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PRAISE

LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND (React!)

PRIMITIVE WEAPONS THE FUTURE OF DEATH (Party Smasher Inc.)

Baltimore hardcore ‘supergroup’ get ready for a revolution summer.

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ormed in 2009 by members of Turnstile, Mindset, Champion and Angel Du$t, Praise took on a more melodic direction than their other bands, drawing heavily from a mid ‘80s DC influence. Having released an EP in 2010 and their debut album, ‘Lights Went Out’, in 2014, the straight-edge band are back with a modified line-up and their most tuneful release yet. This EP will delight fans of Embrace, Dag Nasty and Rites Of Spring. Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Turnover), the likes of energetic opener ‘Makes No Sense’, the urgent, driving ‘Crash Into My Life’ and the anthemic title track show the strength of songwriting on offer. The slow-burning ‘Walk to the Edge’ and an Egg Hunt cover (‘We All Fall Down’) are stunning. This is true melodic hardcore with energy and passion. Praise be! Ian Chaddock

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Tasty re-release of NY hardcore/ crossover group’s debut album.

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here’s no denying that Primitive Weapons like to keep it heavy and unpredictable. With comparisons to everyone from Converge and The Dillinger Escape Plan to Glassjaw and Fugazi, they’re a band that are hard to pigeonhole and like to push their sound in different directions, embracing chaotic heaviness with infectious melody. Whether it’s the driving, riff-fuelled opener ‘Ashes Or Paradise’ and the raging, wild ‘The Electric Drama’ or the new wave-like ‘Panopticon Blues’ and the angular, groove-infused ‘Old Miami’, Primitive Weapons aren’t afraid to push themselves and the listener in often unexpected and thrilling directions. Arguably one of the highlights is the building, dark ‘Whistle Past the Graveyard’, on which vocalist David Castillo sings, “what I’m asking for is so much more, than another pound of flesh for a song.” Rich Armstrong

THE COMPLETE YOUTH ANTHEMS FOR THE NEW ORDER (Cleopatra)

Complete discography from the veterans US hardcore punks

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leopatra records issue another lovingly put together historical and very concise package this time it’s the complete recordings by legendary ‘80s political protest punk rockers/anarchists Reagan Youth, all packaged in a deluxe multi-format 7” x 7” box set . This luxurious package features both of the band’s full length albums plus eleven previously unreleased recordings and two 7” vinyl featuring the original 1984 recordings that the band made years prior to their 1988 debut album. This document of the bands short career is some of the first politically charged, hardcore punk that came out of the East Coast of the USA following the lead of West Coast bands like Dead Kennedy’s and MDC. Singer Dave Insurgent tragically took his own life in 1990 just a couple of years after the band released their debut album but the bands legacy still lives on through guitarist Paul Cripple, who still tours the band with a new line-up to this day. Some of the recordings here reflect their age but that doesn’t make them any less poignant in today’s society. Reagan Youth were born of their time but have stood the test of time rather well. This boxset also comes with extensive liner notes penned by punk rock historian Jack Rabid (The Big Takeover magazine) plus a foldout poster, sticker and badge just to add some more value for your buck. A great piece of punk rock history. Miles Hackett

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FOUL TASTE OF FREEDOM

Brooklyn quartet’s searing second album of post-hardcore.

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RINGWORM SNAKE CHURCH (Relapse)

US metalcore heavyweights return in brutal fashion.

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ith the unfortunate demise of the Crumbsuckers bassist Gary Meskil and drummer Dan Richardson went on to form this now legendary trio. Taking elements of hardcore from the past, infusing them with metal sounds, and pinching a little rap influence ‘Foul TasteOf Freedom’ exploded onto the scene. Meskil’s guttural vocal rasp spits out tales of drugs, economic issues, homelessness and corruption giving the likes of ‘Murder 101’, ‘Foul Taste Of Freedom’ and ‘The Stench Of Piss’ real kudos. With only two of the thirteen album tracks passing the 3.30 minute mark Pro-Pain’s sharp blow to the face is enough to knock hardcore fans and metalheads into an unconditional frenzy. Bonus track ‘Take It Back’ is a good thrashing of NY street justice whilst the ‘Pound For Pound’ remix is ashorter hip hop infused amalgamation. Mark Freebase

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POISONOUS LEGACY (Southern Lord)

Rabid crust hardcore!

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ans of Severed Head Of State, Disfear and Wolfbrigade take note… this second album from the Greek crust hardcore crew will be right up your street. Noisey, ferocious, and vicious along with content of economical depression, and general oppression to the state, it’s all points addressed here. The heavy tone this quintet excretes is reminiscent of life struggle and no doubt meaningful for so many people; and with sixty percent of the content being under the three minute mark it’s no surprise Sarabante do not hold back on their pace one iota. Withseveral tracks in native tongue the intensity of ‘Poisonous Legacy’ smacks the listener like a claw hammer and imprints a dark blackened focus on all that is audible. One thing that is for sure here is Sarabante are guaranteed to bring you to a very new low. Mark Freebase

ingworm’s career of nihilism has covered some twenty five plus incredible years and this year they drop their eighth opus of their trademarked sonic fury, ‘Snake Church’. Their relentless attack straddles the hardcore and metal genres once again on this record without mercy across songs like the demonic ‘The Black Light Of A Living Ghost’, ‘Brotherhood Of The Midnight Sun’ and ‘The Razor And The Knife’. This is twelve tracks, raging over 30 minutes of crushing metallic hardcore that is as violent as Nails, as pissed off as Integrity and as wanton as Slayer with their mix of thrashing rifferama and leads combining with 90’s hardcore toughness in a seamless mix of bleakness. Ringworm are always a formidable listen and Snake Church keeps it true to their mantra of ear splitting punishment. Paul Davies

SWEATIN’ TO THE OLDIES & SWEATIN’ 3: SKATIN: SATAN & KATON (Tankcrimes)

Play loud and fast.

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7 songs, culled from a heap of long outof-print singles, comps and split releases from the now defunct legendary power-violence hardcore band Spazz, this collection was originally released on Slap A Ham in 1997 and is back again, remastered for your delectation and amusement. And amusing it certainly is; Spazz were always the masters of the short-fast-loud approach; they were tight, powerful and ridiculously snappy, but they injected a jumbo shot of whacky humour into their music that set them aside from the pack. Tracks like ‘Skatin And Satan Go Hand In Hoof’ go some way to telling you where this bands heads were at. That, combined with some totally power-violenced cover versions of punk classics make this collection a whole lot of fun to listen to and annoy your friends, family and neighbours with. James Sherry

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