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!
CLICK GRAPHICS BELOW TO CHECK THEM OUT
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.
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