Cleveland Hardcore Legends Integrity are dropping a new full length May 25th. Now 20 years deep in the game, with releases that have changed the coarse of metal and hardcore fusion forever; Integrity are releasing The Blackest Curse on an unsuspecting public via Deathwish inc.
“Integrity have been surrounded by myth, controversy, and legend for much of their almost 20-year existence. Along with fellow Cleveland monsters Ringworm, they are responsible for laying the foundation for metallic hardcore as we know it. Not only dictating, but literally defining the wave of musical darkness that continuously influences those at the forefront of the aggressive music scene. You can hear their direct influence in bands like Rot In Hell, Rise And Fall, Converge, Hatebreed, and more.
After releasing classic albums on other labels, Integrity triumphantly returned to the spotlight in 2003 with their “To Die For” CD on Deathwish. “To Die For” recording was a true reclamation of the throne for the band. Produced and engineered by Ben Schigel (Ringworm, Mushroomhead), the collection of eight blood boiling songs served as a musical progression, all the while embracing the approach of their influential past.
After the release of “To Die For“, Integrity toured Europe and the United States, eventually falling into a sort of restless hibernation. From that point on they only surfaced for the occasional festival or “one-off” show appearance. All of that changed two years later when Dwid Hellion assembled his new incarnation of the band featuring both Jochum brothers (Mike now being joined by Nate on drums), as well as “To Die For” era bassist Steve Rochourst (Ringworm, etc.). Soon Integrity began crafting ideas for what was to become “The Blackest Curse“. The process was methodical and slow going, with members being divided between two continents. However, after years on end of refining the material, the friends convened in Belgium and began laying down tracks for the album. Though these initial sessions were a creative success for Integrity, due to time limitations they were left incomplete, forcing the material to lay dormant.
Fast forward to 2008; Integrity once again woke from their slumber, this time to tour Europe alongside longtime friends Converge, and Coliseum. This tour introduced the band to a whole new generation of aggressive music listeners. Following this momentum, the band then released their “Walpurgisnacht” 7″EP on A389/Magic Bullet Records. As importantly, this stirring also rekindled the fire under “The Blackest Curse” project, with vocalist Dwid Hellion recording the final vocals for the album in his home studio.
The Blackest Curse Hits The Street May 25!
Pre-Order The Album at Deathwish inc
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