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CVLT Nation’s Top Hardcore Punk Releases of 2018

ONE: CADAVER DOG Dying Breed

“Strength through hate. Thanks to no one.” These are the last two sentences of the LP insert for Cadaver Dog’s brutal 2018 LP Dying Breed, and no two sentences better capture the attitude of the LP. These fifteen songs are an eleven minute negativity filled gut punch that follow one right after the other. Cadaver Dog is the brain child of one James Trejo, who not only wrote the fifteen songs that make up Dying Breed, but also played every instrument on the recording. There are no moments of rest, no moments of understanding, no moments of quiet; every song bleeds into one another making Dying Breed a non-stop barrage of sheer aggression.

Words via Punk News

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TWO: SUBURBANITE S/T

You better get down with Suburbanite or lay down with the maggots because this band’s soon to be released self-titled LP is the FUCKING SHIT! I hate to be that dude, but if their new record came out in the 80’s, me and my homies would have been all over this like flies on horse shit. I would have loved to see Suburbanite perform with Necros, SSD and Stalag 13 – I would have slammed my ass off!

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THREE: WARTHOG S/T

It doesn’t matter how furious you are—apparently, it’s not OK to confront your enemies while they’re sitting down at a restaurant to eat some mozzarella sticks. Polite society argues that the office-holding scum attempting to ruin your life are allowed to enjoy their meal in peace. In this climate, it feels like a miracle that Warthog are back to scream about why civility is bullshit.

Words via Pitchfork

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FOUR: VILE GASH Nightmare in a Damaged Brain

If you would’ve told me I’d be reviewing a new Vile Gash LP in 2018, I’d have told you you were full of shit. But here I am, reviewing a new Vile Gash LP, and it absolutely fucking smokes. Everything here just rolls out in short, ugly, violent bursts and it absolutely hits the spot.

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Words via Tough Shit Zine

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FIVE: KRIMEWATCH S/T

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Krimewatch doesn’t fuck around. Their new and self-titled LP is just 12 minutes long and it’s not that they’re lazy, it’s just that they are immediate, serious and make us feel that what they have to say is important. The best part is that nothing here seems to make sense, which is precisely why Krimewatch are so interesting. First of all, they’re named as if they were your local neighborhood watch, keeping an eye out for felons, and well, their logo is designed like something out of some weird noir vigilante story. Sometimes they sing in English and other times sing in Japanese.

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SIX: BLOOD PRESSURE Surrounded

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You are currently looking for pounding punk, to which you can groom your face in the pogo? Then the new BLOOD PRESSURE longplayer SURROUNDED is definitely to your liking, because it convinces with Oi! hardcore hardcore punk, whose nasty riffing gets stuck in the ear and animated to boot boots. Anyone who leaves on VIOLENT REACTION, BLIND AUTHORITY and BLINDSIDE will devour this disc, every bet!

Words via Trvefrykt-zine

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SEVEN: SKELETON Pyramid Of Skull

So what do we have here? Let me tell you: you are about to experience one of my favorite EPs of 2018! This kick ass record was created by Texas’s SKELETON and is called Pyramid Of Skull. Every second of this motherfucker ROCKS HARD!!! On the real, this band’s songs are raging, catchy d-beat fuelled rock ‘n roll anthems that have me head banging nonstop! I do have an issue with this record – it’s too short and leaves me wanting more!

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8.RASHŌMON 病原菌X “Pathogen X”

The perfect melding of two timeless facets of punk, the honest forward thinking DC style hardcore of Faith/Void split (yes, both sides) with total Deathside style anthemic hardcore. Both are furious and immediate and work together in perfect harmony here without really sounding like either exactly.

Words via Ironlung Bandcamp

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NINE: LACE Human Condition

Emerging from the darkness in early 2016 and spat out of their native Houston, Lace are a blend of vitriolic hardcore and bitter, abrasive post-punk designed to tear down the world around them. Bursting onto the scene playing a brand of aggressive, lo-fi hardcore, Lace began to earn fans worldwide with their six-track demo released mere months after forming. Those early recordings were bleak, stark visions of their Texas hometown and found the band tackling personal feelings of depression and displacement whilst making rare live appearances in support of touring bands that rolled through their hometown (Total AbuseDropdeadProtomartyrElysia Crampton).

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TEN:ZODD Operationally Ready Dead 

Every genre splinters and flowers out from it’s original starting point and hardcore is no exception, mutating fractally out from its supercharged punk roots, twisting through trends, evolutions and regressions, crashing back in on itself until you end up with an international sprawl of scenes and subscenes, styles within styles, odd misshapen fusions and hellbent worship bands.

Words via LA VIDA ES UN MUS DISCOS

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