MINE COLLAPSE: Chicago Hardcore Trio To Release Debut Album, Delusions, Through Nefarious Industries In June; “Empty Void” Streaming + Preorders Posted

photos by Michael Rataj

Nefarious Industries presents the debut album from Chicago, Illinois-based trio MINE COLLAPSE, Delusions, confirming the record for June release and issuing its cover art, track listing, preorders, and lead single, “Empty Void.”

Formed in the Fall of 2015 by two-thirds of now defunct punk/metal ensemble Arbogast, also part of the Nefarious Industries family, MINE COLLAPSE picks things up where Arbogast left off, with Aaron Roemig and Mike Rataj continuing a nearly decade-long collaborating streak. Roemig and Rataj, joined on this album by guitarist Justin Dickert, hurl a ten-ton mass of experience onto the Chicago music scene with their newest endeavor–having served time in other Chicago notables Lord (Asian Man Records), Modern Advances (Baldy Longhair Records), Retro Morning, Still Machine, Sons Of Ra, Hot Dog Murder Factory, and more.

Not unlike fellow Chicagoans and Nefarious labelmates Nequient, MINE COLLAPSE bursts at the seams with energetic metallic hardcore packed with punk energy. The band’s galvanizing attack is underpinned with thick veins of melody and harmonized riff dirges and well-placed elements of punk, doom, and more into a seamless output that keeps even the most seasoned ear guessing and grooving.

Six years after unleashing their self-titled debut EP, MINE COLLAPSE now returns with Delusions, a collection of songs reflecting on the delusional nature of man, each track offering a different take on a delusion ranging from serial killers to religious zealots. The band once again recorded with Andy Nelson at Chicago’s Bricktop Recording (Weekend Nachos, Jesus Piece, Like Rats), after which the tracks were mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, Nails, Xibalba), and the album completed with original artwork and layout by Shawn Knight (Child Bite).

With the album’s details, its closing track “Empty Void” has been posted, the band writing with the track, “The ultimate delusion of God and religion. Believe and you will be saved? Or enter perpetual nothingness?”

Stream MINE COLLAPSE’s “Empty Void” now at THIS LOCATION.

Delusions will see release on all digital platforms as well as limited runs of CD and cassette on June 24th. Find preorders now at the record’s Nefarious Industries landing page HERE.

MINE COLLAPSE has booked a record release show for Delusions in their hometown on June 18th alongside Cokegoat. Watch for additional songs to be dispatched leading up to the release of Delusions, and for regional live performances and more to be announced.

6/18/2022 Illuminated Brew Works – Chicago, IL *Delusions release w/ Cokegoat (free show)

Delusions Track Listing:
1. Bone Saw
2. Death Spirals
3. Delusions
4. Unraveling
5. No Return
6. Empty Void

Aaron Roemig – vocals, bass
Justin Dickert – guitars, synth
Mike Rataj – drums