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The Week In Hardcore: Refused, Crown of Thornz, Ignite & More

All the latest tunes, music videos, and news from the hxc scene

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Ignite (May 23)

Ignite have renewed their deal with the folks at Century Media Records with a new record deal. The Orange County, Calif. melodic hardcore act will be issuing their follow-up to their 2006 album Our Darkest Days before the end of the year. No album title has been released yet, but the sessions took place over the course of a year with producer Cameron Webb (Alkaline TrioPennywise). 

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Refused (May 26)

Refused debuted a new track, ”Françafrique,” from the band's upcoming album Freedom, which is set to be released on June 30. On May 27, the Swedish outfit also played an unannounced live set at Vacation Vinyl, an indie record store in Echo Park, Calif. During the set, the band shredded both original material and cover songs from Black Flag and Fugazi. You can watch fan-filmed footage of the performance here.

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Shai Hulud (May 26)

Shai Hulud announced dates for their headlining U.S. tour this summer. Kicking off on July 10 in Providence, RI, the first leg of the trip will feature Ghost Key and Cryptodira, the second will include xBishopx and Vice. Shai Hulud's most recent studio album was 2013's Reach Beyond the Sun.

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Cross Me (May 26)

Wisconsin's Cross Me just joined the Bridge Nine roster. "With signing to Bridge Nine, we see the opportunity to push ourselves harder on every level," said the band said about the new deal. The group formed in early 2013 have released several recordings, including their 2014 EP, Pain in Full. Cross Me is currently writing a new EP and will head back into Howl Street Recordings with engineer Shane Hochstetler (Expire, Enabler) in the coming months.

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Crown of Thornz (May 27)

Bridge Nine have announced they'll be issuing a new 7" from NYC's Crown of Thornz. The B9 release will mark the first recorded output for the band since their 1998 split single with Aggressive Dogs. No release date has been given yet, but Nothing But Tragedy will feature two new tracks: "The Kiss of Death" and "No Reason Why." Crown of Thornz is fronted by Ezec, a singer who has been a member of Skarhead, and also keeps a busy solo rap career going under the name Danny Diablo.

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More news:

xBishopx have announced the forthcoming release of Everything in Vein, their next studio album. (Lambgoat)

Hundredth just dropped a banger called "Inside Out" from their upcoming Free album. (The PRP)

Xibalba's new video for "Guerrilla" is a total winner. (YouTube)

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