London negative hardcore outfit Yards plunge to the darkest depths with their debut LP

Excitation Thresholds

The first time I heard of Yards was back in 2013, they had just released EP1 – which was followed up by the aptly named EP2 less than a year later.

The London hardcore mob are a self described negative hardcore band, a description couldn’t be any more true.

Beneath the crust / hardcore punk facade Yards have successfully injected a gamut of their influence into Excitation Threshold – the result is a well rounded and considered and incredibly vicious punk record.

The band features Tom Lacey, the former front man of the now defunct hardcore punk band The Ghost of a Thousand.

Taking the energy from TGOAT and channeling inspiration from the likes of Converge and another former UK heavyweight November Coming Fire.

The chaotic and noisy hardcore punk is of the previous two EPs is still prominent, however, there is a grander scale to the writing and to the overall tone of Excitation Thresholds.

Yards are most at home in the dark, playing incredibly well into the cover art for the record – dark overtures of the instrumentation drag the listener tooth and nail into a swirl of violent emotion, bloody knuckled and torn, alone and lost.

Everything You Love Reduced To Rubble ramps up the dense atmosphere – shrill Victorian doll house melodies mix sharply with the sheer discordant cacophony of Axe to Fail era Converge riffs.

BL-755 is where the band are at their most creative – the crackle of guitar feedback, the rumbling of the bass all works together to punctuate the album with a slow, foreboding song that fits perfectly encapsulates cover art.

If there’s one word that describes this record – it’s feral, the instrumentals are savage and lyrics are barks through blood and sinew – an LP where every note, every word carries actual weight.


Top Three Of The Week

Starting from this week I want to give attention to bands or releases I don’t think get talked about enough in hardcore.

New and arguably fantastic music is released on a weekly basis – with new bands and demos cropping up all the time!


Big Cheese
Aggravated Mopery

Quality Control

There isn’t a great deal to say about this release – Big Cheese absolutely nail their NYHC sound – if you like bands like Breakdown – Aggravated Mopery is essential listening!

The worst part is how underrated Big Cheese are. They’re set to play The Underworld is Camden with Trapped Under Ice in October with a stacked line-up.

The 7” will be out via Quality Control Records HQ soon.

Check out the Aggravated Mopery here




Forge are yet another band – in a long list of Floridian bands releasing incredible metallic hardcore. None of the five tracks reach the three minute mark but every song has it’s own intensity and subtle influence shifts.

The demo is free to steam/download here



Demo 2017
Quality Control HQ

ANOTHER release from Quality Control HQ – except I’m three months late writing about this band…

Standpoint is made up of members from Violent Reaction, Insist, Unjust, True Vision. So, more or less, you know the type of music and the quality you’re going to hear with Standpoint.

Do you like Uniform Choice? If yes, then you would be stupid to sleep on Standpoint. The demo has a distinct energy – there’s huge striking power and flexes hard.

Check it out on Quality Control’s bandcamp here


Scottish Hardcore Showing No Signs of Losing It’s Bite!


Neutral Words Records

Glasgow young gun quintet Razorbite hit hard with the release of Demolition via Neutral Words Records. Razorbite are driven by a sound that is distinctly influenced by NYHC. The riffs are mid paced, packed with groove and the breakdowns – while sparse – are tough as nails.

Vocalist Amber’s reverb stewed shouts roll with the mid tempo swing of the instrumentation, creating a strong and well defined sound. Razorbite demonstrate in four tracks the band’s musical versatility – leaving listeners with a small taste of the band’s future potential.

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