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Warzone – The Final Interview.

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something I never thought would happen in this zine. When checking out Ebay one night I came across someone selling an unused Warzone interview with Raybeez that was done for an old zine that never got published. I knew I had to get my hands on it. Sometimes things unfold in my favor and I won the auction. Done in a more standard  style than most interviews I do, I am still honored to present you with what I would assume is the FINAL Warzone interview. Done on March 15, 1996 and sitting waiting for this moment. I present you with this piece of Hardcore history. A huge thanks to Vinnie Value and Tim Daley for providing some great pictures to go along with it.

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Legends Of Hardcore #5 Mark Starr -Insight- Part #2.

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Legends Of Hardcore #5 Mark Starr -Insight- Part #1.

By Ed

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I spent some time talking to Mark Starr the last couple of weeks about Salt Lake City’s Insight.

Pioneers Of the SLC Hardcore Scene with a deep meaningful voice Insight are a stand alone favourite amongst Hardcore fans

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Crucial Records #3 : Earth Crisis – Destroy The Machines

By Tieuma

Happy new year, everyone ! If you’re not Vegan Straight Edge, I hope you enjoyed your Christmas celebrations, your New Year Eve and all the sweet things around it, because now, the hard hammer of vengeance and retaliation for the innocent will fall real hard, and by hard I’m talking Earth Crisis, readers.

The wrath from the nineties, the hardest edge of the Straight Edge, the angriest Vegan voice. I’am talking war here.

Well enough with this over zealous intro. This was the records I was supposed to review last time, but The Proletariat popped out. We got an expression here in france you can roughly translate by “leave the better for the end” which seems to mean nothing in english. Well too bad. Anyway you got the idea behind that, I thought it was the perfect time to release this review then !

So let’s get to it and the question I asked myself when I picked this precise Earth Crisis records ? Well, because after the Slither LP, the material released seems pretty irrelevent to me, I bought it and listen to it for what it is, a Earth Crisis release, but I do think it’s way not as good; Gomorrah’s Season Ends & Breed The Killers are great but I didn’t listen to them as much as this one, which for me led the nineties metalcore where it went. All Out War or Firestorm may be really important and definitevly crucial release, they are too short, and lack anthems this LP is full of.

Published through Victory records, when it was a good label, in 1995 (wikipedia states it was maybe in October or November, youtube May 25, well dunno.)  there’s several versions of the piece going to Red, Clear, Green, Black and a CD one, both of the Red and Clear were represses put out in 2011. Notice that the song “Wrath Of Sanity” is called “Knight Of Justice” on the vinyl. Also, I haven’t done that in the other reviews but, let’s take some time to talk about the item. One of the things that make the nienties hardcore era a special one is the embarassing bad taste of everything, but in the good way. You know, there’s wrong embarassing bad taste, and there’s the good one, the one that must be. And this is totally this records right here I mean look at the picture behind, look at this bulldog lurking at you at the bottom, look at this capital sentence out of nowhere dedicated to the most hated kids of this time. This is what I’m talking about, it’s too much (yet not enough compared to other stuff of that time but whatever), and it is what’s good about this item !

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Let’s begin this review as usual with the music and this sick Forced March intro riff. I mean this is totally sick. Ok Firestorm was good, but this opens the records and you got to get something to hold on to because from this point, the storm last for 34 minutes and 10 seconds (well split in two because you got to flip the records)  and it’s a hard one. Mostly every intro on this records is a mosh trigger, the greatest one being Deliverance though. Insane.

Well, the whole more or less 3minutes songs are just a blend of geniune riffs. It’s clearly ahead of its time and many bands can thanks them for this effort because you got some classic jam nonetheless there. Let’s take the ambiance on Destroy The Machine for exemple. Damn, just before this open E chugchug of a riff, it’s like so dark and disturbing and mean and… Well I’m AFK moshing my bedroom, sorry. And it goes on and on the whole records, anthems after anthems.

The sound quality just top it off. It’s clean enough, no triggered shit (did it existed at this time though ?) no more than two guitares, this dirty slaming bass sound and the vocal not getting over the mix at all, well, it just make this record so angry yet a decent quality.

Only the voice bugs me still. Karl wrote down cool lyrics but it’s too monotonic, it lacks the power of the previous release, even it’s still a bit too monotonic but this reach the point.

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Talking about the lyrics, this also why I picked up this records. Alright, let’s make it clear, Earth Crisis maybe not the most intelligent band around at the time I’m giving it to you. It’s the same matter as Warzone to me in fact, but in a different way : at this time, they just wanted to be the hardest kids in town, you know, showing how Edge they were and how the world was teared apart by humanity. It doesn’t excuse the pro-life shit, and again I’m highly critical in front of that but still, it was a wild time, where you had to be hard to your positions, and they went a bit too far. But this records still hold a lot of good songs with important message.

The Discipline for exemple. I mean I do take Straight Edge for a personnal choice and I do not care about what you do of your life, but this song is  the truth, litterally. Its a long song, with a long text to learn but this is so important, so intense, and this is what this  band is about, intensity. It may look a little bit clumsy here or there, alright, but it’s so full of thoughts and deep in a sens. Like the guy sat down in front of his sheets for ages before putting it out, there’s no other way because just look at this :

Enslaved by concupiscence, promiscuity leads to despair.
Victims used and abandoned by
liars who professed to care. Self-exiled from their insanity.
Striving to attain higher levels of purity. The beauty in life
is mine to know. Amidst the ruin I survive. I’ve got to stay free.
Damage everywhere – infections at every turn. Through my
refusal to partake I saved myself. Abstinence was the beginning.

It’s just a peak, because this records is full of this kind of weird sentences, ending in long texts sometimes hard to understand for my low level english, but it’s really intense, and I’m not afraid to said it’s even emotional. This kind of songs just confort me to be Vegan Straight Edge, clearly. Theses songs are anthems to go to war against the whole world on these beating chugchug. Every song you want to have Karl in front of you and steal his mic to lost your voice over thoses lyrics. Again, I’m getting over zealous but it’s insane how powerful theses lyrics are.

So, aside from the shitty pro life stuff (which is not prominent on this release) and the fact sometimes the lyrics are way too long with way too complicated sentences, I got nothing more to say. This records speak volumes to me and I just want to shout out those hard Edge lyrics while I’m moshing like crazy.

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Destroy The Machines is definitly a crucial record. Because its hard, its huge, its powerful, it get you to go totally crazy over crucial lyrics and riffs. If you like metalcore, do not miss it, it’s a milestone of the nineties hardcore sound and the metalcore sound in general, and it’s definitly have the rage and passion of an hardcore records and the writing skills of a metal records. It’s ahead of its time and still doesn’t sound weird today. Learn the lyrics and become a moshpit warrior, save mother earth.

DEDICATED TO THE VEGAN STRAIGHT EDGE.

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Human Furnace: Ringworm

By Ed

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Something a bit diffrent interview wise form me but I’m a very big fan of Ringworm.

So not much to say, but heres an interview I did with Human Furnace a couple of weeks ago.

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DR: First up introduce yourself, and tell us who’s in the current line up of RW?

HF- vocals Matt / Sorg- Guitar / Ed Stephens- Bass / Danny Zink- Drums

DR: Can you give us a bit of RW backstory?

HF: RINGWORM started in 1989, first demo in 1990. First full length “The Promise” was released in 1993. Since then we’ve released 5 full length albums and countless 7 inch records and splits and comps.

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DR: You have been playing a few shows I’ve noticed recently- how’s that been? And who have been some of the other bands on the bills?

HF: Shows have been amazing. The response to the new record has been nothing short of incredible. We’ve been able to tour with some excellent bands. Eyehategod, Enabler, Death Before Dishonor, Killswitch Engage, and many more. Over the years we have played with so many acts I can’t even name them all. Including Hatebreed, Kreator, Accept, All Out War, Converge, Entombed…..

DR: I’ve Always been a fan of different sounding HC or Metal. how would you describe RW’s Sound/Style? And has it changed much over the years?

HF: I have always thought of us a “cross-over” band, as we have always integrated all types of different influences into our sound. From early thrash, early death metal, punk rock and early hardcore. I think its a perfect blend of many things.

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DR: Are you working on or have any new material out at present?

HF: Our new record HAMMER OF THE WITCH just dropped a couple a couple months ago on RELAPSE RECORDS. We’ll probably start messing around with new material in a few months.

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DR: you released 4 Records on Victory and now you are on relapse. You also put some stuff out on Deathwish right? How do they differ to work with?

HF: We never really felt at home at Victory Records. They seemed to have a different agenda witht he type of bands they were putting out and we never really fit in. Where as Relapse is a much more fitting label for us and their audience is a much more metal. And thats the type of people that need to start hearing our music. We think they would find many things in common with what we do. The term “hardcore” band doesn’t necessarily totally apply to us. Deathwish and A-389 over the years have been really awesome to work with as well. Although both labels are predominately “hardcore” they have a good idea the type of areas to really push our music to.

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DR: What bands do you guys like to play with or have kind of bounded with over the years?

HF: Lately we have been out with a lot of traditional metal bands, which has been excellent for us, as we are basically a new band for many that come to the shows. People are discovering us for the first time. We always seem to have a great time with bands that really have the same mindset, and attitude about being in a band as we do, regardless of their style of music. We like to have fun, we’re older dudes so its always nice tone out with guys/girls who get what we’re into.

DR: you have some pretty cool and unique artwork on your records etc, tell us a little bit about who’s behind some of it and where the ideas stem from?

HF: The last record HAMMER OF THE WITCH was drawn by me. We’ve always used a lot of occult imagery in all of our bands artwork. I have a big interest in the occult. Most of our lyrics are engulfed in the occult, sometimes subtle sometimes blatant.

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DR: Who were some of RW’s early influences?

Well, we came up at a time when everything was young and we wanted to incorporate all the things we loved into what we did. Slayer, Crumbsuckers, COC, DRI, AF, Cro-Mags, Kreator, Exploited, Terrorizer, Morbid Angel, Early skate rock, etc.

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DR: Do any of you have any other side projects or main bands?

HF: Yes. Myself and Ed have rock band called GLUTTONS. We are almost finished with our first full length. It’s very Motothead-ish, Hellacopters,… Heavy rock and roll vibe. I also have another band called HOLYGHOST which is more on the early neurosis, voivod, godflesh vibe. Expect a new record from that band this year or early next year. I also have another band that is mostly acoustic, very soft sounding called The Night Drive.

DR: What bands are you guys personally listening to right now?

HF: Right now, I’ve been listening to the new Beastmilk record, Gravenhurst, Foo Fighters and of course Godflesh, Voivod, and Trouble

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DR: What do your tour plans look like in 2014?

HF: By the end of 2014 we will have been around the US 2-3 times, Europe, Australia, NZ and everywhere else as time will allow us. It’s a very busy year for the Worm

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DR: Anything you would like to add?

HF: Just want people to check out the new record HAMMER OF THE WITCH and definitely come out to see us play live. We’re a band that delivers. Thanks for the interview!

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Andrew Kline: Strife

By: Ed

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Strife are one those never grow old bands for me, I saw them last year at a tiny venue in Copenhagen which was great.

I managed to get to talk to Andrew about a few things recently which was cool.

Photography by Dan Rawe

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DR: Hey what’s up?

AK: Hello

DR: Who is in the current Strife Line up?

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AK: Strife is basically the same line up that we have had since we started touring for One Truth back in 1994, minus our drummer.

Rick, Todd, Chad, and I have all been playing in this band a very long time.

Craig from Ignite has been filling in on drums for the past 2 years, but

Jarrod Alexander from Suicide File, Death By Stereo, American Nightmare,

and more will be playing most of the shows with us this summer.

DR: Where is home for you guys these days?

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AK: Strife is based out of Los Angeles… I live in North Hollywood, Rick lives in Downtown LA, Chad is in Silverlake, and Todd is out in the Valley.

DR: So Strife have been playing a lot of shows for a while now. what’s

going on with the band at the moment? Where are you at?

AK: We released Witness A Rebirth November of 2012… Since then we have been staying as busy as we can and touring as much as we can. We are gearing up for

a short East Coast run in June, playing in Brooklyn, Massachusetts,

Toronto, and then a huge festival outside of Quebec. This festival is crazy

because we are playing with bigger bands like Cypress Hill, Motley Crue,

Blink 182 as well hardcore bands like Judge, Chain of Strength, Glass Jaw,

Earth Crisis, Bane, Throwdown, etc.

We head back to Europe in August, and we are looking to head over to

Japan in November. We will be planning a few shows to celebrate the 20th

anniversary of One Truth at the end of the year as well.

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DR: What’s it been like touring tons with Strife again these past few years?

I remember seeing pictures of a South American tour you did in 2007 or

something and being stoked to see you touring again as I had not been

keeping up to date with the scene at that time and thought you weren’t

playing shows anymore.

AK: It’s been a lot of fun. I think everyone in the band gets along better now

than we ever did. We play shows because we love to do it, we aren’t

relying on the band for money or anything, so it keeps it a lot more fun.

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DR: Who puts your stuff out at the moment?

AK: Witness A Rebirth was released in the US by 6131 Records.

DR: What’s your Newest Release and how has it been received by the

fans?

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AK: Witness A Rebirth is our newest record. It was released in November of

2012. I think that the record got great reviews overall. Some people think

that it is our best record even, and I would agree. I definitely feel that it

holds its own against One Truth and In This Defiance, records that some

people consider classics, so I am happy about that. We had been touring

fairly consistently for the few years leading up to the release of Witness A Rebirth.

I think we just reached the point where we decided that if we were going to

continue touring that we should write some new material. Material that reflected

who we are as a band now, and material that we would be excited to get back

out on the road and support.

We didn’t really have any expectations, we just wanted to write the best record

that we could, and I really think that we accomplished that.

DR: Do you think you still have a lot of the same followers as you did back

in the day?

AK: There are definitely kids (or adults rather) that are still coming

out to see us that have been fans since the 90’s. I think that is awesome.

But there have been a few generations of hardcore kids since our first

record and now… We all wanted to show the new generation of hardcore

kids our version of hardcore, and it’s awesome meeting kids that are just

getting into us because of the new record.

DR: What bands really influenced Strife in early years and now?

AK: Early on we were heavily influenced by the NYHC scene. Bands like Sick Of It All, Cro Mags, Killing Time, Youth of Today, Judge, etc. We kind of took that

sound and mixed it with our favorites from the West Coast… Outspoken,

Chain of Strength and Insted.

There are a lot of current bands that we are into… Terror, Down to Nothing,

Rival Mob, Piece by Piece, Alpha Omega, Rotting Out, Take Offense,

Downpresser, Manipulate, Turnstile, and more. Hardcore is in a great

place right now.

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DR: What other music tastes run through the band?

AK: Everyone in Strife is into all sorts of music outside of hardcore as well. Everything from punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic, soul, and more.

DR: How was your time on Victory as band? Were they good to you or did

you have a similar crappy deal like Integrity?

AK: Victory was good to us at the time… I don’t know if we would have ever reached the level of notoriety that we did if we were on a different label. That being said, we signed a bad deal, and we have yet to see any money from our record sales. I

guess that’s the unfortunate side of playing music.

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DR: Who were some of your favorite bands on Victory in the early days?

and who did you like playing shows with?

AK: We were big fans of most of the early Victory bands… Snapcase, Earth Crisis, Integrity, Warzone, One Life Crew, Hatebreed… All of the earlier Victory releases were classics. We were one of the bands that got along with everybody, so we enjoyed playing with all of these bands, and stayed friends with most of them

through the years.

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DR: On the One Truth VHS you guys show big interest in Star Wars…do

any of you still collect vintage Star Wars toys?

AK: I think everyone in the 90’s collected Star Wars to some extent. I held on to most of my collection, and I still pick things up every now and then. I recently dusted off all of my old vintage 12” figures from the 70’s and set them up in a display case. I only need Han Solo, Obi Wan, IG-88, and R2D2 to complete the collection, so I

might pick these up at some point if I can find them at a decent price.

DR: What were some of your favorite times in HC and in Strife?

Shows, places visited Etc?

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AK: We have had so many great times, it is hard to just pick a few… Some stand out memories include: Touring Europe with Sepultura on the Roots tour, the tour of South America that we did a few years back, recording our most recent record “Witness a Rebirth” with Iggor Cavalera in Brazil, going to Japan and Australia for the first time, the recent Persistence tour we did with Terror and Suicidal Tendencies, and

more. We have been fortunate to travel all over the world and meet a lot of

great people and play with a lot of great bands. When I was 14 or 15 I got

to see Judge and Gorilla Biscuits, and I never thought that I would ever

have the chance to play with either of those bands, so that is pretty

monumental to me as well.

DR: Are the original Strife members still Straight Edge?

AK: I am the only member of Strife that is still Straight Edge. We made is clear that we were no longer a straight edge band when we reunited back in 2002, and we do

our best to make it clear now. We aren’t trying to fool anyone or capitalize

from the Straight Edge movement, and we don’t make any merchandise

that has anything to do with Straight Edge either. I think that was a big

reason why we wanted to record a new record as well… We wanted to

write songs that represented our current philosophy as a band.

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DR: What are some of you favorite songs to play from any of your albums?

AK: We tend to play a good mix of songs from all of our records… There are

songs from every record that work well live, and we have a great time

playing them… There are also a few songs that I wish went over better live

as well, because we would love to add them back to our set. Songs like

“Angel Wings” from Angermeans or “Life or Death” from Witness A Rebirth.

DR: What else are you involved in music wise? I work on a lot of music

projects. I produce for other bands, and I have a new project with DJ Muggs from

Cypress Hill called Cross My Heart Hope To Die. We released an EP back in

April 2013, and we are finalizing our second ep for release at the end of July. We

are hoping to release an album by the end of the year as well.

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DR: And what about the other guys? what do they do outside of Strife?

AK: Chad works for Goldenvoice, a large concert promoter in Los Angeles, and he

also manages a venue called the El Rey Theatre.

Rick is a professional photographer, and he is shooting on almost a daily basis.

He shoots for a lot of clothing brands like Hall of Fame and Fuct, and he also

does some gallery stuff.

Our current drummer, Craig, also plays in Ignite, so he stays pretty busy.

Todd runs his own business and plays golf in his downtime.

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DR: What are your plans for the Spring/summer?

AK: We are doing a short East Coast run in June… We are playing out in

Massachusetts with Chain of Strength, Turnstile, Praise, and Mindset, as

well as playing a few other shows before heading up to Canada to play

Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello. We are heading back to Europe and the

UK in August, and we are finalizing some plans to make it back to Japan

by the end of the year.

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DR: Thanks a lot Andrew anything else you would like to say?

AK: Check out our new record “Witness A Rebirth”, it holds it’s own against any of our other records, and check us out live if you get a chance… I promise we

wont disappoint! Thanks for the interview

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Legends Of Hardcore #1: Dwid Hellion- Integrity.

By: Ed

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Integrity has always been one of my favorite Hardcore bands, so it was obvious for me to want to contact Dwid to interview him for this first installment of Legends Of Hardcore. Dwid is an interesting character and over the years there’s been many a story floating around about him.

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