Abacus Recordings has announced the signing of New York City's SICK OF IT ALL.
As one of the longest-standing bands still proudly waving the flag of New York hardcore, SICK OF IT ALL have made their mark as one of the cornerstones of NYHC, proving that heart, hard work and dedication to hardcore is about more than just the music and an image — it's a way of life.
"After discussing our situation quite a bit, we realized that we needed to be on a label that was run by a fan of our music," says drummer Armand Majidi. "We found that in Abacus, because the head of the label wanted to sign us all the way back in 1993, and hasn't lost his enthusiasm for SICK OF IT ALL. That's dedication — something rarely found in this industry. We're excited to be a part of something that's just taking off."
The four-piece will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2006 and coinciding with that monumental event is the release of the band's ninth full-length record (not including several EPs, singles and compilation recordings). The upcoming album, entitled "Death to Tyrants", will be recorded with producer Dean Baltulonis (GIVE UP THE GHOST, BOUNCING SOULS, MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD) at Atomic Studios this winter. Mixing duties will be handled by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, HEAVEN SHALL BURN) at Antfarm studios in Aarhus, Denmark. An early 2006 release is expected.
"This a landmark album for us, so it's important for it to be strong and heavy," says Majidi. "We've never started writing a record with a masterplan because we like our albums to represent what we really are and what we were thinking in different stages of our lives. Although the songs growl in a new way, they're SOIA through and through, with something to offer all our fans from every era. There's a political slant to a number of songs, because of the more desperate world view we share nowadays, but we still share personal experiences, philosophies and moods that we hope everyone can relate to."