Sunday Old School: Vision Of Disorder
Band Photo: Vision of Disorder (?)
There’s probably no hardcore scene more famous than the one in New York. It’s produced legendary bands that have been going steadily for decades, such as Sick Of It All, as well as bands which have gone away, only to come back stronger than ever such as Agnostic Front. Another band that fits in the latter category is Long Island suburbanites, Vision Of Disorder. Vision Of Disorder was formed in 1992 by guitarist Mike Kennedy and Matt Baumbach, along with vocalist Tim Williams, drummer Brendon Cohen and bassist Mike Fleischmann, who left the band shortly after they formed, only to return a short time later. Following the release of numerous demos, the band got to work on an EP entitled, "Still," that proved to be something of a breakthrough release for the band, garnering a strong underground fan base. It was also while recording, "Still" that they partook in the documentary, "N.Y.H.C." alongside such bands as Madball, Crown Of Thornz and No Redeeming Social Value. The buzz around the group and their, "Still" record led them to sign a deal with Supersoul Records, a subsidiary of Roadrunner Records and they released their self-titled debut album in October 1996. The album was an underground hit, with many fans still considering it to be their best work to date and praising it for the innovative approach to traditional hardcore music.
The band then moved to Roadrunner Records itself, through which they released their sophomore effort, "Imprint" in July 1998. The album marked an important moment in the history of the group, receiving favourable reviews and becoming their best selling album to date, but alienated many of their old fans who were less than impressed with their new sound. Vision of Disorder were forced to record the album in only two weeks by Roadrunner, a move which did not sit well with the band and led to them leaving the company. Instead of working on new material, the quintet decided to re-record nine songs for their next CD, "For the Bleeders," which was released in 1999 through Go Kart Records.
Controversial musical directions once again proved to be a problem for the group in 2001, when they released their third album of new material, "From Bliss to Devastation" through TVT Records. The album saw the band incorporate more modern alternative, nu metal and post-grunge sounds into their music, and those who enjoyed "Imprint" found, "From Bliss to Devastation" to be quite uninspired, while fans of V.OD.’s earlier work were scathing of their new output. Frustrated with by the poor support they had received from both Roadrunner and TVT, the band decided to take a break in 2002, before changing their minds somewhat and breaking up completely. The members went on to different musical projects, perhaps most notable of which was Bloodsimple, formed by Williams and Kennedy.
After reuniting a handful of times in 2006, it was announced a new DVD featuring the reunion shows would be released in 2008 and that Vision of Disorder would once again take to the stage to promote the release. These comeback shows proved successful enough for the decision to be made that the band would return permanently and that they would also be recording their first album since 2001. They continued to write new material while performing when they could, including supporting fellow New York veterans Life Of Agony and Biohazard, as well as joining Glassjaw on a tour of the United Kingdom. Last month, the band finally released their new album, "The Cursed Remain Cursed," which has proved to be well worth the wait, exhibiting the exciting energy of their early days and delighting critics worldwide. Vision of Disorder are most certainly back and as strong as ever, where they go from here will be interesting to see, but it’ll almost definitely be even better to hear.
Vision Of Disorder - "Suffer"
Vision Of Disorder - "Imprint"
Vision Of Disorder - "Southbound"
Vision Of Disorder - "Set To Fail"
Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.
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