Profile: Dedicated Hardcorists La Armada

La Armada

Dedicated. It’s a word that gets thrown around haphazardly these days which has lessened its impact. However, in the case of hardcore / punk bruisers La Armada, this term describes their ethos better than any other. Formerly of the Dominican Republic, La Armada moved home base to Chicago and soaked up many more of metal’s extreme sub genres leading up to their first full proper full length in 2012. Their follow up EP and second full length are even more devastating while showcasing better songwriting and more of their Latin infusion which makes them stand out and sets them apart in a crowded hardcore scene. But, their dedication doesn’t stop at their song craft. The band is fully focused on social issues such as immigrant rights, globalization, and class struggle just to name a few. Where the dedication comes in is through their tireless efforts to spotlight these issues, help out wherever they can, and lead by example. This year the band will be releasing a series of songs titled Songs of the Exiled and the first of which is coming up this month. Links are contained below so bookmark them and be ready, trust me here – you don’t want to miss out. For now, read up on how the band responded to our Profile questions as they offer great insight into their inner workings. Continue reading

Profile: German Hardcorists Giver

Giver

The modern hardcore scene is fast approaching overcrowding, not unlike any other genre of music or metal for that matter. However, this is not news to anyone that’s been paying attention and especially those that had eyes on all the best of lists from last year and just how many modern hardcore albums made it. Giver is one such band that will see action in lists this year, count on it. Their recently released sophomore effort, Sculpture Of Violence, sees the band not only busting eardrums but playing around with subtle melodies and raucous punk at times but it’s the impact of well placed doom and blackgaze that steals the show and offers despair and darkness that even the best of soaps won’t wash off. In an ever growing scene Giver truly stand out as a highlight and a band not to miss. We recently caught up with them armed with our set of Profile questions so jump in to find out how it went down and don’t forget to show them some support. Continue reading

Profile: Coleman Bentley of Fliege

Fliege

Brooklyn’s Fliege take box office smashes and turn them into industrialistic black ‘n roll masterpieces and their latest, The Invisible Seam, comes off as epic as its subject matter, Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. It’s always a challenge to make a project like this work AND be a project that garners a rabid fan base but Fliege has done it with their excellent attention to detail and superb skills behind their instruments. Unsettling black metal splayed across industrial rhythms and dark 80s inspired rock make for a picture perfect vision of the chosen subject and as you’ll read in the Profile answers below, multi-instrumentalist Coleman Bentley is as down to earth about it as you can get. Our very own Ian covered this album in depth so go here to read all about it but first, check out what Bentley has to offer about the band and their music. Also, don’t forget to hit those links and show them some support! Continue reading

Profile: Cameara of Dead Man’s Chest

Dead Man's Chest

The UK’s Dead Man’s Chest have been kicking out the footlights since 2006 with a pair of full length albums, a demo, and an EP chock full of scathing metallic hardcore. Now, they’ll be adding a vicious two track EP, Dear God, to their discography and if Cro-Mags meets Slayer tickles fancies as it should, this is all that and so much more. Ahead of the EP release, we had the chance to pose our Profile questions to bassist Cameara to get the inside scoop on a band that should be a household name by now. Check it out below and be sure to show them some support! Continue reading

Profile: Kings Never Die

Kings Never Die

Just when thoughts that hardcore strained through a punk sieve hadn’t given us much lately, Kings Never Die show up armed with a four track EP, Raise A Glass, to prove the naysayers wrong. Their hardcore is street tough and metallic by nature, their punk is a bouncing good time that hits on all cylinders. All that plus guest slots from Vinnie Stigma and Mike Gallo of Agnostic Front. Just ahead of this EP’s release we posed our set of Profile questions to the band so keep reading to see how it went down. Continue reading