Starting out as a two-piece bedroom project, Employed To Serve released two EP’s through Grindcore Karaoke, the label run by Jay from Agoraphobic Nosebleed, before adding Jamie, James and Robbie into the mix.
The first product of this unification is the ‘Change Nothing, Regret Everything’ 12", a musical open letter to those who despise their current situation, yet, do nothing to alter it.
With a raucous sound that’s chaotic and bleak in equal measures, the gut wrenching vocals of Justine Jones ensure that every single lyric is delivered with the animosity the protagonist was intended to feel.
Full of Hell have been no strangers to the road since their inception. The band has maintained a relentless work ethic since forming, which has included countless tours in north America and what is coming to be their third European tour this fall with Boston's own, New Lows. Along with extensive touring, the band has also built itself around a prolific and ever evolving collection of releases. 2012 has followed in the successful wake of their first LP "Roots of Earth Are Consuming My Home" and has seen the release of split 7"s with acts that vary from the likes of upstarts like code orange kids to the mysterious harsh noise of mike IX (eyehategod) and ryan mckern's The Guilt Of.. The band's blend of of lyrically dense and harsh textures has been further honed on their latest endeavor, a split 7" with Poland's Calm the Fire.
Gallops are that rare beast that straddle rock music and dance music with the utmost taste without being a bag of shit for old people. They seamlessly blend organic and synthetic in an intelligent manner, without being obtuse or chinstrokingly dull. You can dance your fucking tits off (mate), but this is as much for headphone listening in a dark room as it is for festival dance-offs.
Gallows seem to need no introduction right now, and there's little that can be said about them that hasn't been paraphrased far more slickly by the music press already. Ignore the hype, Gallows make some of most furious, uncompromising and incendiary heavy music the UK has seen in a while. Their sound is a rock 'n' roll explosion with a punk rock attitude and one the hardcore kids can bop their heads along to aswell.
Straddling the split between classic screamo and raw hardcore punk aesthetic, fans of Touche Amore, La Dispute, Bastions, Kerouac, Veils and The Long Haul will find much to love here. After spending the majority of 2011 on tour around the UK and Europe, the Cardiff five-piece released their long awaited EP, ‘Are We Now, Or Have We Ever Been’ on 10” vinyl via Tangled Talk Records in May 2011. Recorded by The Long Haul’s Lewis Johns at The Ranch Production House, the record marked a significant departure from their 2010 debut split with Solutions, containing five impassioned tracks that treaded the line between the aggression of hardcore-punk and the frail intensity of melodic screamo, drawing frequent comparisons to bands like La Dispute and Defeater along the way.
Guilty Parents have beards, beauty and beautiful beards. Not bad going. Influenced by "Die Kreuzen, Make-Up, COC, Mummies, Bad Form, Bad Seeds, Flag, Sonics, Penetraiters, Poison Idea, Gories, Murder City Devils, Gun Club..." - i'm a fucking idiot though, so i'll just say this is no pretension, ultra rock'n'roll with a fucking punk as fuck heart. Its the tightest sloppy lo-fi rock band ever. For real - this dichotomy exists within this band. They have already played with Part Chimp, Souvaris, Lovvers, Male Bonding, Army of Flying Robots, Crocodiles, Ramming Speed, An Albatross and Limp Wrist.....
Hang The Bastard sound like Eyehategod, Electric Wizard and Sabbath learning Slayer riffs whilst listening to Integrity and Ringworm and bringing the sweet times. I'm loathed to use the term 'metalcore' because it has come to represent TASTE OF RELENTLESS CHAOS KILLSWITCH OF GOD TOUR '07 and idiots, but once a upon a time metalcore was fucking awesome (do your homework sucka) and HTB are a prime cut from a sweet era, whilst still pushing forward and being relevant to both hardcore fans and pretty much fans of heavy music in general.
Kayo Dot powerfully integrates elements of modern classical composition with the layers of guitars and vocals more common to rock and metal. With a compositional map that is strict in form yet malleable in execution, Kayo Dot uses a vast array of instrumentation to create an exciting convergence of violence and serenity.
One of the most brutal and unforgiving bands to have emerged in recent memory, Kerouac’s sound is an intense and chaotic take on hardcore that could stand up alongside any veterans of the genre. Having sold out in it’s initial CD pressing after just a couple of months, their debut release, “Cold and Distant, Not Loving”, is finally being re-issued on 10″ vinyl and contains seven tracks of some of the most fast-paced, heavy-as-fuck music this country’s heard in a long time. An absolute must-have for any fans of throat-lacerating, passionate hardcore.
Having formed in 2006, the legacy of Last Witness has slowly, but surely grown into what it is today. Whilst the band recorded their debut album in 2008, the record lay dormant for sometime. Resuscitating the band in late 2009, the album in question 'An Unfinished Life,' went on to an astounding reception via a free download/vinyl release. Whilst perhaps indirectly influenced by bands such as On Broken Wings and For The Fallen Dreams, to these ears Last Witness are a far less contrived, more pure proposition of modern hardcore. The fact that they possess a design aesthetic that is head and shoulders above the competition is purely the Holy Roar icing on the cake.
Le Swing share a member with Easy Hips, but this is where the similarities end. This is gonzoid, seriously OTT, drum-machine grinding screamo. Think Bucket Full Of Teeth if they were British and had listened to early Cutting Pink With Knives, but with their own melodic temperament.
At the end of 2008 we put 'Stonehill' by Lonewolves on the 'Happy Holy Roar 2' tape. It was a clear standout track on the bands 'Carcaroth' ep, which came out on Thirty Days of Night not long after. Lonewolves display a fluidity that nods to the tones of Earth, Pelican, Old Man Gloom and Year of No Light whilst grasping the full throttle rock of Coliseum and The Hope Conspiracy. An epic, energetic beast.
Make Do And Mend is a post-hardcore / punk rock band from West Hartford, CT, formed in 2006, and now living in Boston, MA. They first released a 6-track EP (We're All Just Living) in 2007, and then a follow-up EP (Bodies Of Water). They gave it for free online, and then Panic Records called to help out with an official release, which came true in March 2009. At the end of the year, the band entered the studio to record two songs for a split album with Touché Amoré, released September 2010 on Panic Records.
With arguably a lack of passionate, visceral, TUNEFUL, real screamo in this country, along came Maths. That such a wall of epic, dense, well-written rock can come from such an entity consisting of just drums, guitar, bass and vocal is incredible. Think of bands such as Saetia, City of Caterpillar, Orchid and Jeromes Dream and you are close.
Forming in March 2012, MINE spent the first six months of their existence holed up in London rehearsal studios cult-ivating their first attack. Containing ex and current members of Hang The Bastard, A Long Time Dead and Centurions Ghost - this band will provide a shock for those expecting anything of a metallic nature. Instead what you get is a mixture of raging punk rock fury and a serene, calming psychadelic gaze. This surely is just the beginning of the power this band could wield...
Monolith hail from Devon/Cornwall, and whilst having only been a band for a very short amount of time, already sound hugely accomplished. Detuned, technical hardcore/metal. Fans of Meshuggah, Acacia Strain, Brutality Will Prevail, American Me, Desolated, Bury Your Dead take note!
More Than Life must be one of the biggest underground hardcore success stories of recent years. This is no exaggeration – vinyl pressings continually sell out and they play to crowds of thousands on mainland Europe and routinely headline smaller festivals. This is not to mention that the video for lead single ‘Do You Remember’ garnered 160,000 views on Youtube within the first couple of weeks and currently stands hovering around a quarter million views. To say the band have a rabid, dedicated fanbase would be a massive understatement.