Showing posts from June, 2018
No Convictions- Self-Titled EP
Upstate Records are not only releasing absolute quality in their short, but superbly worthwhile existence as a label; but they are unearthing some craftsmen of all heavy genres.

No Convictions are a four-piece commanding powerhouse that hails from Florida and they excel in quality beatdown hardcore. Their debut EP is a total pile driver of a release.  5 tracks of no bullshit beatdown, but what really makes them burst arteries is their exceptional drums and first-class song structure. The guitar tone is pulverisingly deep and dark; add in some blasty drums and a skilful vocalist who really blends up an abrasive cocktail of death metal and nasty hardcore in the style of Bulldoze, Xibalba and even Jesus Piece. The first sensationally heavy tracks; “Junkie”, “Meaningless” and the astounding anti-cop anthem “Trigger Control” aren’t remotely generic by any stretch, which is both reassuring and mind-blowing.
There isn’t a wasted moment and it will literally m…
Devil's Horns loves putting the spotlight on new bands. Protospasm is one band we love. Heavy and driving punk with solid hardcore and metal undertones.In a short time this band has got top gigs and accolades because they are extremely talented!.

Here's a cool interview we did with this Hellburn force.

1- Could give me a brief history of your band, it’s name and what releases you have? Nick, Danni and Dinie started jamming at Danni’s house just over a year ago, and when Brad (bass) came on in September we had a proper band. Had our first gig at the Brunny in mid January and gigs have been pretty regular since then.
The name involved about 3000 Facebook messages back and forth. Danni was into a quote from Ren and Stimpy which involved protoplasm, Dinie added on the spasm and we all said yes… Hurrah!

2- What drew you to hardcore/punk/metal (etc) and what is it such a rewarding and sustaining genre of music to you? The four of us have diverse musical tastes, and hardcore/punk …
Like this zine, Climate of Fear are gritty and nasty as fuck. First the mad Holy Terror ep and more recently the epic and hard as nails track; From enslavement to extinction which has a more death metal meets crust feel and is also from the debut album being released late this year.

I recently caught up with these quality english folk:

1-Could give me a brief history of your band, it's name and what releases you have?
I started writing some songs a couple of years ago at home and then over time it evolved into the 5 of us jamming and laying down the first EP. We played our first show in February (2018) and kept on rolling since then!

2- What drew you to hardcore/punk/metal (etc) and what is it such a rewarding and sustaining genre of music to you?

The first time I saw anything to do with punk or metal was my sisters band playing a Misfits cover at a battle of the bands event at my school! Even on that level I just liked the aggression and escapism of heavy music. And then when I …
Download 2018 review (better late than never) By Mark Jenkins

(Apologies, but technology failed me plus some old admin. issues)

There had been a massive gap of over five years between when both Soundwave and BDO died a sudden death, so the masses were damn excited for a return of an alternative music festival. The weather was dreadful initially with torrential downpours early on, but OMG what a solid festival. Whilst not to everyone’s taste remember it was a single event that aimed to capture the imagination of alternative genre fans to kick-start a revival of the non existent and thankfully non techno, hipster or folk music summer festival.

Entry to the venue was very slick and well organised, it can be said for the whole running of the festival-no lame tickets to buy booze and while this excludes the underagers, it made it easy for the rest of us. Diverse and decent array of food and most importantly not marathon distances between bands.

This is both rare and well appreciated.

On t…
Blood on my Hands is the new blood Australian hardcore needs, pure filthy metallic hardcore with all the anger and groove you want, then some more!.

I caught up with Mitch, one of their guitarists and genuinely one of the nicest and switched on guys you could meet. Let's kick it off.

1- Could give me a brief history of your band, it’s name and what releases you have? 
Well, there’s not much history to us. Basically, this band was started by Stew cause he wanted to sing in a band and he got us all together. We had a few practices before our first show in April, threw together a couple of songs together, learnt a Bury Your Dead cover and were ready to go. In terms of releases, we’re going to be demoing our first couple of tracks soon. 
2- What drew you to hardcore/punk/metal (etc) and what is it such a rewarding and sustaining genre of music to you? 
For me (Mitch) personally, I always loved metal and punk growing up. I think the interest in hardcore started when I was about 13-14 w…