(U.S.) Cognitive-Matricide LP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Black Metal, Death Metal, Grindcore

Label: Unique Leader Records
Tracks: 10
Length: 39.30'

Cognitive is a five piece band from New Jersey who formed in 2011.  Cognitive play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of black metal, death metal, and grindcore within their sound.  Musically, Cognitive can be loosely compared to bands such as Entombed, Cannibal Corpse, Brutal Truth, Mule Skinner, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2011, Cognitive have released a self-titled LP in April of 2014 and a five song EP titled The Horrid Swarm in November of 2014.  Matricide is Cognitive's latest LP, which was released via Unique Leader records on October 26th, 2018.  On Matricide, Cognitive offer up ten tracks of vicious and brutal as fuck sounding black metal, death metal, and grindcore.  Overall, Matricide makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Asylum-S/T EP (2014)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Crust

Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 6
Length: 10.10'

Asylum is a band from Richmond, VA who formed in 2013.  Asylum play a raw, vicious, and blistering style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, and crust within their sound.  Musically, Asylum can be loosely compared to bands such as Hoax, Dangers, Punch, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2013, Asylum have released a self-titled demo in March of 2013.  This is the band's latest EP, which was released on September of 2014.  On their latest EP, Asylum offer up six tracks of raw, brutal, and vicious as fuck sounding hardcore/punk.  Overall, Asylum's debut EP makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Nasti-Live Nasti Cassette (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Harcore, Punk
Label: Iron Lung
Tracks: 7
Length: 23.35'

Nasti is a four piece band from Olympia, Washington who formed in 2015.  Nasti play a blown out, weird, and off-kilter style of hardcore, punk.  Nasti features members of White Wards, Vacant Life, and Cop Rot, so going on that you know you're in for some killer music.  Musically, Nasti can be loosely compared to bands such as Gag, Rush, Bad Breeding, The Lowest Form, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2015, Nasti have released a a cassette titled Ex-Static in 2015, a self-titled tour cassette in 2016, and a nine song LP titled Big Achievements in September of 2017.  Live Nasti is the band's latest cassette, which is the 1st in a series of live cassettes that the band will be releasing and selling when they go on tour.  On Live Nasti, Nasti offer up seven tracks of raw, ugly, and weird sounding hardcore/punk.  Overall, Live Nasti makes for a awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Nasti-Big Achievements LP (2017)
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Nasti-Ex-Static Cassette (2015)

Dead Oath (Dropout)


so this is by far my favorite rediscovery/demo this year. dead oath is basically most of dropout. dropout put out a fantastic hm2, dbeat, metal, punk album a few years ago which i remember downloading and then it just ended up getting pushed to the back and forgotten about. stupid move on my part. then with an even dumber move it got deleted(to my credit, i was probably drunk. thanks to deadwintermoon for hooking me up with a new download) in a hard drive cleanout.  so anyway a couple months ago while looking through the immense piles of shit on bandcamp i came across dropout again but noticed theyd changed the name on the album cover to dead oath. then i found the demo of dead oath. this shit is ridiculously good. the absolute perfect combo of dbeat, death metal, and hardcore. like up there with mammoth grinder good. even though the demo is only 2 songs its going to end up on my year end list. cant wait for more from these guys.


the dropout bandcamp still has the lp up on there but since theyve changed their name im not sure how active it is. the lp is available on discogs. thats where i bought it. either way, go buy it.

Benchpress-S/T EP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 2
Length: 4.25'

Benchpress is a five piece band from Lewistown, PA who formed in 2012, from the looks of things.  Benchpress play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, and metal within their sound.  Musically, Benchpress can be loosely compared to bands such as Weekend Nachos, Harms Way, Incendiary, Spine, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2012, Benchpress have released a six song EP titled Stay Hated in March of 2012 and a six song EP titled Controlled By Death in April of 2013.  This is the band's latest EP, which was released on November 2nd, 2018.  On their latest EP, Benchpress offer up two songs of vicious and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, and metal.  Overall, Benchpress' latest EP makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Benchpress-Controlled By Death EP (2013)
Benchpress-Stay Hated EP (2012)

Instigate-Punishment Of God EP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal

Label: Sellf-Released
Tracks: 4
Length: 6.0'

Instigate is a three piece band from Fitchburg, MA who formed in 2018, from the looks of things.  Instigate play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, and metal within their sound.  Musically, Instigate can be said to be loosely compared to bands such as Terror, Suburban Scum, Incendiary, Blistered, and other like-minded bands.  Punishment Of God is the band's debut EP, which was released on October 22ns, 2018.  On Punishment Of God, Instigate offer up four tracks of brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, and metal.  Overall, Punishment Of God makes for a great listen and definitely should not be missed. Great stuff!  Enjoy!

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(U.S.) Fero Lux-Cheap Funeral: For Me EP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Post Hardcore, Math Rock, Noisecore, Screamo

Label: Self-Released 
Tracks: 4
Length: 14.35'


Fero Lux is a four piece band from Boward County, Florida who formed in October of 2010.  Fero Lux play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcorre, punk, post hardcore, math rock, screamo, and noisecore within their sound.  Fero Lux cite At The Drive- In, Botch, The Red Light Sting, Poison The Well, Dillinger Escape Plan, Cave In, Pg. 99, Refused, Deftones, Converge, Thursday, Breather Resist, Glassjaw, an Meshuggah as influences, which definitely shows up in the band's sound and style.  Since their formation in 2010, Fero Lux have released a four song EP titled Vaos in January of 2012, an eleven song LP titled Some Divine Ashtray in April of 2012,  a split EP with Courtships in May of 2013, a full-length LP titled No Rest in March of 2016, and a four song EP titled No Funeral: For You in March of 2018.  Cheap Funeral: For Me is the band's latest EP, which was released on October 1st, 2018.  On Cheap Funeral: For Me, Fero Lux offer up four tracks of chaotic, volatile, and slightly melodic hardcore, punk, post hardcore, math rock, screamo and noisecore.  Overall, Cheap Funeral: For Me is a killer EP and should not be missed.  Great stuff.  Enjoy!

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(IT) Noise Trail Immersion-Symbology Of Shelter LP (2018)

Country: Italy
Genre: Post Hardcore, Post Metal, Mathcore, Noisecore
Label: Moment Of Collapse
Tracks: 7
Length: 42.50'

Noise Trail Immersion is a five piece band from Turin, Italy who formed in 2013.  Noise Trail Immersion play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of post hardcore, post metal, mathcore, and noisecore within their sound.  Musically, Noise Trail Immersion can be loosely compared to bands such as Botch, Breather Resist, Playing Enemy, Anodyne, and like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2013, Noise Trail Immersion have released a seven song self-titled LP in May of 2014 and a nine song LP titled Womb in November of 2016.  Symbology Of Shelter is Noise Trail Immersion's latest full-length LP, which was released via Moment Of Collapse records on November 2nd, 2018.  On Symbology Of Shelter, Noise Trail Immersion offer up seven tracks of stark, chaotic and volatile sounding post hardcore, post metal, mathcore, and noisecore.  Overall, Symbology Of Shelter makes for an amazing listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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(BEL) Soul Grip-Not Ever LP (2018)

Country: Belgium 
Genre: Post Hardcore, Post Metal, Crust, Black Metal, Sludge
Label: Consouling Sounds
Tracks: 7
Length: 41.45'

Soul Grip is a five piece band from Ghent, Belgium who formed in early 2014.  Soul Grip play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of post hardcore, post metal, crust, black metal, and sludge within their sound.  Musically, Soul Grip can be loosely compared to bands such as VVOVNDS, Amen Ra, Amber, Dawn Ray'd, Hexis, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2015, Soul Grip have released a seven song LP titled Avadon in May of 2015, a split LP with VVOVNDS in June of 2018, and a two song EP titled SAE Session in September of 2015.  Not Ever is the band's latest full-length LP, which was released via Consouling Sounds records on November 2nd, 2018.  On Not Ever, Soul Grip offer up seven songs of atmospheric, ominous, and oppressive sounding post hardcore, post metal, crust, black metal, and sludge.  Overall, Not Ever makes for an amazing listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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VVOVNDS/Soul Grip-Split 12" (2018)

Time & Pressure-Demo (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk

Label: Safe Inside Records
Tracks: 5
Length: 7.0'

Time & Pressure is four piece band from St. Louis, Missouri, who formed in 2018.  Time & Pressure play a killer style of vicious and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore/punk.  Musically, Time & Pressure can be loosely compared to bands such as Infest, Negative Approach, Verse, Spine, and other like-minded bands.  This is the band's debut demo, which was released via Safe Inside records on August 10th, 2018.  On their debut demo, Time & Pressure offer up five tracks of vicious and raging hardcore, punk.  Overall, Time & Pressur's makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Great stuff!  Enjoy!

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Oksennus-Älä luovuta koskaan LP (2018)

Country: Finland
Genre: Black Metal
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 16
Length: 39.15'

Oksennus is a three piece band from Finland who formed in 2010.  Oksennus play a killer style of raw and filthy experimental black metal.  Musically, Oksennus can be loosely compared to bands such as Azath, Inverser, Sallow Moth, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2010, Oksennus have released a self-titled EP in February of 2014, a six song LP titled Valkoinen Jattilainen in February of 2016, a three song EP titled Musta Kirja in February of 2014, a digital single titled Orkiektomia in March of 2016, a nine song LP titled Sokea Idiootti in October of 2016, a split with Sedem Minut Strachu in February of 2017, and a three song EP titled Kolme Toista in April of 2018. Älä luovuta koskaan is the band's latest LP, which was released on October 13th, 2018.  On Älä luovuta koskaan, Oksennus offer up sixteen tracks of experimental black metal.  Overall, Älä luovuta koskaan makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Tired Of Everything-Silenced EP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk

Label: To Live A Lie
Tracks: 6
Length: 6.10'

Holy shit!  This absolutely rips.  Tired Of Everything is a four piece band from Raleigh, North Carolina, who formed in 2017, from the looks of things.  Tired Of Everything features members of No Comply, Salmonella, Oxidant, Zipper, Mad Dog, as well as vocals by Will Butler, who runs the label To Live A Lie.  Tired Of Everything play an ultra pissed/politically charged style of hardcore/punk.  Silenced is the band's debut EP, which is slated for release on cassette and 8" lathe cut picture disc via To Live A Lie records on November 9th, 2018.  On Silenced, Tired Of Everything offer up six tracks of vicious and ultra pissed sounding hardcore/punk.  Overall, Silenced makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended! Enjoy!

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Black Market Heart-Who Put A Knife Through Your Heart? EP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Post Punk, Goth, Death Rock, Noise Pop

Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 3
Length: 8.25'

Black Market Heart is the one may project of Spencer Robinson, who began playing solo under the moniker Black Market Heart in 2017, from the looks of things. Based out of Los Angeles, CA Black Market Heart features features a member of Wolf Spiders and Lords Of Altamont.  Black Market Heart play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of post punk, goth, death rock, and noise pop within their sound.  Musically, Black Market Heart can be loosely compared to bands such as Cold Cave, Soft Kill, Night Sins, and other like-minded bands.  Who Put A Knife Through Your Heart? is Black Market Heart's debut EP, which was released on August 31st, 2018.  On Who Put A Knife Through Your Heart?, Black Market Heart offer up three songs of dark and moody post punk, goth rock, death rock, and noise pop.  Overall, Who Put A Knife Through Your Heart makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Great stuff!  Enjoy!

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Hatchet Hill-Behind Closed Doors EP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal

Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 6
Length: 25.10'

Hatchet Hill is a four piece band from West Hartford, CT who formed in 2017.  Hatchet Hill play a killer style of hardcore, punk, and metal within their sound.  Musically, Hatchet Hill can be loosely compared to bands such as Killing The Dream, Killswitch Engage, Turmoil, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2017, Hatchet Hill have released a digital single titled Sick Of Me in May of 2018 and a self-titled demo in August of 2018.  Behind Closed Doors is the band's latest EP, which was released on October 5th, 2018.  On Behind Closed Doors, Hatchet Hill offer up six tracks of killer hardcore, punk, and metal.  Overall, Behind Closed Doors makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Great Stuff!  Enjoy!

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(U.S.) Institute-Beat Session Vol. Cassette (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Punk, Post Punk, Garage Rock
Label: Shout Recordings
Tracks: 10
Length: 29.25'


Institute is a band from Austin, Texas who formed in late 2013.  Institute feature members of Glue, Wiccans, and back to back.  Institute play a killer style of punk filtered through a hefty dose of 70's garage rock and early post punk.  Musically, Institute call to mind bands such as the MC5, New York Dolls, The Stooges, The Wipers, Wire, and other classic punk bands.  Since their inception in 2013, Institute have released a self-titled demo 12" in October of 2013, a three song 7" titled Giddy Boys in June of 2014,  a five song 12" EP titled Salt in October of 2014, and a ten song LP titled Catharsis in June of 2015, and a nine song LP titled Subordination in June of 2017.  Beat Session Volume 6 is the is Institute's latest cassette, which was released via Shout Recordings records on November 1st, 2018.  On Beat Session Volume 6, Institute offer up ten songs of dark, moody, tense, and discordant sounding post punk, punk, and garage rock.  Overall, Beat Session Volume 6 makes for a great listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Institute-Subordination LP (2017)

Terrorist-American Today 7" (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk

Label: Toxic State
Tracks: 6
Length: 9.25'

Terrorist is a five piece band from NYC who formed in early 2018, from the looks of things.  Terrorist play a killer style of  snotty and vicious hardcore/punk.  Musically, Terrorist can be loosely compared to bands such as Crazy Spirit, Omegas, Career Suicide, and other like-minded bands.  American Today is the band's debut 7", which was released on September 1st, 2018.  On American Today, Terrorist offer up six tracks of snotty and scathing bare bones hardcore/punk.  Overall, American Today makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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