Thursday, December 18, 2014

Overlooked 2014 Releases You NEED To Check Out: Part 3

Here is the third and final installment of our "Overlooked 2014 Releases" series. Apologies to those of you who may feel like we missed some stuff, but we did as best as we could.

With so many new albums being released in 2014 it's very easy to overlook great albums without even realizing it. To help change that, we will be closing out 2014 with a three part series (one per month) in which we'll be creating a list of 2014 releases we feel are extremely overlooked while being extremely enjoyable. Whether you feel these releases are overlooked or not is beside the point, main post of this series is for awesome releases to get checked out.

New Gods "What Did I Say?"
New Gods continuing their fury of putting out some of the best fuzz induced, uncontrollable head bobbing, and free thinking Punk in the US. If you're into Punk that will make you want to throw on some long johns and play Tony Hawk Pro Skater all day, this is the EP for you. Seattle doing what Seattle does best.

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Rort "Warpath"
Honestly surprised I haven't seen more people sharing the hell out of this LP. After releasing a 7" in 2008, Australia's Rort finally unleashed their 14 track full length in June of 2014. Absolutely punishing Death Metal infused Hardcore/Grindcore. If you're a fan of bands like Nails, Mammoth Grinder or if you're just a fan of in your face Buzzsaw Guitars, check this out asap.

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Pharaoh "Negative Everything"
You'd think with a major DIY label like A389 Records releasing this full length you'd see more people freaking out over it, but in true Pharaoh fashion another one of their releases have fallen in the "extremely overlooked" category. Negative Everything is a must hear for fans of Doom, Sludge, or just Metal in general. It is without question the best material Pharaoh has ever released. Looking forward to seeing what's to come of Pharaoh in 2015 and beyond.

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Response "Demo"
If Youth Of Today and Negative Approach had a baby and moved to California it would be known as Response. Demo features four blazing tracks, band features current/ex members of In Control, Stoic Violence, Disapproval, and More.


Coffin Birth "Necrotic Liquefaction"
Lets close this list out with one of the biggest surprises of the year for me. I personally have never heard of Coffin Birth before this EP was released and I wish I have heard them prior to this. Fans of Hatred Surge/Insect Warfare should make it a point to check this EP out as soon as possible.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Best Of 2014: Staff Picks

That time of year, yet again. Keep in mind like all "Best Of 2014" lists, these are 100% opinion based. If someone didn't list something you love, don't whine about it.

Yautja- “Songs Of Descent”
Pallbearer- “Foundations Of Burden”
Coffinworm- “IV.I.VIII”
Homewrecker- “Circle Of Death”
Thou- “Heathen”
Full Of Hell- “Full Of Hell and Merzbow”
Lord Mantis- “Death Mask”
Torch Runner- “Endless Nothing”
Vallenfyre- “Splinters”
Lust For Youth- “International”

The Coltranes- “The Cat Of Nine Tails”
Dharma- “Sea Nothing”
Thou/The Body
Left Astray- “Don't Look For Me”
Glue- “Self Titled”
Vermin Womb- “Permanence”
Cursed Graves- “Western Blood”
Spine- “Promo Tape”
Taake- “Kulde”
Criminal Code- “Salvage”

Honorable mentions:
Spine- "Time Has Gone" // Baptists- “Bloodmines” // Leather- “Easy” // Swans- “To Be Kind” // Creative Adult "Psychic Mess" // At The Gates- “At War With Reality” // YAITW- “When Life Comes To Death” // Happy Diving- “Big World” // Praise- "Lights Went Out" // Raspberry Bulbs- “Privacy” // Code Orange- “I Am King” // Midnight- “No Mercy For Mayhem” // Conan- “Blood Eagle” // Nothing - Guilty of Everything
Eliot M

Run The Jewels- Run The Jewels 2
Fucked Up- Glass Boys
Hank Wood And The Hammerheads- Stay Home
Full Of Hell- Full Of Hell / Merzbow
Homewrecker- Circle Of Death
Torch Runner- Endless Nothing
Old Man Gloom- The Ape Of God
Nothing- Guilty Of Everything
Ex Breathers- EXBX
Cult Leader- Nothing For Us Here
Andrew Gomez

Whirr – Sway
Divider – All Barren
Sneeze – Wilt
David Lapham - Stray Bullets: Killers (comic series)
Braid – No Coast
S – Cool Choices
Shellac – Dude Incredible
Creative Adult – Psychic Mess
Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden

Jeremy McGuire

Northbound - Death of a Slug
Punch - They Don’t Have to Believe
Full of Hell - Full of Hell & Merzbow
Against Me! - True Trans EP
ACxDC - Antichrist Demoncore
Black Mask - Lost Below EP
Torch Runner - Endless Nothing
Homewrecker - Circle of Death
Nothing - Guilty of Everything
Diamond Youth - Shake EP

Honorable Mentions
YAITW - When Life Comes to Death // Frameworks - Loom // Puig Destroyer - Puig Destroyer EP // Post Nothing - There is Something Wrong with Me EP // Fucked Up - Glass Boys // Rebel Scum - Gradually, Everything is Rotting // Illustrations - In Vain // The Banner - Greying
Brett H

Nothing - Guilty of Everything
Renounced - The Melancholy We Ache
Creepoid - S/T
Lust For Youth - International
Code Orange - I Am King
Homewrecker - Circle of Death
At The Gates - At War With Reality
Old Man Gloom - The Ape Of God
Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown
Minus The Bear - Lost Loves

Monday, December 8, 2014

Wreck And Reference- Black Cassette

Year: 2011
Quality: 320kbps
1. All the Ships Have Been Abandoned
2. Surrendering
3. In Chains, Awakening
4. Evening Redness
5. Desire, Ether
6. A Lament

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Prison Moan-Demo 2014



2.Stir Crazy
3.Skin For Skin

Prison Moan are a new band from Cleveland, Ohio featuring members of Bad Noids, Cruelster and Masakari among others. 5 songs of scathing raw punk/hardcore that comes highly recommended for fans of bands such as Gas Rag, Hoax and The Repos.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Nervous-Tour Demo



1.The Future

Oakland, California band Nervous follows up their excellent 2013 LP with 2 new songs from a tape they've recently had with them on tour. Like the aforementioned LP, these are two explosive and aggressive punk/hardcore songs  that perfectly channel the angst of golden era 90's bands such as Nirvana and Sonic Youth while adding their own dose of bay area hardcore fury. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gross- "Tomorrow I Will Fall In Love" Promo



1.Low Windows
2.Here I Am
3.Close Circle

Grimey Orlando, Florida hardcore punk/powerviolence band Gross is back with 3 new songs that will appear on a future 7 inch that's yet to be recorded, and frankly this flat out rips. These 3 new songs are the best recordings from the band to date, 3 raw and uncompromising punk/hardcore songs that show a ton of promise for what's to come from the band. Falling somewhere between Ceremony's older material and a mix of Hoax and Iron Lung, the band tears through this new material that proves to be their best to date. Gross are one of the best punk/hardcore bands active in Florida currently in my opinion, and this tape doesn't show any signs of that changing anytime soon. Highly recommended for fans of all the aforementioned bands.