Posts Tagged “Hardcore Music”

Look, we know that when it comes to gnarly, crust-tinged, heavy-as-fuck hardcore music we’re all a bit spoiled right now. From the scorching mayhem of Trap Them to the thrashy leanings of Enabler all the way through to the catchy punk ‘n’ roll of Kvelertak, there are few subgenres in as rude health in 2013, which is why we’re really not taking it lightly when we suggest that Palm might be the very best of the lot of them.

Formed 13 years ago in Osaka, Japan and weaned on a diet of Slayer, Converge, Entombed, Sepultura and Neurosis, the four-piece have only made it to our shores once so far – way back in 2010 on an extremely well-received if rather brief tour – but with fellow Osaka natives Crossfaith currently blowing up all over the place due to their similarly crushing live shows, more and more Japanese metal bands are beginning to get some deserved attention – and Palm easily sit at the top of the pile.

“Palm was formed just to play heavy and hardcore music,” states frontman Toshihiko Takahashi plainly. “There are good metal bands [inOsakaandJapanin general], but honestly, there’s not a very good scene going on. But, with Crossfaith’s exposure, the new generation are becoming active and I hope that Japanese hardcore and metal music will get more exposure to the world!”

On why Japanese metal has struggled to gain international recognition on a large scale until relatively recently, Toshihiko is certainly in no doubt that it’s not for a lack of trying. “We want to,” he muses, “but a lot just don’t know how, and there’s also the language barrier and lack of connections. I know that we all aim to get out there.”

Judging by last year’s incredible Our Darkest Friends album, which boasts artwork by Converge legend Jacob Bannon, Palm are certainly ready to stake their claim as leaders of the Japanese underground, and their live shows – “impulsive, hard and no-bullshit. Pure live energy” – aren’t to be messed with either. Just get your asses back over to theUKsoon, alright, lads?

“Last time we came, we were able to experience great towns, the people were great and we had a great time,” enthuses the singer. “We always want to come back so we ask all of you to spread our name and bring us back!”

You heard the man. The campaign starts now.

My Darkest Friends is out now. Order it from www.alliance-trax.com/

Interview by Merl

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Guitarist/vocalist Doc Coyle of New Brunswick, New Jersey’s melodic, thrash-metal warriors GOD FORBID has posted the following entry on his official blog at DocCoyle.net:

“Things just got real for many of us in the metal/hardcore music community.

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Swedish hard rock act Hardcore Superstar posted a new music video for the song “C’mon Take On Me.” The track is the title track of the band’s latest, and ninth, studio release which is available now via Nuclear Blast Records. This is the third video for the release

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Victims of the Boston Marathon bomb attack will be supported by Boston’s renown hardcore music scene with what is being called “the best show in history.”

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Rocking out with Slash, Bret Michaels, Roger Daltrey and Gene Simmons is nothing but a fantasy for many hardcore music fans and air guitar superstars.

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Georgia’s Heartcakeparty has just released the first single off the upcoming album “Mock Heroic.” The track, entitled “K.O.T.W.O.F.L.L.” is available through the player below. “Mock Heroic,” which was recorded at Glow in the Dark Studio, hits stores and digital outlets July 17th via Indianola Records.

The following press release was also issued about the band:

“From Summerville Georgia, Heartcakeparty has been playing Atlanta, the Southeast and out to the Midwest for over three years. Playing aggressive yet catchy songs, the band has made a profound impact on the hardcore music scene. Heartcakeparty has built up a considerable following through their live performances and touring with such acts as The CHariot, Greeley Estates, Memphis May Fire, The Color Morale, Inhale Exhale, This Day Will Tell, and I Am Terrified.

“Heartcakeparty has been featured on the real life MTV program Thumbs and in Alternative Press Hometown Heroes. The band has previously self-released two records, both of which were tracked at Glow in the Dark Studios and produced by Josh Scrogin of The Chariot and Jeremy Griffith.”

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Juliet, the eight-year-old daughter of Australian producer Rob Sharpe, teamed up with her dad over the holidays this to smash out a “brutal” track called “My First Hardcore Song”.

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During the band’s latest summer festival run in Europe, hardcore act Terror took a day off to make a new music video for the song “You’re Caught.” Instead of doing the usual hardcore live music video, the band opted to film a video that features graphic violence and gore. “You’re Caught” will be posted online soon, so stay tuned for the band’s new music video.

“You’re Caught” will also be available on Terror’s new DVD “Defining The Faith,” which will be included in the CD/DVD reissue of the band’s latest album, “Keepers Of The Faith.”The reissue set is due out on November 1st, 2011.

For more information on the band and to hear songs available for streaming, head over to the band’s Facebook profile.

Terror also recently posted touring footage online from the band’s trip to France’s Hellfest, which can be found at this location.

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AOL Music recently conducted an interview with SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya.

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Gainesville, Florida-based post-hardcore act HOT WATER MUSIC has inked a deal with Rise Records.

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