New Northwest Music: Plague Mind – Self Titled

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The mid-2000s were a truly indistinguishable time in the world of melodic hardcore and from killing the dream to go it alone the northwest produced some of the best bands in the genre. With members of Sinking Ships, Love Is Red, and With Honor Seattle’s Plague Mind has really captured that specific sound of the time. The band’s self-titled debut record revives the best parts of melodic hardcore while blending with more aggressive aspects. Check out the bands self-titled record here:

New Northwest Music: Land Of Wolves – Conditions For Survival

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Out come the wolves! Seattle’s Land of Wolves comes at you with 16 new tracks of thrash and east coast inspired punk and hardcore. 16 songs is a pretty rare thing for a hardcore record but the wolves execute a lot of diversity with the tracks by presenting a wide display of the band’s influences. Bands that come to mind while listening to this release are Agnostic Front (Specifically Cause For Alarm), Death Threat, and Wisdom In Chains. The most note-able tracks for me are Plague City and Played Out. Land of Wolves is a Seattle band that puts for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest for better or for worse. CRANE CITY HARDCORE FOR LIFE! Listen to “Feels Like The …


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The dream of the ’90s is alive in Tacomas Alt Rock Hit Makers New You. With members that pull from various punk and hardcore bands in the Pacific Northwest area, the group brings a lot of energy to their own brand of power pop that really taps into the catchy guitars and vocals harmonies of 90’s alt-rock giants such as Third Eye Blind And Gin Blossoms. Take it or leave it you can definitely hear these songs on an episode of friends. The band just recently released their latest EP titled “Candy” out now on Lonely Ghost Records. Listen to New You’s Latest Release Here:

New Northwest Music: Avenue East – Ace And Indigo

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Seattle post-hardcore group avenue east brings out their softer pop-rock side in their latest EP titled “Ace and Indigo”. Whether it is intentional or not Avenue East gives a lot of Nods to the late 2000s post-hardcore and pop-punk scene pulling from bands such as secondhand serenade and more hyperlocal bands to Seattle such as Tysen and Moneta. Ace and Indigo is a well-executed concept record that follows the tale of a couple trying to survive an intergalactic war. It’s like Star Wars but more emo. Listen to Avenue Easts Latest Music Here:

Album Review: Post Profit – When It’s Right It’s Always Wrong

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With every conversion revolving around current rock music these days I always seem to hear people disputing what is genuine or not. If you are one of those people you are clearly looking in the wrong places because Longview Texas rock group Post Profit is the real deal delivering the perfect balance between ambiance and high energy hard rock. Taking cues from the greats such as Deftones and implementing Sounds of post-hardcore and underground staples such as Quicksand And Far this band displays a style and influence that really sets them apart from their hard rock counterparts. The band’s Debut LP “When You Think It’s Right It’s Always Wrong” is a beautifully cohesive piece of rock music with an impressive …

Best of the Pacific Northwest For Winter 2022

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With shows in full effect and numerous tour festival announcements, NWCZ doesn’t want you to miss out on all the music still being released by Pacific Northwest artists. Here are some of our favorite artists and bands that have released songs and records this winter. King YoungBlood King YoungBlood is continuing to make a name for themselves with their soulful take on the modern rock sound. The band just released “A Thousand Songs” at the end of January and got announced to play this year’s Capitol Hill Block party along with the biggest names in music and tons of other amazing Northwest Acts. End Of Dayz This newer Seattle hardcore group just released two perfectly executed heavy hardcore tracks following …


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This is the music you ride out to battle to. An intense clash of thrash and speed metal guitar carried by precision drumming and topped by the piercing screeches of Amy lee Carlson’s voice to make uncompromising raw heavy metal the way it was intended. Solicitor draws from an 80’s heavy metal influence but the band is far from a rehash of nostalgia. No edges have been dulled in the making of this music. Solicitor’s style brings a much-needed balance to the current sound in the Pacific Northwest that I don’t see a lot of the newer bands touching. Check out the band’s latest 7” that they released at the end of January. Titled “All Debts On Death”


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When it comes to Northwest Hardcore I think it’s like anything, it means many different things to different people depending on when and where they first were introduced. For me, northwest hardcore was always listening to Dead Air on KGRG, Going To Rainfest, Seeing my friend’s bands getting recognized for the cool stuff they do in and outside of the northwest. There are always peaks and valleys but I truly believe there are amazing things currently happening in northwest hardcore still, especially this current year. The beginning of 2020 brought a promise of the resurgence of tours coming through the Puget Sound area thanks to the help of Brain Stem Productions and after 18 months of no live shows, we …


Trevor Jastad Audio, NWCZ Radio News

As I take the reigns here at NWCZ Radio I never want to forget about the Pacific Northwest and its diverse local music scene. As someone who spent most of their teen and adult life in the northwest hardcore and punk scene, I know it is very hard to keep track of some of the other music scenes growing around you. My time in independent radio has shown me that. 2021 was a year unlike any other patiently awaiting the aftermath of nationwide lockdowns and waiting for the moment to finally gather once again to enjoy and support live music. During that period a lot of music of all genres was unleashed onto the pnw and our music desk and …