IRISH VOODOO/BLACK VOODOO RECORDS have teamed up with VANDALS AND THIEVES RECORDS to put out the new Crypt Keeper 12″ vinyl. This will be a very cool project with all the songs on side A and a blank side B which will be screened. check out Crypt Keeper and show your support.
Back when I was a teen, Forced Down was one of my favorite hardcore bands from the late 80′s to early 90′s. Seeing them live was amazing, and I would drive over a hour to San Diego to see them. Forced Down didn’t sound like any other band at that time, and when I think of San Diego hardcore I think of Forced Down. Fast forward to 2013, who thought I would even be doing a label, let alone meeting Mike Down years ago and doing this little project. It might not be a big deal to others, but it’s a big deal to me. This is not a special re press on some crazy colored vinyl, or re mixed and mastered, this is the original record with original labels from over 20 years ago. We changed the cover and packaging, and this will be stamped out of 50. If you love this era of hardcore, or want to hear a band ahead of their time, this record is for you.
We would like to thank CODEXRED for all the hard work they did for the label. Not only a great band, but great guys, and I only hope for the best for each member.
CODEXRED will play two last shows in Reno and at RAINFEST, so go support and show them some love.
April 4th – Expire, Black Ice, Another Mistake, and Force Fed. @ Fort Ryland.
May 24-26 @Rain Fest in Seattle.
Pick up the CODEXRED 7″
In two years time, Plagues has not wasted a spare moment setting down roots to become a name in the fast moving Socali scene. Self releasing an EP and another two via Irish Voodoo Records. They have become a sleeper cell delivering a pedigree of dark, gritty hardcore that the region has become known for. Carrying on a maladjusted tradition like such outfits as Restrained and The Love Below, they run with the torch lit by their own flame of discordant measures, driving drum lines intertwined with throat-wrenched vocals spouting out discontent. Giving an overall ambiance of self-loathing and desperation, all the while turning the genre upside-down.
Now finally finding their place amongst other misfits such as Old Wounds, Convul and Burn Your Life Down. We are extremely content to have Plagues apart of this malfunction. Plagues have already begun their recording for their debut EP with Erol “Rollie” Ulug at Bright Lights Studios (Dangers, Graf Orlock, Children Of God, Seahaven).
We are very proud of the boys, they worked hard for us and we couldn’t ask for anything more. On sale now at Irish Voodoo
New Age Records now exclusively distributed by Irish Voodoo Records Direct
New Age Records stands as one of the premiere hardcore labels in southern California. Established on a shoestring budget in 1988 by hardcore dignitary Mike Hartsfield, in attempts to give unknown hardcore bands with a message and sincerity a chance to get out of the garages and into studios. “The message is the music,” says Hartsfield. The fuse was lit. “Hardcore had an honesty and emotion that I just had to be a part of.” The dream New Age Records was realized.
New Age Records steamrolled almost into a monopoly with every southern California band, not to mention worldwide hopefuls, beating down the door for a home at a “real” hardcore label. The New Age stable reads like a variable who’s who of hardcore folk lore. Bands like Unbroken, the San Diego boys that helped harvest the hardcore/metal fusion. Outspoken, the positive straightedge kids responsible for coining the phrase “Straightedge isn’t cool anymore… So what!” A Chorus of Disapproval, the militant straightedge band that actually drove fear into a generation. Strife, the west coast heavyweights who mowed over what it’s predecessors left wanting more. New Age tightened it’s grip around the east coast as well with groups such as Lifetime, a band near and dear to the hearts of any fan of emotional styled hardcore. Turning Point, and Mouthpiece were the pride of east coast hardcore proper, with their driven views and endless aggression. Launching into 2000 it was Countervail, Amendment Eighteen & Red Tape leading the way. After a break from signing new bands it was time again to strengthen the New Age roster. Aftermath of a Trainwreck, Just Went Black, Countdown to Life, Hellfire Trigger, Five Victims Four Graves, Fight Everyone, This Time Tomorrow, all made the label a better place in the mid 2000′s with amazing releases and shows to remember.The New Age Records tradition of excellence continues 21 years after it’s inception with the most recent additions of Today and Everything After, One Choice, Time For Change, Seven Generations, A Better Hope Foundation and Royal Monsters.
Now available from New Age Records in our Irish Voodoo Store