Tuesday, 17 January 2017

His Hero Is Gone


His Hero Is Gone were a five-piece crust punk/sludge metal band from Memphis, Tennessee that were around from 1995 to 1999. These guys are usually heralded as being one of the best and most influential crust bands ever, and for good reason. They consistently pumped out track after track of dark, aggressive hardcore, which featured low-end heavy, sludgy guitars, and some manic vocals. For their short few years together, they managed to record a ton of material. Almost their entire discography is below here, so if there is anything I'm missing (such as comp tracks, etc.), please send them to me! Enjoy.

1. Like Hell
2. View From A Holding Cell
3. Ghosts Of Regret
4. Re-Entry Explosion
5. The Oracle
6. Of Thieves
7. Descent
8. Thanking Your Lover In Sincerity
9. Bombs Away

Note: Demo Cassette

1. Professional Mind Fuckers
2. ...And We Burn
3. Unleash
4. Leash
5. Sterile Fortress
6. Good Samaritan
7. Hand That Feeds
8. Raindance
9. Voluntary
10. Anthem Of The Undesirables
11. Scalor
12. Concrete Cage
13. Abandoned
14. Thieves
15. The Result Of 11 Days In The Mental Hospital
16. Epidemic
17. Headcount
18. T-Minus Zero
19. Unvisited
20. Internally
21. Richter
22. Marry and Reproduce
23. The End Result of 11 Months In Prison
24. Skinfeast

Note: Tracks 1-15 are from the original LP, tracks 16-23 are from the EP The Dead Of Night In Eight Movements, and track 24 is from the compilation Complacency

1. Like Weeds
2. Monument To Thieves
3. Paranoia Secured
4. Carry On
5. Automation
6. Chavites
7. Chain Of Command
8. Headless / Heartless
9. Hinges
10. Sin & Vice
11. The Mess
12. Disease Of Ease
13. Under Watchful Eyes
14. Stacks
15. The Unwanted Child

1. His Hero Is Gone - Friendly Fire
2. His Hero Is Gone - Fool's Gold
3. His Hero Is Gone - Scare Tactic
4. His Hero Is Gone - Sound The Alarm
5. His Hero Is Gone - Becoming Soil
6. His Hero Is Gone - Raise The Curtain
7. Union Of Uranus - Backhand
8. Union Of Uranus - One Eye Strengthens
9. Union Of Uranus - Weight Of Tomorrow
10. Union Of Uranus - Equilibrate
11. Union Of Uranus - Pressure (Negative Approach cover)

1. Surrender
2. The Garden
3. What Goes Up
4. Remedy Past Remedies
5. Angry Gods
6. In The Red
7. Outside In
8. Who Benefits
9. The Willing Host
10. Enslavements Redefined
11. Birth
12. Scare Tactic
13. Sound The Alarm
14. Fool's Gold
15. Friendly Fire
16. Becoming Soil
17. Raise The Curtain
18. Novelty
19. Disinformation Age
20. Domesticated Breed
21. Ten Dollars A Day
22. Live February 1998

Note: Tracks 1-11 are from the original LP, tracks 12-17 from the Fool's Gold EP, tracks 18-21 were previously unreleased, and track 22 is a live set from 1998

Sect


Sect are a five-piece hardcore band that got their start last year, in 2016. This band has gained immediate attention due to its notoriety as a "supergroup" or sorts. The band consists of vocalist Chris Colohan (of Cursed, Burning Love, Left For Dead, and more), guitarist James Chang (of Catharsis), guitarist Scott Crouse and bassist Ian Edwards (both from Earth Crisis), and drummer Andy Hurley (best known from Fall Out Boy). Like many of their previous bands, Sect take a strong political stance, and are an established vegan straight edge band. Their self-released debut album was dropped last year, and features 10 tracks of unrelentingly pissed off material, a knee-jerk reaction to the perceived despair of current affairs. Sect's cred and talent clearly comes from their prior projects, but their innate frustration is built in to their modern existence. Or something. To cut the shit short, these guys are an incredibly aggressive vegan straight edge hardcore band. Enjoy.

1. Curfew
2. Death Dealer
3. Scourge Of Empire
4. Seventh Extinction
5. Interference
6. All Or Nothing
7. Rendition
8. Fend
9. Total Void
10. Sinking

Nihilist


Nihilist were a five-piece death metal band from Stockholm, Sweden that were around from 1987 to 1989. Nihilist are perhaps best known as being the band that would eventually change their name and become known as the legendary Entombed. However, in the first few years of their existence, up until Entombed's debut Left Hand Path, most of these guys recorded a handful of demos and one 7" under the moniker Nihilist. Though the production here isn't near as sharp as it would later become, the band's roots definitely show through. For one, their recordings are usually the ones used to pinpoint the origins of the "buzzsaw" guitar tone. A ton of hardcore and metal bands have come to make this distinct sound, or as I like to call it, HM-2-core. The influence this band and their counterpart had is clearly apparent here. Not to mention the music here is pretty decent, keeping in mind that these are just demos from a band just getting its start. Enjoy.

1. Sentenced To Death
2. Supposed To Rot
3. Carnal Leftovers
4. Abnormally Deceased
5. Revel In Flesh
6. Face Of Evil
7. Severe Burns
8. When Life Has Ceased
9. Morbid Devourment
10. Radiation Sickness
11. Face Of Evil
12. But Life Goes On
13. Shreds Of Flesh
14. The Truth Beyond

Horror Show


Horror Show were a five-piece hardcore band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that formed in 2000 and broke up in 2005. They mostly released music through Deathwish. These guys played a dark and intensive form of hardcore, focusing on more personal topics in their lyrics. Their brand of punk is often compared to that of American Nightmare, which is funny since vocalist Domenic Palermo would later play in XO Skeletons, along with Wesley Eisold (American Nightmare's vocalist). Horror Show will also appeal to fans of other Philly hardcore bands, like Ink And Dagger or Knives Out. For the few years they were around, they only released 2 EP's, Our Design and The Holiday. They also recorded a demo in 2002, which would be included on later versions of Our Design. In 2011, Deathwish released a compilation of all Horror Show's music. I highly, highly recommend giving it a listen, this is some fantastic early 2000's hardcore. On a side note, some of you might recognize the name Domenic Palermo, since years after Horror Show ended, he would form the shoegaze band Nothing, who have been getting a ton of attention lately. Enjoy.

1. Practicing Uncertainty
2. Our Design
3. The Last Steel Mile
4. Inconsiderate Me
5. Seconds To South
6. Stuck Again
7. Broken Record
8. Boston
9. 76 Hours
10. Stay Gold

1. Holiday
2. One For The Angels
3. The Four Of Us Are Dying
4. Rorrim

1. Practicing Uncertainty
2. Notes From The Night That Never Ended
3. The Last Steel Mile
4. Inconsiderate Me
5. Seconds To South
6. Stuck Again
7. Broken Arm
8. Boston
9. 76 Hours
10. Stay Gold
11. Holiday / One For The Angels
12. The Four Of Us Are Dying
13. Rorrim

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Quicksand


Posts on bands like this one are always difficult to begin. The generic "Quicksand are a four-piece post-hardcore band that formed in New York..." introduction just doesn't seem fitting to encapsulate what a flagship band they were to alternative rock and metal. Though their success was moderate during their original run in the early 90's (from 1990 to 1995, specifically), it's really their posthumous influence that has made Quicksand the "classic" and "essential" band that they are. Their music was clearly forward-thinking, and it struck a chord in a lot of bands that would come to light a few years after their existence. Quicksand's sound is embedded in the foundations of bands like Glassjaw, Deftones, Thrice, McLusky, and so on. I don't need to even begin to explain the relevance and influence of those bands, who brought post-hardcore to a wider audience at the turn of the century. Without a band like Quicksand, the aforementioned may not have existed, or in the same way that they did/do.


Though I can't understate how integral this band was to the development of their genre, I also don't want to understate the quality of the music in of itself. For one, Quicksand are timeless. They continue to attract new listeners over the years, with two outstanding full-lengths that only sound better the more you listen to them. The band incorporates heavy riffs with metallic and angular tones, unique chord structures, and a pummelling rhythm section. I can't even begin to describe the uniqueness of the vocals, and the band's chemistry together is undeniable. Like most post-hardcore acts, the musicianship displayed is impeccable, and the band entwines together to create a singular force, instead of each instrument standing on its own. They blend together a slew of sounds that began to arise in alternative rock. As a point of comparison, they would tour with more underground acts like Helmet and Fugazi, as well as well-known bands like Rage Against The Machine. I think that's also part of the appeal with Quicksand; they appeal to such a wide range of listeners. Whether someone is into punk/hardcore, metal, or alternative rock, this band could catch the ear of many.


There are a few other things to note. For one, the members of this band are definitely worth mentioning. The band's frontman, vocalist/guitarist Walter Schreifels was a major force in the New York hardcore scene at the close of the 80's. He was a member of both Youth Of Today and Gorilla Biscuits, who are arguably the most well-known and influential bands to come out of that era. After Quicksand ended, he founded another notable band, which was Rival Schools. The other members of Quicksand were also involved in other hardcore bands, including Bold and Burn.


As previously mentioned, Quicksand's main years of existence were between 1990 and 1995. They reunited in 1997, and after a tour and an attempt to record a new album, inner turmoil forced them to break up again. The unreleased songs from this session would later be leaked on the internet, which is part of what lead to the online bootleg B-Sides And Rarities, which also included demos and such from earlier in their career. After over a decade since Quicksand last came together, they reunited again in 2012 to play more shows and festivals. They've been doing that off-and-on for the past few years. Again, there were talks about putting out new material, but no new music has come from Quicksand yet. Regardless, their two full-lengths are staples in any post-hardcore fans collection, and the remainder of their music is just as worthy of note. As always, I highly recommend this band, and enjoy.

1. Omission
2. Clean Slate
3. Unfulfilled
4. Hypno Jam With Dan

1. Dine Alone
2. Can Opener

1. Fazer
2. Head To Wall
3. Dine Alone
4. Slip
5. Freezing Process
6. Lie And Wait
7. Unfulfilled
8. Can Opener
9. Omission
10. Baphomet
11. Too Official
12. Transparent

1. Divorce
2. Voice Killer

1. Backward
2. Delusional
3. Divorce
4. Simpleton
5. Skinny (It's Overflowing)
6. Thorn In My Side
7. Landmine Spring
8. Blister
9. Brown Gargantuan
10. East 3rd St.
11. Supergenius
12. It Would Be Cooler If You Did

1. How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths cover)
2. Voice Killer
3. Shovel
4. Chelsea's Going Under
5. Bug Collector
6. World's Fastest Car
7. Knee Jerk Reaction
8. Instrumental
9. All In Your Head
10. Requiem
11. In The End
12. Constant Tension
13. Hostage Calm
14. Weed It Out
15. Chelsea's Going Under
16. Dine Alone
17. Can Opener
18. Baphomet
19. Clean Slate
20. How Soon Is Now? (The Smithers cover live)
21. Supergenius

Note: Unofficial compilation

Everyone Everywhere


Everyone Everywhere are a four-piece emo/indie band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that formed in 2007. They don't seem to have broken up or anything, but haven't put out any new material since 2012. Regardless, Everyone Everywhere was one of the major bands to come out of the first wave of the whole "emo revival" thing, along with other essentials such as Joie De Vivre, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), and Into It. Over It. Everyone Everywhere play an upbeat brand of emo that incorporates a ton of "twinkly" guitar work, but keep it interesting with some strong musicianship that helps them avoid ever sounding stale or generic. Their instrumental energy is fantastic, and the vocals have a slightly melancholic edge to them. In terms of modern emo, their two LP's are definitely high up on the list of recommendations. Even revisiting them now, they still sound incredible, and are one of the many reasons the "emo revival" thing was such an awesome time for indie rock. Enjoy.

1. Houses With No Basements
2. Talk Talk Talk Talk
3. Typewriter
4. Thirty Seconds
5. Famous Celebrities
6. Get Fun
7. Chicago

1. Everyhow Everythere
2. Thermal Dynamics
3. Cool Pool Keg Toss Pete
4. We're Going Home

1. Into It. Over It. - Augusta, GA
2. Everyone Everywhere - Batsto
3. Everyone Everywhere - Fakin' It
4. Into It. Over It. - Raw Bar OBX 2002

1. Tiny Planet
2. Raw Bar OBX 2002
3. From The Beginning To The Tail
4. Tiny Town
5. Tiny Boat
6. Music Work Paper Work
7. Blown Up Grown Up
8. Fld Ovr
9. I Feel Fine By Everyone Everywhere
10. Obama House, Fukui Prefecture

1. I Feel Exhausted
2. Queen Mary II
3. The Future
4. $1,000,000,000
5. Turn & Go & Turn
6. Fervor & Indifference in the Bicameral Brain
7. No Furniture
8. Big Hat
9. Wild Life

Bay Faction


A few people mentioned this band in the chatbox thing, so I figured I'd check them out, and holy shit you guys were right. The band I'm talking about is Bay Fiction, a three-piece indie/emo outfit from Boston, Massachusetts. The first thing I have to mention is the songwriting. Even upon the first listen, their lyrics and vocal melodies stick out. They're very unique, and manage to walk the line between catchy and detailed. On top of the songs, the band's instrumental work is astounding. They utilize a very clean guitar tone which a healthy amount of reverb, and primarily work with jazz chords. The bass and drums come up with some cool grooves, which just adds to the awesome that is this band. I think the best thing to do is just listen to this shit, you'll see what I mean. Thanks to the few people who mentioned this, and I definitely suggest others try this band as well. Enjoy.

1. Stagnant
2. The Hamptons
3. Indicalifornia
4. Jasper
5. Sasquatch

1. Bloody Nose
2. Captive Cows
3. Cutter
4. Coyote
5. Sasquatch
6. Beach Book
7. Casting Couch
8. Jasper Wildlife Assoc.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Happy Diving


Happy Diving are a four-piece alternative rock band from Oakland, California that formed in 2013. They started out on Father/Daughter Records, but are currently signed to Topshelf, which is very fitting for them. This band has got some 90's alt rock worship going on like no other. Their guitars fuzzier than a Furby and their vocal melodies are sweeter than sugar. They blend heavy distortion with pop sensibilities, like alt. rock staples Superchunk or Nirvana. Their songs are catchy as hell, and though their influence is clearly set 20 years back, Happy Diving still manage to sound distinctly modern. Enjoy.

1. As You Were
2. Sincere
3. Complacent
4. Never Been

1. Small World
2. Space Ooze
3. Weird Dream
4. Big World
5. Sad Planet
6. Mikey's Rules
7. Whenever
8. Always Noon
9. Explorer
10. 10

1. So Bunted
2. My Zone

1. Bigger World
2. Don't Be Afraid Of Love
3. Holy Ground
4. Electric Soul Unity
5. Head Spell
6. Fantasy
7. Shed Light
8. Lost My Way
9. The Call, It Thunders
10. Pain Country
11. Unknown Feeling
12. River Will Flow

Friday, 13 January 2017

Boston Manor


After months and months of constant requests for this band, I finally caved and decided to do them (that's what she said). Basically these guys are a five-piece pop punk/emo band from Blackpool, England that formed in 2013, and have been on the rise ever since. Their debut album came out last year on Pure Noise Records, and it seems to have been very well-received. This band is for fans of other modern pop punk giants, such as Neck Deep, Trash Boat, Seaway, State Champs and such. They've also got a tinge of emo influence, and some slightly more aggressive vocals, which definitely makes Boston Manor stand out as a band of their own. As you guys know, I'm not a huge fan of this kind of sound, but can't deny they're a talented band, and I'm sure a ton of you will dig this. Enjoy.

1. Dirty Kitchens
2. All Tight (Euan Cosh)
3. Here-Now
4. 33 Lawrence Avenue
5. Tigers Jaw

1. Throwing Stuff - Token Beef
2. Throwing Stuff - Five Pound Beers
3. Boston Manor - July
4. Boston Manor - Wolf

1. Salt Water
2. Peach State
3. Driftwood
4. Wolf
5. See You In Three Years
6. Square One


1. Gone
2. Trapped Nerve
3. Asleep At The Wheel
4. Shade

1. Burn You Up
2. Lead Feet
3. Laika
4. CU
5. Broken Glass
6. Kill Your Conscience
7. Forget-Me-Not
8. This Song Is Dedicated To Nobody
9. Stop Trying, Be Nothing
10. Fossa

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Donovan Wolfington


Donovan Wolfington are a four-piece punk/indie/emo band from New Orleans, Louisana that formed in 2011. They've quickly made a name for themselves as being a fantastic alternative rock band, with a knack for catchy riffs and catchier hooks. This band has a fantastic energy to them, and fans of their 90's alt-rock-loving Topshelf labelmates will definitely treat them with nothing but love. The guitar work, the songwriting, just the overall sound and energy of these guys is standout. They've got a unique charisma to them which I'm sure a ton of you guys will like, though you've probably heard of them by now (this post is waaaaaay overdue). Enjoy.

1. Die Alone
2. Spencer Green
3. Coca-Cola
4. American Spirits
5. Love Is Natural
6. Ryan Rowley
7. Zero
8. Hell
9. High Life

1. Sleeping
2. Quitting
3. Alone
4. Keef Ripper
5. Hey Alex

1. Ollie North
2. Basalisk
3. Mercurus
4. Hxc Punk
5. Slow Loris
6. Locust
7. Mosquito
8. John Cena
9. Rhonda
10. Solo Cup
11. Hershel Tuesday
12. Manchac
13. Sadhead