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LIVE SHOTS: Fit For A King, ETID Irving Plaza NYC 10.31.16

Captain Mosh, the Hulk (Fit For A King) and a merry band of southern drunkards (Every Time I Die) took the stage on Halloween with style.  They killed it (as usual) playing tracks from both of their dominating new records, Deathgrip and Low Teens, respectively. Check out some of the shots from that night and be sure to get the new albums if you haven’t yet!

READ MORE: Interview w/ FFAK Vocalist Ryan Kirby on ‘Deathgrip’

Fit For A King Vocalist Ryan Kirby Talks Heaviest Album Yet, ‘Deathgrip’

The 2015 terrorist attacks on Paris affected not just the iconic French city but the globe, and not just the the ever-turbulent political sphere but the music industry as well. Since acts of terror have become an unfortunately common occurrence in our modern world, we’ve heightened security at large, international events like the Olympics and international hubs of transport such as airports. However, the tragedy that occurred at a concert at the Bataclan was tragic for more than the obvious reason. For many in the music community, like Fit For A King, it was traumatic because it attacked what is supposed to be a safe haven away from all of the horror of the world.

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RECORD REVIEW: Fit For A King – ‘Deathgrip’

As the name implies, Deathgrip is almost exclusively about mortality, anguish, fear and terror – and it’s a grand time. The chilling intro sets the tone for what is a sheer mosh-fest conducted by the reaper himself for the whole length of the album.

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PLAYLIST: Back To School

Even if you enjoy academics, the phrase “back to school” is always cringeworthy. It marks the end of summer fun and those damn TV commercials seem to start earlier and earlier every year. But no fear! Your HXC Magazine staff is here to make it a little more fun! Here’s a playlist to make your first days a little more mosh-tastic. (And if your teacher asks, that’s totally a word.)

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Zoume “Lost Boy”

Want a lyric video with a little umph? Check out Zoume‘s new song “Lost Boy” and it’s black and white, horror themed video! Let us know what you think of it and be sure to catch these guys live March 8th at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC with the likes of The Word Alive and Fit For A King!

INTERVIEW: Zachary Scott of It Lies Within

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How’s the tour going so far?

The Fear No Evil Tour is actually going really well. We’re definitely stoked to be down here in Florida for the tour, for the most part [the bands are] coming from Michigan and Pennsylvania. The crowds are going great. It’s a great end of the year for us and we’re having a lot of fun.

Awesome. Your new album Paramount comes out in a few weeks, too. How are you feeling about it?

It’s a crazy feeling because it’s been such a long time in the making for this album. The most member changes and just kind of being busy on the road so much. We’re just excited that it’s finally done and completed and we can’t wait to show the world, honestly. It’s cliché to say, but it’s honestly some of our best work and we have the best member lineup we’ve ever had right now. So words cant express how excited I am.

It’s been a few years since your debut album Chrysalis came out. What have you been doing in that time?

Basically, we’re a touring band. Anybody that does know anything about us would know that we’re constantly on the grind and for those that don’t know, basically we just try to tackle a different message throughout the industry and more staying on the road and playing constantly. We played over 180 shows last year, and we’re on our way to 140 this year, also hitting another country and going overseas for the first time. We’ve just been taking a different route, and again it’s primarily due to the member changes. We just wanted to make sure everybody felt good and really felt like they were a part of the album. I call it “the dream team” now. We’ve had our most solid lineup for over a year, adding our newest member, the old guitarist of the band Deception Of A Ghost (Kyle Dameron) to the band now. So we’re just really excited and we’re continuing this year like we would normally, just playing shows and touring out the year. And we’re gonna start [2016] with a new album.

I watched your new music video for “Ecdysis” and I’ve got to admit I had to look that term up. But it’s like a molting process, the shedding of an outer layer, right? So, in relation to the album title Chrysalis, what does this new song title and this new album mean for you?

We have a scene. We have a niche that we’re trying to work on. I think it’s something that’s important for every band to have and I think we’ve found that. And we’re a positive message band, you know, so the message we try to portray is we all have darkness inside us and we have to shed that skin. Chrysalis is kind of about that cocoon that you’d always be in and trying to break out, and [Paramount] is more about shedding out of that–breaking out to the top. The video was the latest song we wrote on the album, and we had most of Kyle’s influence on that, being the new member, so that’s definitely one that we wanted to start off with strong.

Do you have a favorite track off the record?

You know, I have a few to be honest with you. There’s a couple that just really equal out. “Starscream” is up there. I really like the song “Light The Way,” and the whole album is just awesome. There’s not a stagnant song. I don’t feel like there’s any fillers in the album just to get by. Every single part in the album is just exciting, and the way we put the album together, the way the songs flow, it’s just like a constant elevation. It’s like a fun roller coaster ride.

How does this album compare, in terms of sound, to your first album?

That album came out almost four years ago now. We’ve always been a metalcore band, but we were more influenced by bands like As I Lay Dying, All That Remains, and back then those bands were powerhouses. Those were the bands that motivated us to actually start this band and do what we’re out here doing, especially spreading a positive message. So I would say we’ve come into our own, having a new vocalist, Erik Mckay (bass/vocals), he’s just got some amazing clean vocals so we’re singing a little bit more on this album. And with having co-producer Jonny McBee from The Browning on it, obviously you’re gonna get that electronic element coming from him and I think he’s one of the best in the game. So we were really excited to collaborate with him on that. We wanted to just open the doors to new audiences. We didn’t want to keep this one narrow focus.

You mentioned The Browning. You also have members from The Word Alive and Fit For A King on this record. How else did that affect your sound?

This is the first time we’ve ever had guest vocalists on our album. And again, being such a long road between albums, we’ve just done so many things and accomplished so many things including rubbing elbows and hanging out and meeting these cool people that we looked up to. To be able to have Ryan Kirby (Fit For A King), Telle Smith (The Word Alive) and Jonny McBee (The Browning) on our album…them supporting us and believing what this album can do–it feels really good to have that backing. We’re just really excited for what 2016 has for us because the sky’s the limit and we’re definitely not going anywhere any time soon. It’s been a long, long, hard road for us. We’re definitely ready.

If you had one wish for 2016 what would it be?

Warped Tour.

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Paramount comes out 1/8/16. Preorder it HERE.

For Today Announce New Album ‘Wake’

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For Today have announced they will be releasing their new album Wake on October 2nd. Check out the slow and mysterious piano teaser for the album below, and be sure to catch them on their headlining tour with Fit For A King, Gideon, Phinehas, and Silent Planet this fall!

Tour Dates

10/1 | Vanguard  | Tulsa, Okla.
10/2  | Trees | Dallas | Texas.
10/3 | Korova | San Antonio, Texas
10/4 | Walters | Houston, Texas
10/6 | Murray Hill  | Jacksonville, Fla.
10/7 | Backbooth | Orlando, Fla.
10/8 | Masquerade | Atlanta, Ga.
10/9 | Rocketown | Nashville, Tenn.
10/10 | Greene Street Club | Greensboro, N.C.
10/11 | MACC | Gambrills, Md.
10/12 | Gramercy Theater | New York, N.Y.
10/14 | Palladium |Worcester,  Mass.
10/15 | TLA  | Philadelphia, Pa.
10/16 | Mr. Smalls | Pittsburgh, Pa.
10/17 | Agora | Cleveland, Ohio
10/18 | Bottom Lounge | Chicago, Ill.
10/20 | Skyway Studio B | Minneapolis, Minn.
10/21 | Ready Room | St Louis, Mo.
10/22 | The Waiting Room | Omaha, Neb.
10/23 | Marquis Theater | Denver Colo.
10/24 | Murray Theater | Salt Lake City, Utah
10/26 | El Corazon | Seattle, Wash.
10/27 | Hawthorne Theater | Portland, Ore.
10/28 | Ace of Spades | Sacramento, Calif.
10/29 | Strummers | Fresno, Calif.
10/30 | Glass House | Pomona, Calif.
10/31 | Soma | San Diego, San Diego, Calif.
11/1 | Joe’s Grotto | Phoenix, Ariz.
11/2 | Launchpad  | Albuquerque, N.M.

Leonel Salcedo of CrossHeart Industry

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Some of you may question what it takes to be a true HXC Diehard. While the answers to that inquiry may be varied, one trait we look for is entrepreneurial spirit. No, we’re not talking about stiffs in suits walking down Wall Street. We’re talking DIY. The term ‘DIY’ is significant enough in the hardcore scene historically, and when applied to bands conjures forth a few well-known facts: Zero label support, hard work, and relentless pursuit of passion. But what about when it’s applied to one person? Meet Leonel Salcedo, founder, manager, and contributor for CrossHeart Industry. We interviewed him for our Diehards section because he had an idea that he chose to follow, and it led him to be not only a participator in his local scene, but an active shaper thereof. Read the interview below to find out more about him, CrossHeart, and what makes the New York hardcore scene worth investing in.

Christopher Tito from Zoumé named you an HXC Diehard—someone who really goes above and beyond for the hardcore scene. Why do you think you deserve this nomination?

[Laughs] I’ve been attending [local] shows for three years. I’ve never missed a show, and I have a bunch of local friends in local bands and I support them. Not only that, but I’m creating a social media platform that help bands promote themselves around the world, and also helps fans connect with every band they wish to.

You’re talking about CrossHeart Industry. How did the idea for that come about?

To be honest, I was just sitting at home and I was just like, ‘Fuck it.’ It was just random, one of those random ideas that just happen and you’re just like, ‘Okay, let me see what I can do with it.’ Things just happened and it ended up shaping up on its own.

So you say it’s a way to help bands promote themselves. How does it work?

So, if you have a new single coming out, you’ll be able to preview it to a few thousand people, depending how much you pay and how much [exposure] you wish. Not only that, let’s say you have an album coming out, you can stream it for free, you could play your whole album on the website. For the fan part, if you attend shows, if you purchase merch, tickets, albums, if you take pictures with the bands you can also earn rewards for doing basic stuff like that. In return you get [more of] the band’s merch, new albums that are coming out, and more. 

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CrossHeart Graphic by Bryan Nieves

“They don’t even know your whole history, they just easily become your friends. Just saying ‘hello,’ it automatically sets something off.”

What is your role?

I’m just the founder and manager. I keep the whole team in tact. I’m also a photographer. That’s it for me. We have three other photographers, we have another manager, and we have someone who writes reviews on albums and upcoming events, someone to run our social media websites, and a graphic designer.

Is that how you know Zoumé or did you hang out with those guys before you launched CrossHeart?

That was before we launched CrossHeart. I met Christopher Tito when he was really in his scene phase. I don’t really recall how I met Jeff (Freedman, bass/vocals). One day he just came to one of my parties I threw. Brean (Holguin, drums), I just randomly met. Farhan (Tanvir, guitar) was just from hanging out with the guys.

Where are you from?

I’m Dominican. I was technically born there, but I came to America when I was one year old, so I’m kind of an American in my own way.

Where in the New York area do you live?

I live in the Bronx.

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Salcedo crowdsurfing, photo credit: Final Reprise Media

Why has the local NYC scene become so important to you?

Damn, that’s a tough question. I guess one of the main reasons is because I see a lot of my friends struggle with their own bands. A lot of them, their dream is to make it out there and tour the world. I see a lot of these other mainstream bands that really don’t deserve it. So it’s like damn, these guys are really struggling to make it out there and these other bands are like, ‘Oh my god, I’m so beautiful. Sign me.’ It’s kind of hard to explain. It’s just something you grow up with. I’ve been going to shows for three years. I don’t want to say I grew up with those kids, but they became family. When you go to shows, all these kids have their own life but when you chill with them and you hang with them and you actually spend some time with them, it’s so easy off the bat. They don’t even know your whole history, they just easily become your friends. Just saying ‘hello,’ it automatically sets something off. It’s really weird, but cool. 

How long have you been working for CrossHeart? Where do you see it heading?

It’s been six months since we’ve started. For the future, we’re planning to launch our beta by this summer. If it goes well, then we’ll become a full website by next year. That’s what I have scheduled for now. But if everything does go well, I’d see us becoming one of the major milestones in the music industry.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

I guess it would be Samuel L. Jackson, Dave Chappelle, Lelouch.

Why those figures?

Because Samuel L. Jackson is one badass motherfucker. If I could be any motherfucking badass in this world, it would be him, and I just have to say ‘fuck’ a lot because that’s his character. Dave Chappelle because he’s one of the funniest men on this planet. It’s something great to make people laugh a lot and if you have that talent, fantastic. Lelouch, because he pushed the boundaries of himself and he did anything possible to make his dream true.

Favorite band?

Stick To Your Guns, Fit For A King, Scary Kids Scaring Kids. 

Why are those your favorite bands?

Honestly, I really don’t know. I’m not a person who listens to music lyric-wise. When I hear it, it’s just something my body is very accustomed to. I can’t explain it.

Who would you name the next HXC Diehard?

Oh, crap. I’ll go with Marquis Green, Hector Sabino, and Tyler Andrew.

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Salcedo with Aaron Evans of Like Moths To Flames