In July of 2011, Frank Carter, the snarling, cocky, explosive front man of the UK-based hardcore band Gallows left the band over creative differences, and it seemed like the band was done for. After the band pulled what the Guardian called one of the great rock n’ roll swindles, it seemed that the face of all that rage would be impossible to replace. The band would tap ex-Alexisonfire screamer Wade MacNeil as the new tattooed face of a band that was seemingly the most important hardcore happening of the past decade. Early reviews were a bit mixed on Gallows' new material and touring performances. It wasn't that MacNeil wasn't a good fit for the band necessarily, but Gallows previous material was very British, and somehow hearing a Canadian scream, "London is the reason," just didn't resonate as hard. SEE FULL REVIEW

 

AURAL DEVASTATION Because sometimes all we need is our ear drums shattered by the weight of music, the force of distortion, and the insanity of noise.

 

WIND

Norway is known for a lot of things. Fjords, vikings, black metal. One thing it isn't known for is psych-rock. And that is where WIND comes into play. The trio has just released a new 10" vinyl EP named Sleep which isn't exactly the most polished thing out there. But when the band gets going, it starts to take all the good parts of bands like Thee Oh Sees and Black Mountain, showing a splendid amount of fuzz mixed in with just the right amount of restraint to keep it grounded -- because although the '70s died hard, it doesn't mean we can't meander a bit aimlessly every now and then.

Recent Bridge 9 signees and Buffalo, NY powerpop sensation, Lemuria, plays their song "Pants" at the Black Lodge in Seattle. ...

Ceremony are a hard band to lump into a simple genre. The quartet is not quite just straight hardcore, although vocalist Ross Farrar's barking style suggests it; they aren't just straight punk rock, although the three chord riffs suggest that as well. This frenzied balance between the two genres is...

The musical jump between Crime In Stereo's past two albums, The Troubled Stateside and Is Dead, is nothing less than fantastic. The Long Island outfit went from a pretty standard melodic hardcore sound to a more challenging post-hardcore sound. It was a completely different direction that took quite a few...

"We aren't just another band, tritely speaking of our own personal struggle and how fucking hardcore we are. I'm done with that." -- Jay Maas...