I could have sworn I posted about the tape version of the 'CREEP//Annihilate Me' EP from New York's Brain Slug, however a quick search on my blog says otherwise. As stated this was originally put out as a tape on Bleeding Edges but has been given the vinyl treatment by Failure Recordings. Two originals in the vein of Krakdown and Citizen's Arrest, and a CxA cover = all quality. This band has gotten significantly better since I first heard their demo, and I hope they release something else soon. Limited to 325 copies all on black vinyl.
July 25, 2014
Keep It Clear is a straight edge band that originally existed a few years back. After releasing a demo and EP they went quiet. They've recently begun playing shows again so React! Records pressed the two aforementioned releases to a 12". Solid youth crew on display here in the vein of Floorpunch. Limited to 100 copies on smoke vinyl.
at 8:55 PM
July 21, 2014
I guess I'm the last one to post about the new 7" from Melbourne's finest, Caged Grave. Better late than never though I suppose. Following up a demo and live tape, "Gutless" is another above average display of metallic PV influenced hardcore. They almost sound as if you combined Vaccine and Mind Eraser into one, but not really. I don't know what I'm trying to say, other than this band fucking rips. Get into it. I believe there were 100 copies pressed on clear vinyl.
at 12:18 PM
July 16, 2014
Debut EP, 'Exploit Me,' from Canada's SNOB pressed to wax by Hardware Records out of Germany. Think of a drugged-out version of SSD and you're on the right track as far as this band's sound. It kind of reminds me of Gas Rag but with less d beat and more skank. Limited to 100 copies on blue vinyl. The band's demo was also pressed to wax so naturally I need to track down a copy of that at some point.
at 5:02 PM
July 15, 2014
When Quality Control HQ put up orders for the newest Violent Reaction 7", they also put up the debut 7" from the UK's Mankind. A bit of a departure from most of the popular UK hardcore bands at the moment, Mankind takes a more 80's DC approach to hardcore punk. As the label states Faith plays an obvious influence here, but the EP isn't without that UK stomp either. Solid first exposure to this band. Yellow vinyl is limited to 100 copies.
at 10:37 PM
July 7, 2014
It seems like I'm the last person to post about this 2 song release from Stone Dagger. If you don't know by now this is a good old fashioned heavy metal band done by members of (you guessed it) the Boston hardcore scene - Brendan Radigan, CC, and DFJ of The Rival Mob, Mind Eraser, Mental, xfilesx, every other band from Boston. The two songs here are very on point and well done, not too dissimilar to the fantastic Magic Circle LP that came out last year (someone I never posted about that. Go get it if you haven't yet, it's really really good.) Pressed to vinyl by Electric Assault Records, the label blew threw the first press in less than 3 days I think. There's a second press currently up for sale.
at 10:08 PM
July 3, 2014
The Repos (or The Ropes, depending on the year) out of Chicago are one of the best examples of hardcore punk in the last 15 years. Great mix of Poison Idea, Jerry's Kids, and maybe a little (early) Youth of Today for good measure. This is the band's second LP, 'Hearts and Heads Explode' and is my personal favorite release from the band. All of the tracks smoke and flow together so well. You'd be hard pressed to find another band that has had such a solid output of material. Youth Attack pressed 700 copies of this all on black.
at 10:43 PM