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LIVE SHOTS: Underoath & Beartooth on ‘The American Nightmare’ Tour

On March 20th, thousands of people gathered at Terminal 5 in New York to see some of the absolute biggest names in heavy music. With international sensation Bring Me The Horizon headlining, the mighty Underoath and the fiercely aggressive Beartooth took the stage. Check out some of the shots we got that night below!

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RECORD REVIEW: Beartooth – ‘Aggressive’

It’s been two years since Beartooth‘s last album and finally the wait is over! Their new album Aggressive has been out for over a week now and for the most part has gotten some mixed reviews from TOOF fans.
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LIVE SHOTS: Rock’n Derby’s 1st Year, New York

The Rock’n Derby was a weird little festival very much off the beaten path. In Schaghticoke, NY, bands from Stray From The Path, to Halestorm, to A Day To Remember gave performances on Saturday, May 21st–just one of the three days of the event. Nestled in rural New York, the festival featured not only bands, however, but wrestling and demolition derby. It also featured some not so cool things, like a surprising number of Confederate flags, only further proving my personal theory that if you drive far enough north (or in any direction, really) you eventually hit The South. 

Check out some shots we got from this one-of-a-kind festival. Banged-up cars, face-painted wrestlers, and Levi Benton? Yup. All here.

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Beartooth Release Exclusive B-Side “Sick Of It All”

Beartooth have just premiered a B-side from their 2014 record Disgusting called “Sick Of It All” as part of Red Bull‘s “20 Before 16” campaign, in which Red Bull shares 20 new exclusive tracks from 20 artists in the last days before the new year. To stream and get a free download of the exclusive Beartooth track, follow this link. And be quick, because there are only a certain amount of downloads available! Be sure let us know what you think of it!

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LIVE SHOTS: Atreyu, Beartooth at Irving Plaza

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It may have been a weeknight for every eager metal fan, however nothing but insanity ensued Wednesday October 7th at Irving Plaza from start to finish, when every band possessed the crowd with a fulfilling night of circle pits, sing-alongs and controlled violence. As soon as the first ring of guitar feedback began to screech through the speakers, the much anticipated explosion of energy took over and everyone lost it. Beartooth came out strong, tore off faces and spat on them by the time they were done with their set, showing no mercy. This all led up to the amazing Atreyu, who ignited the venue and made the crowd wish they had called their chiropractor prior (in the best way possible). No one left the show with their voice in tact, but they did leave with a thrilling experience they would not soon forget.

Photos and text by Alexander Chan 

Record Review: Crossfaith – ‘Xeno’

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It is impossible to brand the new Crossfaith record Xeno with a simple label. An amalgamation of hard rock, metal, techno and house music, this album does not fit neatly into any one package. And that’s exactly what makes it so much fun.

“System X” begins the record with racing violins and raging electronic beats in an exciting cross between movie soundtrack and rave. And essentially, that is the tone of Xeno. As the album picks up hard rock and industrial cues with songs like the title track and the inspirational “Raise Your Voice,” a sense of drama and increasing tension unfolds between the technological elements and the more human ones. The two sides work synergistically with each other at the same time that they compete, and that’s what makes tracks like “Dystopia” and “Ghost In The Mirror” feat. Caleb Shomo (Beartooth) so intriguing.

Xeno does venture off into the realm of camp, however, with the likes of “Wildfire” feat. Benji Webbe (Skindred). The song feels more like a video game theme than anything. The record is also decently long at 15 tracks, which can get a little tiresome if you’re not living it up in a ne0n-lighted warehouse somewhere. But the melodic moments in songs like “Vanguard” and the more sentimental “Tears Fall” help keep things fresh, and overall Xeno ends up being an adventure worth taking.

Three and Half Star Rating

Music Video of the Week: Beartooth “Beaten In Lips”

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The semi-mythical days of crabcore have fallen to the wayside as the age of electronicore and it’s leading forerunners Attack Attack! fade deep into legend.  Though the band may have dissolved, many of the guys who made the MySpaceera band what it was are still rocking out today, however, they are doing so in a much less digital way.

In case you haven’t heard, former AA! vocalist, Caleb Shomo has been up to a lot recently.  His band Beartooth, a hardcore punk outfit that has been dominating what it means to be old school and roughin’ it, have been playing almost nothing but house shows (yes, as in people’s basements and living rooms) for the last couple of months.  Pretty cool, don’t ya think? Well, we definitely do. With roaring riffs, delightfully genuine and strained vocals, and a real message to send out to the youth, Shomo and Beartooth have helped round out not only the DIY aspect of contemporary punk and hardcore, but have also brought out a communal, local vibe so often lost in the web of touring, album sales and just the music industry in general. Check out the video for the Beartooth anthem “Beaten In Lips” to get a taste of a Beartooth house show alongside a deeper lyrical and visual message many of the kids in hardcore and punk scenes ought to hear.

Video Premiere: Favorite Weapon “Let’s Shake On It”

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Remember that band Woe, Is Me? Yeah, that band that we have to thank for the emergence of Tyler Carter. It was also a band with a complete clusterfuck of a line-up. It felt like every month a member joined or parted ways with the group. However, because of Woe, Is Me a lot of great new music emerged.  Carter and his latest band Issues aside, another gem to spring from the ashes of Woe, Is Me is a phoenix we can refer to as Favorite Weapon.  Favorite Weapon was the side project and eventual full-fledged band formed by Hance Alligood, Tyler Carter’s replacement in the final days of Woe, Is Me.  (Apparently being the clean vocalist of Woe, Is Me is like being the unclean vocalist of Attack Attack! *cough Caleb, Austin cough*)

Anyhow, Favorite Weapon’s debut album Sixty Saragossa dropped over the summer and was exceptionally well received.  Constantly touring, the band seems to have finally found time to put together a music video for their single “Let’s Shake On It.”  You can check out the video below and let us know what you think! (And no, your computer is not broken, there really is no sound in the video for the first 20 seconds.)

Church Tongue Guitarist Bursts Into Flames (On Purpose)

Photo Credit: Caleb Morin
Photo Credit: Caleb Morin

Being that HXC is a DIY magazine, there’s nothing we love more than DIY-touring. Well, except when a guitarist is intentionally set on fire mid-set. We may love that more.

Beartooth’s string of DIY midwest and southern tour dates began with a blaze last night in Indiana, where Church Tongue lit their guitarist, Chris Sawicki, aflame during one of their songs. Whoever says punk is dead clearly just can’t stand the heat, because this is punk-fucking-rock.

See the footage below.

(Anti) Valentine’s Day Playlist

anti valentines dayThe holiday with perhaps the most obvious money-making agenda, Valentine’s Day still manages to conjure up plenty of feelings. There are rumors floating around that it’s supposed to be a happy day, but the people who whispered them have been properly disposed of by now, we’re almost sure. Whether you’re single or not, it’s a day that can bring with it added, needless pressures. To help you cope with the annual annoyance, we’ve reached into the vault and created a playlist that screams, jeers, and even laughs the angst away.

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