April 3, 2015


The Week in Hardcore: TIHC Fest, Refused, Twitching Tongues and More

Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images
Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images

The lineup has been announced for This Is Hardcore 2015, set to take place July 23, 24, 25, and 26 at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA (July 23 will be at the Union Transfer). This year, the festival will feature the non-Glenn Danzig version of the Misfits performing Earth A.D. in its entirety. Among the other acts scheduled to appear are Snapcase, American Nightmare, the Exploited, Cro-Mags, and a reunion set by Chokehold. See the full lineup here and watch Turnstile’s performance from last year’s festival here:

Twitching Tongues has signed a worldwide recording deal with Metal Blade Records. Formed in 2009, the Los Angeles act has released two full-length albums to date. "We're unbelievably excited to be on such a great roster of current and classic bands,” said vocalist Colin Young about the signing. “To be on the label that released Hell Awaits, Nightfall, Those Once Loyal and others is a huge honor, and we can't wait to join the list of Metal Blade classics." Twitching Tongues is currently in the Pit studios in L.A. working on their debut for their new label. Check out the band’s music video for “In Love There Is No Law” below:

With its 10-year anniversary upon us, Modern Life Is War's second full-length album, Witness, is getting the reissue treatment from the folks at Deathwish Inc. Remastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, both the CD and vinyl formats of the new release will feature deluxe packaging. Look for pre-orders to come soon from Deathwish Inc. before the album's June 2 street date. Following Modern Life Is War's European tour, which starts next week, the band will return to the states to play a handful of Witness anniversary shows, where they'll perform the album in its entirety. Stay tuned to Modern Life Is War's Facebook page for more information and spin “I’m Not Ready” here:

One of the most groundbreaking groups to come out of the hardcore scene, Refused has announced a round of U.S. tour dates. Kicking off on May 25 in Las Vegas, the trek will conclude at Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C. on June 5. See all of Refused’s tour dates on their Facebook page and witness the genius of “New Noise” in the clip embedded below:

Brooklyn trio Meek Is Murder will unleash their third LP, Onward/Into the Sun, on May 5 via Rising Pulse Records. The album collects the brand new Onward EP, produced by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Magrudergrind) and 2011's Into the Sun Where It Falls Off the Sky. Comprised of current and former members of Enabler and the Red Chord, Alternative Press described Meek Is Murder’s musical style as “technical hardcore madness performed inside a fire tornado.” Meek Is Murder’s Back to the Future–inspired video for “Marty McFly (88 mph)” can be seen here:

Other news:

Burn vocalist Chaka Malik was interviewed by No Echo about the band’s history and his time fronting Orange 9mm. The interview also includes his thoughts on Burn’s upcoming headlining performance at the Black N’ Blue Bowl. (No Echo)

Agnostic Front’s latest album, The American Dream Died, is streaming in its entirety. (Metal Hammer)

For Today vocalist Mattie Montgomery has been accused of being a member of a religious cult by his former guitarist. (The PRP)

Former Gallows singer Frank Carter has launched a new band with Dean Richardson (Heights) and Memby Jago (The Ghost of a Thousand) called Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes. Their track “Fangs” is available for streaming. (Lambgoat)

Members of AFI, H2O, Sepultura, and other bands appear in a new video speaking on the influence Earth Crisis has had on their music. The piece was made in advance of Earth Crisis’ upcoming EP, The Discipline. (YouTube)