So I had to travel for work last weekend and I didn't get to make a list. I'm sorry. I'll make it up to you. Let's go out to dinner or something.
10. They Live | We Sleep- Self Harm
Kicking off this list is an absolutely mental hardcore band with heavy grind influences known as They Live | We Sleep. This five track release is abrasive, fast and absolutely unrelenting. Blistering riffs blare through the feedback and will keep you on your toes throughout each song. The vocals in this band are aggressive as fuck and pissed the hell off. This EP leaves you wanting to hit the repeat button over and over again. If you are a fan of bands like Nails and Trap Them! then I highly suggest that you give this insanely grindy hardcore band from Wales some room in your daily rotation of music. You will not be disappointed.
Top Track: Destroy What Destroys You
9. Chamber- Hatred Softly Spoken
I'm not going to lie to you, this band is probably one of my favorite bands that I have recently found. Chamber is a hardcore band from Nashville Tennessee that blurs genre lines constantly. The vocalists powerful growls are an incredibly unique mix of death metal and the sound of 90's metalcore acts like Zao. The energy and aggression brought on by the vocalist is damn near palpable. The guitar work on this release is unforgivingly heavy and incredibly interesting. You don't hear many bands out now putting down the kind of riffs that Chamber are playing. This band is going to blow the fuck up and they absolutely deserve it.
Top Track: Every Blade
8. Realm- Whispers of Death Lurks
This band completely took me by surprise. Realm is a metalcore band from Singapore that has a very different, refreshing take on what metalcore should sound like. Heavy, noisy as fuck, and filled with breakdowns, Realm is a break from the more melodic metalcore prevalent today. Unlike the majority of bands in their genre today, Realm gives the listener no chance to catch their breath. Each track on this release are beautifully heavy and have multiple "holy shit" moments per track. There are some real cool noise elements thrown in throughout the release, too, that just add to the bands chaotic sound.
Top Track: Torture
7. Dead Loyalty- Tormented
Taking a break from the chaos for a minute here. Dead Loyalty is a metallic hardcore band from Klazienaveen. The guitar work is punchy and will keep your head nodding throughout each track and the lower growl of the vocals helps create a sound that makes them stick out from the rest. Fans of hardcore with elements of crust and d beat will eat this band up. Don't sleep on em!
Top Track: Drawn and Quartered
6. High Command- The Primordial Void
This list wouldn't be complete with an old school influenced crossover band on it! High Command has masterfully found a way to create fresh, new riffs that will remind you of the days when crossover was huge, without sounding like the many, many bands that just try to COPY those older bands. High Command puts their own spin on this beloved genre, mixing the nostalgic riffs people love from the era with some more modern elements. They have created something both reminiscent of previous bands and fresh. If these guys were around in the late 80's / early 90's, they would fit right the fuck in. And the fact they aren't from that era and have managed to make some fresh, unique music in an older genre is impressive as FUCK.
Top Track: Labyrinth of Pain
5. Stone Cold Stunner- The 3:16 Demo
When I came across this band, judging by the name alone I figured they were some kind of gimmick band. Boy was I fucking wrong. Stone Cold Stunner is a mean as FUCK beatdown band from Virginia. Everything about this band is made for moshing. Fight riffs are fucking everywhere and the breakdowns laid down are ground shaking. The vocalist dips down into almost slam territory from time to time on this and it makes shit so much heavier. If you don't crowdkill literally everyone around you while listening to this shit, you are a cop.
Top Track: Pig Roast
4. Poison Crown- 2018
This two track demo fucking rips. Poison Crown are a metallic hardcore band from Columbus, Ohio. The band is incredibly tight, with some impressively clean drumming and really punchy guitar work. The riffs are catchy as hell, yet still manage to be hard as nails. If you are a fan of bands like King Nine and Blistered, this band is right up your alley. Fight riffs for fucking DAYS
Top Track: Laid Bare
3. Deathtrap- Gravestepper
Deathtrap is probably one of the most unique bands that I have covered on this list. Not only are they unique, they have a sound that I generally would not listen to, but holy fuck these guys do it well. Deathtrap is an interesting mix of groove metal, southern rock, and, stay with me now, metallic hardcore. Overall, this band is really, really fucking fun. The riffs are massive as hell and have that bouncy southern metal vibe to them. The vocalist half sings, half yells, adding even more to the southern vibe. Peppered throughout this release are some seriously heavy moments and some really fucking cool two steps. They jump expertly from the groovy southern sound to abrasive metallic hardcore at the flip of a switch. This band completely took me by surprise and I fucking love it.
Top Track: El Forastero
2. Born Hanged- Demo 2018
Born Hanged, from Karlsruhe, Germany brings the fucking heat. These guys play heavy hardcore/beatdown that fans of bands like Jesus Piece will absolutely love. These guys mix elements of death metal, with raw, ripping vocals, and hardcore, with the fast paced riffing and punishing drums perfectly. The resulting sound is pure brutality. I found myself constantly hitting the replay button once this demo was over. Slam inspired riffs and breakdowns are all over the place in this demo, and I fucking love it.
Top Track: Loosing Grip
1. Outlines- Endless Cycles
Outlines, from Ourense, Spain, play melodic hardcore/metalcore that fans of bands like Counterparts will greatly appreciate. Outlines really shines in their ability to keep their music heavy as fuck while still being melodic. The band transfers between melodic riffs and surprisingly hard hitting breakdowns damn near seamlessly. Outlines is incredibly upbeat and doesn't slow down for a second while still staying melodic. The guitar leads throughout this release are very flowery and "pretty" and some of the riffs will be stuck in your head for days on end. Then, out of fucking nowhere, Outlines will unexpectedly drop a breakdown on your head that will keep you coming back for more.
Top Track: Swass