Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Heart Attack Kids

Hailing from London Ontario Heart Attack Kids are a vicious 2 piece punk rock band with a feel and sound more along the lines of 3 or 4 piece group.  The embodiment of mid to late 80’s L.A punk with a healthy dose of chaos scattered throughout; this band is fierce in your face and doesn’t let up for one second.  Their newest released (which is self-titled) and their earlier release called Hooligans will have you banging your head till it falls off.



Foxmoulder is a 4 piece self-proclaimed "emoviolence" band from Toronto. These guys take a lo-fi no bullshit approach to aggressive music and as cliche as it sounds, are a breath of fresh air. Recorded at Soybomb in Toronto (which if you've ever been you know is punk as fuck) their latest release, a split with Russian hardcore outfit Eaglehaslanded, is 5 tracks of dissonant arpeggiated riffs, vocal caterwauling and driving rhythms. Can't wait to see what these guys have in store next. Check out their bandcamp page and download all of their releases for pay what you want. Catch them March 4th at The Coalition in Toronto opening for Fucking Invincible (members of Daughters).

FFO: short songs, X-Files

-Russ Walsh

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Mad Trapper

Can we just take a second and talk about Mad Trapper? From what I gather, these boys formed the band in 2012, (and) taking a que from bands like Converge and other metallic hardcore bands like Coalesce they worked on what would become their first release "Kill Us, Start Anew" fast forward to 2015, they put out their first full length, the absolutly crushing "Dead Living", played a string of headline shows and got some opening slots on some great shows local to Toronto. I firstbecame aware of them when I saw them open for Retox and Whores on their tour for Retox's "Beneath California" album, I walked into the venue a couple songs into Mad Trapper's set and saw their bass player tossing his instrument as high as possibly with little regard for those around him and their singer throwing himself around like a mad man, doing barrel rolls while yelling and screaming the words without missing a beat. Now it's 2016, they got a sweet slot opening for Decapitated, recorded some music for Converse Rubber Tracks, and are poised to take over the Canadian hardcore scene. Keep your eyes and ears on watch for these guys because there's big things coming in their future.


Monday, 22 February 2016

Cruel Bloom - Ketamine EP

I won't write much about this band (because I play in it) but we're a weird experimental punk/noise band and this is shameless self promotion. So check it out if you want (or don't, that's equally as cool). I can't really give you something to compare it to since I'm still not sure what to categorize it as, but whatever I digress.


Die Hexe - Self Titled EP

Hailing from Toronto, Die Hexe play a brand of hardcore all their own. When I first heard of these guys I wasn't entirely sure what to make of it. There were some atmospheric parts that brought Deafheaven to mind, some post hardcore sections that reminded me of bands like Hot Snakes or Drive Like Jehu, and there was a whole lotta hardcore that reminded me of, well the entire Deathwish Inc. roster, but the thing is, when you listen to songs like "Jaws" or my personal favorite "Long Live The New Flesh" you don't actually hear any of that, what you hear is a band doing something all their own, and killing it. Die Hexe are truly a band to watch out for, they're definatly putting in the time and working at becoming a great band and I really hope these guys keep at it and go somewhere with their music because in the short time I've become aware of them, they're remained on heavy rotation. So put down the bong, stop reading this bullshit review, and go listen for yourself.



Kennedy are a hardcore band hailing from Montreal, who play a brand of hardcore so chaotic that it's difficult to listen to them without wanting to destroy your entire house. I was lucky enough to open for these guys (ya I play in a shitty hardcore band, so what) and witness first hand the chaos that ensues when these guys play. Their most recent (and first full length) album "The Guilty Poor" came out last September and contains 11 tracks that are sure to make you hate everything and want to destroy anything in your path. I highly recommend checking these guys out (newest album is killer incase I haven't mentioned it enough) and definatly check them out if they hit up a town near you because it's worth it.

Kennedy on Facebook
The Guilty Poor on Bandcamp

Amnesty - Blood Money EP

Amnesty are a 4 piece heavy hardcore band hailing from Sarnia, Ontario who can loosely be compared to bands like Sworn In, Barrier, and even Falsifier. Their newest EP "Blood Money" came out January 26th and hits just as hard as all those bands mentioned, and even has a guest spot by Aiden from the band Falsifier. Suffice to say, its heavy, like ignorantly heavy. So if you're of the mindset that ignorance is bliss then get in here and slam your head against a fucking wall.

Blood Money EP on Bandcamp

Friday, 19 February 2016


Cedar from Waterloo, Ontario is the type of band I would give someone who wants to get into stoner rock bands like Red Fang of Black Tusk. Their 4 song EP " Everything I've Never Said Out Loud" brings (in my mind) something unique to the table that I have yet to hear amongst young, upcoming bands. Being able to fuse softer verses with catchy, groovy choruses creates a really cool atmosphere and I find myself coming back to these guys over and over again. I'm interested to see where this band goes and what else they can bring to the table.

Everything I've Never Said Out Loud

-Sean Noble

Cold Feet

Cold Feet are a 4 piece from St. Catherines who play a brand of hardcore that sounds like they got soaked up in grind and beaten to death with powerviolence. Their most recent release "Reject The Weak" came out last October and consists of 6 songs clocking in around 9 minutes of nonstop hard hitting riffs, the fast parts will blastbeat you into oblivion and the slow heavy breakdown like sections will pick you up long enough to murder everyone around you.

Cold Feet on Facebook
Cold Feet - Reject The Weak

And while you're at it check out this sweet live video



Speaker are a 4 piece hailing from Toronto, Ontario who play a brand of chaotic hardcore similar to Converge and having seen these boys tear it up live I can definatly say they have the stage prescence to match. Their most recent release (the 2 track EP Body and Blood) is definatly their best work yet and I'm stoked to see where these guys go.
They have some shows lined up pretty soon so if you're around any of these shows, go check them out.

Feb 26 Oshawa @ The Diesel Room
Feb 27 Cambridge @ YFC Center
Feb 28 Hamilton @ The Doors Pub
Mar 3 Quebec @ Sous-Sol Du Circle
Mar 4 Montreal @ Turbo Haus
Mar 5 Ottawa @ House Show

Body And Blood EP



Being are a downtempo deathcore/beatdown band from London, Ontario.
Their most recent release "Cathartic" came out a couple weeks ago and consists of 4 songs that hit harder than anything they've done before. The opening track "Sinister" lives up to its name with its creepy intro that leads into an absolutely savage breakdown, which leads into the second song (and title track) which has enough groove to kill Johnny Bravo. Infections carries the groove of the previous track and the creepy vibes of the openner over and features some absolutely throat shredding vocals. Album closer "Vermin" is a rerecording of a track they previously released which got a pretty sweet makeover. Overall its a killer EP and worth checking out.
FFO: Yuth Forever, Traitors, etc.
PS: They're playing at Rum Runners in London on April 10th with Make Them Suffer, Falsifier and The Luminary, so go check that out.

Cathartic EP



Slumlord are a heavy hardcore band from Edmonton, Alberta.These guys play a rediculously heavy brand of hardcore similar to bands like Code Orange, Harms Way, well basically half of the Deathwish Inc roster which isn't a bad thing. Their most reent release "Love All Serve None" came out back in 2014 but they're headed to Rain City Recorders with Stu McKillop in April to record their debut full length currently titled "Preview Of Hell" so go check out "Love All Serve None" and get stoked for their full length.

Love All Serve None



Discoverson are a 4 piece Hardcore/Metalcore band from Collingwood, Ontario. Their newest release "Increase/Decrease" came out last August and features 8 tracks of melodic and straight to the point hardcore. I'm probably biased when I say you should check them out (my band's played shows with these guys a few times) but "Increase/Decrease" is a great release and a huge step up from their previous release Black Sheep.
So go check out "Increase/Decrease" and catch them in Toronto next Saturday (Feb 20th) at The Smiling Buddah alongside Die Hexe, Theriac, and Robot.



Monday, 15 February 2016

And we're back...

Hey, we're back up and running albeit on a new format. This blog will now be geared towards Canadian bands and musicians in an attempt to spread the word on some great bands that are starting to pop up around Canada. Thanks for reading.