2013 witnessed the rebirth of Integrity‘s 1995-released Systems Overload, with the A2/Orr+ Mix of the already massive album, merging alternate mixes and takes from the initial sessions with contributions from previous and current members. This rebuilding of one of hardcore’s most iniquitous and legendary releases was followed by the announcement that the iconic lineup that brought some of the band’s most seminal releases, including Systems Overload,into existence will reunite on stage for the first time in over twenty years, with a one-time set, as they will headline the A389 Recordings ten-year anniversary Bash in Baltimore, Maryland in January.
And now, as the A389 X Bash is now exactly one month away, A389 announces that this infamous Integrity lineup — vocalist Dwid Hellion, guitarists Chris Smith and Aaron Melnick, bassist Leon Melnick and drummer Mark Konopka — has harnessed the first new track together in over two decades! Recorded by current Integrity guitarist Robert Orr, the virulent new hymn bears the mark, “7th Revelation: Beyond The Realm Of The VVitch,” every second of it searing with the apocalyptic intensity that made Integrity stand out from the pack and become the household name in the hardcore and metal scenes it is today. The track was constructed for a special 7″ release to be made available at the upcoming one-time live set at the A389 X Bash when the lineup takes to the stage on Saturday, January 18th, headlining the gargantuan two-venue event, joined that evening by a one-time Bloodlet reunion set, All Out War, Weekend Nachos, Noisem, Power Trip, Pick Your Side, Homewrecker, Empire Of Rats and more.
Take in a sample of “7th Revelation: Beyond The Realm Of The VVitch” and view the cover art, as always crafted by Dwid Hellion, at A389’s bandcamp.
A389 will also deal out a Christmas Overload bundle of the release in the coming weeks, including super limited edition Systems Overload-era retro stuff Limited to 100 clear with no labels pre-press of the new 7″ in a limited edition of 100, a double 12″ of Systems Overload with etched B-sides limited to 100 and more.
If that’s not enough, Decibel Magazine recently interrogated Integrity‘s Systems Overload crew, collecting one of the best stories on the band ever, with a massive seven page feature unloads a wealth of insight into the creation of this album as a new installation to their cherished Hall Of Fame series! Check it out in the January 2014 issue with the King Diamond cover.
Photo by BTS’s Joshua Cohen from our exclusive A389 2013 Bash Photo Gallery.