Thursday, June 29, 2017

New Jersey Hardcore - The Ten Year Party

I grew up in New Jersey, so i'm pretty biased when it comes to NJHC. The first hardcore shows i ever saw were Jersey bands, and most of the first records i bought were from Jersey bands. I lived 10 minutes from the New York City, so i was lucky enough to have the best of both worlds. Both sides of the Hudson have their share of classics and i'd be hard-pressed to pick a side, but i can safely say that East Coast Hardcore is my favorite hardcore in the world.

The hardcore punk scene in New Jersey, specifically North Jersey which is where i lived up until ten years ago, was much different in the mid to late '80s than it was in New York. Like night and day. The town i grew up in, North Bergen, hardly had any skinheads, or gutter punks, or straight edge or "youth crew" scene. It was a town of long haired kids in denim jackets, most with band logos painted on the back, drinking beer and smoking pot on train tracks or under bridges. Everyone was starting bands in their garages. It was basically like that movie "Over The Edge". We were stuck in some weird '70s vibe.

By the time i got into hardcore in late 1986 the big thing was Crossover. I'm pretty sure it was sophomore year in high school that a friend of mine made me a couple of cassettes with DRI's "Dealing With It", Suicidal Tendencies s/t, and a couple other records. That was my introduction. After that i was turned onto Pat Duncan's show on WFMU in '87, were i discovered all the classic Jersey bands as well as all the NYHC bands at that time, and pretty much hardcore and punk from all over the world. Hearing so much new shit at once like that is like discovering a new planet you never knew existed. It was overwhelming. By the end of 1987 i was already playing drums in my first band and had multiple crates of 7" records and LPs.

One of the things i loved about the scene in North Jersey was the absence of elitist bullshit. When me and my friends got into hardcore, we didn't sell off our metal and rock records. At parties it was common to hear Bad Brains, along with Metallica and Led Zeppelin. We just loved music. And drugs. More than half my friends never made it out of the madness alive. It all came crumbling down sometime in mid '90s. The ten year party was over.

So for this post i'm sharing all my favorite New Jersey Hardcore. For the stuff that was posted before, like Dirge, Sticks and Stones, Mental Abuse etc, i went back to the original source files (some as old as 20 years old) and started from scratch to get the best sound quality possible. So even if you have this stuff, i'd recommend downloading these files as an upgrade. I'm not putting this stuff in any kind of order (like by year or genre), just kind of by how much i like the band i guess.

If any bands want their stuff removed from this post, please email me or leave a comment and i'll delete the link immediately.

Here goes.

Dirge Anthology: 1986-1990

I'll start off this post with my all-time favorite NJ Crossover band, the mighty Dirge from Holmdel. In my opinion the "Soulstorm" LP is up their with any of the crossover greats. They should have been huge. I think their first album just arrived onto the scene a bit too late. Plus they never re-pressed any of their records. Vocalist Jack Monahan also sang for the great NJ band Fatal Rage.

Sticks and Stones - Inner Revolt

This is the band's cassette-only release from 1988 and for me their greatest recording. This was originally supposed to be an LP on Kevin Seconds' label Positive Force, but that fell through for whatever reason. Maybe the greatest punk "almost-album" of all time. Unfortunately only a few of these tracks made it onto the band's 2xCD "discography", but i'm hoping this gets reissued by Chunksaah Records at some point.

Cyanamid - NJ Hardcore Anthology

Cyanamid were a demented punk/noise band from Bound Brook who formed in 1981 and basically played grindcore before it had a name. Way ahead of their time. I can't think of anything that sounds remotely like their "I Love NJ" demo prior to 1983. Punk riffs, Flipper like dirges and bursts of psychotic noise. An obvious influence on bands like Cripple Bastards, Agathocles, Patareni etc. This comp collects (i'm pretty sure) at least one version of every song they ever recorded. Amazing sound quality. So highly recommended.

Stetz - Live And Rare 22 Song Demo

22 tracks of hardcore, punk and rock with a sense of humor. They also released a great album in 1986 called "Songs of Experience", but i like this demo better. "East Coast Slamming" is such a killer song. There's also a studio version of that song on the "Hardcore Takes Over" comp LP from 1983, also in this post.

Mental Abuse - Streets Of Filth
(link removed by request of Dave Jones)

THE classic New Jersey Hardcore album. Recorded in 1984 in Whippany, NJ and released in 1985 on Urinal Records. I ripped this from a very clean copy of the LP sometime in the mid '90s when the whole CDR technology first started. Sounds great. I also tacked on their track from the "Message From America" comp LP, also released in 1985, and the only other Urinal Records release.

Mental Abuse - Live at CBGB 1985
(link removed by request of Dave Jones, yes, even a live set)

Excellent recording of this 1985 gig where they just nail every fucking song. I like this better than the LP. Sid Sludge is a madman here. Much better rip than the one posted way back.

Adrenalin O.D. - Sittin' Pretty

This is the comp released by Grand Theft Audio that has the band's first EP "Let's Barbeque" from 1983, with extra session tracks, plus the "Wacky Hi-Jinks" LP from '84 and a live set. Mandatory.

Lethal Aggression - Lethal Anthology 1985-1990

Thrashy hardcore from Brick, NJ. This has all their best stuff, remastered by the band some years back. I added on the rehearsals which has a ripping version of "I'll Fight" that destroys the LP version. Jersey Shore Core at it's best. RIP John “Saltz” Saltarelli.

Monster Madness: NJ Horror Punk

A comp of my favorite songs by these 3 punk legends. This starts off with the Mourning Noise set recorded live of WFMU in 1982. They blast through 11 rippers with so much energy that none of their studio recordings can compare. My fave WFMU set ever. A few of these tracks wound up on the split 7" with The Parasites. Next up is The Undead featuring ex-Misfit Bobby Steele. This is pretty much everything they recorded before they broke up. Steele reformed the band in 1989 and recorded the "Act Your Rage" LP. Last is the most famous punk band to come out of NJ, The Misfits. The amazing "12 Hits From Hell" session recorded in 1980 and 4 bonus tracks just to fill up space. Tracks from all 3 bands were ripped from various CDs.

Sand In The Face - Music Made To Riot

Hardcore punk from Towaco. This is a collection of comp tracks and demos recorded between 1982 and 1983 that was released in 2015 on Mad At The World Records. Sand In The Face also put out a killer LP that was recorded in 1984 and released in '86. Like most great NJHC albums, it was never repressed.

Sacred Denial - Extra-Strength Anyone?

Sacred Denial from Clifton was one of my favorite NJHC bands of the '80s. Their later stuff especially hit the spot for me. This was their second album from 1986, released on Forefront Records. I prefer the first album over this one but don't have a good quality rip to share unfortunately. "Easter Sunday" was a ripper.

Sacred Denial - North Of The Order

This is my favorite Sacred Denial album. "North Of The Order" was released in 1987 on Forefront. It was also released a year later on Nuclear Blast, with some different songs, and what sounds like a different mix. I prefer this one, the original '87 version. This was kind of their transition album from their early straight forward hardcore to the crossover thrash of "Sifting Through Remains". Every track is just perfect, and the piano outro at the end of the LP is amazing. Brings me back to 1987 every time i hear it. This was never released on CD, but this doesn't sound like it was ripped from vinyl. I forget where i got this rip, i've had it forever.

 Sacred Denial - Sifting Through Remains

Here's the CD version of the band's thrash album from '88. It still has the great emotional vibe of "North Of The Order" but it's heavier and more metallic. You can hear the Slayer influence on songs like "Brother's Inventions". My fave track is "Root Of All Evil", but the whole record rips from beginning to end. Plus they do a cover of Cheap Trick's "Surrender" and pull it off. I had this on CD, vinyl and cassette when it came out. Sacred D were kind of an infatuation band for me. RIP Ant.

Social Decay - Anthology 1985-1990

Great hardcore band from the Jersey Shore that formed in 1984. They had elements of crossover and thrash metal with guitar solos and slow dirges all over the place. They were pretty much the epitome of what NJ crossover thrash looked and sounded like. They sounded like New Jersey the way Agnostic Front sounded like NYC. This comp has a lot of my fave material, but they recorded a lot more. They put out a CDR collection of all their demos in 2011. If anyone has a rip of that, please hook me up.

More great thrashy hardcore punk with a sense of humor, like lots of NJ bands at the time. This has the band's LP from 1984 and their 12" EP from '86.  They also released a split 7" with AOD. All their stuff was put out on Buy Our Records, a label that released a shitload of NJHC. Politically incorrect, dopey and fucking awesome. I miss bands like this.

More politically incorrect, obnoxious NJ hardcore punk. Also one of the earliest. Tons of great riffs and lyrics to be taken with a huge grain of salt. This is everything they recorded. The 2 EPs on Muthu Records, and a rehearsal tape that kills.

Niblick Henbane apparently means Poison Golfclubs. They were a NJ Oi punk band who started in the late '80s putting out a bunch of demos, and then started releasing killer EPs in the early '90s. Songs like "Life Over The Edge", "Future" and "We Don't Want To Play" are super catchy and just flat-out great songwriting. They also do a great version of the classic "Going Down The Bar", although i like The Wretched Ones version better. Even if Oi is not your thing, you have to hear Niblick Henbane. It's some of the best punk rock of the early '90s.

New Jersey's Finest - 1982 Demo

There's not much info on this band. They were from New Brunswick, they were pre-Niblick Henbane, and this was their only recording. I've never even seen the cover of the demo. So i just grabbed a pic of NJ that i liked and threw a logo over it. It's good sloppy, fast punk. Thanks to Dan from Old, Fast and Loud for the sound work on this one. I wish he would start up his blog again.

American Standard - Wonderland

Originally released in 1989 on Power House Records, this is a melodic hardcore classic. They released  a bunch of records into the '90s, but in my opinion they never topped this LP. And i hate to be that "the demos were better" guy, but the demos were better.

Chemical Waste - Life's A Bitch demo 1987

More Jersey crossover thrash. Chemical Waste were the first hardcore band i ever saw live. It was in 1987, and they played on a boat for this girl Joan's birthday party. They played the demo tracks and a bunch of D.R.I. covers. It was awesome. Social Decay also played but i got there late and missed them. Bass player John Monte also played in M.O.D. and at least 2 of the members went on to form Mind Funk.

Genocide - Submit To Genocide

The ultimate punk / street metal band. "Submit To Genocide" came out in 1987 on LP and cassette. Like some drunken mix of Motorhead and Motley Crue, only a thousand times better than that or any other dopey comparison. I had the song "Die Wasted" on some mixed tapes i made back in '87 and would hear that song just about every day. Listening to this stuff now it sounds better than ever. This was never released on CD, but this rip is excellent quality.

A Priori - Damn The Past

A Priori were a melodic, super-talented punk band from Morristown. I was so blown away when i first heard the song "Self Determination" on WFMU that i immediately went on a mad hunt for the LP, which actually took over a year to finally get a hold of. Luckily i had a couple of tracks from some Shredder comps to hold me over. This is the complete discography. The "Damn The Past" LP plus the 2 comp tracks and 2 demo tracks. 

Sadistic Sex - The 1988 Demos

Sadistic Sex started out as Negative Youth, who put out a couple of punk demos in 1986-1987. When they changed their name to Sadistic Sex in '88 the music got much heavier and more sinister sounding. They were also full on porn-core at this point. The "What A Waste Of A Beautiful Day" demo is especially crushing. That tape was on constant rotation when i was in art school in Dover around '89 or '90, until i lent it to a friend who had it stolen out of his car. I didn't get to hear this demo again until last year. Sixteen years later and i'm loving it again. The Punk Police would probably cry about the lyrics. Fuck 'em.

Children In Adult Jails - Man Overcome By Waffle Iron

This album rules. It was put out on Buy Our Records in 1985, and has some of the typical NJHC traits. Fast songs and silly lyrics. But this one has some real power behind it. They also have a great track on the "New Jersey's Got It" comp, and released an EP in 1991 which i haven't heard.

The Out Group - Out Completely
(link removed by request of Dave Jones)

Out Group was pre-Mental Abuse. This is all the band's demos and some live stuff. The Bleeker Street Demos with Sid Sludge are best. There are lots of riffs that went on to later become Mental Abuse songs, and there's even an early version of "Do You Mind?" Sid was the fucking Hardcore Caesar! "I hate Mike, he's a mother, I hate Mike, he's my brother...". Awesome. Pat Duncan played "Get Away" on WFMU pretty much every Thursday night for years.

Detention - Expelled

Detention were an awesome catchy punk band that formed in the early '80s. Their song "Dead Rock 'N' Rollers" was constantly on the punk radio stations back then. Kinda like Bedlam's "MTV", it's just a great simple punk song that can get stuck in your head quick. This CD put out by Brian of  Grand Theft Audio has the "Dead Rock 'N' Roller" EP, their LP from '85 and at least an album's worth of unreleased tracks.

Bands Only A Muthu Could Love

Killer comp CD of all Muthu Records bands. Mostly staple NJ stuff, with great tracks by Dirge, Stisism, The Parasites, Sticks and Stones, Stetz, The Worst etc. My fave track is the metallic ripper "BBQ Freak" by Infamous Basturds from Canada.

Chronic Fear - Discrimination Demo 1986
Fast raw hardcore. Even though there's humor in the lyrics, it call comes off pretty dark sounding. When they get those fast repetitious riffs going it kinda sounds like black metal punk at times, like Von or Ildjarn, or even some primitive death metal. By their second demo a year later they sounded like a completely different band. I'll never understand the infatuation with The Flinstones in NJ.

The Worst - The Worst Of The Worst

Link deleted by request of label.

One of the most underrated bands i can think of in any genre. Ripping fast rock 'n' roll punk. The first EP sounds like The Stooges on speed and the 1983 LP sounds like a frantic mix of The Circle Jerks and Black Sabbath. This just flat out kicks ass.

Somethin' Else 1986 Demo

Fast hardcore from Belmar that sounds more influenced by NYHC than most other NJ bands. The artwork i used for the cover was actually going to be used for a CD that never happened. I'm pretty sure this demo is all the band released.

Turning Point - Live on WNYU 1991

A New Jersey favorite. Their 1988 demo is just everything i love about hardcore jammed into 8 tracks. This set recorded live on WNYU in '91 has songs from all their releases. I originally posted this set years ago, but this one sounds better. If you haven't already, check out my tribute to the late Skip Candelori here.

Abnormal Behavior

AB were a hardcore punk band from my home town of North Bergen, and they were one of the most amazing live bands i've ever seen. Just great hardcore riffs with elements of ska on some songs. I think they started sometime in the early '90s, and by the time the mid '90s hit, they had so many members it was like a traveling circus. Depending on who was available for any given gig, their would sometimes be upward of 10 or 12 people on stage. I've seen them with 2 guitarists, 3 vocalist, 3 horn players, bass player and drummer,  and a big guy named Goofy who would wind up naked playing kazoo. The last band i was in, Spaul (late '90s powerviolence), used to play with these guys all the time. We even used to cover their song "Wheels". By their last year i wound up playing drums for them, and the band was whittled down to the bare minimum. My good friend Brian on vocals, twin bothers Vin and Joe on guitar and bass, and me on drums. No more horn section or big naked people. It saw fun, and we played a bunch of great shows, including ABC No Rio, but it wasn't the same and it wound up fading sometime in the early 2000s. During their existence, AB put out a really good 4-song 7" in 1994, a split 7" with Essoasso in '95, and they had one track on the "Education" comp in '95 with bands like Devoid of Faith, Horace Pinker and Policy of Three. This is the CD they recorded right before i joined. It was recorded at Pearl Studios in Jersey City in 1998, and though it can't compare to the sound of their live shows, it's an excellent CD of pretty much all the amazing songs they would play live with their classic lineup. Just download it.

Enuf 1988 Demo

Here's the new rip of the classic Enuf 1988 demo. All the info on the band and a write-up by bassist Pete Sanchez is still on the blog here.

Hardcore Takes Over compilation 1983

Here's a great rip of my favorite NJ compilation LP, "Hardcore Takes Over" released on the short-lived Dirt Records in 1983. This one has some real heavy-hitters. Mourning Noise does two of their most hardcore sounding songs, Stetz kills it with a great studio version of their best song "East Coast Slamming", plus tracks by Sand In The Face, Genocide, TMA who had a great LP in '84,  and a couple of really obscure bands who never really released anything other that what's on this comp.

Pleased Youth - Sure We're Pleased 1984 demo

Great (i know i keep saying that, but i just love all this NJ stuff) demo from 1984. Thrashy hardcore punk with members of AOD, New Jersey's Finest, and Niblick Henbane. Guitarist Paul Decolator later went on to play in Loose, one of my fave indie bands of the early '90s. Thanks again to Dan from Old, Fast and Loud for the great sound on this.

No Refund - Cross Core demo 1989

Silly, but really well-played crossover from Glen Ridge, NJ. Sounds like these guys were really into the "USA For MOD" album and the first Mucky Pup album. I like it OK, but i'd imagine the humor can grow old after a while for some. Just check it out. They also released a pretty short CD in 1992 and a cassette-only full-length called "3 Dead Dicks" in '95. Oh look, here it is:

No Refund - 3 Dead Dicks 1995 cassette

Very similar to the demo, just slightly better production. Excellent sound quality on both rips.

Vision - Early Vision 1988-1990

Classic melodic NJ hardcore band with indie/emo influences. All the info for these recordings are on the blog here. Same sound as before, this is just a comp of all my favorite Vision stuff on one disc for my own convenience. Figured i'd share it to keep all the NJ stuff in one post.

Slaughtered Grace - Call This Planet... Slaughtered Grace

Crossover thrash from Lodi, NJ. This is the band's CD from 1989. It's more on the thrash metal side than hardcore but it rules. Slaughtered Grace also released a 7" in 1989 called "Terror Unleashed", which has the song "Disability" from this CD as well as the EP title track. Guitarist Ron Paci and vocalist Sal Bee went on to form the hardcore band Sardonica in the early '90s.

The Underachievers - Skip The Salad demo

One-sided demo cassette from 1986 of pretty basic 4-chord hardcore punk songs. Has kind of a Ramones vibe in the riffing. This sounds like something that would have came out much earlier than '86, but it's refreshing to hear such straight-forward punk coming out of NJ at that time. Oh, and they cover the most covered song in the history of hardcore, "Stepping Stone".

Bloated - Confused Collection

I wasn't sure which of my own bands to post here. I've played drums in about a half-dozen bands from '87 up to about 2004. The first band was a crossover hardcore band called S.M.O. that started in '87 and lasted a few years. We recorded 3 or 4 demos, and played a bunch of shows, usually at Studio One, and a bunch of outdoor gigs in parks and barbecues. The other band members, Steve, Mark, and Jay, played in most of all the bands i was in. After S.M.O. was a side-project called Waiting Room, which was just acoustic versions of S.M.O. songs. We did one demo. After that was Bloated in the early '90s. Bloated was me and my old vocalist Steve, trading off vocals with our good friend Chantelle, S.M.O. bassist Jay, and our buddy Neil on guitar. We recorded a batch of hardcore songs at some rehearsal room in Jersey City. It's all posted above. After Bloated came Gargantuana, once again with Steve on vox and his crazy roommate Tommy on guitar. We recorded 2 demos of doomy hardcore, very influenced by Black Sabbath, as well as early '90s HC bands like Rorschach. Then i played drums in '90s powerviolence band Spaul with the old S.M.O. lineup. We made a couple demos and had a track on some Slap A Ham compilation. Then it was a short stint in Abnormal Behavior before moving to Florida with my wife and kids.

Well, that's it. There's 14 Easter Eggs this time around, about half of them related to this post. The Blogged and Quartered Record Store is still open and there's still lots of records available for big discounts. Til next time.


  1. massive post, great job! also, in the secret download links, the song you labeled 58 tracks is actually the crab society north demo. it apparently has 63 tracks (don't ask me where they start and end! haha) i've always wanted a decent rip of it, and you supplyed it

  2. the sand in the face link is broken, other than that the links work great

  3. This all very cool. But there seems to be something wrong with the Sand In The Face link. I get Not Found and a 404 error.

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    The requested URL / In The Face - Music Made To Riot was not found on this server.
    Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

  4. Thanks for the head up, the Sand In The Face link is fixed now. Just tried it.

  5. Amazing Post Stormy!! Some great stuff, thank you!

  6. I'm sure you have or can get your hands on most of the Adrenalin OD recordings, here's one to complete your No Refund collection that is a bit more obscure and hard to find,,

  7. Here's everything I believe from Social Decay, hopefully this help fill the gaps, As an easter egg for you, I've also included a NJHC/NJHC2 comp I put together, Enjoy!

  8. Hey thanks a lot! I've been looking for good sounding Social Decay rips for a while. And that comp is great. I didn't realize there were that many NJ band i never even knew about!

    1. Those are missing some stuff. Let me know how I can get you the full SD discography?!?

  9. nice work once again...thanks

  10. Oh my God this is an absolutely fabulous post! The Jersey scene in the 80s was just so much fun, so many awesome bands. I discovered WFMU in maybe 84-85 or so and Pat Duncan's Thursday night show was mandatory, I used to have a bunch of them on cassette but they're long gone now, sadly. I've been looking for the Deathrage set for years, in fact it's my #1 want. Thanks so much for this post, just tremendous.

    1. And your memories of the scene are just so spot-on, just a total lack of pretense. No one cared about hair, style, image, any of that stuff. It was all good, everything from Slayer to AOD to Accept to, dope (and whatever girls we could find who'd tolerate our noise). I grew up in Sayreville BTW (Slayerville), home of a certain cock-rocker whose name sort of rhymes with "Con Boney" and NJHC was the perfect antidote to the awful hair metal club scene with the feathered hair and 25 inch waistlines.

      IMO it all started to die right around when Skid Marks broke big, suddenly everyone wanted to look like a fifteen year old girl for some weird reason.

    2. So you're definitely a GENOCIDE fan then huh ??

  11. Excellent job my man. As a lifelong member of the Jersey Shore skate/surf scene I had the pleasure of being eternal friends with many of these bands ..AOD,Social Decay,Lethal Agression and Hogans Heroes/OS101. NEVER FORGET!

  12. Great list! I was the first bassist in Sand in the Face. We were actually from Montville, though, not Towaco.

  13. Thanks for the Sadistic Sex plug . I didn't know anyone remembered us .

  14. Peter, thanks for the info, i'll change that error in the post.

    Troy, i got the Sadistic Sex demos from a girl in art school (Dover NJ in '90 maybe) named Sue who was apparently friends with the band.


  15. Amazing post, Stormy! Any chance for an Emotive Drive upload?

    1. Here's Emotive Drive '89 Demo and Perverted Nerds Sessions #1+#2,

    2. Hey thanks!. I'll do a post on that for sure. Can't believe i mixed up Perverted Nerds with Functional Idiots. Ha

  16. As much as I love all your hardcore posts, those Slaughtered Grace tracks are fucking killer.

  17. I ran across this random... in fact I was looking for a place to thank you for the Hogan's upload. I was in OS101 and Hogan's at the last bit in 1994-95 and we're doing a little thing up in NY in august... I don't have the songs digital so you came to the rescue. Anyway, Dealing With It was one of my first too... AND I still have my original cassette! Still destroys. Thanks again!

  18. I love it! I did the pig squeal, moaning and the female spoken voice on the demo. These guys were awesome to work, non paid gig!

    1. Michelle, great job on those demos.
      Would you happen to have a contact for any of the members? I'd love to see if they have any other material. I'd love to do a Sadistic Sex / Negative Youth post.

  19. Do you still have the Sticks & Stones cassette tape? If so would you be willing to sell it?

    1. Sorry, i don't own the cassette.

  20. NJF was arguably NJs first hardcore band. In addition to Harpo/Niblick, Paul Decolator (later of Pleased Youth) was guitars. He was one who didn't make it in the end. Plenty more bands worthy to list but a solid list overall.

  21. haha, awesome Brother, I love the long posts !!!!!!!!! I posted the original Stetz - Demo a few years back, they sent that to me in the mail in 83':

    1. Mike , glad you dig the long posts. I wasn't sure if i should continue the longer posts every couple of months, or go back to smaller ones (like the Inside Out NY) maybe once a week. Thanks for the Stetz! I guess that's the file i revised and used. Not sure if you checked it out, but i think the sound came out really good. Lovin' that Screaming Mailboxes Of Destiny! Keep it up.

  22. There is a copy of a Stetz album on display at the NYC 9/11 Memorial Museum in memory of the drummer.

    1. Wow, that's pretty cool that they actually did that. I had no idea the drummer passed away as a result of 911.

  23. sticks & stones... killer! another new discovery. thanks!

  24. Great post! 80s NJHC was incredible but I felt often overlooked. My copy of Sacred Denial's Life's Been Getting To Me is in good condition, so here's a rip to fill your gap:

    Much Thanks!

  25. As much as I love all your hardcore posts, those Slaughtered Grace tracks are fucking killer.


  26. Fingers crossed for a Spaul discography post one day!!

  27. Ha, no problem. Didn't think anyone gave a shit about Spaul. Thanks

  28. It was nice to be reminded of the "Horror Harbor" show in the Chemical Waste segment. My brother's band Gore Core opened the show. Lethal Aggression were also on the bill. When the show was over the police set up a nasty DUI that my intoxicated brother somehow managed to pass. We still rag him on that today. He said "Oh shit! A D.R.I.!" as we approached it. Has 30 years really gone by?

  29. I also have some killer pics of Lethal and Social Decay from the Horror Harbor night!

  30. What a terrific post, terrific blog overall too. The local NJ hardcore scene was just so much fun back in the 1980s, so many great, wild and just plain nutty bands to discover.

  31. New Jersey's Finest 1982 Demo: I thought it was a picture from 1982, and it didn't look like any part of New Brunswick I know of so I picked my brain trying to figure out what town it was. That's actually a recent photo of Camden, no?

  32. I'm not even sure truthfully. I had no actual art to go with so i just found a pic of Jersey that i liked.

  33. Replies
    1., there you go jersey style!

  34. Dude what a killer post, this is touching having grown up in NJ myself. Love Sacred Denial. Never got to see them though. Once met a member (sorry don't remember which)in front of CB's when Sifting came out. He was contemplating on suicide. Don't be ridiculous I said you guys are awesome. Don't know what happened after. Anyway nice work man.

  35. All Mental Abuse/Outgroup links disabled as requested by Dave Jones. No reissues happening, and this stuff has been out of print since '85, so i'm not sure what the reasoning is. If anyone knows Dave, please ask him why he doesn't want anyone hearing this stuff.

  36. Hello ?stormy? being from NB you were no doubt part of the barmy army experiment lol (vinny martiny was one of my best friends) Chemical Waste: Life's a Bitch was there 2nd release, the 1st more punk. They broke up cause monte left for MOD but never got the gig (Tim McMurtry already had it) & Chris& Jay wouldn't take him back. Damn shame, 30yrs & 7mo later I still have my Atlixo flyer & sent off (today) a copy to Mark Foster & 1 to Scotty Earth. Also (straight from Harpo's mouth) New Jersey's Finest became Niblick. Thanks for your time & effort in keeping this alive I wish I still had all my old demo/cassetts to share w/ you guys. Stormy, you should track down Mark Conforty (old bloomfield crew) He's done 2 documentaries on the history of the NJHC scene. Keep up the great work
    Brian Flynn