Candlelight Records has set a September 17 European release date for “The Cursed Remain Cursed”, the new album from New York’s VISION OF DISORDER. Produced by Will Putney (SHADOWS FALL, SUICIDE SILENCE) and mixed by Cameron Webb (MOTÖRHEAD, SOCIAL DISTORTION), the CD features eleven new songs, including the album’s lead single “Loveless”. It is the first new recording by the band in over ten years.
“We feel we accomplished a very unique, vicious and exciting record without compromising the V.O.D. brand of hardcore,” says guitarist Mike Kennedy. “‘The Cursed Remain Cursed’ sounds like nothing we’ve ever done.” Vocalist Tim Williams adds, “the songs are raw, real and from the heart.”
Seton Hall University’s WSOU recently welcomed Kennedy and Williams in studio for an interview to discuss the band’s history and the lengthy creative and recording process of “The Cursed Remain Cursed”. During the live broadcast, “Loveless” was played for the first time. Music director Deeps Gera excitedly proclaims, “V.O.D. are back with a hard, driving sound that will make you insane!” “Loveless” impacted metal radio nationwide the week of June 25; the single placing #2 Most Added on CMJ‘s Loud Rock chart. Music Choice music director Gary Susalis comments, “V.O.D. is one of the last true hardcore bands and they are back with an amazingly volatile record.”
VISION OF DISORDER performed this at the CBGB Festival in New York City earlier in the month. The band participated in the three-day event that included live music and film events at over 30 venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Williams says, “It was a great honor to be a part of the 2012 CBGB music festival. We were very happy to be asked to take part in such an iconic show. If you had told us this was going to happen back in 1994 we would have never believed it. As for the set, it was everything you would expect from a NYC hardcore show. It was packed, hot, and with no barricade the kids were flying all over the place. The crowd was singing along and the new song went over well.”
In an interview with Terrorizer magazine, Williams stated about the band’s new CD, “This record is vintage V.O.D., but we’ve all grown as musicians and individuals since the last stuff we released. It’s pretty diverse. You’ve got songs like ‘Blood Red Sun’ that are among the most forward-thinking, progressive things we’ve ever done, while still being real vicious — but there are some straight-up numbers too, like ‘Hard Times’ and ‘Loveless’. Lyrically, it’s coming from a pretty dark place, falling into the pits of one’s own personal hell, and having to crawl out or die down there, plus there’s some more political stuff, too. This has been a long time in the making and we just went with what felt right.”
Regarding the musical direction of VISION OF DISORDER‘s new material, bassist Mike Fleischmann previously told Greg Prato of UGO, “The songs are what you would expect from V.O.D. — very aggressive and melodic. We really feel that on these new songs we have kind of mixed up all of our past efforts into a blender with a dash of new flavor, and we are excited to see what V.O.D. fans will think of it.”
VISION OF DISORDER‘s current lineup includes singer Tim Williams, guitarists Matt Baumbach and Mike Kennedy, Fleischmann and drummer Brendon Cohen.
The band’s last studio album, “From Bliss to Devastation”, came out in 2001 via TVT Records.
VISION OF DISORDER toured with some of metal’s biggest names during the late 1990s — including PANTERA, BLACK SABBATH, TYPE O NEGATIVE, ANTHRAX and BAD BRAINS — before calling it quits in 2001, and then reuniting in 2008.