Another strong year is in the books for heavy music, so strong that making a year end list seemed unfair to every release that we did not include in our lists. The underground continues to thrive with releases from legendary bands such as DARK FUNERAL, VADER, and NEUROSIS that will stand the test of time. Actually, most of the long running bands did not fail to meet or exceed expectations. Thrash metal pioneers, MEGADETH, VOIVOD, and TESTAMENT, certainly released excellent records. What is more important is that 2016 saw a lot of great releases from less trendy, more obscure bands.
This past year is personally notable as lost a dear friend and contributor, Brandon Stratton AKA rocknro11chef13. As a small tribute, we’ve included albums that he would’ve likely picked for his year end list. Life is short, my friends. Embrace it.
Southern California’s NAILS beautifully brings together the brutality and guitar sound of Stockholm death metal, grind, and hardcore into a singularly focused bulldozing sound. Three songs spanning a total of 6:30+ of this 7″ release are just furious and take no fuckin’ prisoners.
Opening track, “Obscene Humanity,” crashes in like the beginning of ENTOMBED‘s Left Hand Path with blast beats before settling into a steady chugging rhythm. “Confront Them” kicks up the speed with vocalist/guitar Todd Jones taking his aggressive cries to another level. The 7″‘s longest song, “Lies,” continues the train off the rails-speed before going into a hypnotic breakdown that takes the song the rest of the way.
While NAILS‘ songwriting is relatively simple and straight forward, it’s the tension, the sheer aggression, and delivery that makes these songs good. Bring on the next full-length! (Southern Lord Records)
Hardcore heroes CONVERGE will be going out on tour this Fall in support of their upcoming album, All We Love We Leave Behind. Coming along for the ride are TORCHE, KVELERTAK, and NAILS and WHIPS/CHAINS for select dates. Check out the tour dates. How can you not come out and see this tour?
All We Love We Leave Behind will be released on October 9th, 2012 on Epitaph Records/Deathwish Inc. Check out a track from CONVERGE‘s recent split release with NAPALM DEATH below.
FUCK THE FACTS
BONDED BY BLOOD
According to the poster, more bands will be added, and of course, the line up is always subject to change.
Echoplex Stage: RIGHTEOUS FOOL: 3:30pm-4:15pm BLACK BREATH: 4:30pm-5:15pm COLISEUM: 5:30pm-6:15pm TRAP THEM: 6:30pm-7:15pm FROM ASHES RISE: 8:00pm-8:45pm REPULSION: 9pm-9:45pm GOATSNAKE: 10:00pm-10:45pm CORROSION OF CONFORMITY III: 11:00pm-12:00am
Also, Converse, who are sponsoring the event, will be giving away a free pair of shoes to the first 30 people through the door. There will also be a treasure hunt for an additional 15 pairs of Converse shoes. Clues will be on the back of the event schedule, which will be handed out at the door.
Doors open at noon. Once capacity is reached, it will be one in, one out. Ins and outs will be allowed before 6pm only. And of course RSVP does not guarantee entry.
On Sunday, August 8th, a host of loud, riff-heavy bands will descend upon Los Angeles for The Power of the Riff Festival. Curated by Greg Anderson (Southern Lord) and Sam James Velde (NIGHT HORSE), The Power of the Riff Festival was assembled with the intent to blur the lines between Metal, Hardcore, Punk and Rock music.