Friday, 24 November 2017


Shikari were a four-piece hardcore/screamo band from the Netherlands that were around from 1999 to 2005. They played an incredibly aggressive, fast-paced version of screamo similar to bands such as Tristan Tzara and Orchid. Tremolo-picked guitars (hinting at some black metal influence), pounding blast beats, and high-pitched shrieked vocals are at the forefront of their onslaught. Bands like these with such a high caliber of intensity are what make this genre so visceral and incredible. They released a handful of EP's and splits in their time, all of which was initially compiled in 2004, but released again in 2005 to include releases from the previous year. In addition, their final release was an incredible split between them and Louise Cyphre, which is highly, highly recommended. Enjoy.

1. Post Student Syndrome
2. Copycat
3. Robot Wars
4. ...And Just When I Thought I Had It All Figured Out
5. Written In Some Depressive Mood
6. Encounters
7. You Know So Well
8. Fuel
9. In Existence
10. The Kids Shouldn't Be Playing With Fire
11. Tekila
12. Attitude
13. Dead Men
14. Morning Wood
15. Utopia Dismantled
16. The Last Thing
17. Biela
18. Fall On Proverb (Unbroken)
19. Ons Land
20. Nieuwe Politiek #1
21. Tijd Was Ons Niet Zo Goed Gezind
22. Nieuwe Politiek #2
23. Laatste Halte

1. Louise Cyphre - Laut, Langsam
2. Louise Cyphre - Rendezvous With Tommy Gun
3. Louise Cyphre - 1000 Und Eine Nacht Der Lebenden Toten
4. Louise Cyphre - Poor Little Boy Stuffed In Drag/The Negative Energy Spectrum
5. Shikari - Verloren bij aanvang
6. Shikari - God Zij Geprezen
7. Shikari - Overwegingen
8. Shikari - Nooit te stoppen


Pitchfork (no affiliation with the website) were a four-piece post-hardcore band from San Diego, California that were around from 1986 to 1990. They are perhaps best known for being the band that Rick Froberg and John Reis were in before Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes. They only released one album and one EP, both of which were eventually compiled together in 2003 on John Reis' label, Swami Records (though they're included separately below). Sonically, this band sounds like what you'd expect from one-half of Drive Like Jehu. The angular guitar rhythms, odd song structures, and Froberg's distinct voice are all present here. Albeit, the songs do tend to take a slightly more straight-forward punk influence, with more fast-tempo songs and distinct melodies. They sound like a half-way point between earlier bands like Husker Du and Embrace, and the noisy, complex, drawn-out instrumental chaos that DLJ would be. Pitchfork put out some fantastic music in their time, and though it is hard to separate this from what its members would go on to do, it's a great document to prove the prowess these guys displayed from the get-go. Enjoy.

1. Thin Ice
2. Goat
3. Sinking

1. Burn Pigs Burn
2. Placebo
3. Twitch
4. New Kid
5. Rana (Frogs)
6. Loot
7. Flatland Farming
8. Drop Dead

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


Broadside are a five-piece pop punk band from Richmond, Virginia that have been around since 2010. They've put out three full-lengths since. In terms of sound, they're what you'd expect from a  modern pop punk band. Fans of The Wonder Years, Hit The Lights, Four Year Strong, and (early) Fireworks will probably dig it. I've said it before, but this isn't something I really listen to, so can't say much else. They get requested a ton though, so enjoy!

1. Far From Home
2. The Thrill
3. The Situation
4. Broz Hang Out
5. In Return
6. Smith St.
7. Loose Lips Sink Ships
8. Four Miles Into Jersey
9. Pulling Teeth
10. Maybe Today

1. A Place To Lay Your Head
2. A Better Way
3. Human Machines
4. Playing In Traffic
5. Storyteller
6. Come & Go
7. Coffee Talk
8. The Simple Type
9. Damaged Kids
10. A Light In The Dark
11. Old Bones

1. Hidden Colors
2. Paradise
3. Lose Your Way
4. Disconnect
5. Laps Around A Picture Frame
6. Who Cares?
7. Tunnel Vision
8. Summer Stained
9. Miss Imperius
10. Puzzle Pieces
11. I Love You, I Love You. It's Disgusting

The Blue Ontario

The Blue Ontario were a four-piece alternative/indie band from Denver, Colorado that were around briefly from 1997 to 1999. They were formed by members of the incredible Christie Front Drive and Crestfallen. In their time, they put out one split and one EP (although I could only find the EP, and next to no trace of the split). The band were fairly progressive, crafting drawn-out songs featuring melodic vocals, astral keyboards, and noisy, effects-laden guitars that come close to shoegaze/dream pop territory. Similar to Christie Front Drive, their songs build and fall, covering a lot of ground in the 5+ minutes they last. Though The Blue Ontario are nearly as heralded as their previous work, they put out a solid EP nonetheless. Enjoy.

1. Lost Astronaut
2. Twenty Three
3. Permanent Wave
4. Halo

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

.Gif From God

.Gif From God are a six-piece hardcore/emo violence band from Richmond, Virginia that formed in 2015 (presumably) by former members of Caust. Without a doubt this is some of the most ear-shattering music I've heard in a long time. It's a progressive, assaultive blend of hardcore, metalcore, screamo, and grindcore that's heavy, noisy, discordant, and has more screaming vocal layers than a schizophrenic. Even when the band pulls back to allow for some "melodic" bridges, they never release the tension. Fans of bands like Love Lost But Not Forgotten, Majority Rule, The Number Twelve Looks Like You will undoubtedly dig these unhinged, violent spasms. I cannot recommend this band enough, this shit has me floored. You can grab their stuff over at Zegema Beach Records, if you want to show some support for this incredible band and a fantastic label. Enjoy.

1. adios bozo, this time i'm downloading you straight to hell
2. self pwnage for a narcissistic nutjob
3. rats
4. let's look at the plague
5. physics problem: sucking nothing but vacuum
6. technology will kill you 111111
7. empty grave, shallow mind, i'm still alive but my mind is head of shit
8. maybe none of us understand what we've been through

Note: You can pick up the cassette here

1. no dude, he likes to spray
2. sassafras molasses ass

1. .Gif From God - why i died wide eyed
2. .Gif From God - like a splinter in yr mind
3. Vein - A Crumpled Memo
4. Vein - Progenitor
5. Vein - Ideation: Self-Destruct
6. Vein - While You Weren't Caring,

Note: You can grab the 7" here

Monday, 20 November 2017

Despise You

Despise You are a four-piece powerviolence/hardcore band from Inglewood, California that were initially around from 1994 to 1996. During this time, they never played any shows, however did record a fair amount of material, spread out over an EP, a few splits, and numerous compilations. All of this was compiled in 1999 on West Side Horizons, which features some of the most spastic, angriest hardcore ever documented, with dual vocals and dark lyrics. In 2007, the band reformed to play shows for the first time. They've been active ever since, and have recorded and released new material, particularly two great splits with two great bands. Highly recommended, classic powerviolence. Enjoy.

Note: Long tracklist here

1. Despise You - Bereft
2. Despise You - Repeat Until You Fail
3. Despise You - Roll Call
4. Despise You - 3.26.00
5. Despise You - Three Day Hold
6. Despise You - Yes Officer / No Officer
7. Despise You - Fear's Song
8. Despise You - Two Or Ten Faces
9. Despise You - Shit Goes In, Shit Comes Out
10. Despise You - You Can't Fix Me, Don't Trip
11. Despise You - Painted Gray
12. Despise You - All The Regimes You Hold Most Dear
13. Despise You - Destinial
14. Despise You - Bankrupt Social Code
15. Despise You - Seven Funerals
16. Despise You - They All Died Is What Happened
17. Despise You - ...And Expirations
18. Despise You - Cedar Ave. (Was The Best Place To Watch People Ascend To Heaven)
19. Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Half Dead
20. Agoraphobic Nosebleed - As Bad As It Is...
21. Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Miscommunication
22. Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Los Infernos
23. Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Ungrateful
24. Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Possession
25. Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Burlap Sack

1. All Your Majestic Bullshit
2. Centinela Park, Hosanna
3. Drink Positive

1. Despise You - Temples Of Grace On Hyde Park Blvd.
2. Despise You - Stillborn, Fuck It
3. Despise You - Give This / Get That
4. Despise You - All Souls, I.b.
5. Despise You - Bluest Skies
6. Coke Bust - Closing The Net
7. Coke Bust - Weakest Link
8. Coke Bust - Plan B
9. Coke Bust - Community Abuser

Saturday, 18 November 2017


Gatecreeper are a four-piece death metal band from various parts of Arizona that formed in 2013. They haveve been putting out a steady slew of material ever since, with their fantastic debut full-length coming out last year on Relapse. Stylistically, they take influence from old school death metal essentials such as Entombed and Dismember, with a modern take on that classic sound that fans of bands like Black Breath and Mammoth Grinder will undoubtedly dig. Enjoy.

1. Void Below
2. Force Fed
3. Overdose
4. Slave

2. Gatecreeper - Poisoned Mind

Note: Gatecreeper track only

1. Gatecreeper - All Your Sins
2. Young And In The Way - Solitude

1. Gatecreeper - Carved Into Stone
2. Homewrecker - Perpetrators Of Annihilation
3. Outer Heaven - Death Worship
4. Scorched - Autopsy Incomplete

Sonoran Depravation (2016)
1. Craving Flesh
2. Sterilized
3. Desperation
4. Rotting As One
5. Stronghold
6. Patriarchal Grip
7. Lost Forever
8. Flamethrower
9. Grotesque Operations

Unleashed In The Middle East (Live) (2016)
1. Craving Flesh
2. Sterilized
3. Desperation
4. Flamethrower
5. Patriarchal Grip
6. Rotting As One
7. Stronghold

Sweltering Madness (2017)
1. Sweltering Madness
2. Mastery Of Power


Wednesday, 15 November 2017


Rorschach were a five-piece hardcore band from New Jersey that were initially around from 1989 to 1993, before reuniting for some shows between 2009 and 2012. They were one of the earliest bands to really blend hardcore and metal together, which would be an undeniable influence on the development of metalcore/metallic hardcore, particularly in the case of Converge. Rorschach's music took the fast-paced aggressiveness of hardcore, and the heavy, dissonant riffs of metal, and fused the two together to create this entire other beast of a sound. To top it off, their vocals are shrieked and howled in the vein of a wounded animal, a clear predecessor to many bands to come. They released two incredible albums in their time (Remain Sedate and Protestant), as well as an EP and a handful of splits. All their material was compiled in 1995 on Autopsy, which is what I have below. Enjoy.

1. Pavlov's Dogs
2. In The Year Of Our Lord
3. Someone (Duke Ellington cover)
4. Impressions (Erroll Garner cover)
5. Clenching
6. So It Goes (Nick Lowe cover)
7. Lightning Strikes Twice
8. No One Dies Alone
9. My Minds A Vice (And It's Being Cranked Real Tight)
10. Checkmate
11. Exist
12. Oppress
13. Brainhandle
14. Hardware (Septic Death cover)
15. Bone Marrow Biopsy
16. Laryngitis
17. Synthetic Intelligience
18. 21st Century Schizoid Man (King Crimson cover)
19. Mandible
20. In Ruins
21. Traditional
22. Dawn and Quartered
23. Shanks
24. Recurring Nightmare #105
25. Blinders
26. Hemlock Grove
27. Raw Nerve
28. Skin Culture
29. Cut The Wheel
30. Ornaments
31. My War (Black Flag cover)

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Portrayal Of Guilt

Portrayal Of Guilt are a four-piece hardcore/screamo band from Austin, Texas that formed in a year I am unaware of, thought presume it was quite recent. Earlier this year, they put out their debut EP with the help of Deathwish, which is an absolute must-listen. They blend the dark, aggressive sensibilities of blackened hardcore with the chaotic catharsis of bands like pg.99. These three tracks are incredible, and Portrayal Of Guilt are definitely a band to look out for, because I'm sure they're going to be making some waves. They're also on tour now, so check their dates to see if they're passing thru your hood. I can't recommend this enough. Enjoy.

1. Humanity Is Frail
2. The One
3. Mourning Ahead

1. Spiritual Cramp (Christian Death cover)

Friday, 10 November 2017

Starry Cat

Starry Cat was a short-lived project whose sole member was Sam Ray, better known as a member of Teen Suicide, Julia Brown, and Ricky Eat Acid. Initially, their sole album was released as a way to raise money to help with Caroline White's surgeries, who was also a member of Teen Suicide and Julia Brown. Post-surgery, this album still stands as another great piece of work in Sam's large output. Sonically, the lo-fi mopey pop songs will come as no surprise to fans of his other projects. I know this thing is old news by now, but if there's anyone who hasn't heard it yet, I'd highly recommend getting on it. Enjoy.

1. possession (quiet)
2. deserve
3. thanks
4. cool
5. you're the reason i believe in ghosts
6. happiness
7. bye
8. i think you're really beautiful
9. starry cat