I decided, since I had a long weekend this week, to do a list of 15 instead of 10. So here you go, FIFTEEN bands that should be on your radar.
15. Put to Rest- La Vie En Rose
Starting off this extended list with a fucking bang is Put To Rest, an aggressive metalcore band from Cincinnati, Ohio. This band is definitely on the heavier side of the metalcore genre, featuring some hate filled low growls and biting, energetic riffs. The breakdowns are really punchy and satisfying. So far, only Casanova from "La Vie En Rose" has been released for our listening pleasure. The whole release drops June 29th, and if this single is any indication, its going to fucking rip.
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/puttorestband/
14. 生 Conform 死
Nowadays, people use the term nu-metal negatively. It seems like people just use the phrase to describe metal that they don't like or think is corny. Conform is here to show that nu-metal can not only be pretty damn good, but also heavy as hell. Further proving my point that everything metal related out of Australia, Conform comes from, you guessed it, Perth. Dark, angry, and oftentimes cocky vocals are complimented by bouncy and energetic riffs that will keep your foot tapping and head bobbing. Give nu-metal a second chance and bump the fuck out of Conform.
Top Track: Blood Eagle
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/liveconformdie/
13. Black Lotus- Legion
Already covered by us at WWU, this single by Black Lotus was too damn good to not add to this list. Heavy ass deathcore with vocals that don't sound identical to every other band in the genre. The riffs laid out by the guitar players are fucking massive and create an awesomely dark and gloomy atmosphere. This track will easily quench your thirst for thick, chunky riffs and heavy as balls breakdowns.
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/BlackLotusNJ/
12. Shark Infested Daughters- CETRA
Shark Infested Daughters surprised the hell out of me. In a genre that can tend to grow stale quick due to copycats and bands just playing what is "trendy," Shark Infested Daughters is doing an awesome job at sticking out in the crowd. The most prominent difference is the clean singing by the keyboard player. The female lead clean vocals fit surprisingly well with the rest of the band and don't take away from the heavy aspects of the music and add an extra, interesting layer to the music. I am usually not a fan of synth sounding keyboards in metalcore, but they are executed well and don't come off as a distraction to the rest of the music. These guys put a lot of thought into songwriting and it really shines in their music.
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/sharkinfesteddaughters/
11. Behead the Betrayer- Invitation to Desecration
If you just can't seem to get your fix of heavy ass deathcore this week, Behead the Betrayer's got your back. The vocalist has impressive power and uses the full extent of his range in Invitation to Desecration. Every riff in this song is massive as fuck and progressively get heavier throughout the song. The guest vocals in this song from the vocalist of Betrayer are an insanely heavy touch to an already brutal song.
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/BeheadtheBetrayer/
10. Anything But Sleep- Don't Panic
Anything But Sleep is probably the most fun band on this whole damn list. The southern metal/ hardcore band is, impressively, a two piece band that makes a fuck-ton of noise. This band smashes together rock n' roll and hardcore in such a damn catchy way, it is hard to stop listening to them. Bluesy riffs turn into two steps and breakdowns seamlessly and the lyrics and vocals fit the sound of this band perfectly. These two guys sound like they are genuinely having a great time playing this music. If you are a fan of bands like The Bronx and Every Time I Die, you will love this band.
Top Track: When You Bury Me
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/anythingbutsleep/
9. American Standards- Weep
American Standards have been on my radar for a long time. Over time, this band has consistently gotten stronger, and this new single is proof of that. Weep is definitely one of the heavier songs this band has put out. The band wastes no time, playing blistering, hectic riffs paired with blast beats and ripping vocals. The breakdowns are choppy and fast, never dropping the frantic pace of the song. The melodic, kinda sludgy ending is a stark contrast to the first half of this song and it works really well. I can't wait to see what is to come from this band in the near future.
8. Empty Mourning- No Last Words
No Last Words is a flat out monster of an EP. This music is basically written with moshing in mind. Every song is filled with fight riffs that sound like they are made to punch all of your friends in the face too. The breakdowns in practically every song on this EP are fucking huge and dangerously heavy. Don't sleep on Empty Mourning. If you see their name on a banner at a show near you, go fucking see this band.
Top Track: Fickle
7. OveNola- Deathwish
OveNola is a deathcore band out of Japan that seriously caught my attention. The only song available off of their upcoming album "Death Wish," is the opening track, Noose. If this song is any indicator, Death Wish is going to be an insane fucking release.The riffs throughout this track are original and catchy as fuck while still being super heavy. The vocalist is really talented and has incredible range. The breakdowns are incredibly heavy and hit hard as hell. It takes a lot for a new deathcore band to grab my attention, but these guys have. Give this track a listen and get ready for the release of Death Wish on June 6th.
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/ovEnolaJP/
6. Insufficient Permissions- Said & Done
This band really took me back. Insufficient Permissions really, really reminds me of 2009 metalcore, and I mean that in a good way. If you were a fan of bands like Sea Of Treachery and Beneath the Sky, you will definitely enjoy the hell out of these guys. The riffs are nostalgic, yet still original. The screaming reminds me Catherine mixed with a little Misery Signals and are a perfect match for this band. They are melodic and catchy, and every riff and breakdown are bouncy as fuck. I really enjoyed Said & Done. Not only because it hit my nostalgia bone, but because they managed to write fresh, original music.
Top Track: History Repeats
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/InsufficientPermissions
5. Freeze- Demo 2018
Freeze is a brand new hardcore punk band from Philly that is a refreshing change of sound in the hardcore scene around here. More on the punk side of hardcore than the heavier side, there are two steps fucking everywhere in this demo and they are catchy as fuck. I love the style of the vocals, they almost sound cocky in some parts and it it fits the whole attitude of this band. All three songs are catchy as hell and upbeat and aggressive. They sound surprisingly tight for just putting out their first set of songs. I'm really excited to see what else these guys got in the future.
Top Track: Running
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/freezemf/
4. Frontierer- Unloved
Words cannot explain how fucking excited I am for the release of this damn album. If you haven't listened to Frontierer, I HIGHLY suggest you do so. Frontierer is a full blown assault on everything you think music is. They are chaotic, abrasive and absolutely unrelenting. I still listen to their last release, Orange Mathematics, is still on my daily rotation. Just this week, Frontierer released the first single from the new album, Unloved. Tumoric is a spastic, twitching, brutal three and a half minutes of insane riffs and blistering vocals. I expected nothing less than insanity from this band, and they sure as fuck delivered. Tumoric just makes me more fucking excited for the release of Unloved on July 27th.
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/frontiererband
3. Flesh of the Lotus- 213
Flesh of the Lotus are a deathcore outfit from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that brings the fucking heat. The band's latest single "213"is an atmospheric, dark, and satisfyingly heavy track. The full range of the vocalist is on full display in this song, and he reaches some surprisingly low, evil sounding gutterals. The riffs are heavy as hell and create an awesome atmosphere of dismay. The guitar tone on the chugs of the breakdowns in this song is so disgustingly low, you can't help but make the "breakdown" face. Flesh of the Lotus is one deathcore band that should not be ignored.
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/fleshofthelotus
2. Wreath of Tongues- Like Rats
This two track demo is an absolute ripper from beginning to end. Fast and grindy, Wreath of Tongues plays noisy, abrasive hardcore out of New York City. The riffs are fast and sludgy and filled with super catchy two steps. The vocals are incredibly powerful and full of anger. The frantic pace of both of these songs is never brought down. Wreath of Tongues doesn't relent even for a second, and that makes the mosh-friendly parts hit so much fucking harder.
Top Track: Enemy
1. Hollow Front- Still Life
There are so many damn good releases coming up within this next month. Hollow Front's "Still Life" being one of the top contenders for my attention. The single they released, the title track of the album, is a melodic, emotionally driven song that is incredibly powerful. They kind of remind me of Stick to Your Guns in the vocal delivery and the overall attitude of the band. The vocalist sounds great and the lyrics are deep and meaningful. The music behind the vocalist is somber and melodic, slowly building up to powerful chugs through upbeat two steps and a really fucking catchy chorus section. I love sung/yelled vocals and this band really pulls it off. Still Life drops June 29th!
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/HollowFrontGR/