Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review: Power Trip-Nightmare Logic

2017


It's hard to believe it's been 3 years since Texas metal/hardcore crossover ragers Power Trip released their excellent debut LP Manifest Decimation, but time can fly fast, and the band certainly made the most of it, touring up and down the US and various other parts in the world with bands as varied as Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Terror, and Mammoth Grinder to name a few. Spreading their insane and energetic live show to the masses has found the band honing their craft to perfection, resulting in their long awaited second LP Nightmare Logic. As the band tears through the 8 songs on this record, one thing is made very clear: Nightmare Logic takes everything that made Manifest Decimation and the band in general so appealing and doubles down the intensity, resulting in the band's best material to date.



For those who have yet to hear Power Trip (a very small amount of our reader base I'd imagine but possible none the less) the band effortlessly fuses thrash metal and hardcore into a furious sound that certainly earns the crossover tag due to it's extremely wide range of appeal. It's easy to see why metalheads and hardcore kids alike have packed in the bands shows across the country and beyond, as the band fuses these sounds together perfectly and channels them through 8 expertly crafted songs that remain blisteringly heavy, intense and energetic and incredibly catchy all times. The band is most definitely firing on all cylinders here, and much like the previous LP it's hard to pick just one or two standout songs when all 8 have so many stand out moments. The band rips through the album in just over a brisk 30 minutes,  leaving you with an uncontrollable urge to mosh, headbang and fist pump into oblivion the entire duration, and wanting to go back for many repeated listens afterwords.



With Nightmare Logic, Power Trip have once again proven that they are at the top of their game in the extreme metal/hardcore world, coming back with an album that has everything that made the first LP so great and even more to offer beyond that. It's a must listen for any fan of extreme music in general, and already an arguable early contender for one of the years best albums. You can find a link to purchase a physical copy of the record via Southern Lord below, and be sure to catch the band in a city near you as they undoubtfully hit the road for eternity.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Bib- The Face

Year: 2017
Quality: 320kbps
Tracklist:
1. The Face
2. Peace of Mind
Get It NOW!

State Funeral- Tory Party Prison

Year: 2016
Quality:VBR
Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Tory Party Prison
3. Fear
4. Age Of Pigs
5. Mass Extermination
6. Austerity's Deathgrip

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review:Withdrawal-Never

2016

One of the biggest surprises at the end of the year came in the form of the release of the long awaited full length LP from Winnipeg hardcore band Withdrawal. After several awesome EP's and split releases that highlighted the band's intense take on the crushing metallic hardcore sound that bands like All Out War, Integrity, and Ringworm brought to the forefront in the 90's. The wait was indeed worth it, as Never shows Withdrawal in top form and this stands as their best material to date.

Fans of the aforementioned bands and the metallic hardcore they crafted will certainly appreciate not only the vitriol and energy that Withdrawal bring to the table with these 10 songs,, but also their excellent use of atmosphere and dynamics. Their vicious brand of hardcore is spaced out with gloomy melodic passages and build ups that always keep things interesting and always transition perfectly back into heavier sections. A blistering listen from start to finish, Never is filled to the brim with memorable riffs and crushing sections that you'll want to come back to again and again.


Never is an excellent LP that both pays respect to the Cleveland metallic hardcore bands that influenced Withdrawal as well as pushing forward with a new high watermark for the band. It's definitely worth a listen immediately if you're into any of the aforementioned bands and heavy hardcore in general. Check below for a stream of the entire album via the Escapist Records bandcamp, as well as a link to purchase a physical copy of the record via their webstore.



Monday, January 2, 2017

Review/Stream:Nmbrs-001 Demo


2016

Nmbrs are a new punk/hardcore band from Tampa/St.Petersburg Florida. This trio harkens back to the days of the late 80's/early 90's punk hardcore stalwars such as Wire, Swizz, and Mission Of Burma. This demo has 5 angular and simple and anthemic songs on it, catchy riffs and dual shouted vocals. Given the band has members of Florida punk bands I'm An Intestine, Permanent Makeup and Fevers among others, it's no surprise that this is some quality stuff that any fans of the aforementioned bands or the golden era Dischord sound of the 80's and 90's should definitely take a listen to. Stream the record below and check out their bandcamp for information on getting a physical copy.


Monday, December 26, 2016

Eliot's top 5 records of 2016

In my personal opinion, 2016 was an incredible year for music releases in general. Instead of the typical top 10 list I usually drop for the blog every year, I decided to write a short paragraph for my favorite 5 hardcore/punk releases of the year. Releases are listed in no particular order. I would throw in honorable mentions but there are honestly too many to begin. So here are my favorite/most listened to punk releases of the year:

CULTURE ABUSE-PEACH

Without a doubt my most listened to album of the year in any genre period, Culture Abuse's first proper full length is by far one of the catchiest punk releases I can recall in the past decade or even more. A record filled to the brim with both disdain for modern society and a surprising amount of positive energy in rejecting those notions, the grip this album can easily take in your headspace cannot be denied. Coupled with an incredible live show, all eyes are set on the band for their next move in 2017.


EVERY TIME I DIE-LOW TEENS

It's hard to decide what's more impressive, the fact that Low Teens is chaotic metalcore band Every Time I Die's 8th full length record or the fact that it arguably stands as the finest material the band has releases to date. Featuring both the catchiest and most devastatingly heavy material the band has released to date, Low Teens has been in constant rotation for me since release and will stay that way throughout the year ahead.

DANGERS-THE BEND IN THE BREAK

After years of fevered anticipation, California hardcore band Dangers finally released their third full length LP, and the wait was beyond worth it. Keeping the anthemic and breakneck energy that made the band so endearing in the first place while injecting a heavy dose of new musical influences and maturity in the mix, the album stands tall as the band's greatest effort to date.An incredible live band, here is to hoping some touring will follow this release in the year to come.


NOTHING-TIRED OF TOMORROW

Another highly anticipated release to drop this year that did not disappoint was Nothing's follow up to Guilty Of Everything, Tired Of Tomorrow. Displaying the same mesmerizing shoegaze laced crunch that made the band such an addictive listen in the first place while adding a large 90's alternative rock influence, they delivered an incredibly catchy album that was built for repeated listens.

NAILS-YOU WILL NEVER BE ONE OF US

All memes regarding the title of their album aside, it's hard to deny that metallic hardcore powerhouse Nails released one of the most insanely heavy albums of 2016 in any genre. Packed to the brim with headbang/mosh worthy riffs and pure vitriol, the band seemed to stop their momentum entirely by announcing an indefinite hiatus only to return at the end of the year with an excellent split with fellow extreme music champions Full Of Hell as well as a full US tour that stretches into the beginning months of 2017. It's a fitting mode of operation for one of the most intense heavy bands currently around, and through it all, despite all good and bad press, their third full length stood on it's own merit and the crushing music spoke for itself.



Again, it was almost impossible to narrow my choices down to just 5 releases. Incredible LP's such as the Full Of Hell/The Body collaboration and Fury-Paramount make a strong case for being on this list as well, but at the end of the day, these are the 5 that really stuck with me throughout the year. Looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store, and thanks for reading.