All photos by Taylor Markarian
Stray From the Path are anything but subtle. Outspoken, straight up and furious, their newest album, Only Death is Real, says a lot of the things we’ve been trying to say for the past year. This record is pure venom.
It’s been 15 years since the inception of Misery Signals, a cornerstone band in the hardcore scene, and only now is their full story being told. The band, who have been a major influence on many contemporary hardcore projects, have just released an emotional documentary entitled Yesterday Was Everything, directed by Matthew Mixon. Guitarist Ryan Morgan fills us in on what the film means to him and the effect it has had on his relationship with his bandmates.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.