In their short life, Never Again made some of the best fast, to-the-point old school hardcore to have come out of the UK. Mislabel it powerviolence, thrash or whatever you wish – this is hardcore refined and updated for those who can look forward as well as back. Riffs are never sacrificed. This is simply pure musical execution. Members went on to appear in Wayfarer, Sectarian Violence, Hang The Bastard, Human Future, Final Rage, xREPENTANCEx, Stab! and Penile x Tear
Phoenix Bodies play some of the heaviest music to be created without a bass player. Their unique line-up gives them a signature sound that does not commonly exist throughout hardcore or punk rock. Seeing them play live is a bit like getting tarred and feathered. The guitars provide the thick soupy mess that coats your body, while the singers ridicule you by yelling in your face, and the drums hit you with sharp, stinky bird coverings.
There was a time in the not too distant past that Pulled Apart By Horses hounded Holy Roar with their debut demo recordings. We loved the band, but as is par for the course with us, we were adamant that we should see the band play live before seeing if the band would be up for working with us. This was OUR LOSS as the astute Kevin at Big Scary Monsters charged in and snapped the band up for a 7” single. The band promptly followed this up at the beginning of this year with another beautifully presented 7” dose of their patented party-grunge on Puregrooves’s Too Pure label. Lets not forget that live this band have also established themselves as an absolute force to be reckoned with – Download, Reading &Leeds, tours with Future of the Left, Sky Larkin, Blood Red Shoes an upcoming tour with Biffy Clyro and an album on the not-too-distant horizon…..
Rolo Tomassi may have been referred to as the north of Englands best kept secret, although theyre not going to be a secret for much longer. With five tracks and a short piano piece clocking in at just under 25 minutes, the band are set to smash any preconceptions you may have had about a) extreme and spazzy music and b) the band themselves and their age. Far more evolved than the constraints of jazzy noise or synth-screamo, Rolo Tomassi leap confidently from genre to genre. Moments of oddly-timed chaos flow comfortably into sanguine prog-rock workouts, otherworldly, alien noises sit happily alongside bass-led doom riffs. Its eclectic stuff - without ever sounding disjointed.
run,WALK! have been bubbling away on the under-underground for a year or two now, steadily building a name for themselves and gaining friends in all the wrong places. Still only both 18, Run, Walk! are just two dudes, one on drums (conventional) and one on bass/vocals/effects (therefore, overall, less conventional). They are LOUD. The obvious (dull dull dull, no effort) reference point would be something like Lightning Bolt meets Fugazi or Death From Above 1979 playing Maccabees songs. In other words indie punk songs played on a fucking brutal bass guitar, without losing definition, structure, or hooks.
Sirs is a four-piece punk band from upstate New York. Formed in 2009 after meeting at school, original members consisted of Justin Jurgens, Dave Benton, Kyle Seely and Hart Seely. They released a six-song EP Vas Deferens in may of 2010. After a summer tour, Dave left the band and was soon succeeded by Mike Caridi. They then released a split 7” in December 2010 with Chalk Talk. Primary musical influences include The Band, Anti-Nowhere League and Electric Light Orchestra.
Some bands leave such an impression on fans that, even after two decades, their sound still resonates deep and wide. Southern California’s STRIFE are just such a band, having once again tapped into the energy that has kept listeners interested for 21 years.
After touring throughout the world in recent years, STRIFE decided it was time to relinquish a new batch of songs and break their 11 years streak of recording silence. The groundwork for what would become their newest album, Witness A Rebirth, had been laid and their collective efforts began down the road to realization. With producer Nick Jett (Terror, Rotting Out, Backtrack) at the helm, STRIFE recruited friend and previous collaborator Iggor Cavalera (founding member of Sepultura) to perform drums for the album and traveled to Brazil to start the recording process with him. Soon after, they returned to California and put the rest of the pieces into place, including guest vocals by Billy Graziadei (of Biohazard) and Scott Vogel (of Terror), plus a guitar solo by Marc Rizzo (of Soulfly).
The result serves as a testament to their talent, bridging their past (especially the highly acclaimed album “In This Defiance,” with which this album shares 4/5th of the members) with a more contemporary hardcore sound. Witness A Rebirth is at once both refreshing and evocative. Holy Roar Records are honoured to be releasing this album. We are all about to witness the rebirth of something great.
Drawing musical influence from crust, post-rock and hardcore; and lyrical influence from early 20th century existentialism, Svalbard alternate between moments of aggression and moments of frailty with an all-encompassing sense of desperate hope. Cathartic and affecting, they are without a doubt one of UK's finest new bands.
Premium proponents of punk-rock'n'roll from B-Right-On. You might have heard of them. Records on Epitaph and Undergroove. They tour loads, are sweet live, and at least two of them are posh hxc and crush lots. They are nice people and their records rock like bastards. What more could you want?
"...there are bruises, there is broken equipment, there is sweat, there is tension and there is reckless abandon. Moost of all, there is a fucking iron-willed passion." - Ryan J McKenney. Believe what this man says. the_Network do not fuck about. If Ion Dissonance, in their prime, had thrown away all their Meshuggah and technical death metal records and gotten an education from Drowningman and All Else Failed instead, you would arrive somewhere loosely marked 'the_Network.'
Essentially starting out as a hardcore band along the lines of Converge, Breather Resist and Trap Them, Throats have now evolved into a monster that, whilst nodding to their own past, now encompass a sound that embraces elements of Napalm Death, Rotten Sound, crust and d-beat into their stoned, cosmic riffs and breakdowns. Throats are not a simple hardcore band any more. Bile, rage and despondency have organically mutated an already bitter and angry band into something far more extreme, reckless and dangerous. This is riff armageddon. This is an entity like no other. Be warned – something low from this way comes.
Tortuga are a dirty, riff heavy hardcore band comprised of ex-members of UK hardcore legends November Coming Fire. They possess a sound that appears to sit at a stark crossroad between the elemental power of Cult of Luna, the churning complexity of Breather Resist or Botch and the punk attitude of Fucked Up and Hot Snakes.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Touché Amoré set themselves against the glamour and greed of their hometown culture with “…To the Beat of a Dead Horse”, the passionate debut LP. In the last year, Touché Amoré have become of vibrant part of the flourishing West Coast hardcore punk scene, successfully bridging gaps between subgenres.
Arguably one of the most thrilling and talked-about hardcore bands out there, Sacramento's Trash Talk are bare bones, no bullshit brutal. Their thrown-in-the-gutter, D-beat sound owes as much to Entombed as it does to early Black Flag, and they seal the deal with what is one of the most insane and chaotic live shows around.
Brighton post-hardcore mob Up River are an expertly crafted act wrought with emotion, who will stand toe-to-toe with Break Even, Defeater and More Than Life.
Recorded and mixed by Lewis Johns, mastered by Alan Douches and with artwork by Sam from Goodtime Boys, debut album 'Undertow' is a stunning coming-of-age post-hardcore record.
Much like many Holy Roar luminaries We'll Die Smiling are difficult to categorise. Heavy blast disorientating artistic chaotic riff melodies. Far too brutal for BSM and too arty/indie weird for Thirty Days Of Night. This makes perfect sense if you are a fan of Maths, run,WALK!, Rolo Tomassi, Chariots or Phoenix Bodies. Or pretty much Holy Roar.