NOVEMBER 16, 2019
UP NEXT ON IN EFFECT HARDCORE IS AN INTERVIEW WITH THE NY/NJ BASED DEAD BLOW HAMMER WHO HAVE ROOTS THAT GO ALL THE WAY BACK TO 1996 WHEN THEY WENT UNDER THE NAME AGAINST THE GRAIN. ROB KABULA FROM "VICTIM IN PAIN" ERA AF IS ON BASS AS THE BAND CONTNUES TO DO GOOD THINGS WITH PLAYING OUT AND THE RELEASE OF THE "NO REPRECUSSIONS?" EP EARLIER THIS YEAR
SAFE INSIDE RECORDS are busy as usual with a strong list of upcoming releases that include: LOW END (WI) “Summer Blues” Flexi 7” (due out late November), NOWHERE ROADS (NJ/PA) “Waiting” Flexi 7” (due out in December), HEADCOUNT (San Diego) s/t 7” (due out in January 2020 with ex-members of Drug Control). Deeper into 2020 will see Safe Inside release new full lengths from Canadian bands STEPPING STONE & COLD SHOULDER. CHEMICAL FIX (Philly) and TIME & PRESSURE (STL) will both have 1 sided LP releases with Safe Inside Records in 2020 as well. Click HERE to keep up to date with Safe Inside Records.
NOWHERE ROADS: PHOTO BY: DANIELLE DOMBROWSKI
NYC’s END OF HOPE will be self-releasing their debut full length titled “Cease And Destroy” this coming Tuesday, November 19th. The 9 song album will be available on CD as well as on all the usual streaming services. The band has leaked out the song “End of Hope” ahead of the new release and you can check that track out HERE. A cover of Discharge’s “Protest And Survive” (not on the album) is also available on their Spotify page. Click HERE to listen to that cover. This past February In Effect HC did an interview with End Of Hope’s Davey Gunner (vocals) and Ken Wohlrob (guitar), click HERE to read that interview.
Detroit’s ANTE-UP will be releasing a 7 song CD titled “T.I.M.E.” (Time Is My Enemy) on December 13th through Upstate Records. The title track is up now for streaming and can be heard HERE. If you like what you hear and want to get in on the pre-orders head on over to the Upstate Records Merch Now page which can be found HERE.
NEW MUSIC VIDEOS SINCE OUR LAST UPDATE
AGNOSTIC FRONT "I REMEMBER" (CLICK BELOW TO WATCH)
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WINTER WOLF (NY) “DEAD BODY FUCK PARTY”
ARCLINE (CA) “JOHNNY CAGE”
DOIN' GREAT (PA) "FAR TOO LONG"
LION’S LAW (PARIS) “GET IT ALL”
LAST HOPE (BULGARIA) “ONE OF US”
OCTOBER 26, 2019
IN EFFECT'S FRESH BLOOD PAGE IS UPDATED WITH A CHECK IN WITH SAiNT LOUIS' PLACEHOLDER WHO GOT THEIR START RIGHT AROUND THIS TIME LAST YEAR. FEATURED WITHIN THIS ARTICLE IS A LIVE "REHEARSAL ROOM" VIDEO WHICH INCLUDES A BRAND NEW TRACK FROM THEIR UPCOMING EP
AGNOSTIC FRONT continue their push towards November 8th which is the release date for their new 14 song full length titled “Get Loud” (Nuclear Blast Records). The promos and teasers for the new album have been dropping fast and since our last update a few more have been released. First up is a very interesting 4 and a half minute trailer where Roger, Gallo, Craig and Pokey all break down the writing process on how the new album came together. Click HERE to check out that video. In addition a 5;20 minute promo trailer was released on October 25th which focuses on the recording process with Paul Miner who also worked with the band on their previous album “The American Dream Died”. Click HERE to watch the “recording” promo trailer. A previous “Get Loud” promo video with Vinnie Stigma can also be seen HERE.
In addition to the new album the band has announced a 4 date NYC tour with Sick Of It All and various openers that will take place between December 11th through the 15th. On December 14th Agnostic Front will open for The Misfits and Dropkick Murphy’s at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. AF are currently on a short West Coast run with Prong that kicked off on October 23rd in Denver and runs through the 27th where things wrap up in Garden Grove, CA.
NEW CRO-MAGS EP OUT DECEMBER 6TH
The Harley Flanagan led CRO-MAGS have released the title track to an upcoming 3 song EP on Victory Records titled “From The Grave” which will be out in its entirety on December 6th. The title track features guitar duties from Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell.
On the new EP’s title Flanagan explains: “Lemmy (Kilmister, Motorhead) came to me in a dream and said “Take it back mate, it's yours, you started it” (referring to the band’s name). I woke up and I knew what had to be done, so I did it. And I figured since Lemmy gave me my marching orders, I should get his guitarist to play on a new track. Phil immediately said yes and that is why it's called “From The Grave” and I'm so honored to have him on this song. I first met Phil when we toured with Motorhead on the “Orgasmatron” tour. He is one of my favorite guitarists of all time and I still can't believe I have him playing on one of my songs. Thank you Phil and thank you Lemmy for making this all happen!”
Campbell adds, “It was a great surprise to hear from Harley after so many years. We hung out a lot during the tour in the eighties. When I heard the track he wanted me to do, I just had to do it. Listen for yourselves!” In addition to a digital release, a 7 inch (with 2 additional songs) will be released December 6 with 4 different color variants. Check out the track “From The Grave” by clicking HERE.
REST IN PEACE to NYHC pioneer JACK FLANAGAN who passed away on October 12th. Flanagan’s NY music roots date back to bands like Heart Attack and The Mob who were extremely influential in the early stages of the hardcore scene. In more recent times Flanagan managed both Clutch and GWAR.
In Tony Rettman’s 2014 book titled “NYHC- New York Hardcore 1980-1990” there are some great interview quotes from Jack and his bandmate from the Mob Ralph Gebbia. Read some excerpts from that book below...
Ralphie G: I first met Jack Flanagan at Elmjack Little league at about twelve years old. We were both new to the Jackson Heights area and we became inseparable for years. Me, Jack, and another buddy took group guitar lessons, Jack progressed much quicker than me and the other guy. So he continued and we dropped out. Once Jack felt comfortable, he answered an ad he saw in a record store. I believe the ad said something like: “World’s Youngest Punk Band Looking For Guitar Player”. It was actually Heart Attack with Jesse Malin and some other kids from Whitestone, Queens.
Jack rehearsed and played with Heart Attack for maybe a year, with Jose and I never far behind taunting Jack and them the whole way. The truth is, we were probably jealous and wanted to be doing it too. We convinced Jackie that Heart Attack wasn’t where it was at, and it was time to put the Mob in action.
Jack Flanagan: (On the Mob) We were genuine. We were four guys from Queens and we didn’t hide it. Being genuine was a big piece of the puzzle. If you weren’t genuine in the hardcore scene, it got noticed pretty quick. I don’t think you would show up for a second show, you know what I mean?
NEW HARDCORE FROM RUSSIA
210 (shown in photo) are an anti-fascist hardcore band from Moscow, Russia who formed in 2009 and have released 4 albums in their time together. "In The Eyes OF Hungry Dogs" is a new tune that they recently sent in to us that will be part of an upcoming new album in 2020. The bands bio page tells a story of gaining numerous enemies because of their message as well as physical attacks by Neo-Nazis. Read more about 210 and their story HERE and check out their new track while you are at it.
JASON O'TOOLE who you may remember from the old NYHC band LIFESBLOOD has put out his second collection of lyrical poetry in the form of the new paperback book titled “Soulless Heavens: Remedies, Maledictions and Directions”. It was released on October 12th, and available through Amazon. Click HERE to find out more.
New Jersey's SOUTH CLASS VETERANS just released their brand new 10 song LP titled "Hell To Pay" and along with it's release is a brand new music video for the track "Lies". Click HERE to check it out.
OCTOBER 7, 2019
THE NAME GAME PART 2 EXPLORES THE ORIGINS OF THE NAMES OF 40 HARDCORE PUNK BANDS TOLD BY THE PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE! FROM MADBALL AND GORILLA BISCUITS, TO DIRTY ROTTEN IMBECILES, STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH, NEGATIVE APPROACH, CRUMBSUCKERS & MORE! FIND OUT HOW SOME OF THE MOST PROLIFIC BANDS CAME UP WITH NAMES THAT BECAME THEIRS FOREVER!
NY’s SUB ZERO who got their start way back in 1989 are working on new music and expect to have a new album out in 2020. Look for UK and Euro tour dates to be announced soon as well. The upcoming Sub-Zero release will be the band’s first new album since 2005’s “The Suffering Of Man” which was put out on Stillborn Records. The 2019 Sub-Zero lineup is very similar to the lineup that formed the band 30 years ago with Lou DiBella on vocals, Richie Kennon on guitar and Larry Susi on bass. Filling out the rest of the current day lineup is Matty “Pasta” Mangiaracina, and Walter “Monsta” Ryan on drums. Get reacquainted with their “Lionhearted” video by clicking HERE.
CA’s TAKE OFFENSE have teamed up with Pure Noise Records and will be releasing a new 10 song album on October 18th titled “Keep An Eye Out”. Check out the title track HERE and get ‘ya pre-orders in by going HERE. Take Offense are currently out on the road with Municipal Waste, Napalm Death and Sick Of It All on a US run that started on October 3rd and runs through October 23rd. Check the In Effect SHOW FLYERS page for dates.
AGNOSTIC FRONT and their label Nuclear Blast recently dropped a short 3 minute promo video where Roger, Vinnie and Mike Gallo all talk about the artwork to their upcoming album “Get Loud” (out November 8th) which was done by Sean Taggart who also worked with the band on their 1986 album “Cause For Alarm”. Click HERE to check it out. Photo of AF's Vinnie Stigma by: Bas Spierings.
In our last update we told you that Long Island, NY’s LIVE FAST DIE FAST were returning after a 5 year break up. Just a few weeks after the band announced that return they have released two brand new songs in “Only Dicks Don’t Like Kill Your Idols” and “The Great Divide”. Available now as a free stream or via the “Name Your Price” option on the LFDF Bandcamp page. Click HERE to check these new tracks out.
NJ’s FENCE CUTTER who we recently featured on our Fresh Blood page announced their breakup. Their last show happened on September 26th in their hometown of Perth Amboy, NJ. Their 6 song “My Environment” EP that came out in June is one of the best releases we’ve come across so far in 2019.
CA’s ARCLINE (shown in above photo & who have members amongst their ranks from Hoods and Take Vengeance) are teaming up with Upstate Records for their debut CD & vinyl release titled “Gateway Drugs” which will contain 4 original tracks and “a surprise cover salute to NYHC originators”. The new track “Scorpion” off of “Gateway Drugs” can be heard HERE. This new release will be out on November 1st with pre-orders available now HERE.
Detroit’s SMASH YOUR ENEMIES will be releasing a 6 song EP titled “Become Death” on October 30th on Upstate Records. “Born from the lineage of Detroit’s Cold As Life” was an eye catcher while reading their press kit info which also used words like brutal, fury and violence to describe the band while also going on to say that their sound is for fans of Madball and Slayer. Some tough shoes to fill to say the least. Check out the brutal title track for the “Become Death” EP by clicking on the cover art to the left.
NY’s KINGS NEVER DIE have dropped another new track leading up to the release of their debut EP on Upstate Records which is due out this November. “The Juice” off of the upcoming “Raise A Glass” EP can be heard HERE.
MINUS YOUTH out of Germany have their new 9 track “No Generation” album due out this Friday, October 11th. “Downtown In Distress” is the second track to be floated out before the release date and you can stream this new one by clicking HERE. Pre-order info as well as Minus Youth merch can be found at that very same link.
The 14th edition of Richmond, VA’s UNITED BLOOD FEST will take place on April 3rd and 4th, 2020.
NEW VIDEOS THAT HAVE COME OUT SINCE OUR LAST UPDATE INCLUDE:
STRAY FROM THE PATH “Actions Not Words”
THE ICE COLD KILLERS “The American Scheme”
GLOCK 203 "Stamford City"
DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR “True Defeat”
DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR @ THIS IS HARDCORE 2019. PHOTO BY: DANIELLE DOMBROWSKI
SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
IN EFFECT CATCHES UP WITH THE VOICE OF TOKEN ENTRY & LET RAGE! FOR THIS NEW INSTALLMENT OF "20 QUESTIONS WITH" (WE REALLY ASKED HIM 24 QUESTIONS!)
AF REVEALS THE ARTWORK TO THEIR UPCOMING ALBUM, DEBUTS A NEW TRACK, INSIGHT ON THE "GET LOUD" COVER FROM ARTIST SEAN TAGGART & MORE!
As we told you in our last update AGNOSTIC FRONT have a new 14 track album due out on November 8th titled “Get Loud”. The band is now in full swing with promoting their upcoming release and have put out a lyric video for the new track titled “Spray Painted Walls” which you can check out HERE. The new AF will be released on Nuclear Blast Records and in addition to this new full length album Bridge Nine Records will be releasing a limited edition 3 song EP titled “I Remember”. The B9 EP will have the tracks “I Remember” and “Get Loud” (which also will be on the Nuclear Blast full length) as well as the track “Your Gonna Pay” which is exclusive to the B9 release. Listen to “You're Gonna Pay” HERE and find the pre-orders for the Bridge Nine Release HERE.
The “Get Loud” album artwork was done by legendary NY artist SEAN TAGGART who has worked with the band before, most notably on their 1986 release “Cause For Alarm”. In Effect caught up with Sean to get a little more insight on how things came together on this new project and this is what he had to say…
“So, out of the blue I get a message from Roger saying they’d like me to do the next album cover and would I be interested. Hell yeah! You don’t have to ask me twice. Roger wanted the skinhead demon to be the main focus, and to give the Mohawk dude from the first one the pit bull from the Eliminator Tour. I did one better, a two headed pit bull! The fun part was adding all the details, my favorite being the old school subway token used as a gauge in the green haired punk’s ear. It was like visiting old friends, if you look you’ll see a bunch.”
The “Get Loud” track listing is as follows: “Spray Painted Walls”, “Anti-Social”, “Get Loud!”, “Conquer And Divide”, “I Remember”, “Dead Silence”, “AF Stomp”, “Urban Decay”, “Snitches Get Stitches”, “Isolated”, “In My Blood”, “Attention”, “Pull The Trigger”, “Devastated”.
On September 18th Agnostic Front kicks off a 17 date/19 day tour of the Eastern U.S. and Canada with Prong starting in St Louis on the 18th and winding back up in NYC on October 6th. A 5 date West Coast run (also with Prong) starts off on October 23rd in Denver and runs through the 27th in Garden Grove, CA. In addition a December run of shows with Slapshot is also planned for the Southeast U.S. starting on December 3rd in Richmond, VA and ending on December 10th in Wilmington, NC with mid-January seeing AF hit Europe on the 2020 Persistence Tour. (Details below in this update).
NEW BOOK OUT SOON FEATURING THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF KAREN O'SULLIVAN
“SOMEWHERE BELOW 14TH & EAST, THE LOST PHOTOGRAPHY OF KAREN O’SULLIVAN” is an upcoming collection of the photography of Karen O’Sullivan due out on October 4th. This 192 page book contains over 150 images from Karen’s collection which covers the hardcore punk and hip-hop scenes of 1980’s era NYC. The diverse collection includes photos of bands like the Beastie Boys, Bad Brains, Regan Youth, Urban Waste, MDC, The Clash, RUN DMC, Minor Threat, Misfits and more along with some first-hand accounts from those who were there at the time. Pre-orders can be found HERE through Deathwish with a Facebook page (found HERE) giving sneak peaks at the upcoming book which will be out in less than a month. All pre-orders come with a 20” by 30” poster of NYHC legend Frenchie The Skin with varying package deals having such items as a 60 page bonus fanzine with additional photos and another with an old-school 3D viewer.
DAVE SMALLEY & DON'T SLEEP WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
Harrisburg, PA and DC area band DON’T SLEEP are back working on a new album to be released this winter on Victory Records. This will be the band’s first full length, and their first release since their 2018 7” on Reaper Records. The band has been recording at multiple studios, but most recently began recording at Salad Days Studios (Baltimore) with Brian McTernan (Battery, Ashes) and Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools). Stay up to date with all things Don’t Sleep by clicking HERE. Above photo has (from left) Dave Smalley along with Brian McTernan (center) and Water Schreifels (right) at a recent recording session for the new album.
NYHC BLACK BOOK FANZINE:
Be on the lookout for a new fanzine from Freddy Alva and crew… the same people who brought us the “Urban Styles, Graffiti In New York Hardcore” book in 2017. The NYHC Black Book fanzine showcases 40-plus graffiti writers and artists paying homage to their favorite bands from New York City. Influential groups such as Leeway, Cro-Mags, NYC Mayhem, Judge, Crumbsuckers, Murphy’s Law, AF and others are represented in a striking visual format by legendary writers like: REVS, MQ, SMITH, NEO, EXPO, SMOG, EZEC, KEN-1 etc... The graffiti and NYHC connection remains strong and continues in what will be an ongoing series; this first one is slated to come out in October and will be a full color zine printed on glossy paper. Follow the Urban Styles Book Instagram page HERE to get updates and ordering info for this upcoming zine when it becomes available.
CRO-MAGS JM CANCEL REST OF 2019 SHOWS:
CRO-MAGS JM (John & Mackey for those still not caught up YET) will be out of commission for the rest of 2019 with all of their remaining 2019 shows cancelled as singer John Joseph deals with complications stemming from a hernia surgery he had back in May. Get well soon JJ!
EUROPE'S PERSISTENCE TOUR 2020:
The PERSISTENCE TOUR is an annual traveling indoor tour package put together by M.A.D. Tour Booking who are based out of Germany. The 2020 lineup recently was posted and includes GORILLA BISCUITS, AGNOSTIC FRONT, H2O, STREET DOGS, WISDOM IN CHAINS and BILLY BIO. The 2020 edition of Persistence kicks off on January 15th in Hamburg, Germany and runs through January 26th where things wrap up in London. For more info about the Persistence Tour 2020 click HERE.
FYA FEST 2020:
Florida’s FYA FEST is back for another go around with over 35 bands being announced recently for their January 4th & 5th dates to be held at Brass Mug in Tampa. INTEGRITY, MADBALL, KILLING TIME, MINDFORCE, RESTRAINING ORDER and THE FIGHT are a few of the names you will catch over this weekend. For a full list of bands and ticket info click HERE.
NEW AGE MIDWEST COMP:
NEW AGE MIDWEST FEST is on September 28th in St. Louis, MO (with a pre-show on September 27th…also in St. Louis) and a corresponding 15-band compilation is being created to commemorate the event while benefitting charity. Each band playing the New Age Midwest Fest donated a song to the “Actions Over Words” compilation, which will be available at the show and also by mail order. All proceeds raised from the sales will benefit the Dayton Foundation, an organization that has been a crucial resource in the Oregon District Tragedy (Dayton, OH) that took place on August 4th. 2019. The bands included on the compilation are Life Force, Kill Their Past, Heel Turn, Abraxas, Redbait, Mean Season, True Self, Treason, Dying For It, Decline, Brute Force, The Dividing Line, Disappear, Through N Through and ThirdFace. Pre-orders for the comp can be found HERE.
MORE COMPS FOR GOOD CAUSES:
“CANCER SUCKS, HARDCORE DOESN’T” is a newly released digital compilation put together by Positive Militia out of the UK. The 12 band/12 song comp contains previously released songs from bands from the US, Europe and as far away as Australia and includes such bands as HOLD THE CROWN, LIFT, CAPITAL ENEMY, TIME & PRESSURE and GLOVES OFF. 50% of the profits from this record will be paid to Cancer Research UK on the last working day of each month (starting September 2019). For more info click HERE.
LONG ISLAND NY'S LIVE FAST DIE FAST REUNITE/OUT LIVE DEATH BREAKS UP:
Long Island NY's LIVE FAST DIE FAST who broke up in 2014 recently announced they are back together with their first show scheduled for September 27th at Long Island's Amityville Music Hall alongside Two Man Advantage. The following night LFDF travels down to Washington DC (again to play with Two Man Advantage) followed by an October 27th show with Outburst at NYC’s Niagra. “Only Dicks Don’t Like Kill Your Idols” and “The Great Divide” are two brand new LFDF songs that will debut digitally in October to further put a stamp on the bands return. With the reformation of Live Fast Die Fast comes the end of the band Out Live Death (2014-2019) as both bands shared multiple members. To get acquainted/reacquainted with some LFDF music make a quick click HERE to check out their 2013 album “Keep Your Fingers Crossed”.
INSTAGRAM POST OF THE DAY FOR SEP. 13TH, 2019. NEW JUDGE & SHELTER MUSIC IN THE WORKS
HARDCORE FROM AUSTRIA:
Vienna, Austria’s ILL BLOOD first got at us in late 2018 with a 2 song demo that definitely left an impression and hopes of what was to come. On October 18th Ill Blood will release the follow up to that 2 song demo with a 6 song self-titled EP on Farewell Records. “Scraps” is the first song that is being floated out to the masses to listen to and you can hear that track HERE. Pre-orders are available now through Merch Pit and can be found HERE.
MORE EURO-CORE NEWS:
Two European heavyweights in Rotterdam’s FROM THE HEART & Vienna’s ONLY ATTITUDE COUNTS are teaming up for a split 7” that will be released on October 18th on WTF Records. From The Heart will contribute 3 brand new tracks and Only Attitude Counts will have 3 tracks taken from their just released full length CD titled “Almost The End”. This split will be released with a deluxe gatefold 7” limited to 500 copies pressed with multiple color variants. Keep an eye on the WTF Records homepage for pre-order information which should be available by months end.
NY'S LOCKED INSIDE NEW TRACKS OUT NOW:
Back in April NY’s LOCKED INSIDE digitally released a 2 song promo that was a preview of their debut 7”. Due to some unexpected delays the 7” is still not available BUT the full 5 songs have now been digitally released on Spotify, Apple Music and the usual digital download outlets including every hardcore kids’ favorite spot…. Bandcamp! Click HERE to get the full 5 song EP titled “Your Thoughts Your Own” (still with the “Name Your Price” option). Stay tuned to Locked Inside’s social media pages for more info on when the physical release of this debut EP will come out.
THE PUNK ROCK MBA:
Make sure to check in frequently with THE PUNK ROCK MBA You Tube page for updates including their August 28th one that is titled “How New York Hardcore Changed Punk Forever”. In this 22 minute video host Finn McKenty touches on how he discovered NYHC from Washington State, the role of the NYHC “adjacent bands” like Life Of Agony, 90’s and 2000’s NYHC as well as other influences that got NYHC recognition on a national level. The Punk Rock MBA is a diversified entity that delivers “information, inspiration, and hopefully entertainment” and to date has well over 100 videos already posted on their page. The “How New York Hardcore Changed Punk Forever” video is closing in on 100k views and is a solid watch for anyone interested in NYHC music. Host Finn McKenty also has impeccable taste in hardcore t-shirts with evidence of this shown in the above photo. Click HERE to check out the video.
On September 30th RADIO RAHEEM (via Deathwish) will be releasing a 20 track 12” vinyl album by NYHC OG’s THE PSYCHOS titled “One Voice”. The 20 tracks are dubbed as “the only collection of material by this elusive unit to date”. This recording documents three of the many lineups that the band went through with Psycho members also being tied to such greats as Agnostic Front, S.O.D., Trip 6, Mental Abuse and The Icemen. First pressing will be limited to 500 copies and comes with a 16 page 12x12 full color booklet. Pre-orders, track listing and more info can be found HERE.
Make sure to check in with the In Effect Hardcore VIDEOS page frequently as we are constantly updating that area of the site with new videos from around the world. New editions that caught our attention include:
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