Since we’re passionate about animal rescue AND music, we’re posting a new playlist every Monday. You’ll see what we are listening to, and you can look forward to guest posts from some of our favorite friends, musicians, and fellow animal rescuers.
This week, Chris is taking over again, partially because he’s 50% of HAR and we do what we want, and partially because no one else volunteered! If you’re reading this and you’d like to contribute your playlist, let us know.
Band of Mercy – “Eat to Win”
This should be every and any vegan’s anthem. This is the toughest song ever that has the lyrics “tofu, rice, and beans” as the chorus, and the guitar riff is catchy as fuck. If this song doesn’t make you want to go for a run, nothing will. We will never have enough bands singing about health and animal rights. Thanks, Band of Mercy.
Gouge Away – “Uproar”
We need more female-fronted hardcore/punk/metal bands (especially ones that sing about animal exploitation). Gouge Away has been gaining notoriety for the past year and rightfully so. I saw footage from Rain Fest 2016, and the crowd response was unbelievable. (Note – Thank you, Gouge Away, for turning me on to Soul Glo).
Soul Glo – “ Untitled 3”
There are not many songs that make me want to crowd kill and punch people in the face, but this isn’t a typical “beatdown” type song. I can feel the anger and passion in the vocals. This whole album is absolutely amazing too, but I just cannot get enough of this song. I hope to catch them live soon.
Pro-Pain – “Age of Disgust”
“The sign of the cross in the age of disgust.” ‘Nuff said. Pro-Pain was the first non-local show I went to 20 years ago. That show made me fall in love with live hardcore/metal shows. Pro-Pain is stronger than ever today. The new album “Voice of Rebellion” is one for the ages. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
Jimi Hendrix – “All Along the Watchtower”
Greatest cover song ever?? When I was in a band in high school we used to cover this song, so listening to it this past week brought back memories of the “good ol’ days.” Is there hardcore and heavy metal without Hendrix? What do you think?
Nomads – “White Night”
Race relations seem to be at an all-time low, especially because of all the shootings of African-Americans. Nothing helps my frustrations with all of this like the Nomads EP. The entire EP is as pissed off as any I have heard, and it parallels my feelings with society right now.
Hounds – “Recrudescence”
I was always afraid of the direction heavy music would take after “metalcore” and “melodic hardcore.” I thought that all hardcore and metal would just be the same songs over and over again. Additionally, I thought most music would have clean singing and lots of sound effects, synthesizers, and computer parts. Well, I was wrong. “Blackened Hardcore” is a genre now, and I couldn’t be happier. When I thought heavy music couldn’t get heavier, grimier, or more evil, I was wrong. I am so proud to say that the three-piece “blackened hardcore” band Hounds is from my home state of NJ. They do blackened hardcore well, and they do it as a three-piece.
Cave In – “Tides of Tomorrow”
Perfect song for summer. Reminds me of lazy summer days as a kid just lying around in the heat. “Sleepy Sunday morning, afternoons in the sun. Monday is waiting, waiting its turn. Daylight has wilted, and even though our sky has cleared, time won’t hesitate to burn away.” I always wondered: why does summer always go so fast?
Napalm Death – “How the Years Condemn”
The Godfathers of Grindcore put out yet another new album in 2015, and yet again, it does not cease to amaze me. How do they keep putting out heavier and more relevant albums after countless years? Thank you, Napalm Death, for never disappointing. Ever.
H20 – “Use Your Voice”
Toby Morse has been an advocate for animals and animal rights for many years. In fact, he recently got the best palm tattoos ever – a cow on one palm and a pig on the other palm. He continuously posts pictures and articles on social media about animal welfare and the sanctuaries he visits. He practices what he preaches, and I believe that he is responsible for helping to show people the way to a more compassionate life (for human and non-human mammals). You will see that I constantly use the hashtag #USEYOURVOICE on social media because this song means a lot to me. “I’ll use my voice for the tortured, for the weak. Use my voice for the innocent who can’t speak. I’ll use my voice when people look the other way. Got to inspire, the youth of today…So many wasted lives for the things we just don’t need. So many have died, for our selfish greed.” I take this as 56 BILLION animals are slaughtered yearly so humans can unnecessarily consume them. We do not need animal products to survive. Mad props to Toby Morse for being the voice of this hardcore generation in the same way that Ray Cappo was to his generation.
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