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Updated: 2017-11-29T07:31:43.133-05:00

 



EGALITY: Discography

2017-09-20T15:04:29.083-04:00

Today marks two years since the passing of one of my best friends and most sincere musicians I've ever known: Dakotah Rhodes.The first time I met these goons was when the band went by the name of Vovchanchyn. I still can't pronounce that name. They opened up for some beatdown show at The Subculture and were totally unphased by the fact that they had just been blindly stared at and walked out by the crowd who were awaiting opportunities to punch each other in the face to random variations of open chugs. I really don't even remember what we talked about that night but I just remember hitting it off immediately with these Westmoreland County terrorists.After recording and self-releasing several demos and EPs, the band would go on to release 3 full lengths which were more proper representations of what the band would ultimately become. It was fun to watch these guys continually growing from show to show. Unfortunately the final time I got to see the band perform was whenever I got them an opening slot for Pig Destroyer at the Altar Bar to a sold out room. It was the first time I got to see these guys completely destroy a room full of metalheads who were nearly entirely won over by the end of the set. It was at this point that I felt the band was truly onto something that was going to transcend the southwestern PA heavy music scene.While the core members of the band all contributed equally to the project it was Dakotah who was the sole guitarist and creative force that drove the band to be the most consistently evolving band in Pittsburgh. Initially starting off as an amateur-league Creation Is Crucifixion worship project, the band eventually took on a life of it's own blending in countless elements of all forms of heavy music. Of course many would make the obvious connections with the black metal influences the band was taking towards the end of their run but Dakotah dug so deep into the realms of heavy music that he would somehow manage to find the one sick riff on a Kittie album and draw influence from it.Dakotah is the kind of guy who, after hours of everyone hanging out at my place, would stick around for several more digging through my CD collection asking to hear what certain things sounded like or buying things at random from my distro because he had a good feeling about them. His dedication to music is exemplified in the truly indescribable sound of the band which genuinely fails to fall into any sort of mold or expectations. Equally as likely to be into Hatebreed as he was Bible Of The Self, he truly was the definition of a music fan.Whether it was the right-handed guitar played upside down, the octave pedal set-up that allowed him to play both guitar and bass parts simultaneously or the hand-crafted drum set put together by Chooch ... everything about this band was unique. Equally evolving with the music and live arrangements were the vocal stylings and shenanigans by frontman JR who could range from prototype gutterals to a somewhat disturbing black metal-esque shriek.DOWNLOAD:Vovchanchyn DemoLive Demo 2009A ContingencyUndulationsEmbryonic AseityEuphoric DisdainRefusing to allow their musical legacy pass on along with Dakotah, the remaining members of the band forged ahead with their new project by the name of Nullum. Paired up with the main creative force behind Kamikabe, you can check out their video (which also served as a tribute to Dakotah) here... allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cvSJyXWz6-c" width="560">[...]



INTERVIEW: Hiro from Retribution Network/NERDS Records/Loyal To The Grave/Retribute Records

2017-03-21T07:35:44.780-04:00

We met online in 2006, I believe, and started trading releases not long after. Was that the beginning of Retribution Network?Yup, our friendship been over a decade! Before I started RETRIBUTION NETWORK, I had BLOODAXE 168 COMMUNICATIONS DISTRO. I think 00' to 01'. Back then we didn't have computer so catalog by handmade and order through TEL/FAX only haha. I started as RETRIBUTION, We got web site and started again as mail order distro. I worked for few years at START TODAY mail order after my university. I was into some hardcore music distribution business after some experience at Start Today.What motivated you to start this label? Did you have any experience with releasing albums beforehand?When I played State Craft, I always had had some kind of projects bands. I didn't have money for pressing CD so did some self made CDR. so RETRIUTION NETWORK label was just for my own side project bands. We were a CDR label in the beginning but I opened my eyes a bit and tried to put various bands CDs out after the compilation called "RESSURECTION"It seems like most Japanese bands have a label and there are not a lot of DIY releases. Did you ever do the whole cut and paste layouts routine for your early bands or did you go straight to being on a small label?The beginning of Retribution Network releases from most my solo project or me with dude in 168 like NOVEMBER MOON, END OF STATEMENT, BLOOD RITUAL etc. I recorded drum by myself and recorded guitar/bass and put voice from vocalist. All recording work was done at my house haha. So quality is not good so I supposed to release as CD-R and its my own label.Your earliest releases that I remember were the End Of Statement discs. Tell me the story on this release. There is a 10 song full length which features a very high pitched, seemingly-strained voice but then there is also a 5 song EP featuring the same songs yet with a noticeably lower, demonic sounding set of vocals. It seems to be the same track with some wild effects put on it. I remember you telling me something about this initially but I love both versions of this release so much and just want to know the story. I think the beginning of E-STATEMENT was when my old friend KANOYA (OG guitarist for the band called BIRTHPLACE) got a cheap MTR and drum machine (it was 98, I think) and we tried to record a bunch of tracks at my house. It was two tracks but both production and style different so we featured two singers for each song and released as each one song split CDR called "Vengeful Hands Of Justice" split between END OF STATEMENT and BLOOD RITUAL.  This split recording production was terrible because we didn't know how to use drum machine and how to record clear guitar tone etc. The Singer of END OF STATEMENT was the BIRTHPLACE drummer called Bloodpit 168. The singer from BLOOD RITUAL was who did CHOKE THE FLAME and GAIA'S SEED WEB ZINE called NKG168. They are my old friends haha.I still got more 4, 5 tracks for END OF STATEMENT and We released Perish EP and PERISH+1 (redux with new track). Sound production was much better than the older stuff. It was 99'-00' I thinkand we wrote called "168 Legacy" and released as 2 tracks EP called Messiah. This was the best recoding by myself drum, guitar, bass and voice and I featured most bands vocalist around Bloodaxe 168 on these tracks. Hope you check 1st edition of 168 Legacy (We re-recorded again for TESTAMENT album but that's real recording version).We got 10 songs from END OF STATEMENT so we tried to release as full album with real recordings. So I invited members from MASA (LOYAL TO THE GRAVE drum) A-KILLER, GV (BIRTHPLACE) as official member and we re-recorded whole tracks as a band and released full album called TESTAMENT through RETRIBUTION NETWORK. Singer Bloodpit high pitch vocal cause he was just drummer haha. He didn't do tough vocals and some inflence by UNBORN(same Slayer rip as us). Their MCD on Lifeforce vocal parts was hi-pitched screaming shout so I suggested to natural shout by his tone. haha.After that album, We tried to use VOICE[...]



25 TA LIFE: Discography

2017-04-26T17:28:42.980-04:00

Let me start off by stating for the record that 25 Ta Life is my favorite NYHC band.A lot of people in recent memory have used 25 Ta Life as the butt of their jokes. While there are plenty of people in hardcore who have entirely justified heat with Rick, there are also plenty of hipster-types out there ironically liking the band ever since their split with Spazz back in 1998. Sure, Rick has given us plenty of situations, pieces of merch, speeches on stage and songs to chuckle at but he has also given us some of the hardest and most memorable tracks in all of hardcore. Listen to the Keepin' It Real EP the entire way through and then try to talk shit.So, in summary, for all of the stories of him performing with a cassette boombox as his backing band or the most recent viral video of him performing "acoustically" ... there also just as many stories and video evidence of 25 Ta Life having some of the most insane shows of all time. The last thing I'm here to do is be Rick's defense lawyer but I'm also of the mindset that he was a legitimate pioneer in the advancement of hardcore becoming a worldwide phenomenon. I digress though as I'm planning on a separate post in the near future on the history of Back Ta Basics Records where we can debate the case of who made who in the battle of Rick Ta Life Vs Hardcore.-------This discography was slightly easier to put together than the Comin Correct discography thanks, in part, due to the Early Dayz semi-discography CD released in 2008. This disc features most of the early demos and 7"s and a few live tracks that were never recorded. While Rick released the same tracks on multiple releases the same way he did with Comin' Correct there were more clearly defined releases in the early years of 25 Ta Life. Most notably: the 1993 demo, the self-titled 7", the Keepin' It Real EP and most importantly, the Strength Through Unity release on Triple Crown and Goodlife Recordings in the US and Europe respectively.I'd actually give anything to know how many copies were pushed of the aforementioned release as well as the Friendship, Loyalty, Commitment full length on the same labels. These albums had to be some of the best-distributed releases of their time between the combination of intercontinental distribution and whatever insane tactics Rick used to distro this amongst the DIY circuit with his traveling flea market/distro back in the day.Unfortunately after the release of these monumental albums the original line-up dissolved and 25 Ta Life went into a short-lived hiatus while he focused on revamping Comin Correct. Somewhere around 2001/2002, however, he brought the band back with multiple entirely new line-ups. It was with the acquisition of the backing band for Not Without Resistance out of Clearfield, PA that he started writing and recording new material with the Best Of Friends/Enemiez EP. From there he would go on to release Haterz Be Damned EP, Hellbound Misery Torment LP, Fallen Angel EP and Strength Integrity Brotherhood LP.While nearly all of these would have random songs plucked from them for various split releases with foreign hardcore bands, the core of the second-era discography can be found on these releases. Despite some shining moments amongst these releases even Rick will tell you himself (off-record) that there were some not-so-bright moments as well. Being the completionist that I am, however, you're getting the whole lot thrown at you here with this download.DOWNLOAD - PART 1DOWNLOAD - PART 2DOWNLOAD - PART 3[...]



Preserving Silence Records Discography

2017-02-17T10:17:05.581-05:00

After coming back from Japan and seeing how many people have labels over there I've found myself having quite the fascination with labels and the people who run them. There is something to be said for people who are either still operating or just starting record labels in 2017. With the ever-looming presence of streaming music continually coming over the horizon it takes a certain kind of will and determination to want to sink your personal money into a seemingly-dated endeavor.Because I am a person who likes to just get things rolling once I make up my mind to do so, I am going to start with a quick discography of my own label (which I am currently in the process of revamping) while I am in the process of lining up pieces of some of my other favorite labels.Hopefully within the next few weeks you will be seeing interviews, discographies and pictorials on some of my favorite labels:Retribute Records (aka Retribution Network)Closed Casket ActivitiesAlliance TraxOrganized CrimeMilitia Inc.Catalyst RecordsSA Moband maybe, just maybe...Back Ta Basics!I'm actually hoping to make this a regular thing and will do many more from the likes of Escapist, Goodlife, Goodfellow and who knows what else I'll think of.So anyhow, in the meantime here is a quick rundown of what I released as a kid (and a few download links to accompany).------------- PSR000: SET AN EMO KID ON FIRE COMPILATIONYeah. This was it: where it began. I was 15 years old and randomly hitting up bands to ask if they wanted to be on a compilation with an asinine title ... and it worked! A fair amount of the bands actually gave me exclusive tracks. I specifically remember feeling like the luckiest person on the planet whenever Built Upon Frustration sent me 5 demo tracks for the Resurrected album which hadn't even been released yet.Anyhow, I did a very tongue-in-cheek REMASTERED EDITION post and download link like 7 years ago on the blog you can check out HERE if you're interested.PSR001: DOWN TO NONE - COMING TO AN ENDThis was my first band's first CD so of course I had to start a label to release it. Any money I made on the compilation got lost on giving away almost every copy of this for free lol. Full color, 8 page layout printed entirely on my family's ink jet printer and designed in Microsoft Paint. Took probably like 3 weeks to print up 100 copies of this.PSR002: BETTER OFF DEAD - LIFELINEI actually had no idea who these people were when I released this. They posted on the infamous PittPunk message board asking if anyone would help print their full length for them and I cold-messaged and said I would. They were quite perplexed. I remember them driving out to my house to pick up 500 copies of this and not believing in the slightest bit that I actually just did this for the hell of it. With each release I got a little bit smarter and broke into my mom's workplace to use their color copier for this one.PSR003: THE STRUGGLE - FOR HARDCORE'S SAKEI was especially excited to be able to help with this release as these guys from Youngstown, OH were some of the first people we met from going to shows. This was a short-lived Crowd Deterrent side project that Steve fronted and we knew every word to every demo song. I literally stole paper for this one from my school to print out at home. I think I remember doing 300 copies of this.PSR004: SUFFOCATE FASTER - DEMO 2002This was a big turning point for me because now I was getting to the point of helping to release demos of my favorite out-of-town bands who I didn't necessarily know or would consider friends yet. I remember being actually nervous when driving out to a show in Cincinnati to hand these off to the band. They were significantly older than I and had quite a reputation at the time as being the scary Straight Edge guys in the area. I also believe we did 300 copies of this on top of them having their own version.PSR005: FIRST BLOOD - DEMO 2002So this one probably sticks out a bit compared to the other releases. I mean, I love everything I[...]



PRESERVING SILENCE RECORDS & DISTRO

2017-02-21T10:01:03.896-05:00


Some of you may remember that I ran a "label" as a 16 year old kid. It was initially just helping a lot of my friends' (and some people I didn't even know at the time) bands put their demos, and sometimes albums, out.

It was 2001, streaming music barely existed and almost no one had a CD burner ... so there I was to save the day. I remember going to used CD stores and buying up all of their CD singles at 20 for $1 to throw away all of the pop trash inside of them so that I could use the cases for my releases. I definitely printed several thousand copies of various release layouts on my school computers when the teacher wasn't looking. Some spindles of CD-Rs were 100% stolen from various Wal Marts. It progressed over the next few years to where I was actually pressing discs until I ran into one unfortunate release (PSR014!)that put my teenage ass in the poor house and I decided to stop.

Well, I'm an adult now and have more than $500 to my name so I decided to revamp the label. I plan on releasing everything from short-run physical copies of some younger bands who don't understand the value of an actual demo to some deluxe vinyl re-releases of some Pittsburgh Hardcore classics.

To get this thing off the ground and running I spent the literal entire last week gathering up the remnants of my distro all into one spot and built a webstore. I also threw in quite a few pieces of history from my personal collection to spice the store up a bit and clear out some space for the literal hundreds of CDs and records I bought from Japan. You're going to find everything on the webstore from your last chance to grab my cheap-o "$5 Or Less" distro CDs I've been carrying around for years to some shirts and records I'm not letting out of my hands for less than $100.

All the proceeds are going to dust off the gears to get this label up and running again. I have cool ideas and plans to do some actually desirable physical releases. Maybe I just want to prove to myself that some people out there still care enough to drop some money on albums and bands they love. Maybe I'll put myself in the actual adult broke house for failing to accept that everyone just streams everything via Spotify and YouTube. Either way, I'm doing it.

Thanks. I'm looking forward to this.




COMIN' CORRECT - Discography

2017-04-26T18:51:50.460-04:00

So after not really doing any uploads for two years I decided to come back strong right out the gates. I've always somewhat jokingly hypothesized about the immeasurable kind of task this would be and now seemed like the perfect time to finally undertake this monstrosity of an effort.For those of you who don't know, Comin' Correct was initially started by Rick Ta Life as a 25 Ta Life side project. The original line-up essentially consisted of the entire backing band for Krutch amongst random other members from Feeble, Dirtnap, Fat Nuts and the likes. What initially started as a demo and a few split 7"s eventually turned into a full time project with various line-ups whenever 25 Ta Life went into a mild hiatus in the late 90s.The beauty of Comin' Correct was the insurmountable number of releases that were rapidly being released on Rick's label, Back Ta Basics. Multiple demo tapes would have the same tracks as multiple split 7"s. Some "full lengths" would have 4 studio tracks and 18 barely audible live tracks. It was truly a clusterfuck trying to keep track of which songs you needed to know in order to hit the pit.There were low points and high points for the band. While there were some sets that consisted of more covers than originals, there were also times when the band was playing out in support of the In Memory Of... album which were actually some of my favorite shows of all time.Overall you can say what you will about Rick or his bands or his label and business practices but as a wise/insane man once said to me, "I should've known hardcore was no longer for me whenever Rick Ta Life fell out of power".While I wasn't able to piece together a list of actual studio sessions (the way I typically like to space out my discography compilations) I DID manage to get this in somewhat of a chronological order. I included two separate live sets that were included on the "full length" CDs in separate folders. I also made a point to only included one unique version of each track as they seemingly all have appeared on multiple releases at multiple times.Some of these are cassette, vinyl or CD rips so apologies for the varying qualities but that's what I was dealing with here. I personally have a theory that the only reason a Comin' Correct song was NOT re-released on various formats and albums is that Rick would occasionally lose master copies which would essentially force them to be retired.I'm thinking one of my next projects will be a similar upload for 25 Ta Life and MAYBE even a pictorial history of Back Ta Basics Records and all of it's "limited covers" and otherwise undocumented releases.Speaking of which, you can actually order the "new" album Drugs Destroy Dreams on either CD or LP at the official Comin Correct BandCamp page.DOWNLOAD Part 1DOWNLOAD Part 2DOWNLOAD Live Sets[...]



Blog Scene

2017-02-14T07:16:29.429-05:00

It's no secret that the blog world has all but passed on in the past 5 years or so. I went through my Links section to clear out all of the dead weight and realized that ONE blog kept consistently updating throughout the past few years.

I know I've shouted out this blog in the past but the One Path For Me Through Destiny blog ran by Edwin out of the Netherlands is seriously top notch. I swear to god this guy somehow has more records and knowledge in his collection than I do. Respect to him for importing all of this material over the past 2/3 decades. I am sure that mail ordering all of this shit in the era before the internet was not easy, cheap or fun. I can only imagine how many times he tried ordering these demos and 7"s without them ever showing up.

It always blows my mind when someone manages to dig up some bands or releases I've never even heard of. Respect for holding down the blog scene as well.




BLOODAXE NEW YEAR'S FEST 2017

2017-02-11T13:06:35.496-05:00


I just got back from Japan for the second time and I'm just as amped on hardcore as I was the first time I visited.

Once again, not only are ALL of the bands from Japan sick but the vibe at the show and record stores and when hanging out and talking about hardcore hasn't been easily replicated anywhere in the US for at least the past decade for me.

I unfortunately only got to attend one show this time around (flyer above) but I got to spend much more time with some of the friends I made last time I was there on tour with First Blood. So many cool things that happened during my short 10-day trip that just doesn't happen here any more. Getting to hang out at entire record stores that specialize in hardcore and metal and punk led to me having a random 20-something year old xVx kid from Australia approach me at the show just to say what's up. I also officially met, by complete coincidence, a guy from France who I've technically been in the same room as at least 20 times over the past decade. Even something as simple as getting together with a big group of people (that I only knew half of) to go eat shitty food late at night to just hangout and talk hardcore.

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Everything rules and I'm amped on hardcore. I'm obviously posting some new shit here, I'm re-opening my online distro store and I just might dust off the old Preserving Silence label and release some physical media that no one wants!

Stay tuned!



PATH TO MISERY x TEN YEARS

2016-04-19T21:43:31.047-04:00


So it's 2016 and Path To Misery has now been a band for ten years. It's very strange to think back on the musical landscape back in 2006 when we started the band. Metalcore was becoming a very dirty word and for the first time since it's inception the bands were emulating instead of innovating. Trustkill and Ferret were getting bought out by major labels and their entire rosters were comprising all of the second stages of every major touring summer fest. The last of the innovators of metalcore were all starting bands in different genres. Locally the last of the diehards were all disbanding while my circle of friends' teenage year bands were all calling it a day and moving onto different areas of life. What better time to start a "political mosh metalcore" band, right?

In this past decade I've seen hardcore completely recycle itself starting at youth crew, running through a quick 90s revival and now finally arriving back at a stage where metalcore is acceptable again. Obviously there will always be trend-riders who are constantly breaking up their failed endeavors and starting new projects to keep up with popular sound of the time. You're also going to see a lot of people who actively went out of their way to fuck over metalcore bands back in the day for not being REAL HARDCORE cashing in on the current trend. At the same time, however, there is an entire new generation of kids who have apparently grown tired of being fed re-hashed Trapped Under Ice gimmicks and are writing some seriously innovative and heavy music in 2016. It's fun to see bands being heavy again and I'm glad I can go to a show and probably catch at least one band I like again. I'm more excited about the new bands in 2016 than I have been probably since we started this band.

I plan on doing an entire post dedicated to this new wave of heavy metalcore in the next few days, but for the time being I just wanted to share this video I put together that summarizes the past decade in which we've been holding shit down.

Sincerity Fest X is also coming up in 2016. News on that soon.


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Japanese Hardcore: 2015

2015-10-13T22:48:49.513-04:00

I recently was fortunate enough to go to Japan with First Blood. I've been wanting to make my way over there for at least ten years now and have been in contact/trading CDs with several people over there for almost as long.I was initially drawn to the scene by some of the long-standing hardcore bands from the area: Statecraft, Loyal To The Grave, Endzweck, TJ Maxx, Birthplace, etc. It was whenever I started trading CDs with Hiro from Retribution Network that I started finding a lot of my new favorite bands (most of which are featured on The Resurrection compilation CD which they put out). Extinguish The Fire, Crystal Lake, Shiver, Canopus, God's Heritage, The Ten Commandments, Unboy, Blood Calls We Die, End Of Statement and Vanguard among others.What I loved about all of these bands was that while they were playing mostly familiar styles (typically a very dark, Arkangel-styled metalcore) they were also putting their own spin on things and managing to keep an otherwise-defunct style alive ... albeit on the other side of the world.I didn't have much information going into this tour other than knowing that I was finally going to be attending the infamous Bloodaxe Fest for the first time. As soon as I stepped out of the van at the first venue, however, I walked in to see a show posted full of some of my favorite bands from the country (Loyal To The Grave, Crystal Lake) along with a band opening up their set with the infamous All Out War intro.This post isn't going to contain any download links unless I get permission from the bands as all of this material is still in press. I know some of it is hard to get your hands on over here in the US but these guys put a lot of hard work into getting an album released and I'm going to suggest you put a fraction of that effort into picking up some of these discs.CHERISHThis is a band that formed from the ashes of Canopus and features Jun Matsumara on guitar; a guy I did an interview with for a paper zine called Paradise Regained probably 5 years ago. He is consistently doing new bands and new projects and genuinely loved hardcore. Was great to finally meet him and see his band.PALMPalm is a band who is not going to be done any type of justice by a recording ... and probably not even by a live video. These guys were doing their entire own thing while being flanked by one of the sickest, smoothest drummers I've seen in a while. I couldn't stop watching this set for the life of me. width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/4QEiW3FVxUE/0.jpg" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4QEiW3FVxUE?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>SANDThis is a band you've probably heard of recently with them coming to the US for This Is Hardcore Fest this past year. I'm not sure when they started but I do know they are one of the longest-standing, most respected bands in Japan. They are actually one of the prime examples of the type of bands I was referencing earlier of doing things with their entirely own unique signature attached. These guys stole the show with their mid-day slot on Bloodaxe Fest. Some of the wilder pitting I've maybe ever seen as evidenced below. width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ljvxsEh6_Wk/0.jpg" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ljvxsEh6_Wk?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>NUMBThese guys are one of the longest-standing Japanese Hardcore bands and recently released one of their best albums in 2014 entitled City Of Dreams. It's great to see bands of this caliber still releasing their best material and not playing the same songs that they wrote 20 years ago. Numb, along with Creepout, has also come to the US courtesy of Crowd Deterrent for their annual Summer Of Hate Fest. I had never actual[...]



BURIAL GROUND: Discography

2015-10-07T11:47:23.293-04:00

So I am far from an expert on this band but this is something I've been trying to track down for years now on my own. I'm excited enough to finally put this together for myself that I decided to share with all of you.Burial Ground was a heavy hardcore band from Central PA that was around in the mid to late 90s from what I can put together. Besides having one of the sickest band names, they were also responsible for writing some serious prototypes of what would become the norm for heavy hardcore in the decade after their demise.While I typically consider myself an expert on most things PAHC releated, I actually never caught wind of this band until I got my hands on the One Hell Of A Compilation by Blasphemour Records roughly 10 years ago. Side note: check out this comp if you can.Their song, Rebirth, struck me amongst all of the other awesome bands on the comp (Abnegation, Goatwhore, Skinless, Milhouse, Psywarfare, Deadeyesynder, Deformity, etc) because it somehow managed to walk that fine line between the darkness found within metal yet the energy and personality of hardcore. This is finely exampled at 4:54 of the following video. allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/t5wBsdFi2AY/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/t5wBsdFi2AY?feature=player_embedded" width="320">While I managed to track down Mp3s of the unreleased EP that was never released due to their vocalist's untimely passing on a message board post from the guy who ran Blasphemour Records ... I could never get my hands on the Let Us Pray full length despite being promised at least 5 times from 5 different people that they would get it to me.It wasn't until this year's This Is Hardcore Fest when I was running my distro and having my usual old guy conversations with the other 20 people in the world who still are interested in obsure hardcore CDs from the past few decades that I FINALLY got my hands on said disc.I was chatting with a random guy from Buffalo, NY that I somehow have yet to meet and we somehow got on the conversation of the few discs we had both been looking for. I think he pulled out a Dragbody CD and was stoked on it ... which brought us onto Burial Ground conversation (who Dragbody did a split 7" with). As nonchaltantly as anyone has ever said anything to me, the guy says "yeah man, I have like three copies of that ... I'll make sure to get you one."Like I said earlier, promises of having this album being given to me had been made before so I didn't allow myself to get my hopes up. 15 minutes this awesome, awesome guy comes back with a physical copy in his hands and says "I actually had a copy in my car so you can just have it".What!?! How is someone that cool?!?I suppose this has nothing to do with Burial Ground but it's such a cool story and representative of that era of hardcore and the mindset behind it that I had to share.So here it is ... some of the sickest hardcore/metalcore from PA ... and possibly of all time.DOWNLOAD: Burial Ground Discography (missing the songs from the Dragbody split if anyone has the Mp3 ... feel free to share).[...]



Blog Update

2015-08-18T16:29:50.740-04:00

As usual ... I haven't posted in a while. Sorry for the delay.So I set up my distro table at This Is Hardcore Fest again this past year. It's become the only time I really bother dusting off the old CDs and hauling them out for other old heads to converse about. It's to the point now where I haven't really put anything new in quite some time and the boxes of CDs serves moreso as a time capsule than a distro, per se ... but I really enjoy setting up annually and ending up in great conversations with both old friends and new.Every year, without fail, I see the same old faces yet also manage to meet some new ones that I've somehow yet to cross paths with over the past 15 years. It's cool.This year more than ever I had people asking what was up with the blog. It could be due to the fact that I had yet to make an entry in 2015. Could also be attributed to "early 2000s metalcore" finally coming up in the trend cycle within hardcore. Maybe it's just because people actually enjoy reading this for whatever reason.Whatever it may be ... I'm going to try to spend some more time on it again. It sometimes gets frustrating whenever you are essentially the only blog of its kind left ... or when you spend probably close to 100 hours on a post and it only gets a few hundred downloads. Either way ... keep calling me out for being lazy and I'll keep this thing alive.Something I spent a lot of time on this year while the blog wasn't getting updated was my YouTube channel. You can check it out HERE. I have over 1000 full sets, close to a half million views and 1000 subscribers ... and best of all: no fucking commercials!I'm currently working on going through and making a Hall Of Fame series/playlist that has some of the wildest shit caught on film over the years.For now though I'm going to upload the Die My Will lyrics sheet that I apparently promised you all close to 5 years ago and was reminded/requested by a kid at TIHC.Enjoy/Talk Soon.[...]



VEGAN METALCORE BIBLE & ABNEGATION COVER COLLABORATION

2014-11-16T23:00:55.425-05:00

It's been a long time since my last post. The weather is getting cold, my bike is getting put away for the winter, work is slowing down and I'm slowly entering my annual hibernation.To celebrate and to get things kicked off, here is a post I have been working on for the past year or so.Not only have I re-uploaded the entire "Vegan Metalcore Bible" that I had before Mediafire deleted my original account ... but I am releasing a cover of Abnegation's "Behind White Walls" that I collaborated on with friends Dan Briggs and Cassie Staub. For those of you who may not already grasp how undeniably sick Abnegation was (and still is) ... hopefully this modernized perspective on the track can shed some light.HERE is a link to the Path To Misery BandCamp where you can listen to/download the track. You can Name Your Own Price ... but here's the kicker. ALL proceeds from the track will be donated to Animal Friends Of Western Pennsylvania's Humane Investigations Department ... which you can read more about HERE. If you like the concept of an organization being on the frontlines to fight against the animal cruelty cases that police typically don't care to investigate into ... throw a few bucks.While you are donating, I want you to also take this post into consideration. As it currently stands there are 10 god damn gigs of extremely rare Vegan Metalcore demos, 7"s, EPs and full lengths pieced together for absolutely no reward coming back to me. Donate not only for the Abnegation cover ... but for all of the efforts put into this post.Despite the fact that a lot of the bands featuring in this post have moved on from the animal rights and/or vegan lifestyles ... we can continue to be inspired by the music/lyrics put to tape through donating to the cause of those ACTIVELY defending animals and their inherent right to, at the very least, be treated with dignity.Here is a list of the bands featured in this post. If you have any additions, please e-mail pathtomisery@gmail.com and I will include for everyone else to enjoy.AbnegationAbsenceAbsoneAghastAnagnorisisAnchorApostleArkangelAshlarBirthplaceBlood Of JudasBludgeonBoundBurst Of SilenceCanaanCanonCanopusCarahterCheremChildren Of GaiaCondolenciaCongressContemptContendCounterweightCries Of The TormentedDawn Of OrionDay Of AtonementDeclaracion De GuerraDecontaminateDehumanizeDim MakDistressedEcorageEighteen VisionsEleventh HourEnvironmentEverlastExcuseExtinguish The FireExtinguishEye Of JudgementFacedownFaultFlame Of GodFrameworkFrom The Dying SkyGatekeeperGatherGreen RageHorizonHorns Of ResistanceIgnorance Never SettlesIn The ClearJustice DepartmentLiarLifeforceLifelessMaroonMorning AgainMostomaltoNew BloodNo JokeNouvelle GaiaNueva EticaNyariOn FallOutboundPath To MiseryPrayer For CleansingPure BloodPurificationPurified In BloodRaidRancorRecoilRedemptionRepentenceReprisalRespectRisenSacred PledgeSektorSentenceSentientThe SetupSeven GenerationsSeventh JudgmentSevinShaping The EndShedShiverSlavearcSoulsticeSown The SeedSpinelessStatementSunriseTears Of GaiaTimebombUnbornUnconqueredUndyingUnsilentUpheavalUnveilVegan ReichVerdictVitalityWarcryWheel Of ProgressWings Of ScarletWithdrawnWrath Of NatureCOMPS...Justice For The EnslavedCeremony Of FireStones To Make A FireAnimal TruthThere are a few bands who have been left out either because their albums are still in press or are on labels who feel as though there is still some type of money to be made off of the releases.You can check the Vegan Metalcore Bible HERE ... and don't forget to show your appreciation via a donation at the BandCamp page with the Abnegation cover.ENJOY THE VEGAN METALCORE BIBLE HERE...[...]



BORN FROM PAIN: The New Future

2014-08-11T01:22:37.872-04:00

Over two years ago now, I was out on the road with First Blood and was lucky enough to have Born From Pain joining us for, I believe, their third or fourth US tour. Riding in a van for three weeks with people you've never met in your life always has a potential of being anywhere from awkward to unbearable. Alas, this was far from the case as Rob, Dom, Peter and Lukas were great tourmates in one of the more packed vans I've ever been in. They had come to the US to tour in support of a new LP entitled The New Future ... but here's the catch: they were releasing Mp3s online for free.Now, let's keep in mind here ... Born From Pain is not some fly-by-night rookie band here. They have been releasing some of the heaviest hardcore over the past 15 years on a reputable European hardcore label known as Gangstyle alongside Metal Blade Records for their later albums giving them worldwide distribution. The decision to embark on an international tour to support the release of a free album is not something that I had ever heard of before ... especially from a band in their position.Alongside a quick. decimating musical onslaught is a layout which paints a very bleak picture of the potential future of the planet. While nearly being a concept album, the continual lyrical theme throughout the album is the pending New World Order, growing government corruption, reasoning for civil unrest and the continual global governmental battle against liberty.Now, anyone that knows me knows that one of my biggest pet peeves is when international bands write lyrics concerning American issues that they typically know nothing about. While I understand that US policy has a tendency have global implications which, in turn, effects people on the other end of the Earth, the last thing I need to hear is an Australian opinion on the Second Amendment or a Canadian's input on racism if that makes sense. Regardless, this album is one of the few cases where I truly value the lyrical insight into the state of my country. The comparisons between the current state of those united and Germany in 1933 is both invaluable and an example of the lyrical content on this release.Musically the album provides 9 tracks in about 25 minutes. With 5 or 6 tracks being quite reminiscent of the Born From Pain we've surely all grown to know over the past decade and a half, there are also several tracks that explore into a very dark, industrial-tinged realm of the band. I remember being given my first taste of the album during one of our overnight drives on said tour after a listening session and subsequent discovery of mutual appreciation of Alphaville. Rob plugged in his Mp3 player without letting me see who the artist was and asked me what I thought. While I enjoyed it regardless, I knew it was some kind of trick question because of how both unique and obviously German it was. I assumed it was some type of side project that I somehow never caught wind of but it was, surprisingly, the new Born From Pain album that has not really left my rotation since then (in 2012).I'm not too sure where the band's download link for this album is any more so it inspired me to make my own post for the album. I'm VERY curious to hear the follow-up release for this album to see if the band ventures further into the industrial/new wave realm that they were.Don't be scared by my emphasis on this angle of the album ... there are still AT LEAST three songs on this disc which hold their own in the live set list right alongside Final Nail, Reclaiming The Crown, Death In The City and all the other classic Born From Pain tracks.DOWNLOAD[...]



HELL FEST 2000

2014-07-08T15:33:24.998-04:00

In case some of you don't know ... I've been digitizing all of my show footage from the past two decades and uploading them to YouTube (now in HD). This is a gem I've been working on for quite some time. There are two bands towards the end of the upload I'd like some help figuring out who they are, however.

Speaking of help ... if anyone has any footage from this era (or any, really) and would like to see them put online for the world to see ... feel free to get in touch. It's very time consuming but it's also a labor of love. Donations of the show tapes are appreciated but I am also content with borrowing the tapes and returning either the masters or DVD copies for you. I return all material in better condition than it arrives and have extremely quick turn-around time. I can provide references as well.

Anyhow, here's the footage ... enjoy!

PS - If you click on the LINK to the actual YouTube page, there are time stamps in the description that will take you to each band directly!

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AGE OF RUIN: Discography

2014-07-08T15:24:01.552-04:00

I initially found out about this band in 2001 when I received their demo for review for both my own zine and also for HardcoreWebsite.net ... which I somehow ended up doing reviews for as a 15 year old kid. There were always a lot of bands who promised to send demos to both ... and I would be lucky to receive one. Having a band follow through on sending to both was a rarity that potentially never happened at any other point.The cliche is that you've listened to an album so much that it wore out ... well, in this case, it was genuinely true. CD-R technology wasn't up to the standards that it is today but luckily I had two copies. This demo stood out amongst the hundreds that I received as one of my favorites. It was the dawn of melodic metalcore and something about this demo struck me as sounding like a "hardcore version" of In Flames' Clayman album which I had been jamming steadily since I had seen them open for Earth Crisis the year prior.I was even more surprised to find out that the band was from Fairfax, VA; both a suburb of Washington DC and also a city not exactly known for its metalcore scene. Potentially more intriguing was the recording which I would later found out was done by Ken Olden of Damnation AD fame. While this wasn't the typical style of aggressive music he was known for, it worked well for the raw sound that the band initially pioneered amidst the other bands of the genre who were going the route of triggered drums, sound replaced guitars and pitch-corrected vocals.I suppose I should back up slightly as the band released a demo in 1998 entitled The Opium Dead when they initially started which I only recently received a copy of thanks to a contribution which I'll go into later. While two songs would be re-recorded (something the band seemed to love doing), two tracks are only available on this cassette. In the year 2000 the band released the full length entitled Black Sands Of The Hourglass on a label I've never seen another release from called Dark Moon Empire. This would later be re-mastered and re-released in 2003 with both a new, exclusive track and a really horrible Bon Jovi cover. While this album still destroys most of the other metalcore coming from both the era and area, there was not much progression from their debut demo recorded two years prior. The maturity found between said debut full length and the following recording session in 2001, however, is quite noticeable.Actually, what I'm continually referring to as the "demo" I received in 2001 is technically the Autumn Lanterns EP. The only difference between the CD-R that I received for review and the officially released EP is the addition of a fifth track entitled No Kiss Cuts As Deep. Released by the then-infamous label Tribunal Records, this EP served as the band's introduction to the larger audience that the label held at the time. It wasn't long after that the band started gaining recognition regionally. It around this time that I finally got to see the band live at The Bunion Bowl in Baltimore, MD. Equally as memorable as the set was the vocalist smashing beer bottles over his own head. I believe there was actually footage in the trailer for the Bunion Bowl DVD which never saw the light of day.It was probably around this time that the band was firing on all four cylinders and started working on their sophomore EP, The Longest Winter's Woes. In a turn of events the band chose to release this session on a relatively marginal local label which was churning out most of the Baltimore Hardcore acts of the time called DFF Records. Once again produced by Ken Olden the album was every bit as vital as the preceding EP yet failed to make a com[...]



UNREAL CITY: Masks

2014-05-22T03:54:59.986-04:00



While I was a fan of the "demo" versions of this EP that was recorded before the band's multi-year hiatus ... the addition of a genuine re-recording ices the cake on this release. Unlike most hardcore releases coming out these days ... there are RIFFS on this 7". While obvious comparisons can be made to Integrity, there are influences ranging from Entombed to Bolt Thrower to Cro Mags found throughout this offering.

Done in a legitimate DIY manner from the creation to the completion, this band takes their course in the typical Pittsburgh fashion: inventive, uncompromising and at its own pace

Two of the four songs can be heard HERE (where it can also be purchased)









TOP TEN HARDCORE FULL LENGTHS FROM WHEN I FIRST STARTED GOING TO SHOWS

2014-05-15T19:48:22.109-04:00

Updating the blog is hard these days. Mostly because my posts tend to be long-winded. I'm going to do my best to make shorter, yet more frequent posts, in an attempt to keep this as fresh as possible.It's hard for me though because I get excited about a band halfway through the post and end up ranting for a lot longer than I'd like. I surprisingly do get a lot of e-mails from people thanking me for the time I put into this blog, however, and it's encouraging to keep it going. Atonement Records out of the UK recently sent their appreciation so I checked out their blog in return and read through some posts of theirs.I noticed while browsing that I typically get mentioned alongside several other blogs/bloggers that are "90s-oriented". I just wanted to take a second to note the distinction between myself and "them". I'm not "stuck in the past" (that's not a personal jab, I simply can't think of any other wording) and I also don't take pride in being "jaded".I'm sure that sounds hard to believe considering my musical preferences but, in reality, I'm always wishing and waiting for someone to show me new, inspiring bands. Unfortunately I am also a realist and refuse to buy into things for nostalgia and/or revival purposes ... which totally leaves me in this strange purgatory between hardcore kid and useless old fuck.While my profession has mostly ruined live concerts for me; it has also made me appreciate recorded music more than I probably ever have. At the end of the day I'm still down to pit and have been traveling further and more frequently for shows while I've been enjoying digging through my record crates/CD library/Mp3 folder more now than ever.Now, onto my Top 10 Hardcore Full Lengths From When I First Started Going To Shows List.While the order changes almost daily for me, these albums have been rocked consistently by me since I first got into hardcore a little over 15 years ago now. Obviously there are albums I like better than these now, but if we are talking consistency and availability when I was entering the realm of hardcore ... this is the list for me. While Breed The Killers isn't my favorite Earth Crisis album, it was the one they were touring in support of when I first saw them ... and while Seasons In The Size Of Days isn't the pinnacle Integrity release, it was the only one I could find for a year or two, ya dig?I'd post download links but you probably already own these and most of them were released on Victory Records (who still think their Mp3s are sacred).1 - HATEBREED - Satisfaction Is The Death Is Desire (November 11th, 1997)I think this HAS to be Number 1, right?2 - ALL OUT WAR - For Those Who Were Crucified (October 18th, 1998)How insane is it that these guys are gigging out and playing this in it's entirety!?!3 - BURIED ALIVE - The Death Of Your Perfect World (May 4th, 1999)Terror is sick, but this full length is perfection.4 - 100 DEMONS - In The Eyes Of The Lord (October 17th, 2000)Still, to this day, the angriest and most violent lyrics and vocals ever put to tape.5 - EARTH CRISIS - Breed The Killers (September 8th, 1998)Ultramilitance and guest vocals from Rob Flynn; a criminally underrated album.6 - GODBELOW - Painted Images With The Blood Of (July 10th, 2000)People don't typically like giving credit where due, but this album is the definition of heavy.7 - RINGWORM - Birth Is Pain (October 23rd, 2001)A comparatively "new" album but these songs were mostly demo'd and being played live for years.8 - INTEGRITY - Seasons In The Size Of Days (June 3rd, 1997)Yet another criminally underrated album due to the band's extensive catalog of perfect[...]



CROSSBREED: The Stamp Of Hate

2014-03-19T10:11:19.290-04:00

I remember always hearing this band name due to it's obvious similarity to another band we all know. It wasn't until somewhat recently that I managed to come across a download of their EP, The Stamp Of Hate. I also found out at this time that it featured "members of Kickback" (who I would later find out was just their drummer).After listening to the EP several times, it easily made it's way onto my list of "actually good European hardcore" bands. It wasn't until after I did some further research on the band and found the following interview that I deemed them to be blog-worthy. While the music itself is quite impressive for it's time frame and location (1999 in France) ... it was the absolutely insane interview that truly made me a fan of the band.Initially I thought the peculiarity of the interview could be accredited to the broken English inherent in the pre-Google Translate era it was created during. As I kept reading, however, I soon found its insanity to be solely tied to the mind of the insane frontman, Patrice Mariani. Despite not being able to understand half of what he is talking about ... I find myself disturbingly relating very much to what he is saying in the other half. Not to mention, the music is quite relate-able ... which is the true beauty of music, right?(Editor's Note: Potentially the first and only time Luddite Clone has ever been mentioned as an influence.)---------An Interview with Patrice Mariani of Crossbreed1. How did the band get started? How did you meet and how long have you been together?Patrice Mariani: CROSSBREED was born at the end of 1999. I met Raffi (guitarist) at school when I was 16 years old. We had a mutual concept: creating a brutal homogeneous and coherent entity. We've played together in a band named Disaster Drop during 5 or 6 years. After a while some members chose to go away. They didn't believe in what we tried to do, then we got in touch with Yohann (Bassist). He played in an extreme punk rock Band. We knew he listened to bands like Converge, Neurosis, Vader, Nasum. So, we proposed him to do something more violent than he was playing. Simon (drums) is from Kickback. We needed someone getting another vision of hard music. Here was the line up. I think CROSSBREED is literally a "product of blend."2. How would you describe your music? Patrice Mariani: I haven't a real understanding of our brand music. With this stuff we just would play with nerves and mental strains. We would like to get them, rot them, spit them, vomit over, and serve account in a spittoon that was already useful aiming to infect you with brutal songs without likely give and take. I think it's a bad delusion, a nightmare we preferred forgetting. You should keep your eyes closed, if we accomplished this we will be proud.3. What are your biggest influences? Patrice Mariani: We like bands as Converge, Torn Apart, Luddite Clone, Will Haven, Neurosis, Nostromo from Swiss or Ananda from France we're working on a new project and I can tell you today that it should be more extreme than "The Stamp of Hate."4. What influence do you think your bands has in music and metal today?Patrice Mariani: We would be proud to say that we influence some Bands but I think we only influence milk-cows of middle west today. Maybe United states will open us its door??.. of cheese production?..5. Are any band members in side projects? If so what are they, and explain a little about them.Patrice Mariani: Simon plays with Kickback. They record their last 6 tracks CD with Ed Rose (Coalesce). In Europe, some people look for a certain likeness with t[...]



EL NINO: Discography

2014-02-19T17:49:50.891-05:00



This is a re-post with updated info/files thanks to contributions from John Cannon.

Before Ill Niño was Ill Niño, they were El Niño. Originally fronted by Jorge Rosado of Merauder fame, the band initially featured a much more stream-lined NYHC style in comparison to the Latin-infused brand of nu-metal they made a both a career and a Gold record out of.

Thanks to the efforts of one of the blog readers, John Cannon, I have updated this post to include the EXTREMELY rare debut 10 song demo featuring Jorge from Merauder on vocals. Shit like that makes me feel like all the time I spend writing these posts is worthwhile. Recorded in 1998, I initially thought this to be non-existent but can now include this as part of the discography thanks to his contribution.

Speaking of 1998, I managed to track down a rare live video from Albany, NY from this year which features essentially the demo in its entirety. I ripped Mp3s of this video and included them in this download.

The follow-up EP was recorded in late 2000, after Cristian Machado switched from bass to replace Jorge Rosado on vocals. With original members Marc Rizzo and founding father Dave Chavarri, and the addition of Jardel Paisante on rhythm guitar, Laz Pina on bass and Roger Vasquez on percussion the band was complete. According to an interview with Chavarri at the time, "the vocals are much stronger now with Cristian Machado as a singer; Ill Niño is now making much better use of melody, Spanish guitars and Latin rhythms."

The EP was recorded and mixed at the Hi-Fi Studios in Hoboken, NJ, which is the recording studio of bassist Laz Pina, and the same studio that was later used for the pre-production of Revolution Revolucion. After a recent conversation with him I also found out that the pre-production for Madball's seminal album "Set It Off" was laid down here as well. The album was engineered and mixed by drummer Dave Chavarri, with help from Pina. The album was released by C.I.A. Recordings.

This EP was actually released as Ill Nino. The first five songs, "Nothing's Clear", "Disposed", "Rumba", "Fallen", and "Part of the Signs", were all written by Cristian Machado. The last two songs, "El Niño" and "God Is I" were written by  ex-vocalist Jorge Rosado, who re-joined Merauder after he left the band. These two songs are included as bonus tracks and are simply taken from their original 10 song demo.

I'm personally a fan of everything this band has done, but unfortunately for all of you ... their entire catalog is still in print through either Roadrunner and Victory Records (who are quite adamant about keeping their albums off of Mediafire). I suggest tracking down regardless. This EP and demo, however, is quite rare and live footage with Jorge is even moreso rare. Enjoy.

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THROWDOWN: Intolerance

2014-01-19T00:00:42.557-05:00

The following post is sure to be an unbearable combination of ranting and writing stream of consciousness. If you want to hear the new album ... scroll to the bottom. No, I'm not posting this for download ... the whole thing is available to stream! If that's not a kind enough gesture for a band on a major label ... I don't know what is.So we're all getting old (why else would you be reading this blog?) and, personally, it's becoming more and more rare for me to get excited for New Releases. In the rare event that I DO make a trip to the record store to browse a section other than the $1 used bin ... it's probably to pick up a new release from an old favorite. In 2014, that first trip was in order to obtain the new Throwdown release, "Intolerance".While most people were STOKED on getting their hands on the leaked Mp3s for free, I greased some palms at an un-named record store to get my hands on this a few days early. Varying levels of dedication to bands one likes, I suppose. I digress. After listening through the album a few times, however, I'm glad I put in the effort that I did.You may or may not be aware that I am a huge mark for the preceding Throwdown album, Deathless (you know ... that album that was too ungodly perfect for Joe Beatdown to comprehend).  While I understand why that album didn't exactly strike a chord with the "hardcore scene", I also find it hard to grasp why kids are so quick to turn a blind eye to a band on the whole simply because they aren't fans of the most recent release. I could assuredly continue on with this rant but I'm trying to put this new album over as opposed to going off about fairweather music fans.Roughly two years ago when I had the pleasure of being on the road with a tour package that Throwdown was headlining, I willingly punished Dave with questions as to when the new album would be out, what to expect from it and whether or not there were even plans for it. I remember him telling me it would be reminiscent of some earlier material as opposed to the direction they started heading in on the Deathless album. Despite the fact that I've listened to "old" Throwdown to the point where I have the entire discography memorized, I was kinda bummed in the sense that I really liked where Throwdown was heading.You see, one of my pet peeves is when a very small percentage of very vocal kids manage to skew public opinion by utilizing tactics out of their Joseph Goebbels handbooks.  An even bigger pet peeve of mine is when a band actually beckons to the demands of said social networking warriors. Needless to say, I found myself worrying that I would be presented with merely a watered-down version of something that I'm not sure could or should be re-created outside of 2003.So, as previously mentioned, I've been a fan of everything Throwdown has done. I'm actually even fine with the Face The Mirror EP at times (especially when I compare it to modern mosh bands). What I'm trying to say is that while I love Haymaker ... I was really hoping that the new album wouldn't sound like Haymaker.While I CAN draw certain comparisons to the Venom & Tears album, Intolerance stands on its own feet. Whereas Venom & Tears was typically described as "a hardcore Pantera" ... Intolerance will surely grab similar comparisons due to Dave Peters being one of the only frontmen in hardcore with an actual vocal range (hence a comparison to Phil Anselmo/Pantera). Intolerance takes on a more methodical, riff-driven approach a-la Crowbar while simultaneously reverting t[...]



BURN IT DOWN: Discography

2014-07-14T11:37:47.871-04:00

How have I yet to post a Burn It Down discography? Ever since my first time seeing them when they replaced Walls Of Jericho for the opening slot on the Earth Crisis/In Flames tour they have served as one of the most influential bands on my writing style. Their influence can be heard loud and clear on the Path To Misery self-titled full length.The band got their start in 1997 with the release of a 4 song 7" on Uprising Records. While not having the typical sound of the label at the time, one can assume the connection could be linked to certain members' former "hardline" association; Uprising Records, of course, being operated by former Vegan Reich frontman and "father of hardline" Sean Muttaqui. This early material was quite raw in its nature and while the intensity was present, the progressiveness they would later become known for had yet to take precedent. I mean ... compared to Blood For Blood this 7" is paradise, I'm simply saying that the band had yet to come into form.Here is some footage of this early material allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oHTruMv72rE" width="360">While the debut 7" served mostly as a demo which would have 3 of its 4 tracks reworked for their follow-up EP, the intensity laid on tape would set the pace for what the band had in store for the year 1998. Taking notice of the happening in Indianapolis, IN, Escape Artist Records had the foresight to release the monumental Eat. Sleep. Mate. Defend. EP. The band would tour in support of this EP with another band who was both experimenting in their own spirituality while simultaneously being at the pinnacle of their career, Zao.Speaking of spirituality, I'll always remember the lyrics to the aforementioned EP as being some of the few that spoke to me at the time (on the subject). My big falling out with religion was coincidentally coinciding with my deep-end dive into hardcore. While I would still throw a few pit moves for No Innocent Victim or Born Blind or whoever ... I took them all with a grain of salt. The lyrics to Burn It Down's opening track on Eat. Sleep. Mate. Defend. (Kill Their Idols), however, specifically sticks out in my mind as a song dealing with a spiritual view of the world without coming off as preachy or overbearing. While I can't speak for any of the intended meanings of the lyrics, they seemed to be representative of many of those who were transitioning at the time from a "hardline" past to a seemingly "Christian" future. Strange in a way/making sense in another. I digress.Clocking in at under 15 minutes, the sophomore EP let "the scene" know both that they meant business and what they had in store for the near-future. As with most bands that were garnering attention at the time, Trustkill Records would step in for the release of their next offering in the form of a split with another quintessential Path To Misery influence, Racetraitor. It would be in the year of 1999 that Burn It Down would rightfully take their place amongst the top of the metalcore scene of the time. Playing every fest from Krazy Fest to Hell Fest along with their summer tourmates, Cave In, the stage was now set for Burn It Down to release a debut full length.Up until this point in time, Burn It Down had yet to have a release clock in at over 15 minutes. While each release contained a presence yet to be matched to this day, there seemed to be somewhat of a limit placed on the full musical range of the band. With the songs typically lasting an average of a[...]



KRUTCH: Discography

2014-01-14T14:52:39.204-05:00

I was recently requested to post a Krutch discography. I could have sworn I already had done so but apparently I was mistaken. So here it is ... the long-overdue Krutch post.There's a lot I could say about this band but in summary, they have essentially built the eastern PA hardcore scene from the ground up, Krutch will always be synonymous with the term PAHC.Here is a bio that I found on some random Geocities or Tripod site that is somehow still up. I'll throw in some notes at the end."KRUTCH, the undisputed kings of Pennsylvania hardcore, got started in late ´89 the original members being Karl, Sal, Richie, Cheez, & Below. Sal would eventually join the U.S. Navy, leaving the remaining four to maintain Krutch. This original line-up never seriously recorded (other than a demo in 1989 which is unfortunately not included in this upload) and it wasn’t until late ´93 that their first demo Stand Strong, Stand Alone was complete.In 1995 Krutch´s second demo "Wheeruat" would be released, although it had only three songs it was received very well in the hardcore scene, this release showcased the true-to-life lyrics over Krutch´s trademark sound of low tuning and intense drum work. With this line-up around ´96 they released their split 7” with Surrounded on Back Ta Basics Rec. This was B.T.B.’ 2nd release and made both, the band and label, household names. Krutch’s next release Brotherhood - Sisterhood mcd would be on the European label R.P.P. It included their second demo and their two songs off their split 7”. Soon after Krutch released another split 7” on the french label Inner Rage Records and with the French band Stormcore. By this time, Krutch collaborated with Rick Healey of 25 Ta Life and Pepi Rodreguiz of Livin Proof to start the side project Comin Correct, with whom they have toured in Europe, Japan and of course the U.S.Krutch continued and stayed busy with playing where ever they could in the U.S. but mainly East Coast and Midwest. They played tons of shows with Madball, Biohazard, Life of Agony, Kreator, Downset, Dog Eat Dog etc. in the legendary clubs like ´The Rat` in Boston, ´CBGB’s` in NYC, and ´The Pipeline` in wonderful Newark N.J. But on a regular basis the line-up would be with the likes of 25 Ta Life, Fury Of V, V.O.D. or Bulldoze.Around ´97 Krutch released their debut full-length album Now the Tables Turn on the underground B.T.B. label. The band was not fully satisfied with the recording, but nevertheless the CD was highly acclaimed worldwide. Then one of the founding members Cheez would call the quits. Krutch being no stranger to line-up changes quickly recruited Simon from a local punk-hardcore band called Feeble. With this line-up they toured Europe playing in major clubs as well as squats. They played Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, and France.After the European tour Krutch released another split 7” The Few The Deep with Simon´s defunct band Feeble. Soon Simon had a kid, then the singer Karl had a kid, so Krutch took long time-off to record a full-length entitled I'll See You In Hell. Richie joined Mushmouth just to keep playing during the break.Now, on the brink of the new millenium, Krutch is ready for the crushin comeback and claim their place on the top of the whole hardcore game. They just released the 2nd album Our Thing - the Mafia Years 89-99 (on Cartel Records). This 12-song cd contains brand-new material and all their hard-to-find tracks re-mastered. Produced by Hoy[...]



EMBODYMENT: Discography

2014-01-14T14:54:48.462-05:00

You may or may not be aware that Embodyment is sick. With a catalog ranging from death metal to alternative rock ... these guys cover most of the bases that I'm into.Starting in 1993 the band would release three different demos over the course of three years; all with a Living Sacrifice-influenced death metal sound. Solid State Records would later re-release these in CD format along with two previously-unreleased pre-production tracks for songs off of their monumental debut full length, Embrace The Eternal.Well, when I say "monumental" I mean in terms of how good it was ... most certainly not in terms of how many people got into it. Despite the album blowing away mostly everything else coming out at the time (1998) I'm fairly certain it made little to no waves outside of the Christian scene. Despite the crossover success of Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest by Zao (most certainly an influence on this Embodyment album as well), Christian bands were still mostly secluded to their own scene at the time. I'll put it to you this way, I had to buy this album at Family Christian Bookstores as opposed to Jamey Jasta's distro. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="344" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6-sNsVL6BTQ" width="459">As previously mentioned, this album was a turning point for the band as the songs took a definite influence from Zao's most recent endeavor (which changed heavy music as a whole, by the way). While the band was progressing more towards a "metalcore" sound as evidenced on their demo collection, the difference heard between the pre-production versions recorded BEFORE the release of Zao's pinnacle album and the album versions recorded AFTER the release of said album is quite obvious.This is not to discredit Embodyment as much as it is to illustrate the impact that Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest had on (especially) the Christian hardcore scene. I would've stepped my game up after the release of that album as well.So anyhow, after they perfected the art of death metalcore, Embodyment went through a pretty significant line-up change and followed it up with The Narrow Scope Of Things. Never before had I heard such progression from one album to the other. We're talking brutal metalcore to alternative rock in one album flat. At the time I was pretty bummed, but looking back now I can appreciate the Lostprophets/Hoobastank transition.Transition is the key word I'll use to describe The Narrow Scope Of Things album as that is mostly what it served in my mind. While the album has it's moments of brilliance it still shows signs of a band searching out a new sound. On their third and final full length for Solid State Records (entitled Hold Your Breath) the band reached what I consider to be their pinnacle. Any signs of aggressiveness were written out in favor of radio-worthy hooks and melodies. Well, I take that back. The album actually is quite intense and aggressive, but not in any sort of way one would expect. For whatever reason the words to describe the album aren't coming to me ... which is why you should just download and listen for yourself if you're interested in hearing a unique album.After the release of this album (and their subsequent release from their label contract), the band would put together a promotional album in hopes of being signed to a major label. Unfortunately this never panned out for the band but fortunately for us, the tracks would later be released as the Songs For The L[...]



STIGMATA: Home Video

2014-01-08T09:10:24.909-05:00

In the summer of 2003 when my band at the time (Drain This Blood) was touring ... Scotty J from Tripface, Lariat, Burning Bridges and being awesome in general put us up with not only a show but a place to stay. We stayed up most of the night torturing our bassist but when it finally time to go to sleep, we put on the Stigmata Home Video VHS. I was so delusional and tired by this point that I only really remember an opening montage with a lot of tits that looked good at the time and the video for Burning Human which featured both Harley Flannagan and a lot of insane police brutality and people dying footage.Ten years later and I've yet to find a copy for myself. You know what that means? It's fucking rare. I only recently stumbled upon a YouTube upload of it while searching for footage of Embodyment playing their death metal material. Funny how the world works sometimes. Anyhow, I strongly suggest watching this if you're looking for the hardcore version of the Pantera Home Video.Unfortunately it starts skipping around a bit during Part 2 (the good part!!!) but this is far from a complaint as I empathize with any and all YouTube uploaders as I'm currently putting my entire collection up for viewing as well. Shout out to user Chuck AD ... I suggest checking out his other videos if you're interested in seeing some wild Zao, Santa Sangre, Godbelow, A Death For Every Sin or A Perfect Murder footage.Thanks for giving me access to viewing something I've been searching out for over 10 years!PS - I'm still looking for a hard copy of this ... hit me up if you're looking to sell! allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/PpHS8JVrP4w?feature=player_embedded' FRAMEBORDER='0' /> allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/mcKuGS90dv4?feature=player_embedded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />[...]