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CORE IN CHINA – Presented by Painkiller Magazine

PAINKILLERLadies and Gentlemen – It is revealed! CORE IN CHINA was included in issue number 48 of the Painkiller Heavy Music Magazine as CD!!!

We are very proud that our project attracted so much attention not just overseas, but also in China itself, so that the guys of Painkiller decided to include the CD as free gimnick in their magazine to be distributed nation-wide!!!

For those who haven’t listened to the CD yet, get a free download copy here!

Hail metal!!!



CORE IN CHINA – available on Xiami, Google Music and Top100.cn

CORE IN CHINA is now available on Google Music, Top100.cn and Xiami!

CORE IN CHINA | Official Release Post | Tell Us What You Think

Hereby the compilation record CORE IN CHINA is officially released worldwide! It had been some busy five months (January – May 2012) that we worked on getting the songs lined up, mastered and uploaded on various internet services for the global release.

As such, cutting things short and keeping it essential, download the album (ZIP) or go to either bandcamp, soundcloud or last.fm to listen to it online and download it. All songs have been mastered by Björn Sonderman in Germany and we have received two splendid cover arts which were contributed by Joe Wu and NERVE Magazine!

Spread the word! Share the compilation and send it to your friends! CORE IN CHINA is alive and the twenty bands we have chosen for this first edition are hungry to show you what China is: Heavy! Whether its the electronicore of Thyhazard or the hardcore of King Ly Chee, these bands deserve to be listened to!

Please tell us what you think of the songs, of the bands, the cover, the project itself, the impression you got and what you think of when you listen to “Liar” or “End of Me”. Write it in the comments below!


  1. Why Lazy – Dying in the dream 04:35 (mp3)
  2. NewTank – The Dreamer 04:22 (mp3)
  3. Meat Sucks – Buried the Truths 04:54 (mp3)
  4. Ordnance – Ask for a justification 03:44 (mp3)
  5. Partisan – Selfish 03:18 (mp3)
  6. Monkey King – Until You Come 05:31 (mp3)
  7. Multi-Ego – End of Me 04:01 (mp3)
  8. Mensheng – 故謠 Ballad of Fallen 04:54 (mp3)
  9. Die In Velvet – 每天生每天死 03:59 (mp3)
  10. Ashtemato – Joker 05:06 (mp3)
  11. Saving Molly – To My Friend 02:58 (mp3)
  12. Luktomo – We Are Luktomo 06:41 (mp3)
  13. Beyond Cure – Self Destruction 04:34 (mp3)
  14. DustFall – Dawn Late 06:02 (mp3)
  15. Thyhazard – Liar 04:58 (mp3)
  16. King Ly Chee – 在路上 feat. Andrew Neufeld (Comeback Kid) 03:29 (mp3)
  17. Shut Up! Shut Down! – Bros Holds On Firm Bloods 03:14 (mp3)
  18. Raving Jokes – No Vain 04:07 (mp3)
  19. The Falling – Circle II Circle 04:50 (mp3)
  20. Mary Dolls – 2012 04:14 (mp3)

Download the whole album as ZIP.


Not only is the overall compilation free, but Rock in China has also compiled further information on the ‘core scene of China that will help everybody to understand what is happening in the scene:

  1. Read The ‘Core of China – Deathcore, Metalcore, Post Hardcore, Nintendocore, our accompanying article about the CORE scene of China.
  2. Regional Love: CORE IN CHINA has been listened to, shared, downloaded and talked about in France, Germany, the USA and China.
  3. Since the inofficial release as sneak previewed by Beijing Daze,  CORE IN CHINA was downloaded over 600 times (bandcamp), with additional 200 downloads on Soundcloud and it was listened to over 5000 times across various servers.

CORE IN CHINA | Band & Song List

It has been many weeks since Rock in China announced it’s CORE IN CHINA project for the very first time. We already announced the participation deadline, closed the submissions and reviewed them in our small yet dedicated team. A couple of days ago we sent out the official selection emails and also informed those bands that didn’t make it. There was no case that we had to reject a song due to its bad quality, but with a total number of 20 songs and by far over thirty song submissions, we had to make a choice.

Right now, all songs are being “mastered” in Germany, with it being however less of a real mastering and more of a volume alignment as most bands already had pretty good mastering done before submission. Whilst we wait for the final song versions to be issued to Rock in China and whilst we wait for the designers to prepare our cover, here is the band and song list:

# Band Song Title
1 Why Lazy Dying in the dream
2 NewTank The Dreamer
3 Meat Sucks Buried the Truths
4 Ordnance Ask for a justification
5 Partisan Selfish
6 Monkey King Until you come 2010
7 Multi-Ego End Of Me
8 Mensheng 故謠 Ballad of Fallen
9 Die In Velvet 每天生每天死 (final mix)
10 Ashtemato JOKER同期录音人声完整版
11 Saving Molly To my friend
12 Luktomo We Are Luktomo
13 Beyond Cure Self Destruction
14 DustFall Dawn Late
15 Thyhazard Liar
16 King Ly Chee 在路上 feat. Andrew Neufeld (Comeback Kid)
17 Shut Up! Shut Down! Bros Holds On Firm Bloods
18 Raving Jokes No Vain
19 The Falling Circle II Circle
20 Mary Dolls 2012

We have already interviewed a number of these bands above and you can check out the interviews here:

PS: Photo taken from Multi Ego‘s Douban page.

Applying the corpse paint | Finalizing CORE IN CHINA

Same as the band EVILTHORN in the photo above, we are currently applying the last corpse paint on CORE IN CHINA. What does that mean?

Well, except having ended the official submission deadline, we have finalized the band and song selection for CORE IN CHINA. We have chosen 20 outstanding songs from all over China to be part of the compilation representing the new Chinese Metal underground on a global scale. And when we say represent on a global scale, then we mean global scale, because we are not lazy, but have started talking to magazines and webzines in Germany, South America, France, the USA, India and a couple of other countries whether they would like to review or feature the compilation. Unsurprisingly the feedback so far is very open-minded and we expected to be able to send out download links to most of our contacts.

If you have any contacts or friends or know someone that we should contact and forward the compilation (once it’s finished), tell us! Either send us an email to AZCHAEL AT ROCKINCHINA DOT COM or just post your comments here! We love to hear from you!

By the way, the photo is from a metal concert way back in 2008 in Beijing.

Interview with Raving Jokes | Chengdu Post Hardcore

Another participant of the CORE IN CHINA project has answered our tidious questions about metal and the Chengdu scene: Post hardcore band Raving Jokes.

Azchael: Can you please introduce yourself and the band RAVING JOKES?

Raving Jokes: My name is Huang Yao, currently serving as the band lead guitarist position. Our band was formed very rough, in the process of 2 years which replaced many times musicians, only I was the oldest member, now our team members are college students. The band members are metalcore fan, love of core music, so everyone together to rehearse what are more understanding.

Azchael: Have you guys signed with any record label?
Raving Jokes: Now we band also did not sign the record company, there is no fixed brand, adding some band union.

Azchael: What is the scene in Chengdu like? Are there many metalcore bands?
Raving Jokes: Now the Chengdu underground rock development is very optimistic, in Chengdu what style of music have, Chengdu people to the atmosphere! I now know Chengdu metalcore band may have more than 10 branches!

Azchael: What other domestic bands do you like?
Raving Jokes: There are many I like, such as Twisted Machine, Left Right , The Falling

Azchael: What is metalcore for you?
Raving Jokes: The metalcore is let me one’s blood boils with indignation. Can proceed without hesitation, a kind of energy, cause whatever I do will have the power of fire.

Azchael: Is your music and your way of life accepted by your parents?
Raving Jokes: The present situation of rock this way I can not go on, but I will adhere to not go now, but I will not erase the love of rock. My parents are very much against it, but we take part in some large-scale music festival, parents see my efforts, gradually changed the original attitude, as long as I do not delay the study they are all for me to go.

Azchael: In 2011, you went through a tour of Yunnan. What do you think of the scene there? Are there many metalcore fans?
Raving Jokes: Last year’s Yunnan tour is the first tour of our band, is unforgettable tour, although each acting out of many people, but in the tour process, we made a lot of local band musicians, exchange a lot of experience, processing a lot in the tour occurred during a temporary problem, let our tour the band’s each people more profound feelings, the first Yunnan tour gave us a lot of valuable experience.

Azchael: How do you promote your music? Do you promote overseas?
Raving Jokes: We want to put our own original DEMO recorded for the end of the year, after the issuance of the band ‘s first EP. At present we have not to overseas to promote our own music.

Azchael: What is underground for you? Are you underground?
Raving Jokes: I think the ground like a mine, wait for others to mining, while the band is the various types of various condition of ore. Our band is a mine which is slowly evolving ore.

Azchael: What do you think of Rock in China?
Raving Jokes: I think Rock in China is a way to the mine, or Rock in China is a rock bridge connecting with overseas. All in all I think Rock in China must exist!

Azchael: Thanks for the interview.
Raving Jokes: THANKS A LOT!

Submission Deadline March 15th 2012 | Thanks for the songs!

Today is March 15th 2012 and today is the last day for submission of songs for the CORE IN CHINA project. Hereby the submission is closed and we are very thankful for your songs! Over 20 bands from all over China have participated and send us their musical creations.

From now on Rock in China is coordinating with all bands to fix the band biographies, interviews (if not already happened), song lyrics and final version of the songs (good quality mp3). Everything considered, May 2012 is only one-and-a-half months away and there is a lot to be done! Let’s do it!

Note: Above photo is from the band Mary Dolls.