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. Strap in kiddies, it’s time to rock.
We love Head Wound City. They have not released anything proper since 2005, so when word came that a full-length is headed our way this spring, we got all jittery and excited. The track “Scraper” is from their new album A New Wave of Violence and holy crap it’s a rocker. The production values have been amped up, but you can still hear all the Blood Brothers, Locust, and Retox members bringing their intensity and charm. A New Wave of Violence is due on May 11th from Vice Records. (via Noisey)
Mindset are calling it quits. That’s a bummer for fans of their classic hardcore sound. The good news is these fiends are not simply content to fade into void; instead they’re releasing a final EP and hitting the road on one last brutal, circle pit-inducing tour. Nothing Less sounds exactly like Mindset has always sounded: fast, aggressive, and angry. We hate to see you leave, Mindset, but we love to watch you go.
Beastwars wins the award for best band name ever. You might be expecting some sort of silly pop punk that fills their songs with references to old cartoons series (to be fair, Beast Wars was pretty awesome), but you’d be dead wrong. These rockers bring heavy, stoner rock that invokes memories of the best days of Kyuss. Their new album drops this April, and it’s an epic record filled with more riffs and growls than any one person can handle. It’s best to gather your family around your turntable, crank this thing to eleven and watch the rift to the dark realm of rock tear into our dimension. It’s good, in other words.
The new Primitive Weapons album The Future of Death doesn’t hit shelves until April, but judging from the recently released track “Night Eyes,” we might go insane waiting that long. Frantic and raw, “Night Eyes” is a sonic assault on your senses. It shifts drastically from garage-infused hardcore to spacey, downright beautiful, melodies. We need the rest of The Future of Death right freaking now, because we’ve had “Night Eyes” on repeat for days. Pre-orders are coming soon vis Part Smasher Inc, so get on that. (via MetalSucks)
If you are in need of an epic journey through fires of time, Red Wizard should be your soundtrack. These San Diego rockers have a classic metal sound that’ll scratch your Black Sabbath itch. You know those weekends where you take mushrooms and wander through the desert pondering the meaninglessness of existence? Well that’s the feeling a Red Wizard song gives you. Listen to “Tides of War” below and pick up their new record Cosmosis this April. There’s a crazy amount of good stuff coming out in April, right?
In the “coming to your town soon” department, we wanted to take a moment to touch on Harms Way. These dudes are on tour right now and you need to go check them out live. Their latest album, Rust, came out last year from Deathwish Inc. and it’s brutal with a capital B. Heavy, relentless, and downright ugly, Harms Way will grab your heart and squeeze every last drop of black blood from it. It’s like being punched in the face for thirty-four minutes. Their live show is not one to be missed, so listen to Rust below and get pumped up for when they hit your town.
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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