NO TOLERANCE – LIVE AT THE ECHOPLEX, LOS ANGELES, CA 8-21-2015
August 26th, 2015 by Tim

RESISTANCE
August 25th, 2015 by Tim

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In 1985 I joined and performed in the New Jersey Hardcore Band: Resistance. I played one fabled show with the band on September 15, 1985 at the Jazz Loft in New Brunswick, NJ. The show was headlined by 7 Seconds — Aggression also played but were not featured on the flyer — A flyer that I helped design… That is all my handwriting. Our local heroes, Pleased Youth, also played that night. I however was grounded that night and it was also a Sunday night, meaning I had school the next day — So, I had to sneak out of my house in Edison and run two towns over to New Brunswick to play the show and then I had to run back to Edison to sneak back into my house, not able to watch the rest of the show. Resistance soon dissolved after that show BUT it was an epic time and the music was good. I’m glad to have reconnected recently with my old Resistance bandmates and we are working on recording some of our original material as well as some new songs for a future release.
Thanks to Mitch Gurowitz for digging this flyer up. – Mike Vallely

STRIFE – “INCISION” (FEATURING AARON MELNICK AND HUMAN FURNACE)
August 18th, 2015 by Tim

Strife has unveiled the title track of their forthcoming EP, Incision. The song features guest appearances from Human Furnace (Ringworm) and Aaron Melnick (ex-Integrity) and is available online through Noisey. The new EP will hit streets on September 4.

TERROR – “TRUST NO FACE” (FEATURING BEN COOK FROM NO WARNING)
August 10th, 2015 by Tim

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With the release of their seventh album, The 25th Hour, Terror fly the hardcore flag high with focused integrity and demonstrate yet again why they are one of the most dependable and highly regarded bands playing today.

Here’s the video for Trust No face, Terror’s The 25th Hour is out now Victory Records.

SCOTT VOGEL OF TERROR – HOW I GOT INTO HARDCORE
August 10th, 2015 by Tim
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SCOTT VOGEL WITH TERROR | PHOTO: UNKNOWN

When I was in 6th grade, 11 years old, my mother moved to Texas with my two sisters as I went to live with my father, step mom and step brother. I was heavily into Motley Crüe, Ratt and all the glam metal shit plus Whodini, RUN DMC and the early hip hop stuff. I was now living closer to the city of Buffalo and my brother Jay was into skateboarding and punk rock.

Jay listened to stuff like The Circle Jerks, Black Flag, The Dead Kennedys and one of the first bands we ever went to see: The Dead Milkmen. The show was held at a place called The River Rock Cafe in the heart of Buffalo’s Back Rock area. Little did we know that this little dirty building would become our hardcore home for years to come.

The energy and aggression I felt and saw at these early shows really drew me in. But I was not 100% sure if this was for me. We would go to more of the punk shows in 1986 and 1987 around Buffalo and I was starting my path down underground music. We saw the Butthole Surfers, The Forgotten Rebels, Jello Biafra and many more. Buffalo also had a huge death metal scene with Cannibal Corpse and Malevolent Creation both from Buffalo and bringing bands like Deicide for us to enjoy.

SCOTT VOGEL WITH TERROR | PHOTO: UNKNOWN

SCOTT VOGEL WITH TERROR | PHOTO: UNKNOWN

One night we watched “Another State of Mind” on Night Flight, a cable channel that played edgy stuff. This movie was about Social Distortion, one of my favorites at the time, on tour in an old school bus playing punk shows in the USA and Canada. At one point, they stop in DC with a broken-down vehicle and stay at the Discord house with Minor Threat. Seeing Ian and his band with their mindset and outlook on life really clicked with me more than most of the punk stuff I had come across. Their shaved heads and less over the top look made more sense to me and I think this was the birth of the hardcore seed in me. I went to Cavages at the mall and found the Minor Threat LP and began to explore all avenues of the hardcore scene that I could find. Soon after this I was given a cassette with Agnostic Front’s “Victim In Pain” and Warzone’s “Don’t Forget The Struggle” on front and back and was floored. Now I was introduced to New York Hardcore and I needed more. I was off to Home of The Hits, the underground record store in Buffalo, and in one day I bought the Chain Of Strength, Side By Side, Sick Of It All and No For An Answer EPs all in one, wonderful sweep. Not because I knew who these bands really were but because of the photos and cover art; I loved them all. Every song. Lyric sheet and layout was examined over and over.

That was it. I was hooked. I was now becoming a hardcore kid looking for every record or show I could find. Next it was traveling to shows in Toronto, Erie PA and Syracuse and finally I did what a lot of us do, I started a band.

SCOTT VOGEL WITH TERROR | PHOTO: UNKNOWN

SCOTT FACES THE CROWD WITH TERROR | PHOTO: UNKNOWN

BL’AST! – FOR THOSE WHO’VE GRACED THE FIRE!
August 7th, 2015 by Tim

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Santa Cruz, California’s, BL’AST! has signed with Rise Records and has just released a 2-song EP entitled “For Those Who’ve Graced The Fire!”, the band’s first new music in over 20 years.

Featuring core members Clifford Dinsmore, Mike Neider, Joey Castillo (Queens Of The Stone Age, Danzig, Eagles Of Death Metal, Wasted Youth) and Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss), the band is joined on this new EP by their longtime friends Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) on drums and Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag) on bass (who filled in for Joey and Nick due to touring obligations). The songs were recorded and mixed at Dave’s Studio 606.

BL’AST! members Joey Castillo, Nick Oliveri, Mike Neider and Clifford Dinsmore are currently working on a long awaited LP that will be released by Rise Records, with a release date TBA.

Vinyl Packages: http://blast.merchnow.com/
Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/blast-gracedthefire

MIKE, CLIFF AND JOEY WITH BL'AST! AT THE FILMORE, S.F., DECEMBER 2014 | PHOTO: ALAN SNODGRASS

MIKE, CLIFF AND JOEY WITH BL’AST! AT THE FILMORE, S.F., DECEMBER 2014 | PHOTO: ALAN SNODGRASS

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STORMING THROUGH EUROPE 2015
July 21st, 2015 by Tim

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RESURRECT CALIFORNIA FEST 2015
July 18th, 2015 by Tim

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Resurrect California Fest 2015 will take place over Labor Day weekend, Sept 4th-6th, in Berkeley, California at the historic 924 Gilman Street.

Confirmed acts include:
AcxDc, Bad Times Crew, Bent Life, Blacklisted, Bold, Breakdown, Clarity, Coke Bust, Creative Adult, Culture Abuse, Cursed Graves, Destruction Unit, Downpresser, Drag Me Under, Dropdead, Drug Control, Gag, Happy Diving, I Wanna Die, Lies, Life For A Life, Melting Point, Mizery, My Iron Lung, Never Young, New Gods, No Authority, No Limbs, No Sir , Plead The Fifth, Pure, Rad, Reunion, Rise, Runamuck, Seizures, Spinebreaker, Sabertooth Zombie, Take Offense, The Beautiful Ones, The Coltranes, Mohicans, Treacherouskin, Ultima Victima, Violence To Fade, Wallflower, White Wards.

Weekend Passes are available now and are selling for $43 each w/o a Gilman membership ($2 annual paid at the door)

Available here: http://resurrectcali2015.brownpapertickets.com

Day to day passes will be $17 and be on sale after line ups are announced within the week

Our mission is to bring life into the Bay Area California hardcore/punk scene by supporting smaller bands and their various communities. We have bands from all over the west coast coming out for this and are flying a couple bigger acts to make an even better weekend. Also, labels, local business, zines and charity organizations running tables during the festival. We look at this as a community event in addition to music festival. We look to make it an annual event.

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NYHC CHRONICLES: 10 QUESTIONS WITH HARLEY FLANAGAN
July 14th, 2015 by Tim

The New York Hardcore Chronicles 10 Questions w/ Harley Flanagan (The Stimulators / Murphy’s Law / M.O.I. / Cro-Mags / Harley’s War) While shooting “The Crossover” segment for The New York Hardcore Chronicles Film we managed to slip in 10 questions with the NYHC pioneer. – Drew Stone

WALK TALL, WALK STRAIGHT
July 6th, 2015 by Tim
CRIPPLED YOUTH AT THE RAT IN BOSTON, WITH  A YOUNG TOMMY CARROLL SINGING ALONG, MAY 1986 | PHOTO COURTESY OF: BOLD

CRIPPLED YOUTH AT THE RAT IN BOSTON, WITH A YOUNG TOMMY CARROLL SINGING ALONG, MAY 1986 | PHOTO COURTESY OF: BOLD