JUNE 26, 2022
GONE SINCE 2004... OAKLAND'S POWERHOUSE ARE BACK ARMED WITH A BRAND NEW EP TITLED "RENEGADES". CRIS AND EDDIE GIVE US ALL THE DETAILS ON THIS REUNION AND THEIR NEW EP!
QUICK HITS: FIXATION'S DEBUT ALBUM "THE SECRETS WE KEEP" OUT JULY 22ND ON WAR RECORDS
Philadelphia’s FIXATION are set to release their debut full-length album titled “The Secrets We Keep” on July 22nd through WAR Records. “Lachrymose” is the debut track making the rounds now that came with the press release.
That same press release went on to say…
“Philadelphia stalwarts Fixation are far from newcomers, but on “The Secrets We Keep”… recorded, mixed, and mastered by the band’s own Wyatt Oberholzer and releasing via WAR Records… there are few traces of the band’s five year history left intact. Opting to demolish the past, pave over the rubble, and start fresh, Fixation makes good on the promises of their 2020 promo. With an impressive roster that features members of Chemical Fix, Wild Red, and Drowse, the band has perfected their own brand of deft, blistering hardcore that’s difficult to ignore.
Whether they’re channeling the stripped back stomp of Right Brigade, the tasteful melodicism of American Nightmare, or the self-reflective rage of Blacklisted, Fixation tidily corrals their influences into a refined, no-filler take on modern hardcore that only accomplished students of the genre could deliver. “The Secrets We Keep” is the final step in a long ascent, trimming the fat and leaving everything but the essentials behind.
In a genre built on four decades of rigid tradition, “reinvention” can sound like a dirty word, but Fixation has managed the task with remarkable finesse. This isn’t a band abandoning their roots for greener pastures; this is a band becoming what they were meant to be from the start.”
BENT BLUE "WHERE DO RIPPLES GO?" OUT AUGUST 19TH ON WAR RECORDS
Sticking with WAR Records once again we got information on another upcoming release from San Diego’s BENT BLUE. “Where Do Ripples Go?” is their upcoming EP due out on August 19th. Their press release had this to say:
“Bent Blue is a melodic hardcore band from San Diego, California who first emerged in 2020 via their DC hardcore-inspired demo, “Between Your And You're”.
The band quickly made waves throughout Southern California, and signed to WAR Records, who would go to release their demo on cassette and later issue a remixed and expanded version of “Between
Your And You’re” as a limited edition 12” vinyl.
Written and recorded throughout the pandemic, Bent Blue's new EP, “Where Do Ripples Go?”, is a showcase of the band's artistic progression and determination to stand out among their contemporaries. Sonically eclectic and arrangements that keep you on your toes, Bent Blue leaps forward energetically with the kind of melodic hooks that are both alluring and timeless.
Earnest, impassioned, and aggressive, no two songs on the forthcoming EP sound the same. And while Bent Blue maintain their empathetic and socially conscious approach to their lyrical work, this record introduces deeply personal and introspective themes that discuss topics like self-confidence and grief. Where the demo exhibited the band's understanding of their roots, “Where Do Ripples Go?” finds Bent Blue broadening their songwriting scope into new and thrilling directions.
Recorded and mixed by Gabe VanBenschoten (Ancestors, Daisy Chain, Horse The Band), “Where Do Ripples Go?” will see a release this summer through WAR Records. While often drawing comparisons to bands like Lifetime, Fugazi, Dag Nasty, and Rites of Spring, you will most-frequently hear the terms “DC style” and “Revolution Summer” being used to describe Bent Blue’s dissonant, emotive sound. With one foot in the past and the other firmly planted in the present, Bent Blue fit right in with their contemporaries Fiddlehead, Sunstroke, Anxious, and Praise."
Check out the music video for the title track off of theupcoming EP by clicking HERE.
Pre-orders can also be found HERE.
NY'S CRAZY EDDIE RELEASE NEW 3 SONG EP "EDDIE RUINS FUN"
NY’s CRAZY EDDIE are back with a brand new 3 song EP that came out on June 24th. “Eddie Ruins Fun” is currently available to be streamed HERE and features a guest vocal appearance by Fahrenheit 451’s Armando Bordas on the track “No Time To Waste”.
Buffalo’s SPACED have a new single out titled “Prove You Wrong”. Go HERE to check it out. Spaced kick off a 14 date UK/Euro tour on August 1st in Bristol with things wrapping up in Berlin on August 17th.
Richmond VA’s CONTACT have teamed up with our friends at Patient Zero Records with a 12” EP coming out this September. “Groove oriented hardcore” FFO Shelter and Magnitude… the latest single is titled “Silence” and you can check it out HERE.
DEVIATED STATE out of Los Angeles dropped a new single “All Bite No Bark” way back on May 27th. We appreciate this band and didn’t want it to go unnoticed as we have not had a “quick hits” update since its release. Click HERE to give it a listen.
By the time many of you read this the debut PEMBROKE album will have been released. Titled “All The Brightest Pictures” will have 13 tracks including preview tracks “Final Day” and “Bloodrats”. With an impressive pedigree of NYC veteran musicians, PEMBROKE’s energetic debut is brimming with melodic punk riffs, galloping hardcore, mosh-inducing breakdowns, a tightly wound rhythm section, and a pinch of DC post-hardcore flavor. Think SICK OF IT ALL covering RITES OF SPRING or vice versa. Pembroke features members who have been in: Supertouch, Saetia, Off Minor, Lytic and Guns Don’t Run. Handstand Records is handling the release of the debut Pembroke album... click HERE to find out more.
JUNE 7, 2022
AFTER 6 PLUS YEARS BETWEEN ALBUMS ORANGE COUNTY'S IGNITE ARE BACK WITH A NEW FRONTMAN IN ELI SANTANA WHO HAS DEEP ROOTS IN THE METAL SCENE AND WHO ALSO IS AN ACTOR. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ELI IN OUR BRAND NEW INTERVIEW BY CLICKING BELOW!
MAY 14, 2022
PA's ONE STEP CLOSER ARE WITHOUT A DOUBT A BAND ON THE RISE WITH THE RELEASE OF THEIR DEBUT FULL LENGTH "THIS PLACE YOU KNOW" AND TOURING, TOURING & MORE TOURING. WE CAUGHT UP WITH THEIR FRONTMAN RYAN SAVITSKI... (WHILE OUT ON TOUR) TO ASK HIM 20 OR SO QUESTIONS...
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MAY 9, 2022
After a 2 year Covid induced hiatus the THIS IS HARDCORE FEST returns on July 7th with a Thursday night pre-show at Philadelphia's Underground Arts featuring H20, Sunami, Skarhead and more. Friday, July 8th is the official start of TIHC 2022 and is also at Underground Arts and features Merauder, Section H8 and Queensway. Saturday, July 9th is at the more spacious Franklin Music Hall and features Hatebreed, Madball, Fury Of 5, and Killing Time with Sunday July 10th (also at Franklin Music Hall) featuring Thursday, Terror and Comeback Kid. In all there are over 50 bands playing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for TIHC 2022 which is the 14th installment of the premier US Hardcore Music Festival which got its start in 2006. Click HERE for full lineups and ticket info including 3 day passes.
When asked for his thoughts about the return of TIHC after the time away TIHC founder Joe "Hardcore" McKay had this to say... "It was hard to find something to fill the void of what booking shows and the fest does for me. Although the podcast is a lot of fun, there is nothing like putting a bill together that will get people excited for the next fest. The response has been so warm and heartfelt that it has just gotten me more excited for the fest and I appreciate everyone who kept the faith that we would bring back a fest lineup to make up for the lost 2 years".
NO REDEEMING SOCIAL VALUE will be performing live for the first time since 2019 at this year’s Black N Blue Bowl being held at The Monarch in Brooklyn, NY on May 14th and 15th along with a ton of other heavy hitters. This will also be the first time fans will be able to see NRSV play songs off of their latest album "Wasted For Life" which came out in August of 2020. Old footage from NRSV's last BNB appearance (when it was still called the "Super Bowl Of Hardcore") has resurfaced in the form of a live video for the song "No Regrets". Click HERE to check out NRSV circa 2005 and check out the BNB 2022 flyer to the left to get more info on this year's extravaganza including how to get tickets! In other No Redeeming news their "Wasted For Life" album will be released on picture disc by Dead City Records later this year, stay tuned for more info!
Germany's RYKERS have finished working on their new 10 song album titled "Ours Was A Noble Cause" and have a release date of August 3rd with BDHW Records. This is their first new release with their original singer Kid D since he left the band back in 2014. The band just finished up a 9 date Euro tour that started on April 29th and also released the new track (and video) for "Bread And Circuses" which will be on the new album.
NY's WINTER WOLF recently released the new track "Blue Lights" which will be on their upcoming 4 song EP titled "Unwell" due out on July 2nd. Academic Punk Records is a new DIY label who plan on releasing CD and vinyl versions of the new Winter Wolf as well. Click HERE to check out “Blue Lights”.
Belgium's REDEMPTION DENIED will be releasing a new 11 song album titled "Where Dead Ends Meet" on May 13th through Berlin's Isolation Records. To date there have been 3 singles made public ahead of the release date including the tracks "Testament", "Where Dead Ends Meet" (lyric video) and "Another Victim" which also comes at us with an accompanying music video. Bjorn Dossche of Rise & Fall and Chain Reaction appears on the track "Testament" and had this to say about his fellow Belgians...
"Somehow, longevity is a rare thing in hardcore. Consider yourself lucky if your favourite band made it past the 3 year mark. What's even rarer is a band that pushes on - despite line-up changes, personal careers and the pressure of "adult" life - to deliver their first ever full length album almost a decade after their debut EP. But, that's exactly what Redemption Denied did. And the damn thing hits like a sledgehammer. Granted, the subtle approach was never theirs, but on this album the vigor, determination and sheer power can be felt in every single song, every single riff and every single word singer Kasper spits. It's clear that while "Where Dead Ends Meet" was being written, Redemption Denied sharpened their skills and made sure their all-out assault didn't lose the dynamics needed to keep everyone's attention, all of the time. Their 90's CTHC (Hatebreed, Death Threat) meets Upstate NY (All Out War, Stigmata) sound has never hit harder, not in the least by the increased death metal influence that tips "Where Dead Ends Meet" over the edge of what's socially acceptable in terms of heaviness. The destructive aggression their music possesses is more than matched by the apocalyptic, socio-political lyrics that strike a precarious balance between embittered and empowering. It's their testament, written in blood".
"Where Dead Ends Meet" was recorded at Jupiter Studios in their native Belgium, mixed to perfection by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Xibalba, God's Hate) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Ringworm, Never Ending Game, Integrity), and boasts incredible cover art by Ridge Rhine (Terror, Knocked Loose, Judiciary). To top things off, it also features guest vocals by Tyler Mullen (Year Of The Knife) and Bjorn Dossche (Chain Reaction, Rise And Fall). Click HERE for various ways to check the new music as well as pre-order physical copies.
Oakland's POWERHOUSE will have their first new record out in nearly 20 years on June 17th with the release of the 6 song "Renegades" EP. The band took nearly a 2 decade hiatus after their bassist and founding member Ernie Cortez passed away and return with 4 members who have played a significant role in the band's history in addition to scene veteran Casey Watson on bass who many may know from The Old Firm Casuals and Look Back And Laugh. The new EP was produced by Rancid's Lars Frederickson and will be a joint release with Pitchfork and Upstate Records. Check out the new tracks "Outlast" and "It's Been A Minute" by clicking on the blue hyperlinks.
Last summer we brought you a feature called Hardcore Explorer which included the band NOWHERES from Sweden. Nowheres recently released a new single for the track "Don't Look Down" which will be on an upcoming 7 song 12" EP titled "Last Dance First". The new release will have all 7 songs on one side with a screen printed B side. Genet Records from Belgium and Svensk Hardcorekultur will put this out as a joint release which should be out this fall. Click HERE to check out the Hardcore Explorer article and HERE for "Don't Look Down".
Long Island NY's WAREHOUSE just released a new 2 song flexi-7" with Street Fight Records. The band formed in 2014 and released a 4 song demo in late 2015 with an 8 song EP titled "Image" being their last release in 2016. Warehouse played out a lot locally and were gaining momentum but numerous lineup changes pushed them towards a hiatus which started in 2018 with some of their members moving on to bands like Hangman, Private Mind and Stand Still. Stream the two new tracks on Bandcamp or Spotify or snag a flexi-7" through Street Fight Records.
URBAN WASTE have officially released their latest album titled "More Wasted Years" which is being released on vinyl (Mob Clash Records) and CD (Faster And Louder). The 17 song release contains 9 brand new tracks as well as 8 re-recorded tracks from their 2010 "Recycled" album which featured their old singer (Kenny Ahrens, RIP). Guests on this new release include Agnostic Front Godfathers Vinnie Stigma on the track "Problems" and Roger Miret on the track "Hypocrisy". You can stream the new Urban Waste on You Tube or Spotify and grab a CD through Faster And Louder. Urban Waste will be selling the vinyl copies at all of their upcoming shows which include stops in Brooklyn, Allentown, PA and Philadelphia. In addition Urban Waste will start recording their next album this July and also are working on a 40th anniversary record which will be coming out later this year that will include original Urban Waste demos (with their original singer Billy Phillips), a live 1983 CBGB’s set, unreleased songs from the early 80’s and the original Urban Waste 7” from 1982.
APRIL 21, 2022
SWEAT's "GOTTA GIVE IT UP" IS ONE OF THE MOST ORIGINAL HARDCORE PUNK ALBUMS I HAVE HEARD IN QUITE SOME TIME SMOOTHLY BLENDING IN INFLUENCES FROM ACROSS MUSICAL GENRES WHILE SOMEHOW KEEPING IT ALL "PUNK ENOUGH". TUNA TARDUGNO IS THEIR LEAD SINGER AND GAVE US SOME MORE OF THE SWEAT BACKSTORY IN THIS BRAND NEW INTERVIEW. CLICK BELOW!
APRIL 3, 2022
SCOWL'S KAT MOSS IS UP NEXT ON IN EFFECT'S "20 QUESTIONS WITH..." SERIES. COME CHECK IT OUT!
"I saw other girls fronting bands and it didn’t seem so impossible anymore! The most definitive moment was when I memorized all the lyrics to Regulate’s “Years Of Rage” EP and would sing it in my car alone! I just felt like I needed to at least take a stab at fronting a band. i just wanted to know if i could even do it."
MARCH 12, 2022
IN EFFECT CATCHES UP WITH SILENT MAJORITY FRONTMAN TOMMY CORRIGAN AHEAD OF THE WRECK-AGE RECORDS RE-ISSUE OF THEIR "LIFE OF A SPECTATOR" ALBUM WHICH TURNS 25 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR. 1990's ERA LONG ISLAND HARDCORE IS REVISTED IN A BIG WAY IN THIS INTERVIEW WHICH YOU CAN CHECK OUT BY CLICKING THE PHOTO BELOW. "I think something cool about the town and Lindy High School in particular is how hardcore is passed down from generation to generation and that still happens to this day. There is a direct lineage from Mind Over Matter and Neglect all the way down to Backtrack with a dozen bands in between all passing the music to the next group of kids".
TERROR have announced that they will be releasing their 8th full-length album titled “Pain Into Power” on May 6th through Pure Noise Records. For this record the band has reunited with founding guitarist Todd Jones (also currently in Nails) who is also the new album’s producer. “Pain Into Power” contains 11 tracks including “Can’t Help But Hate” that features Cannibal Corpse frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher. Click HERE to listen to the new track as well as find out more about pre-orders which include 3 different vinyl variants, CD’s, hoodies, t-shirts, stickers, a wall flag, posters and hats.
On working with his old bandmate Todd Jones and the new “Can’t Help But Hate” track Terror vocalist Scott Vogel had this to say: "Todd is super intense and focused and analyzes all angles of songs and band situations. Sometimes I think he might know more about Terror than I do! Watching him create songs is inspiring because he was so invested in this album. And that was what we needed because Terror has done this so many times. This song is a fusion of Jordan and Todd Jones' riffs. Pushed forward by possibly the fastest drumming Terror has ever had. Lyrics that everyone can easily relate to while living in a world crashing deeper into insanity day after day. And of course the addition of Corpsegrinder's vocals makes this minute and twenty six second track super unique for Terror's eighth LP."
BE WELL will be releasing a new 6 song EP titled “Hello Sun” on May 20th on Revelation Records (and End Hits Records in Europe). “Hello Sun” is the follow up to their 2020 full length “The Weight And The Cost”. There is a music video out now for the new track “Treadless” which you can watch now by clicking HERE. To support the EP release, the band has an extensive touring schedule coming up this year, including shows with Hot Water Music, Strike Anywhere, Earth Crisis, Snapcase, Strife, New Found Glory, Four Year Strong, BoySetsFire, and Samiam with dates stretched out between late March and mid-October that includes extensive US dates and a European run as well. Click Be Well’s link tree to find out how to pre-order the upcoming EP, buy tickets to their upcoming shows and more.
New York’s COMBUST will be releasing a new 11 song album titled “Another Life” through Cash Only Records with the digital release and vinyl pre-sales going live on March 18th. The new track “The Knife” can be found on You Tube and Spotify. Another new track titled “Devil In Me” was released via the Axe To Grind Podcast on March 1st and can be heard by clicking the blue hyperlink. “Devil In Me” is played within the first minute of the episode and is not hard to find. Back in August of last year Combust released the track “Pull The Hammer” as part of the Triple B Records compilation “America’s Hardcore Volume 5”. You can also check out In Effect’s 2019 interview with Combust frontman Andrew Vacante by clicking HERE.
Long Island, NY's STAND STILL are close to putting out a new 6 song EP titled "In A Moments Notice" with Daze and Triple B Records. The new record will have 3 new studio tracks and 3 live tracks (that also appeared on their debut EP that was released last June). This weekend sees Stand Still and Restraining Order wrapping up a short run that takes them to Louisville's LDB Fest (March 12th/13th) and then back East with shows in Buffalo and Burlington, VT on the 14th and 15th. Check out our September 2021 interview with Stand Still by clicking HERE.
BERTHOLD CITY continue to do pre-album drops of new tracks leading up to the March 18th release of their 12 song “When Words Are Not Enough” album with “Out Of Darkness” being the latest song to be leaked out. Click HERE for the WAR Records pre-order page which includes vinyl variants, CD versions, hoodies, t-shirts and more.
PEMBROKE are a new band to look out for out of NYC. They feature longtime Supertouch guitarist Jon “Biv” Biviano as well as members who have been in Guns Don’t Run, Saetia and Lytic. Their upcoming 13 song debut album “All The Brightest Pictures” will be released by Handstand Records. Their only other released song titled “Hi Anxiety” can be found on a “Piece Of The Beast” compilation that was put out on Sunken Temple Records in 2021. On the Supertouch front Jon also tells us that there is new music written and has hopes for getting the band into the studio at some point to put it all together.
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FEBRUARY 22, 2022
WE INTERVIEWED LIAM QUINN OF METHOD OF DOUBT JUST 2 WEEKS BEFORE THEY SURPRISINGLY ANNOUNCED THEIR LAST SHOW IN APRIL. IN THIS INTERVIEW WE TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVE HEART LYRICS, GOING TO WAR FOR THE SUPERTOUCH LP AND THEIR PARENTS FOLLOWING THEIR MUSICAL PATH MUCH LIKE SOME PARENTS FOLLOW THEIR KIDS PLAYING T-BALL. CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO CHECK IT OUT AND MAKE SURE TO SCOOP UP THEIR "STARING AT PATTERNS" LP
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FEBRUARY 9, 2022
MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA'S PIZZA DEATH DELIVER A CRUSHING MIX OF CROSSOVER, THRASH & EARLY 80"s HARDCORE PUNK. "SLICE OF DEATH" IS THEIR RECENTLY RELEASED DEBUT ALBUM AND SHOWS THAT THEY CAN WRITE HILARIOUS SONGS ABOUT PIZZA, DEATH AND DEATH BY PIZZA WHILE ALSO DELIVERING HIGH QUALITY ASS KICKING MUSIC. PAT AND KANE FROM PIZZA DEATH ANSWERED ALL OUR QUESTIONS, CLICK BELOW TO SEE WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY!
CRAZY EDDIE are teaming up with BRIDGE AND TUNNEL BREWERY in Queens, NY to put out their very own beer called "Crazy Eddie Ruins College". The Coquito Cream Ale will be unveiled on February 19th at the brewery located at 1535 Decatur Street in Ridgewood. At this event Crazy Eddie will play with Dead Blow Hammer and Idol Existence to coincide with the beers release which will be offered up on tap as well as in 4 pack cans. The free show is also a fund raiser for Music 4 Veterans. Check in with the Crazy Eddie Instagram page to see their guitarist Lenny taking part in the making of this new beer. In other Crazy Eddie news they have a couple of new songs in the works that could end up being part of a split 7" with another (still to be determined) NY punk band. "Eddie Goes To Night School" is the band’s latest EP which came out in March of 2020. Click HERE to check it out.
In our last update we told you about a new REBELMATIC track due out in late February/early March that is part of an upcoming 4 song EP titled “Mourning Dove”. “Walk On Water” came out ahead of our last reported time frame and can be heard now by clicking HERE. Look for that new 4 song EP this April to be released on limited edition CD’s as well as on all streaming platforms.
ROTTING OUT have released a cover of Nirvana’s “Even In His Youth” which was on the Nirvana “Hormoaning” EP that came out in 1992. Click HERE to check it out. Rotting Out are scheduled to hit the road with Rise Against and Pennywise for 10 dates this April with things kicking off on April 9th in Worcester, MA.
London's STEP BELOW have released the track "Walk Away" which is off their upcoming self-released "S.B.H.C." five song EP which will be coming out on all streaming platforms on March 4th. The band formed in 2020 and released two demo tapes in their first year. Click HERE to listen to "Walk Away".
The upcoming BERTHOLD CITY 12 song album "When Words Are Not Enough" is due out on March 18th through WAR Records. "Only Truth Wins" is the second single to drop ahead of the release date. Click HERE to check it out and HERE for pre-orders.
DUSTERS out of New Brunswick, NJ are in the process of putting out a 7 song joint 7” release with the labels Mister Face and Psychotic Break Records. Like many bands and record labels who are currently in the process of putting out vinyl releases they are being slowed by long production times by the companies who press the vinyl. While Dusters and their labels wait for the vinyl to come in they have decided to release the tracks “Siege Warfare” and “Kalashnikov” on streaming services to get some of their new material out to the public. Click HERE to check out the new tracks.
London’s INJURY TIME are sharing two new tracks that were part of the same recording sessions for their upcoming 4 song “We Can’t Be Stopped” 7”. Due to vinyl production delays the band and Then And Now Essex Hardcore Records can only estimate a summer release for the new songs but in the meantime the band has given us “Sitting Target” and “My World” which will not be available anywhere else. Click HERE to check out the new tracks.
WARFARE are the latest Triple B Records offering up for pre-sale. The ten song "Doomsday" CD/LP is due out in mid-March and features members from both US coasts including members from Trapped Under Ice, Kommand, Angel Du$t, Fury, Blazing Eye, Glory and more. New tracks "Doomsday" and "Drop Squad" (featuring Gods Hate's Brody King) can be heard by clicking HERE. Warfare's last release was a split EP with Restraining Order which had two songs from each band and was released in July of 2021. Click HERE for “Doomsday” pre-order info.
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