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Bruce Hardt-Valenzuela

desert-dwelling new englander. gay married with three charming but awful cats. we also have a rodent of unusual size that may be some species of dog. avid believer in robert smith beating up morrissey and the healing power of converge. was followed by slowdive on twitter at one point.

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Photos:¬†Wayne Ballard Desert Dweller Fest’s introductory year was a helluva of a weekend. The first day was stuffed to bursting with youth crew glory, old school fury, brutal chuggery and even a scaled back, emotive set from Runaround. Day two was a different monster entirely, with some of Arizona’s heaviest

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Photos:¬†Pablo Vigueras If you haven’t been paying attention to Arizona hardcore, then you’re fuckin’ up. That’s putting a not too fine a point on it, either. Over the last few years, bands from across the Grand Canyon state have been cropping up triumphant like a Saguaro cactus on a barren

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Philadelphia, PA’s Jesus Piece is a vicious quintet that has been turning heads clean off over the last few years. A crushing monstrosity of beatdown and death metal, Jesus Piece recently signed with Southern Lord, in addition to a heavy touring circuit and a split with fellow heavies, Malice at

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There’s uncompromising heaviness to Sanction’s music that has been missing from metalcore for near a decade. We’re not talking about deathcore’s overdone sheen, where a breakdown is a product over being an integral set piece. We’re talking about when metalcore and its splinter genres were not product but art form,

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Maybe it’s just me, but it feels as if the metalcore spirit of decades past is gleefully haunting us once again. I’m sure some of you may read the term “metalcore” and consider it a genre slur of sorts, especially in relation to its early-mid aughts strains. If you do,

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Integrity is important, but that statement alone is negligible given the band’s near 30 years as both progenitors and continuous pioneers of metallic and Holy Terror-inspired hardcore. Dwid Hellion, the original line-up’s sole remaining member and eternal mouthpiece, has long turned Integrity into a vehicle for his apocalyptic visions and

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