RECORD REVIEW: Bad Omens – Self-titled

Bad Omens‘ self-titled debut full-length has multiple personalities, but like your favorite on-screen psychopaths, that’s part of its dark charm. Standard but well done metalcore ragers like “Exit Wounds” and “Malice” show Bad Omens acting boisterously tough, while “F E R A L” rides a slower, nü metal rock vibe and soft tunes like “Enough, Enough Now” and “Crawl” are vulnerable and desperate. Maybe this is the mark of a band that hasn’t quite figured out their own identity yet, but in the process of trying to riddle it out they’ve come up with an impressive first record.

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LIVE SHOTS: REPS, Hollow Bones, To Live As Wolves, Pulling Punches, Ellipses, SUMMER HOUSE SHOW

A kiddie pool, a beyond smashed piñata, neighbors crashing the party to take photos and pick up merch, birthday cake, and insane decibel levels the likes of which a suburban NJ backyard has never seen. We’re talking, of course, about the second HXC Magazine house show. Since the weather permitted it, we set up the stage outside and only by the middle of the last band’s set, To Live As Wolves, did the cops show up. (Success!) Check out some shots from this amazingly fun day with Ellipses, Pulling Punches, Hollow Bones, REPS, and TLAW right here, and make sure you come out to the next one!

Photos by Alexander Chan

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LIVE SHOTS: Wastelands, Silence Equals Death, Vice @ Lucky 13 Saloon

The moments we look for at HXC Magazine are the ones where band and crowd connect. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it a thousand times over: we don’t believe in barriers. This local Brooklyn show at Lucky 13 Saloon captures that spirit through and through. Check out some photos of Wastelands, Silence Equals Death, and  Vice, as well as the killer pitters who make this scene dangerously fun.

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LIVE SHOTS: Staten Island Summerfest (Part 2)

Here it is, round 2! Check out some shots we took at Summerfest in Staten Island the other day of bands like Underdog Champs, Awake At Last, Only Sibling, and To Live As Wolves!

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NEED-TO-KNOW: Stages ‘New War’

The five piece Stages delivers a refreshing take on metalcore with their debut EP New War. The whole thing doesn’t play like the work of newcomers. It’s reminiscent of some of the genre’s finest acts at their best. There are also slight notes of death metal with a hint of progressive and a strong aftertaste of “fuck, yeah!”

The most powerful song is the last on the release and the title track, which also features Exotype’s Steven McCorry. The deep, low, savage growls over the high, distant sounding keyboard strokes creates a devastatingly chilling sound. It is a grotesque perversion of the traditionally beautiful sound of the keys by the violence of the screams. It truly is warlike. Stages has crafted a phenomenal EP that deserves your attention.

INTERVIEW: Matriarchs Talk ‘Scandalous Jointz’ and LA Hardcore

“Everything rebellious is in one way or another contrived. We are just fighting the good fight and trying to keep good art alive.”

The hardcore gentlemen in Matriarchs tell us a little about themselves, their music, and which other Los Angeles hardcore bands need to be heard.

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I Prevail Release New Single “Stuck In Your Head,” Talk New Record ‘Lifelines’ in Q&A

Photo Credit: Lindsey Byrnes

I Prevail released a brand new single yesterday called “Stuck In Your Head,” and the name definitely does it justice. The new track from the band’s upcoming record Lifelines is heavy but catchy–exactly what the band have become known for since their cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” got them serious attention back in 2014. Check out the new track below and for more inside info on the band, read our Q&A with drummer Lee Runestad right here!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Cruel Hand “Decompose”

Set to release their new record Your World Won’t Listen on September 9th via Hopeless Records, Cruel Hand have debuted a new music video for their new single off the record, “Decompose.” It’s heavy, it’s punky, and it’s catchy as hell. If you don’t pick up this record when it comes out, you’re missing out on a hell of a good time.

LIVE SHOTS: Staten Island Summerfest (Part 1)

When someone says you’re making a scene, they might mean that you’re being too overdramatic in public for comfort. But here at Staten Island’s Overspray music venue, where the walls are as covered in artwork as most of the show-goers skins, a bunch of punks, rockers, hardcore kids and metalheads (including an eight-year-old who is most definitely cooler than you) came together for August 5th’s Summerfest to make a scene that’s about more than just being overly loud and in your face.

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