1. Bloodclot - Souls (New York City, New York)
"After a pandemic-induced hiatus, former Cro-Mags vocalist John Joseph has once again revived his Bloodclot project, a band that dates back to his days as a roadie for D.C. hardcore pioneers Bad Brains in the early ’80s. The latest incarnation of Joseph’s metalllic hardcore quartet features guitarist Tom Capone (ex-Quicksand), bassist Craig Setari (Sick Of It All) and drummer Darren Morgenthaler (ex-Madball). Musically it’s a Slayer-inspired hardcore rampage akin to that band’s late ’80s output, though Capone’s at-times dissonant guitar adds a post-metal tension to the track. It was produced by Laz Pina (Ill Niño) and mixed by Chris Collier." - Adem Tepedelen @ Decibel
2. The Doppelgangaz - Black Cloak Lifestyle (Orange County, New York)
Orange County, New York hip-hop group The Doppelgangaz consist of longtime friends Matter Ov Fact and EP. The cloaked two man has always championed a DIY ethos, handling everything in-house. After starting their label Groggy Pack Entertainment in 2010, the Ghastly Duo has been consistently releasing music and touring internationally. Their sole purpose is to feed their beloved supporters affectionately dubbed "Shark Nation." In 2022, the Gangaz are slated to drop a smorgasbord of new music culminating in the release of their next album, Black Cloak Lifestyle. The title references the mantra used by The Doppelgangaz since their inception.
3. Foxblood - Dissociation Vacation (Melbourne, Australia)
Genre: Metal / Post Hardcore
Foxblood is a five-part metal band from Melbourne, Australia.
4. Circa Survive - Two Dreams (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania)
Today, it’s hard to remember that Circa Survive vocalist Anthony Green, guitarists Colin Frangicetto and Brendan Ekstrom, bassist Nick Beard and drummer Steve Clifford – began their journey together so eagerly. After several years, two successful album and limitless amounts of love and respect earned and shared between one another, Circa Survive has become one of the most impactful, ethereal bands on the planet. Perhaps even more significantly, they’ve also become a family – which explains why the suburban, Pennsylvania house that serves as the band’s writing and rehearsal space is also their shared home. “I’m pretty sure that each member knows everything there is to know about everyone in this band, being together as much as we are,” laughs Beard. It’s precisely that level of intimacy that’s fuelled Circa Survive’s every action – including tours with bands like My Chemical Romance, Coheed and Cambria and Cute Is What We Aim For – and infused their critical accomplishments – they graced the cover of Alternative Press’ coveted 100 Bands You Need To Know issue (April 2007) – with a sense of pride. So by the time Circa Survive was ready to begin crafting the follow-up to 2005’s breakthrough Juturna, the chemistry and togetherness combined with their shared experiences was ready to extend to their music as well.
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