Album of the Day: Ringworm – Snake Church

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Label: Relapse Records

One of the greats of metal-infused hardcore (or, if you prefer, old-school metalcore), Ringworm don’t have a bad album in their discography, but Snake Church is the one I find myself listening to most. The 2016 album is a straight-forward, half-hour session of pissed-off riffs that bridge the divide between Slayer and hardcore; furious solos; and aggressive vocals that demonstrate why Human Furnance’s stage name is very apt. Songs race by in a blur, and before you know it the album is over – a real rush of adrenaline and righteous rage.

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Album of the Day: Cult Leader – Lightless Walk

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Label: Deathwish Inc

Plenty of words have been written about how Cult Leader came to be, arising from the ashes of Gaza – and I don’t plan on writing any more about them here. The past is over, and Cult Leader is the now. Well, sort of. It has been roughly two and a half years since the release of Lightless Walk, and I’m holding out for more new music from the metallic, technical hardcore titans amongst their constant touring. The album was an absolute blast, building on the promise of their Useless Animal and Nothing For Us Here EPs, full of righteous fury and music that is as exhilarating as it is punishing.

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Conquerors – Hand In The Clouds

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Label: Hotfoot Records

Bandcamp stream: Link

On their Facebook page, Indiana’s Conquerors final entry in their list of influences is “[their] ex girlfriends.” It’s a comment that, in some ways, tells you a lot about the style of hardcore they play and whether you’ll get on board with it or not, as does their self-description as “alternative hardcore”. It’s a statement that is almost asking to be mocked, but if you’re a big enough person to admit that things can get you down, and if you’ve an appreciation for hardcore that isn’t afraid to stray into emotional, metalcore waters, then Hand In The Clouds has a lot to offer.

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Johnny Booth – The Bronze Age

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Label:  Hotfoot Records

Facebook band page: Link

Up until a few years ago, by knowledge of metalcore was practically zero. It’s not so much that I’m a massive elitist, content to stay within my cave and let modern movements pass me by. Rather, it’s more that there’s a lot of music out there, and my initial experiences with the genre had left me with no desire to explore it further. So it was with some surprise that, a few years later, a friend played me some songs that were clearly part of the genre, yet I found quite interesting and enjoyable. It’s still not a genre I’m generally a big fan of, often sounding to me as if it’s stuck in an evolutionary dead-end and relying on appealing to the lowest common denominator, but there’s a few bands operating in this modern scene that are worth paying attention to. On the basis of The Bronze AgeJohnny Booth are one such band.

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