SICK OF IT ALL is an American hardcore band, formed in 1986 in Queens, New York. The band’s current lineup consists of brothers Lou and Pete Koller on lead vocals and guitars respectively, Armand Majidi on drums, and Craig Setari on bass. SICK OF IT ALL is considered to be a major part of the New York hardcore scene, and has sold half a million records worldwide.
Though their 1989 debut album ‘Blood, Sweat And No Tears’ was a moderate success, SICK OF IT ALL did not achieve commercial success until later albums. After the release of their second album ‘Just Look Around’ in 1992, East West Records saw the band’s potential and signed them in 1993. SICK OF IT ALL’s third and major label debut album, ‘Scratch The Surface’ was released in 1994 to critical acclaim, and included the singles ‘Scratch The Surface’ and ‘Step Down’. Their 1997 follow-up ‘Built To Last’ was also highly acclaimed.
Despite the success of ‘Built To Last’, SICK OF IT ALL was dropped from East West and signed to Fat Wreck Chords in 1998, who released the band’s next three albums before being dropped from the label in 2005, when they signed to Abacus Records, a subsidiary of Century Media. This label released their eighth studio album ‘Death To Tyrants’ in 2006 to positive reviews (Abacus eventually went out of business, though SICK OF IT ALL would remain on Century Media). SICK OF IT ALL’s latest album, ‘Wake the Sleeping Dragon!’, was released on November 2, 2018 and is the band’s first release on Fat Wreck Chords in 15 years.
On ‘Wake the Sleeping Dragon!’, SICK OF IT ALL opted to change up the lyrical approach. While daily frustrations, political idiocy, war, power imbalances, and general inequality have long fueled SICK OF IT ALL’s no-bullshit lyrics, the album title ‘Wake the Sleeping Dragon’! refers to a protest mechanism, today they’re focusing on the bigger picture while also injecting a bit of levity into the songs.
After more than 30 years SICK OF IT ALL shows no signs of slowing down. The long-standing quartet are still pissed off, and they remain a beacon of continuity, integrity, and resolve. SICK OF IT ALL have traveled the world many times over, played in front of hundreds of thousands, and released 11 acclaimed full-length albums. They are the inventors of the ‘Wall of Death’, an event that lines up fans revolutionary war-style on either side of the mosh pit to charge one another. That SICK OF IT ALL continue to live by the standards in their original charter isn’t a matter of course, it’s part of their respective DNA. Hardcore is SICK OF IT ALL.
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