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Sick of it All

Formed: 1986
From: New York City, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Sick of it All News

Below is our complete Sick of it All 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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OpEd

A Second Look At Heavy Metal In Video Games

Two weeks back we asked a simple question: why isn't there more heavy metal in the video game world?

Our Facebook page blew up with gamers offering up their favorite titles with metallic soundtracks, and we took a closer look at several worth your time. In that post still available here if you didn't read it, we looked at the king of heavy metal video games – Brutal Legend – as well as Saint's Row The Third, Killing Floor 2, Painkiller, and Guilty Gear X2 Reload.

After that post went online, Zynthetic – responsible for much of the music in Killing Floor and Killing Floor 2 – wrote up an article attempting to answer the question of why more metal doesn't show up in video games since they seem like a perfect and obvious match.

For his take on the lack of metal in gaming, including the difficulties in licensing existing music and the lack of metallic knowledge among composers, read the full article right here.

Since we love gaming and we love metal, it seemed like a good idea to keep checking in every so often with new entries that combine the two, and this week we'll cover four more solid games filled to the brim with extreme metal. Don't see your favorite game listed? Don't worry, we'll cover more in the future, but be sure to still give us your picks in the comments below.

Splatterhouse

Five years ago a reboot of the '88 arcade game Splatterhouse hit consoles, and it was very much notable for the inclusion of an all-metal soundtrack featuring the likes of Lamb of God, Mastodon, Municipal Waste, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Goatwhore.

As the name would suggest, it's filled with buckets of blood and guts, and the action-oriented beat 'em up style is somewhat similar to Dante's Inferno/God Of war/etc. The frantic combat will see your character Rick frequently losing limbs and more, but that's not a problem because they grow back – and hey, you can pick up the severed appendages of your foes to continue beating them down!

This one's filled to the brim with all sorts of horror goodies (and ridiculousness) like time travel, cosmic horror deities, and plenty of nods to Lovecraft with names like “Dr. West” and places called “Arkham.” Someone helpfully put all the songs from the soundtrack together into one playlist at YouTube here, and you can check out a game trailer below:

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SXSW 2015 Metal Showcases Revealed

Metal bands at SXSW and metal showcases have been released to the public. The Dirty Dog Bar is a major player at this year's festivities. Both Metalsucks.net's South By South Death and Metal Injection's showcases will take place in this venue. Saturday offers three big shows and a chance to see some bands such as The Skull and Goatsnake twice. More...

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Sick Of It All Posts "Get Bronx" Video

Right before kicking off a South American Tour in Mexico City, NYHC band Sick Of It All premieres brand new video "Get Bronx."

The video was recorded in Europe during the EMP Persistence Tour earlier this year by Dirk Behlau. Check it out below, courtesy of Decibel Magazien. Drummer Armand Majidi commented about the song and video:

"'Get Bronx' is a hard-hitting groove with a message of defiance against the modern powers of oppression. This video serves to show people across the world that as gritty and unpretentious as hardcore music is, it still translates to the big stage and doesn't need a tiny, intimate atmosphere to work. When a big club pulsates like that, the spirit of hardcore is kept alive." More...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest Day 2: King Diamond

Austin was buzzing with chatter about King Diamond ever since Fun Fun Fun Fest announced he would be on this year’s bill. This performance marked the end of his “Halloween 2014” tour so many of these fans had followed his shows on You-Tube, social media and in various ‘zines. Friends on social media recalled their experience with KD in Houston and Dallas. His stage set up was no secret as was his sound, but this didn’t make it any less exciting. Watching a You-Tube video is no where near as satisfying as hearing him live in person. One could make a cursory glance through the audience and find fans with black-and-white painted faces, inverted crosses and other symbols worn by the King. More...

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Sick Of It All Releases New Video

Sick Of It All released latest album "Last Act Of Defiance" last month, and now the band has released a video for the song "Road Less Traveled." Check out the video below, thanks to New Noise Magazine.

Sick Of It All comments: "We are very excited to premiere the first video from our new album, Last Act Of Defiance. In 'Road Less Traveled,' we talk about our journey in music & life. There's no better way to celebrate this journey than with a bunch of our friends and to shoot a fun video that documents yet another day for us 4 guys being blessed to be part of a great scene. Drew Stone came out of retirement, stepped it up and directed the video, which captured the true essence behind us as a band. We hope you all enjoy it as much as we do! Hardcore is our life!!!"

"It's a real throwback to the golden age of music videos" said Stone. "The video is shot in one take with no camera movement; everything happens right into the camera lens. Sick Of It All is one of the rare hardcore bands who are confident with their place in history and actually have a sense of humor. It was a real honor and pleasure to work with them." More...

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Sick Of It All Releases Track-By-Track Video

New York hardcore outfit Sick Of It All's new album "Last Act Of Defiance" is officially out and in stores today.

To mark the album's official release, the band has posted a track-by-track video online. Check it out below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.

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Sick Of It All Streams Track, Announces Tour Dates

Sick Of It All announces U.S. tour dates today, which can be found below. The band has also teamed up with New Noise Magazine to bring you another song from upcoming album "Last At Of Defiance," which will hit stores next Tuesday.

Listen to "Get Bronx" below, and the band also comments: "Get Bronzx is a term we came up with and use amongst a group of our friends in the NYHC scene. It is used to describe the point that is passed push coming to shove, when you go all out. Musically the song is a hybrid throwback fusing some early punk type chord changes with a late 80's NYHC style groove. The ending clearly Black Sabbath influenced and well... Geezer rules!"

9/27/2014 Reverb Tsunami Fest Reading PA
10/4/2014 Irving Plaza New York NY
11/1/2014 Magic Stick Detroit MI
11/2/2014 Reggies Rock Club Chicago IL
11/3/2014 Fubar St. Louis MO
11/5/2014 The Conservatory Oklahoma City OK
11/6/2014 Three Links Dallas TX
11/7/2014 Red Seven/FFF Nites Austin TX
11/8/2014 FUN FUN FUN Fest Austin TX
11/9/2014 Scout Bar Houston TX
11/11/2014 High Dive Gainsville FL
11/12/2014 The Local 662 St. Petersburg FL
11/13/2014 Churchill's Pub Miami FL
11/14/2014 Backbooth Orlando FL
11/15/2014 Jack Rabbits Jacksonville FL
11/16/2014 The Masquerade Atlanta GA
11/18/2014 Shaka's Virginia Beach VA
11/19/2014 The Ottobar Baltimore MD
11/20/2014 Asbury Lanes Asbury Lanes NJ
11/21/2014 Simons 677 Providence RI
11/22/2014 Les Foufounes Electriques Montreal QU
11/23/2014 Hard Luck Toronto ON More...

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Sick Of It All Launches New Lyric Video

NYHC outfit Sick Of It All just launched a new lyric video for the song "DNC," available below thanks to Invisible Oranges. "DNC" is taken off the upcoming "Last Act Of Defiance" album, due out September 30th, 2014.

After playing a run of festival dates in Europe during the past summer, Sick Of It All will headline the 2015 edition of the EMP Persistence Tour. Before that the band will do two shows in the U.S. on these dates:

October 4th - Irving Plaza - New York City, NY
November 8th - Fun Fun Fun Fest - Austin, TX

EMP Persistence Tour 2015 w/ Ignite, Walls Of Jericho, Rykers, Turnstile, All For Nothing, Broken Teeth

15.01.2015 (DE) Berlin - Astra
16.01.2015 (DE) Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit 36
17.01.2015 (DE) Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
18.01.2015 (F) Paris - Bataclan
19.01.2015 (NL) Utrecht - Tivoli
20.01.2015 (DE) Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
21.01.2015 (CH) Pratteln - Z7
22.01.2015 (DE) Munich - Backstage Werk
23.01.2015 (CZ) Ostrava - Trojhali Karolina
24.01.2015 (DE) Dresden - Eventwerk
25.01.2015 (BE) Deinze - Brielpoort More...

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Sick Of It All Streaming "Road Less Traveled"

After just arriving back home from a successful run of European festival appearances, Sick Of It All is launching the first track taken from upcoming album "Last Act Of Defiance."

Hear the "Road Less Traveled" below, thanks to Punknews.org. "Last Act Of Defiance" is due out September 30th in North America and was produced by Tue Madsen, who recorded the album at Nova Studio in Staten Island, NY while mixing it in his own Antfarm Studio in Denmark.

The NYHC outfit also announces today it will be headlining next year's edition of the EMP Persistence Tour in Europe. Dates are as follows:

15.01.2015 (DE) Berlin - Astra
16.01.2015 (DE) Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit 36
17.01.2015 (DE) Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
18.01.2015 (F) Paris - Bataclan
19.01.2015 (NL) Utrecht - Tivoli
20.01.2015 (DE) Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
21.01.2015 (CH) Pratteln - Z7
22.01.2015 (DE) Munich - Backstage Werk
23.01.2015 (CZ) Ostrava - Trojhali Karolina
24.01.2015 (DE) Dresden - Eventwerk
25.01.2015 (BE) Deinze - Brielpoort More...

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Sick Of It All Reveals "The Last Act Of Defiance"

After kicking off a European festival tour, New York Hardcore act Sick Of It All also announces today the release ofupcoming album "The Last Act Of Defiance," which is scheduled out September 30th in North America and September 29th in Europe via Century Media.

Asked about what he wants fans to walk away with after hearing "The Last Act Of Defiance" Armand Majidi's (drums) answer is very simple: "I want them to feel that they just heard a hardcore record that has everything, from blistering speed to bouncing groove, to heavy and pounding to bright and melodic."

The eye-catching cover artwork comes from Ernie Parada, who has already designed posters, merchandise, and album art for numerous bands and artists from the punk and hardcore scene such as Hatebreed, Propagandhi, Rancid or The Gaslight Anthem just to mention a few.

"The Last Act Of Defiance" was produced by long time friend and producer Tue Madsen who recorded the album at Nova Studio in Staten Island, NY while mixing it in his own Antfarm Studio in Denmark.

Armand Majidi commented about why Tue Madsen is the perfect match for Sick Of It All: "Not only do we get along famously, but he has always understood how to capture the band's intensity in the quietly controlled, less-than-intense studio setting. It was always difficult for us to find an engineer who could capture our live sound before meeting Tue, so now that we've found him, he's our guy."

The track listing of the album reads as follows:

1. Sound the Alarm
2. 2061
3. Road Less Traveled
4. Get Bronx
5. Part of History
6. Losing War
7. Never Back Down
8. Facing the Abyss
9. Act Your Rage
10. Disconnect Your Flesh
11. Beltway Getaway
12. Sidelined
13. Outgunned
14. DNC More...

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Sick Of It All Finishes Recording Album

Sick Of It All has just wrapped the recording process for the follow-up album to 2010's "Based on a True Story" and 2011's "Nonstop." The band comments:

"All the recording is done! Now it's all up to the master Tue Madsen!!! We had a blast making this one, put a lot of hard work into it.

"Thanks so much to Nova studios. Especially The Jerry Farley for going above and beyond to help make this recording a smooth fun experience! Can't wait for you all to hear it!"

Further details on the forthcoming release will be made available in the near future, and you can also look back at the history of the band in our Sunday Old School column here.

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Priest, King Diamond To Headline Fun Fun Fun Fest

Fun Fun Fun Fest (FFF Fest) is excited to announce the music lineup of the 9th annual festival to be held November 7-9 at Auditorium Shores and Butler Park in Austin. Weekend passes and Ultimate Smooth Passes are on sale today at 10 a.m. CST at funfunfunfest.com.

For the first time in 25 years, Austin will welcome English heavy metal royalty Judas Priest as a FFF headliner. Recognized as one of the greatest and most influential metal bands of all time, Judas Priest is known for their twin lead guitars, original vocal style and for introducing the S&M leather look to metal. Their performance will follow the release of their seventeenth studio album, Redeemer of Souls, which marks 40 years since their debut recording.

Other FFF Fest 2014 headliners include Neutral Milk Hotel, Death Cab For Cutie, Nas, King Diamond, Wiz Khalifa, Alt-J, Death From Above 1979, and Girl Talk. The roster will also feature performances from The New Pornographers, Dinosaur Jr., 2 Chainz, Rocket From The Crypt, First Aid Kid, Death Grips, Atmosphere, Guided by Voices, Blood Brothers, City and Colour, Yo La Tengo, Dum Dum Girls, Foxygen, Sun Kil Moon, Flying Lotus, Yelle, and Ginuwine. Additional musical acts may also be announced later this summer.

Festival producers Transmission Events will offer a sound for everyone, with a mix of new music, long-awaited reunions, and fan favorites. The music lifting from the park will include indie, hip-hop, punk, electronic, metal, folk and more. This year will also feature an expanded comedy and action sports experience, with a fresh lineup of comedians and riders to be announced this summer.

“Each year, we try to bring Fun Fun Fun fans a unique and exciting lineup to top the year before,” says Bobby Garza, general manager at Transmission Events. “And this year we feel we went above and beyond to give you an experience you can’t find anywhere else.” More...

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Sick Of It All Working On New Songs

New York hardcore outfit Sick Of It All is currently in the studio working on new songs for an upcoming release, which will follow 2010's "Based on a True Story" and 2011's "Nonstop."

Sick Of It All was also previously covered in our Sunday Old School column, which can be read over here.

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Suicidal Tendencies Reveals New Album Release Date

American hardcore/thrash metal legends Suicidal Tendencies have announced that they will be releasing their eagerly anticipated new studio album, "13" on March 26th through Suicidal Records. This will be the band's first output of original material since 2000's, "Free Your Soul and Save My Mind." The band has also released a teaser for their new music video, "Cyco STyle," which you can check out below.

Suicidal Tendencies will also be embarking on a tour across North America this April, which will feature Wake The Dead opening every show, and see them joined by DRI Minneapolis to Charleston and Sick Of It All will be joining the band in Philadelphia, New York, Worchester, Baltimore, and from St. Petersburg until the end of the tour.

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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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Sunday Old School: Sick Of It All

This week's edition of Sunday Old School is a slightly strange one, in that we've already covered our focused band before, in one of the very first Sunday Old School columns. However, given that it only looked at one song, it seemed unfair to give so little attention to one of the greatest hardcore bands in the history of the legendary New York hardcore scene. So this week, we'll be taking a closer look at Queens' own, Sick of it All. Sick of it All were formed around 1985 by brothers Lou and Pete Koller, who sang and played guitar in the band respectively, along with bass player Mark McNielly and drummer David Lamb. They began performing regularly in the local music scene, where they rapidly improved their sound and demonstrated their ability to write memorable hardcore tunes. After Lamb and McNielly left the band, the Koller brothers recruited bass player Rich Cipriano and former Rest In Pieces drummer Armand Majidi to record their first demo in 1987, with a self-titled seven inch record following later the same year. In 1988, the band signed to In-Effect Records and released their first full length album, "Blood, Sweat and No Tears" in the summer of 1989.

The album was a hit in the hardcore scene, and received favourable reviews from music critics, and led them to tours with other highly respected hardcore bands such as Gorilla Biscuits and Agnostic Front. They followed, "Blood, Sweat and No Tears" with an EP named, "We Stand Alone" in 1991, which featured two new original recordings, as well as a cover of the Minor Threat song, "Betray" and nine live tracks, before releasing their second full length album, "Just Look Around" in 1992. "Just Look Around" was another success for the band and this time allowed them to tour internationally, taking them to South America, Europe and Japan. More...

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East Coast Tsunami Fest Trailer Available

East Coast Tsunami Fest returns to Reading, PA this coming September 29th & 30th. A teaser trailer for the festival can be viewed below. The following bands will be performing at the East Coast Tsunami Fest:

Biohazard
Cro Mags
Vision of Disorder
One Life Crew
Dri
The Casualties
Strength for a Reason
No Turning Back
Sick of it All
H20
Agnostic Front
MadBall
Animal Haus
Backtrack
Dysphoria More...

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Cro-Mags Bassist Stabbed By Former Member

According to BoweryBoogie.com, a hardcore show featuring Sick of it All, Cro-Mags and Vision Of Disorder, had to be cancelled tonight when Harley Flanagan, founding (and former) bass player of the Cro-Mags, reportedly entered the VIP Lounge with a knife and stabbed current Cro-Mags bassist Mike Couls in the chest. An excerpt of events reads as follows:

"Cops quickly appeared and took him away in cuffs. Not before he had already stabbed some dude in the chest (said victim left the scene with a bandage over the wound). Because of the violence the rest of the show was canceled. The remaining bands promised to reschedule the show. To be fair, Webster Hall security contained the situation professionally. Lots of drunken, pissed off hardcore fans were on edge after the cops shut down the show, but the scene was cleared without further incident."

Read the full article at BoweryBoogie.com.

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Dew-Scented Confirmed For Summer Breeze

This year's Summer Breeze festival will be taking place from August 16th - 18th, with full details available at the festival's website here. The organizers of Summer Breeze have now issued the following announcement about confirming new bands:

"Since the release of their amazing breakthrough album 'Inwards', Dew-Scented have been at the forefront of European thrash metal. Since then, the cool bunch led by frontman Leif Jensen have been producing fantastic albums full of unstoppable riff power and overwhelming intensity at nicely regular intervals, cementing the band's excellent reputation time and again. In 2012, Dew-Scented aim at kick-starting their career with an entirely new line-up – with the exception of band boss Leif – and the fantastic new album 'Icarus', and are gearing up to shatter the Summer Breeze Open Air into small pieces. We are stoked to welcome the indestructible machine called Dew-Scented at our festival once more. Get thrashed!

"When Agrypnie played the Summer Breeze festival in 2008 for the first and only time so far, they were booked as consolation for all those who were mourning the recent disbanding of Nocte Obducta. Four years, one studio album and one EP later, the Hessians have made a career for themselves, having now reached the same level as the aforementioned group. Their new studio album is still being recorded as we speak, but their last EP 'Asche' was already an announcement for big things to come in the realm of post black metal. Expressive, multi-faceted, melancholic, dynamic – all these attributes fit Agrypnie like a glove and are underlined by the fact that their songs don't ever become predictable or interchangable. One of the most exciting bands our scene has to offer nowadays."

The Summer Breeze 2012 bill now looks like: More...

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The Foreshadowing Added To Summer Breeze Lineup

The organizers of the upcoming Summer Breeze 2012 festival have issued the following update about confirming new acts:

"Italy is not exactly a hotbed for dark doom metal. Fortunately enough, there are always exceptions to confirm the rule. With the three albums they have released so far, The Foreshadowing have provided a master class in gloom and doom. Hailing from Rome, the band prove that it is indeed possible to write great atmospheric songs without falling into excessive pathos and kitsch. Especially singer Marco Benevento's clear, ear-piercing vocals take the group's material to a level which is only populated by bands such as Katatonia, My Dying Bride, early Anathema and even Opeth. Don't miss this black pearl of darkness! You will hardly experience anything bigger, darker and more epic at Summer Breeze 2012!

"Breakdowns aren't exactly the most innovative element in metal nowadays... However, if you use them with such conviction and vehemence as Bleed From Within, even the most athletically challenged of metalheads should soon mutate into pit fighter number one. The UK band have two albums out which should appeal to fans of As I Lay Dying, Bring Me The Horizon and Parkway Drive, while at times Bleed From Within are even more melodic than the aforementioned bands, only to dive into a brutal breakdown the very next second. All fans of metalcore and deathcore should highlight this band in their personal running order, as this is the perfect stuff for all of them!"

The festival is set to take place from August 16th - 18th, will full details available at this location. The currently announced bill is as follows: More...

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