Sunday, October 9, 2016

It's been a long time... UNDYING - DEMO 1999

Man... where does the time fly? It's been almost 5 years since an update. A lot has changed in my life...but lets reflect for a moment...
When I was younger, I was a music sponge. Hardcore music engulfed my life and every aspect of it. From the people I knew and became lifelong friends with. To the way I portrayed myself to society. From ages 14 to was/still is an influential part of my life. Its influence drives my a lot of opinions, and even places I visit.
In 1999 I saw a band called undying. This would forever change my standards of a vocalist's performance... and 5 years later influence myself with own band Taste The Steel... Crazy to think after all these years, I never heard their demo tape until recently. I remember many times playing their EP on repeat over and over again. So for me to hear these tracks puts me back to being an excited 16 year old kid. Two of these tracks I have never even heard before so I was beyond excited to hear them. I want to share these with you.


1. For Liberation
2. Fire Of Life
3. Paradise Lost
4. Veil Of Humanity


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Back from the dead... RED SKY - Monster Squad

It's always amazing to me how much you are connected to other people just based on the fact that you were once into or are still into people screaming into microphones and throwing their bodies around without any regard. This little thing we have called hardcore has once again amazed me. I stopped into a local audio shop tonight called Custom Audio in Erie, from a tip that they might have 45 adapters for my records. Alas they did not but I gained much more than expected. After bull shitting with the guy working there, I mentioned that I've been collecting records since I was around 14 years old. Mostly hardcore/metal stuff. The Gentleman working there named Ken was also into hardcore at one point in his life, We discussed, Snapcase records, EYEHATEGOD shooting up in the back of IQ records, the Continental Ballroom shooting, and old Erie Memories. I Come to find out we know the same people but have never met.
Ken and I continue to talk and he pulls out aburnt copy of the unreleased RED SKY ep that never saw the light of day. If you are unfamiliar with RED SKY you can check out an earlier blog post here. I was floored. I remember hearing a track back in 2002 (I think off but that was it. Being the RED SKY fan-boy that I am, he let me get a copy of the ep which I now share with you! It always feels good to lift something from the grave and give it new life. So here you are in all it's glory...the "Monster Squad" EP. Many many many thanks goes out to Ken Mason over at Custom Audio for providing me the CD-R and the memories!

PS I'm looking for Knife Behind the Smile on LP if anyone's got one and they would like to part with it. Hit me up at

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Like I said before I would upload DA REAL DEAL for whoever requested it and here it all is. The DEMO, and the 2 split 7"s. I've always been into 90's east coast hardcore and anything back ta basics. DA REAL DEAL, was a hardcore band from NEW JERSEY in the mid nineties,

Playing all around the tri state area, with bands like burnside, dysphoria, krutch and others. I had heard about DA REAL DEAL through back ta basics records.... once again rick ta life, showing me tons of bands I would have never heard of.

This was the time of no internet, and I lived 7 hours from any of the shows happening in the general SEPA/NJ area. also being 15 and not having a car didn't help. So information on bands just kinda trickled through word of mouth. So just so this doesn't get lost to the sands of time here is all their stuff for you


Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Self Decay was a short lived hardcore band from Poughkeepsie NY featuring one of my favorite drummers in hardcore Rigg Ross. I had stumbled upon them through the Hardcore Pride Webring (Remember those?) At the time Ross had already recorded satisfaction which was constant rotation for me. He was also in skarhead, ragmen and madball for anyone thats keeping score.
It wasn't until years later that I picked up"Beneath the lies" which was released on Kevones record label TIME-SERVED RECORDS, which had put out setback, terrorzone, One4One, Denied and bulldoze. "Beneath the lies" is a six song EP that is straight up east coast hardcore. Punchy and tight drums has always been my thing, and this is full of it. The EP even features a guest track from Dan ONE4ONE.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Endless Fight Records - Heavyweights Compilation

I had a lot of people ask me to upload this little compilation put out by Connecticut based hardcore label Endless Fight Records.

Well here it is in its entirety


Sunday, June 6, 2010


I bought a new direct drive turntable 2 weeks ago (my old belt drive was fucked) and picked up a used stereo receiver off a local guy (my old pioneer has a blown right channel) so now I will be able to rip some 7"s and not have them sound like total garbage and missing the right audio channel!

This post is going to be short and sweet mainly because its about 1am and I've got to be up in a few hours. INHUMAN is a hardcore band from brooklyn New York.

This 7 inch was put out on back ta basics back in 1997. If you like NY/NJ hardcore this is right up your alley. My record didn't come with lyrics, so you'll just have to decipher these on your own

INHUMAN is still a band and is still playing shows around the NYC area check them out when you get a chance

PS: to the guy who requested DA REAL DEAL... I have all of their recordings already on a hard drive somewhere... when I find them I will upload them for you!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

this is dedicated to the two best humans I know

no music on this post...sorry!

my bassist jamison for taste the steel is a newsanchor for a local tv station (WSEE) here

my maniacal drummer nate king

and their antics on the way to taste the steel shows