Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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Kingpin was a Massachusetts-based band active from 1990 to 1993 that took cues from NYHC, Melodic Hardcore like Verbal Assault, and Metal riffs to create an early incarnation of the "New School" style popularized by many bands throughout the duration of the era. In addition to a 7" titled Holding Tomorrow released on Suburban Voice records, the band also recorded 4 songs that were never released prior to the bands breakup, and have been floating around on the internet ripped from cassette tapes. Now, these songs have finally been remastered and packaged for a proper press on vinyl via Atomic Action records. The songs can be streamed here through the label's bandcamp, and the 7" can be ordered through their webstore.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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Sever were a short lived Southern California band that featured previous members of Refuge and future members of Throwdown, Bleeding Through, 18 Visions and Wrench along with a couple co-founders of To Die For clothing. They originally went by the name of Taken Breath, which you can see is crossed out in a few locations on the lyric insert.

Marc Jackson (Throwdown, the Eulogy)
Jason Welsher (To Die For)
Josh Welsher (To Die For)
Zach Phelps (Wrench, 18v, Cedargate Records)
Scott Danough (Bleeding Through)
[D. Wilson played bass on this recording] 

Sever - Demo 1997

Saturday, June 23, 2018

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When Mean Season returned home form a European tour in 1994, they entered a studio to record one track. It's purpose was to serve as a preview for the vocal style that Aaron would be using on the upcoming 'Grace' LP. What followed with Grace was one of the finer and more unique sounding LPs of 90s hardcore, and with this one track, you can hear a bit of its evolution.

Mean Season - Numb Again
1994 demo version

Mean Season will also be playing the upcoming New Age Fest in Garden Grove, CA to celebrate the label's 30th anniversary.

Tickets are still available over at TicketWeb

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

South Florida's ECOSTRIKE are streaming a new track from their upcoming 12" on BBB records. Fans of Strife, Spawn, Outspoken, and even early Earth Crisis should not skip out on this one! You can stream the new song, titled "Standing Hard", here.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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One King Down released their EP "Bloodlust Revenge" 20 years ago. Many fans still consider this to be their defining release but the record never saw a re-release.

Now, Equal Vision records will be reissuing the record with remastered sound, updated artwork and bonus content (which will be revealed at a later date).

The album is up for preorder now at the band's MerchNow store and includes new and classic shirt designs (Champion Basketball Jerseys!!!). You can preorder the record here: One King Down MerchNow Store

Monday, November 13, 2017

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A line is crossed as I have been...something's coming.

One King Down will be making an announcement on November 15, 2017. What kind of announcement? We don't know but we're excited.

Follow the band on Instagram at @onekingdown_official for the official announcement this coming Wednesday.


Friday, August 18, 2017

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In continuing the tradition of Stuck In The Past distroing awesome 90's Japanese Hardcore, I'm excited to finally have been able to upload the Straight Savage Style '98 Demo. It was quite an undertaking tracking down a physical copy of this tape to rip as the songs don't seem to be online anywhere else - save for another version of "Hardcore Pride" that appears on a Call For Unity comp - after exhaustive searching. Thanks to my friend Ogden for picking up the tape in Europe for me. 3 tracks of crushing late 90's death metal-infused Japanese Hardcore at it's finest:


download here

Monday, July 17, 2017

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Something tells me that this post isn't really going to need much of an introduction. I've always heard that Slugfest put out three demo tapes during their time together. This post contains a 320k rip of one of them, and I'm always still on the hunt for the other two. I battled lots of tape hiss on this one, and it's still present, but reduced from where it was.


Slugfest - Music To Dance To...
[demo 1992]

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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North Carolina is slowly but surely becoming a powerhouse for up-and-coming hardcore with a strong sense of unity, excited new kids, and great bands. A handful of these releases do an awesome job paying homage to influences from the Early 90's that are sure to quickly become favorites for readers of this blog.


The newest North Carolina HC output is an incredible demo from Magnitude. Straight Edge hardcore in the vein of Strain and early Trial. It's awesome to see this style being played by a new band in 2017, as there aren't too many other bands trying to nail this sound. The songs are catchy and intelligent in a way that does a service for fans of this particular niche of hardcore while not being so specific to alienate those who aren't familiar or into the bands that Magnitude is influenced by.

You can stream the demo here


A handful of members of Magnitude also play in Search For Purpose, another awesome straight edge band from Charlotte, NC. Less moshy and more introspective than the aforementioned Magnitude demo, SFP's demo takes cues from Outspoken and Early strife, while their newest release, a two song promo tape, veers further into emotional and melodic territory with nods to bands like Drift Again. Either way, this band would sound right at home on the "Words To Live By, Words To Die For" comp, so if you're a fan of New Age Records early to mid 90's output, be sure to check this band out!

you can stream their new tape here

Thursday, April 6, 2017

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From the New Age Records info release:
We are thrilled to announce that we have added Cincinnati’s own Treason to the New Age Records Family.
Hardcore is alive and well in 2017…
Hailing from Cincinnati, OH, Treason was formed out of necessity. With hardcore roots going back decades, the band felt a sense of obligation to represent the hardcore community and give back to what has given them such memories and purpose. Formed in 2017, Treason has members of Suffocate Faster, LAW, Culture, One Nation Under and Blood Has Been Shed, giving the band its own uniqueness both in sound and message.
“I remember coming up and buying anything New Age Records put out. Back in the stone age there was no internet or band camps. You bought records based on word of mouth and what the labels were pumping out. It’s an honor for us to be on releasing a record on a label that has given so much to our community and continues to share new bands with everyone” said Rich Thurston.
New Age Records founder Mike Hartsfield said, “I was so excited when Rich approached us as a possible home for Treason. We haven’t had many heavy hardcore bands recently on the label. Sometimes people forget New Age was the foundation for bands like Unbroken & Mean Season. We are thrilled to have Treason as part of the family”.
The debut 12” EP will be released this summer as the band sets out for numerous live shows in support as well as playing at this year’s “This Is Hardcore” fest.
Upcoming Shows
4/22 Cincinnati, Ohio @North Side Yacht Club
7/29 Philadelphia, PA @This is Hardcore

Read more about them here.