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If you’re looking for virtuoso guitaring, or thrashy, fast-paced action, look elsewhere. This is all about a ballsy, sludgy, heavy, oppressive pounding of the eardrums.

I recently got my hands on Those Who Fear‘s new full-length, “Unholy Anger”, and let me tell you, calling it “heavy hardcore” doesn’t do it justice. From start to finish, my head was in constant, headbanging motion. I was a huge fan of their 2011 “Legacy” EP, and it was quite frankly, the heaviest thing I’ve heard until now. On the downside, there isn’t a whole lot of distinction between songs, and the album is a tad lacking in the creativity department. But then again, who needs diversity when what they do is so damn good? Especially live. They play so loud, and with so much energy, the crowd doesn’t stop until the end of their set.

The band recently signed to Facedown Records, and you can check out their website, as well as buy this album, right here. \m/

Hardcore music has been around for decades, dating back to the early 80’s in the years of hardcore punk, with bands like Black Flag, Bad Religion, and Suicidal Tendencies. However, the movement has grown and transformed over the years, branching off into different subsections of hardcore such as the straight edge, youth crew, punk, old school and new school. And from these branches come legendary acts such as Minor Threat, Gorilla Biscuits, Madball, Cro-Mags, H20, and the list could go on and on.

There is another band I consider a legend in their own right, that is not usually mentioned with those other giants, and that band is Terror. Granted, they haven’t been around as long as the others; their first demo was released in 2002. But for a hardcore band, 10 years in the business is more than respectable. Plus, in just that 10 year span they’ve put out at least 15 records, demos, and live footage videos, while touring countless times across the country. They are a band that loves what they do, and have contributed more to modern hardcore than any other band I can think of.

Their last album, “Keepers Of The Faith” was awesome. Below is the video for the title track. Also, they have a new album, “Live By The Code”, set to release in April 2013. More info about that can be found on their website. Remember, if you listen to hardcore, you listen to Terror. \m/

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New music has emerged from the depths of hell from the band NAILS. The album is called Abandon All Life and is set for a full release on March 19. There is one song out that I have heard called “God’s Cold Hands” and it can be found on Pitchfork.

Heavy and unrelentless, NAILS has risen quickly in the hardcore/metal world. Their first full-length, entitled Unsilent Death is a short 15 minute masterpiece of intense, chaotic glory. It’s not for everybody, but for those who appreciate truly heavy music will love it. It will get your blood pumping and your head spinning. This is one of those bands I NEED to see live. Fortunately, they are going on tour with Xibalba and Early Graves in April, both giants in their own respect. More information on the tour, along with tour dates and locations can be found at Invisible Oranges.

Oh, and be sure to buy their album when it hits. You won’t regret it. \m/