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Five years since their last eponymous release as The Bronx, these hardcore veterans stick to their guns but find that there’s a lot lost after a ten year career. As these LA punkers developed and grew into heavyweights of the scene, they pleasantly surprised everyone with the quaint tunes of their Mariachi side project, and as they return to the main dish they remain strong, but not spectacular.

After taking a self-imposed hiatus to pursue their passion for mariachi music, the hardcore punk band The Bronx is back with their first new release in more than five years. The eagerly-anticipated record, The Bronx (IV), is due in stores on February 5th and the group will be embarking on a tour of the UK shortly thereafter. Drummer Jorma Vik spoke with me recently about the band and the release; here is what he had to say.

Back in 2007 I listened to Maylene and the Sons of Disaster religiously as I fell in love with tracks such as “Darkest Of Kin”, “Dry The River” and my personal favourite, “Gusty Like The Wind”. It’s now 2011 and they just released, IV which, as you’ve guessed correctly, is their fourth full-length to date.

For nearly half a decade, Our Lady of Bloodshed has been storming the stages of Canada. Combining an eclectic blend of death metal, hardcore, and progressive elements into an all-out assault, Our Lady of Bloodshed has left their audience bruised, bloody, and begging for more. This five-piece from Southern Ontario has united…