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!
It’s show time again for us and our fans here at HXC Magazine! The world has gotten all types of screwed up in 2017 and we want to show that our music scene can make a real difference. To prove that point, we’re hosting a one-day ‘Make A Change’ Fest that will be a benefit show for the ACLU.
The show will take place in the basement of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, Saturday, June 24th, featuring the bands I Hate Heroes, In Loving Memory, REPS, Zoume, Awake At Last, Pulling Punches and Hollow Bones. If you want to come and show your support for this scene and for equal rights for all, please buy your ticket here.
First of all, happy Free Comic Book Day to all comic and graphic novel lovers out there! We don’t just love music, we appreciate all types of art forms. And what is better than combining the two?
Vocalist Claudio Sanchez of the transformative and hugely influential band Coheed & Cambria has just released his latest installment of “THE AMORY WARS: GOOD APOLLO, I’M BURNING STAR IV.” The comic series follows the storyline that Sanchez’s band set up with their previous concept records, pulling the reader into the throws of fantasy and suspense.
So while you’re out raiding your local comic book stores for cool finds, look for the first two issues of Sanchez’s latest volume. Or, if you don’t want to make the trip, order ’em right here.
See an exclusive preview of the new issue No. 2 below!
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.”
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.
Photo Credit: Kristina McComas
It’s rare to come across such a tough, charismatic woman fronting an incredibly heavy hardcore band. While Baltimore band Sharptooth and their vocalist Lauren Kashan are a wonderfully unique find, we have to stop and consider why that is. Sharptooth are almost entirely melody-free, bearing similarities to bands like Every Time I Die and Stray From The Path, and for some reason that comes as a surprise. When people hear “female-fronted band,” they often immediately think of Paramore or even one of the many metal bands out there that are led by chicks. But in hardcore, there is a strange absence of fem that Kashan wants filled.
She Must Burn started gaining international attention after their self-titled EP was released in 2015. Since then they’ve gotten to do things that even long established bands would kill to do. They’ve shared the stage with the legendary bands Cradle of Filth, Carnifex, Fallujah and more. The UK band very recently released their debut full-length, Grimoire, and by the sound of the record and what bassist Frank Korsair has to say, it’s clear they are ready to dominate.
Photo Credit: Jim Hughes
After the huge metalcore act For Today disbanded fans were disheartened – but not anymore! A new ferocious hardcore band has arrived on the scene and it features two ex-For Today members, Ryan and Brandon Leitru.
On March 20th, thousands of people gathered at Terminal 5 in New York to see some of the absolute biggest names in heavy music. With international sensation Bring Me The Horizon headlining, the mighty Underoath and the fiercely aggressive Beartooth took the stage. Check out some of the shots we got that night below!
Five piece metalcore act Ellipses hailing from Litchfield, CT are exclusively premiering their EP Human right here at HXC. The six song release, featuring their unforgiving single “Harsh Upbringings,” is a proud display of unrelenting emotion. Despite it being early in their career, this band already bring memorable breakdowns and impressive shredding to the table. While the low-toned screaming and growling gives the band an intensely heavy sound, they are able to find just the right moments to sneak in melodic riffs, making for a dynamic listening experience.
Check out the exclusive full stream plus a Q&A with the band below!