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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

Zoume Reveal Future Plans, 2018 Full-Length

One of the most loved heavy bands in the New York City scene, Zoume, are making some big plans and they want to fill you in! In this video they talk upcoming shows/festivals, their 2018 full-length record, and what to expect of their sound from here on out.

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Make Them Suffer Release New Music Video “Fireworks”

Make Them Suffer are truly incredible songwriters and “Fireworks” proves that point. The song, off the band’s new record Worlds Apart which comes out July 28 on Rise Records, masterfully blends heavy vocals and eerie guitars with beautiful melodies. This leads to a sense of calm and acceptance while at the same time revealing a type of suffering.

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NEED-TO-KNOW: The Nearly Deads

Photo Credit Jeremy Saffer

If you’re looking for some new punk jams with strong female vocals, it’s time you check out The Nearly Deads. The Nashville band recently released a new six song EP, Revenge! Of The Nearly Deads, and it sounds exactly like the album cover looks. It mixes the dark edge of destruction with a little bit of fun. It wouldn’t be a surprise to find one of these songs on the radio, but they certainly don’t leave out the beloved bite of punk rock. This EP is where self-empowerment meets wrath, and you’ve got to give it a spin.

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American Standards Get Extremely Personal With New Record ‘Anti-Melody’

Photo Credit: Jacob Reynolds

American Standards usually center their records around social commentary, and while there is still a healthy amount of that on the Arizona band’s new record Anti-Melody, they’ve also endeavored to try something completely new for them. As tragedy after tragedy befell the band members during the writing process of this record, they realized that they couldn’t put out an honest album without being open about their personal experiences.

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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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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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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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