New Jersey’s HOUNDS released their second EP || this month on Panic State Records via cd/digital/vinyl and Blasphemour Records on cassette. The first single, “Dark World” defines Blackened Hardcore with it’s heavy shreds and screams.
HOUNDS are a three-piece “blackened hardcore” band, called so to describe their ability to seamlessly blend the ferociousness of hardcore with the pain and anguish of black metal. Having previously been described as “melancholy incarnate”, “energetic malice” and “nihilistic, vicious, bleak…” HOUNDS are here to deliver an overwhelming feeling of fear and despair. Having formed in 2013, HOUNDS did not actually begin playing shows until the middle of 2014 and did not release any material until the beginning of 2015 which was immediately picked up by Blasphemour Records (USA) and Resting Hell (Indonesia) for cassette releases. Since then HOUNDS have truly set out to make a name for themselves having covered a fair amount of the Northeast and playing with some of the heaviest hitters in their genre today including The Banner, Old Wounds, Exalt, Of Feather and Bone, Hollow Earth, and many more.