Are you into more of the hardcore side of things? MUGSHOT’s new EP, Cold Will is just up your alley! This 5 song EP is short but sweet in all the right ways. Hard hitting riffs and intense guttural screams and vocals make this an easy nod along. Or if you’re into more physical expression while listening to your hardcore, this one’s a great skank or hardcore dancing release as well. For us older broken folks though, we’ll be over here with our stank faces and gentle nods.

While the notes for this said it would be for fans of Knocked Loose, 156/Silence, and some more modern hardcore fused metal, I’d say to bridge the gap between old and new, I would suggest fans of bands such as Walls of Jericho, early Poison the Well, or Sick of it All could find a liking to this EP as well. This EP is well produced and LOUD, which is typically how I like my hardcore and metal.

Place of Origin: San Jose, CA
EP Title: Cold Will
EP Release Date: November 3, 2023
Record Label: Pure Noise Records
Genre: Metalcore/Hardcore
For Fans Of: 156/Silence, Knocked Loose, Jesus Piece, Counterparts,, Harms Way
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From the band about the EP:

‘Cold Will’ is crafted by the pains of life: Abuse, depression, manipulation, trauma, and other existential themes that present themselves as the rudder that directionally steers this record’s “ship.” Lyrical themes are met by and married with the crushing weight of dissonant riffs and frenetic drum patterns that further push the listener into this mental space of this record’s daunting thoughts and overall aggression. The hardcore inspired metal record consists of a frenzy of chaotically heavy riffs, abrupt tempo changes, and pure unbridled anger that all coalesce into one definitive statement. This record serves as the callout to any abusive person that has manipulatively used their power or title to take advantage of another. And to the people who we’ve lost because of these types of actions – this record is dedicated to them. When one’s voice is lost due to the distortions of life – our responsibility should be to amplify their voice and bring awareness to it.

By Courtney Ware

Lead photographer, art director, sometimes editor, and writer for ZrockR Magazine- I am a mother, wife, photographer and a metalhead. Las Vegas Native. I first picked up a camera at 12 years old and I have been carrying one around ever since. I have an incredibly deep connection and love for my Las Vegas local music scene, this is where I first fell in love with music photography and knew that this is what I wanted to be doing with my time here on this planet. I say I'm a metalhead but I really love all kinds of music, I just connect the most with metal. Concerts are my happy place, and the happiest you'll ever see me is at a show with my camera in hand!

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