hardcore Archive

Interview with Brian from Downset; Playing @TIHCFEST; One Blood drops this Summer @downsetla

West Coast Hip Hop over grooved out, crunchy Hardcore riffs?! HOLY FUCK, the 16 year old me was in love with Downset from the moment I heard the opening bass line under Rey Anthony Oropeza’s solo vocal intro to “Anger.” You know EXACTLY what I’m talking about, or else you wouldn’t be reading this interview […]

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DOWNSET to Release New Album “One Blood” on July 21, 2014 + Tour @downsetla @adrenalinepr

Hardcore punk/rap metal veterans DOWNSET recently announced their highly-anticipated return with an upcoming performance at the revelled This Is Hardcore Festival in Philadelphia, PA on July 27th. Now, the band can announce their full plans for 2014, which include a brand new album, entitled One Blood, which will hit stores on July 21, 2014. Produced by DOWNSET guitarist Brian Ares […]

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Interview with Rich Fie from Caught In A Trap; New Album Goodnight New York drops 1/28/14 on Dead City Records!

NYC’s Caught In A Trap play tunes for the Working Man. You know the deal: Wake up and bust your ass for someone else’s dollar, deal with the ridiculousness of corrupt politicians (who have more money and power than you’ll ever have) all trying to tell you what is what, grinding out the days at […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Craig Anderson @eggnite from STRIFE & IGNITE @Strife_LA @IGNITE2 #drummers

How is a drum solo like a sneeze?
 You know it’s coming, but there’s nothing you can do about it. Well, maybe not in Hardcore. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, […]

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EARTH CRISIS Unveils Salvation Of Innocents @earsplitpr @earthcrisis #syracuse #hardcore

Candlelight Records today confirms March 3rd for Europe and March 4th as the North American release date for Salvation of Innocents, the label debut from hardcore/metal pioneers EARTH CRISIS. Mixed by Zeuss (Agnostic Front, Terror, Hatebreed), the album and its lead single, “The Morbid Glare,” will be available for preorder via iTunes and other digital platforms beginning January 20th/21st.

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@CMJ Interview with Human Furnace from Ringworm @rngwrm13; New Album Hammer Of The Witch on @relapserecords slated for 2014!

Cleveland, Ohio’s Ringworm is one of the most chaotic hardcore metal bands on the market, and has been since their beginnings in 1991. All gaps in their performance history aside, the Relapse Records act continues to punish and pummel the eardrums and senses of their listeners with their trademark aural assault. There’s just something about […]

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Interview with Brendon Flynn from Freya; Releasing Paragon of the Crucible this month! @freyaband

Syracuse, NY metal band Freya have had quite an interesting career for themselves thus far, one that has taken them across musical genres and found them experimenting with a wide range of sonic possibilities. Though the band has had a few lineup changes over the years, but none are stronger than this current incarnation, and […]

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Interview with Andrew Kline from STRIFE; Witness A Rebirth in stores NOW! @strife_la

Los Angeles, California 5-piece hardcore band Strife is currently on the road. First here in Syracuse, NY (for the first time in a long time) to play the final show at Westcott Community, and they’ll be heading to Albany, NY tomorrow and Reading, PA to tear up the stage at this year’s installment of East Coast […]

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EAST COAST TSUNAMI 2013 starts tonight; Full lineup below. #hardcore #punk @ectsunami

A riot is making it’s way to Reading, Pennsylvania today as this year’s installment of EAST COAST TSUNAMI FEST begins! Club Reverb is going to shake to the core for 72 hours, so don’t miss out!!!

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Interview with All Else Fails (Joe Pesci Edition); Fucktropolis out NOW! @Allelsefailsca #fuck

Fuck. Every once in a while, you go into work with your Give-a-Fuck Meter on “0” and 8 hours left in the day. It’s not the most pleasant way to go about things, but it just happens. You just want to say “Fuck” a lot. Then, you get a fucking email from a very fucking […]

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New 7 SECONDS song titled “My Aim Is You”; First in 8 YEARS!!! #punk

Hump Day? More like Punk Day! Be the first to hear the new 7 Seconds track, “My Aim Is You,” right NOW! 7 SECONDS Release First Song In Over 8 Years 7 Seconds has released their first new song in over 8 years.  Listen to it here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sKEWB8dE4w. “My Aim Is You” is an ode to […]

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Interview with Karl Buechner from @EarthCrisis; Playing #Syracuse TONIGHT 7/13 @victoryrecords

Attention 90’s Hardcore kids… Ready for a windmill to the face? Earth Crisis’ groundbreaking EP, Firestorm, is 20 years old. Nuts, right?! In a move that changed the shape of hardcore music as we may (or may not have) known it, the Syracuse, NY based five-piece, along with several of their contemporaries, offered a much […]

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Drive By Interview with Dan and Gavin from Senses Fail @sensesfail #renacer

What’s going on everybody? Once again, this is Greg Allis with Live High Five and we are here in Syracuse, NY where Senses Fail is doing a headlining performance in support of their new album, Renacer. There was a bit of a credential snafu this afternoon, and that happens sometimes. Credential snafus take up time, […]

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Interview with Mike Judge; Reuniting for BNB Bowl 5/18-19 @thebnblabel @bnbproductions

“They said it would NEVER happen…” Hardcore music just loves superlatives. Always, Never, Forever, True ’til Death? Yeah, right. For some of us hardcore aficionados, the key element has nothing to do with the message being screamed, but rather the release that we collectively feel when watching members of a band go off as hard as […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Jason Hamacher (Regents/Frodus/Battery)

What’s the best way to confuse a drummer? 
 Put a sheet of music in front of him. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T FUCKING EXIST. Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately determine […]

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GET INVOLVED! (feat. members of Thursday/Judge/Glassjaw/F.A.T.A.) debut new track!

GET INVOLVED! DEBUT NEW LIVE TRACK TODAY April 3, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – It was recently announced that members from beloved bands Thursday, From Autumn To Ashes, Glassjaw and Judge, have come together to form a new band called Get Involved! with plans to record their debut EP with famed producer Ross Robinson (At The Drive In, Glassjaw, The Cure) in […]

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THIS IS HARDCORE FEST 2013 Lineup Announcement

This looks like so much fun! It all takes place on August 8-11th at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pa. and will likely sell out with that lineup… Grab your tickets now! Click the pic for more info.

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Interview with Ricky from BACKTRACK @backtracknyhc @reaperrecords

Long Island, NY’s Backtrack (Reaper Records) has been blazing up the hardcore ranks in recent months. With their near constant touring schedule, youthful energy, and riot-inducing performances, Backtrack’s name is spreading like wildfire across the hardcore community. And why not? Already given the nod by some of the elite in the game right now (Terror, […]

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Album Review for 96’s Hotfoot Record debut, “Caught In The Grips.”

“Gimme a muthafuckin’ Iced T! No ice!” North New Jersey hardcore group 96’s new album, “Caught in The Grips,” just dropped on Hotfoot Records, and if you’ve ever been able to relate with the opening sentence and like your music testy, this one is for you.

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Interview with Greg Thomas from MISERY SIGNALS; Prepping new album right now! @miserysignals

Milwaukee, Wisconsin isn’t the first place I would think to mention when asking or asked about where good heavy music comes from, but it is the hometown of Misery Signals, and they are fucking HEAVY! When they bring their technical virtuosity, vicious crunch, and polyrhythmic mayhem to the stage with them, spectators should prepare themselves […]

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Interview with Josh Sinder from THE INSURGENCE; New album Elimi-Nation out now on Innerstrength Records @theinsurgence

PUNK FUCKING ROCK! That’s what I’m talking about! Washington’s The Insurgence offer what every beaten down, worn out, angry-as-hell punker needs in their life: Blasting tempos, gruff vocals, and enough high-octane crunch to set any venue on fire. If the world was all roses, we’d have no need for such things, but it sort of […]

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Review of FALL CITY FALL’s Victus album; Dropping 1/22/13 on Victory Records

Here’s one from Lord Covey before he hit the road with Shai Hulud. VICTUS is dropping on 1/22 via Victory Records, so cop it when it hits, or go pre-order it NOW for special deals and packages. Kudos, Calgary! Fall City Fall – Victus (Victory Records) The first full-length album from Calgary-based Fall City Fall, Victus, is billed by Victory Records […]

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Interview with Chris Logan from CHOKEHOLD

Ever been so intrigued or moved by something that you couldn’t get it out of your head? That’s pretty much how Canadian Hardcore band Chokehold has been for me since the age of 15. I managed to get in touch with mouthpiece Chris Logan to get a bit of info and a few words on […]

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INTO ANOTHER adds more shows. You should go see one (if you can get in) @adrenalinepr

Reunited New York Rockers INTO ANOTHER Add Four New Shows to Touring Schedule Hot off of three sold-out shows in New York and California, the newly-reunited INTO ANOTHER will be playing four dates on the east coast this December. The dates kickff on December 13th in Cambridge, MA and will hit major north-eastern cities. Afterward, INTO ANOTHER will head to […]

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SICK OF IT ALL added as Special Guest to REV 25 in NYC NEXT WEEK!

Pulling no punches to make the event complete insanity, none other than NYHC Legends SICK OF IT ALL are the special guest at Night 2 of Revelation Records 25 Anniversary show next week at Irving Plaza. It’s Clobberin’ Time! Check out the flyer HERE

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BATTERY Reunion show in DC 10/10/12; FREE ticket link below.

Go get ’em! One of DC’s finest in a rare appearance after many years. You can catch them at Rev 25 at Irving Plaza in NYC as well! http://www.ticketalternative.com/Events/20812.aspx

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CHAIN OF STRENGTH Secret show video from 9/15/12!

Revelation Records is an incredible company. 25 years and still going strong! Check out the full CHAIN OF STRENGTH set from the secret invite only show on 9/15/12! Rev… We owe you a debt of gratitude!

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Stream the new V.O.D. album “The Cursed Remain Cursed” NOW!

Boom. Enjoy! http://spotlight.metalhammer.co.uk/   &nbs

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Interview with Mike Couls and Karl Buechner from Vehement Serenade; Playing East Coast Tsunami Fest

What do you get when you put members of Earth Crisis, Cro-Mags, Sworn Enemy, Skarhead, Cold As Life, and Sub Zero in a room together? Though it may sound like a college level lecture series on the history of NY Hardcore, it’s actually Vehement Serenade. As far as super-groups go, you’d be hard pressed to […]

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P.O.D. Interview with Sonny Sandoval

Nu-Metal has essentially come and gone at this point. Any band thinking that they will be able to sustain a musical career by performing Rap-Rock Mall Metal in a public environment are going to have a very difficult time grasping the fact that the scene is virtually over. The only exception to this rule would […]

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Review: Hawthorne Heights “Hope” EP on Cardboard Empire Records

With their Hope EP, Hawthorne Heights return with the second installment in their alliteratively titled trilogy of EPs that began with 2011’s Hate, which the band is self-releasing on their Cardboard Empire label. With Hope, Hawthorne Heights uses their previous work as points of reference while continuing to refine their sound and expressing a more […]

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Thick As Blood “Living Proof” Album Review

Florida hardcore group, Thick as Blood, is back with their third release, “Living Proof,” since their sophomore effort, “Embrace,” in 2009. 11 tracks of high octane material in under 30 minutes is impressive. First impressions of the overall work: the performance execution is done well, (they all know how to do what they do and […]

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A Life Once Lost Interview with Bob Meadows

Philadelphia’s A Life Once Lost are frickin’ heavy… Think Meshuggah with a slightly more Hardcore tinge. Since 1999, the quartet has been bulldozing their crowds with a sick blend of punctuated rhythm, technical riffage, and tortured vocals. It’s really fun to watch in concert.

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Polar Bear Club Interview with Erik “Goose” Henning

Perhaps I missed the boat a bit, but Polar Bear Club seemed to go from regional punk act to international sensation virtually overnight. Looking further into it, the 5-piece from Rochester/Syracuse, NY have pounded pavement harder than some truck drivers, and continue to do so with their constant touring.

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“Respect the DJ” with JRRBLL from The Sound and The Fury

Radio is dying a slow, painful death. Though it may appear to be thriving, alive, and well, the new musical stratosphere has been blown wide open in terms of delivery, accessibility to content, and changing listening patterns by end users. There is no greater victim in this change than the modern radio DJ… The guy […]

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Miss May I Interview with Levi Benton

The new wave of American Hardcore and Metal… Sometimes I just don’t get it. Maybe I’m just aged out, but the whole tight pants, dyed black hair, whiny-singing-to-growled-vocal- changeup just isn’t really my bag. I always liked my Metal and Hardcore angry, and my Emo sad enough to slit a wrist. A lot of the […]

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Abject “Try Again!” – self release

Abject is NYHC through and through. After my fourth listen in an hour, I’m diggin’ this album a whole lot! Clocking in at just over 16 minutes, “Try Again!” is 9-tracks born of beer, barroom brawls, and George Carlin’s unique take on society. Politics be damned… This is music to get in a fight to […]

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Shadows Fall Interview with Brian Fair

Shadows Fall has been a powerhouse in the Metal world for quite some time. Forming out of the ashes of several prominent Boston Hardcore and Metal bands, their music represents many of the best and most popular elements of the new wave of Metal music. But you knew that already…

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Interview with Billy Graziadei from Biohazard

Admittedly, I was first exposed to Biohazard when Beavis and Butthead were rocking out to “Punishment” during one of their old school episodes. No problems, there… That show kicked ass (huh huh.) Since that day, I have always followed the band and checked out their albums. I picked up a limited copy of Urban Discipline […]

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After The Fall Interview with Mike Moak

Albany, NY’s After The Fall have made quite a name for themselves over the years. With ripping fast tempos, super tight delivery, and intelligent, personalized lyrical content, the group has garnered lots of attention and a worldwide fan base. I was recently able to catch up with guitarist/singer Mike Moak, thanks in large part to […]

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