I always felt bands from east side of Europe have been underrated despite churning out one great record after another. Especially in the recent times, the amount of awesome hardcore coming from Poland, Russia, Ukraine and so on is amazing. Don't even get me started on listing bands to check out, too many to mention! But I don't want to sound like I am complaining, it's not really something I lose my sleep ovr. I think you have to work for yours and take care of things in your own backyard. More important to me is Polish bands getting support from kids over here and keeping the local scene alive. If the rest of the world is sleeping on bands from here, their are simply missing out on great hardcore.
Anyway, every Last Dayz show I've seen was beyond incredible so peep the video above and see how hardcore should be played live. I wasn't at this years Northcote fest, but the video looks really dope. I gotta give it to the dudes running Remain Sustain youtube channel, the sound and video quality is superb.
So little is known about this band that I cannot give you any detailed bio. All I know it featured members of Earthmover, Cold as Life, Hyde, Dogz of War and Tank. Even though there are plenty of kids who don't give a single fuck about that band nowadays, The Alliance was everything that was right (and everything that was wrong, to some) with hardcore in the 00’s. The band called it quits in 2007 after their third album Hit Em Up came out. That's pretty much all I know about them, now let’s get down to the music.
Thats official - Rykers are back! The band gonna drop new music via Beatdown Hardwear! With track titles like The World As I See It Today, Time Heals, Born To Fly or Slave Cruel World I'm expecting this one to be as tight as the old records. Check out the live recording of the title track below. The pre-orders are already up BDHW webstore, orders will be shipped earlyest 30th April till 5th May.
"Busy writing our new album for 2014! The new material is THUUUMPIN!"
Fuck yes! Sub-Zero are back and working on new music!
Knuckledust is working on new songs for the upcoming 7" ep due out in September. The record will drop via GSR Music.
The same goes for Lifeless, who's new album gonna be titled 'Dream'. Recording is in the works, keep checking thier stereokiller where all the new songs gonna be available even before official release. 2014 is gonna be good!
The Power To Endure by Hollow Truth has been available for streaming for a while now. If you've been sleeping on it, get your act right cause the album is quite dope. As I am writing this, 12" vinyl should be available from Powertrip Records
Life.Lair.Regret. Recs will release a debut tape from Upperground, female fronted band from Sydney, Australia. You can check out the Ne Order track below, it features Warbain's Lloyd, which seems to be the main reason this track don't suck.
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Back Down hails from Bristol and so far have a demo that dropped last year, which was then followed up by Against All Odds EP that came out earlier this year. They play hardcore that while fast and dynamic, stays on heavier side of things, not unlike Terror or Madball. If you like this style, there's much to love about that new ep. Check out the interview I did with Tom who does vocals for the band.
Guts Out caught my attention with the self titled ep they dropped in January - with pretty much every track on it being incredibly dope it rapidly became one of my favourites. The band doesn't break any new ground, but it works classic NYHC hardcore style with considerable skill and aggression. Take my word for it, without mentioning any names, it can give a lot of more hyped bands a run for their money. Anyway, as I want to have more bands from Europe featured on this blog this year, Guts Out were an obvious choice.
This video is pretty insane, if you haven't seen it already check it out above. 25 ta Life start playing Short Fuse and all of a sudden Stephen jumps in and totally kills it. Sick! Paris, filthy Paris, 2004.
Hammerfist - Zero Stone (Rucktion) - Fuck, this shit is heavy! Not much have changed compared to band’s previous albums but if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. After first listen I knew I got what I expected from this album - the vocals are maniac and the riffs are massive. Much of the album has a strong old-styled metallic hardcore vibe to it that I'm really feelin. It’s kind of stuff you know from Merauder or Hatebreed albums, and it’s done so right. For more traditional, faster hardcore parts check out tracks like Carry The Weight, while Skin Change and Illusio deliver heavy breaks that weight tons.