, skronk, and spite."
–Noisey

"Spastic rock that owes as much to dissonant Dischord-style post-hardcore as it does to Baltimore's experimental pop scene of the late '00s."

–BrooklynVegan

"100 Bands You Need To Know in 2014"

–Alternative Press

Hot Nerds have blessed the world with their latest track, "Shock Value on the Rocks," now streaming via PunkNews.


Stream "Shock Value on the Rocks," here.

The song appears on Hot Nerds' debut LP, Strategically Placed Bananas, out March 10th on Three One G Records, the label owned by Justin Pearson of The Locust, Retox, Head Wound City, and many more. Melding primitive electro with wacky brutality, the San Diego trio is right at home on Three One G. Frontman Nathan Joyner is also a bandmate of Pearson's, currently in All Leather, and formerly in Some Girls. 


PunkNews editor John Gentile writes: "The band takes the early synth-punk of Suicide and The Screamers, chops it up in a blender, and spits out a fractured, nasty sound that alternates between abrasive and bouncy. This is far out, man."


Pre-order Strategically Placed Bananas from Three One G, here.

Hot Nerds, live:
March 6 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar - Strategically Placed Bananas record release show w/ Qui


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Out now: NASTY - Shokka

"A clinic in piledriving, mean-spirited metallic hardcore, unabashed in its reliance on breakdown after thundering breakdown."
–Stereogum

"One of the few bright spots in the sea of feces that is the European music scene is Nasty."

–MetalSucks

"Deathly riffing and lively energy... As heavy as it might be shocking."

–Exclaim

"Intense and cathartic, perfect for getting in the pit."
–About

"Comic levels of awesome... One of the hardest working bands in its scene."

–New Noise

"Full to the brim with huge breakdowns... punishing mosh fueled anthems..."

–Stereokiller

Shokka, the fifth album by Belgium's Nasty sees its US release today, February 24th, on Good Fight Music. 


With larger-than-life attitude and comically heavy breakdowns, the Belgians have made a name by releasing slick videos like this, this, and this, and by touring the world with bands like Suicidal Tendencies, Madball, and Terror.

Stream Shokka on Spotify, here.

Order Shokka LP, CD, and shirts, here.


Next up is a US tour with Lionheart in April, including a stop at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.

April
9 - Darien, IL @ Q Bar
10 - Portage, IN @ Camelot Hall
11 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
12 - Hamtramck, MI @ Paychecks Lounge
13 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project
14 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Brooklyn Asylum
15 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall 
16 - Albany, NY @ Bogies
17 - Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar
18 - Nanticoke, PA @ West Side Park
19 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)


SABERTOOTH ZOMBIE + BrooklynVegan

"California's Sabertooth Zombie may have hardcore roots but new single 'Crazy Endings' is sludgy stoner rock with riffs recalling '70s proto-metal, Cream-esque wah pedaling, and an air of swampy psychedelia."
–BrooklynVegan

"The Northern California band has been releasing music at an astonishing rate since 2004, integrating seemingly incongruent instruments and swagger into their particular brand of hardcore. This new release finds them in peak form: being themselves for themselves... An all out rager."
–Mass Appeal

"Hardcore meets Americana meets classic rock"
–Decibel

"Sabertooth Zombie rock... Catchy and dirty and a little more creative than your average punk song."
–MetalSucks

"Sharing an affinity for both hardcore and stoner rock, the NorCal collectve decided to write material that married both styles... An assault of meaty guitar riffs and driving rhythms..."
–No Echo

Sabertooth Zombie's fifteenth release, Human Performance IV, is set to drop March 3rd on Twelve Gauge Records and the Northern California crew have teamed with BrooklynVegan to premiere the EP's closing track, "Crazy Endings."

Stream "Crazy Endings," exclusively here.

Pre-order Human Performance IV from Twelve Gauge Records, here.

BrooklynVegan's Andrew Sacher writes: "California's Sabertooth Zombie may have hardcore roots but new single 'Crazy Endings' is sludgy stoner rock with riffs recalling '70s proto-metal, Cream-esque wah pedaling, and an air of swampy psychedelia."

As Sacher suggests, the 'Tooth hails from within the Ceremony/Trash Talk/Creative Adult/No Sir circle of NorCal hardcore bands but chooses to jam out freedom-rocking walls-of-sound that honor the band members' favorite classic rock and outlaw country. Meanwhile frontman Cody Sullivan waxes downright poetic – check these lines from "Crazy Endings": 

"We slept outside all summer long / Moon aware and vastly waxing / Eating up the southern yokes / Talking about anything attractive / That was when the mountains had more and the sea had less / Now we put deep thinkers in the deep end and program the television... / A mega ton hazing from the idiot A-bomb."

Sabertooth Zombie's Human Performance IV record release show goes down March 14th at Thee Parkside in San Francisco. Enjoy stage dive mania from another 'Tooth show, here. 


Monday, February 23, 2015

GRIEVER + Lambgoat

With Griever's debut full-length, Our Love Is Different, out tomorrow, February 24th, on Vitriol Records, the San Diego-based, Lewd Acts-affiliated band has offered up the full album to Lambgoat for an advance listen.

Stream Griever's Our Love Is Different in its entirety, here.

Order the album from Vitriol Records, here.

As Lambgoat puts it, "Don't expect Lewd Acts 2.0... Griever is its own animal. Melding rock, post-punk, hardcore, and everything in between, Griever nearly defies description... Our Love Is Different is a journey amidst hoarse vocals, driving grooves, nuanced melodies, and punk aplomb."

Comparisons have been made to a range of bands, from Torche to Touche Amore – somewhere in between the former's melody and the latter's melancholy lies the mighty Griever. Freight-train beats, radiant guitars, and the absolute hoarsest vocals add up to a heavy brand of post-hardcore that really shines on songs like the title track and "The Endless Wall." 

Our Love Is Different was recorded by Griever's Alex Jacobelli, with Tommy Garcia, and mastered by Nick Zampiello (Converge, Coliseum) at New Alliance.

Griever, live:
February 27 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w/ Ghostlimb

"Don't expect Lewd Acts 2.0... Griever is its own animal. Melding rock, post-punk, hardcore, and everything in between, Griever nearly defies description... Our Love Is Different is a journey amidst hoarse vocals, driving grooves, nuanced melodies, and punk aplomb."
–Lambgoat

"Griever balance an accessible, pile-driving sound that recalls the burly hardcore of Coliseum or the roaring psych-metal of early Baroness... Though just about everything on Our Love Is Different unabashedly rocks, it has its subtler, tempered moments as well. 'The Endless Wall' is one such incredible moment, with the band slowing its pummel to an ominous chug and Jacobelli opting for a clean vocal performance...  A hardcore-metal hybrid done right, and another positive beacon for San Diego's scene."
–San Diego City Beat

"Alex Jacobelli and Cory Groenenberg are already responsible for playing in the great San Diego hardcore band Lewd Acts, and the two have formed another band together called Griever... which sees them adding Torche-style sludge to their punk upbringing."
–BrooklynVegan

"A massive skate bowl/melting pot of melodic punk, dissonant hardcore, emo straight from the basement of the '90s and melancholic post-punk."

–Decibel

"Hardcore speaker-shatterers"
–Gear Gods

"Sludge-driven hardcore"
–Scene Point Blank

"Post-hardcore that pummels and uplifts"
–Ghettoblaster

"Melodic sludge/punk... Upbeat, heavy, catchy"
–American Aftermath

"A harsh, more weighty Touche Amore"
–Ghost Cult


Thursday, February 19, 2015

HIRAM-MAXIM + Steel for Brains

"In the spirit of labels like Hydra Head or Sacred Bones, Brooklyn's Aqualamb Records was born from the desire to place as much value on the aesthetic of a physical release as the music itself. The label's first release of 2015 is a murky psychedelic venture into a darkness that immediately seems familiar to the Ummagumma days of Pink Floyd... The album's congruence of spacious ambience and hissing electronics makes for the kind of pulsing abrasion that's immediately and infectiously rewarding."
–Steel for Brains

"[Hiram-Maxim's] 'Visceral' builds into an apocalyptic fervor before dissipating into a cloudy haze and ending before you've had your fill. Thankfully there's a whole album of these brutal-but-beautiful goodies. Even better, it's going to be released on Aqualamb Records – a label that specializes in publishing 33 1/3-esque picture books alongside their audio releases."

–VICE

"Band of the Week... The band's forthcoming debut mixes elements of noise, post-rock and punk."

–Cleveland Scene

"More like an experiment in the deconstruction of sound than an album in the traditional sense... In another universe, one might call it punk rock. Here, it is gleefully and thoroughly fucked up."

–The Obelisk

"Pink Floyd-esque progressive rock nuances and Oxbow-style weirdness... Noisy, psychedelic and just plain odd."

–American Aftermath

As Aqualamb Records readies the March 3rd release of Hiram-Maxim's self-titled debut, Steel for Brains has premiered the album's sprawling, 11-minute lament, "One." 


Stream Hiram-Maxim's "One," here.


From Cleveland, Ohio, new quartet Hiram-Maxim plumbs the darkest depths of psych, conjuring an experimental, improvisational death-blues that has some critics saying Pink Floyd, others, Oxbow, others, punk rock.

Steel for Brains editor Jonathan Dick calls it "
a murky psychedelic venture into a darkness that immediately seems familiar to the Ummagumma days of Pink Floyd... The album's congruence of spacious ambience and hissing electronics makes for the kind of pulsing abrasion that's immediately and infectiously rewarding."

Equally cool is Aqualamb Records, a Brooklyn label owned by graphic designers Eric Palmerlee and Johnathan Swafford, whose releases take the form of 100-page, bound, printed books – essentially, each album's art and liner notes, traditionally confined to an LP gatefold, a CD booklet, or the screen of some music-playing device, are reconfigured into book form. It is a glorious new approach that might well set a trend.

Pre-order Hiram-Maxim from Aqualamb Records, here.

Hiram-Maxim, live:
Feb 21 - Cleveland, OH  @ Superelectric w/ Goldmines
May 6 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland w/ Six Organs of Admittance




NASTY "Irreversible" vid

The new Nasty video, "Irreversible," is here!

Nasty's trademark brand of larger-than-life Euro beatdown is in full effect on this new tune, although the video casts the band in a more artistic light than the last couple vids which were more about clothes, cash, bloodshed, and blowjobs.

From La Calamine, Belgium, Nasty has been going hard for a decade now. Fifth album, Shokka, sees its US release next Tuesday, February 24th, on Good Fight Music, home to other new releases by The Banner and Old Wounds.

Pre-order, here.

Nasty has toured the world with bands like Suicidal Tendencies, Madball, and Terror. Next up is a US tour with Lionheart, including a stop at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.

"A clinic in piledriving, mean-spirited metallic hardcore, unabashed in its reliance on breakdown after thundering breakdown."
–Stereogum

"One of the few bright spots in the sea of feces that is the European music scene is Nasty."
–MetalSucks

"Comic levels of awesome... One of the hardest working bands in tis scene."
–New Noise

"Full to the brim with huge breakdowns... punishing mosh fueled anthems..."
–Stereokiller


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

SABERTOOTH ZOMBIE + Mass Appeal

"The Northern California band has been releasing music at an astonishing rate since 2004, integrating seemingly incongruent instruments and swagger into their particular brand of hardcore. This new release finds them in peak form: being themselves for themselves... An all out rager."
–Mass Appeal

"Hardcore meets Americana meets classic rock"
–Decibel

"Sabertooth Zombie rock... Catchy and dirty and a little more creative than your average punk song."
–MetalSucks

Mass Appeal has premiered "The Headache," the opening track off the mighty Sabertooth Zombie's new EP, Human Performance IV.

Stream "The Headache," here.

The Northern California band's fifteenth release to date (!), Human Performance IV is marked for a March 3rd release on Twelve Gauge Records, the San Francisco label behind the new Youth Funeral EP and other recent records by No Sir and Nervous. Pre-order, here.

Mass Appeal's Jesse Miller-Gordon (also vocalist of the awesome Sick Feeling) calls the new Sabertooth Zombie tune "an all out rager" and states: "The Northern California band has been releasing music at an astonishing rate since 2004, integrating seemingly incongruent instruments and swagger into their particular brand of hardcore. This new release finds them in peak form: being themselves for themselves..."

Like all the band's jams, "The Headache" is deceptively simple: a burly hard-rocker with a ripping guitar solo, it could be a good soundtrack for hauling ass down muddy roads in search of good fishing. But check out frontman Cody Sullivan's lyrics – "The Headache" opens with these gorgeously cryptic words, worthy of Kerouac or, at least, Guy Picciotto: "Do you see the roots / Hanging down like tunneling lions? / Do you see the pins of the lock / Falling out of place like attention deficit?" 

It's this conscious clash of high-brow and low-brow that makes the band great – no rules, free to be as smart and as dumb as it pleases. That is hardcore at its best.

Sabertooth Zombie hails from a NorCal scene that includes bands like Ceremony (with whom they've toured the US and Europe), Trash Talk, Creative Adult, and No Sir (with whom they share a couple members). 

Human Performance IV was recorded and mixed by Sam Pura at The Panda Studios (Self Defense Family, No Sir, North) and mastered by Piper Payne (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros).

Sabertooth Zombie's Human Performance IV record release show goes down March 14th at Thee Parkside in San Francisco. It promises to look something like this.


GRIEVER + Scene Point Blank

"Griever balance an accessible, pile-driving sound that recalls the burly hardcore of Coliseum or the roaring psych-metal of early Baroness... Though just about everything on Our Love Is Different unabashedly rocks, it has its subtler, tempered moments as well. 'The Endless Wall' is one such incredible moment, with the band slowing its pummel to an ominous chug and Jacobelli opting for a clean vocal performance...  A hardcore-metal hybrid done right, and another positive beacon for San Diego's scene."
–San Diego City Beat

"Alex Jacobelli and Cory Groenenberg are already responsible for playing in the great San Diego hardcore band Lewd Acts, and the two have formed another band together called Griever... which sees them adding Torche-style sludge to their punk upbringing."
–BrooklynVegan

"A massive skate bowl/melting pot of melodic punk, dissonant hardcore, emo straight from the basement of the '90s and melancholic post-punk."

–Decibel

Lewd Acts-affiliated crew Griever have unveiled "The Endless Wall," a standout track off their new Vitriol Records full-length, Our Love Is Different. The album's out next Tuesday, February 24th, on Vitriol – home also to releases by Graf Orlock, Ghostlimb, and Thou – and the plodding anthem that is "The Endless Wall" is now streaming exclusively at Scene Point Blank.

Enjoy "The Endless Wall," here.

Pre-order Our Love Is Different, here.

Featuring Alex Jacobelli and Cory Groenenberg of former Deathwish Inc stars Lewd Acts, the San Diego-based Griever is a post-hardcore machine which, in the words of BrooklynVegan, brings "Torche-style sludge to their punk upbringing." Griever's style is hoarse and driving, with moments of pure radiance – none more radiant than "The Endless Wall," a slow, moody crawl that gets downright majestic.

As Jeff Terich wrote this week in San Diego City Beat, "Though just about everything on Our Love Is Different unabashedly rocks, it has its subtler, tempered moments as well. 'The Endless Wall' is one such incredible moment, with the band slowing its pummel to an ominous chug and Jacobelli opting for a clean vocal performance..."

Our Love Is Different was recorded by Griever's Alex Jacobelli, with Tommy Garcia, and was mastered by Nick Zampiello (Converge, Coliseum) at New Alliance.

Griever, live:
Feb 27 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w/ Ghostlimb



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

MY AMERICA - Misses

Brooklyn band My America records its new album, Misses, this month with producer Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Magrudergrind, Old Wounds) at Developing Nations in Baltimore, MD.

My America began life in Delaware in the early '00s, under the name My America Is Watching Tigers Die. Through that decade, the quartet played hundreds of shows across the country and made a handful of records, most notably 2008's Stone Age LP, released on Pluto Records (HORSE the Band, Norma Jean).

In late 2008, the band parted with vocalist David Rushman, gradually relocated to Brooklyn and rebranded itself as a power trio with the new name of My America. My America's self-released Hurry Up and Chill LP solidified the evolved sound: hardcore punk, pounded out in the form of a grimy, Unsane-style stomp. Minimal and memorable, Hurry Up and Chill's jams were bottom-heavy anthems that shined live at shows around the city with the likes of Coliseum, KEN mode, and Keelhaul. BrooklynVegan threw big support at the band, proclaiming, "My America's take on noise rock is absolutely essential for fans of Young Widows..." 

Still comprised of founding members Matthew Turner (guitar, vocals), Brian Miller (bass, vocals), and Andy Rapp (drums), My America now prepares to lay down what will be the best document of its noise to date: Misses.

Stand by for more details from the studio!

Photo by Ross Thomas

HOT NERDS + BrooklynVegan

"Spastic rock that owes as much to dissonant Dischord-style post-hardcore as it does to Baltimore's experimental pop scene of the late '00s."
–BrooklynVegan

"Their spastic, demented, synth-heavy sound encapsulates all the insanity that is 2015."
–VICE

"Part of a proud San Diego tradition of completely wild and utterly unabashed spazzitude... Strategically Placed Bananas is a ten-song collection of synth, skronk, and spite."
–Noisey

"100 Bands You Need To Know in 2014"
–Alternative Press

The newest horse in the Three One G Records stable, Hot Nerds is a caustic bunch of synth-blasters with a debut LP, Strategically Placed Bananas, set to hit the world over the head on March 10th. The San Diego trio has offered up a new song off the album, "Stuffed Party Animals," for your displeasure, now streaming at Brooklyn Vegan.

Enjoy "Stuffed Party Animals," here.

Like labelmates The Locust and Arab on Radar before them, Hot Nerds revels in the brutal, obnoxious, and saccharine. VICE has tagged the band with words like "spastic" and "demented" while Brooklyn Vegan's Andrew Sacher pegs it as "spastic rock that owes as much to dissonant Dischord-style post-hardcore as it does to Baltimore's experimental pop scene of the late '00s."

Frontman Nathan Joyner is a member of All Leather and an ex-member of Some Girls, both with Three One G Records founder (and member of The Locust, Retox, Head Wound City, et al.) Justin Pearson.

Hot Nerds' Strategically Placed Bananas record release show goes down March 6th at Soda Bar in San Diego, with special guest Qui.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Out now: OUTER HEAVEN

Outer Heaven's debut, Diabolus Vobsicum, is out today, February 10th, on Melotov Records and streaming in its entirety via Noisey.

Stream Diabolus Vobiscum, here.

The young Pennsylvania band deals in creeping, minimal death metal, drenched in doom. Though peers include Code Orange and Full of Hell, Outer Heaven has committed fully to the darkness, delivering a debut that Noisey's Kim Kelly calls "game-changing" and likens to "'90s death metal and its doomier counterparts across the pond."

Order from Melotov Records, here.

"Bludgeon your senses with Outer Heaven's game-changing debut album, Diabolus Vobiscum... Outer Heaven came up in the Pennsylvania hardcore scene... Their new album for Melotov Records has far more in common with musty '90s death metal and its doomier counterparts across the pond; songs like 'Vault of Whispers' exude mournful decay in line with what My Dying Bride and Katatonia were dishing out in their prime."
–Noisey

"Pummeling riffs... putrid death doom"
–CVLT Nation

"Similarities to Mitochondrian and Decibel favorites Incantation. These are promising comparisons for extreme metal... It's new school death metal with an old school feel without the shelf dust."
–Decibel

"While hardcore and thrash often have a symbiotic relationship, it isn't as often that you see death metal align itself with its breakdown companions. However, Outer Heaven have managed to mesh the genres in a sparse yet doomy way that keeps the EP interesting..."
–Invisible Oranges

"The doom/death metallers incorporate elements of their classic influences into their modern approach to create a set of extremely dark and crushing tracks."
–Exclaim

"Outer Heaven let nuances of their influences bleed into their dirty death concoction... Mixing old school death metal with doom, hardcore, and a pinch of black metal makes for an interesting (and heavy) sound..."
–American Aftermath


Monday, February 9, 2015

NASTY USA

Belgians Nasty have announced dates for their short US tour in April with headliners Lionheart. The tour concludes with Nasty's appearance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, also featuring Between the Buried and Me, Testament, The Red Chord, Code Orange, Nails, and more.

Stereogum calls Nasty's upcoming new album, Shokka, "a clinic in piledriving, mean-spirited metallic hardcore, unabashed in its reliance on breakdown after thundering breakdown." Enjoy the video for the album's title track, here.

Good Fight Music releases Shokka in the US on February 24th. Pre-order LP, CD, and shirts, here.

April
9 - Darien, IL @ Q Bar
10 - Portage, IN @ Camelot Hall
11 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
12 - Hamtramck, MI @ Paychecks Lounge
13 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project
14 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Brooklyn Asylum
15 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall 
16 - Albany, NY @ Bogies
17 - Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar
18 - Nanticoke, PA @ West Side Park
19 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium


Friday, February 6, 2015

HIRAM-MAXIM + VICE

"'Visceral' builds into an apocalyptic fervor before dissipating into a cloudy haze and ending before you've had your fill. Thankfully there's a whole album of these brutal-but-beautiful goodies. Even better, it's going to be released on Aqualamb Records – a label that specializes in publishing 33 1/3-esque picture books alongside their audio releases."
–VICE

VICE has premiered "Visceral," the opening track off Hiram-Maxim's self-titled debut album. Stream "Visceral," here.

From Cleveland, Ohio, new quartet Hiram-Maxim plumbs the darkest depths of psych rock, conjuring an experimental, improvisational death-blues in line with Pink Floyd's early jams or the creepiest crawlings of Oxbow. 

As VICE's Charlie Ambler puts it, the debut album's lead track "builds into an apocalyptic fervor before dissipating into a cloudy haze..."

Hiram-Maxim is set for a March 3rd release on Aqualamb Records.

From Brooklyn, New York, Aqualamb Records is a new label with a new approach to releasing music. Masterminded by graphic designers Eric Palmerlee and Johnathan Swafford, Aqualamb's releases take the form of 100-page, bound, printed books – essentially, each album's art and liner notes, traditionally confined to an LP gatefold, a CD booklet, or the screen of some music-playing device, are reconfigured into book form. Each book also includes a download code for the music.

With a handful of releases out so far, a clear aesthetic has already taken shape. Like the 33 1/3 books or the catalogs of record labels like Young God and Sacred Bones, Aqualamb's releases are very much part of a series, adding up to a distinct, visually unified experience. 

Pre-order Hiram-Maxim from Aqualamb Records, here.

Hiram-Maxim, live:
Feb 13 - Cleveland, OH @ Euclid Tavern w/ Murderedman
Feb 21 - Cleveland, OH  @ Superelectric w/ Goldmines
May 6 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland w/ Six Organs of Admittance



Thursday, February 5, 2015

OLD WOUNDS video, tour

New Jersey hardcore dynamo Old Wounds has premiered a new video, "Bloodpact," via Metal Injection. The video, created by Old Wounds drummer and visual artist Brandon Gallagher, consists of new live footage of the band doing its thing.

Watch "Bloodpact" on Metal Injection, here.

The song, "Bloodpact," appears on the Wounds' latest EP, Death Projection, out now on Good Fight Music. Buyhere.

Pitchfork's premiere of the song in September 2014 came with these words: "Emotionally charged, stylistically diverse metalcore, refreshingly devoid of the sugary melodies and bone-dumb breakdowns that propagate so freely within the mainstream hardcore scene... Frontman Kevin Iavaroni is capable of the razored vocal acrobatics of vets like Converge's Jacob Bannon, but he knows when to tone down his howls for a bit of La Dispute talk-singing... It's a furious – and meticulous – piece of work."

Old Wounds embark on a tour of the US and Canada this spring, including dates with Deathwish Inc's finest, Cult Leader, as well as festival appearances alongside Sick Of It All, Biohazard, Life Of Agony, and more.

March 
21 - Howell, NJ @ Gamechanger World - Nate Fest w/ Sick Of It All, Indecision
24 - Burlington, VT @ Monkey House w/ Cult Leader
25 - Sherbrooke, QC @ Le Murdoch w/ Cult Leader
26 - Montreal, QC @ La PBR w/ Cult Leader
27 - Ottawa, ON @ Le Bistro w/ Cult Leader
28 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck w/ Cult Leader
29 - Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell's w/ Cult Leader
30 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City w/ Cult Leader, Hollow Earth
31 - Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar

April
1 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes w/ Biohazard, Sworn Enemy
2 - Richmond, VA @ The Haunted Mansion
3 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4 - Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
5 - Jacksonville, FL @ Southeast Beast Fest w/ Life Of Agony, Biohazard, Earth Crisis
6 - Greensboro, NC @ New York Pizza
7 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Retro
8 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space w/ Go Deep
9 - York, PA @ Skid Row Garage w/ Go Deep

Photo by Stephanie Mill

GRIEVER + BrooklynVegan

"Alex Jacobelli and Cory Groenenberg are already responsible for playing in the great San Diego hardcore band Lewd Acts, and the two have formed another band together called Griever... which sees them adding Torche-style sludge to their punk upbringing."
–BrooklynVegan

"A massive skate bowl/melting pot of melodic punk, dissonant hardcore, emo straight from the basement of the '90s and melancholic post-punk."
–Decibel

San Diego's Griever has teamed with BrooklynVegan to reveal the title track off debut LP, Our Love Is Different. 

The album's out February 24th on Vitriol Records, HQ of Graf Orlock and Ghostlimb, and home to releases by the likes of Thou and Birds In Row.

Stream Griever's "Our Love Is Different," here.

As BV's Andrew Sacher tells it, the song sees the band "adding Torche-style sludge to their hardcore upbringing." It's a total anthem of the downtrodden – world-weary vocals, radiant guitars, and mid-tempo, freight-train momentum. It's a heavy, rock-solid version of post-hardcore that bruises and uplifts, equally.

Griever features two members of former Deathwish Inc hardcore punkers Lewd Acts.

Our Love Is Different was recorded by Griever frontman Alex Jacobelli, with Tommy Garcia, and was mastered by Nick Zampiello (Converge, Coliseum) at New Alliance.

Griever, live:
Feb 15 - San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar w/ Enabler
Feb 27 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w/ Ghostlimb
Feb 28 - Los Angeles, CA w/ Ghostlimb


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NASTY + NEMHF

Belgians Nasty are confirmed to play the seventeenth annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, April 19th in Worcester, Massachusetts. Nasty's appearance at the fest was announced today as part of the organizers' fourth and final update of bookings. Also scheduled to play are Between the Buried and Me, Testament, Motionless In White, Code Orange, Nails, and more.

A short US tour is in the works, around the fest.

Nasty's upcoming album, Shokka, will be released February 24th on Good Fight Music. Stereogum calls Shokka, "a clinic in piledriving, mean-spirited metallic hardcore, unabashed in its reliance on breakdown after thundering breakdown."

Check out the video for Shokka's title track, here.

Pre-order LP, CD, and shirts, here.


SABERTOOTH ZOMBIE + Decibel

"Hardcore meets Americana meets classic rock"
–Decibel

Northern Californians Sabertooth Zombie have revealed one quarter of upcoming EP Human Performance IV, via Decibel Magazine's premiere of new tune "Gardens of Loss." 

Stream the rocker, here.

Human Performance IV is out March 3rd on Twelve Gauge Records. As Decibel's Justin Norton puts it, Sabertooth Zombie delivers "hardcore meets Americana meets classic rock" and the noisy, driving, wall-of-sound that is "Gardens of Loss" exemplifies it. Also worth noting are frontman Cody Sullivan's lyrics – they're some of the most poetic we've seen in recent times, at least coming from a band that also makes kids stage dive like this.

The band is situated within a circle of NorCal bands representing the forward-thinkingest branch of the hardcore tree: Trash Talk, Ceremony, Creative Adult, et al. Two members also play in Twelve Gauge labelmate No Sir.

Human Performance IV is the Tooth's fifteenth (!) release since its formation a decade ago. It was recorded and mixed by Sam Pura (Self Defense Family, No Sir, North) and mastered by Piper Payne (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros).


Monday, February 2, 2015

NASTY auf Deutsch

"Every song on Shokka is a clinic in piledriving, mean-spirited metallic hardcore, unabashed in its reliance on breakdown after thundering breakdown."
–Stereogum


German-speaking Belgian crew Nasty has posted a lyric video for new song "Phoenix" in their native tongue.

Watch "Phoenix" and read along in German, here. 

The song "Phoenix" appears on Nasty's upcoming new album, Shokka, which Stereogum recently called "a clinic in piledriving, mean-spirited metallic hardcore, unabashed in its reliance on breakdown after thundering breakdown." Shokka is the band's fifth full-length since its formation a decade ago in La Calamine, Belgium.

Good Fight Music, home to recent releases by The Banner and Old Wounds, will handle the US release of Shokka, February 24th.

The video for Shokka's title track, featuring piles of cash, blood, and a compromised Lady Justice, has received over 100,000 YouTube views in less than a month. Check that one out, here.

Nasty has toured Europe, the US, South America, and Asia with such bands as Suicidal Tendencies, Madball, and Terror. A headlining European tour kicks off in March.