Living legends are revered for good reason. They are proof of an ideal. They are roots from which future generations grow. When New York City leading lights SICK OF IT ALL formed in 1986, they had no idea they’d be here today, continuing to release spirited, revolution-calling hardcore. Celebrating their 30th anniversary, including a hometown celebration at Webster Hall earlier this year, the New Yorkers show no signs of slowing down, getting soft, or toning down their stand-proud mentality.
The bands last album “The Last Act of Defiance”, released in 2014, featured by 14 anthems of heartful, no-holds-barred hardcore, the group’s 10th full-length is an album only SICK OF IT ALL could make.
“We try to vary the songs we write,” drummer Armand Majidi says. “And therefore our albums are also varied. It’s still us writing the music and we want to play to the strengths of the genre. Every artist goes through dry spells, but this wasn’t one. I remember having much harder times with songwriting back in the ‘90s. We write about frustrations a lot, and the world seems to always throw plenty of those at us. Maybe it’s because we’re older and have a keener sense of the matrix, but the blatant alliance between world government and media has given us a wealth of issues to draw from.”
Originally formed in 1987, Killing Time took the hardcore scene by storm with their classic release "Brightside", in 1989. Featuring former members of Breakdown and Token Entry, Killing Time’s unique blend of hardcore, punk, and metal still continues to influence bands to this day.
From NYC Rocks - Antidote were one of those early NYHC bands who put one stellar single and then disappeared, leaving the glory to a drove of less dazzling acts. Their "Thou Shalt Not Kill" EP was self-released in 1983. The drummer, Arthur "Googy", had played with the Misfits, and John "Bloodclot" Joseph does back-up vocals on the song "Real Deal," but this is actually an early NYC band that is important for the music and not the scenesters who were in it. Led by guitar player Robb "Nunzio" Antidote got back together in the late 80's/early 90's, changed music direction and put out a full-length record "Return 2 Burn", but the magic of that early line-up was lost. A bit of trivia about "later" Antidote: their 84-91 singer, Drew Stone, who's originally from New York City, played in the early Boston hardcore band The Mighty CO's and later upon returning to NYC was in a band called The High and The Mighty. He's now an award winning film Producer / Director. 2001 saw the archive release of "The A7 & And Beyond" which was culled from material from the early '80's and revived interest in the band. In 2008 / 09 the band reunited to play three well received "Reunion" shows focusing on early Antidote / The High & The Mighty material from the early 1980's culminating with a final show in NYC with Agnostic Front.