“VICTIMS delivers a Poison Idea-influenced threat of violence in their furious sound that brings to mind those scary, out-of-control mosh pits from the Rose City’s pre-hipster past when having long hair at a punk show might get you a boot in the chops.” — Decibel
This Friday, long-running Stockholm hardcore crust malefactors, VICTIMS, will release their anticipated Sirens full-length via Tankcrimes. The band’s first full-length since 2011’s critically-lauded A Dissident was tracked at Studio Gutterview by Fred Estby (Dismember, At The Gates, Refused), mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright (Iron Reagan, Nails, Integrity), and features the expected white-knuckled surges of angst as well as some more expansive elements throughout the album, all enshrouded in a barbed-wire vocal delivery, packed with unstoppable gang-chants and inescapable hooks.
In advance of its release, Noisey is currently streaming Sirens in its mutinous entirety noting, “For nearly twenty years, Stockholm’s VICTIMS have dished out an onslaught of crusty d-beat, hardcore punk, and Motörhead-quality rock ‘n’ roll…. [Sirens] finds VICTIMS changing things up once again, fusing the metallic leanings it perfected on its 2011 album A Dissident with an aggressive hardcore that overflows with searing solos and full-bodied melodies. Lyrically, the band explores themes of personal choice and responsibility in a world on the brink of disaster, coming through with sliver of light and a rallying cry only when things seem darkest.”
Check out VICTIMS’ Sirens in its relentless totality alongside an in-depth interview with drummer Andy Henriksson courtesy of Noisey at THIS LOCATION.
Sirens will be released on April 15th via Tankcrimes Records on CD, digitally and limited edition vinyl in three color variants (black in clear, black and coke bottle). For CD preorders (available now for just $6.66!) got to THIS LOCATION. For wax orders go HERE and desirers of the digitals, go HERE.
Already reaping the approvals of critics globally, in an 8/10 review Decibel Magazine hails, “VICTIMS delivers a Poison Idea-influenced threat of violence in their furious sound that brings to mind those scary, out-of-control mosh pits from the Rose City’s pre-hipster past when having long hair at a punk show might get you a boot in the chops. This music has a visceral anger to it that is accentuated by the simplistic nature of the very thing that defines it.” Nine Circles calls Sirens, “Yet another excellent album from VICTIMS [that] continues to build their reputation as one of Sweden’s finest musical exports. An essential punk album for 2016.” The Sleeping Shaman applauds the, “infectious, fist-pumping atmosphere this record invokes,” adding, “Sirens will no doubt sit well with its audience whether they’re long time veterans of the hardcore genre or just having their first taste of what hardcore punk sits like. An easy going and accessible d-beat jaunt, but one that will grab you by the balls regardless.”
VICTIMS recently leveled stages on a short put pungent West Coast North American takeover which included an appearance on the Portland stop of the Decibel Magazine Tour 2016 with Abbath, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch, and Tribulation. VICTIMS is also confirmed for several European Summer festivals including Hellfest, Temples Fest and more, with additional tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
6/17-19/2016 Hellfest – Clisson, FR
6/02-05/2016 Temples Fest – Bristol, UK
To even the most pedestrian fan of d-beat hardcore/crust punk, VICTIMS is undeniably one of the genre’s kings, their name as synonymous with the genre as Anti-Cimex, Wolfpack/Wolfbrigade, From Ashes Rise, and the like. Through an exceptionally solid but not overcrowded discography since their 1997 inception, through labels like Havoc Records, Deathwish, Tankcrimes and more the band has yielded five prior LPs, and a variety of EPs, having shared platters on splits with the likes of From Ashes Rise, Kylesa, and Acursed. In the fourteen years that have passed since those early days of rehearsals in Nypan, VICTIMS has toured internationally, heavily focused on Europe and the US extensively. Along the way they’ve experienced highs and lows, seen lineup changes and personal tragedy, they’ve been robbed in Italy and hospitalized in the USA. They’ve also played with a host of great bands, touring with the likes of Coliseum, Rotten Sound, Trap Them and The Ocean, Municipal Waste, Black Breath, and countless others, and undoubtedly made some life-long friendships. Today, VICTIMS stands as one of the most respected bands of the underground punk and hardcore community.
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