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BLOOD, SWEAT AND NOT TEARS

AFTER THREE DECADES SICK OF IT ALL SHOW NO SIGNS OF LETTING UP. TERRORIZER SPOKE TO FRONTMAN LOU KOLLER ABOUT THE PAST, PRESENT AND THE FUTURE AS THE NEW YORK LEGENDS CELEBRATE THEIR ANNIVERSARY

SICK OF IT ALL

In 1986, New York hardcore was out for blood. There was no one defining turning point, just a series of gear-shifts that lit the touchpaper for what would remain a vital lifeforce for alternative music three decades on. The Cro-Mags entered

‘The Age Of Quarrel’, Agnostic Front created ‘Cause For Alarm’, Youth Of Today broke down the walls and members of all three bands, along with Jimmy Gestapo of Murphy’s Law, stood on national television as part of the now-infamous

‘Donohue’ show and defended their right to be ‘Skinhead Rebels’. In Queens, two brothers, Lou and Pete Koller, were inspired by the bands growing out of the Sunday afternoon matinee shows at notorious punk hang-out CBGBs and formed their band called Sick Of It All. Clobberin’ in no time at all, the band, completed by Armand Majidi on drums and Rich Cipriano on bass, scored the third ever release on what would become the genre’s go-to label, Revelation Records, before releasing their debut album ‘Blood, Sweat And No Tears’ via Relativity in 1989. Featuring hardcore anthems such as ‘Pushed Too Far’, ‘Friends Like You’ and ‘Pay The Price’, Sick Of It All were quickly hailed as leaders in a new wave of crossover punk that was spreading like wildfire around the world.

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I love reading Album Of The Year features and it’s always fun compiling them – generally because they are often a great reminder of all the great albums that have come out over the last twelve months, as well as providing an opportunity to see how much in agreement we are all in here at Terrorizer HQ when it comes to displaying our own individual musical tastes. I’m sure you’ll read somewhere how 2016 has been a weak year for musical output, I read such articles every year and have done for as long as I can remember, but taste is in the ears of the beholder and frankly I reckon 2016 has provided some quality moments. I write this on the first day of hearing the new Metallica album as well. We didn’t get to hear the album prior to release – it would appear that someone in the band’s Ivory Tower didn’t consider the Terrorizer readers worthy of having a review in this issue. A shame really, and consequently the album hasn’t made our AOTY list. Rest assured that everything else that HAS made the list has been lovingly enjoyed for more than one measly advance stream anyway. We always try and keep things real at Tezza HQ. So who did make the Number One spot? Turn these ‘ere pages to find out! That’s also why you’ll find the mighty Crowbar on our cover. One of the most reliably heavy and honest bands out there – Kirk’s in mighty fine form and it’s a pleasure to have them on our final cover of the year. We hope you enjoy the story behind their new album and why he and Todd are back backing music once again. Here’s to a storming 2017! Adios Darren Sadler
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