It’s nearly impossible to get thousands of people excited about a debut EP; unless, of course, you have members from some of the most beloved and respected bands in hardcore and metal in the lineup. END is the new hardcore project that has emerged as quite the supergroup. Hardcore vets Will Putney (Fit For An Autopsy), Brendan Murphy (Counterparts), Greg Thomas (Misery Signals, Shai Hulud), Andrew McEneney (Trade Wind, Structures), and Jay Pepito (Reign Supreme, Blacklisted) have come together to create the bone-crushing From The Unforgiving Arms Of God EP.
Melodic hardcore is a genre that truly needs the attention it deserves. You can probably count the number of current well known melodic hardcore bands on one hand. So let’s start recognizing bands of this genre that are coming out with great music. Wither Away, a band out of PA, have recently released their debut record, The Words We Live By, The Actions We Don’t Take. Give their single, “The Grand Tree,” a listen right here and let us know what you think!
Blue Swan Records band Eidola released their new record To Speak, To Listen a few weeks ago and if you’re a post-hardcore or prog metal fan you need to check the record out. The album debuted at #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #11 on Hard Rock, so it’s safe to say it’s worth listening to. They’ve got an experimental vibe but they take care not to neglect their heavy side. If you like what you hear, they will be on tour with The Ongoing Concept later this summer.
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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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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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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If you’re a sucker (like we are) for horror, screamo and punk, you’ve got to check out One Last Shot. The Syracuse, NY band have just released a gothic styled music video for their brand new single, “Leather & Fangs.” The song comes to you off of their upcoming full-length, The Death of a Poet & All of His Friends, which is to be released on March 31st, 2017. If you’re nostalgic for the glory days of screamo, when watching “Steven’s Untitled Rock Show” on FUSE was an everyday ritual and the band Aiden was taking over, you’re guaranteed to have fun with One Last Shot.
Crystal Lake‘s new record True North instantly tops the must-have list for fans of all genres of heavy music. It’s got the instrumental complexity that metalheads love, hardcore heaviness (“Six Feet Under”), killer metalcore vocals, and even electronic and rap influences. OK, we know some of you instantly got scared at the mention of the “R-word”, but trust us, “Hatred” is one of the best songs on the album.
Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, Crystal Lake have made a name for themselves internationally with their first couple of records, and True North is going to push them over the edge. No matter how heavy they get, they are equal parts melodic and artistic, as exemplified by the title track on the new record. This is an example of a band whose cover art does their sound complete justice. Their most beautiful musical moments sound like watercolor brought to life.
If you don’t buy this album, you’re making bad choices with your life. It is nothing short of sensational.
RIYL: early-Paramore, PVRIS, Tonight Alive
If you’re the type of rocker who falls somewhere in between punk and dark pop then VISTA is a band for you. The female-fronted trio are stellar songwriters who know how to plant catchy hooks without succumbing to the sellout sound of radio rock. Each song on their latest EP Versus will have you raising your fist and yelling for more. Check out the EP on Spotify and be sure to support the band if you like what you hear! VISTA has a few upcoming tour dates which you can check out here.
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The five piece Stages delivers a refreshing take on metalcore with their debut EP New War. The whole thing doesn’t play like the work of newcomers. It’s reminiscent of some of the genre’s finest acts at their best. There are also slight notes of death metal with a hint of progressive and a strong aftertaste of “fuck, yeah!”
The most powerful song is the last on the release and the title track, which also features Exotype’s Steven McCorry. The deep, low, savage growls over the high, distant sounding keyboard strokes creates a devastatingly chilling sound. It is a grotesque perversion of the traditionally beautiful sound of the keys by the violence of the screams. It truly is warlike. Stages has crafted a phenomenal EP that deserves your attention.