Review: Crowned Kings - Sea of Misery

If you were raised on a heavy dose of Hatebreed and jam Lionheart on a daily, this record is for you. The cover, the band's name, the track titles like Grind My Teeth or Reign Supreme should give you idea what’s it all about. Definitely they were aiming for that Lionheart, Terror or recent Madball sound. Heavy on chugga-chugga but light on finesse, and with an ugly ass cover art. Technically, everything from guitars to rhythm section is solid, but also very calculated and they don't go too crazy with their sound. The production is thick and heavy, making it a case of recording budget well spent.

Lyrically Seas Of Misery is a mix of depression, pain and anger, but also strength and perseverance. Again, think Hatebreed and Lionheart put together. I don't know how much of it is their real life experiences and how much is making shit up cause you gotta have lyrics. On tracks like Reign Supreme or Dominate & Control they make no secret what they can do to people crossing them. Everyone having problems with, you know, being a stand up dude can listen to this shit and learn to straighten the fuck up and handle their business like a man should. And all the girls who want to bad ass can also get a lot from this album.

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Demo Daze: Last Wishes - Promo 2018

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Grab yo' army suits and your fat black boots. Military gear and go out like troops

Ireland's premium hardcore deliver the goods again. Two new tracks plus Madball's Lockdown cover. Those of you who've been in jail should appreciate. Ruthless and rageful hardcore with lyrics that deal with that side of life that's dark, shitty, and negative. Compared to their previous outputs they really stepped up this time. I predict great things for this band if they keep on delivering quality like this. Belfast is no joke!


Ad of the day

How can you be so fucking heartless?

1996, H8000, Goodlife, future members of Deformity and Shortsight

Nerve Control / Remain In Vain split 7"

It's been out for a while but in case you missed it: Nerve Control / Remain in Vain split 7" out on Safe Inside Records, came out last year but it's just now I that I learn about it. 3 tracks from each band, all of them based on hardcore essentials and doing great job channeling that 80' raw sound. You can get your copy here. Recommended!

And while you're there check out other sweet releases by the label: Dying For It, Clear Focus, Despair discography and others.

Video: Spine - Warm Now Cold

Official video for Spine "Warm Now Cold" from the upcoming album "Faith", coming out on 6/15/18 on Bridge Nine Records. Video by Adam DeGross.

Check out band's previous work at their bandcamp.

Review: Balance - Demo

The latest release on Demons Run Amok is UK's Balance. I don't know if I got the press release right but this is marketed as UK's response to Turnstile. I couldn't tell, I don't listen to Turnstile. To me this sounds like a classic hardcore punk except it's more complex than average. Not too complex though. The band starts with that classic sound as a base but messes with it a bit and somehow makes it work.

The guitar work is nice with some weird stuff thrown in and melodies I can vibe to even though I'm too proud to admit it. I like that the more open minded stuff is never out in the front but rather smoothly mixed with the rest of the music. Not every band can play it straight but still keep it that varied. And what's best, they do melody but there's also a lot of chugging grooves in here. And yeah, they try to sneak in some alternative rock influences from time to time but it's well hidden and don't bother me that much.

After a short intro no one really asked for the first track hits it hard and there couldn't be a better start. The band even gets melodic on this one but it doesn't offend my manliness at all so I can hang with it for the most part. I dig the next track as well. Made For Living is short and in your face and they play it like they mean it. The next track is called Spill and is also solid. At that time I am pretty ok with all the nasty things they do to their guitars only because the music is still sharp enough to avoid the corny basket. The forth track is Out Of My Head and it's tolerable. Only the last track, Outro, doesn't do it for me, the lo-fi guitar thing sounds too soft for my liking.

While this demo is not the type of hardcore I fuck with on daily basis, it's still a good ride. I was expecting the worst but it's not that bad.

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Demo Daze: Pain Principle - Accept The Pain Demo

This is metallic hardcore done right. I can hear Stout, Merauder and of course the almighty Neglect in these tracks. It sounds ruthless but there's more to this Polish band than just mindless violence and mayhem. The lyrics just click with my battered soul. Wake up in a cold sweat / Can't sleep. Can't breath / Regret sits heavy on my chest / Broken dreams, memories and sorrow. Some of the truest shit right here!


New release: World Of Pain - No Utopia

Friday BDHW will launch the long awaited pre order for World Of Pain’s latest record „No Utopia“. Strictly limited Vinyl is waiting for you, CD and new Merch. Also WORLD OF PAIN going to drop a Music Video for „Apocalypse Now“ on Friday. Keep your eyes peeled!

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Interview: Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction is heavy and ungodly hardcore from Belgium started by local scene veterans. Mixing grim observations of modern world with some unrelenting rage, their latest Hangman ep is a definite winner. I predict big things for them, because that ep is right on the money. If you sleep on this band you're a total idiot.

You guys have been in amazing bands before, what is it about Chain Reaction that keeps you excited to still do hardcore? What was it that made you all get together and give this band a go?
The rest of the band (Murph, Sim & Clovis) started jamming and writing songs before I came into the picture. They've all been friends since the 90's and have been doing bands together on and off during those years. So obviously what got us started was a deep-rooted friendship and a love for hardcore. It's the kind of thing that becomes part of your DNA and hard to let go. As they couldn't really find a singer, the option of me joining the band came up when I was hanging with Murph one night, listening to the songs they'd recorded. I loved what I heard and felt like I should give it a shot. I didn't really count on doing bands anymore but fuck it.

I guess a lot of people will expect CR to sound like Rise And Fall, cause that band was huge in it’s time and kids were waiting for that last record that never came. Is there any pressure because of that?
Not sure what people expect, if they expect anything at all. Either way, Chain Reaction definitely is a very different band in terms of sound, dynamics and aesthetics. Obviously, my vocals will sound somewhat familiar but that's pretty much as far as it goes. Pressure isn't an issue really, it feels dope doing a new band and starting from scratch. Plus I've been wanting to do a band with a heavy NYHC influence for the longest time, so I'm stoked to be able to do this. Honestly, pressure is a much bigger deal when you're in a long-running band like Rise And Fall. You always want to outdo what you did before, you worry about whether or not people are still going to like do the band, if enough people will show up for your headlining tours etc.

Download: 25 Ta Life - Hunting Season 2017

If you don't know, 25 Ta Life was brought back to life by the dudes responsible for the band's early sound (up to Friendship, Loyalty, Commitment) with Stikman (Fury Of V) on vocals. I can't blame them for keeping the name, Rick did everything in his power to shit on 25 legacy so it's only right they want to take it back. On top of playing old material live we get new music as well. It's 3 tracks released to Internets just yesterday:

Hunting Season - the music sounds sick and Sitkman still got that fire in the vocals

From Start to Finish - I fuck with this cut, it got that aggressive NJHC vibe and an excellent take by Stikman

All Heart - top of the food chain!

All in all this one is at least as good as anything you heard on band's early albums. Old pros showing everyone how it's fucking done. Download it below and find out for yourself.