Sad news to report that Michael Gibbons Jr., an OG lead guitar player best known for his early records with New York Hardcore band Leeway, has died. No cause of death has been revealed as of press time. Friends in other bands and fans have shared news of his passing along with loving tributes on social media. In addition to playing on the influential first two full-length albums from Leeway, 1989’s classic Born To Expire, and 1991’s Desperate Measures (both Profile Records), Gibbons Jr. also played in the band Black Ice and Drunken Ozzy’s. Although retired from music, he remained well liked and active in the scene, participating in the recently released Leeway documentary, and as a guest on Hardcore centric podcasts such as the New York Hardcore Chronicles. RIP.
I was a bit concerned when I got the press materials from Grove Street’s The Path to Righteousness (UNFD) as it stated that these English lads were looking to deliver something that blended elements from Hardcore, Metal, Hip Hop and other nineties buzzwords. Hell, I believe the copy read something like “the Beastie Boys with breakdowns, Pantera with prose,” and suddenly a giant exclamation point jolted out of my head like it was a Hideo Kojima production.
“Drinking beer, smoking marijuana, listening to Judas Priest…” stems from a shoddy news report detailing the Judas Priest lawsuit trial from 1990. But for those in the know, the sample from the said report was the awesome opening touch that Nails went with on the Among the Arches of Intolerance/In Pain single from 2015. If you don’t own the Decibel Magazine flexi, do yourself a favor and give it a listen on your preferred streaming platform. The same beer-swilling, reefer madness slogan would make perfect sense paired with another Oxnard, California standout in Dead Heat.
When we last heard of our New York heroes in All Out War they were still practicing a charged-up, violent brand of Metallic Hardcore on 2019’s Crawl Among the Filth. Yet it’s now 2023 and a global pandemic later and those gentlemen are again picking up that metallic mantle like it never went out of fashion on Celestial Rot (Translation Loss Records).
This Is Hardcore has announced its full lineup for this summer, taking place July 9th at Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia, PA. Heading up the stacked bill are headline bands such as Hatebreed, Thursday, Madball, Terror, and More! Tickets are on sale now at the link below:
Legend of New York Hardcore, Eddie Sutton of Leeway has revealed that he is battling stage 3 Adenocarcinoma, an aggressive form of lung cancer. A Go Fund Me has been started to help Eddie deal with the cost of care. Please help if you can.
Modern Crossover Thrash meets the godfathers of the genre when Iron Reagan and Sacred Reigh team up for new tour dates this spring. Joining them will be reactivated hardcore legends Leeway and Enforced. The tour begins May 9 in Asbury Park, NJ and ends May 19 in Brooklyn, New York at the annual Black and Blue Bowl. Iron Reagan will first storm the shores of Europe this spring for tour dates with Madball (March 7-17) and the USA with Sick of it All. (March 21-31).Iron Reagan and Gatecreeper’s Split LP is out now on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages are available via Relapse.com and digital downloads via the bands’ Bandcamp page at the links below.Continue reading
This Is Hardcore Festival has just announced the lineup for this year’s festival, and it’s unbelievably awesome. Continue reading