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SPOTLIGHT: Hell Mary Self-Titled Vinyl Release Show

hell-mary-release-show

If there is a reason you need to pay attention to local NJ hardcore it is the chaotic natural force that is Hell Mary. Their self-titled record claims 10 tracks, most of which never make it past the 2-minute mark. It’s classic, rage-fueled hardcore meets the eclecticism and speed of bands like Every Time I Die. And yet, you’ve most likely never heard of them unless you’re a Jersey local. They’re a gem very much kept under the dirt, and perhaps they like it that way, but you’re missing out if you haven’t had them tear your ears off and throw them underneath their drummer’s bass pedal. So do yourself a favor and give the record a listen and check out a live show whenever you get the chance.

LIVE SHOTS: Surfacing at Knitting Factory, Brooklyn 12.30.15

We did a lot in 2015. We photographed acts like Sworn In, The Plot In You, and Defeater and ranted to you about what we thought were some of the most fantastic records and some of the biggest flops. We got to chat with local bands and big names alike, from hanging out with Zoumé at punk landmarks on St. Marks Place to chatting with Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada backstage at Mayhem Fest. Not only have we worked hard and had a lot of fun, but we’ve gotten the opportunity to see some amazing shows and meet inspiring people. After all that, we closed the year not only by giving you our Top 10 HXC Approved Albums of the year, but we also attended NYC-based metalcore band Surfacing‘s album release show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Check out some photos from the band’s set after the jump, and be sure to check out their debut record, Chaos Through Clarity.

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Live Shots: Senses Fail, Silverstein, Hundredth, Capsize

Senses Fail
Senses Fail

On a day dubbed “the worst fuckin’ day of the year” by Senses Fail vocalist Buddy Nielsen (a day otherwise known to NYC residents as Santacon), Silverstain, Senses Fail, Hundredth and Capsize played the main room at Webster Hall. Fans stood wall to wall as anthems new and old blasted through the speakers, such as Hundredth‘s “Break Free,” Senses Fail’s “Bite To Break Skin,” and Silverstein’s “My Heroine.” Check out some of the photos from the event below and tag us in some of yours on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/whatever else if you were there that night!

Photos by Alex Chan

Live Shots: ERRA, Polyphia, Invent Animate at Amityville Music Hall

Invent, Animate
Invent, Animate

Long Island’s Amityville Music Hall could hardly contain the excitement on September 6th for ERRA’s headlining tour. For a cramped venue, it felt like a festival. The crowd was fueled with energy as fans pushed their way toward the stage, reaching for the mic to scream their favorite Invent, Animate lyrics. Lead vocalist Ben English put on one of the most powerful performances I have seen this year, sending chills down my spine and even making me yell the lyrics while taking these photos. Impressive and inspiring, Polyphia mellowed the crowd with their sweet progressive instrumentals. Yet the main attraction was of course ERRA who delivered massive force inside the small venue. The strength of vocalist Ian Eubanks’s screams sent everyone to the stage, while Jesse Cash’s cleans guided everyone to sing along before tearing everything apart in the pit.

Photos and text by Justin LaMot

Live Shots: Like Moths To Flames, Northlane at Gramercy Theatre

Northlane

Atmospheric metalcore had a night at Gramercy Theatre in NYC last Thursday, August 20th when Northlane headlined a show with supporting acts Like Moths To Flames, In Hearts Wake and Oceans Ate Alaska. When he wasn’t busy shaking things up in the pit, photographer Alex Chan was on the scene snapping photos of the Aussies in Northlane and the Ohio gents in LMTF. Check out the gallery below!

All photos by Alex Chan.

Live Shots: Whitechapel at Mayhem Fest 2015

Whitechapel
Whitechapel

Two Words: Phil Bozeman.

While metal music reigns supreme at the Rockstar Mayhem Fest each year, it is bands like Whitechapel that always tend to dominate.  Opting to play the Victory Records stage when they easily could have fronted the Main Stage.  PhillyBo and Co. delivered the heaviest set of the day and rocked the festival for a well deserved 40-minute set.  From their showmanship, musicianship, and Bozeman’s legendary guttural screams, Whitechapel stole the show.  In case you missed it, check out some of the live shots we got at the Holmdel, New Jersey date of the festival.

All photos by Taylor Markarian.

Live Shots: Thy Art Is Murder at Mayhem Fest 2015

CJ McMahon of Thy Art Is Murder
CJ McMahon of Thy Art Is Murder

When your guitarist’s sound shuts off mid-set, you improvise the guitar solo with doo-doo-doo’s in your vocals. When the crowd isn’t moving fast enough, you jump down into the circle pit and get shit moving. At least, that’s how Thy Art Is Murder vocalist CJ McMahon runs the show. And of course, nothing says “brutal” more than a banana yellow guitar and a popsicle shirt, right Andy? Check out some metal photos of Thy Art Is Murder from the Holmdel, New Jersey date of Mayhem Fest 2015 below!

All photos by Taylor Markarian.

Live Shots: Sworn In at Mayhem Fest 2015

Chris George of Sworn In
Chris George of Sworn In

Most bands jump around a lot on stage. The self-described “emotional” band Sworn In like to lurk. Wielding their chaotic blend of metal, industrial, and -core sounds at Rockstar Mayhem Fest on Tuesday, they sneered and stared at the New Jersey crowd who weren’t sure whether to mosh or take cover. Which will you choose?

All photos taken by Mascot Van Duser.

Live Shots: Code Orange, TDWP at Mayhem Fest 2015

Mike Hranica of TDWP
Mike Hranica of TDWP

HXC Magazine got an exclusive look at two forceful and raging live bands, Code Orange and The Devil Wears Prada, on the New Jersey date of this year’s Rockstar Mayhem Fest.

Holding their own on the Victory Records Stage, Code Orange brought out the inner-mosh in all who watched.  From their brutal, overlaid unclean vocals to their energetic stage presence, Code Orange proved that they are no longer kids and can hold their own at festival as tried and true as Mayhem.

Though the pavilion seating arrangement made for an awkward main stage dynamic, TDWP did not hold back. Blaring fan favorites from “Outnumbered” to “Danger: Wildman,” the metalcore heavyweights even made sure to showcase their new single “Supernova” from their upcoming Space EP.

Check out the live photos in the gallery below from their Mayhem performance at New Jersey’s PNC Bank Arts Center.

All photos of Code Orange by Mascot Van Duser.

All photos of The Devil Wears Prada by Taylor Markarian.

Live Shots: Awake At Last at Hashtag Bar

Last night the five guys in Awake At Last took to the stage at Staten Island’s premiere venue Hashtag Bar.  A real punk gem in the making, Hashtag Bar hosts everything from a killer sound system to a snake habitat, and even has its own defunct air hockey table. But no one last night was there for snakes or games, just real up close and personal rock ‘n’ roll. Check out the gallery below to see some of our favorite snap shots from Awake At Last’s performance.

All photos by Taylor Markarian.