SANJURO are a mixed bag of a band from Saratoga Springs, New York.

This record sounds like the beginning of something very exciting. In truth the songs are all pretty stylistically different but the common thread is creative riffs and furious, earnestly delivered vocals. Ranging from metallic scramz with elements of powerviolence to slow melodic intros that melt into hopeless head nodding riffs, this band clearly has a lot of interesting ideas and with time to tighten what they’re doing have the potential to make some amazing music. My favourite track is Fix Up, Look Sharp, Make the Change.




Deadweight are a metallic hardcore band from Melbourne, Australia.

Old bones is a heavy, chaotic two track record that I just listened to in its entirety three times and it became immediately clear that I needed to share it. While a few elements of their sound do remind me of other bands, I feel that Deadweight have an interesting brand of instrumentation that is truly their own. This is complimented by an overall feeling of desperation that I am a huge fan of, articulated both by their music and their lyrics:

Iron Wing:

Shackled tongue clamped to a bone,
A life mission holding me down,
an endemic vision, a malignant growth of change,

A burden and a gift
My curse of clarity
Sick with empathy

Chains of guilt cut through flesh,
Scabs of hope picked and bled,
Scars align.. Sickness, stronger than iron

Blood of vermin crawling through my skin,
The parasite in my wings, the scavenger of hope

Rise dear plague of flight,
be my dream and infect all.

Deadweight’s 2014 demo was also great and worth downloading, if these two records are an indication of where this band is going then I highly recommend you pay attention.



Solis are a metallic hardcore band from Melbourne, Australia. I’ve seen this band play a couple of times and have been hanging out for a record. This demo is heavy, intense and a good indication that you should keep your eye on this band. Dead Air is my jam both musically and lyrically:

Concrete filled lungs
Ash stained wrought flesh

Nothing tangible
just roaring blood
Static, white noise

Increasingly withdrawn
I can’t connect

The empty, swelling resonance of dead air

I’m stagnant

The empty, swelling resonance
The empty, swelling resonance, dead air

With concrete filled lungs
And ash stained wrought flesh

I need to limit the damage
I need to keep this contained
I need to disconnect
Retreat, fade out

Concrete filled lungs
Ash stained wrought flesh

Solid first record, looking forward to hearing more from these guys.