Best Heavy Releases of 2021

Metalcore, deathcore, hardcore – heavier music as a whole has seen a massive wave of incredible talent crash in. Rather than pit these artists against one another and attempt to rank them, I decided to put together a list of artists that impacted the heavier side of music in one Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Romance of Affliction, by seeyouspacecowboy – An Emo Revival Release to Lead a New Wave

  Earlier in the year, seeyouspacecowboy shook the hardcore scene by releasing their split with emo-revival band If I Die First, which accumulated in an explosion of both bands writing a single song together, and duking it out in a gigantic music video. Now, the San Diego based band are Continue Reading

EP Review: The Fall of Cintra, by Hekseblad – An Intense Witcher-themed Black Metal Debut

  Atmospheric, raw, guttural. Hekseblad is a Witcher-themed American Black Metal band. Yes, you read that right. Composed of just two members, vocalist/writer, Bruxa, and multi-instrumentalist, Frosk, this Halloween the darkened duo are set to release their debut four-track EP, The Fall of the Cintra. An Ill Fated Meeting leads Continue Reading

EP REVIEW: A Tear In The Fabric of Life, by Knocked Loose – A Visceral Story of Trauma and the Stages of Grief

  Knocked Loose, of Oldham County, KY, just debuted a surprise EP accompanied by an animated short film (and a lot of merch). While the world around them slowed to a standstill, the members of Knocked Loose took to a literal cabin in the woods (with a few horror movies) Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Swan Song, by The Plot In You – Expertly Weaves Past and Present into Emotionally Resonant Fifth Album

The Plot In You is a metalcore band fronted by Landon Tewers, and has as of late gone through some pretty drastic musical changes. The mention of Landon specificially is important, because throughout the majority of The Plot In You’s existence he was the sole writer/producer, only having the rest of Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Halfway Down, by Time and Pressure – PLUS Vocalist Drew Maxey Talks Britney Spears and Misogyny in America

Time and Pressure. A hardcore band out of St. Louis, Missouri that brings  a fresh approach to the genre, much like how Bad Religion influenced the landscape of punk. Along with the blistering aggressiveness that comes naturally to the sound and energy of hardcore, Time and Pressure harness an educated Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Replica of a Strange Love, by Wristmeetrazor – It Can’t Make You Stay, But It Won’t Let You Leave

Wristmeetrazor. A name like that clearly illustrates what they are: A modern take on an early 2000s metalcore sound with an emo twist. If their name alone doesn’t draw you in, surely their team of powerhouses will. With Justin Fornof (ex-Molotov Solution) as the lead vocalist and bassist, Jonah Thorne Continue Reading

EP REVIEW: A Sure Disaster, by SeeYouSpaceCowboy & If I Die First – Worlds Literally Collide in a Chaotic Emo Masterpiece

SeeYouSpaceCowboy are a hardcore/metalcore band coming out of San Diego, California. They`ve quickly become a staple in the community, having played in the ever-growing LDB Fest, and soon playing the anticipated return of Furnace Fest. Their members range all corners of the scene, in bands such as Wristmeetrazor and Buriedbutstillbreathing. Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Bloom, by Cold Hvnds – A Love Letter to Mid-2000s-2010s Post-Hardcore

Cold Hvnds’ influences are laid bare – walking on the same stones cast by alt-rock and pop-punk forefathers of a bygone era, while also marching out of step by pulling from the Rise Records run of post-hardcore styles, culminating to an honest and passionate effort in their debut album, Bloom. The Continue Reading