Much like it was a great year in Indie/Electronic music, there were a lot of great releases in Hardcore/Metal/Punk etc. Again, these aren’t the best albums by any professional reviews, but these are my favourite releases this year. Especially with genres as broad as “Hardcore”, it is often hard to define what to look for in certain bands. All 10 albums featured here range from Pop Punk to Death Metal/Thrash, but they are all worth giving a good listen if you are into these genres at all.
10. NAILS - Unsilent Death
9. Ceremony - Rohnert Park
8. Four Year Strong - Enemy of the World
7. Daughters - Daughters
6. Trap Them - Filth Rations EP
5. Hour of the Wolf - Decompositions Vol. 1
4. Cower - Land Before Time
3. All Pigs Must Die - All Pigs Must Die
This 4-Piece from Massachusetts recorded and released this album this year, and even with other musical projects this group has a very strong sound that is present in these 5 songs. With the workings of Ben Koller (Converge) on drums, Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy) on vocals, Adam Wentworth and Matt Woods (Bloodhorse) on strings, this group is bound for glory. This album is available through Shirts and Destroy or Deathwish inc, so pick it up if you haven’t already!
2. Baptists - Drown Your Sorrows
Baptists is a project formed by members of B.C. based bands A Textbook Tragedy and JAWS. Although this EP is only 4 songs, it is full of powerful rhythms, fast, technical guitar, and (as always) stellar drums to bring it all together. They are set to release a new EP early in 2011 on Southern Lord Records, which will most definitely not be a disappointment.
1. The Secret - Solve et Coagula
The Secret are a truly powerful Death Metal/Thrashcore band from Italy, and after their first release “Disintoxication”, I knew that this band was bound for something great. They have amazing fast, technical guitar along with drums just as difficult, all topped with the powerful, grainy sound of their vocalist. This release is available through Southern Lord Records, and is worth every penny.