United Blood Xll Festival
Abuse of Power
Hardcore punk band from Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Hardcore band from USA.
Comprised of former members of Malfunction, Lost Souls, and current members of Backtrack, this band came out with a 3-song demo this year that audibly knocked me out. Taking influence from the likes of Integrity and Burning Spirit-era Japanese hardcore, Candy creates a sound that is a combination not often heard or even attempted to be emulated in 2017. They’ve only played two shows at this point and have already announced a debut 7” coming out on Triple-B entitled Candy Says. I truly cannot even fathom how cool this band is sometimes and am honestly in awe at their momentum and trajectory.
Count Me Out
Count Me Out was an American straight edge hardcore-punk band formed in Richmond, Virginia, active 1997-2003.
Biography: Count Me Out started in the fall of 1997 under the moniker "What The Fuck". Luckily, the band changed their name before playing their first show in December of that same year. In 1998 the group entered the studio with the then up-and-coming producer Brian McTernan to record their first e.p. "Few and Far Between". They shopped around the recording and finally found a home on the now defunct Ambassador Records. That summer the band embarked on their first U.S. tour with Death By Stereo and Time Flies. Most shows were at VFW halls and basements and after only a handfull of shows, Count Me Out found themselves stranded in Texas for a week after blowing up their engine. Still, they persevered and returned home more determined than ever.
After working and reworking countless songs and growing their hair out (yes, they were the first hardcore band to do that) they recorded "110". This was their first release with Indecision Records and the first recording to capture Count Me Out's powerful sound. After a full year of touring Count Me Out returned to the studio to record their final album "Permanent". If you only listen to one Count Me Out record, this is the one to listen to. From start to finish you find classically constructed hardcore athems picking up where bands like Chain of Strength and Statue had left off.
In February of 2003, after touring Europe, Count Me Out returned to Richmond and played an unannounced last show in the same small club where it had all started for them. In their relatively short existence Count Me Out made an undeniable impact on the straight edge hardcore scene which is still being felt today.
Jason Mazzola (Vocals)
Pete Appleby (Guitar)
Garth Petrie (Guitar)
Charlie Flexon (Bass)
Colin Kimble (Drums)
Day By Day
Downfall was a ska and punk band from the Bay Area formed by Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman (2), Dave Mello, Pat Mello, and Jason Hammon following the break-up of Operation Ivy in 1989 and pre-dating Armstrong's and Freeman's wider recognition in Rancid. They performed at least seven shows over a period of three months; playing at Robert Eggplant's house, the Dementia Hauz, Berkeley Square, and 924 Gilman Street.
Downfall's debut album, Get Ready For Action, was originally going to be released on Very Small Records in 1989 before being postponed. In 1994, Tim and Matt were planning to release it as a 10" on Zafio records and as CD and cassette on Lookout, with Tim going so far as to re-record alternate vocals for lines that he had since re-used in Rancid songs. However, Tim found himself too busy with Rancid and could no longer spend any more time working on the Downfall release.
Melbourne Hardcore band featuring members of Most Precious Blood, 50 Lions, Hit List & Outsiders Code.
Madball is a New York-based band that originated in 1988 as a side-project of Agnostic Front.
Agnostic Front's frontman Roger Miret would let his younger brother, Freddy "Madball" Cricien take the microphone on lead vocals during Agnostic Front shows and that is where it started.
Madball's first few gigs consisted of un-used Agnostic Front songs.
Upon founding the band consisted of
Roger Miret on bass, Vinnie Stigma on guitar, Will Shepler on drums, and vocalist Freddy Cricien.
After years of playing regional shows in and around the New York area, a second guitarist, Matt Henderson, would join the band.
One year later Roger Miret left the band, and was replaced by bassist Hoya Roc — a good friend of Freddy Cricien — who was looking for a new band to play with.
The new incarnation of the band was signed by Roadrunner Records in 1994. Touring steadily, the band built a sizable fan base outside their hometown.
1995 saw the band participating in the N.Y.H.C. Documentary. Extensive interviews were conducted with Freddy as well as a performance on July 29th, 1995 at the now defunct "Coney Island High". Freddy's brother, Roger, broke several vertebrae in his back at that show, requiring him to be in traction for the better part of a year.
The band briefly broke up from early 2001 until late 2002. The current lineup of Freddy Cricien, Hoya Roc, Mitts (ex-Skarhead), and Rigg Ross (ex-Hatebreed) began touring and recording at the end of 2002.
Freddy Cricien - vocals
Hoya Roc - bass guitar
Mitts - guitar
Mike Justian - drums
Ben Dussault - drums
Rigg Ross - drums
Vinnie Stigma - guitar
Roger Miret – bass guitar
Matt Henderson - guitar
Will Shepler - drums
John Lafata - drums
Walter Ryan - drums
Detroit Straight Edge.
Twitching Tongues has been alienating listeners since 2010. The instantly polarizing band's first album, Sleep Therapy (I Scream Records 2011), turned listeners' heads upside down with it's blend of hardcore and melody. From the sarcasm overload of "Astigmatism", to the ultimate sad-guy anthem of "Insane & Inhumane", the band gathered a fanbase of like-minded individuals who understand their pain. Now Twitching Tongues have unleashed their second beast, In Love There Is No Law (Closed Casket Activities). The album takes their previous sound and whoops it's legs into submission. The hooks have more "hook" and the pits have tripled in size, proven by the tracks "Good Luck...", and "World War V". Twitching Tongues plans to hit every city that will have them, so be prepared in every way possible.
Punk band from Belfast, North Ireland formed in mid-77.
Year Of The Knife