Posts Tagged ‘hardcore’

Hounds Of Hate – S/T LP

After Hounds of Hate released their first 7″, No Redemption, I finally began to understand the band. As a straight edge guy I find it really hard to find new straight edge bands I actually enjoy. I give a lot of shit (edge or not) a solid chance, but often after a couple songs if I’m not blown away I move onto the next. Unfortunately the HoH demo didn’t blow me away, but I could see the potential lingering in there somewhere. So flash forward to when I get word they’re releasing something new I go round and check it out. Perhaps it was the addition of a new vocalist that did it for me? Maybe they just honed their sound? Either way that 7″ is solid end to end if you ask me.

So fast forward more and it’s announced that Hounds of Hate will release an LP on Painkiller in 2013 – that’s good news because I am diggin the shit out of this band. They head to NYC and bring a sampler tape with them. I cop that shit and again more solid songs that make the LP something I definitely want to hear.


Concrete Cross – LP

Alright so I just got this LP from Concrete Cross’ drummer, Tone, the other day after some heckling the last I saw him. I don’t even know if the shit is out in the streets yet, or what label it’s supposed to be on. I mean I think it’s a European one maybe, but I can’t even be sure. All I know for sure is that the fragments of 15 year old self that still exist within me are trying to break free right now. Something about the debut from these miscreants has awaken the want to go fast, break stuff, go faster, spit on things, throw heavy shit off things, and pick a fight with an animal that i’ll lose.

All throughout this record energy forces itself upon me and hardly lets up. There are a few moments where the speed is slowed down slightly, but don’t get me wrong… it’s still about 25 miles above the speed limit. Like the rerecorded “Cannibal Brain” for example . This is a mid paced monster that feeds the need to circle pit like no one’s watching. Another standout is the closer track “On Ice” which is as far outside the standard CC writing procedure as the record gets. Its closing riffs are like the rolling credits on some sort of black and white Italian epic.

“Sculpt The Ruins” is a perfect example of what you turn to a band ¬†like Concrete Cross for – blistering speeds, speedy leads, and rapid fire ramblings of a madman vocalist. As mentioned before this kind of track is the type you want to do nothing but skate or ride too while rentacops chase you from your choice destination. Pure energetic headbang. And there in lies the problem for these guys. Too often are they paired up on the wrong bills with the wrong bands. I feel like their selected crowd in New York is never right for them, so they’re met with lackluster response. If they were to play to the crusty kids, or flipped brim skate punks they would be covered in more sweat then their own when they reach the end of their set list.

Anyway, if you have adrenaline and ears then this record is definitely a must have. Also the guy singing sang in bands on Wreck-Age in the 90s and the drummer plays in another band with Paul Bearer – does that give you reason enough?