Point Blank at Southeast Beast 2015

I'm still trying to figure out what's the point of watching live footage of hardcore show you haven't even been to. If I could only see myself doing any type of crazy stuff in there, like getting punched in the face or jumped on, that would make more sense.

New Blood: Revision

Give us some background on Revision. Who’s in the band and how did it get started?

Revision is 5 friends that wanted to play music together. Brandon is are front man. Luke is slapping the bass. Glen is the young blood on guitar. Kevin is the beat maker. I (Dennis) play second guitar. We live in a area where HC is scarce , so I guess trying to jump start a scene would be nice too. 3 of us are edge 2 are not but we all love the core.

The 2014 demo was your first release, how long was it in the making?

I believe it took about 5/6 months but I think we had the songs ready earlier then that. We were just waiting to record.

The tracks on the demo sound powerful. Do you have a process when it comes to writing new songs or does it just come to you?

Most of the time we'll jam shit out in the spot. If we like it we keep it. Then Brandon writes lyrics to whatever fucked up riffs we have written.

New tunes from Demonwomb (Vienna, Austria)

Demonwomb "s/t" 7inch soon out on Powertrip Records. Peep the sound teasers below. I was into their previous ep but Touch Of Death is some next level shit. The band sounds more pissed off than ever, unrelenting hardcore with a metallic touch.

Don't sleep!


Review: Bloodstained - Headless Kingdom

Bloodstained emerge from the depths of hell to drop filth and dirt into your useless life. There is a fury driving this record, most of the time it moves at frenetic pace filled with jagged riffs and crushing drums. Musically,the project is of a high caliber, the tracks are well engineered and hit in all the right places. I will go as far as to say they’re top of their weight division right now. The riffs, the vocals, the drumming - everything about this record is nothing short of a tour de force. The songwriting is on point and the way that everything they put into these songs flows together is genius. They deliver the brutality, but at the same time a lot of the riffs and hooks are memorable. You get drawn into the album from the first listen, and the more time you give to it the more you discover.

One thing that can be said about the music is that it is truly fucking evil. Not in a goofy meaning, but really brutal and depraved sense of a word. From the record packaging to the lyrics to the sound samples, the overall theme of the album is negative, as it was recorded solely as an output to share their bleak reflection of humanity and its dirty deeds. Exploring realities of life that turned into the intersection of cruelty and depression, the album does not leave much hope regarding where the human race is heading.

For one thing, Headless Kingdom actively invites comparison to Kickback or Arkangel, if not exactly musicwise, than definitely in the overall vibe. Shit, since Kickback days, Europe was seriously lacking bands that could create such dense and dark version of hardcore.

This is not a band that walks middle ground, but rather one that is confident about their style and message and has been taking it to the next level with each release. I am glad to see Bloodstained still going strong, having a deal with a label with a recognition and distribution like Filled With Hate is definitely a good thing for them. I hope this will turn more heads and they get attention they deserve.

Introducing: Sikspak from Calabria, Italy

Sikspak is a new band from Calabria (‛Ndrangheta) region of Italy who have their debut ep due out via CBC Records. This is probably one of those bands not many folks hear about outside of the local scene, which means most people not gonna read this post even up to this point. The teaser for the record looks and sounds pretty crazy and they seem to be highly influenced by cheap and sleazy horror flicks, which is always good thing in my part of town. I respect people with such distinctive taste in culture. If this is your thing make sure you check out the entire album when it drops.

Spirits (FFO: Count me out, Battery)

State Of Mind Recs from US and Reality Records from Europe have joined forces to release new album from Boston's Spirits. It's called 'Discontent' and it "touches on personal themes for singer Mike Assatly as well as topics like cultural expectations, police aggression and others." Fuck the police!

The band is streaming two new tracks, one of them being Cranberries cover which is too much for my taste, but the other track is pretty good if you like old school hardcore that can make you stage dive, at the same time making you tap into your emotional side. We all need that from time to time, just don't forget to listen to some Madball when you're done.

New Hollow Truth

Powertrip Recs are streaming new ep by Dublin's own Hollow Truth. You might recognize the band from the interview I did a while back. I am not disappointed at all with this new album, I think these new tracks are the band at its tightest. The title track, The War Economy, is a monster. Everything about this one is great, be it the riffs, the groove and the vocals that are all over the place.


New Blood: Point Blank

Point Blank are from Tallahassee (Florida), which is a place I know absolutely nothing about but their debut ep Life Crisis is the sort of record that should have made their hometown a hardcore mecca. Their sound can be best described as classic sounding hardcore with a heavier vibe, which means it's fast but it also hits hard. I recommend you pay attention to this band.

For those who are unfamiliar with Point Blank, give us some introduction?
POINTBLANK is a hardcore band from Tallahassee, FL that was formed just to open local shows for touring bands. The group ended up being very compatible, and some really heavy stuff came out of it. Some hard work payed off with some recognition, thus we went a bit further & even blew ourselves away with Life Crisis.

Life Crisis came out in April, how do you feel about it months after it dropped?
Life Crisis, when it came out, was a very proud moment for all of us. Over the next flow of months we realized that the tracks be perfected, and we have decided to re-master and re-release with harvcore records.

MFD 024: Steel Nation - The Harder They Fall

If you're not a vinyl fan, the CD version of new Steel Nation will be released via Marked For Death.

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