Whatever your plans are for April 23rd, you should drop them and come to this show. It’s at the Community Center in Lansing, OH, about 15 minutes from Wheeling. I know it’s more than two months away, but if the lineup holds, this will be one hell of a show. It’s $10 at the door, and there will be tons of merch, no doubt. There is no flyer currently available, but all the information is on the Facebook page.

I’m a fan of all of these bands, including the locals in Death Sentence. And I can tell you firsthand that Xibalba is awesome live. If you don’t believe me, watch their video for “Cold”. Raunchy as hell. \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/

This is one of my absolute favorite videos of a show. Obviously, I didn’t make it out to New York to see it in person. Hell, I didn’t even know who Backtrack was when this “Darker Half” CD release show happened. But a friend showed me this video and they became one of my favorite hardcore artists.

Shows like this are the best. The whole crowd gets in to it, which gets the band pumped up and makes for an awesome time. I especially love watching the black guy at the beginning. He gets into that two-step so hard. Luckily, I did get to see them play at The Lakeview House back in October of 2012. It was a good show, but not as crazy as the one in this video. But that just goes to show how hardcore New York is.

Backtrack is a sick band everybody should listen to. Do yourself a favor and check their Facebook out, buy some merch, and get “Darker Half”! \m/

It is with great sadness and despair that we must say goodbye to one of the best venues the area has to offer. Dubbed “The Lakeview House” in Barnesville, OH, it was host to some awesome shows with some big name bands, such as Death Before Dishonor, Backtrack, and Harm’s Way. All thanks to a couple of local guys, Austin Sparkman and Benjamin Hall.

Although the name makes it sound majestic, it was literally just a house basement. But as I’ve come to realize, basements might be the best type of venue for hardcore shows. People from all over would gather and pack into this place like nothing I’ve seen before. And when the music started, shit went crazy. You couldn’t NOT get hit or pushed over or jumped on. But it was awesome, and anybody who went to those shows would agree. Below is a video taken of Harm’s Way playing “Scrambled” at Lakeview. Hopefully a place like this comes along again. Nothing says hardcore like basement shows. \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/

I really do feel for these guys.

I really do feel for these guys.

I found a very interesting article on Heavy Blog Is Heavy about how it is to live, and eat, in a touring band on the road. In my days playing music, I’ve played a few shows out of the area, here and there, but nothing that could be considered a “tour”. However, I can still relate to this article. I’ve eaten unhealthy amounts of fast food, gone consecutive nights without much sleep, and smelled like a dirty, sweaty, piece of garbage, all in the name of playing shows. Although this particular article deals mostly with the food aspect, anything can happen, and it can be frustrating, like the picture above shows.

Eating especially becomes an issue, if like me, you’re trying to be a healthier person. Fast food is unfortunately the easiest route to take because it’s cheap, addictingly good, and most places are open late, if not all night. A positive note, I read in the article Taco Bell has a campaign to support up-and-coming bands with a free “Fourthmeal”, you know, the meal after dinner and before breakfast. The 2012 featured artists can be found here.

Overall, this is a very well written article, with interviews and research that gives a glimpse into the life of a touring band. So next time you go see an out-of-town band, remember how trying being on tour can be and show some support! \m/

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I’d like to put the spotlight on a local band from the Ohio Valley, also very good friends of mine, In Hope. The band consists of vocalist Brady Fluharty, guitarist Austin Wright, bassist Levi Hill, and drummer Dillon Richardson. These guys have been making music and playing shows for a while now and have gained respect in the hardcore scene. Together they write and perform music offering a more positive-inspired brand of core, rooted in values such as drug-free living, brotherhood, energy, and as the name implies, hope.

The band currently has one demo out, which can be heard on their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/In-Hope/231314206917826?sk=app_2405167945). Also, if I’m not mistaken, another demo is in the works. I’m a big fan, as these guys always put on a good show. Be sure to keep a lookout for them in 2013. Support the locals! \m/