Joy are a North Carolina blackened hardcore who made waves in May when they dropped their debut, Joy EP. Only featuring two songs, “Enter The Grave” and “Switchblade Teeth,” the EP was a breath of fresh air. It never lets up, as you might assume only being two songs, but I found it more aggressive than EPS from other hardcore acts, like Cult Leader’s Useless Animal. The band managed to do some small tours on the East Coast, and play shows with acts like Full of Hell or Shai Hulud. Joy even had “Switchblade Teeth” featured in an Alternative Press article, 12 hardcore songs any metalcore fan will like, which is exactly how I found them.
Since then, they have been teasing big news, and on Tuesday we finally got word that they’ve signed with Blood and Ink Records. Metal Sucks also got the exclusive premier of “Hope Less,” the first single off their sophomore EP, Of Nothing. While a lot of people use the phrase “more of the same” with a negative connotation, that is not the case here. The track in unrelenting at a runtime of 2:26. With the amount of times I’ve listened to the first EP, and this song already, this is going to be one of my most anticipated releases this year.
June 17th isn't too long of a wait, but it's certainly going to feel long.
- Alex B.