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Drugs of Faith: Architectural Failures
4 out of 5 skulls

Drugs of Faith
Architectural Failures

As noted in a review of Drugs of Faith’s 2011 debut, Corroded, the band sounds nothing like lead man Richard Johnson’s other endeavor — Agoraphobic […]

Empire of Rats: s/t
4.25 out of 5 skulls

Empire of Rats
Empire of Rats

I’ve listened to a ton of metallic hardcore in my time. Whether it be from tough guys like Shattered Realm or social despondents like Blood […]

Meek is Murder: Everything is Awesome Nothing Matters
4 out of 5 skulls

Meek is Murder
Everything is Awesome Nothing Matters

The recipe that made 2011’s Algorithms so damn good is the same driving force behind Meek is Murder’s latest slab of frantic, noise-fueld hardcore. The […]

Blind to Faith: Under the Heptogram
3.75 out of 5 skulls

Blind to Faith
Under the Heptogram

It’s not often that an EP will capture my attention like Blind to Faith’s Under the Heptogram has. Comprised of current and former members of […]

Battlecross: War of Will
4.25 out of 5 skulls

War of Will

War of Will is my first experience with this band of Michigan thrashers. Battlecross has apparently been tearing up the road for the last few […]

No Sir: The Future is Bright
3.5 out of 5 skulls

No Sir
The Future is Bright

I’m not in the least bit familiar with any of the bands (Creative Adult and Sabertooth Zombie) whose members have come together to create No […]

Ghoul: Intermediate Level Hard-core
3 out of 5 skulls

Intermediate Level Hard-core

It’s no secret that I love a good cover album/EP. Make that an EP (seven minutes worth by the way) by Ghoul the maniacs from […]

Unkind: Pelon Juuret
4 out of 5 skulls

Pelon Juuret

I’m not in the least bit familiar with Finland’s Unkind, but if the crusty, sludgy take on D-beat hardcore found on the band’s sophomore effort, […]

Noisem: Agony Defined
4.5 out of 5 skulls

Agony Defined

Every once and awhile an album (usually a debut of some sort) comes along and just simply blindsides you. Usually the band is young and […]

Hessian: Mánégarmr
4 out of 5 skulls


About the only thing I know about Belgium is my intimate relationship with their trappist beers. Big, rich and down right tasty, the beers of […]