American Standards – Hungry Hands

What sets Arizona’s American Standards apart from their hardcore contemporaries is their inventiveness and balls to mix things up rather than sticking to a familiar path. At only three tracks long, Hungry Hands is a brief but chaotic slab of blunt, passionate hardcore.

Arms & The Man – …Are Nothing But Animals

Arms & The Man deliver three tracks explicitly stating why they’re “doing it like the bands they grew up on”, with ardent, dynamic power. Their new EP, …Are Nothing But Animals, returns to funny town with a truckload of riffs, self-deprecation, arrogant swagger and er…wolf punching?

Sonisphere 2014 – Friday 4 July

I am finally home from Sonisphere after spending what felt like an age in a car park queue topping up the tan on one of my arms. Things like hot running water and a cup of tea are taken for granted far too much when you’ve spent four days coating your body in dry shampoo, using baby wipes and eating bruised apples, washed down with warm Carlsberg.

The Austerity Program – Beyond Calculation

New York’s The Austerity Program are the audio equivalent of Mr Wrench and Mr Numbers sent to ‘take care of things’. Absolute evil if there ever was? Quite possibly. Beyond Calculation, the newest album from guitarist Justin Foley, bassist Thad Callabrese and a drum machine is a razor-sharp offering seething punk rock

Do You Remember Us? The Blood Brothers are back

So…good news it would seem. The Blood Brothers have decided that staying split up isn’t for them and have got back together. Yes, Seattle’s art-punk-hardcore-splatter merchants are to return; playing FYF Fest in Los Angeles, in August.

The Instigation – No Way Out

Punk rockers The Instigation have no off switch. Even if you tried to calm them down (holding up photos of kittens, administering some kind of knock-out gas) you’d probably be rewarded with a beer to the face, some cackling laughter and being immediately ordered to stage-dive off a stack of amps.

Kira – Persona EP

Despite their sweet-sounding name, Sweden’s Kira are anything but delicate. It’s not so much as no love lost, as love thrown under the car and set on fire. Kira are about the scratching, blast of tender, pulsating dread and terror.

Besta/Englemaker – Split 7″

According to Englemaker’s facebook they “tune their guitars to C# like Master of Reality, listen exclusively to Bolt Thrower and the ZZ Top Eliminator album, and are currently planning to come and lay waste to your town.”

Second 7" EP

Mansters – II

Band – Mansters EP – II 7″ Record Label – Disiplin Media Release date – September 7  Sounds like – … Read More