Chock-full of bass drops, tuned-down guitars and heavy-duty growls, No Escape, No Morale isn’t for the faint of heart. The Infantry, a five-piece from Mansfield, Ohio, didn’t pull any punches with its first EP. (Imagine a slow-paced mix between metalcore and hardcore and you’re about on target.) Although a lot of the EP suffers from too much chugging and growling (this is not to criticize the talent and excellence of the vocals), there are many surprises nestled in-between. “Brotherhood,” for instance, features crisp, clean vocals which include excellent harmony, and “Points” is a cover of Linkin Park’s “Points of Authority,” complete with nu-metal rapping. “Empty Tomb” features cryptic whispering that gives off a slightly creepy tone. Finally, differing styles of screams, from pig squeals to hardcore-style screams, are sprinkled throughout the EP, although growling is the norm.
In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.Full Feature More from HM Magazine
The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.Full Feature More from Comrades
Idle Threat's latest EP, 'Nothing is Broken for Good,' paints a serendipitous picture of what comes from hope in the future: 'The record is definitely about loss and hope through that loss.'Full Feature More from Idle Threat
Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.Full Feature More from Employed to Serve