A389 Records will be celebrating the label’s 10th Anniversary with their annual Winter Bash on the weekend of January 17th through the 19th, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Headlining the A389 X Anniversary Bash will be INTEGRITY‘s legendary 1993 lineup consisting of Dwid Hellion (vocals), Aaron Melnick (guitar), Leon Melnick (bass), Chris Smith (guitar) and Mark Konopka (drums) — this is the iconic lineup that wrote/recorded the band’s seminal Systems Overload LP which was recently re-issued by Organized Crime Records.
A389‘s Domenic Romeo explains: “In the-mid ’90s, Systems Overload was my introduction to INTEGRITY, who instantly became my undisputed favorite hardcore band of all time. It’s an incredible honor to have the lineup who created that album reunite for one night and give all of us diehard fans of this day and age a once in a lifetime experience we’ll never forget.”
“It will be great to play music again with old friends at the 10th annual A389 festival in Baltimore,” offered INTEGRITY‘s sole full-time member, frontman Dwid Hellion. “When Dom approached me about this idea, I was delighted to participate. Aaron Melnick has always been one of my all time favorite guitar players and I was lucky enough to record a few albums with him in the ’80s and ’90s. A bit of nostalgia and a way for me to honor the original members of Integrity, while celebrating A389s 10th anniversary.”
Added guitarist Aaron Melnick about performing with INTEGRITY again: “It will be cool to play these songs with Dwid, Lenny, Chris and Mark again after so many years. Can’t wait to thrash out as the early Integ at the A389 bash in January!”
A389 Recordings have posted their free Digital Mixtape MMXIII, which includes 40 tracks of new and unreleased music. The list of artists include EYEHATEGOD, IRON REAGAN, RINGWORM plus new music from INTEGRITY, FULL OF HATE, and NOISEM. What more can you ask for?
FUCK THE FACTS
BONDED BY BLOOD
According to the poster, more bands will be added, and of course, the line up is always subject to change.
Fans rejoiced last year as metalcore godfathers, INTEGRITY, made a smashing comeback with To Die For. The album received almost unanimous critical acclaim and the band were busy playing shows and had future tours lined up. Everything seemed poised for them to really take back the throne until it was suddenly announced that the band would once again split. While internal friction may have been the prime factor for cutting this comeback short, APESHIT caught band leader/frontman, Dwid, in a quickie e-mail interview during what was to be their final tour this past December. Perhaps brief, this interview may very well have spoke louder than words. Continue reading →