Exhumed Premiere “Lifeless” Video

Long-standing gore metal maniacs, Exhumed, will be unleashing their new album, Death Revenge, on October 13th via Relapse Records. What can we expect? Matt Harvey said this, “I think this record has a darker vibe than the last two, with a pretty gnarly tale of grave-robbery, dissection, murder, and all sorts of general skullduggery. We dig it and we hope you filthy animals will too.

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This Is Hardcore 2016: Part 2: Live At The Electric Factory

Gorilla Biscuits, by Anne Spina Photography

Gorilla Biscuits, by Anne Spina Photography

Part 2

Saturday at This Is Hardcore was full of kick ass sets, to a “special” surprises. I gotta say check out Ten Ton Hammer as soon as you can. It’s a very heavy band who definitely slays at their shows. They just released an album on Harvcore Records. Continue reading

This Is Hardcore- Part 2: Live At Electric Factory

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Biohazard by Anne Spina Photography

Biohazard by Anne Spina Photography

On Saturday  at This Is Hardcore we got an awesome all-day lineup with Brooklyn’s Biohazard killing it still. Pennsylvania’s own Wisdom In Chains played, who are a fan favorite and a gift every year. Mad Joe even gave us the gift of telling us he was going to be a father again. New Jersey’s Lifleless is a band that is making the east coast look amazing again for hardcore. If you haven’t heard Dream it’s a must to own.

Lifeless, by Anne Spina Photography

Lifeless, by Anne Spina Photography

 

Sand of Japan came close to stealing the show. Makoto, their lead singer is wilder than Greg Puciato of Dillinger Escape Plan. It was sad to see Philly’s Rock Bottom come to an end, but they were amazing. The guys basically threw a party and chucked a bunch of toilet paper around the Electric Factory the whole set. It was actually pretty fun. Xibalba from Los Angeles is the band that is bringing hardcore and metal to the extreme. I think to me they remind me of the 90’s Swedish Death Metal bands. Turnstile killed it. In my mind Nonstop Feeling is the best album of 2015. Bane, those Boston boys, will always hold this festival night down. They “won” This Is Hardcore 2K15 to me. It’s sad to see a band who mattered in hardcore to me since 2000 call it to an end.

Foreseen (HKI) by Anne Spina Photography

Foreseen (HKI) by Anne Spina Photography

Twitching Tongues, by Anne Spina Photography

Twitching Tongues, by Anne Spina Photography

 

On Sunday the winners for the fest were Foreseen (HKI) from Finland. If you are a D.R.I. & Municipal Waste fan, bands like Foreseen are the best. I definitely thrashed like an athlete. You also had Twitching Tongues who to me is the most metallic hardcore band out there. Tongues also recently signed to Metal Blade Records. They are a game changer in heavy music. All Out War also played Sunday and featuring some songs off the new EP which I have to say is heavy. All Out War is a great band. Their moshers are wild and as a band they are a must to see. H2O killed Sunday night for me. Toby Morse playing a 20th Anniversary set and getting friends and family to come up and sing with him on songs. Of course The Exploited from the U.K. who I say kicked arse. They still are there to prove “punk is not dead.”

H2O,  Anne Spina Photography

H2O, Anne Spina Photography

The Exploited, by Anne Spina Photography

The Exploited, by Anne Spina Photography


Besides the music at This Is Hardcore, you have food trucks all over the fest. Distros of all kinds like Shop Shogun, Bridge Nine, Deathwish, Fast Break Records, and Harvcore Records. And even apparel like American Straight Edge Apparel. There’s also SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) Demo Fighting in the parking lot so if you want to fight like a knight or a viking. it’s the right place to do it. This is Hardcore is a fest that is important to this city. The fact that this fest moved from a small venue to the biggest venue in Philly, proves something. It was even heart-warming to hear that Joe Hardcore proposed to his longtime girlfriend Jessica Parr here. I have to say that this fest has something for everyone. It’s cool to see how packed it was for days like Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. When I look back at all the fests I’ve gone to, this is the one I approve at all costs. If you haven’t been here you’re missing out.

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WORDS BY MATT O’TONIC MCGROARTY
PHOTOS BY ANNE SPINA

This Is Hardcore- Part 1: Live At Union Transfer & Electric Factory

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Snapcase, by Anne Spina Photography

Snapcase, by Anne Spina Photography


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The city of brotherly love, cheesesteaks. Rocky Balboa, and the almighty This Is Hardcore Fest, the biggest music festival on the east coast that supports the hardcore and punk. Joe Hardcore McKay started this fest 9 and he still does not disappoint. The first day of the fest this year was held at Union Transfer in Philly. The other three days were held at The Electric Factory (very close to The Transfer). Day one the fest had reunions and goodbyes. Buffalo New York’s Snapcase headlined this day. Singer Daryl Taberski said to the crowd Thursday Night “It’s great to perform to old fans and new fans”. The great vegan/straight edge band Chokehold from Canada also had reunited at This Is Hardcore. Not only did they co-headline the first day, but they also played an after show at the Voltage Lounge the next night. The sad part about Thursday was saying goodbye to Foundation, probably one of the most promising hardcore bands in this decade.

Chokehold, by Anne Spina Photography

Chokehold, by Anne Spina Photography

We also some great friends and hometown heroes in Agitator. They were ready to call it quits and I for one say it was great Joe Hardcore put them on this bill. I heard Joe say a month ago on The Post America Podcast “It wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t put them on”. One band who stole the show that to me was Code Orange. Code Orange is one of the best bands out of the keystone state. The album I Am King  (Deathwish Inc.) is a must own. The fact they came off Mayhem Festival and played this and not to mention all surprise guest vocalists to sing including Jeremy Tingle of Lifeless. It was a must see show. It will be amazing when Sunny Singh of Hate5six.com posts that set.

Code Orange, by Anne Spina Photography

Code Orange, by Anne Spina Photography

On Friday there were a lot of main event heavy hitters especially the main event. Another reunion that is very important to talk about here. Boston’s American Nightmare (AKA Give Up The Ghost) headlined and made it beautiful. The band played probably one of their greatest sets out of all the reunion shows they’ve done so far. I’ve seen some footage of the Boston and New York shows they played, but tonight they amazed me. Being an American Nightmare fan since my junior year of high school, and now getting to see them thirteen years later, I felt like a kid again.

American Nightmare, Anne Spina Photography

American Nightmare, Anne Spina Photography

Cruel Hand, by Anne Spina Photography

Cruel Hand, by Anne Spina Photography

Another band that impressed me was Seoul, South Korea’s The Geeks. One of the best hardcore bands to graceful the U.S. surface in a minute. They definitely know how to get a crowd going. So does Cruel Hand of Portland Maine. They are that metallic hardcore band who can take the heaviest breakdown into the most thrashy beat to blast. It’s very much it’s a party when they play. Friday also featured power violence band Nails, who also made me a fan.

The Geeks, by Anne Spina Photography

The Geeks, by Anne Spina Photography

Nails, by Anne Spina Photography

Nails, by Anne Spina Photography

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PHOTOS BY ANNE SPINA

This Is Hardcore Fest Announce Daily Lineups

This Is Hardcore Fest has announced their daily lineups for the 2015 edition and the venues where each day’s event will be held.

Thursday, July 23rd – Union Transfer:
Snapcase
Chokehold
Code Orange
Morning Again
Foundation
Blistered
Break Away
Eternal Sleep

 

Thursday July 23rd@ Union TransferSnapcaseChokeholdCode OrangeMorning AgainFoundationBlisteredBreak AwayEternal Sleepremaining day by day breakdowns to come, keep your eyes open…

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Friday, July 24th – Electric Factory:
American Nightmare
Suicide File
Nails
Defeater
Cruel Hand
True Love
The Geeks
Malice At The Palace

 

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Saturday, July 25th – Electric Factory:
Misfits (“Earth A.D.” in full)
Cro-Mags
Bane
Killing Time
Biohazard
Reach The Sky
Turnstile
Xibalba
Suburban Scum
Sand
Lifeless
Homewrecker
Time Bomb
Absolute Suffering

 

Saturday July 25th @ Electric Factorythe Misfits playing EARTH AD in its entiretyCroMags Bane – Last TIHC…

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Sunday, July 26th – Electric Factory:
Exploited
H2O (20th anniversary show)
Negative Approach
All Out War
Power Trip
Rival Mob
Slapshot
Wisdom In Chains
Twitching Tongues
Mindset
Foreseen
Fuck You Pay Me
Disengage

 

Sunday July 26th @ Electric FactoryExploited – first US show in over a decadeH20 – 20th anniversary showNegative…

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The moment is upon us.This is Hardcore X or TIHC 2015 Official Announcement.Dates : July 23-26, 2015Thursday July…

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Lifeless Streaming Dream

Photo Credit: 27 Black

Photo Credit: 27 Black

New Jersey metallic hardcore outfit Lifeless is streaming their second full length release Dream, below. The album is out March 31, 2015 via Fast Break! Records.

The band has a string of upcoming shows:

LIFELESS Tour Dates:
Apr 05: Club Aqua – Jacksonville, FL (Southeast Beast)
Apr 18: West Side Park – Nanticoke, PA (record release show)
Apr 19: TBA – New Jersey (record release show)
Jul 11: TBA – Detroit, MI

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Lifeless Streaming “Surrender”

Photo Credit: 27 Black

Photo Credit: 27 Black

New Jersey hardcore outfit Lifeless is streaming “Surrender,” off their forthcoming album Dream, out March 24, 2015 via Southeastern Pennsylvania-based Fast Break! Records, here.

Stream “Never” here.

Lifeless has booked a string of upcoming shows, which are posted below.

LIFELESS Tour Dates:
Apr 05: Club Aqua – Jacksonville, FL (Southeast Beast)
Apr 18: West Side Park – Nanticoke, PA (record release show)
Apr 19: TBA – New Jersey (record release show)
Jul 11: TBA – Detroit, MI

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Lifeless Streaming “Never”

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New Jersey metallic hardcore outfit Lifeless is streaming “Never”, off their forthcoming album Dream on March 24, 2015 via Fast Break! Records, here.

Their first release from Lifeless through Southeastern Pennsylvania-based Fast Break! Records, Dream unloads a dozen demoralizing tracks with equal parts gloomy, metallic groove and unwavering aggression, recorded and produced by Len Carmichael; prime fodder for fans of Born From Pain, Crowbar, Hatebreed, Cold As Life and 100 Demons.

Dream Track Listing:
01. Never
02. The Truth Of Life And Death
03. Dream
04. Ladders
05. Stubborn And Stupid
06. Sinking
07. Empty
08. Surrender
09. How Hatred Starts
10. Scars And Holes
11. Broken Home
12. Reflections II

A full Dream record release show tour weekend is being planned for April, to be followed by additional regional touring throughout North America, an August European tour and tons of additional performances to be announced.

Lifeless Tour Dates:
Feb 28: Pellegrine’s Lounge – Altoona, PA @ Brick By Brick Fest
Mar 01: Mr. Roboto Project – Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 05: Club Aqua – Jacksonville, FL @ Southeast Beast
Apr 18: West Side Park – Nanticoke, PA * record release show
Apr 19: TBA – New Jersey * record release show
Jul 11: TBA – Detroit, MI

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Lifeless Releasing Dream In March

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Pennsylvania-based hardcore label, Fast Break! Records, is currently preparing for the impending release of Dream, the new full-length from New Jersey’s devastating LIFELESS, tentatively out in March. They have released the album artwork by Matt Sielawa and a video teaser for Dream here.

Formed in 2008, in the demise of Delaware-based Dead And Buried and New Jersey’s When These Days End, the motivated members of both bands united to form LIFELESS — also known as LIFELESS NLFTW — who began immediately writing and recording material and taking it to the masses live anywhere they feasibly could. With monolithic, metallic tones, grooves which plow through everything with the force of glaciers, and pummeling breakdowns, the band was quickly recognized as a new force in the East Coast hardcore scene with which to be reckoned. LIFELESS’ debut LP, NLFTW, was released by Harvcore Records in 2011, and was followed two years later with the If I Could Be Anyone But Me 7″ by the same label. They expanded the scope of their attack, and began touring beyond their Eastern US turn, invading the Southeast and Midwest regions on tour, began picking up more high profile festival slots including every installment of the annual This Is Hardcore Fest in Philadelphia, and crossed the Atlantic for their first European excursion in 2012.

2015 will show LIFELESS NLFTW at their most deadly yet, as their massive second LP, Dream, is currently being completed for release in late March. Their first release for Fast Break! Records packs a dozen tracks into a demoralizing, forty-minute beating, with equal parts gloomy, metallic groove and unwavering aggression, recorded and produced by Len Carmichael.

LIFELESS Tour Dates:
Feb 28: Pellegrine’s Lounge – Altoona, PA @ Brick By Brick Fest
Apr 04-05: Club Aqua – Jacksonville, FL @ Southeast Beast

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Southeast Beast 2015 Add More Bands

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Another round of bands have been announced for Southeast Beast 2015, atop of the first round of bands already confirmed. The event is happening on April 4 and 5, 2015 at Club Aqua in Jacksonville, FL. The newly announced bands include:

Apnea
Better Off
Capsize
Carpathias
Chains
Dark Sermon
Down In It
Drown
Head Creeps
Hotel Books
Kids Like Us
Lifeless
Like Pacific
Modern Art
Nothing Til Blood
Pentimento
Point Blank
Rhythm Of Fear
Secret Keeper
Speak Low If You Speak Love
Superheaven
Sworn Enemy
Vulgar Display