Thursday, April 26, 2012
Fragment (aka Outright, aka Fragment Metal) was formed under the name Outright in Upton, Massachusetts in the spring of 1996 by Steve Provost (vocals), Jason Johnson (guitar), Jay Fox (guitar), Al Bigelow (drums) and Mark Wood (bass). The band started playing local shows after 3 weeks. Their early sound was in the vein of hardcore giants Strife and Earth Crisis, but later evolved into the metalcore sound of local favorites such as Overcast. They were often associated with the straightedge music scene (all of the members were at that time), but they didn’t bill themselves as such. After a few months they decided to change their name to Fragment after finding another hardcore band named Outright. (Ironically, there are more bands named Fragment then Outright.) Their first published work was a 4-song demo tape that they distributed for free. It was “published” by a made-up record label named Evil Bloom Records, a tongue-in-cheek reference to a friend of the band. They also published a track on a 7” record titled Nothing Left To Chance for the label Home Fire Records. In 1997 there was a schism in the band over personal issues and the band was declared as dead. However, Provost and Johnson decided to carry on the project and recruited Chris Bloom (bass) and Jeff Wheeler (drums). (The remaining members would go on to form several other successful projects, most notably Fortydaysrain.) The new lineup quickly dropped most of the original material and started working on new songs with a more technical metal sound. They later recruited Jim Felix as a second guitarist, and began making plans to record a full-length CD. That CD, Angels Never Came, was released in 1998 on Pindrop Records. The new lineup continued to play the Worcester, Boston and Providence areas regularly with bands such as Blood Has Been Shed, The Year of Our Lord, Diecast, Bane, Barrit, etc. They also went on several East-coast tours. In 2000, they went back into the studio to record their second and final album, Answers, which was originally published by Pindrop Records but later re-published by Voice of Life Records in Germany. In the years following the release of their first CD, the line up went through several more changes. Jim Felix, Jay Johnson and Chris Bloom all left the band at one time or another to pursue other interests, though Jim and Jay would return before the band finally broke up. Chris Bloom was replaced by Chris Hill. Other members included Allan Arakelian and Jeff Wiersma, and some shorter-lived members. The band’s last climax came in the form of a 1-month European tour in early 2001 in support of the Voice of Life deal. They broke-up for good a few months after returning home. fragment - 1998 - angels never came 10'' (pin drop records) Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?y91h807gv1gu2bu
Monday, April 23, 2012
Straight Edge, but that’s not what it’s all about- Political, but that’s not what it’s all about- Many members are vegetarian & vegan but that’s not what it’s all about- Hailing from all over Southern California (primarily Pomona & Corona-Riverside) and playing to have fun, get out frustrations, and express oneself in any of the things that might be troubling, concerning, or amusing them. Time For Change is about being people and working through all the shit and all the shine that makes us who we are. To this point (mid-2008) the band has released: Profound EP (Glory Kid) Three Lanes Split EP (Glory Kid) Nothing To Prove Comp. (2 songs) Wasting Away 7inch (Eye For An Eye/Glory Kid) Memoirs LP (New Age Records) “Memoirs” has just been released (Sept. 1st, 2008) on New Age Records. http://www.myspace.com/timeforchange http://www.myspace.com/glorykidrecords http://www.glorykid.com Mainstay members include Andy Gomez (vocals), “Big” Brian Ortiz (drums) & Matt Gonzales (guitar). Fick (bass) has been constant for awhile now & new member Jordy (guitar) has made a welcomed transition into the band. In the past the band has featured a host of friends on bass and second guitar since original members John (guitar) & Lil Bryan (bass) departed (including members of Lockdown, Restrained, Seven Generations, Bound in Blood, the Glory & Vagary). They were formerly known as Soldier X (with a different singer) and released a demo. Andy also operates the Glory Kid Label & is involved in a booking agencey named SOS Booking with friends Nathan Rebolledo & Jon Huskey. Big Brian plays guitar in the band Xibalba (http://www.myspace.com/placeoffear) Matt also has a project band named Wunami (http://www.myspace.com/wunami) time for change - 2005 - wasting away 7'' (glory kid records) Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?2n17eqitwl4246o
transcend - 1991 - dedication 7'' (super j records) Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?vjo02uj0sgt0rx8 transcend & majority of one - 1992 - split 7'' (doghouse records) Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?gft9ig5m7t5gjig
Monday, April 9, 2012
Out of the independent music scene and activist movement in Stavanger and Gothenburg comes the hardcore-straight edge band Anchor. With a mission to entertain, provoke and inspire to action, they’ve trawled around countless venues in all four corners of the globe since 2007. In addition to playing in excess of 200 concerts Anchor has also found the time to release a studio album, two 7”s and a split single over the course of the band’s first two years. The guys have no plans to slow down and are already underway with preparations for album number two.
anchor - 2008 - the quiet dance LP (refuse records)
anchor - 2011 - recovery 12'' (refuse records)
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Coalesce is a Kansas City based hardcore/metal band. Their music is characterized by strange shifting tempos, noise, groove, and boundless creativity paralleled only by the band’s peers in groups like The Dillinger Escape Plan and Botch.
The band began in January of 1994 and originally consisted of Jes Steineger (guitar), Stacy Hilt (bass) and Jim Redd (drums). During this time they played under the name Breach, however, when Sean Ingram joined as a vocalist later in the year, the members opted to change their name to Coalesce.
With their name and lineup solidified, Coalesce entered West End Studios to record a demo which was pressed to a 7” EP that rapidly sold out.
The UK division of Earache Records was so impressed by the unique and innovative sound featured on Coalesce’s demo that they invited the band to record an EP for Earache’s 7” series imprint, ‘New Chapter’. The EP, simply titled ‘002’, was recorded in one day and released in 1995. 002 marked the beginning of Coalesce’s relationship with Red House Studios and producer Ed Rose, who would go on to produce almost all of Coalesce’s later material.
In 1995, Coalesce embarked on their first US tour in support of Bloodlet and 108. When the band returned home from the road, a blowup between Redd and Ingram resulted in Coalesce disbanding in early 1996.
In the summer of 1996, guitarist Jes Steineger contacted Ingram and the two decided to reform the band. Stacy Hilt was included in the reunion, resuming his bass duties, and the drum position was delegated to James DeWees. (original drummer Jim Redd decided not to pick up the drum sticks again because he was attending school in Baltimore) This incarnation of the band put out A Safe Place 7” on Edison Recordings and their Earache-distributed split EP with Napalm Death, ‘In Tongues We Speak’.
In 1997, Coalesce wrote and recorded their first full length, ‘Give Them Rope’ (Edison Recordings), as well as songs for several compilations and split 7” records with The Get Up Kids, Today is the Day, and Converge.
After a few weeks playing the new songs on tour, Coalesce entered Red House Studios in the spring of 1998 to record the album Functioning on Impatience (in 3 days). Shortly afterwards, Coalesce recorded songs for a split 7” with Boy Sets Fire. Both the full-length and the split record were released that summer. It was during this period that bassist Stacy Hilt made his departure and was summarily replaced by Nathan Ellis.
Coalesce once again entered Red House to record the album There is Nothing New Under the Sun, a one-off release on Hydra Head comprised of Led Zeppelin covers, which was released in the autumn of ‘98.
During their hiatus, the members recorded their final album, ‘012:Revolution in Just Listening’ in separate sessions. Coalesce reformed in 2002 sans Jes Steineger, replacing him with The Esoteric guitarist, Cory White, for a national tour and a few recordings.
The band played what they advertised as their ‘final show’ in Lawrence, Kansas in September of 2005.
In 2007 the reformed Coalesce 7” entitled Salt and Passage with the intention of eventually touring and releasing a full length.
Coalesce’s latest full-length record Ox features 14 songs and was released on June 9 (North America) and June 15 (international) on Relapse Records. The band is planning to do a two week headlining tour of Europe. In addition, the band recently completed the Ox EP which will be released later in the year.
coalesce - 1994 - st 7'' (chapter records)
Groove is the band that Chris Wade brought with him to Richmond, VA that featured the tried and true ensemble of musicians from the bands Device and Rebound. the post-punk guitar style (that Chris learned from Gut Rochelle) and the emo sensibilties of this band combined with the freight train rhythm section and scene popularity of Hgual would create Hose.Got.Cable right after this bands demise.
They have released two 7” records:
Crutch/overcast (1991, SunSpot records)
By the Road (1992, Old Glory Records)
groove - 1992 - crutch 7'' (sun spot records)
groove - 1992 - st 7'' (old glory records)
Halfmast were 90's hardcore band who mixed 90's newschool in the vein of early Strife, Outspoken and classic youth crew style. Awesome band! Also I have 2 demo tapes which I will post soon.
halfmast - influence 7'' (third party records)
halfmast - influence 7'' (third party records)