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Five-Minute History of Hardcore and Metal Fusion

Beefy funny man, Billy Milano once said “Skinheads and bangers and punks stand as one Crossover to a final scene.” This insight he offered on S.O.D.’s 1985 release “Speak English or Die” would serve as a rallying cry for hardcore punks and metal heads to come together. Not only did this song help create a mindset for bringing together two scenes; it also constructed a formula for the two styles to merge. Known simply as metalcore or crossover, the term came to describe how hardcore bands added metal’s solos and heft to their arrangements, while thrash absorbed the speed, attitude and brevity of hardcore to their compositions.

Milano also claimed “It’s not the way you wear your hair, it’s what’s inside of you.” Even though these words ring true twenty-seven years after publication, and so often we see the two lines blurring together, hair styles have pretty much remained the same (minus poodle hair and mullets). Short hair, often bald or spiky, is still relegated to punks, while long hair is a feature of head bangers. Regardless of attitude and opposition to the mainstream, many punks and metal heads prefer to segregate.

After hearing an inspiring hardcore/crossover album from "The Casualties" and attending festivals such as Fun Fun Fun Fest and Chaos in Tejas that mesh metal and hardcore in the last year, I felt the need to research and write an article on the history of this topic. Through the usual resource of the Internet, Ian Christe’s book “Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal” and a first person source, I hope to shed light on this phenomenon. In the following article, we will look at the interchangeable qualities of punk and metal, as well as delving into each style’s social constraints. We will look at the bands that started this movement and analyze how the art form has evolved. Ready yourself for a crash course on punk-thrash crossover movement. More...

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Dead City Records Releasing Out Of Print Albums

Earlier this week New York-based DIY hardcore punk record label, Dead City Records, digitally released eight rare, out-of-print European hardcore albums from Right Direction, One Night Stand, and more for the first time ever. Today two additional releases from Right Direction and M-Town Rebels see their digital debut and have hit the iTunes store: Right Direction’s "To Right The Wrong" the M-Town Rebels compilation "Always The First To Have A Beer."

All 10 now-digitally-available hardcore releases come courtesy of the various musical endeavors of European hardcore front man, Dave Reumers, over the course of more than a decade. Commented, Reumers, “This music was released between 1989 and 2002. I’ve wasted half my life screaming nonsense into a mic thinking I was Mick Jagger, but I wouldn't have done it any other way. I’m glad I was part of this and I was lucky to be in so many bands that helped spread the hardcore, punk, and metal sound throughout Europe in the early days. If you still dig our music in this day and age there’s no hope for you anymore. Enjoy!”

Added Dead City Records owner, John Franko, “Right Direction CDs and LPs have been out-of-print and impossible to find for years, and it is an honor for me to make these releases available digitally for the first time ever. As one of the forefathers of the European Hardcore Movement, Right Direction and all bands related to the M-Town Holland scene have always provided us with top notch music. While taking influences from early American punk, hardcore, and metal bands, I always found Right Direction ahead of their time when it came to talented musicianship and amazing vocals and lyrics. Truly a diverse band and am amazing group of guys I am proud to call my friends.”

The full digitally released back catalogue is:

RIGHT DIRECTION - How Many More Lies
RIGHT DIRECTION - All Of A Sudden
RIGHT DIRECTION - Echoes From The Past
RIGHT DIRECTION – To Right The Wrong
RIGHT DIRECTION - Beyond The Beyonds
WARZONE / RIGHT DIRECTION - Live In Europe 1995
VARIOUS COMPILATION - M-Town Rebels - Always The First To Have A Beer
VARIOUS COMPILATION - M-Town Rebels II - Among The Angels
ONE NIGHT STAND - One Life For The Family
ULTIMATUM - Whispers Of A Wanted Man

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