First of all, let’s start with a massive thank you to all the bands and labels that put forward tracks for the compilation. The level of response and messages of support have been absolutely staggering. Without you, this compilation couldn’t have happened so we really appreciate your involvement. Also many thanks to Willie Woods for the photo used on the album cover. Credit for each song goes solely to the artists, we do not own any of the music on here; if you enjoy any of the bands please buy from them directly and support your scene!
Let’s move on to some info about the bands involved and where you can find more from them!
Hailing from Gronigen, Komplex are a no nonsense hardcore band with punchy riffs and in your face vocals. We were lucky enough to have them play the Warzone Fest a couple of years back where they blew the roof off the Warzone.
Initially formed in 1989 amidst the squatter/punk scene of London,
Alien – Drums, Mik – Guitar, Skinny – Bass, They then embarked on a chaotic journey which saw the band tour all over the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. Sadly Skinny passed away at the end of 2009, Coitus now operate with Kieth of Dread Messiah playing bass!
Coming at you from Berlin, PIG//CONTROL bring you a frantic smash in the face of hardcore punk. Frantic, chaotic and amazingly precise tunes which promise to smash your teeth out of your fucking head.
Axecatcher are a four piece North Coast hardcore powerhouse with a few releases under their belt. They’re a regular feature in the Warzone when it comes to brutal hardcore lineups. After their most recent release “Common Blood”, these guys are proving that they keep getting stronger with each record.
OUT STRAIGHT (IRL)
Dublin based youthcrew hardcore band Out Straight have quickly gained popularity and traction in the Irish hardcore scene. With a self titled release under their belts, the punchy hooks and sing-along lyrics, these punks in tracksuits aren’t to be missed.
HELD BACK (IRL)
Dublin/Sligo based no frills, no fucking about hardcore. This band shares members with Out Straight, Blush, Solar Messiah and have proved time and time again that even with just a demo under their belt, they have a lot more to offer.
HOLLOW TRUTH (IRL)
Five piece crossover hardcore band from the Bray area of Dublin. Hollow Truth bring the catchiest of riffs to the table along with the ability to draw even the quietest crowd members up for a mosh. Their most recent release is a split with Deathtrap and is available for download from their Bandcamp.
Starting out in 2013, Deathtrap have been working hard to hone their craft and bringing their own unique groovy mix of hardcore, metal and Southern rock to the masses. Always bringing raw power, energy and a barrage of riffs, one thing’s for certain: When Deathtrap takes the stage, you’re in for a hell of a ride.
Dublin’s Crows bring to the table a sound which few hardcore bands can match and have received critical acclaim from places such as Maximum R’n’R, Terrorizer, Cvlt Nation and many more. Their sound is a dark slab of gnarly pissed off punk drowning in heavy, evil fucking riffs and darkly thoughtful lyrical content.
Starting off as a young Belfast hardcore band in 2014 Towers have released 2 EP’s, 2 singles and gigged around the north and south of Ireland extensively since the founding of the band. Towers’ sound has continued to mature with progressive and groove elements adding to the new vibe of ‘Progressive Hardcore’.
Raging, fast thrashy bits interspersed with punishing, slow hardcore breakdowns and all peppered with hardcore vocals. Harder than beating M. Bison with Zangief. No strangers to the Warzone Centre, Kingpin keep proving themselves to be better and better with each release.
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Leeds based Hardships are no strangers to the Warzone with their most recent show supporting US crossover legends Power Trip. These guys bring some of the most savage crossover you’re likely to find anywhere. They’ve donated a track from their most recent EP “The New Age”. Riffs fucking galore.
LOWEST CREATURE (SWE)
Lowest Creature, the filth from the flat land. Metal from the shadows of the blue mountain. Hardcore from the streets of Pennybridge. Punks from the smoke rising at the Kvarntorpshög.
NO GREAT LOSS (NI)
Dual vocalist Belfast hardcore heavyweights and no strangers to the Warzone Centre. No Great Loss bring heavy as fuck riffs, evil vocals and brutal breakdowns like you wouldn’t believe.
NOTHING CLEAN (UK)
Nothing Clean are a firm favourite in the Irish scenes having cemented their name as one of the most razor sharp and brutal powerviolence bands in the UK. They have donated their track “Abcessive Compulsion” from their forthcoming records as an exclusive for this Warzone benefit comp.
K-town crust apocalypse straight from Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen. They have released a demo and an EP so far and are in the process of recording their next full length release.
Pounding crustcore from Germany. KRAKE bring you a brutal neocrust sound with pounding drums blasting out d-beat, ripping guitars and harsh chaotic vocals which will leave your body in a dirty, crushed mess on the floor.
Subordinate are a crust/d-beat three piece based in Enniskillen. With a few releases under their belt so far since forming in 2012, they have risen from strength to strength and even branched out into running a label Chainbreaker Records.
Savage crust all the way from Münster, Germany. Their most recent release was a split EP with Black Code which (if you haven’t heard it) is an absolute scorcher of a record. Thanks to Pumpkin Records for the track!
Dublin based Putrefaction are no strangers to the Warzone Centre. Cvlt Nation described their Blood Cult LP as “a heavy dose of dark metallic crusty riffs skewered together by visions of concentration camps, putrefied bodies, cities consumed by filth, corruption and disease”. They followed that release up with the Scavenger EP and have made a name for themselves as a crust powerhouse.
D-beat filled power crust from Barcelona. Their last release “EL LEGADO DE LA BARBARIE” is absolutely savage record and is a must listen for anyone into dirty as fuck crust. Thanks to Pumpkin Records for the track.
This band hails from from La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. While most people from this town spend their lives handcrafting complicated mechanisms for use in luxury watches, Coilguns have been busy crafting complex mechanisms of their own. They bring a unique blend of D-Beat/Grind/Black-Metal Tech’n’roll as brutal as a kick in the balls, Raw as an open wound, yet as tight as a Swiss watch.
Swinelord are a four piece D-Beat, Doom, Crust, D.I.Y band from Manchester. Their E.P ” Life Is Empty – I Feel Fucked” was recorded in the cellar of a house in Manchester. Thanks to Pumpkin Records for the track.
UNYIELDING LOVE (IRL)
Blackened violence harsh noise aural assault from Belfast. Their blistering aggression, electronic mayhem and blackened grinding fury results in utter horribleness that’s so utterly savage it’s hard to overstate. The musical equivalent of getting your skin ripped off.
Formed in 2015 by Adam Treacy, Jamie Murphy, Gordo Casey and Darragh O’Connor & Connor Middleton Catastrophe is a hard hitting thrash metal band from Dublin, Ireland. Within weeks of forming the band they had written their first song “Propaganda” which is heavily influenced by Slayer and D.R.I
Zombified are a Belfast based Death Metal band formed in 2009 by Jamie McCleneghan. Since then, they have released two EPs and a split and have solidified themselves as one of Belfast’s most crushing and extreme bands. For this compilation, they have given us a new song called “For Me Now”, so keep your eye out for more new material coming this year.
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Formed in 2014, Shrouded are a 4 piece Melodic Death Metal band based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Shrouded played their first show alongside Zombified, Scimitar and Rabid Bitch Of The North, 3 highly respected bands from the Belfast metal scene. Following this show, the band began the recording process for their debut EP.
Wardomized is a four piece Groove//Thrash/Grindcore band from Northern Ireland, Belfast / Lisburn. Initially Wardomized started out as a Crossover Thrash band and released a debut EP called ”In the Raw” which was released in June 2014. It was recorded by Thomas Murdock from Belfast punk legends The Defects. But, not too long after, Wardomized began to redevelop as a band. Over time that showed, with a heavier, more death metal sound. The ”Live at the Warzone” EP was the perfect way to showcase the new sound.
THE CRAWLING (NI)
The Crawling was born following a few failed attempts at getting a couple of ageing metal heads into the same room to play some death metal. Finally, towards the close of 2014, the band settled on a solid line up. The music created is a result of a trio of music fans that have enjoyed, and participated, in the local music scene for decades. Creator Stuart hailed from 90’s death metal legends Severance, Andy fronted Honey For Christ for 14 years, and Gary Beattie is still blasting for Zombified. The collaboration has resulted in a heavy, slow-death ensemble, forged against a back drop of misery and contempt for the world that surrounds us.
Formed in 2010, this three piece Irish hardcore/crust band has released splits with Link and Abest and has toured extensively. Their music speaks for itself with a savage and unrelenting soundscape giving nods to grindcore, sludge and even at times black metal.
MARES OF DIOMEDES (NI/SCO)
A two piece from Ireland consisting of two brothers who started the band in 2014 and released their first self-titled EP; through Heavy Earth Records in early 2015. Their new split record with Dreich brings bone rattling doom that is on par with the best in the genre.
Lamenting, dejected heavy crust has been thin on the ground in the UK, but Deepsleeper from Plymouth are bringing about change with their initial efforts. Thematically, they sit alongside xRepentancex with a fellow nihilistic vegan stance, but it makes more sense to trace their roots back through bands like Year Of The Flood and Fall of Efrafa.
NOMADIC RITUALS (NI)
Nomadic Rituals is a 3-piece Doom-Sludge-Metal band from Belfast. Hopeless, ugly, vicious, and pissed off slabs of soul destroying death-doom is what they bring. This music makes you want to burn down your neighborhood and wallow in the remaining sludgy aftermath.
THE SPANDEX WIZARD (NI)
The Spandex Wizard is a Guitar Virtuoso / Comedy act featuring diverse original music and a lot of flesh! The Spandex Wizard Started as an fun and entertaining musical group for university performance assessments, which ventured a little further into doing some public performances.
Relativity is a hardcore/melodic-hardcore project that was started in Galway over seven years ago. Originally intended to be a full band ended up being a solo project after new members were impossible to find. The debut EP “Fortunes Untold” was written and recorded in parts, programmed in others, in its entirety in Galway before being sent to Canada to have vocals recorded and then Germany to be mixed and mastered.
SEX TRADE UNION (NI)
Belfast based alternative rock band. Formed in 2015 from a group of mates with various musical backgrounds who decided it was about time to unleash a sonic assault on the world. Sex Trade Union features Gaffer Cross on vocals, Lee James Broadrick on the drums, Neil Beattie on bass and Andrew Atcheson on guitar.