July 31, 2019

ENFORCED, "At The Walls" (WAR Records)

ENFORCED, "At The Walls" (WAR Records) LP introduces 2 brand new songs and features a remixed and remastered version of their 2017 Demo and the "Retaliation" promo. All tracks were recorded by Bob Quirk and mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Cavalera Conspiracy, Candy). You may also recognize the yelling of Dwid Hellion (Integrity, Psywarfare) who provides guest vocals to the track "Skinned Alive" and who also created the apocalyptic album artwork.

Upon first listen, you'll quickly catch a late 80's Hardcore/Thrash Crossover vibe picking up familiar influences from Slayer, Exodus, Cro-Mags, and the aforementioned Integrity. However, with a personality and sound unto themselves—due in part to their maniacal vocal delivery, crushing breakdowns, and overall sheer energy from track to track—don't be surprised to see this name more in coming years.

Although it only teases you with a minimal amount of new material, the addition of the revamped demo tracks round this release out extremely well and definitely makes for a very cohesive and addictive listen.

July 25, 2019

YATRA, "Death Ritual"

YATRA consider their sound to be "darkly spiritual" including familiar elements of Doom, a heavy and slow rhythm section blanketed with thick, syrupy riffs, and Black Metal style vocals. Described as "a journey into mountainous sound, transcending into the deep forests of primeval times.". Recently signed to STB Records, expecting a killer full length to follow.

March 19, 2019

EKULU, "Half Alive" EP

A pair of new songs from New York City's EKULU, still wearing The Icemen/Dynamo and Cro-Mags influences on their sleeves, but showcasing a lot more personality and character this time around. To the point New York Hardcore with classy hard riffs and great vocal delivery will have you coming back for more in no time.

February 22, 2019

Shadows And Tall Trees #3

PDF Download: Shadows And Tall Trees #3

This was a good one from the early 90's done by my friend Dave Natoli. Lots of great photos and reviews from quite a few nostalgic Syracuse shows, as well as record and fanzine reviews, Straight Edge, scene talk, and playlists.

Will be posting a few more follow-up issues of Shadows And Tall Trees, as well as an issue of Still Believe, what SATT was later renamed.

February 4, 2019

Fresh From ‘89 You Suckas!
Howie Abrams (NoEcho.net)

By 1989, I began outgrowing the cheesiness of a lot of the Metal my musical diet consisted of and began finding a lot more real-life, raw and relatable underground Hardcore/Punk and Crossover bands, namely via Thrasher Magazine and/or the soundtrack of whatever skateboard video was saturating my life. 

The little town I grew up in had a couple of record stores in it, as well as a hole in the wall comic book store that also served as a small record shop. This is where I'd spend a good amount of my time (and allowance) scouring the stock hoping to come across titles of any of these new bands I was learning about. Sometimes with a miss but more often than not, a score. While many scenesters of the time would complain how some independent labels were "selling out" and getting distribution deals, had it not been for those deals, these tiny record stores in my area would never have had the chance to stock their shelves to service kids like us, the new generation of Hardcore keeping the wheels moving and the scene progressing.

It was a phenomenal time to be a freshly planted seed in fertile soil as the musical rain was plentiful that year and it certainly gave birth to quite a beautiful garden.

Every song on this No Echo list by Howie Abrams hit a mark and remain to be some of the most influential and inspiring bands, artists, and talents to have grown from that era.