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A Farewell To Vanna

Where We Are Now, The Sun Sets Here for Vanna

For over a decade, Boston’s Vanna have been creating aggressive music for us to sing along and swing our fists to. Vanna has helped me get through some tough times and made others great. They will remain a part of my life through their music that I will continue to listen to even after they’ve closed the curtains.

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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

PREMIERE: Singaya Release Brand New Material

Eager for a punk fix? Check out two brand new songs from New Jersey band Singaya that we’re premiering exclusively right here on HXC Magazine! The two new songs, “Toxic” and “Get Away,” are hard-hitting punk jams that aren’t afraid to get a little heavier. Fans of The Offspring and fans of metal and hardcore can all get in on these tracks. Listen to the brand spankin’ new songs right here and see what the band have to say about the new material below. You can also watch their music video for previously released song “You’ve Got The Bite.”

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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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HXC Magazine To Put On One Day ‘Make A Change’ Fest

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

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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

Sharptooth Vocalist Lauren Kashan On The Fem Voices Hardcore Needs

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.

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NEED-TO-KNOW: Nothing Left (feat. ex-For Today)

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.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Church Tongue “Acid Jesus”

If you’re looking for a new hardcore band to champion, look no farther than Church Tongue. Their new record Heart Failure is both brash and deeply personal, which leads us to their new music video for the third track on the record, “Acid Jesus.” Check it out below!

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Ghost Key Vocalist Austin O’Brien Opens Up About Depression With New Record

Photo by Rich Weinberger, Casket House & Co.

Fortunately, mental health issues like depression, anxiety and other mood disorders are getting more awareness. More people are opening up about their struggles and trying to get rid of the stigma that depression isn’t a serious clinical problem. Ghost Key vocalist Austin O’Brien is one of those people. With the band’s new record, If I Don’t Make It, coming out on February 17th via InVogue Records, he finally shares his own story.  

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