New York hardcore legends AGNOSTIC FRONT are utilizing the services of drummer Dominik Timm of the band CIRCLE OF DEATH on their current European tour after AF's regular skinsman, Pokey Mo, was forced to leave the trek due to an unspecified injury. For the band's upcoming Mexico tour, AGNOSTIC FRONT will be joined by Steve Gallo, who "will be filling in on drums and helping out through this crisis," according to a statement released by the group. "We are cheering for Pokey for a good and quick recovery to join us again for our Europe August tour," the band adds.
AGNOSTIC FRONT changed the face of music throughout its 25-year-long career and the "Victim In Pain" and "United Blood" records started it all.
On November 17, 2009, Bridge Nine released a CD version with "United Blood" and "Victim in Pain" combined, and additionally re-released "United Blood" on 7" and "Victim in Pain" on 12" LP. "Victim In Pain" has been given extra special treatment, with a gatefold LP cover, complete with a dirty gold metallic ink and embossed logo and title. The gatefold opens up to the original handwritten layout of the first pressing, and the original cover — which was subsequently censored — is printed full size on the front and back of the dust sleeve. "United Blood" has a similar metallic ink and embossed logo front cover, and also has the original cover design printed in black and white on the enclosed dust jacket. Gold vinyl is the limited color, and comes first-come-first-served with each package deal. Packages include a 12"x18" poster and a limited edition "Victim In Pain" t-shirt.
Originally released in 1983, "United Blood" was AGNOSTIC FRONT's first release and was followed shortly thereafter by "Victim In Pain" in 1984. These albums were a blast of pure New York hardcore that confirmed AF's status as leaders of the New York hardcore movement alongside precursors the CRO-MAGS and MURPHY'S LAW.
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