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Life of Agony, Biohazard, King Nine, Wisdom In Chains, Earth Crisis (Playing "Destroy the Machines"), The Banner, CDC, Cross Me, Vulgar Display, Rotting Out, Incited, True Love, letlive., and more!

Life Of Agony

LIFE OF AGONY, a name not easily forgotten. There was always something unique and interesting about this band that has kept fans enthralled for over a decade. Whether it was the intensity of their live performances or the haunting melodies & lyrical content, this group radiated a passion and emotion that struck a chord in the hearts of misunderstood youth all over the world. Perhaps, it was the underlying message of strength, hidden within the group's tales of despair that made such an impact on people. For most listeners, understanding that the songs came from a genuine place, based on actual experiences made the message really hit home, that they were not alone.

New York's crossover legends LIFE OF AGONY spawned in the summer of 1989, tearing through the underground scene with an undeterred aggression, obtaining a loyal and devoted cult audience in the process. The outfit caught Roadrunner Record's eye and the band quickly signed to the independent label. The band recruited longtime friend and producer Josh Silver (of the platinum-selling goth/metal act Type O Negative) to guide them, creating the now classic, debut album, 1993's "River Runs Red." The band toured relentlessly for years building a die-hard fanbase. With each following record, 1995's "Ugly" and 1997's "Soul Searching Sun" the group seemed to morph and evolve, using different approaches and textures while never losing sight of the distinct elements that made them who they were. LOA toured with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Limp Bizkit, System of a Down and Incubus with great success in support of their 3 studio efforts.

The LOA band members had been good friends since early childhood, and remained as closely knit as a family. Like all families do, they shared internal problems and conflicts from time to time. Unfortunately, the group ended up imploding over a series of decisions involving member changes, personal issues and differences in musical direction. Original drummer Sal Abruscato exited in 1995 and lead vocalist Keith Caputo left the group in 1997. Remaining members, guitarist Joey Z and bassist Alan Robert, struggled to rekindle the fire that once drove the group by collaborating with new players, but finally decided to call it quits in 1999.

For just two nights, January 3rd and 4th of 2003, the magic happened again. LOA announced a one-time only reunion show, with all four original members together again on stage for the first time since 1995. After the first date sold out in under 20 minutes, a second show was announced to ensure that more fans would get a chance to witness the historic occasion. Ask bassist Alan Robert his thoughts on the reunion and he will tell you, "After all we've been through together, it's apparent that we have a rare and special chemistry that cannot be duplicated." Guitarist Joey Z states, "We always did what we did because we are fans of the music first." LIFE OF AGONY was a cornerstone of the New York heavy music scene, respected by peers and fans alike. The group cites collective influences as diverse as Radiohead, Metallica, Pink Floyd, and Black Sabbath. While you can hear those various influences in LIFE OF AGONY, you can hear touches of LOA in some of today's more popular bands.

January 3rd & 4th 2003, not only marked a turning point for this influential band, but their reunion shows have opened the door to a whole new chapter in the LOA saga. LIFE OF AGONY, who have long been considered, as gone but not forgotten, are back as a force to be reckoned with. The future of the group looks bright, as the band members are very excited to be playing and writing together again. The problems that the band experienced which lead to their demise seem to be rectified. LOA have been touring for the last year in support of their SPV Records double-live album/DVD release "River Runs Again: Live 2003," and are in the studio right now completing the material for their full-length studio album due out in 2005.

The new LIFE OF AGONY album, BROKEN VALLEY will be released through EPIC RECORDS this May 2005. The record will feature new tracks such as "Love To Let U Down, "Strung Out" and "Wicked Ways" commemorating their triumphant return.


Biohazard is a band originally based in Brooklyn, New York. They are acknowledged as one of the earliest bands to fuse hardcore punk and heavy metal with elements of hip hop.

The much-anticipated new original member album "Reborn In Defiance" will be released worldwide January 20th 2012.

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Earth Crisis

Jigga what!? Is this 1997? Earth Crisis' chugging riffs and barked declarations served as the mouthpiece of America's militant vegan straight-edge movement throughout the '90s, detailing the ideas of animal and human liberation, drug-free living, and personal empowerment through hardcore songs. Because of these guys major media outlets such as MTV, CNN, and CBS started covering Earth Crisis and vegan straight-edge in general. I also saw Karl rescue a baby bird outside at 4040 in 2000. Totally legit animal lovers!

Kids Like Us

Hardcore from Jacksonville, FL

Another Mistake

Tyler Short
A.J. Graninger
Dustin Cantrell
Stephen Price

The Banner

From the state that brought you The Misfits, Thursday, My Chemical Romance and For the Love of comes one of New Jersey's newest and strongest outfits, THE BANNER, who have come to claim their place at the top of the heavy music mountain. Like a constantly evolving. mutating monster from the late night creature features, the Banner crushes stereotypes of what horror rock is and should be.

THE BANNER's schizophrenic blend of hardcore, punk and black metal flavor blasted its way into the New Jersey hardcore scene in 2000, and have since rocketed their way to the top tier of northeastern hardcore bands. From gut wrenching, metal tinged ballads, to bone crushing, mosh-laden breakdowns, the band seamlessly blends their influences into a finely honed and unique sound. Known through out the tri-state area for their insane live shows, the band earned spots on The Warped Tour and Skate and Surf fest as well as opening spots for many of the nations premier hardcore, punk and metal acts including Poison the well, My Chemical Romance, Bleeding Through, Eighteen Visions, Death By stereo, Throwdown, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Locust, A Static Lullaby and many others.

During the span of their existence, fans of the band have become accustomed to blood drenched insanity on the stage. The band is adept at drawing in a crowd, balancing the serious and aggressive lyrics of charismatic singer Joey Southside with a sense of fun and audience inclusion that blurs the line between band and audience.

The energy The Banner brings to the live environment can also be found in their collected recordings. After recording a widely circulated demo, the band released their first ep, "Posthumous"(2004) on Blackout! Records. The songs exhibited both heavy and melodic elements that blend together into unique, energetic hardcore anthems, with Joey providing horror-themed lyrics as metaphors for intensely personal musings. The band further honed their sound on following recordings, including a split with Dead Wrong on War Machine Records (2004), and a full length on Blackout!, titled "Your Murder Mix Tape"(2004). Following this, the band chose to finish their contract on Blackout! With a more experimental piece, a 32 minute song that allowed for guitarists Garrett Defalco and Chris "Beef" Leboeuf to expand their musical range, while the rhythm section of Ian Mullen (drums) and Fingerz (bass) provided both Neurosis-inspired pounding and more ethereal, light moments within the span of the piece.

The present and the future for the Banner continues to look bright. With their recent release of 'Each Breath Haunted', their Ferret debut, The Banner has unleashed their monster on the music scene. They'll be supporting 'Each Breath...' with rigorous touring through 2005 and 2006... Look for the Banner on tour in your local graveyard soon!


CDC emerged in September 2003 from the silent suburban streets of 3 little towns by the names of Lansdale, Doylestown, and Perkasie. Having started as an "in-studio" project the original members decided to take the band to higher places. With a newly recorded demo and an instant "buzz" about them, CDC began playing shows all over the east coast.

A year and a half later, CDC set up and recorded 4 tracks for a split release, but problems occured. Those four songs were then teamed up with 2 unreleased tracks and a demo track, and finally released in 2006 on Ghosttown Recordsas an ep titled "The Split". The 4 tracks also appear on a split with BY MY HANDS(Glasgow Scotland) entitled Kontinental Kings, released on Zone 6 Records, and fairly certain is out of print.

When 2007 drew to an end, after doing an extensive American/European tour, the band decided to take a break from touring. Now with 2008 well underway, Ghosttown Records re-released "The Split" as "DEFY THE ODDS". The re-release has been remixed, remastered, added new vocals, as well as a new layout. Along with the re-release, the band has decided to hit the road again this summer after almost 8 months off. With the tightest and most solid line up to date, the band is planning on taking over the world.

In the begging of 2007 the band started the recording process for their long overdue release on FILLED WITH HATE RECORDS. Be expecting that release to finally be ready by summer 2008. All in all, 2008 looks to be a very productive and busy year for CDC. Keep your eyes peeled, cause they will probably be playing somewhere close to you.

Cross Me

"Energy, creativity and familiarity—3 of the most important elements and ingredients to writing Hardcore music and it seems CROSS ME has that very well understood. Formed in early 2013, hailing from Milwaukee, WI, the Midwest Hardcore scene is one of the latest hotbeds for a good reason and CROSS ME helps prove to us why.

"Paid In Full", recorded at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee, WI with Shane Hochstetler (Enabler, Expire, Focused Minds) in March 2014 and with an average band age of only 20 years old, impressive is the keyword here. While obvious influences are drawn from New York Hardcore both old and new (The Icemen, Madball, Backtrack), CROSS ME also mix things up and keep it interesting with an array of hooks and tempo changes that invite fans of Thrash/Crossover as well.

Having toured with Take Offense, Expire and Bent Life in early 2014 as well as having shared the stage with Bitter End, Harm's Way and a slew of many other recognizable bands, expect to see and hear more from this Midwestern powerhouse."

Down in it



Hard-hitting real New Jersey hardcore formed in 2008 for fans of MERAUDER/100 DEMONS.

Old Wounds

New Jersey trio carrying Psychedelic Hardcore / Metalcore influences.

Point Blank

Point Blank, the eight-man band out of the Philadelphia area, has a sound that blends jazz, R&B and inspirational vocals in a refreshing, distinctive manner that reflects the diverse influences of each band member. Formed in 2002, the rich group dynamic of these seasoned musicians allows them to create compelling tracks by grafting a variety of textures into their unwavering jazz foundation.

Point Blank is Winston Ferguson on bass, Steve Pratt on guitar, Raleigh Lewis on percussion, Paul Lee on piano, synth and Hammond B-3, Gerald Chavis on trumpet, flugelhorn and backing vocals, Hank Countee on drums, Jerry Blake Jr. on reeds and Dorden Bivings on keyboards and lead vocals.

Their brilliant first album, A Point of View, is an expansive project that incorporates each artist's strengths, and in the process travels in some unexpected musical directions. Every member participates as a composer with a unique "point of view" and is featured on their lead instruments in all the right places.

Rhythm of Fear

Rhythm Of Fear is a crossover Thrash/Hardcore band based out of Jacksonville, Fl formed in 2010.

Members: Jay Santiago, Cody James, Stephen Todd, Logan Miano, Justin Styron, Allen Sprague

Sworn Enemy

New York is known as a sacred institution for heavy music. Shaped by ideals surrounding everyday life's trials and tribulations with an honest desperation and urgency, metal and hardcore have been as much about attitude as about the music. Ushering in a new age of crossover, paved by acts such as Anthrax, Agnostic Front and other New York vets, you can now add Sworn Enemy to the list of bands forming a caustic hybridization of thrashy, intense metal with the thud, and grit of hardcore.

Formed in Queens, NY in late 1997, it didn't take long for the music world to take notice of Sworn Enemy's crushing sound and delivery. While the hardcore underground boiled with excitement over the band, Sworn Enemy recorded their debut EP, Negative Outlook, for Stillborn Records, the label of Jamie Jasta (Hatebreed), in 2001. With overwhelming positive reactions from fans and critics alike, the EP pushed Sworn Enemy to the frontlines of proud New York Hardcore/metal acts. During this time, the band acquired the bass skills of Mike Couls of Detriot hardcore band Cold As Life, sharpening the band's impact into the most hardworking and intense band around. With this incarnation of Sworn Enemy, they toured relentlessly with acts such as God Forbid, Hatebreed, Unearth, D.R.I., American Nightmare and many more.

As the band's popularity grew, they signed to Elektra Records in early 2003 and released their debut full-length, As Real As It Gets; a lesson in brutal metal/hardcore crossover. The band earned a coveted spot on Ozzfest 2003, and continued to tour in support of the record. Parting ways with Elektra, but undeterred in their quest for delivering no frills, metallic hardcore, the band re-solidified their line-up with Jamin Hunt on bass to replace Mike Couls (who went on to join Agents Of Man). Now more dedicated than ever, the band have signed to Abacus Recordings and are prepared to drop their sophomore record, The Beginning Of The End, like a battering ram of violence.

Produced by Tim Lambesis (frontman for As I Lay Dying), engineered Steve Russell and mixed by Zeus (The Red Chord, Shadows Fall), The Beginning Of The End pulverizes even the most calloused listener. Recorded at Big Fish studios in San Diego, CA, during June 2005, the new record takes the hostility and conviction of the band to a new level of destruction.

The band's mission is simple, "To set the tone for the new age of metal," says vocalist/frontman Sal Enemy. "This record signifies a new chapter for us as a band, a new style of music." Revolving around topics of Politics, religion and everyday life, the new album showcases the band in their element, delivering heavy-hitting music with themes anyone can relate to. Forget what you know about Sworn Enemy, they're pushing their personal metallic assault way into the red without any care or regard to the current metalcore scene. "We don't follow any trends. We do it from the heart."

True Love

True Love is a Hoboken, NJ based band consisting of Tom Beaujour on guitars/vocals, Keith Hartel on bass/vocals, and Ray Kubian on drums/vocals. The band's fourth album is available on Main Man Records, iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, Napster, etc.

Wisdom In Chains

Wisdom In Chains was started a few years back with members from America and Europe. Maarten, a guitar player from Holland in a band called Daredevil made the call to Richie and Mad Joe who where in Krutch at the time. Maarten had the idea to start an old school band, with heavy punk and OI influences. The three met while Krutch was on tour in Europe. The plans where made and Maarten came to the USA to record. The group released a self entitled CD on Gangstyle Records. Only one show was ever performed by the group due to the extreme distance between the members. Eventually Maarten who was a key writer in the band would convince Richie and Joe to find local members and keep this band going. So they recruited local guitar star and just crazy motherfucker in general Tony Meltdown. Tony was in a band called The Ninth Plague and basically shreds on the guitar. Shannon Sparky was brought in on drums, he was a logical choice. Shannon also played with Richie and Mad Joe in another band called Out To Win (aka MUSHMOUTH). The search was on for the bass player, and the only guy that could jam with these cats was Big Show Greg, a local trouble maker and drunk. The new line-up was complete and now the band is hitting the highways and playing killer street rock with heavy old school HC and OI influence. After two well received releases with this line-up Meltdown would eventually leave the band, filling his shoes is none other then Evan Feeble. Evan a long time friend and also guitar player from Feeble (Mad Joe's first band) joins the group just in time for their long awaited I Scream Records release The question on the streets is "Can they top their previous efforts?" the answer "HELL YEA" their new album "Everything You Know..." will be full of surprises. Lou from Sick of it All, joins them on a track, this release is so diverse and interesting some consider it the "rebirth of the album" time and thought where put into this release, from the diverse music, to the clever lyrics and themes, right down to the artwork, "Everything You Know..." is sure to be a classic.



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