APRIL 20, 2019
LONG ISLAND'S CHERRY POP DEBUT NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR "GARBAGE"
CLICK BELOW TO WATCH! DEBUT EP "SUE ME" OUT NOW!
HARDCORE MATINEES RETURN TO SAME LOCATION IN NYC WHERE FAMED A7 CLUB ONCE STOOD
RAZOR BLADE HAND GRENADE TEARS IT UP AT NIAGRA ON APRIL 14TH, 2019. PHOTO BY: TIM DALEY
On April 14th Niagra (112 Avenue A) in NYC hosted the first of the "Back To The Roots" music series shows which will be frequently scheduled Sunday hardcore matinees. Niagra is located where the old A7 club once stood and was a vital part of the early 1980's NYHC scene. April 14th's lineup consisted of The Undead, Razor Blade Hand Grenade, Drunken Rampage, Rapid Deployment, Enziguri and No Compromise and was a free show. LA's 21 Gun Salute jumped up to play 2 songs at the end of RBHG's set as well. May 5th is the next scheduled show at Niagra and will have Stigma, Dead Blow Hammer (Record Release), Silence Equals Death, Caught In A Trap and Crazy Eddie. On Sunday June 9th the 3rd show will have Antidote, Murderers Row, Ache, End Of Hope and Crippled Earn. Click HERE for more info on the May 5th show.
Germany's RYKERS will have a new 15 song album titled "The Beginning" out on May 31st through BDHW Records. The band formed in 1992 and in addition to a bunch of EP's this will be their 6th full length studio album. 3 videos for the songs "Losing Touch", "Let's Ruin The Scene" and "Cast In Stone" have already been released with plans in the works for another 2 on the way. You can check out our 2016 interview with Rykers' bassist Chris Luft HERE.
The 12th annual PUNK ISLAND fest will take place on Saturday June 22nd on NYC's Randall's Island starting at 10am and running through 8pm and as always is a free outdoor show and is all ages. In 2018 over 75 bands played the show. The 2019 lineup has started to take shape with the following bands already confirmed to play: All Torn Up, Alouth, Babe Patrol, Bushes, Cop/Out, Dead Channels, Dream Job, Eve Minor, Fat Randy, Infinite Pizza, Metorana, Space Bitch, Superdeaf, Swinging Riot, Anxious? Anxious!, The Black Clouds, Color Killer, Cruel Children, Dead Empires, Dental Damage, Four Eyes, Hysteria, Intercourse, Locked In A Vacancy, Maintenance, NCM, Netherlands, RBNX, Shots Fired! Shots Fired!, Teenage Bigfoot, Abrupt, Cover Your Idols, BINT, Drug Bust, Lakras, Killer Of Sheep, Nerveshatter, Nervous Triggers, None Above All, Onderrock, Public Serpents, Razor Braids, Strange Lips, Thirteen Towers, Trashy and We Are Not Our Bodies. More bands will be announced shortly as well. Keep up to date with Punk Island happenings HERE. Check out In Effect’s clip of Japan’s Seppuku Pistols from last year’s show HERE.
It’s not often (or ever) when you see a band come along and be able to say that their lineup came together from NY, New Jersey, Long Island, Colombia and Argentina as well as have members who have played in Youth Of Today, Bold and Mouthpiece but that is exactly what the newly formed LOCKED INSIDE can honestly say. The recently formed straight edge band have 2 songs available online now in "A Force United" and "Your Thoughts, Your Own" which are precursors to an upcoming EP that is already completed. All of Locked Inside’s members will be NY residents as of June with local shows as well as touring planned for the summer of 2019. Click on their cover artwork to the left to check out their new tracks.
Belgium’s SUNDAYS will follow up their 2015 “Words” release with a new 4 song EP titled “Free At Loss” out next week via all the usual places you download your hardcore music. “Impressions of An Empire” is one of the new tracks and the band has put out a lyric video ahead of the new release. Click HERE to check out the lyric video and while you are at it check out our 2016 interview with Sundays HERE.
APRIL 14, 2019
INTENSE OLD-SCHOOL HARDCORE OUT OF BOGOTA, COLOMBIA... RAW BRIGADE ARE OUR LATEST INTERVIEW HERE AT IN EFFECT HC. CURRENTLY ON TOUR ON THE US EAST COAST
APRIL 8, 2019
YOUTH OF TODAY GOT BACK TOGETHER ON MARCH 16TH, 17TH AND 18TH TO PLAY 3 NIGHTS OF SHOWS IN BROOKLYN, NY. PHOTOGRAPHERS PETE GREGORY, JC CAREY & TIM DALEY DELIVER KILLER PHOTOS AS WELL AS REVIEWS FROM A PHOTOGRAPHERS PERSPECTIVE. CLICK BELOW TO CHECK IT OUT!
MARCH 30, 2019
IN EFFECT'S FRESH BLOOD PAGE RETURNS WITH AN INTERVIEW AND EXCLUSIVE
NEW MUSIC FROM BROOKLYN, NY'S PERFECT WORLD
MARCH 23, 2019
NYC'S END OF HOPE WITH DAVEY GUNNER FROM KRAUT ON VOCALS ARE READY TO MAKE SOME NOISE IN 2019 WITH A NEW FULL LENGTH ALBUM ON THE WAY. WE HAVE AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVEY AND GUITARIST KEN WOHLROB UP NOW WHICH YOU CAN READ BY CLICKING BELOW
MARCH 16, 2019
IN EFFECT CATCHES UP WITH AGNOSTIC FRONT'S MIKE GALLO OUTSIDE OF THEIR RECENT GIG AT CHURCHILL'S IN MIAMI. CLICK BELOW TO WATCH VIDEO. RUN TIME 8:49. INTERVIEW BY: BRIAN ESPITIA
MARCH 15, 2019
SLASHERS SKATECATION 2019 COMES TO US DIRECT FROM THEIR DRUMMER SHANE WHO DOCUMENTED THEIR RECENT EAST COAST US RUN FOR IN EFFECT. INCLUDED ARE PHOTOS, FLYERS, DEEP THOUGHTS AND A 6 MINUTE VIDEO INTERVIEW DONE AT THEIR PHILADELPHIA SHOW
MARCH 4, 2019
CASEY WATSON AND LARS FREDERIKSEN OF THE OLD FIRM CASUALS GIVE US THE LOWDOWN ON THEIR BRAND NEW ALBUM "HOLGER DANSKE".
"NO MATTER WHAT SITUATION YOU PUT THIS BAND IN MUSICALLY WE WILL SURVIVE"
Southern CA’s FURY are back with a new track titled “Angles Over Berlin” which will be on their upcoming 11 song full length titled “Failed Entertainment”. Boston’s Run For Cover Records will release this new album on May 3rd with Triple B Records also on board with a special limited edition variant. This is Fury’s 2nd full length and the follow up to their “Paramount” album which came out in 2016. Check out “Angels Over Berlin” by clicking HERE and read an interview we did with lead singer Jeremy Stith and guitarist Madison Woodward back in 2016 HERE. Fury photo by: Michelle Olaya Ortega.
THE BACK TO THE NYHC ROOTS MUSIC SERIES is a new venture brought to you by the New York Hardcore Chronicles Page (Facebook). Shows will be held at Niagra (112 Avenue A) in NYC which was formerly the iconic A7 club. Sunday afternoon matinees will be free with the first shows planned for April 14th and May 5th. If your band is interested in playing at these shows contact the NYHC Chronicles HERE.
St. Louis’ TIME & PRESSURE will be headed to Chicago in a few weeks to start recording with Weekend Nachos’ Andy Nelson for an upcoming 12” that will be released this summer on Safe Inside Records. The A side of the still to be titled record will feature 6 new songs and the B side will have a remastered version of their 2018 demo. Critical Hit Fest (April in St. Louis) and Promcore (May in Tulsa, OK) are 2 of their upcoming shows with an East Coast run planned between June 28th and July 7th which will include dates with Dividing Line and Chemical Fix. 5 dates in California with Dying For It will end the year for Time & Pressure starting on December 27th.
California’s SAFE INSIDE RECORDS is hard at work lining up new music for 2019 that includes the following on tap: Rejection Pact (Boise, ID) 7”, Frontside (San Diego, CA) cassette (April), Low End (Milwaukee, WI) 7” (May), Time and Pressure (St. Louis, MO) 12” (July), and Bystander (US) 12” EP (mid-late 2019).
MAXIMUM PENALTY and Reaper Records are working on a collector’s edition 12 inch vinyl reissue of the debut MP demo that came out 30 years ago in 1989. Look for this 9 song classic to be out this May. Maximum Penalty are also wrapping up writing for a new 5 song self-titled EP that will be out by the fall... also on Reaper Records. MP photo by: Danielle Dombrowski.
Boston’s HAVE HEART have announced a run of 4 shows starting on July 5th in Boston, followed by Los Angeles on July 12th (part of the Sound & Fury Fest), Cologne, Germany on July 20th and Leeds, UK on July 21st. Tickets to the shows sold out immediately (their first shows since 2009) but now there is the possibility of more tickets being put on sale. Check in HERE for updates
WTF RECORDS out of the Netherlands is at it again with some new music and announcements that includes a new 8 song effort from NY/CT 4 piece COMING OUT SWINGING titled “Step Aside” which will be out on March 15th as a CD digipack. Check out a short sample of the new stuff HERE.On April 19th comes a new 6 song CD digipack from NL based RISE ABOVE titled “Painkiller”. A video for the new track “Empty Handed” can be checked out HERE. WTF recently announced that BLOOD OF KINGS (also from the Netherlands) have jumped on board with the WTF Crew. Recording for their new album will start soon and a 2019 release is expected. Lastly Belgium’s COLDSTARE recently put out a new video for the title track of their late 2018 WTF Records release “Bounce Back”. Check that out HERE.
THE BASH is a 7 date music and craft beer festival that will kick off on May 11th in Phoenix, AZ and runs through June 16th where it ends in Sacramento, CA. Rancid and Suicidal Tendencies will play on all the shows which include stops in Tucson, AZ, Englishtown, NJ, Boise, ID, Tacoma, WA, and San Jose, CA. Lineups change from city to city but will also include The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, L7, H2O, Madball, Pennywise, Noi!se, Sharp Shock, and other special guests. Tickets are on sale now. More info can be found HERE.
SOUND & FURY 2019 will be held on July 12th and 13th at the Belasco Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Friday’s lineup in alphabetical order lines up as: Antagonize, Basement, Dare, Dead Heat, Diztort, Firewalker, Fury, Have Heart, Initiate, One Step Closer and Three Knee Deep. Saturday’s lineup (again in alphabetical order) is: Arms Race, Despise You, Drain Ekulu, Fiddlehead, Incendiary, Inclination, Never Ending Game, and Powertrip. More info including upcoming announcements of additional bands can be found HERE.
THE WARPED TOUR 2019 will visit 3 cities and have a total of 5 shows with hardcore/punk notables Bad Religion, H2O, The Offspring, and Quicksand playing the June 29th and 30th dates in Atlantic City, NJ. July 20th and 21st is in Mountain View, CA and has notables Face To Face, Fishbone, Lag Wagon, NOFX, Off!, The Offspring, Quicksand, and The Vandals. Saturday June 8th’s show will be held at the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. Visit HERE for more info.
Toronto hardcore punks THE NEW ENEMY have just released "Illusion Of Choice" on all digital platforms. The recording features five original songs and three covers (Leonard Cohen, Snapcase, Gob). With mixing by Will Killingsworth (Incendiary, Fury) and mastering by Arthur Rizk (Code Orange, Power Trip). Check out the recording HERE. Since forming, The New Enemy has donated all Bandcamp revenues to charity. For “Illusion Of Choice”, they'll be raising funds for YMCA Sprott House, the first LGBTQ2S transitional housing program for youth in Canada.
Old-school Philly hardcore band PAGAN BABIES were one of the opening bands at the recent Alone In A Crowd show/benefit in their hometown. After being asked to play the show the band decided to write and record a new track called “Nazi Is Through” as well as to finally record “My Life” which is a song that dates back with the band to 1988. The band plans on recording more for a total of 5 with some re-recordings of tracks from their “Immaculate Conception” EP from 1987 as well as a cover of Black Flag’s “Depression”. Lead singer Michael McManus also told us that there is a strong possibility of there being more new songs written and eventually recorded. Check out 2 newly recorded Pagan Babies songs by clicking HERE.
FEBRUARY 24, 2019
NY'S ALONE IN A CROWD REUNITED LAST WEEK IN PHILADELPHIA FOR A GOOD CAUSE PLAYING ALONGSIDE TERROR, PAGAN BABIES, MAXIMUM PENALTY & 5 OTHERS. CORE JUNKIE HAS A REVIEW WITH SOME AMAZING PHOTOS THAT CAPTURE THE SPIRIT OF WHAT HARDCORE MUSIC IS ALL ABOUT
CLICK BELOW TO CHECK IT OUT & SUPPORT HOWIE WALLEN OF AIAC IN A TIME OF NEED
FEBRUARY 17, 2019
IN EFFECT CHECKS IN WITH PHENOM DRUMMER BRANDON PERTZBORN WHO AT 24 YEARS OLD HAS ALREADY PLAYED WITH BLACK FLAG, DOYLE, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES AND MORE! CLICK BELOW!
THE OLD FIRM CASUALS new album titled "Holger Danske" is out now digitally and will be available on vinyl and CD on March 15th through Pirates Press Records (US) and Demons Run Amok (Europe). Pre-orders go up on February 18th. The band has already released a video for the track "Motherland" and will be working on another for the track "Casual Rock 'N Roll". Stream or download "Holger Danske" by going HERE. Keep an eye on In Effect Hardcore for an upcoming interview which we recently did with Old Firm members Lars Fredericksen and Casey Watson. The Old Firm Casuals kicked off a UK/Ireland/Scotland run on January 31st and wrapped up in London on Saturday February 16th.
In our last update we told you that NYC'S SWORN ENEMY will have a new album out on April 5th titled "Gamechanger". The band has since dropped the first sneak peek to this new album in the form of a lyric video titled "Prepare For Payback" which you can check out HERE.
Germany's BORN FROM PAIN have their new album "True Love" out now on BDHW Records and with the release date also comes the release of a 3rd music video from this new full length. Check out the video for the title track "True Love" HERE. A video for "Antitown" was released back in December and another for "New Beginnings" just 2 weeks on January 31st.
Boston’s AMERICAN WAR MACHINE first came to our attention with their 3 song “Prey Drive” EP which came out on Bridge 9 Records in October of 2017. On April 12th they will release their debut full length “Unholy War” which will have 12 songs and once again be on the B9 label. The band consists of scene veterans led by Truth who used to sing for Intent To Injure as well as Slapshot members Craig Silverman (guitar), Ryan Packer (bass), and Corey Koniz (drums). Many probably recognize Craig as one half of Agnostic Front’s guitar duo alongside Stigma. Check out the title track to their upcoming album by clicking HERE. If you like what you hear pre-order information for this release can be found HERE.
.New Jersey's DEAD BLOW HAMMER (who started as Against The Grain in 1996) are working on a new EP titled "No Repercussions". The band has already put up a few of the songs from this EP on their You Tube page including the track "Imperious" which their bassist Rob Kabula (ex-Agnostic Front/Cause For Alarm) revived from way, way back. Check out "Imperious" HERE and then stay on the DBH You Tube page to hear two other tracks from that upcoming EP in "Caste System Skunks" and "Dents".
DONT SLEEP have signed with Victory Records who plan to release a new album by the band this summer.
BLACK MANTRA from France will be releasing their 2nd EP titled "Son Of The Modern Age" as a self-released CD on March 1st. The 9 song EP is already available to stream or buy (Name Your Price) online on the band's Bandcamp page. They also put out a lyric video for the track "Outerspace" which you can check out HERE.
COINTOSS RECORDS' latest find and upcoming release will be with TUNING from the Bay Area of California. "Hanging Thread" is a 9 song effort that will be released on CD and vinyl on March 29th. A lyric video for the title track "Hanging Thread" came out earlier this week. Tuning are the openers for the upcoming "Mutiny On The Bay" show/fest that will be held at 924 Gilman in Berkeley,CA on March 9th that has Fury and Strife as headliners. Click HERE for more info on this show. Pre-orders for "Hanging Thread" can be found HERE.
POINTBREAK from Phoenix just finished recording their new 4 song EP titled "Forsaken" which will be released by Irish Voodoo Records. When we heard this would be a concept album we asked their singer Martin Miramontes to tell us more... "This will be a concept album based off my childhood traumas. It's basically talking about my mind being a "home with different rooms". Every room is a different issues that I have dealt with. One is sexual assault. One is physical/emotional/mental abuse. My mom leaving me. And the last room is my trust issues I have towards relationships because of my past." Pointbreak will also be doing a West Coast tour from May 17th through the 26th with Albuquerque's Lucia. "Forsaken" will be available on 7", cassette, CD and digitally this spring. Check out the video for their song “Pointbreak” which came out last August HERE.
FEBRUARY 4, 2019
IN EFFECT INTERVIEWS DAD BRAINS SINGER PATRICK PEDRAZA TO FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THESE MIDDLE AGED PARENT CORE PUINKS FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!
H20's Toby Morse has started up his own podcast which is named after his non-profit organization called "One Life One Chance". The first official episode came out on January 28th and runs over an hour long and features his mother... Linda Morse. Future episodes look to include his H20 bandmates as well as Rancid's Tim Armstrong, Moby, and skateboarders Christian Hosoi and Steve Caballero. "Real, authentic and non-scripted conversations between Toby and his friends, family and personal heroes- all of whom have had a real impact on his life" is the podcasts self description. Check it out HERE.
Sticking to podcast news DIABLO'S DEN which is hosted by Crown Of Thornz/Skarhead frontman Lord Ezec (and Jay Reason) released their 3rd episode which had on guests Kaves and Med who are both well known old-school NYC graffiti writers. Both guests are also known in other areas with Kaves being in the hip-hop group Lordz Of Brooklyn and Med with Tuff City Tattoos in the Bronx. This was an interesting episode to check out as Ezec uses his insight/knowledge from beyond the hardcore scene to create an episode that should have a broad appeal. Jay Reason is a solid co-host that keeps the train on the tracks and the fact that it is all on video that you can watch along to adds to the overall entertainment value. This episode runs 1:22 and I watched this one all the way through. Click HERE to check it out.
THE BROOKLYN BLAST FURNACE is hard at work with some noteworthy episodes since the new year started. I recently checked in on episode 86 which had a nearly 90 minute interview with Mike Ferraro from Judge done in a Montvale, NJ diner. This episode proved to have some very interesting stories, some I have read or heard about in the past, some were brand new. A really good episode that kept my attention throughout. Just before we went to post this info episode 87 of Blast Furnace has been released and has Civ from Gorilla Biscuits/Civ and Jules Massee from Side By Side and Alone In A Crowd talking about the upcoming reunion/benefit show for Alone In A Crowd guitarist Howie Wallen who is facing some serious health issues. A sold out benefit show is being held for him on February 16th in Philadelphia. Blast Furnace is available on most streaming sites with Soundcloud being the one I find the easiest to use.
NY's SWORN ENEMY have announced they will be releasing a new album titled "Gamechanger" on April 5th. Salem Rose Music & M-Theory Audio based in Las Vegas will release the 11 song full length that was produced by Machine Head's Robb Flynn. This will be Sworn Enemy's first new album since their "Living On Borrowed Time" album which came out in 2014. Look for a record release show on Friday April 26th at the Kingsland in Brooklyn, NY and another on the 28th in Brockton, MA. Keep up to date with all things Sworn Enemy by checking in HERE. "The new album is savage. Now it's time to get back out on the road and show everyone how great it is!" Sal LoCoco, vocals-Sworn Enemy.
Irish Voodoo Records have scooped up Fullerton CA's CHEMICAL X and will be putting out their 6 song release from March of 2017 on 7" vinyl later this year. The EP was originally released digitally with some limited cassettes available from the band. The new version will have updated artwork (which you can see above) to "pay homage to our roots and our friends who have supported us" according to their drummer Martin. Keep an eye on the Irish Voodoo website for release dates/ordering info. Chemical X has had an interesting start to 2019 having played a punk rock food drive on January 19th with JFA and Reagan Youth being the headliners. At this show in Garden Grove, CA there was a melee with Nazi skinheads that the OC Weekly out of Orange County has a pretty detailed account of. Check it out HERE. Right after this show Chemical X singer Eddie was hospitalized for a few days after being involved in a motorcycle accident. Get well soon Eddie! Check out the 2017 EP out by clicking HERE. Chemical X has new songs written and ready to record so look for a full length coming along not too far behind the 7".
Flatspot Records recently sent in the new SECTION H8 EP titled "Phase 1". This new Los Angeles based band formed in 2018 and this release came out in November of last year on Bandcamp. Now comes word that Flatspot will be releasing this on 7" vinyl and on all digital platforms on March 29th. Within the Flatspot email included quotes from Section H8 frontman Mexi that stated "I was inspired to write these songs due to my disgust with the current state of society"... and "angry, raw, gross, negative hardcore punk music played by a gang of close friends who move as a unit". The quotes and cover artwork were enough to catch my attention and the music matches the intensity of Mexi's words. Check out "Phase 1" HERE and keep an eye on the Flatspot page for ordering info as we get closer to this EP's release date.
FREEDOM SOUNDWORKS has just released a very interesting compilation called CLASSICS vs CLASSICS II which features hardcore punk bands doing 2 cover songs each. The idea was to have each band cover a hardcore/punk classic and then cover a song by more well-known bands from the world of Rock ‘N Roll and beyond! The Maniac Inside cover Warzone’s “Always A Friend For Life” and then “Taking Care Of Business” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Become One does “Everyone Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears, and also “Scuffle Town” by Avail. Those are just two examples but to find out more about this online only compilation click HERE You may be pretty surprised at the remainder of the lineup which includes The Avoiders, Agony Kings, One Less Scumbag, Reason Enough, and Be Gone doing songs by:Reagan Youth, The Kinks, Sick Of It All, DRI, RUN DMC, Cro-Mags, and more. Pipebomb is the only band that does one song and it is “Urban Discipline” by Biohazard that features Biohazard drummer Danny Schuler playing drums on his own song! On February 17th there will be a free show out on Long Island featuring some of the bands on this compilation. The show will also serve as a release party for the new compilation. Find out more about Freedom Soundworks HERE.
REST IN PEACE ALEX BROWN
Alex Brown who played in Gorilla Biscuits, Side By Side, Project X, and was behind the very influential Schism Fanzine passed away late last week due to what some media outlets have called natural causes at the age of 52. I cannot say that I knew the man but his music and those old Schism zines were a big influence on the early stages of In Effect Fanzine and for this I am very grateful. Thank you for your creative work and dedication Alex.
Graphic by: Jonathan Buske.
JANUARY 21, 2019
IN EFFECT'S FRESH BLOOD PAGE IS UPDATED WITH A LOOK AT SOME FRESH AND NEW PUNK ROCK FROM HARLEM, NEW YORK CITY IN THE FORM OF WINTER WOLF.
CLICK BELOW TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH THEIR BASSIST/SINGER JEHIEL WINTERS
JANUARY 13, 2019
FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO CHICAGO LA ARMADA HAS BEEN LAYING DOWN HEAVY MUSIC WITH A PASSION AND MESSAGE SINCE 2000. CHECK OUT THIS NEW INTERVIEW WE HAVE WITH THEIR BASSIST MANI MARTE AND GUITARIST PAUL RIVERA FROM JUST A FEW WEEKS BACK
JANUARY 11, 2019
QUICK HITS FROM THE UNDERGROUND:
Six Feet Under Records recently announced they will be releasing a 12" LP with RAW BRIGADE from Bogota, Colombia. No release date has been announced as of yet but two demo tracks for the LP in "The Trap" and "The Job" recently went up and you can check those songs out HERE. Raw Brigade made some noise in 2018 by playing some East Coast US dates including the This Is Hardcore Fest in July as well as releasing their "Kicking Your Face" EP.
ROTTING OUT have new music out in the form of a new video for a track called "Reaper". No other info about this new song was given or if there is more new music on the way. Rotting Out's "Reckoning" EP was their last official release and came out back in 2015. Rotting Out will play with Xibalba and The Beautiful Ones on January 11th in Los Angeles and on January 12th in Berkeley. Check out "Reaper" HERE.
NY's THE LAST STAND and CA's ONE x CHOICE (both pictured to the left) will release a split 7" EP this summer titled "East/West Brotherhood" on Irish Voodoo Records. The Last Stand will have the new tracks "I Can't Look Back" and "Born Again" while One X Choice will have the tracks "The Only Way" and "Blind Eye". Each band should have a 3rd track added as well. Both bands have previously released material with Irish Voodoo. Keep up to date by following TLS and One X Choice.
ALL OUT WAR will start recording in February for a still untitled new album due out this summer on Unbeaten Records that will feature 10 new songs. April will see All Out War on the West Coast playing dates with Integrity, Toxic Holocaust and Funeral Chic. BELOW THE FROST is a new band with Mike Score from All Out War on vocals and also includes Matt from Hatebreed on drums, Mike from Prime Evil on guitar, and Michelle (ex-Starkweather) on bass. Below The Frost recorded 2 songs for an upcoming 7" and when asked what it sounded like Mike told us "A mix between Celtic Frost style metal and Amebix style punk". They are still shopping the 2 songs they recorded to labels and could be ready to record for a full length by the spring.
MANIAC from Western MA formed in 2010 and released their debut full length "War & Insanity" in June of 2018 online with limited edition cassettes. New Age Records will be re-releasing "War & Insanity" in early 2019 on vinyl, cassette and CD. Check out the full length HERE and keep up with New Age and this release by following them HERE.
"UNDERDOGS II" is a new 20 band cassette compilation available now through Dog Years Records. Some of the bands included are Dying For It, Better Days, Time & Pressure, Redbait, Raw Brigade and Berthold City. The original release sold out of the 100 tapes offered in 3 days and another 50 went up shortly after. Don't like cassettes? Download it off of their Bandcamp page! Every penny from the sales of cassettes and digital downloads will be donated to RAINN which is an anti-sexual assault organization.
NY's COMBUST will be releasing a new 12" EP with Edgewood Records this spring. It will be titled "The Void" and has the following track listing: "Tigers And Rats", "One Last Wish", "What's Left", "The Devil's Crown", "Force My Hand", and "The Void". Stay tuned for more details.
AGENTS OF MAN will be back with new music in 2019 as they have 3 new songs they are currently in the process of recording. Mixing is being done with Maximum Penalty's Jimmy Williams at his studio in West New York, NJ and mastering with Len Carmichael at Landmine Studios. The working title to this 3 song release will be "Love Like A Gun". This will be Agents Of Man's first release since their 2005 "Count Your Blessings" album on Century Media. Members of Agents Of Man have also played in Maximum Penalty, Skarhead, One4One and Bulldoze.
NY's BRICK BY BRICK will have their new album "Hive Mentality" out on February 22nd on Upstate Records. The album will feature 7 new songs with guests Jessica Pimentel from Alekhine's Gun, Tony Foresta from Iron Reagan/Municipal Waste, and Vincent Bennett from The Acacia Strain. In addition to the 7 original tracks look for covers of Skid Row's "Slave To The Grind" and Motorhead's "Iron Fist". Pre-orders are available starting on January 11th HERE and a video teaser for the new album can be seen by clicking HERE.
MA's KIND! CREW have dropped the "crew" from their name and are now known as just "KIND!" They have a new release in the 7 song "Haven" EP which came out on January 2nd. Wide Eyed Noise will release "Haven" on cassette in early February along with a fanzine surrounding the band's history. Keep an eye out HERE for more info on the cassette/fanzine release.
Howie Abrams (pictured to the left between Pete and Lou Koller) who was the author of "Finding Joseph I, An Oral History Of H.R. From Bad Brains" and "The Merciless Book Of Metal
Lists" has begun work on an autobiography of Sick Of It All's Koller Brothers titled "The Blood And The Sweat: The Story Of Sick Of It All's Koller Brothers". The book is
scheduled to be out in the fall of 2019. We asked Howie to give us a little bit more on his mindset about working with Lou and Pete on this new book and he gave us this: 5 Things I Already Know About
Working on Lou and Pete Koller’s Book:
1. They’re friends of mine, so there’s a lot of extra responsibility that comes with this one.
2. They’re one of the greatest hardcore bands ever, so there’s a lot of extra responsibility that comes with that.
3. I want the SOIA story to be told, but I really want people to learn about Lou and Pete’s lives as individuals and as blood siblings.
4. They’re both funnier than you think.
5. They’ve gone through A LOT to get to this point!
CA's TORSO have their new 4 song EP "Build And Break" out now on Revelation Records. This is their first release since their 11 song "Sono Pronta A Morire" record that came out back in September of 2015 and is the band's 4th overall release. Check out some of the 7 plus minutes of mayhem HERE and click HERE to check in with Rev for ordering information.
Revelation Records and Equal Vision Records are sponsoring a new video series called "The Story Of Don Fury Studio" which will have new installments every 2 weeks that you can watch on Don Fury's You Tube channel. The first chapter is up now and is called "Long Island To The Bowery" and runs a little over 8 minutes in length. If you are into NYHC and do not know the name he probably was the recording engineer or producer on some of your favorite records from back in the day and he is still at it now! Click HERE to check it out!
PA's ACTIVATE have transformed the Philadelphia Eagles football team's fight song into a thrash remix in honor of the team's current playoff run. Click HERE to check it out. "Critical Mass Extinction" is the new 12 song full length Activate is working on for a hopeful spring 2019 release.
NJ's HARDWARE FANZINE which put out 9 issues between 1993 and 1996 will soon be available as a special edition book from Shining Life. The 400 plus page anthology will also have the unreleased issue #10 as well as extra material never before seen in their pages including photos, writings, letters, memories as well as the history of In My Blood Records. Stay tuned for info on how to buy the upcoming Hardware Zine Anthology HERE.
MINDFORCE guitarist Mike Shaw (pictured to the left) was involved in a serious head on automobile accident while at work last week when another vehicle went into his lane. Mike is currently unable to walk with multiple fractures in his leg as well as having broken ribs. His left leg will have to undergo multiple surgeries and he has months of physical therapy ahead of him before he can walk again and return to work. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help with his families day to day. If you would like to read more about this and/or donate click HERE. Mindorce has also announced an indefinite hiatus. Get well Mike!
Mindforce photo by: Gustavo Morales.
DECEMBER 26, 2018
HARDCORE 2018... WHAT WE SAW, LIKED & LOVED IN 2018. OUR ANNUAL YEAR END ARTICLE IS UP NOW!
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DECEMBER 2, 2018
20 QUESTIONS WITH... ADAM BLAKE.
LONG TIME BASSIST OF HARDCORE PUNK LEGENDS H20 AND ALL AROUND COOL DUDE
NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH THE MIGHTY BILLY CLUB SANDWICH!
BECKY & MIKE MCAULEY HIT UP BINGHAMTON STYLE 2018 ON OCTOBER 6TH AND CAME AWAY WITH A PRETTY FUNNY AND ENTERTAINING VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH THE BCS BOYS AND SPECIAL GUEST SAL FROM SWORN ENEMY... PHOTO BY: RICH ZOELLER. CLICK PHOTO TO WATCH! RUN TIME: 10:06
NOVEMBER 18, 2018
NEW INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN CARTER FROM SAINT LOUIS' BETTER DAYS
"Probably the coolest out of town show Better Days has played was on the side of a levy in New Orleans. It literally was on the banks of a levy that broke during Hurricane Katrina so everything was desolate and trashed. It was insane, we played with a couple of crust-punk bands so a lot of that type of crowd was there and we got a good reception from them because we play fast and they were into it. My favorite things about that show was that there were dogs wearing bandanas running between us while we were playing and because there were all these crust punk and squatter kids we got partially paid in loose change."
IN EFFECT'S JOSH DERR CATCHES UP WITH ZACH & AARON FROM BANE TO FIND OUT HOW "LIFE AFTER BANE" IS GOING IN THIS NEWLY RELEASED VIDEO INTERVIEW FROM JULY. RUN TIME: 11:55.
RICHMOND'S BREAK AWAY BREAKING UP WITH LAST SHOW IN FEBRUARY 2019
Richmond, VA’s BREAK AWAY will be breaking up with their last show being February 23rd, 2019 at the Warehouse in RVA. Lineup for this last show to be announced December 3rd. We got in touch with Ace Stallings (singer for Break Away) to get some more info on why this breakup is happening and here is what he had to say…
“In regards to Break Away retiring… Break Away has been a band for 8 years. We have put out 2 LP’s, 2 7”s, played almost every hardcore festival, have toured most of America many times over and toured Europe twice. It’s time for us to make some room for some other bands to rise up and fill our spot. Bands do the scene a disservice when they occupy a space just to occupy it. We have said everything we need to say in regards to our content. We successfully continued the legacy of Richmond straight edge, helped usher in a new wave of bands here and experienced things that some people merely dream about. We are all still best friends and will all be continuing to play in other bands together. Our retirement is a positive one.” Check out our August 2017 interview with Break Away by clicking HERE.
While still on the topic of Break Away, THE VERDICT are a new Richmond, VA band that have 4 out of the 5 members of Break Away as well as 8 other people involved from bands like Red Vision, Downfall, Neuromancer, Shattered Xistence and Watchdogs. On Halloween they put out a 6 song release titled “Hostis Humani Generis” on Bandcamp with Edgewood Records to follow up shortly with cassette versions of this release. Click on their photo to the left to listen to it now.
Maine’s COMBATANT just put out a new one in “Witness To Destruction” which is 9 new songs available now on their Bandcamp page. Not Like You Records/Fanzine out of ABQ, New Mexico will be releasing “Witness…” this January on 12” blue vinyl limited to just 100 copies. Check these guys out! As for the fanzine side of Not Like You they are currently working on two new issues… the first being an all photo issue followed by issue #8 which will have an old unpublished Circle Jerks interview from the 1980’s that was never published, NJ’s Search and Bobby Draws Skullz who is this sick artist based on the East Coast. Follow Not Like You HERE.
New Jersey’s SILENCE EQUALS DEATH are back with a new song and video for the track “Plague” which is part of a 4 song/band 7” compilation on Patient Zero Records going under the title of “Spreading The Infection” due out November 30th. The Broken (Albany, NY), Panzram (Upstate NY) and One Less Scumbag (NH) round out the 4 band lineup for Patient Zero’s debut release. A compilation release show will be held on November 30th in Pittsfield, MA that both Panzram and Silence Equals Death will both be performing at. As for the “Plague” video, check that out HERE. With well over 50 cameos you are bound to see a familiar face or two from the world of hardcore music.
In our October 20th update we mentioned that the “URBAN STYLES, GRAFFITI IN NEW YORK HARDCORE” book was headed for a second expanded edition that will include a limited edition flexi-7” with 1 song each from both Crazy Eddie and Johatsu. The Crazy Eddie track titled “Urban Styles” can now be heard by clicking HERE. The books author Freddy Alva wrote the graffiti inspired lyrics to this song and approached the band about performing the song using his lyrics. Artwork by Orlando Arce, intro by Lord Ezec from Crown Of Thornz/Skarhead with the video montage produced by Adobo Productions. While on the topic of Crazy Eddie, their guitarist Lenny B runs a pretty cool vlog called “Cocktails And Conversations with Lenny B” which was just updated with its first new episode in a while titled “British Invasion”. Check it out HERE.
NOWHERE ROADS are a new band out of NJ/PA who have that familiar “current and former members of” label attached to them with the names Wisdom In Chains, Floorpunch and Edgewise being the names that jump out at you. Formed in late 2017 they are now ready to strike with their debut 4 song EP titled “Toil Every Second” due out on December 14th on Coin Toss Records. “Uncivilized” is one of the new tracks off the new EP and you can check it out now by clicking HERE. Their first show will be on December 16th in Scranton, PA with fellow CoinTosser’s Sunstroke and they are also slated to play the Alone In A Crowd reunion/benefit show in Philadelphia on February 16th along with Terror, Pagan Babies, Maximum Penalty, Break Away (last Philly show), Search and Let Down
NYC punk/hardcore/thrash 3 piece FRAGMENTED will release their new 8 song effort titled “Thrashblast” on November 30th, a date that will also see them play a free show in Queens, NY dubbed “Queens Vs The World”. This release show will also feature Scarboro, The Third Kind, Ruin By Design, Skum City, and Crisis King. Details on this show can be found HERE. “Thrashblast” is tabbed as a digital release to be found on their Bandcamp page but limited CD copies will be available at the November 30th show. Four additional NYC/Long Island shows are booked after this show throughout the end of January and they are looking for more. Their bassist/singer Tom Reardon books shows in Queens and is looking for people to book Fragmented and for “show trades” with other bands. “In The Presence Of” is the new tune that they are pushing ahead of the release date and you can hear that track by clicking on the "Thrashblast" cover.
Back in December 2016 we did a Fresh Blood feature on these Belgium dudes called “SUNDAYS”. At the time we called them “the best Bridge 9 band not on Bridge 9 Records”. Word comes now that they are working on a new 4 song EP that will start recording in mid-December at Shellshock Studio with mixing and mastering being handled by Jay Maas who used to play guitar in Defeater (another Bridge 9 tie in!) The 4 song EP will be released digitally in early 2019 and later on in the year there are plans for a vinyl version as well. Check out their “Words” 7 song EP from 2015 HERE.
Germany’s RYKERS recently announced they are working on new material. We hit up their bass player Chris Luft to get some info and this is what he had to say…“Besides numerous EP’s/Mini LP’s and 7”s this will be our full length album number 6. It will be titled: “The Beginning…” and right now we plan to have 14 songs on it, totally mixing up old-school hardcore, punk rock, metal and our well known NYHC edge. We are going to record at Andy Classen’s (ex-Holy Moses) Stage One Studio and will release the album (April/May 2019) on Beatdown Hardware Records (BDHW). I`m pretty much looking forward to record the new tunes and I am sure a lot of people will be surprised. With our newly added guitar player Steve (who formerly played in the German thrash outfit EROSION) we definitely added some more brutal riffing to the band… stay tuned!”
DON’T SLEEP have a new video out now in “Lazarus”, SLASHERS are a NYC skate band we recently found out about. They have a pretty cool video in “Skatecation” that came out back in February. Their debut full length will be out in early 2019 as well. “MORE STAGE DIVES” is a new podcast out of NYC with hosts Ryan (singer of Ache) and Hil (singer of None Above All). 4 episodes to date. Check ‘em out! ANGEL DU$T dive deeper into their unique vibe with two new songs in “Big Ass Love” and “Take Away The Pain”. Our next update will have H2O’s Adam Blake with a “20 Questions With” interview, working on another one with Chicago’s LA ARMADA and In Effect’s year end wrap up is in the works as well.