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Hearkened Heap: Bands Of The Heavy Underground – October 31st, 2020

Article By: Leanne Ridgeway This random roundup of bands is the Hearkened Heap. I enjoy alliteration, get over it. Silly name, serious fun. We may not be able to catch live music in person yet, but we can still bring you some heavy while we’re waiting. We receive a bucket of emails every day about new […]

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This random roundup of bands is the Hearkened Heap. I enjoy alliteration, get over it. Silly name, serious fun. We may not be able to catch live music in person yet, but we can still bring you some heavy while we’re waiting.

We receive a bucket of emails every day about new music and rarely have enough time to cover each one. This is a quick list of bands to check out, many of whom have new music and I’ll throw in some older albums you may have missed or forgotten about. Many of these artists may also be part of our monthly Spotify playlists as we go along. Listen, follow, shop, share, or all of the above…

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October 31st, 2020

SWITCHBLADE JESUS

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RAILHAZER

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LESSER GLOW

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RADIANT KNIFE

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FROZEN PLANET… 1969

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DEAD END AMERICA

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LAMB OF GOD

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WAKE

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SWAMP THIEF

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DRACONIAN

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RING VAN MÖBIUS

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POSSESSOR

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SARCATOR

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ARCADIAN CHILD

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MINISTRY

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Moral Law / Ritual Of Decay – Split EP

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A more than worthwhile pairing of two ’90s revival bands from the US! Militant lyrics about vegan justice & animal liberation, combined with a massive load of metallic riffs and blistering double-bass rhythms that keep the music as aggressive as it gets, make for an absolutely ripping listen. Denver, Colorado’s Moral Law steps up with […]

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moral-law-ritual-of-decary-splitArtist: Moral Law / Ritual of Decay

Title: Split

Release: Tape / Digital

Year: 2020

Label: Wretched Records

A more than worthwhile pairing of two ’90s revival bands from the US! Militant lyrics about vegan justice & animal liberation, combined with a massive load of metallic riffs and blistering double-bass rhythms that keep the music as aggressive as it gets, make for an absolutely ripping listen.

Denver, Colorado’s Moral Law steps up with a whirlwind of Vegan Straight Edge hardcore and melodic death metal, heavily influenced by the late ’90s bands. Opening track “Atonement” has some massive xRepentancex vibes to it, and so it is easily my favorite Moral Law song so far. The monstrous bass lines wander all over the place, along the face-ripping riffs, absolutely raging vocal delivery and crushing breakdowns that will make you want to punch a hole into the wall. Lyrically, Moral Law’s uncompromising message revolves around personal atonement for taking part in an anthropocentric, speciesist system that allows gruesome cruelties to non-human animals to happen, while also declaring a total war against it. This side of the split is a sledgehammer to your face and the two songs will leave you wanting more!

Phoenix, Arizona’s Ritual of Decay deliver three tracks of pure (vegan) death metal savagery on their side of the tape. Previously known to me for their split with Carnivore Crusher, I was immediately won over by their sheer brutality. This is a blistering, full blown heaviness from start to finish. A relentless onslaught of metallic riffs, thumping double-bass drumming and merciless death metal growls, Ritual of Decay’s part of the split is a serious business.

The only thing I disliked about this release was the front cover, which features the exactly same painting as Bracewar’s Juggernaut LP from 2007. Both covers are absolutely identical and I don’t think hardcore should remain so unoriginal in its art. Anyway, if you like heavy, death metal influenced vegan bands in the tradition of Arkangel, Day of Suffering, Abnegation, Slavearc, Unborn, etc.—this split cassette tape is for you.

Go Vegan—Stay Vegan—Listen to brutal fucking metal!

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LMI – Excess Subconscious LP (Handstand Records / Maniyax Records)

LMI is an energetic post-hardcore/noise rock/punk trio emanating from Landsdale, Pennsylvania. The name represents an acronym for Lazy Middle-Class Intellectuals, which the group derived out of the lyrics for 21st Century Digital Boy by Bad Religion. Since their formation, LMI released quite an amount of recordings, such as Sleepwalker CD, LMI III 12″ EP, Far… Read More LMI – Excess Subconscious LP (Handstand Records / Maniyax Records)

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LMI is an energetic post-hardcore/noise rock/punk trio emanating from Landsdale, Pennsylvania. The name represents an acronym for Lazy Middle-Class Intellectuals, which the group derived out of the lyrics for 21st Century Digital Boy by Bad Religion. Since their formation, LMI released quite an amount of recordings, such as Sleepwalker CD, LMI III 12″ EP, Far Beyond Nothing CD and LMI IV CD. The trio also toured across North America and shared the stage with the likes of Pentagram, Full Of Hell, Today Is The Day, Black Tusk, KEN Mode, Rosetta, Long Knife, Spotlights, and Portrayal Of Guilt. Today, we’re covering their latest offering to the broader auditorium called Excess Consciousness.

Excess Consciousness offers nine compelling compositions, empowered by exceptional musicianship, ultimate precision, and mindblowing dynamics. The group delivers colossal slabs of noise through organized chaos, technically demanding sonic structures, and ferocious musical performance. Their music provides an entirely specific perspective on post-hardcore, noise rock, punk rock, stoner, and metal by profoundly examining each beforementioned genre through enormously complex orchestrations. However, all these experimentations with the sound are thoughtfully structured and arranged into ear-appealing numbers that will satisfy even the pickiest fans of technically demanding music.

The articulations of the entire group are going beyond comprehension. LMI draws influences out of many spheres characteristic for underground music that’s nearly impossible to grasp all the elements after first consuming. The guitars are offering a comprehensive collection of challenging virtuosities, detailed guitar shreds, and chaotic maneuvers. However, each movement provided by the guitar delivers a full specter of tones, delicate harmonizations, massive riffages, and dissonant chord progressions. The bass guitar supplies loads of compelling low-end resonancies through an entire amalgam of semi-distorted basslines. These basslines are pairing to the marvelous guitar works but also following the drumming acrobatics throughout the album. The exceptional drumming performance leads the remaining portion of the group through a wide variety of technically precise drumming, followed by the constant splashing over the cymbals. Besides all the complex movements, the drummer manages to include various exciting accentuations and maniacal drum fills.

The ravaging sound of LMI is unquestionably capable of wiping out everything in the broader radius in a matter of seconds. This controlled chaos caused by these outstanding musicians puts out post-hardcore on an entirely new level. Their music is enormously complex and defies definitions, so the comparison with some renowned acts excludes this time. Expect nothing but a completely mindblowing experience while listening to their latest album. Excess Subconscious comes on standard black vinyl, empowered by a magnificent visual identity. Front artwork consists of photography that includes a female character sitting on a chair beside the window while the disturbing ghosts are surrounding her. Each ghost carries a different facial expression that represents a particular emotional or mental state of the mentioned character. The backside showcases the tracklist and information about the involved record labels, while the inlay reveals delicate lyrics. The vinyl is available at Handstand Records in the US and Maniyax Records in Europe. Don’t miss this one out!

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15 Straight Edge Demos You Might Have Missed This Year

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Hello, and welcome to another post about The Straight Edge! This time around I missed my deadline to write a piece for this year’s Edge Day by a full week. Despite this, my edge is as strong as ever and I’m still finding solace in a subculture based around personal values of sobriety while making […]

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Hello, and welcome to another post about The Straight Edge!

This time around I missed my deadline to write a piece for this year’s Edge Day by a full week. Despite this, my edge is as strong as ever and I’m still finding solace in a subculture based around personal values of sobriety while making a positive social impact in an otherwise f-ed up world.

For most of the past 40 years, straight edge bands have come and gone, many leaving a huge impact on those who have been reached by their music and found something in their message that strikes a personal note. While most of these bands have sold out a long time ago, some remain true to this day.

This post, however, is not about the ‘good old days’, and neither does it pretend to be about any ‘best of’ list or favorite bands of the year (sorry, no Power Alone, Ecostrike, Change, Life Force, Rated X, etc. on here) It’s just that I know many have been largely out of the loop in 2020, and it’s kind of my personal responsibility—as someone constantly digging around looking for new artists—to write about the demo tapes, the lesser known bands, and the records that usually fly under the radar of most hardcore punk publications.

So here’s my latest list of straight edge hardcore bands that have released demos and promo material during the time when there were basically no record release shows or even the slightest opportunity to play in front of a larger crowd.

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CARE

CARE

In my last year’s article similar to this one, I mentioned how good the Polish scene has been in recent time. This year’s The Things I Cannot Hide EP by Protein was a fine example of bomb, energetic youth crew hardcore. Now I’m even more excited to hear the brand new project involving the same people behind Youth2Youth record label plus some of the best current straight edge bands in Poland.

CARE is a long-distance project that has been in the works for quite some time. This demo is only five minutes long but doesn’t lack substance and it’s a prime example of straightforward youth crew hardcore played from the heart. The great artwork and energetic sound of this band remind of Mindset, Praise, Peace, etc. Great stuff!

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World of Pleasure

World of Pleasure

Composed of Mortality Rate’s singer Jess Nyx and Colter of straight edge metal forces Serration and Rain of Salvation, this three-song demo is an absolute punisher.

Those heavy riffs and monstrous breakdowns make you want to annihilate everything in sight, while Jess’ vocals sound like she eats glass and fasteners for lunch every day. Her vocal delivery is as brutal as it gets, and they are not fucking around with the lyrics either.

“It’s time for your extermination! Vegan domination! Vegan straight edge for fucking ever!“

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Last Straw

Last Straw

Not to be confused with the legendary Belgian straight edge band with the same name, this Connecticut youth crew comes ripping through with their classic take on the raw, snotty hardcore sound.

Comprised of scene stalwarts from bands such as Anxious and One Step Closer, this band should definitely be on anyone’s straight edge list. I’d have to say One Step Closer are among my favorite melodic hardcore bands for quite some time now, so that’s a good enough reason to check this band out. Last Straw’s sound, however, is much meaner, faster and old-school in nature.

There’s a wide swath of references that could be made here but I’ll leave it to you to check this band out.

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Urban Void

Urban Void

Urban Void is a ripping new long-range project featuring some serious hardcore figureheads from Germany and the States. The three individuals behind this veteran hardcore force are namely Sebastian Stronzik (SFR Records, Mind Trap, Highscore, Short Fuse, among others), Jeremy Evans (WarXGames, Wall Breaker, Coke Bust) on bass, and drummer Tim Corleone (Chronic Abuse, Short Fuse).

Unfortunately, Urban Void is not a “real” band as they never really got together as a band (even before the COVID-19 lockdown) but each one involved is working on it separately. If you’re looking for a real “active” band in the veins of UV, check out Seb’s straight edge band The Fog. Their second EP Into The Fog came out recently through SFR and Refuse Records.

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Stand Alone

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Syracuse, NY is the birthplace of one of the most influential straight edge bands of all time, Earth Crisis. Without a doubt this led to the birth of many significant ’90s bands in the area, and Stand Alone is among the newest bands to rep the 315 straight edge pride on their sleeves.

Formed in 2019 by ex-members of Selective Aggression and Edge Control, they shortly released two demos that showed a lot of potential, but it’s this year’s Whatever It Takes demo that truly showcased how good that band is. If you love modern bands in the tradition of Carry On and American Nightmare that also have the groove-laden riffs and hard-hitting breakdowns in the typical Syracuse fashion, you won’t be disappointed by these guys.

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Incentive

Incentive

The straight edge hype is real here. Hailing from Arizona, Incentive is one of the most dedicated young straight edge bands right now.

It takes a single listen of their Forged Through Passion demo in the bandcamp player below to notice these impassioned vocals and divebombs that sound just like the bands you used to go nuts for back in the day. The uncompromising 90s-influenced straight edge hardcore is alive and kicking in this one.

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FYZICAL

FYZICAL

When it comes to Triple B, disappointment is not on the table. They’ve always put out great releases and FYZICAL is among the most mysterious ones on their catalog.

According to the label, this new band is straight edge to the bone and divided between NYC and Omaha, Nebraska, featuring a whole cast of characters from bands we know and love. The songs are all raw sounding, heavy and uncompromising hardcore bangers. Only 50 copies of this demo tape came out of Triple B’s oven!

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Iron Deficiency

Iron Deficiency

Based on my observations of social media, there’s a real straight edge resurgence in France. Iron Deficiency is a young band from Lyon playing some groove-heavy metallic hardcore that reminds me of those chugging vegan edge bands you find on xCatalystx Records.

Clearly, the intent of forming Iron Deficiency was to pay homage to a very specific era and ideas behind this kind of music, and so far they are doing a great job.

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xBreak Outx

xBreak Outx

Another young straight edge band from Lyon, France. Its fast, Youth of Today-inspired hardcore filled with so much energy and enthusiasm there’s hardly any room for anything else. The youth crew spirit is really strong with this one.

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Guerra Interna

Guerra Interna

Hailing from the town of Cardona in the province of Barcelona, this Catalan band delivers a raw and primitive strain of hardcore punk to show that straight edge is not a trademark for neither metal, nor clean-cut youth crew bands.

Influenced by a wide range of UK82, Oi! and ’80s Spanish or Catalan hardcore punk bands, this demo bears a kind of sound that is not achieved by accident. It’s very different from most of the other bands on this list, but I’m always pleased to see when such raw hardcore and punk bands adopt the drug free lifestyle.

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Ahora

Ahora

Another band from Barcelona I guess (based on their label.) Five songs of youth crew-inspired hardcore packed with nice melodic hooks, angry vocals in Spanish and a strong punk-rock vibe. It’s not as fast or energetic as I would have liked, but it’s still an interesting record.

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True Fight

True Fight

True Fight is a straight edge band from the Ibaraki Prefecture, located in the Kantō region of Honshu, Japan. It’s been always interesting to me how Japanese straight edge bands manage to represent the classic Youth Crew style with such a great precision—down to the very last detail (the same goes for other genres, too!)

I’m definitely not a fan of bands who base their entire sound, outlook and artwork on an era of hardcore, but damn Japanese really know how to make it work and still sound better than most of the European or North American bands who desperately try to do the same.

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xRisalex

xRisalex

Now, let me introduce you to xRisalex!

This project comes from the megapolis of Istanbul, Turkey, and pays homage to the ’90s hardcore / vegan edge scene. Risale’s four-track demo was released just a while ago from Wretched Records and brings to mind strong influences from Green Rage, Birthright, Chokehold, and Morning Again.

Besides being the mastermind and starting the band as a one-man project, the young Ozan is also involved in the first of its kind Turkish vegan straight zine called İç Savaş.

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Better Run

Better Run

This young vegan straight edge quintet is based in Vienna, Austria. With energetic breakdowns, gang vocals and lyrics about standing together—side by side, of course—there’s nothing about their message, songwriting or performance style that tries to rewrite the SXE hardcore playbook, but they do it confidently and from the heart, and that’s what counts at the end of the day.

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BIGxFOOT

BIGxFOOT

After listening to last year’s records by Partybreaker and яснаяXцель, it’s great to hear some more Russian straight edge bands.

Combining hook-filled melodies and a passionate vocal approach—all lyrics in Russian—with a strong youth crew revival vibe of bands like Battery, Carry On, and In My Eyes, Moscow’s BIGxFOOT offer some new take on the well-known style. It sounds good both in terms of musicianship and production-wise.

If you know about the past and current straight edge scene in this vast territory, don’t hesitate to get in touch and tell us about it.

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