A New Era In Straight Edge

Straight edge (XXX, sXe) has long been a huge component of the punk rock movement. The “X” has been a pivotal piece in the lives of many music lovers and musicians alike for generations on generations. The movement, which took flight in 1981, was sparked by the song “Straight Edge” by the D.C. based hardcore punk band Minor Threat. Over the years, straight edge has … Continue reading A New Era In Straight Edge

Flashback Reviews: Backtrack’s Bad To My World

As somewhat of a hardcore newbie, it’s been fun to branch out in my free time and dive into the history of hardcore. I recently watched the documentary Godfathers of Hardcore, which documents the rich history of New York hardcore act Agnostic Front. Agnostic Front is a massive component of what hardcore is today, along with the likes of Minor Threat and many other punk/metal … Continue reading Flashback Reviews: Backtrack’s Bad To My World

Up Close And Personal With Convictions

Last Friday, I got the opportunity to interview Zach Schwochow, the drummer for Convictions, a Christian metalcore band that I’ve written about before. They are currently on the Bloodied/Unbowed Tour with Oh, Sleeper, Famous Last Words and Empty and I was able to get in a quick conversation before their set while they were at the Brooklyn, NY stop. Convictions consists of Michael Felker on … Continue reading Up Close And Personal With Convictions

Don’t miss the tour of the summer!

Do you like metalcore? Of course you do, you wouldn’t be reading this blog if you didn’t! The summer is almost over but there’s still time for some big shows. We touched on this in a previous article about Oh, Sleeper but we didn’t go into too much detail. For the rest of summer, Oh, Sleeper, Convictions, Famous Last Words and Empty are on the … Continue reading Don’t miss the tour of the summer!

Interview: The Darling Fire Storms The Indie Rock Scene

Recently releasing their debut album, “Dark Celebration,” The Darling Fire brings a heavy, yet intimate sound to the indie scene. Comprising of indie rock veterans, Jolie Lindholm (vocals), Jeronimo Gomez (guitar), Steven Kleisath (drums), Greg Moore (bass), and Matthew Short (guitar), The Darling Fire was born of both “deep struggle and deeper friendships.” The Florida scene natives came together after years of individual success and … Continue reading Interview: The Darling Fire Storms The Indie Rock Scene

Bands On The Rise: Inclination

Let’s continue on with more spotlight on the hardcore scene. To launch this series of Bands on the Rise, it’s time to dig really deep into straight edge hardcore. Bands that embody the straight edge lifestyle always carry some really cool lyrical content, and Inclination of Louisville, KY is no exception. As frontman Tyler Short puts it, Inclination is a “very straight edge” band and … Continue reading Bands On The Rise: Inclination

Don’t be the next American, or wherever you live, Idiot

Mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss this! At 12 a.m. next Friday, July 19, punk rock legends Green Day will be releasing a new track. This announcement was made yesterday on the Kerrang! Radio show “Breakfast with Sophie K.” We don’t know the name of the track but we will keep you updated as it is released. Last December, Green Day‘s singer and … Continue reading Don’t be the next American, or wherever you live, Idiot

Atreyu shows a softer side with “House Of Gold”

From the early days of metalcore, Atreyu has been a constant, releasing albums on a regular basis since the release of Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses in 2002. For myself, and probably many others, that album was one of the albums that introduced me to the beauty that is hardcore and metalcore. The rest is history. Fast forward to 2019, Areyu just released their music … Continue reading Atreyu shows a softer side with “House Of Gold”

Preview: Orthodox Prepares to Take Atlanta

It’s a great time to be a hardcore fan. For the first time in recent memory, the genre is really starting to separate itself; having more distinction from metal and its many subgenres. Largely contributed to the hardcore elites of the scene, bands are beginning to shift the culture and make it their own. Among the first class acts is Orthodox, a straight edge four-piece … Continue reading Preview: Orthodox Prepares to Take Atlanta

Sleeping With Sirens prepares to release ‘How It Feels To Be Lost’

With two years since the release of their last album, Sleeping With Sirens is back with more killer tracks. Coming into the scene in 2010, Sleeping With Sirens has released four full length albums and is on track to release their fifth, How It Feels To Be Lost, on Sept. 6. This will be their first album with Sumerian Records. Sleeping With Sirens has crafted … Continue reading Sleeping With Sirens prepares to release ‘How It Feels To Be Lost’

Preview: Pure Noise Tour 2019

Pure Noise Records is home to some of the most brutal hardcore acts over recent years. With bands like Knocked Loose, Counterparts, and Terror on the roster, Pure Noise continues to live up to their reputation. More importantly, Pure Noise is typically the most recognized label when it comes to catching talent early in the music industry. As we have seen previously with Knocked Loose, … Continue reading Preview: Pure Noise Tour 2019

Choose Your Fighter: Dealer vs. Alpha Wolf

It’s taken me a while for form an opinion on this topic. In all honesty, I came into this one as blind as a bat. I’m no self-proclaimed metalcore expert, but I know a pretty good bit and a good knock in the teeth from an aussiecore band has always been my drug of choice. The house that AC/DC built has built acts such as … Continue reading Choose Your Fighter: Dealer vs. Alpha Wolf

Get Ready For A ‘Love Like Fiction’

Recently, I was introduced to Love Like Fiction, a band that is a perfect blend of pop punk, emo and alternative with a bit of hardcore thrown in. Love Like Fiction is based in Phoenix, Ariz. The band includes Tara Goltz on drums, Marin Bridges on guitar, Frankie Stapley on guitar and vocals, Paul Ritchie on bass and Nick Barker on lead vocals. I had … Continue reading Get Ready For A ‘Love Like Fiction’

15 Years Later: The Lasting Impact of “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge”

    Funeral mourners dancing with umbrellas at the head of a gothic cathedral was my first sight of My Chemical Romance. The music video for “Helena” introduced my seven year old self to a new world of music. The dramatics and emotions radiating from the band intrigued me even as a child. Gerard Way was the ideal front man in rock and roll and the … Continue reading 15 Years Later: The Lasting Impact of “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge”

Release Friday: WildHeart Continues Their Breakthrough Campaign

2019 has been a memorable year for post-hardcore/rock act WildHeart of Atlanta, Georgia. This is the band’s first full year as an installment and it has not disappointed. Fans have swarmed over the previous singles “Lonely” and “Animal”. Popularity and speculation pushed to an all-time high when drummer Michael Bohn announced the band’s formation last year. The scene’s faithful went nuts, as Bohn (formerly Issues, … Continue reading Release Friday: WildHeart Continues Their Breakthrough Campaign

Help A Stranger (The Raconteurs) Out

After no new albums in 11 years, The Raconteurs will be releasing HELP US STRANGER on Friday, June 21. This is their first album since the release of Consolers Of The Lonely in 2008. The Raconteurs consists of Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler. HELP US STRANGER was recorded at Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN. Third Man Records was founded by … Continue reading Help A Stranger (The Raconteurs) Out

Frank Iero Continues to Conquer with “Barriers”

After a near-fatal bus accident in 2016, Frank Iero was almost certain that he would never return to music. Despite his difficulties expressing his emotional turmoil following the accident, Iero has created a new band and released their latest album, Barriers. Frank Iero and The Future Violents is composed of Evan Nestor on guitar, Matt Armstrong on bass, Tucker Rule on drums and Kayleigh Goldsworthy, … Continue reading Frank Iero Continues to Conquer with “Barriers”

Help Us Raise Awareness For The Mental Health Crisis

I know we are a music blog but today we want to raise awareness for mental health, an issue that touches everyone’s lives in one way or another. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (46.6 million) experiences mental illness in a given year. With that stat, there is a high chance that some of our … Continue reading Help Us Raise Awareness For The Mental Health Crisis

It’s Time For You To Get Some ‘Self Help’

I know summer festival season is coming up, and unfortunately the last Warped Tour, but we’ve got an early warning for a group of shows coming up in the fall. The Self Help Festival will be held in two locations showcasing a variety of your favorite artists. The Self Help Festival was started by A Day To Remember in 2014 with the mission to “deliver … Continue reading It’s Time For You To Get Some ‘Self Help’

Blink-182 Versus Angels and Airwaves

Blink-182 has released new music, as has former Blink member, Tom Delonge with his band, Angels and Airwaves. Both singles have similar aspects, but with completely different fan reactions. Delonge has had a long departure from music since leaving Blink-182 to focus on his interests in space. The harsh criticism from fans of Blink-182’s latest single, “Blame it on my Youth,” and the positive feedback … Continue reading Blink-182 Versus Angels and Airwaves

Relent Is Giving Us A ‘Heart Attack’

If you’re looking for some heavy music with a positive message, look no further. South Texas based Christian nu metal group Relent recently released their album Heart Attack. One of the features of Heart Attack is how smooth the each track transitions to the next. With this 7 track album only being 25 minutes long, it’s easy to listen to in one sitting. That’s really … Continue reading Relent Is Giving Us A ‘Heart Attack’

Inside Look: Feel Nothing Tour (2019)

The Feel Nothing Tour (SOLD OUT) starring The Plot In You, featuring Like Moths To Flames, Dayseeker, and Limbs.  Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan at The Stache Date: March 29th, 2019 The Plot In You brought some serious heat on the ‘Feel Nothing’ tour. Every band killed their performances with heavy vocals, meaningful lyrics and a way of encapsulating the crowd. Limbs open the show with … Continue reading Inside Look: Feel Nothing Tour (2019)

Skillet’s comeback will be ‘Victorious’

Coming back with their 10th studio album, Skillet is set to release Victorious on Aug. 2, 2019 through Atlantic Records. Although they are a Christian rock group, Skillet will have songs on Victorious that target mainstream rock channels too. They recently released a video for “Legendary” which will be the first song on this album going to mainstream rock radio while another song, “Anchor”, will … Continue reading Skillet’s comeback will be ‘Victorious’

Is Woodstock 2019 Gearing Up to Become the Next Fyre Festival?

Something very strange happened. Major magazine outlets such as Billboard began to announce the cancellation of the much-anticipated Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival. In an incredibly shady vague announcement, Dentsu Aegis Network, the festival’s investor, stated: “It’s a dream for agencies to work with iconic brands and to be associated with meaningful movements…But despite our tremendous investment of time, effort and commitment, we don’t believe the … Continue reading Is Woodstock 2019 Gearing Up to Become the Next Fyre Festival?