ALBUM REVIEW: Kublai Khan – Absolute

On Absolute (Rise Records), Kublai Khan ticks off a lot of the boxes I’m looking for in modern Metallic Hardcore or extreme music, but something isn’t quite passing state inspection. They’re blending equal parts Hardcore and Metal fury, have meaty breakdowns, occasional Thrash tempos and happen to be from Texas. I should like this. Or I should like this a bit more. Continue reading

Warped Tour 2018 – The Final Run

It’s the final cross-country voyage of the Vans Warped Tour. Since 1995, the unofficial punk rock summer camp has introduced us all to iconic acts from Bad Religion to Katy Perry. Continue reading

New England Metal And Hardcore Festival 19, At The Worcester Palladium

The long running New England Metal And Hardcore Festival held its 19th annual event recently and the lineup was excellent. As usual, fans came from all of New England and even further reaches of musicdom to hangout and rock at the grand old lady of music venues in Massachusetts, The Worcester Palladium in Worcester, MA. Hillarie Jason covered the festival once again for Ghost Cult and shot the awesome pictures for this piece! Continue reading

The Acacia Strain Releases Their New Single Featuring Matt Honeycutt Of Kublai Khan

The Acacia Strain will be unleashing their new album, Gravebloom, on June 30th via Rise Records. As we’ve already heard in the ‘Bitter Pill’ single, this band has somehow gotten heavier, and we have another punishing new track for your ear holes today. Continue reading

New England Metal And Hardcore Festival Testament, Sabaton, Sepultura, Katatonia, Hammerfall, Prong And More

 

Sabaton, by Lisa Schuchmann

Sabaton, by Lisa Schuchmann

The long running New England Metal And Hardcore Festival returns for a 19th time with Testament, Sepultura, Prong, Kublai Khan, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Varials, Left Behind, No Zodiac, and Precious on Friday and Sabaton, Katatonia, Hammerfall, Amorphis, Caspian, Delain, Swallow The Sun, Battle Beast, Leaves Eyes, and Circuit Of Suns.

 . More bands TBD. Continue reading

Gift Giver Streaming “Cursed”

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Gift Giver is streaming “Cursed,” off their Century Media debut album Shitlife, out April 21, 2015 in North America, here.

Formed in the fall of 2012, Gift Giver gained notoriety and repute through their self-released EP, Daddy Issues, and constant touring through the US with acts such as Sworn In, Kublai Khan, Barrier and many more. Appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, Skate and Surf Fest and Michigan’s own Dirtfest raised their profile even higher, making them one of the most buzzed about bands in the scene.

They recently announced their next US run of shows with Barrier, Villains, Traitors and Adaliah. Now they have just confirmed plans for a tour in March and April with Sworn In and The Plot In You.

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Gift Giver on tour
w/ Barrier, Villains, Traitors and Adaliah

Feb 28: Epic Problem – Tampa, FL
Mar 01: Propaganda – Lake Worth, FL
Mar 02: BackBooth – Orlando, FL
Mar 03: 1904 – Jacksonville, FL
Mar 04: Cloud Springs Deli – Ringgold, GA
Mar 05: Inside Out Venue – Troutville, VA
Mar 06: Underwood Skatepark – Taylor, PA
Mar 07: The Wild Bull – Paterson, NJ
Mar 08: DV8 – Providence, RI
Mar 09: Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, CT
Mar 10: TBA – New York, NY
Mar 11: Bogies – Albany, NY
Mar 12: Broadway Joes – Buffalo, NY
Mar 13: The Outpost – Kent, OH
Mar 14: The Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
Mar 15: Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
Mar 16: The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
Mar 17: Amsterdam Bar and Hall – St. Paul, MN
Mar 18: Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
Mar 19: The Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
Mar 20: The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK

sworn in the plot in you i declare war gift giver

Gift Giver on tour
w/Sworn In, The Plot In You

Mar 29: Eagle Aerie Hall – Henderson, NV (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Mar 30: 191 Toole – Tucson, AZ (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 01: Dirty Dog – Austin, TX (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 02: Walters – Houston, TX (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 03: The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 04: Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 07: Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 08: The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 10: Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 11: Rum Runners – London, ON (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 12: Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 14: Ritual – Ottawa, ON (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 15: Foufounes – Montreal, QC (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 16: Saint Claire Theater – Syracuse, NY (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 17: Bogies – Albany, NY (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 18: Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, CT (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 19: New England Metal and Hardcore Festival – Worcester, MA
Apr 22: Game Changer World – Howell, NJ (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 23: Planet Trog – Whitehall, PA (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 24: Double Happiness – Columbus, OH (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)

Gift Giver are:
Vocals – Justin Johnson
Guitar – Nick Miller
Guitar – Eric Snapper
Bass – Troy Wilson
Drums – Jake O’Shaughnessy