As the year’s end quickly approaches, countless magazines, radio stations, critics and blogs are publishing their Top 5s and Top 10s lists of this year’s best releases. An exercise that I find far too difficult to undertake with 100% honesty and integrity.
Instead, I thought I would write about my top 5 musical discoveries of the year. Bands I have fallen in love with, and records that have shaped the soundtrack to the year gone by.
In no particular order they are:
1. OUTSIDERS CODE
To say that I hardly ever get excited about modern hardcore these days is a gross understatement. It takes something really special to grab my attention and to force me to listen to a modern band over the classics, however the minute I heard ‘Exiled From Birth’ by Outsiders Code, I knew that this would be the hardest record of the year. It was only after a couple of months of thrashing this record on my iPhone during my runs through Wellington that I actually realised that these dudes were from Australia and featured Baina from Her Nightmare, Samsara and 50 Lions. Check this band out of you like your hardcore hard as nails. This record reminds me of a mixture of old Death Before Dishonor mixed with the self-titled 100 Demons album… heavy as balls.
For Fans Of: Death Before Dishonor, Her Nightmare & 100 Demons.
Hear ‘Exiled From Birth’ here on Spotify.