Wipe the blood from your teeth and get in the pit: it’s time for a recap of this week’s best hardcore, metal, and punk rock. We dug through the record crates to find the new tunes we think you need to spin and rage to. Looking for some new death metal to bring into your life? Got you covered. Need some grindcore to get your wedding reception off on the right foot? Say no more. Strap in kiddies, it’s time to rock.
We finally have the details on the new Oathbreaker album. Titled Rheia, it’ll be in our hands on September 30th, but in the meantime we have a new track to savor. “Needles in Your Skin” is an evolution for the band, while still capturing the intensity and energy that makes Oathbreaker so unique. Parts of the song are haunting and beautiful, drifting subtly into your soul. Then the track hits and it hits hard. It screeches and climbs, violently clawing at you while pummeling away with a blast beat rhythm.
Helms Alee are such a great band. The more we hear from this band, the more we love. “Untoxicated” is another heavy trip, a sonic explosion and total mind f*ck. Ripping guitars, droning vocals, and a breakdown that will hammer the brains from your head, Helms Alee are a whole new class of metal. It’s easy for bands to get lost in the sea of new releases that come out every week, but don’t miss this one, guys. They’re the real deal, and a force to be reckoned with.
If you are looking to take a journey into the weird, look no further than Brain Tentacles. It’s nearly impossible to describe this stuff, but we’ll try anyway. Funky, jazz-infused black metal? Kinda? It’s ripping for sure, and it has a horn breakdown, and there are elements of strangeness here we can’t even come up with words for. It’s weird, let’s just say that. Weird stuff, but still something that metal fans will probably dig, assuming you are okay with weird stuff. Did we mention this is weird, cause it’s super weird, folks. Weird.
We’ve been preaching about this new Ringworm album for a while now. It’s time you heard the call for yourself, brothers and sisters. Gather ’round and blast your earholes with the entirety of Snake Church. This album is relentlessly heavy and exactly what you need to expel (or invite) the demons in your soul. Free yourself and seek out Ringworm. Snake Church is divine, an unholy mass of metal, hardcore, and brutality. Get thee to church, people.
Caskitt play straightforward, modern punk rock, the sort of stuff you sing along to in your car at full volume. It’s fast, filled with shouting, gang-style vocals that are meant to get the pit circling and the crowd singing. It’s easy for these type of tunes to go bad real fast, but Caskitt delivers the goods by keeps things raw and earnest. It’s not overdone, nor over produced. It sounds like dudes playing fast, intense punk rock and that’s exactly what it is. You can hear “Blinders” below and judge for yourself, but we think this stuff is pretty great.
Anciients play metal in the truest sense of the word. It’s galloping, heavy, and filled with a rhythm that’ll get your head banging and your fist throwing up some horns. It’s technical, but not too technical, not to the point that it’s obtuse and you can’t get into it. It’s just wall to wall riffs and some harmonies mixed with a death metal growl. It’s good stuff any way you cut it, and we’d cut it with a sword and bathe in the blood of the damned while listening to this. You do you, but that’s our suggestion.
Lastly, we have Departures. Their new record Death Touches Us, From The Moment We Begin To Love is a dose of raw hardcore that’s overfilling with emotion. This band plays their hearts out and you can tell they leave it all on the record. “Broken” is a track that fans of Touché Amoré and Frameworks will dig, and since we love both of those bands we really love Departures. We highly recommend this album and would say if you’re looking for something new, give it a try. It’s okay top get emotional, tough guy. Let it out, we won’t tell anybody. Death Touches Us, From The Moment We Begin To Love is just plain good, so spin it already.
That’s it for this week. Go forth; throw some horns up and keep spinning in the black circle. If there’s a metalcore, grindcore, hardcore, or any other core song you think the world needs to hear, sound off in the comments below. \m/
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