Southern Lord welcomes Holland’s veteran hardcore punk group Vitamin X to the label for the upcoming release of the band’s sixth full-length recording, Age Of Paranoia.
Vitamin X has been creating and touring their energetic brand of rock and thrash-soaked hardcore punk since the late 1990s, operating through die-hard DIY channels. The Amsterdam-based band has amassed an arsenal of albums, EPs, singles, splits, and more across a wide array of underground labels, including Havoc Records, Tankcrimes, Underestimated, AgiPunk, Refuse Records, and many others. Their two most recent albums were recorded by Steve Albini (Nirvana, Iggy Pop,Neurosis). Age Of Paranoia, the latest chapter in the band’s lineage, was recorded by Igor Wouters at ARC Studios in Amsterdam, and includes several special guest guitar solos by J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr., Witch) and Bubba Dupree (Void, Soundgarden, Dave Grohl’s Probot, Brant Bjork).
On working with Southern Lord, Vitamin X comment “This will be our first release on a major/bigger label as we’ve always operated in the do-it-yourself scene, even though bigger labels were interested in us in the past. We feel Southern Lord really fits with us, and Greg Anderson is an amazing guy, who just like us, comes from a hardcore punk background but is also into all kinds of other styles of music.”
Greg Anderson adds, ”Vitamin X creates music that pushes boundaries within a genre that is typically limited, a really unique fusion of old-school hardcore and rock, metal, and punk.”
Age Of Paranoia offers sixteen volatile tracks, packed into a succinct, white-knuckled twenty-eight minutes. The album surges with rapid-fire punk angst, replete with ripping rock leads and raised-fist, group-chanting anthems. To complete the recording, the cover artwork is created by Marald (Baroness, Kylesa, High On Fire).
Well-known for their energetic and frenetic live shows which attract fans from across the metal, punk, and rock spectrums, Vitamin X has toured around the world several times, from Japan to the United States, from South America to Southeast Asia, and beyond. The band hasplayed on MTV and many large festivals including Hellfest, Maryland Deathfest, and many others, and recently toured with Baroness and Harley Flannagan’s Cro-Mags. Vitamin X will be presenting their new songs for the first time at festivals and shows throughout 2018; check out some live dates below and expect further updates throughout the year.
VITAMIN X LIVE DATES:
15/03/2018 AZ – Aachen, DE
17/03/2018 Arc en Musiques Fest – Ecaussinnes, BE
03/052018 N8 Lounge – Bonn, DE
11/05/2018 Unies Sont Nos Cultures Fest – Lorient, FR
12/05/2018 TBA – Paris, FR
06/07/2018 Flugplatz – Zwickau, DE
07/07/2018 RIIP Fest – Tours, FR
14/07/2018 Woodstick Fest – DE
03/08/2018 TBA – Wroclaw, PL
04/08/2018 Novy – Jicin, CZ
05/08/2018 TBA – Bratislava, SK
07/09/2018 Chimpyfest -, London, UK
14/09/2018 Punk Rock Weekend Fest – Stockholm, SE
15/09/2018 TBA – Troisdorf, DE
Marko Korac – vocals
Marc Emmerik – guitar
Alex Koutsman – bass
Danny – drums
Age Of Paranoia will be released on LP, CD, and digital formats on 18th May through Southern Lord; artwork, track listing, audio samples, pre-orders information, and more to be revealed in the weeks ahead.
”One of the best and most important hardcore bands today” – PROFANE
”Excellent and addictive, gathering the best of punk and metal: one
part hardcore punk, another Motörhead” – METAL ADVISOR
the supreme thrash band in all of current rock ‘n’ roll” – MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL