• Review: Call Us Forgotten – A Hope Remains May 18, 2015 The Portland, Oregon quintet Call Us Forgotten, kicks ass. Straight up,  A Hope Remains is on another level of metalcore and musicality. It’s unique, fast, melodic, surprisingly heavy, and chock-full of “oh shit!” moments. You’d be doing yourself a disservice to pass this fantastic album up. A Hope Remains starts off quite slow, with an intro track ... Read more
  • Review: Blackest – Blackest May 17, 2015 Blackest’s blend of spastic hardcore/metal is just amazing. I’ve never felt so good listening to an EP – take my word for it. I have no idea why these guys are so pissed, but it works flawlessly with the tracks. Aggression, pain, misery, desire – all these permeate throughout the entire piece. The riffs are ... Read more
  • Review: Auras – Crestfallen May 13, 2015 Review by Andriana. Auras makes a comeback with the new Crestfallen EP. There are 5 killer tracks from the Canadian four piece. You can purchase Crestfallen via District Lines, or listen to it on Spotify. Crestfallen does not disappoint and is a great follow up EP from Panacea. Since Panacea, I have loved the drumming and polyrhythmic ... Read more
  • Review: Bermuda (AUS) – Tyrant May 10, 2015 Before DSM Axis IV, the deathcore band Bermuda released a ridiculously brutal EP titled Tyrant. Simply put, Tyrant was different in the best way possible. I encourage you to listen along to the songs I’ve hyper-linked while reading the review. The EP starts with “Asphyxiate“. Instrumentally it’s fast paced with a lot of seemingly out of place riffs that all fit ... Read more
  • Review: Abandoned Elysium – Unmasked May 8, 2015 First of all, I’d like to urge all of you (or whoever reads my stuff or whatever) to send me links, bands I should check out, EPs and all that good $%^t. Speaking of which, I received a review request for Abandon Elysium’s latest offering, and let me tell you, it’s rather nice. The production ... Read more
  • Review: Allies To The Adversary – Deathbed May 5, 2015 Review by Andriana. Allies to the Adversary is a 5 piece deathcore band from Toronto, Canada. Deathbed is their first full­ length album. The first release was a self­ titled EP released in January of 2014. I had high hopes for this album and was anxious to see how ATTA would change their sound for their ... Read more
  • Review: Calling//Cause – With Concrete Feet and Open Seas May 2, 2015 The Calling//Cause quartet, successfully delivers a classic 2000’s post-hardcore/metalcore feel. Listening to With Concrete Feet And Open Seas is nostalgic, catchy and aggressive. The EP opens with a heavy metalcore-esq riff from the sole guitarist Cody Ford. After an eight measure riff-filled intro, Ross Autry makes an entrance with a series of growls and guttural-dry sounding higher screams. Overall, Autry ... Read more
  • Review: Redound – Obsessed April 29, 2015 Redound have been active since 2003 and their latest album “Obsessed” is their best work so far. The band combines old-school metal & -core with the heavier aspects of contemporary beatdown/hardcore and it has worked flawlessly so far. The mates have very good energy on stage, know their instruments (and, respectively, their vocal styles and ... Read more
  • Review: Disrupted – Heavy Death April 28, 2015 Review by Andriana. Disrupted is a five piece death metal act from Ludvika, Sweden. Heavy Death is Disrupted’s debut album which you can listen to on Spotify, and buy on Bandcamp. Heavy Death was released in 2014 and stands at only 15 minutes long with 6 songs. Disrupted released a brand new album, called Morbid Death, ... Read more
  • Review: Her Demise My Rise – Curses E.P. April 23, 2015 So what’s the deal with Her Demise My Rise? Surely you’ve heard about them recently. The SoCal band that suddenly sprung up out of nowhere with a heavy hitting, new E.P., brutally labeled Curses E.P.. From the opening track, to the last scream, HDMR has composed one of the heaviest E.P.s of early 2015, and definitely one ... Read more
  • Review: True Lie – At The First Glare Of A Colder Sky April 21, 2015 Review by Andriana. True Lie is a metal band from Foligno, Italy. Their music is on Spotify and Bandcamp. The album of today’s interest is At the First Glare of a Colder Sky. This debut album was released in 2014 and consists of 8 tracks running about 35 minutes long. The video for “As the Dawn ... Read more
  • Review: Nasty – Shokka April 18, 2015 I remember very vividly my first Nasty show. After an excellent opening set by our local heroes Redound (expect a review very soon!), the Nasty boys entered the stage. What struck me was their extremely positive attitude, which heavily contrasted to the overall feel of their music. Everything was well, until the vocalist showed his anti-nazi ... Read more
  • Review: Beneath The Sky – The Day Music Died April 16, 2015 At the risk of sounding ridiculous, you’ve probably never heard of this band. ‘Underrated’ is the perfect word to describe Beneath The Sky, the melodic and heavy non-core metal band signed to Victory Records. With the release of their second LP, BTM has taken their older, more strict deathcore sound, and revamped it with guitar ... Read more
  • Review: A Night In Texas – The God Delusion April 14, 2015 Review by Andriana. As many of you may know, A Night in Texas is a 5 piece deathcore act signed to Skull and Bones records. The God Delusion was one of the most anticipated albums of 2015, does it disappoint? Let’s delve into the world of deathcore for a bit to discuss this fine album. It ... Read more
  • Review: Hopes Die Last – Trust No One April 11, 2015 Released on Valentine’s Day, 2012, Trust No One is a heart-wrenching album. While coming in at just under forty-five minutes, the twelve songs convey an emotional feeling of nostalgia while kicking on the afterburners for a blast of heavy when appropriate. There’s no quick and good way to describe Trust No One. With two EPs and ... Read more
  • Review: SCUT – Doom Over Salvation April 7, 2015 Review by Andriana. SCUT presents to us a very short collection of songs they have been working on, perhaps to tease us for a full­ length. Doom Over Salvation is just over 10 minutes long with 3 songs. It was self­ released and is labeled as a demo, so production won’t be looked into much. The ... Read more
  • Review: The New Age – Think Too Much; Feel Too Little April 4, 2015 From Columbus, Ohio, The New Age is a technical post-hardcore band that excels at everything they do. Granted, that only includes a single EP with a measly 6 tracks (and really only 5 songs at that, the first track is an instrumental). Even so, they’re some of the best post-hardcore songs I’ve really ever heard. ... Read more
  • Review: Genocide District – Scourge April 3, 2015 Orange County’s Genocide District may not match up with the taste of the djent/tech crowd. If you’re expecting a meticulous display of musicianship, complex song structure and a progressive feel, this is not your EP. That does not mean that G.D. are not talented, don’t get me wrong – their blend of misanthropic death metal/hardcore is ... Read more
  • Review: Visions of Disfigurement / Chainsaw Castration – Involuntary Cranial Excision March 31, 2015 Review by Adriana. Two great slammers, Visions of Disfigurement and Chainsaw Castration, came together to create this tasty little side album, with Chainsaw Castration leading on the first 3 tracks and VoD with the last 3. The first track doesn’t seem to do anything more than establish what is to come: dirty, violent slam. “Contorted and ... Read more
  • Review: First Degree – Street Justice March 27, 2015 First Degree‘s blend of brutality would suite the taste of both new- and old-school fans of beatdown hardcore. At first listen (glance?) ,F.D.’s sound may seem similar to  Nasty, Six Ft. Ditch and Born From Pain – some excellent hardcore bands from Europe and beyond, which I whole-heartedly recommend. However, First Degree are (ot least seem to be) ... Read more
  • Review: In Dying Arms – Boundaries March 26, 2015 The melodic deathcore behemoth’s In Dying Arms, consistently out-do themselves. With their most recently released album Boundaries, IDA has proved themselves capable of so much more than just playing music. They’ve mastered the art of eliciting emotion from even the most brutal songs, through absolutely incredible instrumentals, and unparalleled vocals. Despite Boundaries being released in late 2012, its ... Read more
  • Review: Nightland – Obsession March 24, 2015 Review by Adriana. Nightland is a four piece symphonic death metal band from Pesaro, Italy. The album of discussion is Obsession which was released February of 2015 and is Nightland’s second full­ length. It is 44 minutes long and has 10 songs. Their music can be found on Spotify, Bandcamp, and iTunes. Obsession opens with an orchestral ... Read more
  • Review: Cranely Gardens – Locust Valley March 19, 2015 Hailing from South Jersey, New Jersey, the relatively unknown deathcore band, Cranely Gardens has released their debut EP Locust Valley. In an over-saturated genre, Cranely Gardens stands out from the rest. With technical metalcore/deathcore riffs, heavy hitting drums, a booming bass, and a fantastic vocalist, the Cranely Gardens quintet is likely to appeal to fans of ... Read more
  • Review: The Artificials – The Artificials March 17, 2015 Review by Adriana. The Artificials is a progressive metal project by Sarah Rigdon, Aaron Surratt, and Alan Rigdon (formerly in Erra). The Artificials EP was released in January of 2015 and is currently available on Bandcamp. “Preface” opens the EP with a very calm guitar intro that leads into a very mellow sounding song. It is ... Read more
  • Review: Shokran – Supreme Truth March 14, 2015 Technicality and brutality often go hand in hand. With big name bands like Born of Osiris, The Holy Guile and Veil of Maya taking technicality in mainstream metal to a new level, a standard has been set. There are many good things to be said about Shokran’s technical and heavy work of art, Supreme Truth.  The album starts out ... Read more