Candlelight Records today confirms November 13th as the worldwide release date for Razed To The Ground, the new album from New York’s VISION OF DISORDER. Produced by Zeus (Hatebreed, Demon Hunter, Rob Zombie), it is the band’s second recording for Candlelight Records. In conjunction with the release, the band has confirmed a special November 14th Long Island performance at Revolution Music Hall in Amityville, New York. Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday, September 18th. Official pre-orders for Razed To The Ground are set to launch October 9th.
Recorded during July and August, Razed To The Ground contains ten hearty and provocative new songs from the hardcore luminaries. Vocalist Tim Williams notes, “we are very excited for our fans to hear this record. We believe it offers everything VOD does well. I am especially excited about the growth of the songs; the brutality, the melody, and the overall sound of the record.” Bassist Mike Fleischmann adds, “as a band, VISION OF DISORDER strives to evolve musically with each album. Having Zeuss as producer really allowed us to achieve that goal. Razed To The Ground contains some of this band’s finest moments and we are extremely grateful to Candlelight that we have been given the opportunity to demonstrate that we are still at the top of our game.”
The album’s first single, “Hours In Chaos,” is set to premiere early in October. Questioned about the song, Williams stated, “upon hearing the first riffs of the song, I knew it was gonna be a monster and needed strong vocals and lyrics to bring it where it needed to be. It is a song to awaken people to what is going on around them; the unrest, the guns, the utter disregard for human life. The world has become a dangerous place. I feel I have illustrated the feelings of anxiety and insecurity that is so prevalent today.” Guitarist Mike Kennedy asserts, “this song embodies everything that is VOD. Politically relevant and musically explosive, ‘Hours In Chaos’ is one of the most raw and powerful tracks VOD has ever written. Lyrically, it is a stark reflection of the state of the world today. The frenetic pace of the song mirrors the chaos we see on the streets. The vilification of the police by media and citizens alike is simply the status quo today. ‘Hours’ shines a harsh spotlight on these events and the tragedies surrounding them.”
Razed To The Ground comes three years after the release of The Cursed Remain Cursed; the first newly recorded material by the band in over ten years. Media applauded the return. Said Metal Injection, “to make a successful comeback album, a band needs to do two things – retain their signature sound and avoid regurgitating their past work. VISION OF DISORDER pulls this balancing act off brilliantly.” Agreed Decibel, “while it’s been a generation since they’ve put out new material, old-school fans and new-school skeptics will be happy to know VOD has evolved without losing the distinct sound that first made them hardcore pioneers.”
Formed in 1992, VISION OF DISORDER recorded three demos and an EP before releasing their self-titled Roadrunner Records debut in 1996. Between 1994 and 1999, the band would see eight additional and now rare recordings as their fan base grew, including a split 7-inch with Loyal To None (Hearsay Records), a split 7-inch with Nanchaku (Dea Records), and the Resurrecting Reality EP (Crisis/Revelation Records) featuring their cover of Bad Brains classic “Soul Craft.” The band would record a second album for Roadrunner, Imprint (1998), and two additional albums, For The Bleeders (1999, Go Kart Records) and From Bliss To Devastation (2001, TVT Records) before disbanding. By 2008, VOD reunited and began writing new material for the first time in over a decade. They announced their signing with England’s Candlelight Records on February 23rd, 2012. The Cursed Remain Cursed was released six months later.
VISION OF DISORDER is guitarist Mike Kennedy, drummer Brendon Cohen, vocalist Tim Williams and bassist Mike Fleischmann.