Sick of it All
From: New York City, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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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.
UNEARTH have entered a Seattle studio with producer Terry Date (PANTERA, DEFTONES) to begin recording their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled LP — which hits stores August 8 via Metal Blade Records. Check out studio reports from guitarist Ken Susi at MetalBladeStore.com.
Regarding the bandd's decision to work with Date on the new CD, Susi recently told MTV.com, "We had other producers in mind, and we'd locked in a producer who's an amazing talent and shall remain nameless. But Terry stepped in at the right time and had the right things to tell us. He had dinner over my family's house, and we just sat around talking about music and life. He just seemed like he's laid-back enough to help us find what it is inside that needs to come out on tape, but he also has the type of stern attitude where he'll tell you if something's wrong."
When UNEARTH started writing the follow-up to 2004's "The Oncoming Storm", "we just wanted to simplify a little bit," Susi said. "We wanted to do what we normally do, as far as writing intricate riffs and really hard things to play — things that come together really well. But we wanted to strip everything down and have a more organic record — just a more natural feeling, with fewer triggers and more power and realness. We've always been a live band more than a recorded band, and I think we need to start transporting what we do live onto record."
While in Seattle, Susi said the band plans to record a cover of "It's Clobberin' Time", which will appear on an upcoming tribute to New York hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL.
A brand new SICK OF IT ALL track, entitled "Take the Night Off", has been posted online at this location. The song comes off the group's ninth full-length album, "Death to Tyrants", due on April 18 via Abacus Recordings.
Regarding the sound of the new CD, which was engineered and mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, HEAVEN SHALL BURN), drummer Armand Majidi said, "We wanted this album to capture the excitement and energy of our live shows, which hasn't been captured in previous recordings. It's the tightest and most powerful sound we've ever put down." Also expect more fiery lyrical content on the new album, which addresses political, social and personal issues. Lou said, "If you talk to a lot of trendy bands and ask them about politics, they're up on what's going on in the world, but they choose not to address it, saying that they just want to play music. That's cool, but I write music about what I see. I can't look away." Armand, who also has a hand in writing lyrics, said, "There's a lot of anger towards the government on the new album, because everyone in the band shares the opinion that corporations are dictating foreign policy and only a handful of people in power are scrambling to get all the wealth without the welfare of the people in mind." Lou concurred, "In the current U.S. political agenda, it seems the people's voice is almost meaningless unless you threaten with radical action — things have gotten that bad."
SICK OF IT ALL will be teaming up with STRETCH ARMSTRONG and FIRST BLOOD for two weeks' worth of dates beginning on May 13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Sick Of It All, First Blood, and Stretch Arm Strong will be touring together in May. The following tour dates have been confirmed so far:
5/12 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
5/13 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
5/14 Phoenix, AZ @ The Brickhouse
5/15 Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian's Neonopolis
5/17 Los Angeles, VA @ The Roxy
5/20 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
5/23 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/26 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
5/27 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
With Honor have offically departed ways with vocalist Todd Mackey. They have released the following statement:
"Despite the recent departure of our singer, we will still be appearing on all upcoming tours and shows, including the East Coast run with Strike Anywhere and a European tour this summer with Ignite. We are stoked to announce that our longtime friend Kevin White "Whitey"(former Sick of it All tech/current Scream Out vocalist) has agreed to take on vocal duties for all upcoming shows. Kevin has been sounding rad and we cant wait to debut new and old material that we haven’t played to date, as well as some new shoes. Thanks to Todd for his time and effort into the band for the past 3 and a half years, we wish him luck. Future plans for the band will be determined at a later time."
Sick Of It All and the Dropkick Murphys will be teaming up for a two-week tour. Here are the tour dates:
3/1 New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
3/2 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
3/3 N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
3/4 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/5 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
3/6 West Palm Beach, FL @ Sound Advice Amphitheater
3/7 St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
3/9 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
3/10 Austin, TX @ Emo's Alternative Lounging
3/11 Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
3/12 Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
3/13 St. Louis, MO @ Mississippi Nights
3/14 Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo's
3/15 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
3/16 Boston, MA @ The Avalon
Abacus Recordings has announced the signing of New York City's SICK OF IT ALL.
As one of the longest-standing bands still proudly waving the flag of New York hardcore, SICK OF IT ALL have made their mark as one of the cornerstones of NYHC, proving that heart, hard work and dedication to hardcore is about more than just the music and an image — it's a way of life.
"After discussing our situation quite a bit, we realized that we needed to be on a label that was run by a fan of our music," says drummer Armand Majidi. "We found that in Abacus, because the head of the label wanted to sign us all the way back in 1993, and hasn't lost his enthusiasm for SICK OF IT ALL. That's dedication — something rarely found in this industry. We're excited to be a part of something that's just taking off."
The four-piece will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2006 and coinciding with that monumental event is the release of the band's ninth full-length record (not including several EPs, singles and compilation recordings). The upcoming album, entitled "Death to Tyrants", will be recorded with producer Dean Baltulonis (GIVE UP THE GHOST, BOUNCING SOULS, MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD) at Atomic Studios this winter. Mixing duties will be handled by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, HEAVEN SHALL BURN) at Antfarm studios in Aarhus, Denmark. An early 2006 release is expected.
"This a landmark album for us, so it's important for it to be strong and heavy," says Majidi. "We've never started writing a record with a masterplan because we like our albums to represent what we really are and what we were thinking in different stages of our lives. Although the songs growl in a new way, they're SOIA through and through, with something to offer all our fans from every era. There's a political slant to a number of songs, because of the more desperate world view we share nowadays, but we still share personal experiences, philosophies and moods that we hope everyone can relate to."
Sepultura are to record covers of Judas Priest's 'Screaming For Vengeance' and 'Scratch The Surface' by Sick Of It All, during the sessions for upcoming albume 'Dante XX1'. The record, a concept based around The Divine Comedy, is due out early next year on SPV.
The entire schedule for Hellfest has finally been released. HELLFEST 2K5 takes place on August 19-21 at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. Tickets are available at hellfest.com or you can purchase tickets at the Sovereign Bank Arena box office or charge by phone at 1-888-SBA-TIXX or online at sovereignbankarena.com.
The complete schedule follows, including stages, times and bands playing: More...
New York hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL have been forced to cancel the next three European shows due to "family medical reasons." According to a posting on www.coreclub.de, singer Lou Koller's "wife is in a hospital for a serious operation, so the whole band is just flying home right away." The group are expected to resume their European tour on Saturday, July 2 at the With Full Force Festival in Löbnitz (near Leipzig), Germany.
SICK OF IT ALL recently parted ways with Fat Wreck Chords and are currently seeking a new label home. The group's next studio album will be released early next year and will commemorate their 20th anniversary as a band.
SICK OF IT ALL's last full-length release, "Life on the Ropes", came out in September 2003.
The first official listing of confirmed bands for this year's Hellfest, taking place August 19th to the 21st in Trenton, NJ, has been announced. They are as follows:
THE ACACIA STRAIN
ARMOR FOR SLEEP
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
CURL UP AND DIE
DEAD TO FALL
THE EARLY NOVEMBER
GHOST OF THE SALTWATER
GHOSTS OF WAR
GOOD CLEAN FUN
GYM CLASS HEROES
HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW
IF HOPE DIES
LONG SINCE FORGOTTEN
RECEIVING END OF SIRENS
THE RED CHORD
SICK OF IT ALL
THIS DAY & AGE
YOUTH OF TODAY
Hardcore legends Sick Of It All are currently finishing up the writing process for their next album. At this point the group has written over a dozen new songs and hope to enter the studio in late-August. The album will not however be released by Fat Wreck Chords as the group has announced their departure from the label, stating:
"We'll be making a move to another label that promises to support our releases with a new level of hype and public awareness! I can't name the label yet because we haven't officially signed, but we're so close that not only can I taste it, but I'm fully confident in their commitment. We're all really excited about this move."
Look for the new album to be available in early-2006.
ICEPICK, HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta's much-anticipated collaboration with SKARHEAD singer Lord Ezec, will make their live debut on February 27 at CBGBs in New York City. Fans who attend the gig should expect to hear four or five original songs as well as several HATEBREED and SKARHEAD covers.
The concert, a benefit for Pete Koller from SICK OF IT ALL, will also feature H20, MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD, KILL YOUR IDOLS, ENSIGN, INHUMAN and THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS (featuring ex-CRO-MAGS frontman John Joseph and SICK OF IT ALL bassist Craig Setari).
ICEPICK's track "Born to Crush You" was featured on the "UFC Ultimate Beatdowns Vol. 1 Metal" compilation, released last August through Nitrus Records.
On October 19th Stillborn Records recording artist Full Blown Chaos released “Waking The Demons”, and now take their legendary brutal live performances to the road on the “2004: The Heavyweights Of Hardcore Tour,” featuring Hatebreed, Terror, Full Blown Chaos & No Warning plus Sick Of It All, reports press release.
Songs of inner-strength backed with riffage that hug hairpin turns and a dynamite-triggering rhythm section. Full Blown Chaos is a roaring sonic blitzkrieg with more to offer than the tired tough guy mentality!
2004 finds the quartet dishing out their blend of bone cracking hardcore with puncturing metal on their first full-length album titled "Wake The Demons." The experience is a bona fide thrill ride of chest pounding yet gripping sing-along screams from front man and lyricist Ray Mazzola along with the persuasive guitar megalomania of Mike Facci coupled with grenade popping drums of brother Jeff Facci; and finally, the crushingly infernal mix on "Wake The Demons" is crowned by the determined and vivacious bass performance of Ed Conroy. More...
Side One Dummy Records will be releasing the "Eastpak Resistance Tour Compilation 2004" shortly before the tour hits the road in early November. The compilation will include 26 "ass-kicking, rare and even exclusive tracks of world's best metalcore and hardcore bands," according to a posting on the Eastpak Resistance web site. Among the acts featured on the CD are Unearth, 7 Seconds, Sick of It All, Slapshot, Discipline, Agnostic Front and Death by Stereo.
This year's Eastpak Resistance Tour will kick off November 5 in Geneva, Switzerland and will include appearances by Sick of It All, 7 Seconds, The Bones, Slapshot, Walls of Jericho and Unearth. Last year's Eastpak Resistance Tour featured headliners Suicidal Tendencies alongside Madball, Ignite, Death by Stereo, Sworn Enemy, Backfire!, Length of Time and Knuckledust.
Time In Malta frontman Todd Gullion recently left the band. This is why the group dropped off their tour with Sick Of It All et al. Gullion's departure is an amicable one, as he is returning to school. Regardless, the group is now seeking a replacement. They hope to begin auditioning candidates next week. Send an email here if you're interested.
UNEARTH will be touring in Europe with SICK OF IT ALL, 7 SECONDS, THE BONES, WALLS OF JERICHO and RAMALLAH in November, which means UNEARTH will not be playing on this years Jagermeister Music Tour that was rumored. The dates for the trek are: More...
Swedish thrash titans The Haunted have set rEVOLVEr as the title of their highly anticipated new album set for an October 19th release. This effort also marks the return of original vocalist Peter Dolving, who last appeared on group's genre-defining self-titled debut.
Recorded at Gothenburg's famed Studio Fredman (In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy) with co-producers Patrik J. Steen and Fredrik Nordström and mixed at Denmark’s Antfarm Studio by Tue Madsen, the album features such cuts as "All Against All," "99," "Who Will Decide" (featuring a guest appearance by Sick Of It All vocalist Lou Koller) and "Burnt To A Shell." The first pressing of the disc will also be issued as a limited edition Digipak with two special bonus tracks.
1. No Compromise
5. All Against All
6. Sweet Relief
7. Burnt To A Shell
8. Who Will Decide
9. Nothing Right
10. Liquid Burns
11. My Shadow
Dates are currently being finalized for the upcoming Sick Of It All, Terror, Time In Malta, and Champion tour. Here's the latest:
7/24 Huntington WV @ HYAMP
7/25 Indianapolis IN @ Emerson Theater
7/27 Lincoln NE @ Knickerbockers
7/28 Denver CO @ Bluebird Theatre
7/30 Salt Lake City UT @ Bricks
7/31 Boise ID @ The Big Easy
8/2 Portland OR @ Meow Meow
8/4 San Francisco CA @ Slim's
8/5 San Luis Obispo CA @ SLO Brewing
8/6 Pomona CA @ Glasshouse
8/12 Kansas City MO @ El Torreon
8/13 Minneapolis MN @ Quest Club
8/14 Chicago IL @ House of Blues
8/16 Pittsburgh PA @ The World
Here was tonights Headbanger's Ball playlist. Tonight's Guests are POISON THE WELL, E-TOWN CONCRETE, and SICK OF IT ALL
Poison The Well - Apathy Is A Cold Body
Mastodon - March Of The Fire Ants
Single Bullet Theory - Murder Machines
Static-X - The Only
As I Lay Dying - 94 Hours
Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
E-Town Concrete - Punch The Walls
Rage Against The Machine - Born Of A Broken Man
Dimmu Borgir - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
Chimaira - Pure Hatred
40 Below Summer - Self Medicate
The Darkness - Get Your Hands Off My Woman (errrr..)
Sick Of It All - Relentless
Cradle Of Filth - Manequin
Superjoint Ritual - Waiting For The Turning Point
Sepultura - Bullet The Blue Sky
Sick Of It All - Injustice System
Next week's guests will be SIX FEET UNDER, MEMENTO and 40 BELOW SUMMER.