One of the most innovative and widely admired bands to emerge from the never-ending collision between hardcore and metal, VISION OF DISORDER exploded from the streets of Long Island, NYC, with their self-titled debut album in 1996. Rapidly established as one of the hottest heavy bands on the planet, they were merely reaping the rewards of several years of hard slog as they honed their daring crossover sound across a series of gritty and groundbreaking demos.
Formed by guitarists Matt Baumbach and Mike Kennedy in 1992 and completed by vocalist Tim Williams, bassist Mike Fleischmann and drummer Brendon Cohen, their first official release was a split single with fellow NY crew Loyal ToNone, but it was 1995’s seven-inch Still EP that sealed the Roadrunner deal for this groundbreaking riff squad. With a burgeoning underground following who lauded the band’s blending of their traditional hardcore roots with more adventurous melodic and rhythmic elements, VISION OF DISORDER were the right band for the right time, as the lines between metal and hardcore became ever more blurred and heavy music entered an era where cross-pollination was the name of the game.
VISION OF DISORDER announced that they were to go on an indefinite hiatus in 2002. However, the band reunited in 2006 for a brief three-song set at a Bloodsimple show in Long Island and received such a rapturous response that they decided to perform a full gig together later that year at NYC’s Super Bowl Of Hardcore fest in Manhattan.
Several more reunion shows followed, some of which were filmed for a proposed DVD that would eventually emerge under the title Dead In NY in 2008. Later that same year it was confirmed that VISION OF DISORDER were back in action for real and working on material for a new studio album. By mid-2010, the band were on a creative roll and performing shows with Life Of Agony, Biohazard and Glassjaw which added to the growing buzz around the reformed quintet. In June2011, VISION OF DISORDER unveiled the first fruits of their renewed collaboration, posting new song ‘The Enemy’ online and generating a storm of excitement and approval.
Finally, over a decade on from their last album, VISION OF DISORDER are back and the Long Island destroyers are set to wreak havoc and incite wild pits across the globe when their brand new yet untitled full-length drops later in 2012. Reliably one step ahead of the game, the new record takes the best from past VISION OF DISORDER releases and adds plenty of new ideas and vitality to an already heady brew of savage riffing and fearless proclamations. Let disorder reign!