OCTOBER 17, 2021

MELODIC HARDCORE IS MAKING A COMEBACK OUT ON LONG ISLAND WITH STAND STILL LEADING THE CHARGE. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS REFRESHING NEW BAND IN THIS BRAND NEW INTERVIEW

OCTOBER 4, 2021 

BORSTAL COME AT US WITH A UK STREET PUNK MEETS NYHC STYLE THAT TAKES NO PRISONERS ON THEIR DEBUT EP "AT HER MAJESTY'S PLEASURE" OUT NOW ON 4 FAMILY RECORDS. GUITARIST LEE KITCHENER WAS RECENTLY INTERVIEWED TO GIVE US MORE ON THIS HOT NEW BAND FROM THE UK

SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 

INTRODUCING Z9!  NEW BAND FEATURING WISDOM IN CHAINS MEMBERS DEBUT "THE DEAD MAN"

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO "THE DEAD MAN" BY Z9! 

Z9! Is a new project featuring three of the members of Wisdom In Chains with Richie Mancuso on guitar and vocals, Evan Ivkovich on bass and Luke Rota on drums. Their 6 song debut titled “We Don’t Come In Peace” drops October 29th on Fastbreak! Records. In Effect Hardcore caught up with Richie to get some details about the band and he was kind enough to also let us premiere one of their new songs titled “The Dead Man”. Find pre-order info and other merch for this release HERE.  Follow the band on Instagram HERE

 

“In the echo of a prophetic joke about a coming plague… in the sinister whispers of a passing fortune teller… in the shadows we catch moving in the corner of our eyes… to the ghosts haunting us from the cob webs of our minds. Z9! has come to represent a perfect circle, of a midnight black ballad, sung from the darkness of the cold streets in our hearts. After spending more than two decades in the trenches of hardcore, grinding his way to top billing on the worldwide stage - Richie “Krutch” Mancuso and backing members of Wisdom In Chains make no peace with their demons, but rather embrace their nightmares, and give those demons a voice. “We Don’t Come In Peace” represents the debut EP of a concept project which was written, produced and recorded by Richie Krutch - on his own terms and without compromise. With influences from some of the greatest 70’s and 80’s hard rock and street rock bands - Z9! has distinct East Coast grit that has been ground to a dangerously fine point, that represents an oath that was kept by an artist, to never be the victim… All while exploring an unknown chapter in the burned pages of their past”. 

 

IE: Hey Richie. When did you start writing these Z9! songs and when did your Wisdom In Chains bandmates Evan and Luke come aboard?

 

Richie: Well, I’d say I started officially writing for this project in October of 2020. Halloween in Pennsylvania is a sacred time. The pandemic was in full effect and work with Wisdom In Chains was at a complete stand still. So I purchased some gear, started to figure out the recording and mixing side of things. I picked a style I wanted to go in, something I was interested in doing vocals over, because in the beginning of this project it was just me. I was showing Luke and Evan the stuff I was working on and they were like me in the sense that they have to write music… they need to play. They expressed that they really liked the stuff so I told them “If you guys want, jump in”. I could never do it like they do it on their instruments. They both listened to the songs, learned them, and then added their own elements. I love what they did with the bass and drums on these tracks.

 

IE: Your band description (that we included above) tells us about the 70’s and 80’s rock and street rock bands that influence Z9's sound. Can you put some names to that description?

 

Richie: So many influences, from Billy Idol, to Type-O-Negative, to Cocksparrer, Blood for Blood, Motley Crue. Melody is what brings it all together.

 

IE: With all three members of this band also playing in Wisdom In Chains it should be asked why these songs weren't written with that band in mind?

 

Richie: We, us 3, and Wisdom’s lead guitarist Mavvy The Baboon actually were in a writing zone! No lie, musically we had over 100 songs, but vocally, it was just not happening. Frustration was really building, so in September of 2020 we decided to halt it all and restart in 2021. By October I was bored as fuck… I need to write songs, so I started this project by myself, kind of just to scratch the itch. These songs probably could have went to Wisdom. Wisdom is all over the place musically… hardcore, Oi, metal, punk… we do whatever we want. But for Z9! I decided to have a more focused musical sound. I had about 12 songs for this project musically, but only 6 had lyrics. I scrapped the other 6 to just focus on these. I just wanted a finished product that I was happy with. The frustration from Wisdom was killing me as it’s been years since we wrote a song. I didn’t want that to happen again. 

Z9! (From L-R; Evan, Luke, Richie) 

IE: The band description also paints a dark picture to what you guys are calling a concept project with the album’s title and artwork helping build that feeling even more. It's not often that you see bands associated with the hardcore scene doing full on concepts. Can you talk more about the vibe going on here?

 

Richie: Well, like I said, this project started in October, and it will be released in October. The constant vibe was death, revenge, and conquest. The opening track is about winning, not surviving… fuck surviving, I’ll take what I want. The song “The Dead Man” is a unique perspective about being haunted by the ghost of the man you killed, and still not letting that dead man get one over on you. “A Million Years” is about taking advantage and figuring out how to make the hardest times work in your favor, inspired by the pandemic really. “The Lord Of Death” is just about me thinking about all the times I have escaped death so far in my life. I know it will get me eventually, but I cheated that fool a few times now. The last song “Gone” is just simply about death. We all deal with the loss of loved ones, and its finality is sickening, but so real. It’s like nothing else. Even the cover song I chose (“The One I Love” by R.E.M.)… it’s like this mainstream radio rock song, but lyrically, I liked how the lyrics were kind of selfish and fucked up. This is the theme for Z9!, other bands can sing about feeling depressed, and feeling sorry for themselves, or sing about being losers or whatever is going on. This shit is about the darkness, the cockiness, of the side of reality that isn’t very popular to mention in the current times we live in.

 

IE: What's the meaning behind the name Z9?

 

Richie: There are a few meanings, one meaning is for the band members personally and only they know. Another meaning comes from an old secret society I read about. They had code words and terms so they could speak freely to one another without outsiders knowing the details of what they said. They used the term Z9 to describe what they considered the most dangerous of people, someone who had nothing to lose.

SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 

AFTER A TWO YEAR GAP BETWEEN RELEASES EKULU ARE BACK WITH THEIR FIRST FULL LENGTH TITLED "UNSCREW MY HEAD". IN EFFECT CAUGHT UP WITH THEIR SINGER CHRIS & DRUMMER MIKE TO GET ALL THE DETAILS BEHIND IT AS WELL AS ASKING ABOUT WHAT'S ON TAP FOR THE REST OF 2021.

 

“UNSCREWING YOUR HEAD COULD BE BLOWING OFF STEAM DOING WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS LOVED TO DO… WHETHER IT’S WRITING, SKATEBOARDING, MOSHING, MAKING ART, DRAWING, PLAYING SHOWS… IT’S THE WHOLE IDEA OF LETTING STRESS GO AND FINDING YOUR BLISS”.

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LONG RUNNING DIY VENUE "SKIDROW GARAGE" IN YORK, PA FORCED TO CLOSE AMID LEGAL ISSUES

Long running DIY venue SKIDROW GARAGE located in York, PA is NO MORE! This spot had been hosting shows for the past 12 years and was recently forced to close due to legal issues. MC Hyser who ran the spot out of his own garage also sings for the band Olde Tigers and in our 2018 interview had this to say about Skidrow Garage… “It started out as one show in our practice space to help our friends on tour and it’s become one of the best DIY venues on the East Coast. I emphasize: it is literally my garage. When shows aren’t happening, my car/motorcycle is parked there. But it’s a phenomenal venue if I do say so myself. PA’s liquor laws make it very hard for bars/venues to do all ages shows in this state, but I can offer that at the garage. We have had bands from all over the country and world (5 continents!) play shows here. Typing those words still blows my mind”.

 

Not accepting “defeat” MC has pledged to open a new Skidrow Garage as a legitimate venue in the York area and is asking the help of the South Central, PA punk scene and beyond to help him achieve that goal. A Go Fund Me page has been created to help offset the costs involved with putting together a new Skidrow Garage. “Any building that I find will need to be built to suit our needs. We will need to build a stage, storage rooms, update the wiring and plumbing, install fire suppression, and, of course, build a suitable sound system. This is on top of the rental costs of the building itself, utilities, legal fees, and insurance costs, as well as all the unforeseen expenses that are sure to arise”.

 

Find out more info about MC’s band Olde Tigers (as well as Skidrow Garage) by reading our July 2018 interview. For more info on Skidrow Garage’s current situation and how to donate to their cause visit their Go Fund Me page.

 

ABOVE PHOTO: OLDE TIGERS PERFORMING AT THE SKIDROW GARAGE. PHOTO BY: STUDIO 11 WEST

 

 

POISON IDEA'S JERRY A. RELEASES NEW MUSIC WITH VETERAN BELGIAN MUSICIANS TO FORM NEW BAND "CRIME SCENE".  LISTEN TO THE PREMIERE OF "CAMELLO" BELOW

One thing we have seen a rise in over the past year is “remote” bands. CRIME SCENE from Portland, Oregon and Antwerp, Belgium is the latest we have come across. Crime Scene features legendary Poison Idea frontman Jerry A. on vocals along with members of the long running Belgian hardcore band Toxic Shock, Carnation (Belgium death metal) and Crayon Sun. A limited edition three song demo will be released in the late summer on cassette and will be followed up by a five song EP that will also contain the demo tracks. The tracks were recorded in October 2020 at project Zero Studios in Belgium with Jerry A. doing his vocals at Dig Recording in Portland between March and July of this year. Today we bring you the premier of “Camello”; a new Crime Scene song that will be part of the upcoming demo. Click HERE to give it a listen. When asked about the lyrics for these new songs Jerry A. had this to say… “There is one theme throughout this whole thing, depression and death. I hope it doesn't rub off on anyone and works as therapy instead”. A previously released  track "Crime Scene" is also available to listen to now at the above link. 

 

ABOVE PHOTO SHOWS THE NEW CRIME SCENE CASSETTE AND THE BELGIAN FACTION OF THE BAND IN THE STUDIO RECORDING THEIR LATEST TRACKS. BELOW ARE THE LYRICS FOR "CAMELLO"

 

LAWMAKER (SAN FRANCISCO, CA & STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN) RELEASE NEW

"PLUGGED & "UNPLUGGED" EP TITLED  "LAW OF THE LAND" 

Hey, weren’t we just talking about remote bands? Back in February LAWMAKER dropped their debut four song EP titled “All Work, No Class” which came in both “plugged” and “unplugged” (acoustic) versions. This unique release had an interesting backstory with members of this band coming together from already established punk bands based in San Francisco and Stockholm. Fast forward a few months and Lawmaker returns with another four song EP; “Law of The Land” which once again comes with plugged and unplugged versions. Check out all of their songs via Spotify by clicking HERE. A 10 song vinyl LP is currently in the works and will contain all 8 “plugged” version tracks plus two new songs that have not been released as of yet. Look for this new vinyl release in the next couple of months. 

 

CHECKING IN WITH... NYC'S ENZIGURI

We want to take a moment to shine some light on NY’s ENZIGURI who have been a pretty active squad over the past year despite recent world events. Right now, they are writing new material, and working on a four song split 7” with Crippled Earn which will be out in the spring of next year. They also recently contributed the song “Stone Caster” to the “A7 Back To The New York Hardcore Roots” compilation which also comes with an accompanying music video through Stone Films. They also put out a music video for their track “Rat Race” last October. New merch including Enziguri snapback hats, t-shirts, shorts and pullover hoodies will go up for pre-order the week of September 6th. When we recently caught up with their fromtman Davey Hooligan he had this to say…“Even though the world is still being ravaged by COVID and though we are in the midst of the writing process, it's important for us to continue entertaining and looking forward to the future; whether it’s Europe or hopping on bigger shows in NYC”. Recent gigs have seen Enziguri play pop up shows on the streets of Brooklyn (see above photo), as well as the famed Niagra (A7 club) in Manhattan, with other stops in Westchester and most recently Long Island. Next up is an opening slot on October 22nd at The Kingsland in Brooklyn, NY where they will open for Sheer Terror and Slapshot.

 

THE SLIME RELEASE TWO SONG SINGLE AHEAD OF NEW EP DUE OUT THIS FALL

Toronto’s THE SLIME are back with a new 2 song single titled “Death Champs” which is a precursor to their upcoming “Living On Borrowed Slime” EP which will be out this fall through Cursed Blessings Records. Check it out the two new ones on Bandcamp or Spotify. About these new songs The Slime Crew had this to say…  “This is our most integrated recording yet, and gels our B-movie, apocalyptic worldview with our confrontational and aggressive sound, without forgetting about the party”. The Toronto punk scene has been making some waves recently with bands like Dragged In and Choices Made also catching our attention in recent months. Learn more about this Noise From The North in a recent joint interview we did with all three of these bands. 

SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 

THE ICE COLD KILLERS DEBUT THEIR BRAND NEW "YOU'RE DEAD TO ME" MUSIC VIDEO 

New York’s THE ICE COLD KILLERS are back with a new music video for their track “You’re Dead To Me” which is making its debut today here on In Effect Hardcore. The track is off their “Stories From The Grave” 10 song self-released album which came out on August 27th. This is the band’s third release following up 2015’s “Live And Let Down” and 2018’s “Laughin’ With Sinners, Cryin’ With Saints”. Check out the new video by clicking the above image; you can also check out the rest of the new album by clicking HERE. Upcoming shows for the band include September 11th in Wallingford, CT, September 17h on Long Island and September 18th in Brooklyn, NY. Make sure to check in with The Ice Cold Killer's website for all their latest info. 

AUGUST 6, 2021

IN EFFECT'S NEW HARDCORE EXPLORER SERIES LOOKS AT BANDS & PEOPLE FROM THE FAR REACHES OF THE HARDCORE UNIVERSE. UP FIRST IS REJECTION PACT FROM BOISE, ID, PACIFIST FROM BOMBAY, INDIA, AND NOWHERES FROM LINKOPING, SWEDEN.  CLICK BELOW TO CHECK IT OUT!

GORDITA BEACH PREMIER "DROWN" OFF OF THEIR SELF-TITLED EP DUE OUT AUGUST 17TH

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Back in February we told you about GORDITA BEACH; a new band led by singer/song writer Derrick Karg-Zamudio of Savage Youth. In April of 2020, Derrick started writing and recording 7 songs on his own to “get out all the anger, sorrow and frustration I felt about what was going on in our shit show of a country”. Derrick was already friends with Breakdown/Killing Time guitarist Carl Porcaro and was showing him the progress as each song was completed. To make a long story short… Gordita Beach now consists of Derrick on vocals, Carl Porcaro on guitar, and Killing Time’s Chris Skowronski and Anthony Drago on bass and drums respectively. Now comes word that their debut EP will be released digitally on August 17th. It will contain seven songs that were recorded, mixed and mastered for digital by Brian DiMeglio in November/December of 2020 with the above mentioned lineup at Brooklyn Recording Paradise (formerly Cannon Sound Foundation). A special run of 200 pink vinyl 7”s have also been ordered mastered for vinyl by Jesse Cannon and are expected to be available in early 2022 with artwork done by Andrew Notsch. September 10th will be Gordita Beach’s first ever show opening for Total Meltdown, Loss Becomes and Husbandry at The Nest in Brooklyn, NY. “Drown” is one of the brand new tracks on the Gordita Beach EP and the band has been kind enough to offer this song a few days before its release. Click the EP's cover above to give it a liisten! 

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INTRODUCING "LIVE FROM THE CRIME SCENE" 

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LIVE FROM THE CRIME SCENE is a new video-centric vlog modeled after the old MTV show "Headbangers Ball" that got its start in the late 80's and flourished into the mid-90's. Hosted by Scott Earth, lead singer of NJ band Silence Equals Death the show has three current episodes out and also features short segments and interviews covering the world of hardcore punk. In Effect was a guest on episode 3 which you can check out HERE. Bands get in touch with Scott to have your video considered for future episodes which have been coming out every couple of weeks. 

 

Scott's band SILENCE EQUALS DEATH will have new music out on September 10th with the 12 song "I'll See You On The Other Side" to be released digitally and on compact disc through Upstate Records. “I’ll See You On The Other Side” contains six fresh new tracks combined with a re-mixed/re-mastered version of their 2020 release, “Revolution Rising”. A music video for the new track “Signals” was released earlier this week. Click HERE to check it out. Pre-order info for the new Silence Equals Death can be found HERE

 

DEAD HEAT who we recently interviewed on this site (Click HERE to read that interview) continue to stay busy after the release of their brand new full length album "World At War" with the release of a music video for the title track off of that new album... click HERE to check it out. In addition they have a brand new previously unreleased track titled "Light Me Up" on the "One Scene Unity: A Hardcore Compilation Volume 2" which is streaming now on Bandcamp. This comp features all new tracks from 17 bands and will be available on 12" vinyl later this year. Click HERE to stream this comp and HERE to pre-order the 12” vinyl version which is due out in December via From Within Records. As if all this wasn’t enough Dead Heat’s new track “The Hard Reset” is online now as part of the just released “America’s Hardcore Volume 5” compilation put out by Triple B Records featuring 39 tracks from 38 bands. Click HERE to stream this compilation and HERE to pre-order the double 12” vinyl version which comes with a 40 page 12x12 insert booklet that features artwork for all the bands. Dead Heat hit the road for a 10 date Midwest/Northeast tour with Municipal Waste and Crowbar starting on November 13th in Indianapolis and finishing up on November 23rd in Grand Rapids, MI. 

 

IN EFFECT A RECENT GUEST ON THE LOOSE MEAT PODCAST

 

We recently had the pleasure of being invited on to the LOOSE MEAT PODCAST to talk about our very own In Effect website as well as the recently released In Effect Anthology. We thank the Loose Meat duo for the publicity they gave us and to return the favor we asked them to give us a little background info for those of you out there just finding out about their show... we were provided with the following info as well as some killer Loose Meat/In Effect mashup artwork! Click HERE for an Apple Podcast link to the interview with In Effect's Chris Wynne.

 

"LOOSE MEAT is the world’s foremost podcast related to extreme music. That means hardcore, crust punk, power-violence, grindcore, garlic toast, harsh noise, and any other genre or subgenre of music that might get you kicked out of an Outback Steakhouse if you start playing it on your bluetooth speaker in the bathroom and asking the patrons if they “like to party”. The two hosts share their honest opinions on new releases which are either submitted by listeners or selected at random from a number of affiliated You Tube channels. They rave about the releases they like, and they exquisitely rip apart the ones that they don't.

 

Maybe you’re a die-hard fan of all the genres mentioned above, or maybe you hate them and want to understand how anyone could possibly enjoy listening to them, OR you are just a fan of fringe culture in general. Any way you shake it; Loose Meat is a top tier podcast for anyone who wants more weird, more noise, or more counter culture in their life. The hosts, Horrible Noise and Baby Chico have never met, and have been brought together entirely by a shared lust for extreme music that invariably and equally frightens parents, parrots, and potential lovers. Be sure to check out this hot mess of a podcast about hot messes of music. You won’t regret it. Actually you might regret it… some of this shit is weird as fuck!" 

On August 26th HELLMINDED RECORDS will be releasing a complete discography from early 2000's Philly straight edge band ONE UP. Titled "Many Miles Long 2002-2005" this release will contain 22 songs and includes the bands entire recorded output as well as two unreleased tracks from their final recording session in 2004. The limited edition 12" vinyl comes in various color variants along with new t-shirt designs. Click HERE for pre-order info. One Up singer Greg Polard is still busy within the world of hardcore these days as a co-host of the "Where It Went" podcast that focuses on the Revelation Records catalog as well as the fun "Hardcore Suitman" Instagram account. One Up have also announced they will be playing two upcoming shows in October (their first in 11 years) with the first as an opener for Field Day on October 15th in Philadelphia with the second coming just 8 days later in Pittston, PA as part of the two day "Still Won't Break Volume 2" shows that include Mindforce and Ekulu as each days headliners. 

 

LA ARMADA continue to drop a new song every month and have now put out half of their upcoming 6 song "Anti-Colonial Vol 2" which will come out in physical form later this year. On July 13th La Armada released "White Jesus"; their latest new track that comes with an accompanying lyric video that you can check out HERE

 

IN EFFECT HARDCORE FANZINE ANTHOLOGY AVAILABLE NOW!

“IN EFFECT HARDCORE FANZINE ANTHOLOGY” has been out for a few weeks now and is still available through SHINING LIFE PRESS. This book includes every page from every issue of In Effect Fanzine which was the precursor to the In Effect Hardcore website you are currently on. The fanzine came out in 1988 and ran through 1999 and produced 12 print issues. With all of the old issues out of print for many years this is a great way to get a piece of NYHC history on to your bookshelf as the 722 pages include old interviews, reviews, photos, scene reports and more including intros and backstories to every issue as well as newly added photos from scene greats such as BJ Papas, Carl Gunhouse and Ken Salerno. Click the above collage to order a copy today!  European friends can order through Berlin's Coretex Records (available now) with UK distro through Quality Control (coming soon). Click HERE to see all of the covers to the 12 issues. 

JULY 2, 2021 

“WORLD AT WAR” IS THE LATEST ASS BEATER OF AN ALBUM BY OXNARD, CALIFORNIA’S DEAD HEAT. SINGER CHRIS RAMOS GETS US UP TO SPEED WITH THE SONIC “NEW ERA” OF THE BAND, A REINTRODUCTION TO THEIR MASCOT “BONES”, AND A QUICK LOOK AT THE DEAD HEAT 2021 GAME PLAN MOVING FORWARD.  CLICK BELOW TO READ THE INTERVIEW 

RECENTLY ADDED MUSIC VIDEOS & QUICK HIT... 

 

TURNSTILE “TURNSTILE LOVE CONNECTION” 

EKULU “UNSCREW MY HEAD”

ONE STEP CLOSER “PRINGLE STREET”

THE CAR BOMB PARADE “PANDEMIC NORTH AMERICAN” 

DARE “DIFFERENT METHOD”

SPEED “WE SEE YOU”

SHIP OF FOOLS “OPEN FOR BUSINESS”

KIRKBY KISS “FUCKING HEADACHE 2021” 

MINDZ EYE “BRAIN WAVEZ” 

 

TURNSTILE NEW EP & VIDEO

Turnstile's new 4 song EP "Turnstile Love Connection" can be heard on SPOTIFY as well as watched via an 11 minute music video which you can see by clicking the hyperlink above. Live photo: Kuckuck Artworks circa 2018.

JUNE 25, 2021 

SHINING LIFE PRESS TO RELEASE 722 PAGE "IN EFFECT FANZINE ANTHOLOGY 1988-1999" BOOK

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We are happy to announce that the In Effect Fanzine Anthology book is now available to order! In Effect Hardcore grew out of a DIY print fanzine called In Effect and was around from 1988 to 1999, producing 12 issues and  featuring many of the great bands that made up the NYHC scene of the 80’s and 90’s. Shining Life Press has produced the ultimate In Effect Fanzine source with a 722 page book that includes every page from every issue along with many extras including essays and backstories to each issue, “extra” photos from BJ Papas, Ken Salerno, Carl Gunhouse and more. Click HERE to find out how to order your copy now through Shining Life Press. To see photos of all the old In Effect covers (as well as more backstory) click HERE. “Hardcore” Joe McKay had In Effect’s Chris Wynne on his This Is Hardcore Podcast  last night and you can listen to the full interview by clicking HERE

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NYC's CRIPPLED EARN are the latest up and coming NYHC band to join forces with Dutch label WTF Records. Their next release will be a 4 song EP titled "Exhausting Existence" and is due out on October 22nd. We first found out about Crippled Earn through their 2017 "Swine" EP and more recently they provided a new track for the "A7 Back To The NYHC Roots" compilation out now on Pitchfork. Give 'em a listen! 

 

In other Dutch/NYHC relations WTF has also teamed up with GOING POSTAL whose debut five song EP will come out on August 20th on 7", CD, as well as digitally.

 

POINT BLANK have a new full length titled "We Will Rise Again" slotted for a late 2021 release and will be available on LP, CD digipack as well as digitally.

 

Non-NY releases on the docket for WTF later in 2021 include new ones from AMMO/REVERSE THE FLOW (split cassette), SENSE OF JUSTICE (full length CD), JUSTIFY ALL MEANS (CDEP), and GET SOME (full length LP, CD digipack). 

 

VISIT: WTF RECORDS 

 

QUICKSAND are back with new music as well as some significant tour info. "Missile Command" is a recently released track (and video) off of their upcoming 11 song album "Distant Populations" which is due out digitally on August 13th through Epitaph with LP/CD's due out on September 24th. "Missile Command" is the second new track released off of the upcoming album and follows the animated video for "Inversion" which will be the opening track on "Distant Populations". A 22 date U.S. tour kicks off in Boston on September 28th and runs through Halloween where things wrap up in Philly. 

 

For more info and updates check in with QuicksandNYC.com which is your portal to all things Quicksand. Photo by: JC Photo Media. 

 

NY's THE LAST STAND and CA's ONE CHOICE are closing in on the release of their split 12" titled "From The East Coast To The West Coast", due out digitally on July 23rd through Irish Voodoo Records. The EP will feature four new songs from TLS and three new ones from One Choice. Pre-orders for this limited edition (250 pressed) 12" are available now with a planned fall release. For now you can listen to The Last Stand's "Slipped Through My Hands" and One Choice's "Clarity" off the split by clicking HERE

 

TURNSTILE have a new track out titled "Mystery" as well as a 20 minute video feature titled "Turnstile Love Connection" which also includes new Turnstile songs. The video had three showings at Brooklyn's Nighthawk Cinema on June 23rd sandwiched between scheduled dates in Baltimore (June 22nd) and Columbus (June 24th). Los Angeles showings are scheduled for Saturday June 26th. No further info at this time in regards to more showings or upcoming releases. Stay Tuned! 

 

DEAD BLOW HAMMER (their bassist and NYHC great Rob Kabula pictured to the left) have been frequently mentioned on this site over the last few months with appearances on multiple new and upcoming releases. One of those upcoming releases is a split with Panama's Rencilla (due out late summer/early fall). Check out the lyric video for one of those new tracks titled "Lies/Rise" by clicking HERE. Photo by: Tim Daley. 

 

Germany's RYKERS and their original singer "Kid D" have reunited after six years and two albums apart. Founded in 1992 Rykers has been one of the premier names in European hardcore and one of the few who have been able to gain substantial interest within the United States having made multiple trips across the Atlantic to play. Belgium's Alcatraz Fest in August is Rykers' first scheduled show back with their old (and now new) singer with a five date Euro winter tour also scheduled to close out 2021 (December 26th through the 31st). Rykers has already demo'd approximately eight new tracks and plan to have a new full length album out towards the tail end of 2022. 
 

Italy's BULL BRIGADE have a new single out titled "Quaranta" which features a guest appearance by the Oppressed's Roddy Moreno. "Quaranta" will be part of Bull Brigade's new full length album due out this September on Germany's Demons Run Amok

 

Orange County, CA’s DARE have their debut full length titled “Against All Odds” due out on August 20th via Revelation Records. The track “Different Method” is out now ahead of the release date with an accompanying music video. You can pre-save digital versions via Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Tidal by clicking HEREDare will be part of a 16 date Western U.S. tour opening up for One Step Closer, Drain and headliners Terror starting on September 6th in Phoenix and wrapping up on September 23rd in Nashville, TN (which is the tours eastern most stop). 

 

Back in our May 17th update we told you about the upcoming TIME AND PRESSURE ten song full length titled "Halfway Down". The new album is due out digitally on July 30th with vinyl versions set up for late 2021 (Safe Inside Records). The song "Between The World And You" is a new track making the rounds ahead of the release date and you can listen to it now by clicking HERE.  

In that same May 17th update we told you about Chicago's LA ARMADA and their plans to release a new song each month leading up to the release of their "Anti-Colonial Vol 2". The La Armada June installment has arrived in the form of "All We Know" which also comes to us with an accompanying music video. Click HERE to check it out. 

MAY 31, 2021 

NEW!  FREDDY MADBALL VIDEO INTERVIEW BEFORE THEIR MAY 16TH SET IN MELBOURNE, FLORIDA 

INTERVIEW BY: BRIAN ESPITIA, EDITING BY: RAT CORPSE. RUN TIME 8:26.  CLICK BELOW TO WATCH! 

MAY 26, 2021 

COUNTIME ARE SET TO RELEASE THEIR LATEST ALBUM "NO APOLOGIES, NO REGRETS" THIS FRIDAY THE 28TH ON DEMONS RUN AMOK. IN EFFECT CAUGHT UP WITH THREE OF THEIR MEMBERS FOR THIS INTERVIEW WHICH ALSO INCLUDES AN EXCLUSIVE PRE-RELEASE STREAM TO THE NEW ALBUM! 

MAY 17, 2021 

SHOW REVIEW: MADBALL, MURPHY'S LAW, BLOODCLOT, WISDOM IN CHAINS & THE CAPTURERS LIVE IN NYC'S TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK, APRIL 24, 2021. WRITTEN BY STEVEN J. MESSINA AND FEATURING PHOTOS BY: RICH ZOELLER, TIM DALEY, PETE GREGORY AND STEVEN J. MESSINA.

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WISH are a new group from Tallahassee, FL who are another “pandemic born” band with members from Malice At The Palace, Diamond Back, Point Blank (FL), and Twisted Dream. They recently signed on with WAR Records and have their 7 song debut titled “Adapt Or Die” due out on Friday, May 21st. The press info sent along to us states that WISH’s sound “cross-pollinates elements of hardcore and thrash metal with a focus on stadium-sized groove parts,  WISH will undoubtedly appeal to fans of such bands as Mindforce, Drain, Dead Heat, Leeway, and Trapped Under Ice”. Check out the advanced track “Conflict Of Loyalty” now by clicking HERE and decide for yourself. Pre-orders for this CD/cassette release can be found on the WAR Records website

 

MOONROT out of Boston is another new name that we recently came in contact with. They sent in their new track “Dead Order” which comes with an insane TMNT mashup music video which you can check out HERE. Their four song self-titled debut came out last July and they are currently working with Patient Zero Records on a 7’ that could/should be out by mid-summer. Click HERE to check out their 2020 debut while you wait for the new 7”. 

 

ETERNAL STRUGGLE from Tel Aviv, Israel are closing in on the release of their new album “Year Of The Gun” which was recorded in 2018 and was initially slated to be released last year. Demons Run Amok will handle the Euro release with Upstate Records releasing “Year of The Gun in the US on June 4th. The 13 song full length was produced by Brain “Mitts” Daniels (ex-Madball/Skahead) and mastered by Tue Madsen. Videos for “Indoctrination” and “Manifesto/Point One” are out now to view while a third track “On Broken Backs” can be heard HERE. For fans of Madball, Biohazard, Sepultura, Hatebreed and Machine Head. Pre-orders for this CD/LP release can be found on the Demons Run Amok and Upstate Records merch pages. 

 

Toronto’s THE SLIME and PRIOR CONVICTIONS from Hamilton, Ontario will be releasing a split 7” EP on Toronto based label Cursed Blessings. Look for this to be out by year’s end and for it to include three new tracks from each band. 

 

LA ARMADA (currently from Chicago via way of Miami and the Dominican Republic) have completed work on their new album “Anti-Colonial Vol. 2” and plan on releasing a song a month for the next 6 months leading up to its official release. The album will be released on their own Mal De Ojo Records in the U.S and Latinoamerica as well as through Thousand Islands Records in Canada and Lockjaw Records in Europe and the UK. A video for the new track “Death On Replay” can be found HERE. Back in December of 2018 we did an interview with Mani and Paul of La Armada, click HERE to check it out.

 

Saint Louis’ TIME AND PRESSURE have released “Two Songs” which is exactly that… two new “demo version” tracks from their upcoming 10 song “Halfway Down” full length that will be out digitally in July and then on vinyl in late 2021 through Safe Inside Records. Listen to the new tracks “Wrapped Up” and “Old Scratch” in a multitude of ways through this ever so convenient link tree. Cassette and 7” flexi versions of “Two Songs” can be found through Safe Inside Records’ merch page

APRIL 23, 2021 

MADBALL BASSIST HOYA ROC CHECKS IN WITH US IN THIS LATEST INSTALLMENT OF "20 QUESTIONS WITH" WHERE WE TALK ABOUT GETTING BACK INTO THE FLOW WITH LIVE SHOWS RESTARTING, A NEW MADBALL ALBUM IN THE WORKS, PODCASTS, CLOTHING LINES, AS WELL AS A LITTLE MADBALL HISTORY. CHECK IT ALL OUT BY CLICKING BELOW! 

APRIL 10, 2021 

RENO NEVADA'S FALL SILENT ARE BACK WITH "YOU KNEW I WAS POISON" OUT NOW ON REVELATION RECORDS. IN EFFECT CAUGHT UP WITH LONG TIME FRIEND & LEAD SINGER LEVI WATSON TO TALK ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM, JAPAN, VASECTOMIES, GETTING KNOCKED OUT WHILE PERFORMING, PENPALS, CAR WRECKS ON TOUR, HANGING OUT IN CASINOS & A WHOLE LOT MORE! 

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Live, in person show announcements over the last couple of weeks include this monster (above flyer) with Madball, Murphy's Law, Bloodclot and The Capturers in NYC, Madball, Death Before Dishonor, and Reason To Fight in Providence, RI on April 23rd, Sheer Terror, Killer Of Sheep, Hangman and Shackled in Brooklyn on May 1st, and more including Blanks 77, Silence Equals DeathThe Ice Cold Killers and more at an outdoor park in Lanoka Harbor, NJ next Saturday April 17th. Visit In Effect's SHOW FLYERS page for more info on these and more upcoming shows. The Madball flyer shown above also marks the return of artist Gary Gilmore who was responsible for tons of amazing show flyers in the 1990’s. Check out his WRONGWAY FLYERS page to see some of his previous work. 

 

BE WELL are currently working on the follow up to their 2020 album "The Weight And The Cost". Recording started in late March and will be finished in the next week or so with the end result set to be a 6 song EP titled "Hello Sun". The 6 songs will be released on one sided 12" vinyl with a screen printed "B side" and is planned to be released in late 2021 or early 2022. End Hits will handle the Euro version of this new release with a US label set to be announced soon. In addition a handful of dates are in the works opening for H20 as well as some headlining dates. Get locked in with the Be Well Instagram page for future updates.

Be Well photo by: JC Photo Media 

 

 

On May 23rd NY's REBELMATIC will be working with Brooklyn's Leesta Vall Sound Recordings as part of their "direct to vinyl sessions project". "You choose the songs and we will perform it live as the record is cut in real time making you the only owner of that performance".  Rebelmatic is offering a handful of their tracks to choose from which can include personalized messages/shout outs to those interested in buying a one of a kind 7" which will be mailed directly to you with an estimated ship date of May 30th. To find out more about this unique recording session click HERE

 

URBAN WASTE are working with Portuguese label Mob Clash Records on a 12" release that will have rerecorded versions of the bands 2015 "Waste Crew" EP on side A as well as a fully rerecorded version of their 2010 "Recycled" album on side B. Tentatively titled "The Wasted Years Collection", this should be out later this year or in early 2022. In other UW news the band has a new bass player in Vinny Carriero who replaces Nonlee Saito who left the band after a long run as the UW bassist. 

Italy's BLVD OF DEATH will be releasing their latest: "Hate Too Much To Love" on April 14th. The new 4 song EP will be released digitally as well as on one sided 12" vinyl through US label Daze. This is BOD's first release since their "Hell Is Full Of Good Intentions" EP released on Edgewood Records in 2019. When asked to describe the upcoming EP's style their lead singer Edoardo called it "mid 90's Queens style ala Breakdown/Dijan Rifforama". Get a taste of death via that 2019 EP by clicking HERE

 

NY's EXAMINE are putting the final touches on an 8 song EP titled "Blessed" which will be released through Dead City Records on the usual streaming services as well as CD. "Nothing's Gonna Stop The Plan" is one of the 8 new tracks on this upcoming release... check out the music video for it HERE. A video is also in the works for the title track "Blessed". This is Examine's first new material since their 4 song demo came out in December of 2019. 

 

REGRET are a new band that comes to us from Hong Kong and our friend Riz Farooqi who we first got acquainted with when his previous band King Ly Chee played in NYC in 2016. Riz also plays guitar and sings in Dagger and is behind the resourceful UniteAsia.org website. Regret will be releasing their debut 7 song EP digitally as well as on cassette in the coming weeks. The cassette version will come with a DIY zine that includes the EP's lyrics. For now you can check out Regret's first two tracks in "We Exist" which was released with an accompanying lyric video, as well as "Can't Deny" which you can check out by clicking HEREPre-orders for the cassette version are available HEREFor more info on Regret check out this recent Unite Asia article

IN EFFECT'S RECENTLY ADDED MUSIC VIDEOS:

 

DEAD BLOW HAMMER "DRIVIN' IN CIRCLES"

WRONG WAR "MINIMUM SAFE DISTANCE"

BORSTAL "KARMA"

TRUTH IN NEEDLES "HOLY TRINITY"

ANTAGONIZERS ATL "KINGS"

RYKERS "DEAD END STREET" 

COUNTIME "ALL FOR ONE"

CRO-MAGS "LIFE ON EARTH"

LAWMAKER "WORKING POOR"

CHOICES MADE "HOLIER THAN THOU"

KINGS NEVER DIE "PURE GOLD" 

BUM CITY SAINTS "BULLETS NOT BAILOUTS"

MARCH 20, 2021 

ANTHONY DRAGO FROM NYHC LEGENDS BREAKDOWN & KILLING TIME

IS UP NEXT ON IN EFFECT'S "20 QUESTIONS WITH..." WHERE WE DISCUSS THE PASSING OF LONG TIME FRIEND & BANDMATE RICH MCLOUGHLIN, HIS DAD'S GARAGE, WHAT THE "CK" ON THE COVER OF "BRIGHTSIDE" STANDS FOR, MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENTS ON STAGE & MUCH MORE!

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NY’s WAR BABIES sign with Hellminded Records… debut album due out this Fall. When Brooklyn’s Brain Slug were in need of a fill-in guitar player for a few shows in 2017, Darren Nanos (NYC Headhunters, Born Sinner, Survivalist, Brain Slug) put in the call to Mike DeLorenzo of Kill Your Idols, CR, Serpico, Enrage, and Celebrity Murders. After playing only a handful of shows together, the duo vowed to develop their own musical project but were met with a series of scheduling delays. When all other musical projects were halted due to Covid-19 in 2020, the two NYHC veterans realized those scheduling delays no longer existed and opted to use their quarantine experience as a way to develop something fresh, something that spoke of the current, volatile social and political climate, and something that blended their mutual love for late 80’s/early 90’s era powerviolence and bands such as Infest, NYC Mayhem, Crossed Out, and Spazz as well as classic NYHC acts such as Sick of It All and Killing Time.

The two-piece powerhouse, who coined the term “Quarantine Core” after their 2020 demo cassette share instrument duties which sees Mike D. on guitar and bass with Nanos holding it down on drums and vocals. Recording solo in their respective, remote locations and pairing those performances together digitally, the two NYHC stalwarts have made amazing use of the global pandemic with an already near-prolific output of more than 45+ songs in under a year and includes a demo, a forthcoming split 12” with The Great Lie and now a 23-song debut LP entitled "Shameless Imbalance", which is expected to drop early Fall 2021 on Hellminded Records. Check out War Babies' previously released music HERE.

 

NY's POINT BLANK will be performing a FREE live stream performance on Saturday March 27th at 9pm EST. This set will feature a special guest as ex Cro-Mags and Kraut guitarist Doug Holland will join Point Blank as they perform their upcoming new album "We Will Rise Again" (due out Fall 2021) in its entirety. Find this live stream on the 27th on the Point Blank Facebook, Instagram or You Tube pages. 

 

Z9 are a new 3 piece band that feature members of PA's Wisdom In Chains. They are currently working on a 6 song EP that will be released this summer which includes a cover of R.E.M.'s "The One I Love". Check in with their Instagram page for more info and samples of their upcoming EP. 

 

DEAD BLOW HAMMER continue to follow through with planned releases announced last year after their “Mantis Lover/Shorter Circuits” EP was released on Patient Zero Records. Upcoming DBH items include a brand new track on the “A7 Back To The NYHC Roots” compilation (out April 27th), 4 new songs on a split with Panama’s Rencilla due out this summer through Catarina Records and Tuskeny Recordings… a track titled "Johnny Was Deceived" that will appear on a 7” Oi compilation titled “American Thug Rock” on United Riot Records (also includes songs by: Self Defense, The Sentinels, and Magoo’s Heroes)… as well as being part of a 2 day outdoor punk fest in Lanoka Harbor, NJ on April 17th with Blanks 77, Silence Equals Death, Crippled Earn, The Ice Cold Killers and more. Visit the DBH Instagram page for more info. 

 

LA's COUNTIME will be releasing their new 17 song full length titled "No Apologies, No Regrets" this May on Demons Run Amok Entertainment. The upcoming album was produced by Billy "Bio" Graziadei of Biohazard and follows up Countime's 5 song "The Pandemic EP" which came out in February. A new music video for the track "All For One" off that February EP is in the process of being edited and should be out shortly. 

 

Sticking with Los Angeles, TOTAL MASSACRE recently released a new lyric video for the track “Pick Your Poison”. Click HERE to check it out. The band recently recorded six new tracks and have decided to release one new track a month digitally for the first half of 2021. “Get Rich Or Try Dying” and “Pro-Life Death Cult” are Total Massacre’s January and February entries into their first half of 2021 plan. Click HERE to check those tracks out as well as their previous material. 

Dutch band BACKFIRE! recently had a plaza named after their legendary deceased drummer Richie. The location is now called RichieBackfirePlein. Richard Bruinen (aka Richie Backfire) from Maastricht, Netherlands was a founding member of early European hardcore bands Right Direction and Backfire! He was well respected in the worldwide hardcore community. Backfire toured with Warzone and played hundreds of shows with the likes of Agnostic Front, Madball, Slapshot and many more. Sadly Richie passed away in 1999. “A new venue called Muziekgieterij (music foundry) for concerts, recording, art and culture was constructed in 2019 in Maastricht and the location was new so it needed a name” states Right Direction guitarist Maurice Gijsbers… “so the city of Maastricht came up with RichieBackfirePlein after seeing a documentary about Richard”. For more info on this cool honor click HERE. In the photo is Maastricht's own Maurice Gijsbers and Niene B. near the new venue.

 

REVOLUTION CALLING FEST has announced that they plan on having their 2021 edition on October 30th in Eindhoven, Netherlands. They are one of the first 2021 fests to put a confirmed date out to the public. Bands are still to be determined at this time but a step in the right direction considering the lack of any shows in the past 12 plus months. Click HERE to keep an eye out for announcements. 

 

ROLLIN' COFFIN is the brainchild of former Bloodsimple and Vision of Disorder frontman Tim Williams. The new band is poised to release their

debut single, “Runaway”, on April 2nd through Static Era Records. “Runaway” comes at you with a driving sound that is very different from the aggressive metal stylings that you would expect from Williams. The band pays homage to its early influences by using a blend of classic and indie garage rock that evokes a 90’s grunge feel with a modern alternative rock sound. Describing the motivations for the project, Williams says, "these songs are a stripped down version of myself, creatively, coming from an honest place. Sonically, I wanted to achieve a unique sound. A loose, almost dangerous, approach to a different chapter in my musical journey. Rollin' Coffin is the next chapter in the storied career of a musician who is constantly evolving. Every step in Williams' musical journey has been an interesting one. From his early days in the Long Island Hardcore scene through his time as a touring artist in a national heavy metal act, the path he takes with this new project is sure to be an interesting one. 

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