A long while back, we fell in love with Center of the Sun, the North Carolina newgaze (& more) outfit that boasted former and current members of Young and in the Way, Grids, Meth Mountain, and Paepliodion (TX). Shortly after the release of their Machine Gun debut LP, the bands called it a day. Needless to say, we were a bit heartbroken and in need for more of their very lovely and ethereal sounds.
Thankfully, now we have MTHR.
From what we’ve heard, they pick up close to where CotS left off and added an additional element of heaviness. Not to mention a more gloomy sense that the band has embraced in the short six months of being together.
Now, MTHR, the NC doom-y will be releasing their debut EP in the form of the Howl 7″ via Atrum Cultus in 2015. You can now get your hands on the 7″ EP here.
The long awaited debut EP from MTHR contains 3 haunting tracks on 7″ vinyl as well as the bonus track “Miscarry” on digital download. The preorder also includes two additional bonus tracks on digital download of acoustic versions of “Howl” & “Wise Blood.” Limited to 250 copies on white 7″ vinyl.
1. Hymn I
3. Wise Blood
4. Miscarry *
5. Howl (acoustic) *
6. Wise Blood (acoustic) *
Stream of the entire EP below.
Legendary FL hardcore band Culture, who are “celebrated for, among a handful of others, helping to cultivate the burgeoning metallic hardcore sound that became synonymous with the era”, will be releasing new music in as many years in the form of a 7″ via Carry The Weight Records.
It’s been many years since new music, not to mention a handful of reunions here and there. The band will be reuniting this year for a few fests. Get a sneak peek at the new music in the trailer video below.
CULTURE was known for aggressive social/political/ecological commentary, cautionary tales of reckless consumerism and industrial sprawl, and advocacy of the straightedge lifestyle.
Former members went on to Morning Again, Terror, As Friends Rust, Shai Hulud, Throwdown, Blood Has Been Shed and (most recently) ON BODIES.
In 2012, CULTURE played its first show since disbanding in 1998 (The Reel & Restless Fest in Miami, Florida). This fall, in August of 2013, the band will revisit Europe for Belgium’s famed Ieper Hardcore Festival, and will then play three dates in Japan, including Tokyo’s Bloodaxe Fest.
(Live photo: Nathaniel Shannon)
Via Dolorosa is the 5th album by dark experimental weirdos Mamaleek, the band’s second for The Flenser. The album is the darkest, most experimental and orchestrated of Mamaleek’s catalogue, incorporating black metal, psychedelica, and electronic music. Via Dolorosa is the first Mamaleek record featuring live drums (along with the electronic fair) and is the band’s most organic; it sounds like a psychedelic-infused night at the darkest jazz club gone as wrong as a child’s nightmare. It is harsh, frightening, and beautiful.
Mamaleek is comprised of two anonymous brothers from the San Francisco Bay Area. The band is musically divergent from San Francisco’s nihilistic history of black metal (Weakling, Leviathan), however the band still approach traditional black metal topics such as sorrow, death and nihilism. Like past Mamaleek releases, the track titles on Via Dolorosa are shared with traditional slave songs and music is banded together with a melodic Middle Eastern aesthetic.
The band commented, “It is at once, a solicitation and renunciation of the genres that are blended together to create something other…Traditional music turned against itself, in treasonous alliance with the barbarians at the gate whom it once hoped to keep out. May the acoustic ruin here documented compel you to turn to your lord. You may take these songs to your judgment day as a protest against the filthy oil pumping in your veins.”
Bask in sorrow and reflect on your pitiful existence.
Baltimore’s feminist punk heroes War On Women have premiered a brand new video for the track “Glass City” over on Bitch Magazine. This track appears on the band’s recently released, self-titled debut full-length which tackles issues of institutionalized sexism and patriarchy through an uproarious blend of riot grrrl, thrash and rock with sarcastic dalliances and furious aggression. Featuring 11 tracks, the album was recorded with J. Robbins at the Magpie Cage (Against Me!, Coliseum, Lemuria) and is a natural progression for the band and a little more polished than their previous efforts, while remaining as blistering as ever.
War On Women formed in 2010 by several veterans of the Baltimore rock scene, including members of AVEC and Liars Academy. The band’s furious live sets capture all of the brevity and intensity of hardcore punk with another level of lyrical and musical sophistication.
Leeds, UK’s Walleater recently joined up with Tiny Engines and marked the U.S. label’s first foreign signing. Tiny Engines will release Walleater’s new EP (II) collected with the band’s 2014 EP (I) together as one LP in the Summer of 2015. To prepare fans for the new release, the band have premiered a song off it, “Swallow You”. If you’re into fuzzed out indie pop of the likes of Hum and Swervedriver, you will surely enjoy Walleater.
Some bands spend years searching for their true sound as they strain under the weight of influences, trends or expectations. Other bands just sound naturally comfortable in their own skin. Walleater is one of those bands. Throw whatever tag you want upon the young UK band, Walleater occupies their own space and they do so with a remarkably clear artistic vision. The band has a penchant for melody and suspense, a certain flare for the dramatic build and release. However, this never comes at the expense of the song. Nothing is contrived or forced, every note serves a purpose and every piece of the puzzle fits. And that simplicity, that organic quality, that is where Walleater’s sound begins and ends.
After a four year hiatus, Breaking Benjamin is set to return with a new album entitled Dark Before Dawn on June 23rd. The band is kicking things off with the release of a new song, “Failure”, which you can check out below. You can pre-order Dark Before Dawn here, as well.
The band also has a string of tour dates booked, kicking off in mid-April. You can see the full list after the jump.
Download. Listen. And wreck your reality.
The Reset Tour (2015) EP
1. Revolution Action
5. Collapse Of History
6. We Are From The Internet
Animal Style Records is excited to welcome Boca Raton’s Northbound to their roster. The label will re-release a reworked version of 2014’s Death Of A Slug. More info coming soon!
Jonothan Fraser, also known as Northbound, comes from a different world than most of his pop-punk peers. After years of DIY touring in the punk and hardcore scenes, Fraser has a very hands-on approach to everything he does, and this has allowed him to be impressively prolific since he began releasing music under the Northbound moniker in 2012. Though it started out as an acoustic solo project, Northbound quickly evolved to its current hybrid state between acoustic and full band. This allows Fraser the flexibility to tour even if touring bandmates Cody Badgley and Kevin Lopez are unable to join him.
Northbound‘s flexibility is not limited to the live show, however. The project is currently gearing up to re-release a heavily reworked version of 2014’s Death Of A Slug. The original version of the record was ten songs in length, five of which were acoustic. For this updated version, Northbound replaced all of the acoustic tracks with full-band versions and added two brand new songs. Far from a phoned-in re-release, Fraser has truly turned Death Of A Slug into a proper full-length – and it feels like the way it was always meant to be.
Death Of A Slug seamlessly stitches together a mixture of modern pop-punk and emo, drawing influence from Into It. Over It., Dashboard Confessional, and Citizen. Fraser’s laid back vocal delivery and straight-to-the-point lyricism are a combination sure to please fans of Modern Baseball and The Wonder Years.
The much-talked about and expected documentary on American Nightmare‘s reunion shows in 2011 is finally going to see the light of say. Soon. Here’s the full skinny on it:
American Nightmare (Give Up The Ghost) are one of the most important and influential hardcore/punk bands of the last two decades. The band’s volatile mix of traditional American hardcore, English influenced attitude, and Wesley Eisold’s emotional lyrical prose set a new creative standard for the worldwide hardcore community. Their sphere of influence is far reaching, serving as the bellwether to the giants of punk (AFI, New Found Glory, etc.), metal/hardcore (Hatebreed, GlassJaw, Converge, etc.), and even contemporary popular music (Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, etc.).
On December 29th and 31st, 2011, the last known incarnation of American Nightmare (Give Up The Ghost) reunited to play their first shows in almost eight long years. One in Boston and the other Los Angeles, these legendary shows were comprised of fanatic audiences who travelled from all over the globe. All to celebrate their intimate connection to the words and music of this highly influential band.
Years in the making, we are proud to present the official footage from these two historic hardcore shows in their entirety on 1080P BluRay and HD Digital formats. Both shows were professionally filmed and edited by Evan Henkel with additional editing by Ian McFarland (McFarland and Pecci Films). Documenting the unmatched energy and emotion that only American Nightmare (Give Up The Ghost) could emanate. Also featuring interviews with Matt Pike (Booking Agent), Chris Wrenn (Bridge 9 Records), Robby Redcheeks (Promoter), Jacob Bannon (Converge, Deathwish), George Hirsch (Blacklisted, Harm Wulf), and Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore).
Additional information such as release date and pre-ordering will be unveiled soon.