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Scottish punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited has issued a statement revealing that frontman and founding member Wattie Buchan was rushed to hospital yesterday in Belgium, owing to a serious heart condition. The announcement reads as follows:
"Just to let you guys know that Wattie was taken to hospital yesterday in Belgium. He has a very serious heart condition and almost died. I saw him today and would like to thank the doctors who saved his life. Also he wanted to thank all the fans at last nights show and who turned up to support him and the band. Wattie would like us to continue the tour with out him. We will still be playing our set with guest vocalists from the casualties and others. We want to thank everyone for their support for us and Wattie. I know it means a lot to him.
"We wish him a speedy recovery
The Exploited released their first album, "Punk's Not Dead" in 1981 and were a vital band in the early eighties punk and hardcore scene in the United Kingdom along with Discharge and G.B.H. in a movement that was named "UK82" after a song from the Exploited's second album, "Troops Of Tomorrow." They adopted a more metal approach in 1987 with the album, "Death Before Dishonour," a style they have stuck with on all releases since. More...
U.K. punk legends The Exploited are set to release the special editions of "Beat The Bastards," "Fuck The System," and "The Massacre" on March 14th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
The releases are being re-issued with a raft of bonus content, including a bonus DVD of live footage ("Beat The Bastards") and bonus tracks ("Fuck The System" & "The Massacre").
Today you can watch the live version of "The Massacre," taken from the bonus footage on the DVD that comes with the album, courtesy of Metal Hammer. You can also see the previously posted video clip for "Beat The Bastards" at this location. More...
U.K. punk act The Exploited is set to release the special editions of "Beat The Bastards," "Fuck The System," and "The Massacre" on March 14th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
The releases are being re-issued with a raft of bonus content, including a bonus DVD of live footage (on "Beat The Bastards") and bonus tracks (on "Fuck The System" & "The Massacre"). Fans can watch the live version of "Beat The Bastards," taken from the bonus footage on the DVD that comes with the album, in the player below.
After having to cancel all scheduled tour dates due to singer Wattie Buchan being hospitalized after a heart attack, The Exploited is now giving fans a little teaser for an upcoming series of re-releases.
The special editions of "The Massacre" (1990), "Beat The Bastards" (1996) and "Fuck The System" (2003) will be released on March 14th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
The British punk legends in The Exploited, who signed to Nuclear Blast earlier this year, are forced to cancel upcoming tour dates with label mates Hatebreed and stop all activities till May 2014.
Singer Wattie Buchan suffered a heart attack on stage during the band's concert last night (Thursday, February 13th) in Lisbon, Portugal during the "Tour Of Chaos" with Hatebreed and Napalm Death. The Exploited issued the following statement:
"We are sorry to say that due to a severe illness that Wattie can't continue with the tour. He will be in hospital for at least a week. Thanks for all the get-well messages. Much appreciated. Regards."
Scottish punk legends The Exploited have announced that they have signed a new record deal with German label, Nuclear Blast, which is home to some of the biggest names in metal and hardcore music.
Although no date has been confirmed as of yet, the band and label have promised that a new Exploited album will see the light of the day this year, making it their first new release since 2003's, "Fuck The System." A statement from frontman Wattie Buchan reads as follows:
"At last, after giving my word four years ago that we would sign to Nuclear Blast, it’s now official! For us it's a big deal to be signing to the biggest indie record company in Europe. One of the main reasons we signed to them is the fact that Marcus, the owner, is a big Exploited fan and I know he will give us 100% backing to make the next album as great as the last ones. PS - It WILL be this year sometime!!!!! Punk's Not Dead."
Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger added: "Having The Exploited sign a deal is a longtime dream coming true. In my youth I listened to hardcore and pPunk almost exclusively and The Exploited have been one of my absolute favorites ever since. Records like Punks Not Dead, Troops Of Tomorrow and later on also Beat The Bastards and Fuck The System have been on heavy rotation constantly. The shows of this band have always been and still are a very special experience. Honest, hard and snotty – just like punk should be. A true highlight for me of course was their performance at the Nuclear Blast HQs on my birthday in 2013. After that the deal has been set via handshakes and we’ve been celebrating till the break of dawn! Welcome to Nuclear Blast guys, punk's not dead!!"
Every week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we take a look at three quality bands that haven't gotten as much exposure yet as they should. This week, we'll be taking a slightly different approach to the article and focusing on hardcore music instead, specifically hardcore music in the United Kingdom.
The history of hardcore in Great Britain dates back a long way, beginning with what would become known as the "UK82" scene (also called "No future punk" and "UK Hardcore" amongst other things,) which featured massively influential bands such as The Exploited and the socially concsious, Discharge, who were so influential that they had a sub-genre named after them called D-Beat (similar to hardcore, only even faster,) which featured other high quality British hardcore acts like The Varukers.
Discharge - "Never Again"
The Varukers - "Soldier Boy"
The organisers of the Czech Republic's Brutal Assault festival has announced a further three confirmations for this year's event. Newly added to the bill are Scottish hardcore punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited, Bay Area thrash veterans Forbidden and American mathcore outfit The Dillinger Escape Plan. The festival will take place from August 11th-13th in Josefov, Czech Republic.
The lineup is as follows: More...
The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced the first round of bands that will be performing at next year's version of the event. Among them include hardcore punk icons Bad Brains and The Exploited, along with many metal veterans such as Mayhem, Angel Witch, Sodom, Doro and the return of Swiss thrashers Coroner. Also on the bill will be Triptykon, Belphegor, Church Of Misery, Converge, The Haunted, The Melvins, Dodheimsgard, Grave, In Solitude, Therion, Karma To Burn, Malevolent Creation, Morne, My Sleeping Karma, Nasty, Orphaned Land, Raw Power, Septicflesh, Shai Hulud, Valient Thorr, The Young Gods and Your Demise. Over 100 other bands are expected to be confirmed for the festival, which will take place from June 17th-19th in the town of Clisson.
The relationship between punk rock and heavy metal has been one containing as much respect as it does rivalry. While many fans of both genres have criticised the other for varying reasons, there's no doubt that without punk, the variation that we enjoy in today's metal music wouldn't exist. After the first wave of punk in the seventies, a harsher, angrier form of the music would begin in both the United States, and the United Kingdom. Of all the bands in the U.K., Scotland's The Exploited were regarded as one of the best and their influence can be heard as much today in metal, as it can in punk.
The band was formed in 1979 in the Scotish capital of Edinburgh and began gaining more of a following when vocalist Terry Buchan was removed from the band, being replaced by his older brother Walter aka Wattie, who had just returned home after serving in the British army. The band quickly formed their own label and released their debut EP, "Army Life" soon after, which spent more than 18 months in the top 20 of the British independent charts. They gained more independent success afterwards with such singles as "Barmy Army" and "Dogs Of War," which have since gone on to become staples of the band's live shows. The Exploited then proved that they were not just a singles band in 1981, when they released their first album, "Punk's Not Dead." With it's iconic title and vicious attitude, The Exploited captured the minds of frustrated British youths and spat in the face of journalists who had dismissed punk as a flash in the pan. Another outstanding album followed the next year in the form of "Troops Of Tomorrow," which featured the song, "UK82." The song was featured in the Tim Roth movie "Made In Britain," as well as being so important, that the British hardcore punk scene of the time, featuring such other bands as Discharge and G.B.H. was named after it.
After two more albums, "Let's Start A War (Said Maggie One Day)" and "Horror Epics," the band changed musical styles somewhat with their fifth album, "Death Before Dishonour," which featured a sound much more in the vein of crossover thrash. The album cover itself seemed to capture the band's crossover appeal brilliantly, as it featured British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher holding hands with the Grim Reaper, blending the 80s heavy metal imagery with their continued punk beliefs. Ever since then, the group has carried on this musical style, reaching the ears of both punks and metal fans with their aggressive message of anarchy and anti-authoritarianism that's as true today as it was thirty years ago. The Exploited are currently writing material for a brand new album, which will be their first since 2003's, "Fuck The System." More...