Another week, another list. This week is an absolute banger. Don't sleep on any of these guys!
10. Foreign Hands- Summer 2018 Promo
Kicking off this week's list is Foreign Hands. This two track promo is a blistering preview of things to come for this band's near future. Foreign Hands blends the intensity and pace of more traditional hardcore, with catchy lead guitar parts familiar with melodic hardcore bands. The intensity and energy displayed by this band has made me and instant fan that is hungry for more music.
Top Track: Laceration Wings
Social Media: facebook.com/foreignhandshc
Sometimes, when searching for bands to include in this article, something as simple as the band's name or their artwork is enough to catch me and check the band out. VULTUREPEAK was definitely a name that kept standing out to me and I am glad that I checked them out. Snake Body is a fast and noisy punk/hardcore release that pulls no punches. Grinding riffs are matched with frantic screaming and equally hectic drums, leaving the listening feeling like they got smacked with a brick by the time the last note rings (I mean that in the absolute best way possible).
Top Track: Trench Weight
Social Media: facebook.com/vulturepeak
7. Fire in the Blood- The Darkness in Goodbye
Fire in the Blood reminds me of the days when metalcore was more hardcore than metal, back when the genre had more, for lack of a better word, balls. People were less concerned with placing bands in genres and categories and bands were constantly pushing boundaries. Fire in the Blood's brand of metalcore is fast and loud and fuses the two genres in a way that other bands in the genre tend to stay away from. Metallic riffs are contrasted with biting breakdowns, catchy two steps and other staples of the hardcore genre. It is incredibly refreshing to see more and more bands exploring the hardcore side of metalcore more lately, and bringing back a style of the genre that many of us grew up loving (even if most of those bands we thought were straight up hardcore bands as kids). "The Darkness in Goodbye" is a beast of a release and should end up in everybody's music library.
Top Track: Scales of Justice
6. Displacement- Displacement
I swear to God, if you ever come across a bandy from Perth, Australia, they are going to fucking rip. I swear like 60% of the bands I have come across and really stuck with me are from Perth. Displacement just further proves my point. The screamed vocalists and the clean/yelled vocals are done so well together and so powerful as hell. The riffs are aggressive and bouncy and the breakdowns have a fuck ton of punch to them. Every song is absolutely filled with energy. This EP doesn't let up from the second it starts until the last song.
Top Track: Worms
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/Displacementband
5. Noxious- Chaotic Cycles
"Chaotic Cycles" doesn't drop until June 12th, but Noxious has two heavy as fuck tracks for us to listen to to get hype for the release. Noxious is a deathcore band from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Bouncy as hell, there are some nu metal influences all over these tracks, so if that's your thing, you'll love this. The riffs are bouncy as hell and surprisingly catchy. Judging from these first two tracks, "Chaotic Circles" seems very promising.
Top Track: Blitz
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/noxiousofficial/
RIght from the very first second of their self-titled release, Goner hits like a punch to the face. Not for a second throughout the four vicious tracks does this band give the listener any breaks. Every single second is in your face aggressiveness. The riffs are upbeat and punchy and the drummer drives each song through at a furious pace. Even the melodic end to "The Great Deceiver" just feels like, at any second, the band will explode into a wall of sound again. The breakdowns/fight riffs in this hit hard as all hell. This EP has to be one of my favorite releases I have found in a while.
Top Track: Momentary Clarity
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/gonerbandsyracuse/
3. Remission- 51
Remission is a heavy hardcore band out of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. "51" the latest single dropped by the band is an absolute monster of a track that I have found myself coming back to over and over again, constantly wanting more. The riffs are catchy and heavy as hell, with some seriously heavy and unexpectedly punchy breakdowns breaking up the pacing. Hands down my favorite part of this song is the ending, which uses an audio clip and dives into a really heavy breakdown to wrap everything up. It reminds me of the early 2000's bands that constantly used this tactic and, to be honest, I really missed that trend.
Social Media: facebook.com/remissionPGH
Dread is one of those bands, to me at least, that you know you're gonna like from the first 20 seconds of listening to them. Playing beatdown/hardcore out of New Jersey, Dread is not a band to sleep on. Right from the intro track, the listener is presented with a really catchy two step promptly followed by a groovy as hell breakdown. Every breakdown/fight riff is incredibly groovy and invokes some insane mosh. Dread is a refreshing change of pace from other beatdown bands in that they are really upbeat in between the vicious as fuck mosh parts. I can personally say that the intensity in this release translates perfectly to their live performance. The band bleeds energy and the pit was a fucking warzone all set long. I see a great future ahead for Dread.
Top Track: Scorn
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/dreadhardcore
1. Pressure Cracks- PRESSURE CRACKS EP
This EP really took me off guard. I was never really a fan of Letlive or The Fever, but I can't deny how talented of a frontman Jason Butler is. His vocal range is impressive as hell, and in Pressure Cracks, he uses the extent of it. His scream is has so much power and aggression to it. The band rips through ridiculous breakdowns and dangerously catchy two steps that flow so damn well together, it's hard not to like this shit. I can't wait to see how this band is live, seeing how wild Jason goes in his live performances.
Top Track: Stay Inside, Stay Alive
Social Media: facebook.com/pressurecracks