If you ever happen to find yourself longing for the good ol’ days of 90′s hardcore, and you lack the essential tools to travel back in time to relish in those glory days, there is a remedy to scratch that itch. Other than simply revisiting older albums (which is in no way a bad idea), there are bands today that strive to keep the sound and the spirit alive. Enter Shin To Shin, whose founding and sole member Aaron Melnick (of In Cold Blood/ex-Integrity fame) looks to keep that momentum alive with the release of his self-titled debut LP.

If you ever happen to find yourself longing for the good ol’ days of 90′s hardcore, and you lack the essential tools to travel back in time to relish in those glory days, there is a remedy to scratch that itch. Other than simply revisiting older albums (which is in no way a bad idea), there are bands today that strive to keep the sound and the spirit alive. Enter Shin To Shin, whose founding and sole member Aaron Melnick (of In Cold Blood/ex-Integrity fame) looks to keep that momentum alive with the release of his self-titled debut LP.

The Golden Age is an engaging album that ascends into moments of hope, yet finds itself descending into the darkest of depths in the human psyche. It is an album that requires multiple listens, and all the way through, so as to let its story sink in. The orchestral elements are potent and powerful, yet never in your face. And Lemoine’s vocals, while soothing to the ear, are a cascade of emotions that blend well with the music and give the album its driving force.  Read more…

The Golden Age is an engaging album that ascends into moments of hope, yet finds itself descending into the darkest of depths in the human psyche. It is an album that requires multiple listens, and all the way through, so as to let its story sink in. The orchestral elements are potent and powerful, yet never in your face. And Lemoine’s vocals, while soothing to the ear, are a cascade of emotions that blend well with the music and give the album its driving force.  Read more…

When it comes to metal, hardcore, punk-rock, and the like, there’s never a shortage of angst to be expressed. Some bands do it with gusto, while others just come off sort of gimmicky. For Colorado fiends, Call Of The Void, they present themselves in a manner that would have your parents questioning your listening habits. Their debut album Dragged Down A Dead End Path, which is being released via Relapse Records, is a culmination of crust, punk, grind, and powerviolence – which when combined, offer up twenty-five minutes of relentless riffs, pounding drums, and ill-tempered screams and shouts that are sure to turn your scowl upside down…or better yet, embed it deeper into your face.  read more…

When it comes to metal, hardcore, punk-rock, and the like, there’s never a shortage of angst to be expressed. Some bands do it with gusto, while others just come off sort of gimmicky. For Colorado fiends, Call Of The Void, they present themselves in a manner that would have your parents questioning your listening habits. Their debut album Dragged Down A Dead End Path, which is being released via Relapse Records, is a culmination of crust, punk, grind, and powerviolence – which when combined, offer up twenty-five minutes of relentless riffs, pounding drums, and ill-tempered screams and shouts that are sure to turn your scowl upside down…or better yet, embed it deeper into your face.  read more…

New Review: Momentum - Herbivore
“Like any trademark staple of a hardcore/punk album, Herbivore blasts through each track with relentless pace, offering no breaks or breathers, and as the album title gently hints at, Herbivore’sgeneral theme is that of veganism, and animal rights. With each member sharing a strong belief in these areas, they present their ideals without restraint, and the overall approach of the album – the sound, lyrics and presentation – is aggressive.”  read more…

New Review: Momentum - Herbivore

Like any trademark staple of a hardcore/punk album, Herbivore blasts through each track with relentless pace, offering no breaks or breathers, and as the album title gently hints at, Herbivore’sgeneral theme is that of veganism, and animal rights. With each member sharing a strong belief in these areas, they present their ideals without restraint, and the overall approach of the album – the sound, lyrics and presentation – is aggressive.”  read more…

DIREWOLVES – ME FROM MYSELF, TO BANISH
Debut albums hold a lot of weight to them; by either propelling the band further in their career, or only offering a brief whimper of noise that can easily go unnoticed. For French hardcore act Direwolves, this statement rings true as they find themselves in the midst of releasing their first EP via Throatruiner Records. Formed in 2011, this five piece band, while new to the scene, are quick to prove themselves noticeable as their EP, Me From Myself, To Banish, showcases a viciously brutal blend of blackened/metallic hardcore that also incorporates elements of screamo and crust within their sound.   read more…

DIREWOLVES – ME FROM MYSELF, TO BANISH

Debut albums hold a lot of weight to them; by either propelling the band further in their career, or only offering a brief whimper of noise that can easily go unnoticed. For French hardcore act Direwolves, this statement rings true as they find themselves in the midst of releasing their first EP via Throatruiner Records. Formed in 2011, this five piece band, while new to the scene, are quick to prove themselves noticeable as their EP, Me From Myself, To Banish, showcases a viciously brutal blend of blackened/metallic hardcore that also incorporates elements of screamo and crust within their sound.   read more…

Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
It’s best to acknowledge the amount of hard work and passion these guys put into their music. With twenty years under their belt and showing no signs of slowing down, Converge have once again shown us why we should enjoy music and all that it encompasses.  read more…

Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind

It’s best to acknowledge the amount of hard work and passion these guys put into their music. With twenty years under their belt and showing no signs of slowing down, Converge have once again shown us why we should enjoy music and all that it encompasses.  read more…

Hey! Listen to Depravation!
Today’s gem goes by the name of Depravation, hailing from Germany and playing a raw mixture of dark metallic Hardcore and Black Metal, and their first release, I:PRAEDICTVM, is three chaotic-filled tracks comprised of raw screams and harsh riffs draped in a blanket of bleakness. Their music/tone is reminiscent of bands like Integrity and Tempest.  read more…

Hey! Listen to Depravation!

Today’s gem goes by the name of Depravation, hailing from Germany and playing a raw mixture of dark metallic Hardcore and Black Metal, and their first release, I:PRAEDICTVM, is three chaotic-filled tracks comprised of raw screams and harsh riffs draped in a blanket of bleakness. Their music/tone is reminiscent of bands like Integrity and Tempest.  read more…

GAZA – No Absolutes in Human Suffering
Heavy, intense, and with a highly technical and innately unconventional approach to their music, Salt Lake City’s GAZA perform an unpredictable mixture of metal, sludge, and grindcore. Their two previous full-length albums, He Is Never Coming Back, and I Don’t Care Where I Go When I Die are some of the heaviest albums to grace the heavy music spectrum in the past few years. With a penchant for a dark tone and feel, GAZA have once again successfully blended these three styles of music to give us another album that is not only a worthy follow up to 2009′s He Is Never Coming Back, but an album that far surpasses it.  read more…

GAZA – No Absolutes in Human Suffering

Heavy, intense, and with a highly technical and innately unconventional approach to their music, Salt Lake City’s GAZA perform an unpredictable mixture of metal, sludge, and grindcore. Their two previous full-length albums, He Is Never Coming Back, and I Don’t Care Where I Go When I Die are some of the heaviest albums to grace the heavy music spectrum in the past few years. With a penchant for a dark tone and feel, GAZA have once again successfully blended these three styles of music to give us another album that is not only a worthy follow up to 2009′s He Is Never Coming Back, but an album that far surpasses it.  read more…

New Review: Rise and Fall – Faith
Forming from the ashes of two other bands and only being around since 2002, Belgian rockers Rise and Fall have quickly become one of the most successful and hard hitting bands in the European hardcore/punk/metal scene, as well as gaining popularity here in the states. Already having a well established discography under their belts, which includes three full-lengths, splits and 7″s, Rise and Fall return after 3 years to give us the loudest and heaviest album of their career, the frenzied and razor sharp sounding, Faith.  read more…

New Review: Rise and FallFaith

Forming from the ashes of two other bands and only being around since 2002, Belgian rockers Rise and Fall have quickly become one of the most successful and hard hitting bands in the European hardcore/punk/metal scene, as well as gaining popularity here in the states. Already having a well established discography under their belts, which includes three full-lengths, splits and 7″s, Rise and Fall return after 3 years to give us the loudest and heaviest album of their career, the frenzied and razor sharp sounding, Faith.  read more…

From The Archive: Agent Steel – Unstoppable Force
It’s been a bit of time since I last delved into the genre of thrash/speed, but I would be a fool to completely ignore a genre of metal that pretty much was at the forefront of my everyday listening for quite some time. I was only a young lad when thrash was at it’s highest point, the 80′s. Sure, there is no denying that thrash today is still prominent and one of the top genres of metal, but there is no mistaking how amazing and in your face it was during the 80′s. All the greats where in full force; Sodom, Slayer, Kreator, Metallica, Riot, the list goes on. But rather than cover a band that has no doubt been discussed to death, I’m going with a band that I believe is one of the greatest in the genre, Los Angeles, California’s Agent Steel and their 1987 full-length album, Unstoppable Force.  read more…

From The Archive: Agent Steel – Unstoppable Force

It’s been a bit of time since I last delved into the genre of thrash/speed, but I would be a fool to completely ignore a genre of metal that pretty much was at the forefront of my everyday listening for quite some time. I was only a young lad when thrash was at it’s highest point, the 80′s. Sure, there is no denying that thrash today is still prominent and one of the top genres of metal, but there is no mistaking how amazing and in your face it was during the 80′s. All the greats where in full force; SodomSlayerKreatorMetallicaRiot, the list goes on. But rather than cover a band that has no doubt been discussed to death, I’m going with a band that I believe is one of the greatest in the genre, Los Angeles, California’s Agent Steel and their 1987 full-length album, Unstoppable Force.  read more…

The past few weeks have been hectic and I’ve been unable to keep up with my regular scheduled posts on Heavy Blog Is Heavy. But I’m back and a feeling of warmth has taken a hold of my heart once more. This week I go over an essential hardcore album that has been getting a lot of rotation lately. Enjoy! read more…From The Archive: Life of Agony – River Runs Red

The past few weeks have been hectic and I’ve been unable to keep up with my regular scheduled posts on Heavy Blog Is Heavy. But I’m back and a feeling of warmth has taken a hold of my heart once more. This week I go over an essential hardcore album that has been getting a lot of rotation lately. Enjoy! read more…

From The Archive: Life of Agony – River Runs Red

From The Archive: Converge – You Fail Me
This next band was bound to make an appearance one of these days and with their recent 2011 tour going full speed ahead, I felt it was best to have them as my next installment. Hailing from Salem, Massachusetts and playing a blend of hardcore, punk and metal, Converge are one of the top bands today in hardcore/metal and their influence is heard today in countless bands. With a discography consisting of seven full-lengths, multiple demos, a variety of splits and two compilation albums, Converge have no doubt made a name for themselves.  read more…

From The Archive: Converge – You Fail Me

This next band was bound to make an appearance one of these days and with their recent 2011 tour going full speed ahead, I felt it was best to have them as my next installment. Hailing from Salem, Massachusetts and playing a blend of hardcore, punk and metal, Converge are one of the top bands today in hardcore/metal and their influence is heard today in countless bands. With a discography consisting of seven full-lengths, multiple demos, a variety of splits and two compilation albums, Converge have no doubt made a name for themselves.  read more…