Defy Extinction, the first LP from Philadelphia-based hardcore punk icons R.A.M.B.O. since 2006, saw release worldwide on Relapse Records in November. Today, No Echo is hosting a video and feature showcasing the band’s comeback and the inspiration and creation behind the album’s cover art.
R.A.M.B.O.’s Defy Extinction is not a nostalgia trip, or an attempt at recapturing past glory; the band has their sights trained on the present. On these sixteen tracks of pounding, epic, crust-infused hardcore punk and beatdowns, R.A.M.B.O. is imploring you to believe in science, fight authoritarianism, and most of all Defy Extinction!
The new mini-biopic video recaps the great times R.A.M.B.O. celebrated on their many international tour dates in the early 2000s, including a focus on Indonesian based Timbul Cahyono on the concept and creation of his artwork used on the album’s front cover. The video, joined by a short interview with the band, makes its debut through No Echo.
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R.A.M.B.O. unites drummer Jared Shavelson (The Hope Conspiracy, None More Black, Paint It Black), guitarist Andy Wheeler (Reagan Squad), bassist Bull Gervasi (Policy Of Three, Four Hundred Years), and notorious 1990s-2000s Philly scene promoter Tony Croasdale on vocals. To say that R.A.M.B.O. occupies a singular space in punk history is an understatement. During their initial run from 1999 to 2007, the band took influences from thrash, anarcho-punk, d-beat, crust, and hardcore and combined that with intelligent but very fun – and at times downright ridiculous – lyrics to create what was very much a DIY powerhouse. In those eight years they released two albums, 7″ splits with Crucial Unit and Caustic Christ, and played thousands of gigs across the country and internationally.
Defy Extinction’s guitars were recorded by Taylor Young at The Pit in Los Angeles, the drums recorded by Kyle Black at West Alley Recordings, and the vocals and bass primarily recorded by Steve Roche at Permanent Hearing Damage. The album features guest synth by Bahemoth, additional bass and guitars by Taylor Young, guest vocals from Nicole Enriquez, Dan Yemin, and John Baizley, group vocals by Josh Agran, Matthew Halley, John Paul Golaski, and Benjamin Kitchens, a poem by Johnny Takeaway, spoken word by Tykee James, and field recordings by Matthew Halley. Technical support was provided by Zach Weeks and Kurt Ballou, mixing was handled by Taylor Young, and mastering was handled by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.
“…when it comes to reunion records, it is absolutely top-tier, eclipsing anything the band has done before with a blazing, anthemic amalgam of crust punk, thrash, and melodic hardcore – a worthy soundtrack for their world-famously unhinged live shows.” – Decibel Magazine