It’s been an exciting few weeks for hardcore, punk and rock music. Not only did we have the release of Converge’s All We Love We Leave Behind last month, we also had Pig Destroyer’s first album in five years and this month we have the new Deftones record to look forward to.
Unfortunately they aren’t coming to town this side of Christmas but the Americans are touring the UK this November, kicking off on the 12th in Middlesborough. I would literally shine the Bronx crew’s shoes for a ticket to their London show at The Peel in Kingston, which is currently sold out. Congratulations to Belfast’s Axis Of who nabbed the support slot for the entire tour ahead of the release of their debut album Finding St Kilda, due to be released with Smalltown America. The Bronx (pictured) will be performing material from the forthcoming Bronx IV album, due for release on February 4th.
Their latest album Book Burner came out via Relapse Records late last month, following a five-year gap since their last release Phantom Limb. With a new drummer on board (Adam Jarvis of Misery Index) this is conceivably their most thrilling release since Terrifyer. It sold over 4400 copies in the first week of its release, placing it at #102 in the Billboard Top 200 chart, not too shabby for a grindcore band. The deluxe edition of Book Burner comes with an EP of classic hardcore/punk covers featuring the likes of Black Flag, Angry Samoans and Misfits. As of yet, no Irish tour dates have been announced. Fingers crossed we’ll see them on home turf in 2013.
They’ve been through quite an ordeal over the past few years and it’s incredible to see Deftones persevere and release their seventh studio album Koi No Yokan, due next week via Warners. You can preview tracks ‘Tempest’ and ‘Leathers’ on their site and judging by these two tracks, we’re in for a treat. The former is particularly stunning, reminiscent of the great White Pony. On board on bass is Sergio Vega stepping in for Chi Cheng who is still in recovery following a car accident in 2008, four years ago this month.
Featuring members of Hooray for Humans, don’t underestimate Vacant’s heft factor due to that fact. Vacant are a powerviolence quintet from Dublin and are an awesome force live. Blink and you’ll miss them, as their set is literally about 11 minutes long with each track coming in at around a minute in total. You can download their demo for free via Bandcamp. Catch them live at Life & Death Fest which takes place on the 23rd and 24th of November at Fibbers.