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Below is our complete Integrity news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Integrity Posts Playthrough Video Clip

Integrity has released a guitar playthrough video for the song "Burning Beneath the Devil's Cross" via the latest album, "Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume." Watch the clip in the player at the bottom.

Additionally, Integrity has partnered with No Echo, B.C. Rich, Ernie Ball, Lace Pickups and Relapse Records to allow fans to win a prize pack including a B.C. Rich Guitar. Fans are encouraged to enter by recording their own version of the guitar solo in "Burning Beneath The Devil's Cross" and uploading the video to YouTube or any social platform with the hashtag #IntegrityGuitarContest. More details are available via No Echo at this location. A guitar solo-free version of the song can be downloaded over here.

Integrity has been announced for next year's Decibel Metal & Beer Fest in Philadelphia, PA the weekend of March 31st and April 1st. Integrity has also confirmed two May tour dates in Canada following their performance at Maryland Deathfest on May 25. The band's next scheduled live performances are at Fly-Over Fest in Tulsa, OK on October 21st and CTW Fest in London, UK on December 17th.

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Integrity Premieres New NSFW Music Video

Integrity premieres a new NSFW music video for "Burning Beneath The Devil’s Cross", taken from the band's latest album "Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume", which is out now on CD/2xLP/Deluxe 3xLP/CS/ and digitally via Relapse Records.

Check out now "Burning Beneath The Devil’s Cross" below.

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Pit Stories: Escaped Mental Patients

Ready for a killer addition to the ever-expanding Pit Story collection?

This week we've got some crazy tales of a venue that was a little too close to a mental hospital for comfort, but the most outlandish shenanigans to go down there were frequently enacted by the punk and metal kids rather than the escaped patients!

Today's story comes courtesy of incendiary and apocalyptic heavy group Integrity, which just released new album "Howling, for the Nightmare Shall Consume" earlier this month via Relapse Records. The band recalls:

I’m not much for the pit. I always liked watching bands / observing what was going on more than I liked being jostled around a wet slippery floor. I have a lot of great memories of going to see bands play in Toronto when I was growing up. Every weekend my friends and I would take the bus and train downtown to spend the day eating food and buying records before ending up at a show that night. Back then our interests were contained within the more civilized part of the City, but if you were so inclined to travel a few subway stops down the line you would end up in a far more depraved environment. There was only one real reason for us to go there: The Generator.

The Generator was a dive-bar located on the corner of Queen and Ossington that hosted awesome metal / punk / hardcore shows. Also located on the corner of Queen and Ossington was an old mental asylum that never seemed to be able to keep their patients locked in at night. On any given night if you were going to The Generator, you’d be guaranteed to see a mishmash of punks, metalheads, junkies and escaped mental patients. It often made for an interesting time.

Anyways I’ve seen some pretty crazy shows over the years. Whether it’s a barrage of fireworks / burning items flying around, to dudes moshing with a deer carcass ala Tom Green’s get inside the animal skit. I’ve watched shows explode into all-out prison riots ridden with drugs, sex and violence… .you name it. But the most memorable experience to me was seeing Canadian punk legends Dayglo Abortions perform at The Generator.

The club was jammed with a smelly and extremely wasted hybrid of crust-punks, metalheads, and escapees from the Asylum across the street. When Dayglos hit the stage, I wanna say they started with "Fuck My Shit Stinks" and all hell just broke loose. Everyone started pitching their beer bottles at the ceiling so it was constantly raining glass on this uncomfortably packed and hot mess of human bodies. By the time they were done playing, the pit was a mess blood, beer, dirt and drool peppered with tons of broken glass and who knows what else.

When the club let out, it looked like a scene from "Death Wish 3" crossed with "Night Of The Living Dead." A dude with a road-warrior Mohawk-mullet was boning a similar looking girl on the hood of someone’s car. When the poor owner of said vehicle tried to get into his car and go home, the ‘boner’ (or it might have been the ‘bonee’ in an equally gruff / terrifying voice) growled ‘You just keep walking if you know what’s good for ya.'

Many years later, Integrity played in Toronto at a venue that was in the same part of town, and I couldn’t believe the amount of gentrification that took place over the years. It was all boutiques, fancy bars and bistros. My mom and siblings came to the show, and we were eating together at a restaurant that years ago could have been in The Generator’s backyard. I couldn’t help but wonder to myself what the growling car-bone guy was doing at this exact moment years later. I hope it’s something equally as awesome.

Integrity's freshly released album "Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume" was recorded and mixed at Developing Nations Studio in Baltimore with mastering handled by Brad Boatright. The band will kick off a Japanese tour in October, and below you can check out a video for album track "Hymn For The Children Of The Black Flame." More...

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Integrity Releases New Music Video

Apocalyptic heavy group Integrity will release 12th studio album "Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume" this coming July 14th via Relapse Records.

Today the band drops another new video from the album - this time for the song "Hymn For The Children Of The Black Flame." The video was directed by Jimmy Hubbard and can be seen below. Vocalist Dwid Hellion comments:

"The horrifically stunning aesthetic of director, Jimmy Hubbard has taken us deep into the realm of forbidden nightmare and religious inversion. Hubbard has breathed a new hell into our song, 'Hymn For The Children Of The Black Flame."

Integrity is currently in the middle of a European tour, with a Japanese tour next slated for October. Catch these upcoming Integrity 2017 tour dates:

Jun 16 Stadtmitte, DE Stadmitte
Jun 17 Ulm, DE Eden
Jun 18 Clisson, FR Hellfest 2017

w/Creepout
Oct 06 Tokyo, JP Antiknock
Oct 07 Mie, JP Chaos
Oct 08 Osaka, JP Hokage
Oct 09 Tokyo, JP Earthdom More...

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Integrity Premieres New Song & Music Video

Integrity has shared a new video for “Hymn For The Children Of The Black Flame” which you can stream below. The song comes from the band’s forthcoming 12th studio album, “Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume“, out July 14th via Relapse Records.

Jimmy Hubbard (Mastodon, Baroness) directed the video, of which frontman Dwid Hellion comments: More...

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Integrity Releases "I Am The Spell" Video

Integrity returns with 12th studio album "Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume." A conceptual foretelling of the final days of Armageddon, "Howling..." is a manifestation of pentecostal nightmares and religious depravities, wrought with fire and brimstone sermons and occult prophecies bathed in waves of destruction.

The album was recorded and mixed at Developing Nations Studio in Baltimore with mastering handled by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Toxic Holocaust, Full Of Hell) and will see its release on CD/2xLP/deluxe 3xLP/CS/digital formats via Relapse Records on July 14th. A music video for the song "I Am The Spell" directed by frontman Dwid Hellion can be viewed below.

Additionally, Integrity recently announced a European tour this June followed by a Japanese tour in October. Dates are available below, and the album's track listing is as follows:

1. Fallen To Destroy
2. Blood Sermon
3. Hymn For The Children of the Black Flame
4. I Am The Spell
5. Die With Your Boots On
6. Serpent of the Crossroads
7. Unholy Salvation of Sabbatai Zevi
8. 7 Reece Mews
9. Burning Beneath the Devils Cross
10. String Up My Teeth
11. Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume
12. Viselle De Drac (Digital / Deluxe Vinyl Bonus Track)
13. Entartete Kunst (Digital / Deluxe Vinyl Bonus Track)
14. Deathly Fighter (Digital / Deluxe Vinyl Bonus Track)
15. The Perfect Silence (Digital Bonus Track) More...

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Integrity Teases New Album, Tour Dates

Apocalyptic heavy music group Integrity just revealed the first snippet of new music from upcoming album "Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume," coming this summer via Relapse Records.

The featured song is the album's opening track "Fallen To Destroy." Listen now and see all confirmed 2017 tour dates via the YouTube clip below.

The new album contains 11 tracks recorded and mixed at Developing Nations Studio in Baltimore, with mastering handled by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Toxic Holocaust, Full Of Hell). More details on the album will be announced shortly.

Additionally, Integrity will perform a first concert of 2017 tomorrow at United Blood Fest in Richmond, VA. From there the band will tour throughout Europe including the legendary Roadburn Festival and Hellfest 2017. More...

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Integrity Wraps Up Work On New Album

Longstanding hardcore group Integrity recently completed recording a 12th studio album, which will be titled "Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume."

As one of the most incendiary bands in hardcore and modern metal history, Integrity is an entity that stands completely on its own, with almost 30 years under the belt creating dark, occult themed heavy music.

The new album will see a summer 2017 release via Relapse Records and contains 11 tracks recorded and mixed at Developing Nations Studio in Baltimore with mastering handled by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Toxic Holocaust, Full Of Hell). More details on the album will be announced shortly.

Additionally, Integrity recently announced a European tour with label-mates Seven Sisters Of Sleep. A full list of dates including appearances at numerous festivals are listed below. More...

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Integrity Streaming Album Re-Issue

As Magic Bullet Records releases the 25th anniversary remaster of Integrity's "Those Who Fear Tomorrow" debut album, the new version of this timeless piece of iniquitous malice is now streaming in its entirety. Listen in below.

"Those Who Fear Tomorrow" is the 1991 debut full-length album from metallic hardcore stalwarts Integrity. The CD version features a complete set of Dwid Hellion's lyrics and some behind-the-scenes liner notes from former guitarist Aaron Melnick.

Integrity will perform as one of the main acts at the four-day This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia, confirmed to headline the Electric Factory on Friday, August 5th.

8/05/2016 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore More...

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Integrity Streaming Power Trip Split

Just days before the album is released worldwide via Magic Bullet Records, the new split 12" from Integrity and Power Trip has now come online for full streaming. Listen in below, and you can also find a full list of upcoming tour dates for both bands after the jump.

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Power Trip And Integrity Streaming Split Tracks

In one week, the split LP between Integrity and Power Trip will see release via Magic Bullet Records, and the label this week is letting the lead tracks from each band's half of the platter out of the cages.

Integrity's contribution is a retooled, remixed rendering of the 2010 Magic Bullet Records 7" "VVe Are the End." The Power Trip material culls two original tracks from a self-titled 7" on Lockin' Out Records, originally released in 2011.

Previously unheard prior, Integrity also contributes "Her Eyes Is Filled With ?tars," a unique cover of the bizarre song that Howdy (Crispin Glover) serenades Stephanie (Jenny Wright) with in the 1989 film "Twister." The cover song is exclusive to this split across all formats. More...

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Integrity Releasing Split With Power Trip

Magic Bullet Records presents a split release between Integrity and Power Trip, due out June 17th, 2016.

The release is semi-dual-reissue in nature, as Integrity's contribution is a retooled, remixed rendering of the 2010 Magic Bullet Records 7" "VVe Are the End." The Power Trip material culls the two original tracks from a self-titled 7" on Lockin' Out Records, originally released in 2011.

Previously unheard or released prior, Integrity also contributes "Her Eyes is Filled with ?tars," a unique cover of the bizarre song that Howdy (Crispin Glover) serenades Stephanie (Jenny Wright) with in the 1989 film Twister. The cover song is exclusive to this split across all formats.

Brand new artwork and layouts by Integrity's Dwid Hellion draws further cohesion between the bands on this one, as both physical formats feature a "co-headliner" visual presentation and a foldout poster containing all lyrics, credits, and additional original artwork. For vinyl fans, the first pressing is being issued on three color ways: black, clear, and red. Both sides are spun at 45rpm for maximum fidelity. The record will also see CD and full digital release.

1. VVe Are the End (Integrity)
2. Beneath Black Flames VVe Ride (Integrity)
3. Her Eyes is Filled with Stars (Integrity)
4. Divine Apprehension (Power Trip)
5. Suffer No Fool (Power Trip) More...

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Integrity Releasing 20th Anniversary Vinyl

Chicago-based Organized Crime Records has confirmed the impending re-release (as a 20th anniversary vinyl edition) of Integrity's "Humanity Is The Devil," currently being pressed to hit for Record Store Day next month.

Subsequent to the release of "Systems Overload" earlier that year, Integrity would enter Mars Studio on Hallows Eve 1995; the result would be the true culmination of what the band had been working towards both music and thematically. "Humanity Is The Devil" was an aural assault like no other at the time.

Organized Crime Records is proud to present this groundbreaking record in its ultimate 20th anniversary edition. Comprised of limited color vinyl housed in a stunning five-color gatefold jacket featuring art by Pushead and layout by vocalist Dwid Hellion, this edition includes an updated version of the rare "Humanity Is The Devil" pamphlet, a 16.5" x 22" poster, expanded artwork by Josh Bayer, and liner notes by guitarist Aaron Melnick. More...

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Integrity Streaming "Den Of Iniquity"

"Den Of Iniquity," the rare/early works collection from Cleveland metallic hardcore outfit Integrity, is now streaming online in full. Fully remastered, the album sees rebirth via Magic Bullet Records directly alongside the "Humanity Is The Devil: 20th Anniversary Remix + Remaster" this Friday, October 30th.

With more than an hour and thirteen minutes of searing, iconic 1990s metallic hardcore packed into it, "Den Of Iniquity" is a collection of rare tracks spanning the Melnick era (1988-1998) of Integrity. All material is culled from various demos, split 7"s, 7" singles, compilation appearances, and EPs. More...

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Heavy Metal Black Friday Deals Revealed

Third Update: new sales have been added below from Comatose Music and Deathwish Music.

Second Update: added new sales from Indie Merch, Sevared Records, Relapse Records, and The Omega Order.

Update: deals have now been added from Metal Blade, Give Praise, and Razorback Records.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are a point of much contention among the metal community (with its overall disdain for consumerism, commercial whoring, and conformity) - so much so that every year Daniel Vrangsinn's (Carpathian Forest) label Misantrof even releases the "Holy Fucking ANTIChristmas" compilation in December.

Despite that, many of the underground labels do offer sales and discounts the week of Thanksgiving, so if you're looking to get some quality metal, hardcore, or rock releases on a budget, this is the time to do it - and most of it is online or digital in nature, so as a bonus, you don't have to get stomped to death by a horde of deal hunters at 5 AM!

More links will be added throughout the week as labels and distros announce their various sales, so check back in often.

If actually buying music in physical format (and especially on vinyl) is more your thing than ordering online, then RECORD STORE DAY has compiled a handy list just for you of limited run, exclusive, or Black Friday-first releases only available in stores. Peruse the full list over here.

For the digital music junkies, AMAZON.COM has dozens of $5 digital hard rock and metal albums from bands like Arch Enemy, In This Moment, White Zombie, Lamb Of God, Chimaira, and many more. The deals run through the full month of November. More...

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Integrity Announces Record Store Day Split

A389 Recordings has confirmed a split 7" with new noise from Integrity and Vegas, another in the series of split releases in production for this year's Record Store Day, joining the previously announced Full Of Hell/Psywarfare and Noisem/Occultist shared platters.

Leading off Side A off this split is "Love Me" from the subversive Vegas, an enigmatic and potent act which has permeated the planet with a variety of cult releases. Side B is overthrown by Integrity with the "Bedazzled" single.

Wax-seekers are urged to contact their local participating vinylmongers to secure physical product of the "Love Me...I'm Bedazzled" split 7" as with all Record Store Day releases. More...

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Integrity Streams New Hymn

The early 1990s lineup of groundbreaking metal/hardcore innovators Integrity reunited on stage for the first time in over two decades as the main headliners of the massive A389 X Bash in Baltimore last week, and now the first new hymn from this iconic collective in just as long is playing online.

Check out "7th Revelation: Beyond The Realm Of The VVitch" in the player below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine. The following press release was also issued:

"7th Revelation: Beyond The Realm Of The VVitch is a contemptible, ominous movement, one which recalls the brooding, religious overtones and occult persuasion which set this lineup of the Integrity clan apart from countless legions of bands preaching of veganism, straightedge lifestyles and supporting the hardcore scene in the early-mid '90s.

"The first track to be recorded by the same lineup that brought forth the mega classic Systems Overload LP two decades ago -- vocalist Dwid Hellion, guitarists Chris Smith and Aaron Melnick, bassist Leon Melnick and drummer Mark Konopka -- now brings their slow, searing scorn forth with the more than three-and-a-half minute mid-paced song 7th Revelation: Beyond The Realm Of The VVitch" boiling with the echoing, melodic leads and massive solos and trademark divebomb guitar tactics one would have expected to hear from these five souls in the mid-1990s. The track was recorded by current Integrity guitarist Robert Orr and mastered at Audiosiege." More...

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A389 X Anniversary Bash Lineup Revealed

The full two-day itinerary for the massive tenth installment of A389 Recordings' annual label Bash in Baltimore, Maryland is now finalized, as the stellar gathering is now just over one month away. Sponsored by Invisible Oranges, the Bash will see A389 turning a decade old, with the massive melee to be held on January 17th and 18th, 2014.

The newest and final show of the two-day massacre has just been confirmed, with the declaration of a second Sideshow, confirmed to lead off the festivities Thursday, January 16th. The newly locked gig will showcase Pharaoh, Occultist, Ampallang Infection, Frightened Teeth (Members of Frightener and Pulling Teeth playing Frightener songs) and headliners, Ringworm.

The full lineup and running order for both days can be found below, including exclusive performances from All Out War, Infest and Haymaker, a one-time Bloodlet reunion set, the exclusive one time performance from Intergrity's "Systems Overload" lineup -- the first in over twenty years -- Full Of Hell, Noisem, Empire Of Rats, Iron Reagan, Power Trip, Ilsa Weekend Nachos, and more.

Thursday, January 16th @ Sidebar Tavern:
Ringworm / Frightened Teeth / Pharaoh / Occultist / Ampallang Infection

Friday, January 17th @ Baltimore Soundstage:
Infest / Haymaker / In Cold Blood / Full Of Hell / Iron Reagan / Sex Prisoner / Jarhead Fertilizer

Saturday, January, 18th @ Sidebar Tavern [Matinee]:
Ilsa / Like Rats / Sick/Tired / Sokushinbutsu

Saturday, January 18th @ Baltimore Soundstage:
Integrity / All Out War / Bloodlet / Weekend Nachos / Noisem / Power Trip / Pick Your Side / Homewrecker / Empire Of Rats More...

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Integrity Streaming "Systems Overload" Re-Issue

This Black Friday, November 29th, Magic Bullet Records will unleash the official CD version of the A2/Orr+ Mix of Integrity's iconic "Systems Overload" LP.

Alongside interrogations of Aaron Melnick and Integrity frontman Dwid Hellion, Invisible Oranges is hosting a stream of the entire "Systems Overload" A2/Orr+ Mix. You can also stream the album below.

On the weekend of January 17th and 18th, Integrity's iconic lineup from the early-mid '90s reunites for the first time in twenty years for an exclusive one-time performance at the A389 X Bash in Baltimore, Maryland. This event will include sets by Bloodlet, All Out War, Infest and Haymaker, as well as Empire Of Rats, Noisem, Full Of Hell and many others. More...

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Integrity Announces "System Overload" CD Reissue

After extremely limited Halloween MMXII and Record Store Day vinyl editions of the A2/Orr+ mix of Integrity's "Systems Overload" album early this year through Organized Crime Records -- which subsequently issued an official LP pressing in September -- Magic Bullet Records will cast a dark shadow on the 2013 Holiday Season with an official CD version of the revamped release. The following press release was issued about the coming CD:

"One of the most vicious and iconic hardcore albums ever, Systems Overload was initially released by Victory Records in 1995, elevating Integrity to a whole new level of international notoriety, yet due to rushed/confused mixing sessions, the final product bore a more modern metallic hardcore sound than the band intended. In 2012, former Integrity guitarist Aaron Melnick and current guitarist Robert Orr collaboratively took on a mission to bring forth the true vision of Systems Overload LP forth.

"Unearthing the initial masters from the extensive recording sessions, the guitarists from two different eras of the band pulled elements of alternate takes of the songs to a new level, incorporating new contributions from both Melnick and Orr with lost solos and divebombs. The new mix showcases a much more organic and haphazardly raw side of this timeless album -- bearing fan favorites like the opening track 'Incarnate 365,' the rabid 'Armenian Persecution,' the plodding 'Jimson Isolation' and the enduring title anthem -- the dark, visionary brutality of the initial recording is retained, but the band's punk and Japanese hardcore influences erupt forth with new vitality, and includes liner notes from both Melnick and Orr on the process of putting the album together. More...

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