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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 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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Integrity To Perform With 1993 Lineup

A389 Records will be celebrating the label's 10th Anniversary with the annual Winter Bash this January, once again bringing hordes of contemporary hardcore and metal bands to the stage alongside a barrage of headlining acts.

The A389 X Bash will take place on the weekend of January 17th through the 19th, 2014 -- as always in the heart of Baltimore -- and while most of the event's lineup will remain unannounced to be unraveled over the next few weeks, one group is now being revealed.

Headlining the A389 X Anniversary Bash will be Integrity's 1993 lineup consisting of Dwid Hellion (vocals), Aaron Melnick (guitar), Leon Melnick (bass), Chris Smith (guitar), and Mark Konopka (drums) - this is the iconic lineup that wrote/recorded the band's seminal "Systems Overload" LP, which was recently re-issued by Organized Crime Records.

Appearing on stage together for the first time in twenty years exclusively for A389's ten year anniversary, this performance will be one for the history books.

A389's Domenic Romeo explains: "In the-mid '90s, Systems Overload was my introduction to Integrity, who instantly became my undisputed favorite hardcore band of all time. It's an incredible honor to have the lineup who created that album reunite for one night and give all of us diehard fans of this day and age a once in a lifetime experience we'll never forget." More...

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Integrity Announces European Tour

This week Integrity embarks on the second phase of a massive world tour in support of the sect’s tenth LP, "Suicide Black Snake," released in June via A389 Recordings/Magic Bullet Records. You can still stream the full album at this location.

Following the North American tour in late May building up to the album’s release, Integrity dominated Maryland Deathfest, stormed Chaos In Tejas, and tore down a row of other cities across the continent, including the band’s first-ever Canadian shows.

Continuing Integrity's most intense tour schedule in years, this week the outfit gets ready to take the Suicide Black Snake endtime sermon to twenty-four European cities including performances at Vlamrock, Resurrection, Voice Of Art, Days Of Fury, and Bunker Summer festivals. See the fully updated tour itinerary below. More...

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Integrity Streaming Full New Album

As the villainous Integrity prepares to release the band’s tenth LP, "Suicide Black Snake," the full album has now been posted online for streaming. Check out the release via Revolvermag.com or through the player below.

"Suicide Black Snake" sees worldwide release June 11th, the vinyl pressing via A389 Recordings and the CD with Magic Bullet Records. You can also catch the band live on upcoming North American dates, with details available after the jump. More...

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Integrity Streaming New Song

As the villainous Integrity prepares to release the band’s tenth LP, "Suicide Black Snake," another new track has uncoiled today via Pitchfork. Check out "There Ain’t No Living In Life” right here.

"Suicide Black Snake" sees worldwide release June 11th, the vinyl pressing via A389 Recordings and the CD with Magic Bullet Records. Integirty will embark on an extensive tour leading up to and through the album’s release, starting with a one-off in New Haven, Connecticut May 23rd alongside Overcast. Catch the band live: More...

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Integrity Reveals "Suicide Black Snake" Details

The ongoing reign of terror from Integrity continues in 2013, with the release of the outfit’s tenth full-length, "Suicide Black Snake." The following press release was issued about the band:

"Beyond an indisputable history as being an ultra brutal live act and basically being the most metal act associated with the top reigning champion acts of the 90s hardcore/metal scene, Integrity has morphed into more of a musical entity, releasing countless splits and limited vinyl releases, taking back rights to seminal albums from the band’s discography and re-releasing them in proper formats, constantly enshrouded in bleak end-time/anti-life propaganda.

"Over time, creator Dwid Hellion has stripped the once quintet down to the bare essentials, having written and recorded solely with Robert Orr alone for the past five years, the visual and musical dimensions of Integrity have grown fathoms more expansive, culminating into the most diverse album in the band’s storied existence with Suicide Black Snake."

This week, Hellion releases some exclusive insight on the creation of this expansive new beast and working with Orr: "Orr brings a new dynamic to Integrity; he’s aggressively surprising while still being able to blend the old sound into modern times without sounding contrived. The new song direction was based entirely off the music that Orr and I listen to, and what we feel we would like to hear, but is not being made. This has always been the essence of Integrity." More...

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Integrity Announces "Suicide Black Snake" LP

The injustices of humanity and the demise of mankind will be exploited once again by the entity known as Integrity this Spring as the outfit prepares to assault the planet with a new LP - to be released through a joint collaboration with A389 Recordings and Magic Bullet Records. The following press release was issued about the band's upcoming album:

"Legions of converted souls worldwide have hailed the name Integrity for two and a half decades. Formed in 1988, the band surged out of the Cleveland underground with a seething style of metal hellbent on murder, revenge, the occult and beyond, and has continually drawn more flies into the flames every step of the way. As one of the more prolific acts of the blood-boiling mid-late ‘90s metallic hardcore scene, and having toured most inhabited realms of the planet, Integrity has not only become a household name over the years, but its devotees have helped maintain the name as one of the most notorious and revered.

"Amidst countless eras and lineup shifts, founding member Dwid Hellion continues to carry the band forward, forming his own Holy Terror Empire, and becoming as iconic within the extreme music underworld as David Koresh, Jim Jones and Pol Pot are to population control.

"Hellion has stripped the birthing process of Integriy’s output to even more cult depths, and for the past five years and all micro releases within, has musically collaborated with multi-instrumentalist Robert Orr alone. Taking past trades forward and culminating those staples with newer practices, Hellion and Orr’s latest effigy has been carved, and on June 11th -- the vinyl pressing A389 and the CD via Magic Bullet -- 'Suicide Black Snake' will deliver the end time yearnings of the longtime Integrity message into the general public like never before." More...

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Integrity Announces New Tour Dates

Integrity, which recently signed with Indie Recordings has just announced a slew of new tour dates for the upcoming year, including performances at the A389 anniversary showcase, Maryland Death Fest, and Chaos In Tejas. Full dates can be found listed below. More...

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Integrity Signs With Indie Recordings

Indie Recordings is proud to announce the signing of the legendary Holy Terror cult band Integrity. The band has announced a 7” named "Black Heksen Rise" to be released February 8th in Norway, Germany, and Austria and February 12th in the rest of Europe.

The 7” is limited to only 500 copies of colored vinyl: 100 grey, 200 white, and 200 black. The cover has a UV skull print and the 7” inch contains a four-page lyric sheet. "Black Heksen Rise" is a part of the Indie Recordings 7inch Collectors Series. More...

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Maryland Deathfest 2013 Complete Lineup Announced

The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:

DOWN
(the) MELVINS
THE OBSESSED
ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
UFOMAMMUT (Italy)
COBALT
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
EVOKEN
NECROPSY

The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...

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MDF 2013 Location Announced

With Sonar closing, the location of 2013's Maryland DeathFest XI was up in the air. The organizers have finally announced that the fest will be held in the same location as last year, and will be expanded. Maryland DeathFest XI will take place in Baltimore, Maryland on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Tickets go on sale on October 15th at 12 pm (EST). You can read the entire update below:

We're a day early with this announcement, but we can finally let you know where MDF XI will be taking place.

In a nutshell, we will be returning to the property formerly known as Sonar, and will be at least doubling the amount of outside space that we've been used to utilizing. We realize that it's a bit of a mind fuck to wait around for a few months just to hear that the fest is returning to the same place, but truth be told, the other places we looked at were either not able to give us a definite answer anytime soon, and/or had too many inconveniences that we did not want to put the fans through. During the venue search, it was brought to our attention that the new owners of the property were willing to collaborate with us, so we decided to go through with returning to a familiar place that is close to the hotels and conveniences of downtown Baltimore.

The additional space outside will allow us to comfortably accommodate the crowd, and will allow more room for the MDF vendor village, food vendors/food trucks, places to sit, and other new additions like misting tents to escape the possibility of it being hotter than it should be that weekend. There will be two outside stages plus the stage inside. Due to the new configuration outside, the placement of the outside stages will likely be different.
As for the building itself, there are some renovations currently taking place, but the rooms will be used exactly how they have been in the past, and it will be air conditioned throughout.

We would also like to announce the addition of a second inside stage at Baltimore Soundstage, which is a 1/2 mile walk away from the former Sonar (at 124 Market Place), and will be used from Friday-Sunday. This will be a smaller show without a barricade that will feature mostly hardcore and punk bands, and it will be scheduled in a way that should not conflict with anything going on at the former Sonar compound. All of the bands for this stage will be included in next week's announcement on October 9th.

The latest list of bands playing at this time is as follows: More...

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OpEd

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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Bolt Thrower Among Groups to Play Chaos in Tejas

Chaos in Tejas Festival, Austin, Texas' annual gathering of extreme bands, announced on its Facebook page the initial lineup for the 2013 installment. British death metal legends Bolt Thrower, reunited hardcore act Integrity, Japanese black thrashers Abigail, epic metallers Manilla Road and several other grind, punk and power violence bands are schedulded to play the festival on May 30-June 2, 2013. More...

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Maryland Death Fest 2013 Confirms 8 More Bands

Eight more bands have been confirmed for MDF XI, which is to take place Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Here are the latest bands confirmed:

REPULSION
PAGAN ALTAR (UK) - Exclusive US show!
BROKEN HOPE
PIG DESTROYER
VINTERLAND (Sweden) - Exclusive US show!
WEEDEATER
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
LOSS

An updated list of confirmed bands up to now can be found below:

!T.O.O.H.! (Czech Republic) - Exclusive US show
AHUMADO GRANUJO (Czech Republic)
ANTAEUS (France) - Exclusive US show
AOSOTH (France) - Exclusive US show
BROKEN HOPE
CARCASS (UK) - Exclusive US show
CONVULSE (Finland) - Exclusive US show
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
INGROWING (Czech Republic)
INTEGRITY
KOMMANDANT
LOSS
MANILLA ROAD
MIDNIGHT
MORGION
PAGAN ALTAR (UK)
PELICAN
PENTAGRAM
PIG DESTROYER
REPULSION
RIGHTEOUS PIGS - Exclusive US show
VENOM (UK)
VINTERLAND (Sweden)
WEEDEATER

Headliners and more band announcements are expected soon. With Sonar closing, information regarding the new venue is expected to be revealed sometime in August.

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Sanford Parker's Studio Tour Video Premiere

Metalunderground.com is premiering a studio tour by Sanford Parker as part of the upcoming Scion A/V video series from their Music(less) Conference. In this video, producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried At Sea, Yakuza) gives a tour of Engine Studios in Chicago, from the main room to the control room.

Scion A/V is set to launch a variety of exclusive online video content that was taken from their most recent Scion Music(less) Music Conference, a two-day event that brings together a diverse selection of experts to discuss the relevant issues in the music industry. Consisting of panels, debates, one-on-one interviews and workshops, and attended by music’s most cutting edge artists and the industry’s biggest influencers, the conference’s goal is to provide developing talent with knowledge and resources for evolving careers.

The conference videos will be released on March 26 at scionav.com/mmc and youtube.com/scionav and feature appearances from Mark Mothersbaugh, Mark Ronson, Steve Aoki, Nadastrom, Todd Edwards, Dam-Funk, Kurt Ballou, 45 King, Sanford Parker and others who provide an intimate look at their music-making process as well as discussing their careers in absolute detail and candor.

Along with the studio tours, there are panels and workshop videos featuring industry newsmakers that will be available to view, highlighting music business topics such as “What I Learned” featuring Wino, “Artists on Hating,” featuring Dwid Hellion of Integrity, and questions such as “How to Pick a Label and Deal With Them?” featuring Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste. Other panels include music business topics such as “The Role of Zines” and questions such as “Why Start A Label Now?”

“Scion believes the current state of the music industry is an ever-changing climate,” says Jeri Yoshizu, Manager of Sales Promotions for Scion. “The primary focus of the Scion Music(less) Music Conference is to center on the factors of the current business landscape and elaborate on how to thrive sensibly and successfully and we’re happy to bring what was discussed there to the interested public at large.”

Studio Tour with Sanford Parker (Scion AV)

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Immolation To Play Scion Rock Fest

Immolation has been announced as the latest confirmed act for the upcoming Scion Rock Festival, which is set to take place on March 5th in Pomona, California. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. The other announced bands are as follows:

MORBID ANGEL
OBITUARY
DEATH ANGEL
MUNICIPAL WASTE
AGALLOCH
INTEGRITY
BASTARD NOISE
ATHEIST
FLOOR
BLACK BREATH
NAILS
PRIMATE
CROM
WORMROT
KVELERTAK
NECRITE
WOE
FUCK THE FACTS
BONDED BY BLOOD
CHRISTIAN MISTRESS

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