Friday, December 9, 2016


Don't finalize those "Favorite Demo of the Year" lists quite yet, as this late addition to the party for 2016 may tempt you to reconsider yours. xElegyx is a punishingly heavy new Vegan Straight Edge band from South Florida playing Metallic Hardcore in the "Edgemetal" style, specifically reminiscent of German bands like xMaroonx and early Caliban. Great stuff here, and along with bands like Castyoudown, Ecostrike, Drawing Last Breath, and Sandman, xElegyx is an awesome new addition to the boom of 90's-era influenced/metal-tinged hardcore that has been surging out of South Florida recently. The demo is streaming now and tapes will soon be available through U.K.-based label Rage Records.

Stream the demo here.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

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I can distinctly remember the first time I heard Undying. My friend had just gotten a shipment of new releases for his distro, and knowing how much I loved the Day Of Suffering CD, he heavily urged me to take a listen to Undying's 'This Day All Gods Die' EP. I went over to his house to pick it up along with some other new stuff, and it was the first thing that I put on in my car. That EP didn't just blow my mind, it splattered my brain throughout the interior of my car. The mix of thrash/black metal speed, the urgency and breakdowns of hardcore, and the melody of one of my all time favorite bands, My Dying Bride, was the absolute perfect combination for me.

Over the years, I happily booked and played many shows with Undying and was fortunate enough to see them play in multiple states and multiple countries. They never once disappointed me, but over the many years, the one thing that has always eluded me was the demo tape. That all changed quite recently when I finally acquired a copy from a pal like Rich Thurston. Another rip of this demo has floated around the internet for years being labeled as 'Demo 1999', but that is inaccurate. This Day All Gods Die was released in January of 1999, and recorded in August of 1998, so obviously, this demo pre-dates that. Just to be sure, I consulted James Chang, and here's what he had to say about the demo recording:
"I remember that it was freezing when we recorded it. I recorded it in our practice space, and we couldn't leave the space heater on while recording guitars because it dropped the voltage on our amps and made them sound like shit, ha. The band started towards the end of 97 though, and we were together a bit before the demo, so I've got to figure early 98."

Two downloads are below. One clean rip straight from the tape with no alterations, and a remastered version that I think sounds extra nice (both at 320k). Take your pick, or download both, whatever suits you.


 Undying - Demo 1998

Remastered 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

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With an upcoming .fortydaysrain. reunion show on December 2nd in Worcester, MA and a discography cassette soon to be released on Blasphemour Records, this seemed like a good time to rip the Cannae demo.

After .fortydaysrain. parted ways with their third singer, the remaining members shifted gears a bit and started Cannae along with a member of Grimlock. This three song demo was recorded over the course of one night by Adam Dutkiewicz at Zing Studios. Track two, Screened In, also happened to be one of the final .fortydaysrain. songs.

Cannae - Demo MCMXCX

Pre-orders have also now gone live for the .fortydaysrain. t-shirt and discography cassette over at Blasphemour Records


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

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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