2021

Album Review: Cruelty – “There Is No God Where I Am” 8/10 (Metallic hardcore)

Arguably starting in around 2015 with Employed To Serve’s Greyer Than You Remember, the UK hardcore scene has been on the form of its life for a little while now. Many great records have followed in its footsteps, most of them with a healthy dose of adoration for the glory days of late 90s and early 00s metallic hardcore. Cruelty’s There Is No God Where I Am is definitely another such record, and one which more than earns its place on that incredibly strong list. […]

2021

Album Review: Portrayal Of Guilt – “We Are Always Alone” 8/10 (Blackened Hardcore)

A really good blackened hardcore release and no one specifically told me about it? I had to find it all on my own months after release? Christ, you guys are really letting it slip this year. The whole merging of black metal and hardcore variants like post-hardcore or screamo has had a huge come up in the last few years and it’s pretty much my porn. Finally, a scenario in which black metal can be good. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Hatebreed – “Weight Of The False Self” 7.8/10 (Hardcore)

I’m back, and my black metal streak is over. What ended it? Well… Hatebreed! Hatebreed are a bit of a contentious band, cause they have what I’ve dubbed the “Lamb Of God problem.” They have a considerable and devoted fanbase, but generally aren’t exactly critical darlings due to sorta kinda releasing the same album over and over again. Like Lamb Of God, however, I happen to like this pony’s one trick. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Sleepscultper – Sleepscultper 9 (Math/Hardcore)

I took a second listen today just to make sure what I heard is what I heard, and fair enough the very opening seconds shot right down the back of my neck and down the spine. This appears to be a vinyl re-release combining their EP and debut LP, put out by Silent Pendulum Records on Bandcamp as Name Your Own Price. I seriously recommend the labels discography for the 10 bucks just to have them in collection and support the label. It’s run by the current drummer of The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Michael Kadnar, and they put out vinyl reissues of The Number Twelve and many amazing new releases from upcoming bands. You can hear all about it in my interview with him and DJ Scully here. […]

Hardcore

“Quench” – new video from Kevlar Bikini (HxC/Punk) out now!

Behold my ability to repost a press release from Greenger Records. Kevlar Bikini, I like that name and imagery. It evokes something militant but at the same time carries that punk aesthetic of having “bikini” in the name. I’ll always be a fan of hardcore and it’s many offshoots, this new single hits just right in my opinion. Yes I’ve been drinking for three days straight. Just watch the video and support the band damn it. […]