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Record Review: Counterfeit Culture – ‘Deathwish’

Counterfeit Culture manage to do more with a three track EP than some manage to do with an over-saturated full-length. The only thing I can find fault in with Deathwish is that it is too short. 30 seconds in, I wanted to enjoy at least ten songs worth of this dysphoric, resentful bundle of fun.

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Record Review: Phantoms – ‘Screaming on the Inside’

I happen to enjoy Florida’s production of metalcore more than it’s oranges or theme parks. Phantoms from Jacksonville are not an exception, especially with their melodic. sometimes edging-on-symphonic brand of it. Their latest release, and second under their current name, Screaming on the Inside, is a fun blend of all the things you’ve heard under the metalcore label. Is it fun? Yes. Is it catchy? Yes. Will my head bang to it? Yes. What about my arms? Yes. “If I rip out your tongue will you cry about that?” Yes.

The downside is it actually uses too much clean vocal for my taste. Phantoms also don’t seem like the kind of band that will produce meaningful and deep lyrics, but offer more in the way of reckless abandon, head-moving, fist-throwing kind of shit that is always a good time. Get your copy of Screaming on the Inside August 11th, 2017 via Outerloop Records.

Four Star Rating

Record Review: Shattered Sun – ‘The Evolution of Anger’

Probably not too many people are aware of the band Shattered Sun from Alice, Texas, but the band have been around for a few years with two previous records and a third newly released, The Evolution of Anger. So what is that next evolutionary step? Based on what the band has to say, it’s action.

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RECORD REVIEW: The Acacia Strain ‘Gravebloom’

The Acacia Strain are sixteen year veterans of the aggressive music scene and their latest product, Gravebloom, shows they know what they’re doing, but also that they’re not afraid of experimenting. Hailing from a small, old, western Massachusetts town that would have inspired H.P. Lovecraft, the band excel at making brutal music with a dreary overtone. Basically, they create the aural equivalent of a winter night in a foggy, empty New England town – harsh and unforgiving.

Gravebloom is slow, sludgy, and depressing and tends to blend together at times. Then it changes to a frenetic pummeling assault without warning. The title track maintains a faster pace than “Model Citizen” or “Worthless,” which are good representations of the record overall, and then it switches gears with a melodic instrumental section. “Abyssal Depths” is slow enough to be boring, but it’s an outlier. The album sounds like it’ll play much better live while you’re swinging your fists and hitting your friends. I still recommend checking it out.

Three Star Rating

LIVE SHOTS: Pierce The Veil, Sum 41, Emarosa, Chapel take over Starland Ballroom

SAYREVILLE, NJ – Crowds flooded into New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom on Wednesday, May 10th to see the highly anticipated We Will Detonate Tour, headlined by Pierce The Veil and Sum 41, with support from Emarosa and Chapel.

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RECORD REVIEW: Gideon’s ‘Cold’ is bold and emotional

Gideon have made themselves a staple in the hardcore scene during the last several years, and it’s no wonder why. With commanding vocals, charging breakdowns and emotional lyrics, this Alabama-born band have everything fans could want, which they showcase brilliantly on their new record, Cold.

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LIVE SHOTS: Famous Last Words, Manafest Hit Trenton, NJ

Famous Last Words and Manafest hit the Championship Bar & Grill in Trenton, NJ May 9th; a venue splattered top to bottom with graffiti, plastered with band stickers and decorated with eclectic memorabilia (rusted bike handlebars, flowers, Sherlock Holmes tales, etc.). Check out some photos from their passionate performances right here!

READ MORE: TOP TEN ‘TWILIGHT ZONE’ EPISODES WITH FAMOUS LAST WORDS

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REVIEW: Motionless In White Take Things Up A Notch With ‘Graveyard Shift’

Motionless In White are back yet again with their new release, Graveyard Shift.  This band has always had a knack for genre transition, and Graveyard Shift is no exception.  They stay on the industrial path they’ve been going down with tracks like “Queen For Queen” and “Necessary Evil,” the latter of which features Jonathan Davis, frontman of Nu-Metal juggernaut, Korn.  MIW also introduce a more punk-inspired vibe on their single, Loud(Fuck It).”  Most refreshing to hear is that they’re not afraid to still get heavy, which is obviously apparent on the ironically titled, “Soft.”

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EP REVIEW: Terror ‘The Walls Will Fall’

Terror, one of the most well known and respected hardcore bands around, have released their new EP The Walls Will Fall and it quite literally crushes. Though it is only five songs – including a cover of Madball‘s “Step To You” – the EP emits just as much energy and passion as any of their full-lengths.

What makes The Walls Will Fall such a great addition to Terror’s discography is that it is both more accessible than their earlier material while also being as hard as ever. Because it is just an EP, it is a breath of fresh air and just enough for Terror fans to get their fix. This length works for them extremely well, bringing out the best of old school hardcore: quick, brutal and to the point.

Three and Half Star Rating

RECORD REVIEW: Fit For An Autopsy Confront Current Events with ‘The Great Collapse’

Fit For An Autopsy’s fourth studio album is the manifestation of years of global tragedies and catastrophes that have come to a boiling point for the band. The Great Collapse sounds like how you feel if you’re fed up with hearing about bombings, unusually destructive natural events, and everything terrible in between.

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