SKI MASKS = mandatory dress code!!
Since 2007 or so, when kids around the country decided to throw on a TERROR record and realized, “hey, my special love rod down there feels funny… and I LIKE it”, there has been an AWESOME emergence of sick hardcore bands across the country. Scenes like Southern California (Xibalba, Soul Search), Wilkes Barre (Dead End Path, Stick Together), and New York (Backtrack, Incendiary) tend to get a lot of love and attention, AND get jocked all the time by suburban, white, upper-middle class college freshmen who steal their parents credit cards to buy crew necks off ALL IN MERCH. Yet throughout all my tumblr forays, I’ve yet to find kids truly appreciating what I consider the best hardcore scene in the country right now… CHICAGO!
Everybody knows HARMS WAY, the leader in modern Chicago Hardcore, and if you don’t, why are you still on this page? But there’s a bunch of newer bands now who KILL IT, having worked up tens of dollars enough from their various cheap labor day jobs to afford a van to get out of the city and tour other STATES, maybe even outside of the MIDWEST! It’s heavy, moshworthy, and beyond ignorant. GTFIH and listen!
CASE STUDY #1: NO ZODIAC
NO ZODIAC portray “real” urban life, looks like if ur a poor or a woman u just get beat and lit on fire by some scummy hxc dudes :(
Everything about NO ZODIAC… the riffs… the video… the fear I have when watching this from my nice-and-urban-yet-semi-wealthy-predominately-white-neighborhood-apartment-with-little-to-no-crime (fuckyeahgentrification.tumblr.com)… YOU. ARE. MOSHING!! It’s a fair indication of what modern chicago hardcore stands for: over the top heavy/beatdown, over the top scumbag/criminal image, predominately dark and/or satanic themes, etc. If you aren’t waiting until your parents leave the house, punching a hole through your mattress from the extreme rotational energy built up from excessive moshing, and taking screaming at your cat, “NO GOD CAN SAVE ME! NO MAN CAN HELP ME!!”, there’s something wrong with you, doe. :( Also lol @ the $35 budget of this vid, and the weak headbanging/stage presence. NO CARE, the mosh is brough hard, and that’s the only real reason these bands exist, right??
CASE STUDY #2: WAR HOUND
Half-assed semi-graffiti-inspired logo with chicago buildings thrown into the letter… mind = bottled
WAR HOUND are probably the second biggest band in the scene right now behind Harms Way, and bring it HARD. SYWH has mentioned them before (lol @ sarge thinking they were euros), and if you didn’t catch on, START NOW. Definitely some scummy looking dudes (strong tattoo-to-face ratio) that wouldn’t really appeal to the tumblr crowd. Pretty nice in person, though! They’re strongly influenced by hip hop, not only in the drum beat and image, but especially the lyrical flow. These guys pretty much got together at conference table and decided, “you know BULLDOZE? That sounded like Steely Dan, bruh.” BACK TARD! Also, they’re supposed to have an acutal full-length coming out this year, “Colder Than Ever”, and it’s been recorded for a while, but I think they’re having label trouble releasing it? Want to see these guys get enough money to pay rent. :( Though that might affect the quality of the urban-struggle-inspired-lyrics, so maybe not!
CASE STUDY #3: BITTER THOUGHTS
0:17 wtf why was that vomit so fucking moshworthy
I can see some people getting turned off by these vocals, but if you’re into it (like me), BITTER THOUGHTS is some of the heaviest shit out there! I feel like these guys heard the Backtrack demo, and were like, “lol that shit was cute, let’s let the REAL MEN write the songs now.” STRONG riffage here, especially the HUUUEAAAGHH at 0:17 and that totally hip hop drum rythm. Heavy fucking misanthropic breakdown at the end, topped off with an otherworldly BLEEEEAGH! Pretty sure it’s illegal to be this heavy without a government-issued license. jizzinmypants.wav
CASE STUDY #4: NO REGRETS
lol do u guise remember when KONY was a thing?? Neither do I!
White ppl yelling “muthafucka” thinking they’re one of the blacks in hardcore songs = never not old! It’s probably my second favorite gimmick of the genre, and NO REGRETS know how to please me. No Regrets are solid, not really innovating anything… but since when has anyone other than Todd Jones really innovated anything good, anyway? Really nice dudes, too!
I have yet to see much stuff for any of these bands circling the internets compared to some of the newer hardcore bands that get tons of attention, which is a shame. Not only do these bros write some of the best, most moshworthy riffs in hardcore out there today, they aren’t rich white fggts and actually live the “gritty urban lifestyle” described in their lyrics so you don’t have to! Also, if anyone’s around the Chicago area June 29th, War Hound, No Zodiac and Bitter Thoughts are gonna tear up some medium-sized room filled with about 30 people with UNIT 731! Check it out.
WAT U THINK?? Did you pass out from dehydration/blood loss to your extremities due to “excessive mosh disorder”? Do u have a strong desire to get NO GODS NO MASTERS inked below your eyes and buy some second rate black XXL sweatshirts at Salvation Army?? Or did the word “chicago” turn you off since 94% of the city are idealistic fggt liberal hipsters?