It's Easter Sunday, which means we have to pretend to enjoy our family for a few hours today. Why not just ignore them and listen to some heavy ass tunes?
10. Back Down- Sinner
Let's start this list off this weekend with a banger. Back Down is a hardcore band from Bristol, UK. Their EP Sinner is only four songs long and clocks in at around 14 minutes, and holy hell it is an assault on the ears. From the open track "Comin Down" to the closer, the EP does not give you a chance to take a breathe. Upbeat two-steps and catchy as hell riffs are broken apart by some straight up vicious breakdowns and mosh parts. If you are like me, you will listen to this short but absolutely furious EP multiple times before switching to something else.
Top Track: Greed
9. Sectioned- Annihilated
Sectioned, from Edinburg UK, is a band that just hits my musical taste buds just fucking right. They are a damn near perfect mix of the chaos of mathcore and the anger and intensity of hardcore and beatdown music. The band has a new album coming out on April 27th call Annihilated. For our pleasure, they released two singles off the album for us to jam to until the release. These two songs, Annihilated and Starved Lives, are absolutely fucking insane. They switch between the total chaos of more noisy, erratic and busy mathcore style riffing and crushing breakdowns seamlessly. The true intensity of this band really shows when a song is almost forcibly slowed down after over a minute and a half of chaos to drop a breakdown on your head. This band has a little bit for everyone and i would put money down that their live performance is fucking lethal. Excited doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about the upcoming release of Annihilated. For now, I will be breaking all of my personal belongings to "Starved Lives."
Top Track: Starved Lives
8. One Down- I Own These Bones
It is a damn UK takeover on the list this week. One Down is from Greater Manchester and play an interesting and refreshingly different style of hardcore. It is easy to draw comparisons to hardcore music to the music of 90's grunge. Bands like Code Orange and The Beautiful Ones have obvious inspiration of that particular era of music. One Down, like the bands I mentioned, has some strong grunge influences, but unlike the bands i mentioned, uses these influences a little differently. The heavy hardcore riffs and massive breakdowns are, at times abruptly, juxtaposed with chords and "prettier" parts that almost sound like Alice In Chains guitar parts. The third song on this EP, "A Bitter Pill," best describes what I am explaining. Also, I know have a new found love for mosh calls with British accents.
7. Feels Like Home- The Dark Chapters
I am a man of diversity when it comes to my hardcore and metal. There are so many damn genres and subgenres and subgenres withing subgenres that you its hard to stick to just one. I will always have a place in my playlist for well done metalcore. I am picky when it comes to this genre, though. Generally I am not a fan of synths and the more high pitched clean vocals. Those two things, especially when they are BOTH featured prominently in a band, are an instant musical turn off. Thankfully, Feels Like Home, doesn't have much of either. Feels Like Home, from Quebec City, play skillfully constructed, melodic metalcore. There are plenty of moments in this album where a two-step riff or a breakdown completely took me by surprise. Fortunately, the clean vocals used in this band do not sound forced or over produced.The Dark Chapters is one of those albums that is most enjoyable to listen to all the way through from beginning to end in a sitting because of how well each song flows into each other.
Top Track: The Architect
6. Reclusive- Not at Home
Reclusive is a hardcore band from Malaga, Spain. In a way, this band kind of embodies what we at WorldwIde Underground are all about. They are a complete DIY band. This demo was recorded in their practice space themselves. And it sounds damn good. WWU was and always will be DIY. Reclusive is a straight up, no bullshit hardcore/crossover band. They literally sound like they have been ripped out of the 90's hardcore scene and it is fucking awesome. All four songs on this demo are filled with pure energy and anger. The riffs are all super catchy and memorable. I would love to see this band pick up some steam and keep on putting out more music.
Top Track:nLex Tallionis
5. American Me- Still Firing
I am not going to lie, I get really fucking excited when I found this. American Me has been one of my favorite bands for a really long time. I am talking back to the Myspace days. They helped shape the type of music that I listen to now. At the time, the style of the vocals, the choppy and angry riffs and tight drumming were nothing like I'd heard before. They were easily the most pissed off band I knew. The last time American Me put out music was 2012. At this point, I had just figured the band was dead and didnt expect to hear new music. Now, six fucking years later, I come across Still Firing. A three song EP by American Me. And they haven't lost a bit of their edge. The band sounds like they genuinely had fun creating this music and tried some new things. For instance, the song Anti Life Equation has an almost hip hop vibe and even has a rasta/rap kind of part towards the end. I am so fucking happy to see American Me getting back together after all these years to write some music. Hopefully they stick around for awhile.
Top Track: Anti Life Equation
4. Trespasser- Suffer Alone, Suffer Together
Tresspasser is a sludgy as hell hardcore band from Tasmania, Australia. I think I have said this at least once on each of my lists so far, but Australia produces some of the best music in metal and hardcore. Suffer Alone, Suffer Together is Trespasser's debut EP and it is a dissonant, moody, angry EP. The sludgy riffs compliment the low, open vocal style and produce some incredibly ambient, crushing music.
Top Track: Dragged Down
3. Deathsquad- Stay One
This has got to be my most internationally diverse list I have done yet. DEATHSQUAD is a beatdown band from Kazan, Russia. I'll be honest, I don't speak Russian and I don't understand a word he is saying, but I can just tell it is some ridiculously angry shit. There's no other way to put it, this band is fucking HEAVY. There is not a part of any of their songs you can't mosh to. Russian mosh calls sound just as fucking cool as British mosh calls, in case you were wondering.
Top Track: No Respect
2. Koninggsor- Suavacado
I thought Koninggsor was going to be another international band, but, to my surprise, they are from Austin, Texas. This band mixes post hardcore with mathrock and even influences of jazzrock. They have a very unique and instantly recognizable vocalist who writes some deep and well thought out lyrics. I know this is a genre I dont normally cover, but this three song EP managed to keep a hold of me from beginning to end.
Top Track: Prost-Fog
1. Born For Slaughter- S/T
Born For Slaughter is a band from Skopje, Macedonia that plays a mix of crust influences hardcore and metal. The result of this mix is an unrelenting, fast paced EP that absolutely fucking rips from beginning to end. Born For Slaughter are basically riff machines, because damn near every riff on this EP is fucking awesome. Each song rushing through at breakneck speed accompanied by abrasive, genuinely pissed off sounding vocals. This EP was very easy to get lost in and I found myself constantly going back to this band over this past week.
Top Track: Tombs in Ruins