HATEBREED – Supremacy

The biggest hardcore band on the planet return with an album sure to please their diehard fans. HATEBREED stay within their trademark sound and deliver all the heavy-handed riffs, high energy, and aggression that you can handle. Supremacy sounds like it was specifically created to be the soundtrack for a perpetual moshpit. And these are the kinds of moshpits that HATEBREED are infamous for conjuring. It simply does not let up. The lyrics roar just as much, if not more, than the instruments themselves. However, this is also the aspect of Supremacy that may make or break one’s enjoyment of the record. With a detailed intro and extensive liner notes, vocalist Jamey Jasta explains and elaborates on coping with his recent personal struggles. However, after a few songs he turns out to sound more like a preacher than a hardcore vocalist. This will wear down those who are not interested in being told in a sense how to live their lives, though this may not have been the original intent of the band. But HATEBREED fans will eat up as this is more or less in line with their previous records. With Supremacy, they continue their strong consistency and show no signs of letting up as one of the mainstream’s most prominent figures. (Roadrunner Records)

CONVERGE To Drop No Heroes on Oct. 24th; Tour with MASTODON

CONVERGE‘s new full-length album, No Heroes (cover art), is set to drop on October 24 via Epitaph Records. The follow-up to 2004’s You Fail Me is said to combine the “textural sonics of You Fail Me with the brutal assault of Jane Doe“.  The album tracklisting is as follows:

01. “Heartache
02. “Hellbound
03. “Sacrifice
04. “Vengeance
05. “Weight Of The World
06. “No Heroes
07. “Plagues
08. “Grim Heart/Black Rose
09. “Orphaned
10. “Lonewolves
11. “Versus
12. “Trophy Scars
13. “Bare My Teeth
14. “To The Lions

Deathwish Inc will be issuing a gatefold vinyl version of No Heroes also on October 24th.

The band, who recently wrapped up several dates on the Sounds of the Underground tour, have been confirmed to hit the road with MASTODON and THE BRONX in September.  Here are the tour dates:

9/6 Baltimore MD @ Ram’s Head Live
9/7 Philly PA @ TLA
9/8 NYC NY @ Webster Hall
9/9 Worcester MA @ Palladium
9/10 Montreal QUE @ La Spectrum
9/12 Toronto ONT @ Phoenix Theatre
9/13 Cleveland OH @ House Of Blues
9/14 Chicago IL @ Metro
9/15 Detroit MI @ Majestic Theatre
9/16 Cincinatti OH @ Bogarts
9/19 Denver CO @ Cervantes
9/21 Boise ID @ The Big Easy
9/22 Portland OR @ Roseland Theatre
9/23 Seattle WA @ Showbox Theatre
9/24 San Fransisco @ Slim’s
9/25 San Francisco @ Slim’s (2nd show added)
9/28 Phoenix AZ @ Marquee
9/29 Los Angeles CA @ Henry Fonda
9/30 San Diego CA @ SOMA

BETRAYED – Substance

Though it may seem that the U.S. hardcore scene has become nothing but a commercialized joke, all is not lost. BETRAYED lay down one of the best hardcore releases this year in Substance. Substance is full of fire and raging passion that is brutally honest, which is quite a contrast to their trendy mainstream counterparts. The frenetic pace shifts between breakneck and uptempo driving rhythms. And it’s not just vocalist Aram Arslanian‘s passionate words about the hardcore ethos and the scene today that makes Substance so damn good. Guitarist Todd Jones absolutely kills with his massive chops. It’s his catchy riffs, knowledge of song dynamics, strong hooks and leads, and foundation in old school hardcore that propels BETRAYED far past the pack. Substance is 29 minutes of inspirational hardcore…an album that has the potential to save a young kid’s life or rekindle that old fire in older fans. (Equal Vision Records)

INTEGRITY: End Foreseen

Fans rejoiced last year as metalcore godfathers, INTEGRITY, made a smashing comeback with To Die For. The album received almost unanimous critical acclaim and the band were busy playing shows and had future tours lined up. Everything seemed poised for them to really take back the throne until it was suddenly announced that the band would once again split. While internal friction may have been the prime factor for cutting this comeback short, APESHIT caught band leader/frontman, Dwid, in a quickie e-mail interview during what was to be their final tour this past December. Perhaps brief, this interview may very well have spoke louder than words.
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