CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Quicksand Released “Manic Compression” 25 Years Ago

Post-Hardcore is a sub-genre that gets tossed around today as commonplace, but in the early 1990s, it was a new little brother that the older sibling was not ready to cede attention to. As Hardcore Punk mutated into other offshoots, post-Hardcore started to gain ground. In New York City alone, the epicenter for many new waves of hardcore music, a lot of bands crossed over (see what we did there) and bands started to absorb elements of both with Prong, White Zombie, and Biohazard were all leaning more on metal vibes, Quicksand formed by members of ex-hardcore legend status bands we’re pushing towards a new sound. Heavy, but not in a tough guy way, vulnerable, but smart. By the time the members of essential musical outfits Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Beyond, Bold, Burn, and Collapse formed an anti-supergroup, released demos and the amazing Slip (Polydor) album, and toured tirelessly, fans in the scene could feel they were building to something huge. They walked in both worlds of Punk and Metal but were also world-building themselves at the same time. Continue reading

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ALBUM REVIEW: Savage Hands – The Truth In Your Eyes

Following 2018’s seven-track mini-album Barely Alive (SharpTone Records), Maryland post-hardcore mob Savage Hands are set to release their full-length debut The Truth in Your Eyes (SharpTone Records).

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Envy Shares New Video for their Single – “A Faint New World”

Japanese post-Hardcore greats Envy is dropping their new album, The Fallen Crimson, on February 7th via Pelagic Records! It will be their first new album in five years! The band has just dropped a new video and single for the track ‘A Faint New World’! Pre-orders for the album are live at the links below, Check it out now! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Sleep Token – Sundowning

The advent of Sundowning (Spinefarm Records), the debut album from London-based shoegazer Sleep Token, goes back over a year: so its release, ahead of a major US tour, has seen a level of furore largely unknown in Metal circles. Hiding identity under a cloak a la Ghost, there’s an added mystique here from an embracing of spiritual and somnolent values (the album’s title is the term given to the daily crash of dementia, for example), while melody is to the fore of the core sound. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Wolves Like Us – “Brittle Bones”

One of the most compelling albums deserving your attention coming out on tomorrow’s massive New Music Friday is Wolves Like Us and their new opus Brittle Bones, releasing on Pelagic Records. The Norwegian born post-Hardcore band caught our eyes and ears some years ago, the new record is the culmination of their hard work and songcraft, living at the intersection of a ton of choice genre influences, a punkers rage, and modern nuance. The album includes a guest vocal appearance by longtime comrade Gared O’Donnell of Planes Mistaken For Stars, whom the band is about to support on a European tour. Brittle Bones will be available on CD, LP, and digital formats. See pre-ordering links below and jam out to this badassery now! Continue reading

Circa Survive Announces “The Blue Sky 10 Year Anniversary Tour”

Proggy post-Hardcore legends Circa Survive have announced their “The Blue Sky 10 Year Anniversary Tour”. VIP bundles are on sale now at the link below, with the public on sale for tickets going live this Friday, 10/25 at 10 AM EST at the link below. The band is still supporting its 2017 album The Amulet (Hopeless Records). Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Toothgrinder – I Am

It seems like the journey to Toothgrinder‘s I Am (Spinefarm Records) has been one full of trepidation and behind the scenes issues. Vocalist Justin Matthews has certainly been open about his demons in the promotional materials stating: “My alcohol and drug use were pretty prominent on the last two albums and on tour.” And nothing but the utmost respect to him for being able to put those demons behind him in the lead up to their third proper full length. Continue reading