Sound and Fury Fest
From the release of their 2010 demo to their 2011 Pressure to Succeed EP, Turnstile have walked a path all their own. A path that has quickly brought them a rabid following based off of their groove driven melodic energies and insane live shows. Having shared the stage with bands like Bane, Trapped Under Ice, Title Fight, Backtrack, and many more, Turnstile have continued to travel and grow. As many attendees to these events can attest, Turnstile is a group that when they play live, no one can sit still. The spirit of Turnstile's music is constantly creating converts by their vital and overpowering live shows.
The Reaper Records release of the Step 2 Rhythm EP in early 2013 drew from NYHC influences such as Madball and Breakdown, but also delivered a new alternative sound that only added more fuel to this growing fire – now, they're ready to pour on the gasoline. The release of Turnstile's first full-length record Nonstop Feeling is going to give fans so much more than they're anticipating and draw in a whole new wave of maniacs to the Turnstile tribe.
The record was recorded in Baltimore with Brian McTernan (Circa Survive, Hot Water Music, Thrice) at Salad Days studio. Having a personal and musical history with McTernan, they came together to make a record that sounded bigger and louder than anything previous. The bright color scheme represents the idea of raw, unbridled expression, positive or negative, that is delivered in each of the twelve tracks. From the signature artwork to the energy infused tunes, this record creates a vibrant slam of emotion that defines Turnstile more than ever as a band leading their own way.
Trapped Under Ice
Hailing from the port city of Baltimore, Maryland comes the war-mammoth known as Trapped Under Ice, who proudly inherit and build upon the mantle of their predecessors Next Step Up and Gut Instinct. Compound this with the sonic territories explored by New York bands such as Crown Of Thornz and Breakdown, and the intent of the outfit becomes obvious—total aural brutality.
Following their inception in 2007, a 5-song demo was quick to follow. That demo was also released as an EP on Flatspot Records. Hearing those songs, the crew at Reaper Records approached the band with a deal to release what would become known as the Stay Cold EP. The EP contains 6 tracks of unrelenting hardcore reality.
Hardcore from Lincoln, NE
From their beginning in early 2005, it seemed clear that Bracewar were going to make waves. Formed after the break up of Richmond heavy hitters Murder Weapon, by vocalist Ryan "Braces" Wall, this Richmond, VA based outfit set out to create energetic hardcore that is both catchy and abrasive, succeeding on both accounts. Joined by Dan Horres on bass, Alex Mayo and Hunter Jennings on guitars, and later by another former member of Murder Weapon drummer Rashod Jackson, Wall and Bracewar fuse the punk fervor of Infest and Antidote with classic NYHC sounds ala Cro-Mags and Warzone. This infectious style has helped the band win over fans all along the East Coast and beyond.
Following a successful Spring Break 2006 tour alongside fellow Richmonders Down to Nothing and the release of their debut 7" EP on Brain Grenade Records, Bracewar had created enough of a stir to attract the attention of California-based 1917 Records. Within a few short weeks, the band signed with the label and began planning for the future. Summer 2006 will see Bracewar touring extensively across the U.S., including an appearance at Sound & Fury Fest in Ventura , CA. The band will also be writing for their 1917 debut.
DANGERS is a hardcore punk band from Los Angeles, California. They have been playing basements, garages, living rooms, squats, warehouses, banquet halls, high school auditoriums, Adriatic beach resorts, abandoned Soviet furniture factories, and public park gazebos since the winter of 2005. In their decade of existence, they have booked their own tours across the United States, Europe, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, and Southeast Asia. After self-releasing two critically-acclaimed LPs and two EPs on their own Vitriol Records, they are now pushing their third LP, The Bend in the Break, out into the world via Topshelf Records. It is an attempt to locate the band within the rapidly changing landscapes of both loud music and our rotten culture-at-large, and finds the band incorporating its roots into a sound and performance more their own than ever.
At the apex of Fury's short and startling rise, from a providential birth in late 2013 through era-defining performances at America's Hardcore fest in 2014 and 2015, the Orange County five-piece has delivered Paramount, a debut full-length album of grace, erudition, and effortless virtuosity that guarantees Fury's induction into the tiny fraternity of epochal hardcore bands — e.g., Embrace, Unbroken, Mental — in whose sonic singularity and aesthetic intelligence the best minds of successive generations have seen themselves reflected. Paramount is impossible to characterize in the usual terms of A-meets-B direct influence: maybe you hear Burn, maybe you hear Outburst or Beyond or Supertouch, but no combination of such references conveys the subtlety of the songwriting, the precision of the musicianship, or the ferocity of Jeremy Stith's vocal performance, by way of which one encounters the best written and most cleverly phrased hardcore lyrics in recent memory. Paramount is, as they say in the groves of academe, sui generis. And yet to apprehend the lyric sheet's overt intertextuality (no less than Shakespeare, Don Delillo and Praise's Andy Norton, among others, are given co-writing credit), to hear the multiplicity of guest vocalists, to spend the 12 minutes required to read the voluminous thanks list — all this is to know, as the band itself surely does, that Paramount belongs no more to the individuals who recorded it than to the entire roiling, loving, terrifying, inspiring, hateful, romantic, literate, ignorant, fantastically dynamic culture that gave rise to it.
Boston Mass HARDCORE
Six years on from the demise of Massachusetts hardcore crew Have Heart, the bulk of the band have reunited for a new project called Free. While Have Heart called it quits back in 2009, members went on to perform over the last several years in outfits including Sweet Jesus, Clear, Fiddlehead and Wolf Whistle. Free brings back together vocalist Patrick Flynn, guitarists Kei Yasui and Ryan Hudon, and drummer Shawn Costa. They're joined by bassist Austin Stemper.
"This is thick, punishing, bone-rattling death metal like the legendary bands of the late 80's to mid-90's played it." - Deathwish Inc.
"Gatecreeper swept through the death metal underground last year with their self-titled tape and emerged as one of the genre's fresher, younger voices." - VICE
New from NYC - Japanese punk meets American hardcore; keeping it simple with shouty vocals and driving beats.
Los Angeles Hardcore
Weathering countless trends and defying all odds, over the past decade Take Offense has established themselves as one of the West Coast's most prominent hardcore acts. Sonically, Take Offense hits hard, with a sound steeped in late 80's NYHC tradition, coupled with the distinctively Venice crossover stylings of Suicidal Tendencies and the like. Take Offense manages to both whet the palate of the stodgy old guard, while satisfying the youths' insatiable lust for hard hitting, mosh riffage. Established in 2005, Take Offense have never been ones to rest on their laurels, and after a handful of EPs, 2011's landmark full length The Tables Will Turn, and a hell of a lot of time on the road with stalwarts such as Terror, Agnostic Front, D.R.I., Trapped Under Ice, Backtrack, Alpha & Omega, and Rotting Out, the band are set to unleash their latest magnum opus, United States of Mind, on the mighty Reaper Records. Though Take Offense are at a point in their lifespan when many bands shrug their shoulders and crank out half hearted riffs and reheated lyrics, United States of Mind proves the group has the stamina and creativity to push their sound forward without losing touch with their roots. In short, Take Offense are one of the most engaging hardcore bands to emerge in recent years, and lucky for all of us, they don't appear to be going anywhere. All that's left is to accept your fate and enter: THE T.O. ZONE
Terror is a Los Angeles hardcore band started in 2002.
Virginia Beach's Turnover has never been a band afraid of telling the truth. The emotional honesty poured out over a number of anthemic releases has been a proven formula of success for the band, but on their sophomore LP Peripheral Vision, the band treads into deeper water. Working again with Magnolia producer Will Yip (Title Fight, Circa Survive), Turnover's latest record shows a band maturing to create their best effort: an ethereal, reverb-drenched soundscape blending elements of hazy dream pop and the delicate emo rock of yesteryear. Songs like "Hello Euphoria" and "Like Slow Disappearing" highlight the new calmer, more subdued approach to songwriting, matched by Austin Getz's somber, confessional lyrics that echo throughout songs as if his words were haunting every measure. Peripheral Vision solidifies the idea that Turnover is a band with its finger on the pulse of its generation: growing and learning with every release, but never failing to provide a relatable, cathartic experience for anyone listening.
Bay Area Hardcore Punk
est. Pomona, Ca. Xibalba is influenced by Disembodied, Morbid Angel, Martyr A.D., Santa Sangre, Bloodlet, Obituary, Crowbar, Unbroken, Earth Crisis, Downset, Overcast, and Sepultura.
And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god. Directed and commanded by another power. The power of darkness, which many people do not believe exists. The power of the Devil. The power of Satan. The power of Baalberith.