The hardcore scene is very predictable: every 5-7 years, someone who is talented and willing to go out on a limb comes up with an awesome idea for a new twist on the classic hardcore sound- usually someone older and/or weird who doesn’t give a fuck. Then all the little kids who are much less talented and are definitely not willing to do anything different copy that idea and run it into the ground via their shitty bands.
In the 80s it was youth crew, then crossover. In the 90s it was vegan moshcore and basement emo, which turned into metalcore and deathcore in the 00s. So what will be the big trend for 10s “tr00 hardcore”?? My guess is ENTOMBEDCORE, which is basically what happens when you take Dismember/Entombed riffs, add some Bridge 9 vocals, and throw in a pinch of Repulsion-style grind. Oh, and Orange amps [via Southern Lord].
IMO the definitive ENTOMBEDCORE band is NAILS, who are also the only band in this genre that I actually like. Don’t blame Todd for all the shitty ripoff bands, though– it’s not his fault that he is a talented guy who is also weird enough to do something different, which means that every time he has a good idea, kids copy it for 3-5 years.
Not sure, but Trap Them might have come out before Nails? Either way, I think of Trap Them as the Carnage to Nails’ Entombed: they’re on the right track, but just not quite as good and sort of entry-level in general. The main issue is that Trap Them is missing the grind elements that make Nails so awesome– also, I feel like they lack a certain “I’m so bitter and I want to die” quality??
And then there is ALL PIGS MUST DIE. I can’t front, musically they are pretty sweet- if you gave someone the task of copying the first couple Grave records and adding Bitter End vocals, I would give them an A++. But once again, what’s missing is the “I hate myself because I was raised by a single mother on welfare in a trailer” feel- I get more of a “I read some shit in Decibel about ‘TOP 10 SWEDEATH BANDS U NEEDS 2 KNOW’ and bought an HM-2 off eBay” kinda vibe. Wack. Strong URBN OUTFITTERS cover art too.
Again, NEW LOWS are OK in a “band I would have seen at Gilman in 1995 open for Dystopia” kind of way. They don’t suck but IDK, I’m just not feeling it??? Zzzzzzzz
And then there are straight up NAILS ripoff bands like DEAD IN THE DIRT. Apparently this is a “vegan sxe grindcore” band made up of dudes from that mediocre mosh band FOUNDATION. Speaking of which, Foundation reminds me of some D-level band who would be on X Catalyst X and only tour in Italy, Germany and Belgium– why do people jizz over this garbage??? I thought we left it in the 90s, in the pages of Heartattack and other stuff I just want to forget because it makes me regret the first 23 years of my life. Can we just lock them inside Gilman and set the whole place on fire??
WAT U THINK??? In b4 B9 dorks start jocking the Carnage LP, and in b4 Todd Jones hides under a rock out of sheer embarrassment over what his imitators are doing.