|Best Hardcore Releases of 2017|
Really a collection of the best heavy releases of 2017, but hey. I have included a decent amount of demos and debuts on this list - while there may have been great LPs I left off this list, 2017 to me was an insane year for new and breakout DIY hardcore bands. There is so much great talent coming up, and I wanted to highlight that in this list. For the newer/lesser-known bands, I have provided Bandcamp links (and descriptions for some) if you want to explore a particular release further. Hope you enjoy.
The Dusk in Us
My favorite band of all time. Not their best record, but every Converge record is a banger and this is no different.
Power Trip take the next step. Nightmare Logic is an incredible record. Hitting the road in 2018 with Sheer Mag, Fury and Red Death, so keep an eye out.
Fronted by Power Trip drummer Chris Ulsh, Impalers are one of the best hardcore/D-beat bands that very few know about. Right from the jump, this record is fast and aggressive. Can't recommend this band enough to all fans of hardcore. // FFO: Discharge, Motorhead, Negative Approach
Thousand Mile Stare
Imagine Snapcase playing Buried Alive songs being fronted by Zack De La Rocha. Might have listened to this record more than any other in 2017, this goes so hard.
|5||Full of Hell|
The grind greats do it again. FOH aren't a hardcore band, but do contain plenty of hardcore influences.
2016's Paramount was my favorite record of the year, and this short but awesome promo tape lives up to the hype. Expect an insane sophomore LP from them in 2018. Also touring with Power Trip.
4/5ths of Have Heart dropped the best EP of the year. Every bit as good as HH, with more of an Inside Out vibe. // FFO: Have Heart, Inside Out (if that wasn't obvious)
If Cro-Mags formed in 2017. This band is going places. // FFO: Cro-Mags, Harley Flanagan, Harley Cro-Mags Flanagan, Judge, Bad Brains
Sensory Link to Pain
This band is about to explode. Thrash-y hardcore from CA. Debut LP drops January 26, 2018 on Revelation Records.
If I Can't Listen To Unified Right In Heaven...
Damn near perfect hardcore. Insane record. May very well be remembered as a classic.
When You Have Won, You Have Lost
No Warning's return caught me somewhat by surprise, but this record crushes. NW is a different band now, but the best moments on here are just as good, if not better, than anything on Ill Blood.
Crossover thrash from DC. Catch them on tour with Power Trip in 2018.
The Future Of...
Thrashy NYHC - think Turnstile meets Leeway. Rumor has it, the debut Mindforce LP is coming some time in the first half of 2018 on Triple B Records. Keep an eye out.
This really should be both Retaliation and their Demo, but can't fit two on one line. Enforced dropped two EPs this year - a total of seven songs - and they are both true statements of intent. This crossover thrash act from Richmond, VA is the truth.
Hide From Reality
Another awesome release from DC's Protester.
Don't Stop the Youth
Fireburn is fronted by once-Bad Brains vocalist Israel Joseph I, and the sound here isn't far off. Also features Todd Jones (Nails, ex-Carry On) on guitar. Really fun EP.
One Last Prayer
Another crossover band, but less thrashy; leans more on the heavier/more metal side of the genre.
So stoked for this band and their Grammy nomination. Bring it home for the genre.
OCHC that doesn't sound like OCHC. NYHC? Integrity-ish? Idk. But it's awesome.
|22||Trapped Under Ice|
Seed Of Hysteria
Bad To My World
Aggressive female-fronted hardcore from Richmond, VA.
Howling, For the Nightmare Shall Consume
You're Not You Anymore