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.”
Being known as one of the founding bands of what is known as Hardcore today, AGNOSTIC FRONT have always leveled criticism against modern oppressors and their corrupting influence on society.
What started out as a foursome initiated by guitarist Vinnie Stigma in 1983 with the groundbreaking EP “United Blood”, soon acquired renown as one of the fastest, meanest and most aggressive Hardcore bands , not only of New York but the whole east coast. Influenced by the spirit of Punk, AGNOSTIC FRONT developed their unique sound dominated by catchy tunes, thunderous drums and the buck-wild shouting of Roger Miret. Due to their undisputable authenticity, AF were able to gain a loyal community of fans who stuck to them for better or for worse. Though the band decided to separate in 1993 after the release of the live album “Last Warning” and Stigma concentrated on another Hardcore combo called MADBALL (which he had built up in 1988), Stigma and Miret got together again in 1998 after they had met at a MADBALL concert. Actually planning to record a single, it came out to be a full album in the end – “Something’s Gotta Give” marked the official reunion after a five year break. Since then, another four studio albums and one live record were released – as part of the big Nuclear Blast family from “Another Voice” (2005) on.
After almost 30 years full of anthems against social injustice and oppression, the title of their tenth studio album “My Life My Way” underlines perfectly what Hardcore means to Stigma and his bandmates: It’s not just music, it’s an attitude to life! This is proven by 13 new powerful songs which were recorded at the Mana Recording Studio in Tampa, Florida under the guiding hands of Erik Rutan (MADBALL, GOATWHORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, etc..) and producer Freddy Cricien of MADBALL. The mastering was done by Alan Douches (NILE, MASTODON, etc.).
Vocalist Roger Miret commented on the new material: “After all is said and done we are amazed on how great our new record turned out! It’s by far our catchiest record to date and it’s going to make everyone want to sing along for sure. Freddy killed it on the production end, just capturing that hardcore vibe that only he can get out of AGNOSTIC FRONT. The boys all put nothing but passion into the songs, and Erik Rutan just dialed it all in to make AGNOSTIC FRONT sound as natural and as organic as ever. This one will definitely be a classic once it’s heard worldwide!”