Sunday, September 4, 2016

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If you've been reading this site or had an affinity for 90s hardcore for long, I'm sure you're well aware of Conviction. They helped pioneer a distinct metallic turn in the realm of hardcore and straight edge in the early 90s. But before they went blazing down that trail, they went under the name Transmission.

In 1989, Transmission recorded and released a seven song demo tape that fit more in line with other youth crew bands of the era than the metallic fervor that would soon appear. Sometime after releasing the demo, Chris from Smorgasbord offered to put out a 7". Before the recording session could take place, Jim Winters moved in on bass (where he had previously filled in before), but he soon switched over to guitar to make room for Ron Mann as the permanent bassist. Of course, all of this also pre-dates the addition of Jonathan Pushnik as the drummer of Conviction.

Only one song from this demo tape, Statement Of Pride, would later find its way onto the Conviction 7" of the same name. Give it a spin, and hear the beginnings of the beast that soon came to be.


Transmission - Demo '89

Monday, August 1, 2016

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Halfmast broke up on July 23rd, 1996. Though there was some posthumous releases and an impromptu reunion during the summer of '97; that was it for the band. 20 years later we thought it would be cool to make everything available for free download including the complete recording of our unreleased Together LP for Conquer the World (which we later self release 1/2 the session as a 7") and the unreleased split 7" we recorded for Stillborn records (after being delayed for a year, we asked for our DAT back). Check it out.
https://halfmastsxe.bandcamp.com/

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Posted by pleadyour casezine |
Hailing from Charleston, SC, Riot Stares is a badass new band who just dropped a refreshing demo out of nowhere. While lots of bands are currently trying to play the "90's metallic hardcore" sound, few bands are willing to explore the particular niche that these guys have honed in on, and few bands find that perfect balance between nailing their influences perfectly and not sounding too derivative. Taking heavy cues from the more "out there" side of things, Riot Stares' sound falls somewhere between SNAPCASE, 108, and KISS IT GOODBYE. If you took one look at the artwork and thought "this looks like a Tim Singer band", this demo is absolutely for you.

Stream it here

Monday, July 4, 2016


Let me start this post by stating that I cannot possibly express enough just how much of an unsung gem this 7" is, but especially in the realm of Northwest Hardcore in the 1990s. It has a dirty, visceral rage to it that not all bands are able to capture.

Nothing Left existed for a brief period of time during the stretch of 1995 - 1996, and could practically be called more of a collective than a band. Featuring members that either came from or would go onto the likes of: Undertow, Balance of The World, Dead Skin Mask, Nineironspitfire, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Kiss It Goodbye and more, Nothing Left felt like they came and went in the blink of an eye, but at least they left behind this sole seven track 7" as a testament to the changing times around them. The track, Common Ground, is actually a re-recorded version that originally appeared on the Balance Of The World - s/t 10" a few years earlier.


Nothing Left - s/t
[Orphaned Records - 1996]

Thursday, June 9, 2016

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Recently got around to ripping part of an Earth Crisis live set from a VHS I was given. Not sure exactly where, when, or by whom this was filmed, but later in the set before they play Cease To Exist, they say it's going to be from an upcoming record that they had just finished recording and plan to release "in October". That record being Gomorrah's Season Ends, it's safe to guess this set was filmed in the Summer of 96. Anyways, here are the first three songs from the set. This is one of my favorite ExC videos, and they sound INCREDIBLY tight.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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It's safe to assume most readers who frequent this blog are fairly familiar with the crop of metallic hardcore that emerged from South and Central Florida in the late 90's. While Poison the Well, Red Roses for a Blue Lady, and A Jealousy Issue are all recognizable names for enthusiasts of the genre, One Day Away, a South Florida based band who was a contemporary of the aforementioned bands, surely isn't as well known. The band's sole release, their 1999 demo, offers 4 tracks of dark, crushing, and EXTREMELY metallic hardcore. Insane, rabid vocals over punishing riffs and the occasional melodic break would've seen this band fitting in well on a label like Life Sentence Records. After the band's split in 2000, members went on to play in Until The End and Hate Eternal.



Download here: One Day Away - Demo '99


Friday, May 27, 2016

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I don't think this post needs much introduction. If you've been following this site for a while or 90s hardcore in general, you probably already know upstate New York's Soulstice from their Dark Hour 7" on Scorched Earth and Raze The Earth CD on Lifeforce Records. This two song demo from 1993 pre-dates both of those releases, and you can definitely hear an inkling of what was soon to come from the band.


Soulstice - Demo 93

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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South Florida has been pumping out tons of new hardcore bands lately, including this new Vegan Straight Edge band: ECOSTRIKE. This demo is 4 songs taking influence from demo-era Earth Crisis, Strife, Strain, Tension, Slugfest, etc. Check it out if you're looking to satisfy your urge for early 90's-style Vegan "Chugcore".

Stream the demo here: https://ecostrike.bandcamp.com

Monday, April 25, 2016

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There was a good amount of metallic hardcore being churned out of the Northwest in the late 90s, but Mourn The Sun were one of the few bands that were really bringing elements of serious metal into the hardcore scene. 


In late1998, their singer, Myron, left the band, and I believe moved to California. He was briefly replaced by Fenny Perez, who came out of San Jose, CA and the band Cathy Ames. Unfortunately, Mourn The Sun didn't last all that long. They called it a day after their bass player, Tyler Hook, passed away in, I believe, early1999.


In the download below is their 4 song demo tape from 1998, and a small collection of unreleased tracks. The first unreleased song was actually pre-demo and was intended to be part of a comp on Dead End Records. The other two unreleased tracks feature Fenny on vocals, and were recorded in late 1998 at the Art Institute in one take.



Mourn The Sun


Sunday, April 24, 2016

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Unless you've been living under a proverbial rock, you may have seen that Knives Out Records has been pumping out some great releases lately. Most recently, this has included a reissue of the Arkangel - Prayers Upon Deaf Ears 10", a Sworn Vengeance / St. Hood split 10" and this Grimlock - Songs Of Immortality reissue on picture disc 12".


This reissue covers the Songs Of Self CD, which had never been previously issued on vinyl, and the Thirst For Immortality 7" that could also be found as a hidden track on the Songs Of Self CD. 



Historically speaking, picture discs never used to offer the best in sound quality, but this Grimlock reissue sounds really good. The bass rolls through without any distortion and the highs cut through without any sibilance. For those that actually listen to vinyl, as opposed to just collect it, this is a great benefit to the release as a whole.


One of the main stars of this show, though, is the packaging. The standard edition of 400 copies looks fantastic with a well designed layout, and the die hard edition of 100 is truly something to behold. A die cut cover featuring show flyers folds out to reveal the 12" picture disc. And another bonus to the die hard version is an impressive 32 page booklet filled with live photos spanning the bands time together. Both the die hard and standard editions are also hand numbered.


This is a truly fantastic reissue that I think fans of Grimlock will love from top to bottom. Take a visit over the Knives Out Records, their Grimlock page and , of course, the webstore.