Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Damage Is Done Fest


Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with the final entry of this year and what a good way to do it with some highlights of the Damage Is Done fest, which it was held in Leeds, UK on November 22nd - 24th. As you may know, here in the blog, we're almost crazy for the so-called New Wave of British Hardcore - NWOBHC and we have covered most of it since we started this project in 2014. In fact, one of the most popular and visited entries are related to this intriguing movement.

Now, this event was organized by Fact and Criminal and Quality Control HQ (the latter probably is the responsible of releasing most of the pioneers in the NWOBHC spectrum). The festival also meant the end of both Arms Race and Frame of Mind, the former one of the forefathers of this modern british trend while the latter is more into other kind of hardcore territory whose only full-length album is really good. (You can read our review of it by clicking here). As a curious fact, La Vida Es Un Mus records (UK) re-released Arms Race's last EP The Beast (2018) with different color scheme and as a limited edition. This record could have been featured in our best picks of 2018 list last year but, sadly, no. I totally forgot about it (You can read our review by clicking here). This world will be less bearable now that DiE, Violent Reaction and Arms Race are gone...Damn...

Finally, I'll only feature some of the participants to the festival since most of them already have been featured here in the blog and, as far as I know, there's no brand new material to date.The only band I won¡t feature is Saliva since I couldn't find anything from this recently formed band. Thank you so much for the ride this 2019 and see you the next year (after January 7th). More surprises and big changes are coming so, stay tuned. Enjoy life...while you can. With all that written, let's begin.

Big Cheese - Punishment Park LP

https://qualitycontrolhq.bandcamp.com/album/punishment-park

The «golden kid» of this whole NWOBHC is working on an upcoming LP that will be co-released by Quality Control HQ along with Triple-B Records from the U.S. next year. Unfortunately, there's only one track as sneak preview but, well, it's fucking amazing. If you want a modern impersonation of Cro-Mags' Age of Quarrel, Big Cheese will deliver you that and much bigger. Yay. Finally, click on the image above for listening to this preview. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Chubby And The Gang

https://staticshockrecords.bandcamp.com/album/all-along-the-uxbridge-road

Chubby and the Gang is a recently formed musical outfit featuring ex and current members of Arms Race, Violent Reaction, Gutter Knife and Vile Spirit, among others. This band replaced Nekra at the very last minute since they couldn't make it. Regarding their sound, the band is more into classic 70s punk garage rock and even some oi! than anything else but it's kinda cool, though. If you dig bands like The Kids and Cyanide, this is definitely for you. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to Static Shock Records' (UK) official bandcamp account where you can listen to Along The Uxbridge Road EP as well as a sneak preview of their upcoming LP that will be released by the same record label next year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Lawful Killing 

https://lawfulkilling.bandcamp.com/

Lawful Killing is a hardcore band from London that's been in the game since not long time ago and only have released one demo and Local Heroes LP. Regarding their sound, they have an interesting mix of hardcore punk and crossover thrash with slow-paced «groovy» tunes and fast and gritty endings. They reminded me somewhat of late-80s NYHC acts such as Rorschach, Leeway and SFA. Pretty cool. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account and listen to them. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Mastermind - Bad Reaction EP

https://qualitycontrolhq.bandcamp.com/album/bad-reaction

After releasing a pretty interesting demo last year, Mastermind is right now one of the trump cards in the whole Quality Control HQ's catalog. Indeed, this band is a living homage of the good ol' glories of NYHC playing as hard (and «groovy») as Killing Time, Breakdown and Rest In Pieces, for naming a few. Yeah, the musical instrumentation and execution give the impression that this outfit was trapped under ice in the 80s and wants to eat the whole world alive as revenge. Awesome. Another potential candidate for our best picks list of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Payday - Second To None LP


https://qualitycontrolhq.bandcamp.com/album/second-to-none

Last month, we featured the promo of this LP from this 90s Clevo HxC-influenced straight edge hardcore punk  from London. So, yeah, it's finally here and it's as satisfying as we previously announced. You can read our impressions by clicking here. Yep, definitely another potential candidate for our best picks list of 2019. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Permission - Drawing Breath Through A Hole In The Ground LP

https://lavidaesunmus.bandcamp.com/album/drawing-breath-through-a-hole-in-the-ground-mlp

Holy fuck! How could I miss this amazing LP last year? This is the second full-length album from this superb hardcore punk band from London. So, this LP still retains the band's solid mix of bostonian hardcore, UK82 and d-beat with a superb mid-tempo pogoish-oriented leaning, distorted guitar riffs and unorthodox changes. If you dig bands like Negativ (Norway), Fluke, Lubricant (Singapore), GAG (USA) and even Muro (Colombia), you'll love this one. Finally, click on the image above for listening to this great record. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

The Wound - Strange Feeling LP

https://thewoundwy.bandcamp.com/releases

The Wound is a band from Leeds and have released so far this LP. What can I write about this record? One thing: it's fantastic. Indeed, it mixes different styles of american and british hardcore for making something of their own with short, fast and loud music, some eventual slower breakdowns and whatever the duck guitar solos. They reminded me of modern american hardcore bands such as Cadaver Dog, City Hunter and Creem, for naming a few. Finally, click on the image above for listening to this great LP. Damn, I should be more aware of them in the future. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Diztort (US) - Hell Is...LP

https://advancedperspective.bandcamp.com/album/hell-is

This is the debut album from this OC-based hardcore band. I didn't know it prior to the writing of this entry. Yeah, I have to admit Diztort is one of those cases where how the fuck could I miss them. Indeed, their sound is mostly 90s metallic hardcore-oriented with overwhelming and slower breakdowns and hard as fuck chugga-chugga groove. If you like bands like Trapped Under Ice and Red Death, you'd definitely love this one. Finally, click on the image above for listening to this great work. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

EKULU (US) 

https://ekulu.bandcamp.com/

EKULU is a NYHC band that's been in the game since 2018 and have released so far: self-titled (2018) and Half Alive EP (2019). The band retains the hardcore spirit of their local city drawing influences from bands like 108, Vision of Disorder, Biohazard and more with the mesmerizing and mindcrushing metallic hardcore execution late-90s NYHC style is known for. And, yes, their more recent work is definitely another candidate for our best picks list of this year. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account and listen to their available discography thus far. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Physique (US)

https://physique.bandcamp.com/

We finally conclude this «hardcore extravaganza» entry with Physique from Olympia, featuring ex and current members of EMASCULATOR, G.L.O.S.S., Parasol, Nervous Condition, Peeple Watchin' and more. They have released so far: I Hate It EP (2017), Punk Life Is Shit EP, East Coast USA tour EP (2018), The Rhythm of Brutality EP and The Evolution of Combat (2019). Regarding the sound, Physique plays d-beat-influenced hardcore punk with some crust traits (reminiscent of acts like DooM, Excrement of War, Extreme Noise Terror (UK), Gloom and S.D.S. (Japan)) and the lyrics are angst-filled against nuclear war, capitalism, conformist life and other common topics for these type of bands. I really liked it and I do not know which record to choose from for our best picks list of 2019. Finally, click on the image for listening to this blast from...Olympia. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. See you soon. Kisses and hugs!

Monday, December 30, 2019

MOAR colombian hardcore punk releases




Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with another entry and this time around with MOAR colombian hardcore punk releases, as it was previously announced in past entries. 2019 has been a busy year and we've seen different records throughout these months and, yes, this land of tropical anarchy forsaken by the gods of rock 'n roll known as Colombia hasn't been an exception to this rule. I know sometimes it could be kinda difficult trying to cover every single release out there but I try to do my best. So, this is a short entry because I feel kinda disappointed (but not surprised) of deleting the download link of the previous entry. I hate those algorithmes that relate every single damn word as object of copyright protection. Damn. Finally, I will publish tomorrow the final post of 2019 and I'll be back on January 7th with more new entries (including the long-awaited "best picks of this year" list). Yeah. With all that written, let's begin.  

UZI - Cadena De Odio LP 

https://uzipunkbogota.bandcamp.com/album/cadena-de-odio

The long-awaited full-length album from this impressive female-fronted hardcore punk band from Bogotá D.C. has finally arrived. It will be published by Adult Crash Records (Denmark) in the next few months. Regarding the sound, it's not that different to their contributed tracks to Silla Eléctrica compilation (You can refresh your memory by clicking here) meaning that you'll find their unique and personal fast-paced hardcore punk ((with a notorious UK82 leaning) without losing the grip style. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to some preview tracks. Can't wait for having my physical copy soon. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Trampa - Muerte Es La Paz EP

https://trampa.bandcamp.com/album/muerte-es-la-paz-full-ep

The also long-awaited first album from this venezuelan pvnx living in the exile here in Bogotá D.C. has finally seen the light. As we previously stated, Trampa is a d-beat-influenced hardcore punk band drawing influences from all-time classics such as Disclose (Japan), Besthovën (Brazil) and Skitlickers (Sweden), for naming a few, with the unbeatable and passionate touch that only is present in bands from Latin America. You'll find in here fast-paced music with anger-filled lyrics against this fucked up world. Nice. Also, the physical edition of this record will be released next month so, I cannot wait for having my own copy. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this record. This is definitely a potential candidate for our best picks of this year (despite the fact that it will be properly released in 2020 ha ha). Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Ruda - Despierta, Cuestiona Y Destruye El Sistema! EP 

https://rudacrust.bandcamp.com/releases

This is the first album from this female-fronted hardcore punk band from Rionegro, Antioquia. Regarding their sound, Ruda draws influences from gallician neocrust bands such as Ekkaia and Leadershit mixed with the unique melodic hardcore style from spanish bands like Accidente and Duelo. I really liked their style since is mostly fast-paced with eventual melodic traits. Also, the lyrics are filled with both personal and political topics dealing with different social and economic issues such as capitalism, colonization, exploitation, and, of course, the daydream of a new world. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this interesting EP. This is definitely a potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Raw Brigade - "Kicking Faces" Live On Axe To Grind

https://rawbrigade.bandcamp.com/album/raw-brigade-live-on-axe-to-grind

La Brigada Cruda is back! This time around, they made a live performance on Axe To Grind, an excellent hardcore podcast from the US. So, Kicking Faces features most of Raw Brigade's current discography including The Job and The Trap, two brand new tracks that will be part of their upcoming LP next year. So, yeah. If you haven't heard their short, fast and loud NYHC-inspired sxe hardcore punk style: what are you waiting for? Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Mico - Alma Falsa single 

https://micolandia.bandcamp.com/

Mico from Cali is back with a brand new single named Alma Falsa. I'm not really sure but I think this is a teaser for an upcoming EP or LP (or something else). In previous ocassions, we've exceedingly stated our whole admiration to this band that blends different styles of extreme hardcore punk such as grindcore, sludge and metalcore for making something unique and of their own. Overwhelming, mindblowing. Fuck...I don't even know how to describe their style. It's just an ear orgasm for burning the world down to ashes. Can't wait for their next production. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this single. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Human Scum - Negative Attack EP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJHxCDNV9eE

Human Scum is a recently formed hardcore punk outfit from Ibagué (Ibahell for the friends) featuring members of local bands such as Valium, Aasvöel, Mohán, CH and more. Regarding the sound,  Human Scum is more into blackened crust outfits from Sweden such as Martyrdöd and Skitsystem and, for instance, the music is dark, pessimistic and kinda misanthropic in both musical execution and lyrical content. Pretty awesome. Someone once told me that both neocrust and blackened crust are now a fad but after listening to this I totally disagree with such statement. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official YouTube account where you can listen to this outstanding 4-track EP. Another potential candidate for our best picks of 2019. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Errante - Frontera b/w Serranía single 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_Oa9PiwEZ8&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3Z069hhVkOumvG0ntuw39mAW96BSbgpLlEJq6BFHpulqBvfyydT8PKwwQ

After their superb split Ep with Uncle Ray from Canada (Remember that record was one of our best picks of 2018. You can refresh your memory by clicking here), our friends of Errante are working on new songs and these ones are a teaser for an upcoming new album. Unlike previous works, the band has opted to incorporate more black metal, sludge and metalcore elements into their repertory for making more overwhelming and crushing sounds. Of course, the powerviolence and grindcore still is there but diluted into something a little bit different. Just a little bit. I think of something like Weekend Nachos X Baptists. The lyrics are also more political and outspoken than before. Nice. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official YouTube account where you can listen to this. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Die In Silence - self-titled EP 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_Uxy4Tfafs
  
This is a rehearsal session that this band from Santa Marta made some months ago here in Bogotá. Die In Silence probably is one of the first d-beat bands (well, technically speaking) in the country with a musical career of almost a decade. Regarding their sound, they mix different "schools of d-beat" (mostly the swedish and japanese ones) with punk medallo sensibilities (you know, the original colombian hardcore punk style in the late-80s/early 90s). The lyrics are also political dealing with the boredom and bullshit of living in a unjust and unfair country like Colombia.  Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official YouTube account where you can listen to this interesting EP. There's also a cover of Chaos UK's anthem Victimized. And, don't forget to visit their official bandcamp account by clicking here. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Chulo - CDXLIV EP

https://knochentapes.bandcamp.com/album/chulo-cdxliv

After a decade of relentless grindviolence, Chulo says vemos gonorreas to this fucked-up world with their more recent and last EP ever. The tape edition was released early this year by Knochen Tapes (Germany) (limited to 50 copies) and a vinyl edition was meant to be released by Torture Garden Picture Company (US) but no record right now...So, CDXLIV (444 in roman numbers, which also is a reference to their style) marks the end of Chulo with an interesting grindviolence style which pays homage to all-time classics like Spazz, Crossed Out and Despise You with the modern frill of bands such as Magrudergrind, Sex Prisoner and Hatred Surge. Indeed, both sludgy-paced breakdown moments and hyper-fast blast beat-oriented unorthodox tempo changes are here with lyrics full of irony and sarcasm like not many local bands dare to explore. This is probably their best record to date. Finally, a discography CD will be co-released by To Live A Lie  and Give Praise Records next year so, we'll feature it when the right time comes. Click on the image above for listening to it. Another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Anger Blast - self-titled EP (2019) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-afXbMGtrY
We finally conclude this entry with the second record from this Bogota-based. Anger Blast plays grindcore à la mincecore with slow-paced yet overwhelming tunes and a minimalistic and lo-fi approach. For this record, I think the band added in more swedish goregrind elements in the same vein as Regurgitate, General Surgery and Necrony for making their repertory even more extreme. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to Disordera Records' (Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia) official YouTube account where you can listen to this great EP. Another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Your X(XX)-Mas Gift: Not Just Boys Fun Vol. 1 (bootleg)

https://mega.nz/#!j9IFFAJT!QBu8YgCVO55xfFjsB7RWR14zxLGNP-cU1Vvegm-KBJQ

Featured bands: +HIRS+, Amygdala, BINARY, Brother, Causa, Cell, Escuela Grind, Exit Order, Exótica, Firewalker, G.L.O.S.S., Khiss, Krimewatch, Kurrakä, Oxidant, Redbait, Slouch, Torsö (USA), Mortality Rate, Holy Grinder, Uncle Ray, Triage, Maldita, Scorpio Rising (Canada), Kohti Tuhoa, Kovaa Rasvaa (Finland), 44.caliberloveletter, AxeRash, HAG, Vidro, Waste, Zyfilis (Sweden), Abuso, Que Ardan, TodoxHacer, Roxio, UZI  (Colombia), Accidente, Barcelona, Drei Affen, Lux, (Spain), Perra Vida, Tomar Control (Peru), Ansiax (France), Eat My Fear, PISS (Germany), Fuse, Sial (Singapore), Lucta (Italy), Surge (Ireland), Game, Nekra, Rapture (UK), Ladrona, Primavera (Costa Rica), Riña, Violencia (México), Self Deconstruction (Japan), Slant (South Korea) and Exilio (Venezuela).

(UPDATE 12/29/2019: The download link has been removed due to "copyright infringement". Sadly, it won't be uploaded again. Thank you). 

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with another entry and this time around with the promised "christmas gift", which was previously announced in past entries. This is just a small token of appreciation for all the love and support you've given to this humble blog in the past 5 years. Without you, this shouldn't be possible. Thank you. And, you know, I love compilations and, of course, bootlegs. That's why I decided to make this one. I'm pretty sure you're gonna love it.

Now, if you've read the blog thoroughly, you already know some years ago we had a mini-special post named Not Just Boys Fun (you can refresh your memory by clicking here), in which we featured 12 female-fronted, all-female, trans and queer bands from the US and Canada. For strange reasons, I haven't done properly other entries related to it but different bands led by womyn, trans, queer and non-binary individuals have been featured here in the blog since then. You know, there aren't too many out there due to the white male dominance in the hardcore/punk spectrum but, in recent years, we've seen a huge explosion of more bands not exclusively made by men, which is something mandatory for our troubled times. And, that's the other reason why I decided to make this compilation as such because it's good to encourage womyn and other genre dissidents to voice their opinion, both inside and outside our spaces, and try to make a more comfortable world for everyone.  

Lastly, click on the image above for downloading the compilation. The featured tracks were taken from either demos or the first releases of each band. The whole idea is to take this as a sort of unofficial sampler, know the content and try to support every musical outfit included. It's totally worth it. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Some benefit compilations



Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with another entry and this time around we have some benefit compilations for good causes. You know, perfect for these times "of giving and sharing" and stuff, right?. If you can, pay the right price or directly contribute to the causes in other different ways (I'll leave you the URLs for getting more information about them) that'd be great. Finally, I'm still preparing your X(xx)-mas gift entry because I'm out of town for holidays and I didn't bring most of the files with me. Yeah, I can be that clumsy too. With all that written, let's begin.


Blast Christmas compilation

https://fidgetpv.bandcamp.com/album/blast-christmas-compilation?fbclid=IwAR1Tof1ZfO-WpLNIGa_jt27U8rb_H18ZYKhrFunnFEgDjyATAIBUGvSkO68

Featured bands: FiDGET, The Afternoon Gentlemen, Implement, Gay Panic Defence, Gets Worse, Mister Lizard, Coproach, Wound, Psychoasis, Clogged, Killsnitch Engage, Carroña, Dad, Asbestos Beach, Nat Gavin, Stress, Bile, Intrusive Thought, Chinsniffer and Enzyme (all from the UK). 

This compilation was curated by FiDGET and was released on digital format TODAY (Wow, we're so fast haha). It contains different grindcore and powerviolence musical outfits as well as some d-beat. All the proceeds will go to PAFRAS, a non-profit organization that works with refugees, asylum seekers and the wider community to counter the effects of enforced destitution on vulnerable migrants. As the same organization states "Our work has three main strands: providing immediate humanitarian relief; long-term support, advice and advocacy aimed at assisting service users to make lasting improvements to their situations; raising awareness and campaigning locally and nationally on issues affecting our service users." For more information go to: www.pafras.org.uk. Check it out. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to FiDGET's official bandcamp account and listen to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Neighborhood Watch: GrindxDeathxCrust compilation

https://riotready.bandcamp.com/album/neighborhood-watch-grind-death-crust-compilation

Featured bands: Slund, Ona Snop, HOSTIA, TRAVOLTA, Slaghter Of The Innocents, Kill The Con Man, Expurgo, Incarnate, Ballgag, immobilizer, GUT DRILL, Fawn Limbs, Glitterbomb, Thin, Depopulation Department, Vast Slug, Senseless Strife, E.G.O.C.I.D.E., Carnero Negro, Karkait, SWAMPASS, Internal Rot, Dr. Ghost, Errante and many more.

This is the most recent compilation curated and released by Riot Ready Records, an anarchist collective based in Los Angeles, California. All the proceeds will go to the anti-gentrification organization "Defend Boyle Heights" (https://defendboyleheights.blogspot.com). The compilation feature grindcore, crust, death metal and powerviolence from different countries in the world, including some exclusive tracks to the record such as our friends from Medellín, Colombia Errante. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to the record label's official bandcamp account and listen to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Aquí nos están matando Vols. 1 and 2

https://imperecederodiscos.bandcamp.com/album/aqu-nos-est-n-matando-here-they-are-killing-us-vol-2

https://imperecederodiscos.bandcamp.com/album/aqu-nos-est-n-matando-here-they-are-killing-us

Featured bands: Cállate, Esconder Micara, Misa Histérica, Sudaka Terror, Marcel Duchamp, Conflicto de Interés, Ninja Mutantes Adolescentes - NMA (Chile), Struggle Session, Fanzui Xiangfa (China), Arrotzak (Basque Country), Hikikomori, GERK (Argentina), Besthöven (Brazil), Ire, Chaviré, Woodwork (France), LÖRI (Peru), Drei Affen (Spain) and many more.

I know most of you are aware of the heated situation in Chile. Indeed, there has been a fierceful state repression through the hideous police brutality during the demonstrations. There are even reports of missing persons, ransom and homicides. The proceeds will go directly to the victims and their families in Chile. Aquí nos están matando. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to Imperecedero record label's official bandcamp account and listen to this record including different hardcore punk, indie rock and post punk bands around the world. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Riffs For Reproductive Justice 


Featured bands:  Redbait, Thou, Vile Intent, Fucked And Bound, Emma Ruth Rundle, Racetraitor (US), Dawn Ray'd, Svalbard (UK), Violet Cold (Azerbaijan (!)), Ancst (Germany) and many more.  

We finally conclude this entry with this impressive compilation released by Black Flags Over Brooklyn, which is an anti-fascist and anti-racist metal festival held in the "dark heart" of Brooklyn on January 25-26, 2019. This compilation features different hardcore punk (mostly metalcore and crust) and extreme metal (mostly black metal) bands that participated to this event. There also some exceptions to the rule such as folk, experimental and ambient musical projects but also with a "dark" or "blackened" element in them. So, 100% of proceeds from this compilation will be donated to the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAH: abortionfunds.org) and the Yellowhammer Fund (yellowhammerfund.org), both organizations that support reproductive justice. Their work is really important due to the forced closing of different abortion clinics across the U.S., situation that deprives people of the ability to access crucial healthcare services. Your body, your choice, les chaton.ne.s! Always. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to the official bandcamp account and listen to this record. There are covers of Dead Kennedys and Leadbelly's songs. Awesome. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Some review submissions November - December 2019

Note: The future is now.

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with another entry. This time around, we have a HUGE one. A really HUGE one uwu. I know you know I try to try to (INCEPTION) compensate you my long absences and deathly silence (wow, that sounded kinda creepy) with a big fat load of records (fuck yeah!). Ehemm, ok...Calm down...So, most of its content was meant to be published in different entries last week but, you know, sorry for the delay. Again.

I also have to confess some things concerning the work here in the blog. During this year, I've had different problems digitizing some records because the Blu-ray player of my laptop clearly is fucked up (sometimes worked, sometimes, well, it did not) and my desktop PC also needs some fixing because I have to replace some components and improve its cooling system. Damn, I hate this programmed obsolescence...That's the reason why I haven't digitized some of the records I still owe you. I hope 2020 will bring a new job opportunity or even, who knows, taking this as a full-time job and try to fund it as many digital content creators do nowadays, right? Mmm...Let's wait and see...

Finally, this weekend, I'll publish the long-awaited Damage Is Done Fest highlights entry, MOAR colombian hardcore punk releases and, I'm going to give you all an X(xx)-Mas present. Pretty much in the same way as Drunk Santa did back in 2016 (You can refresh your memory by clicking here) but he won't be back. For good. I won't ruin you the surprise but it's something I made with all my heart. Yeah, I can be romantic too. With all that written, let's begin. 

1) Review submissions 

a) Zegema Beach Records (Canada)
https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/  

Once again, our (un)official partners of Zegema Beach Records (Canada) monthly propose us interesting screamo and post-hardcore-related outfits for making reviews. Let's see what we had for the months of November and December.

SNAG - self-titled LP 

https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/snag

SNAG is a band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin that's been in the game since 2016 and have released so far one self-titled demo (2017), A Dying Emperor Within A Dying Empire - split EP with Social Caterpillar (2017), and self-titled LP (2019). Regarding the sound, SNAG reminded me of early/mid-00s screamo bands from the US such as Funeral Diner, The Saddest Landscape and even asian ones such as Endzweck, 1000 Travels Of Jawaharlal (Japan), Kias Fansuri (Malaysia), for naming a few. Indeed, both musical instrumentation and execution are quite superb with the perfect mix of chaos, melody and dissonance. It really caught me by surprise à vrai dire. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this LP. Awesome. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Nerver - Believer's Hit LP  

https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/believers-hit

Nerver also is a band from Missouri state and this record is their first full-length album. What can I write about this record? Holy fuck, Bart. Absolutely amazing. Indeed, their sound is infused with the fast-paced and unpredictable changes of 90s noisy post-hardcore acts such as Drive Like Jehu and Unwound and the slow-paced yet overwhelming execution of the sludge subgenre forefathers Melvins and The Jesus Lizard. If you're into bands such as Moxiebeat and Breather Resist, you'd definitely love this one. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. Another potential candidate for our best picks of 2019. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Meditations In Affinity Vol.2 "Cultivation" 4-way split (Nerver, ...And its name was Epyon, People's Temple Project and Apostles of Eris) 


https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/meditations-in-affinity-2-cultivation

So, this is the second volume of the Meditations In Affinity 4-way split series. You can read our review of the first volume named "Bond" by clicking here. Now, Nerver, People's Temple Project and Apostles of Eris' material has been featured here in the blog in previous entries so, we'll only write about ...And its name was Epyon. They're a recently formed band from the US and only have released one self-titled demo, Visit To A Grave EP and a split EP with without (2018). Their sound is an interesting mix of screamo and post-hardcore with both screamed and clean vocal duets, fast-paced musical execution, melodic guitar riffs and eventual blast beat drum technique. Pretty good band although I'm not a big fan of clean vocals in emo-related bands. Just like Zegema Beach Records wrote in their e-mail this band is "going more emo than anime". So, yeah, that's it ha ha ha. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket - Det onda. Det goda. Det vackra. Det fula LP
https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/det-onda-det-goda-det-vackra-det-fula
Ok, I have to admit it. I have no words to describe this gorgeous LP co-released with Moments of Collapse Records (Germany). Indeed, one of the heavyweights in the so-called "swedish skramz mafia" movement deliver us this impressive record with the perfect mix of screamo and post rock à la Envy or Heaven In Her Arms with an unique and brutifully fearless musical execution and instrumentation. Damn, this record is so goddamn good ha ha. I've also been told that this took 5 years to finally see the light. I cannot imagine if this was meant to be released next year, though. Pure epicness. Just listen to it. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. Another potential candidate for our best picks of 2019. Highly recommended. Enjoy!        

A Paramount, A Love Supreme - Crisis Meditations EP 


https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/crisis-meditations

You know, there's a place on earth known as Richmond, Virginia. This "hole" has also been homeland of early 00s screamo bands such as pg.99 and Majority Rule, which, in some way or another, they're now considered influential musical outfits for the whole subgenre. Now, A Paramount, A Love Supreme, also from Richmond, follow the same path traced by those aforementioned acts just like other local counterparts such as Ostraca, .gif from god, Truman and WristMeetRazor. If you're into that kind of screamo "school", you'll love this one. Cool. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy!    
 STORM{O} - Finis Terrae LP

https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/finis-terrae

STORM{O} is an italian experimental hardcore band that's been in the game since 2007. I must admit that I didn't know about them despite their prolific musical career. So, Finis Terrae is one hell of a monster. Indeed, they mix screamo, mathcore, posthardcore, grindcore and even some traces of post-black metal so gracefully that there's no earthly power to stop them. The music is fast-paced and relentless with complex yet gratifying musical execution and instrumentation that you'll enjoy from the start to end. FOF Joliette (Mexico), Yo Sbraito (Italy) and Ruined Families (Greece). Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. Another potential candidate for our best picks of 2019. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

b) ria - Mono No Aware LP


ria is a screamo band from Istanbul, Turkey that have released this year Kapkaranlik demo and this LP (Mevzu Records (Turkey), Callous Records (UK), Listen To Aylin Records (Norway). Their sound is highly influenced by screamo, post-black metal and posthardcore. You can think of a mix of Orchid (US) Regarde Les Hommes Tomber and Celeste (France) with unpredictable slow/fast-paced tempo changes and overwhelming tunes that aren't always linear with abstract lyrics in their native language. Pretty amazing record. As a curious fact, Mono No Aware, it's a japanese word which translated to english roughly means "sensitivity to ephemera", makes a reference to the impermanence of things in this state of reality and how sad yet beautiful that fact certainly is. I really dig this record. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. Another potential candidate for our best picks of 2019. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

c) Ache - self-titled EP

https://sailboatrecords.bandcamp.com/album/self-titled-ep-2

I remember late last year this band from Indonesia sent me a review submission for their Tired EP (You can refresh your memory by clicking here). So, this is their second EP, which was released last week through Sailboat Records (Indonesia), and it follows the same musical style of their precedent work. Indeed, the influence of indie emo bands like Mineral, Pohgoh and The Promise Ring is intact but I think there's more maturity in lyrical content and musical execution. Awesome. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. Another potential candidate for our best picks of 2019. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

d) Inner Turmoil - Trapped At Birth EP

https://innerturmoilhc.bandcamp.com/

Inner Turmoil is a band from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and only have released so far this EP as well as a single track named One Choice Left. Regarding their sound, it is close to metallic hardcore bands from the 90s such as Mayday and Integrity with a more straightforward modern execution adding elements such as slow-paced yet overwhelming breakdowns and mid-tempo changes without leaving aside the chugga-chugga-esque style for opening up da muthafukin' pit. Cool. The lyrics are kinda personal dealing with the boredom and the bullshit of (post)modern times such as misery, depression, addictions and more. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. FOF Backtrack, No Redeeming Social Value and Crown of Thornz. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

e) Tiersman - Big Trouble and Good Grief (preview) LPs


https://tiersman.bandcamp.com/releases

Big Trouble is the debut full-length album from this Melbourne-based band. Their sound is a mix of post-hardcore, sludge and doom metal. According to the band, their sound has been described as "stress rock", brooding and bludgeoning. Indeed, the songs are overwhelming and chaotic with some unpredictable tempo changes without losing the grip. I really liked their musical proposition since I'm not generally used to receive this kind of material, though. Also, the band sent me a press release for their upcoming full-length album named Good Grief, which will see the light on January 4th, 2020. I can say right now that this record is a little bit too far from Big Trouble, with a more modern hardcore leaning, but I'll review it when it gets fully released. In the meantime, enjoy the available tracks. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record and the preview of the upcoming one. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

f) Nathan Aeli - Katja LP


https://ndotaeli.bandcamp.com/

This is the debut full-length album from Nathan Aeli, guitarist of the swedish experimental hardcore/screamo band Young Mountain. Unlike the aforementioned musical outfit, this one is a little bit more atmospheric and less aggressive with more affinities to post-hardcore, shoegaze and indie rock. It really reminded me of indie emo bands such as Jimmy Eat World and Mineral in some parts, though. I think this record could also appeal to non-hardcore punk-related audiences due to their pop rock sensibilites. It caught me by surprise since I'm not used to review this kind of experimental bands. Nice. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

g) Saka Čost Records (France) 

https://sakacost.bandcamp.com/

We finally conclude this entry with two review submissions from this small and emerging record label from Avignon, France gladly sent me another e-mail featuring some of the artists' material they have released this month. Let's see what we've got.

Filade - Le Ballet Mystique LP

https://sakacost.bandcamp.com/album/s-011-le-ballet-mystique

You know that sometimes I do review some non-hardcore punk-related musical outfits and groups. Well, Filade is a math rock band from Avignon and Nantes, France and I think this is their debut full-length album. Regarding their sound, Filade is instrumental-only mixing the aforementioned math rock style with post-rock, noise rock and indie rock. I really liked it since the musical execution and instrumentation is complex enough to satisfy my ears always craving for musical destruction. And, yes, this band states that you can wake up your inner Djinni with this mystic dancing in the beach. Cool. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this interesting musical concept. FOF Cleft and Partout Partout. Highly recommended. Enjoy!    

Constante - self-titled EP


https://sakacost.bandcamp.com/album/s-012-s-t

Constante is a recently formed screamo band from Rennes, France and this two-track EP is their debut record. Their sound is really reminiscent of early/mid-00s french bands such as Daïtro, Sed Non Satiata and Aussitôt Mort with different post-rock and post-metal elements. Indeed, there's both melody and chaos beautifully distributed in +3 minute long tracks with complex guitar riffs, screamed vocals, slow and instropsective interludes and really passionate lyrical content. The record label states that Constante is your new favorite screamo band so, yeah, you could buy that easily. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. Another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. FOF Birds In A Row. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!

Monday, December 9, 2019

"Every Winter Is Cold" - A New England Hardcore compilation

https://atomicactionrecords.bandcamp.com/album/every-winter-is-cold-a-nehc-comp

Featured bands: Pummel, Restraining Order, Holy Hands, Burden, Kind, Corrode, Vantage Point, Jinx, Boiling Point, Dropdead, Peace Test, Spring Tide, Free, Darklands, Wound Man, Antagonize, Anxious and Brother. 

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with another entry. I'm deeply sorry for my long absence but you know, life's just a fucked up mess. Concerning some of the blog updates, I decided to push both the special post of this month and the "big surprise" to january because I need to polish some details. During this month, I'll publish some of your review submissions, more colombian hardcore punk releases, our impressions of the Damage Is Done Fest, and a few "unexpected" entries as well. And, I'm already finishing our "best picks of this year list" but, as always, it will be published until the next month since you never know if someone would release something on December 31st at 22:00h ET, right? Anyways, I always try to compensate you my reckless abandon and I'm pretty sure you'll love this one. 

So, I've been waiting more or less two months (or a little bit more) to finally review this interesting compilation featuring modern hardcore bands, plus one "legendary", from the New England region in the US, each one mostly exploring different styles such as powerviolence, emo and metallic hardcore with only a few alternative rock and acoustic exceptions. It was released by Atomic Action Records, a record label founded in 1989, ended in 2000 and restarted in 2012, on October 15th with 675 copies available (200 white colored vinyl, 400 black marble colored vinyl, 75 yellow colored vinyl (the latter weren't asked for but yeah, nice)). There also was a 100 blue colored vinyl limited edition (with different color scheme om the front cover) which was exclusively sold during the Infest/Converge weekend (Boston/Rhode Island September 20th - 21st). 

Now, this compilation includes some material taken from each's band most recent records, which also, most of them, were published and distributed by Triple B Records from Boston, Massachusets. I've wanted to write about this record label since some time ago due to the excellent amount of records available lately on their catalog (some of them potential candidates for our best picks of this year). I guess I'll do something about it in the upcoming weeks...Yeah... And, there are only a few promo tracks for upcoming records such as the contributed ones by Pummel, Corrode, Peace Test, Jinx and Dropdead, for naming a few.

Finally, as I've done with previous compilation-related posts, I'll give a brief information about each one of the participant bands. Don't forget to click on the image above for listening to this compilation and, of course, support the bands. Totally worth it. With all written, let's begin.

Pummel

https://pummelhardcore.bandcamp.com/

This is a hardcore band from Boston, Massachusetts that has been in the game since 2016. They have released so far one demo (2016), Force Of Will EP (2017), one promo EP (2018) and they will release a new record next year (I'm not sure if it's an EP or LP, though). Regarding the sound, Pummel mixes both classic New York and Boston hardcore punk styles with modern traits and touches. They reminded me of the early years of Turnstile, some 90s hardcore revival bands such as Incendiary and Foundation and even, in some extent, '00s bands such as Carry On and Betrayed. Cool. Finally, let their contributed track to this comp, Shell Shock, pummel your brain and happily die caught in a mosh. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Restraining Order 

Photo taken from No Echo.

Holy fuck. How could I miss this powerhouse from West Springfield, Massachusetts? Everyone is hyped about them since their debut in 2017 and also were one of the top bands in New Age Records' catalog last year. They have released so far one demo and Something For The Youth EP (2017), self-titled EP (New Age Records, 2018) and This World Is Too Much LP (Triple B Records, 2019). Regarding their sound, Restraining Order pays homage to the all-time classic bostonian hardcore style executed with more modern traits and both personal and political lyrics. Indeed, the spirit of bands such as Slapshot, Negative FX and Jerry's Kids is almost intact. They will surely remind you of NWOBHC acts such as Violent Reaction and The Flex as well. Finally, do not miss this band out. Their more recent LP is definitely one of our candidates for AOTY. Damn, it's so fuckin' good...Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Holy Hands 
https://holyhandsmusic.bandcamp.com/

This is a pretty interesting band from New Bedford, Massachusetts featuring ex and current members of Sweet Jesus, Fiddlehead, Intent To Failure, Broken, among others. They have released so far: one self-released demo (2016), Sweet Love EP (Atomic Action Records, 2016), New Magnetic LP (Atomic Action Records, 2017) and Igntion Songs (2019). Their sound is heavily influenced by posthardcore and melodic hardcore bands like Seaweed, At The Drive-In, Grade, Jawbox, Farside and even Hot Water Music with both slow/fast-paced overlaps, clean vocals, precise drumming and simple yet heart-touching guitar and bass riffs. Finally, they somewhat reminded me of Young Conservatives and Stay Clean Jolene from the UK which is pretty awesome to be honest. I really dig it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Burden
https://burdenma.bandcamp.com/releases
   
Burden is a band from Boston, Massachusetts that has only released one demo (NxA Records, 2013) and Fate Of The Nation EP (NxA Records, 2018). Their sound is a pretty interesting mix of hardcore punk and oi! with both aggressive and melodic musical execution. I really have to admit that their contributed track to this compilation is pretty catchy and fun to listen to. Finally, if you dig oi!-influenced hardcore bands like 86 Mentality, No Time, Battle Ruins (US), Crown Court (UK) and Coupe-Gorge (France), I'm sure you'll love this one. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Kind!
https://kindcrewhc.bandcamp.com/

Kind! is another band from Boston that has released one demo, Humility EP (2017), one promo tape, split EP with Discourage (2018) and Haven EP (2019). Regarding their sound, Kind! is heavily influenced by youth crew-related bands such as Youth of Today, Bold, Beyond, Token Entry, Inside Out, etc. with positive, fun and political lyrics (like those bands should always be). They reminded me of those revival bands in the early/mid-00s such as Better Than A Thousand, Battery, Fumbles In Life, Sportswear and more. Such good memories...Finally, do not miss this out for opening up the pit. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Corrode
https://corrodehc.bandcamp.com/

Corrode is a recently-formed band from West Massachusetts and features ex-members of Swear Jar, Mountain Man, Vaccine, Orchid and Ampere among others. They only have self-released Age Of Ruin EP (2018) and one live session at Dead Air Studios (2019). Regarding the sound, Corrode plays d-beat-influenced american hardcore pretty much like Nosebleed, Törso and Haircut with political lyrics. I really liked this band. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Vantage Point
https://vantage-point.bandcamp.com/

Vantage Point is a straight edge hardcore punk from Boston active since 2016 and has released so far: one demo (Strive For More, 2016), self-titled EP (Straight and Alert (France), 2018), and An Answer You Won't Find LP (Triple B Records, 2019). Regarding their sound, Vantage Point is like a some sort of revival band following the path of local bands such as Bane, Verse and Have Heart, whose style was really popular back in the days with longer songs, more personal and touching lyrics and an interesting mix of old-school bostonian hardcore with more melodic traits and breakdowns. Despite having influenced a whole generation, this style had a short lifespan. Guess we'd write about it sometime later...Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. I'd consider their more recent work as a candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Jinx 
Note: Who's that Pokémon?

I'm not really sure about the origin of this band since I couldn't find anything related to it. Indeed, no bandcamp, no YouTube channel, no info available on our complex punkhardcoredex database (patent pending), etc. I guess this is a recently formed musical group and their contributed track, Waste of Time, is their promo for an upcoming record. Unlike other bands included in the compilation, Jinx is more into some sort of posthardcore thing with some alternative rock traits. I can't recall right now what kind of bands they reminded me but I really liked it. Sounds familiar...Finally, if you have more precise information about this band, please let me know. I'd be thankful. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Boiling Point  
https://boilingpointpvd.bandcamp.com/releases
   
Boiling Point is a recently-formed hardcore band from Providence, Rhode Island and only have released one demo early this year. Their sound is a mix of old-school bostonian hardcore punk, with some slight d-beat and powerviolence traits. Most of the musical execution is short and mid-tempo paced with some eventual modern breakdowns and slower interludes with a pretty interesting sludge feel. They reminded me of bands like Vile Gash and HOAX mostly. And, yes, the band's name is a reference to SSD's classic anthem. FOF Chain Rank, Sunshine Ward and Crazy Spirit. I hope they release soon an EP or LP. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Dropdead
https://dropdeadhc.bandcamp.com/album/demo-2019
 Photo taken from No Echo. 

Ah, yes. The legendary hardcore outfit, also from Providence, Rhode Island, is finally here in the blog. They've been active since almost 30 years ago and also have been a reference to the whole powerviolence subgenre. And, yes, it's one of my favorite bands of all time. Sadly, this is not the right time to write about their history but I'll do that some time later. Early this year, they released a demo, which is an appetizer for an upcoming full-length album with their iconic sound almost intact (although, in some parts, they reminded me of modern bands such as Warthog). Their contributed track to this compilation, Hatred Burning, is a warning of the rise of the extreme right-wing lately. Damn, everything we feared the most...Look, Bart, Dropdead is back. Finally, do not miss them out. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Peace Test
https://peacetest.bandcamp.com/

Peace Test is a recently formed band from Providence, Rhode Island and only have released one demo and promo in 2018. Their contributed track to this compilation, Fixed, is exclusive to this release and probably part of an upcoming record. Regarding the sound, the band mixes modern hardcore with powerviolence. They reminded me of bands like Water Torture and Sex Prisoner. Can't wait for their first album. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Spring Tide
https://springtidenb.bandcamp.com/

Spring Tide is a hardcore band from New Bedford, Massachusetts that have released so far some singles on their official bandcamp account. Their contributed track to this compilation, Failure Face, also is exclusive to this record. Regarding the sound, they have an interesting mix of posthardcore. melodic hardcore and NYHC with fast-paced and precise execution. They somewhat reminded me of UK bands such as Frame Of Mind and Stages Of Faith. Pretty awesome. I hope to see their first album as soon as possible. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Free 
https://freehc.bandcamp.com/

Free is a hardcore band from Boston, Massachusetts featuring ex and current members of bands like Have Heart, Fiddlehead, Sweet Jesus, Mindset, Give, Down To Nothing, for naming a few. They have only released one demo (not on label (Free self-released), 2015) and Ex Tenebris EP (Triple B Records, 2017). Regarding the sound, their style is a living homage to old-school Boston style hardcore executed by a modern band. Pretty much like bands such as Waste Management or No Tolerance. Also, their contributed track to this compilation, MA Flex, is a critique to those hardcore punks that claimed to be "open mind/open heart" some years ago and now are so goddamned assholes. True stories, dude/tte. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Hope to see a brand new album sometime soon in the future. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Darklands
https://darklandspvd.bandcamp.com/

Darklands is a band from Providence, Rhode Island and have been in the game since 2013. They have released so far: demo (2013), self-titled EP (2014), St Thaddeus EP (2015), split EP with Twin Foxes (2017) and Hate It Here LP (2018). This is also an exception to the rule of relentless sonic attack in the whole compilation. Indeed, their sound is a mix of indie emo, posthardcore with some slight traces of post-punk and even shoegaze in some parts. They reminded a lot of both Jawbreaker and Knapsack. And, that's a good thing. Yeah. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Wound Man 
https://woundman.bandcamp.com/
  
Wound Man is a powerviolence band from New Bedford, Massachusetts that have been in the game since 2016 with a prolific discography including their mindcrushing Prehistory 7" EP (2018) and their split with Regional Justice Center (2019) (Yes, the latter probably is one of the candidates for our best picks of this year). Regarding the sound, Wound Man sound like a modern powerviolence mixing metallic hardcore breakdowns, grindcore and even some static and noise. This is just a pummeling attack in your brain. Oh, and you could book them for your social events since they performed for their vocalist's wedding with the vocalist of Brother (another local powerviolence band). Ha ha ha nice. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Antagonize 
https://antagonizehc.bandcamp.com/

Antagonize is the most recent musical project of Aaron Bedard, ex-vocalist of Bane. They have released so far one demo (2018) and Slip Death LP (2019). I remember some years ago that he decided to call it quits after Bane's disolution. But, you know, the hardcore flame will always call and you gotta answer it haha. So, unlike Mr. Bedard's renowned project, Antagonize is far more aggressive and less melodic and the lyrics are more political and outspoken (albeit you will still find his particular writing style). I was really surprised with the final result. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. I'd consider their more recent work as candidate for our best picks of this year list. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Anxious   
https://anxious18.bandcamp.com/
   
Anxious is a band from Connecticut and have released so far Carved EP (2017) and Never Better EP (2019). They also have an exclusive live session to Axe To Grind, a hardcore podcast. Regarding the sound, Anxious has different posthardcore, NYHC and even emo influences. They reminded of the early years of Turnstile and Angel Dust mixed with Touché Amoré. I really liked their musical execution and instrumentation which is fast, emotive and precise enough for pleasing your cravings for wild tunes. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. I'd consider their more recent work as candidate for our best picks of this year list. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Brother
https://brothernbhc.bandcamp.com/

We finally conclude this entry with this powerful female-fronted powerviolence band from New Bedford, Rhode Island. They only have released two demos: one from 2016 and the other one from early this year, as well as contributing one track to America's Hardcore Vol. 4 compilation and this one. Atomic Action also compiled both demos on a 7" vinyl. Regarding the sound, Brother mixes old-school powerviolence à la Infest with grindcore. They reminded me of american bands such as Escuela Grind and Oxidant. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Stay tuned. Kisses and hugs!