NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 by Tony Rettman chronicles Manhattan’s buzz-cutted, combat-booted extreme punk scene with bare-knuckled nerve and mosh-pit verve on par with the music itself. And in the modern age of remasters and reissues—we’re happy to report that Rettman’s work is never done.

Check out Tony’s adrenaline-drenched write-up at Clrvynt of Painkiller/540 Records‘ first-ever vinyl edition of the legendarily savage self-titled 1987 demo by Yonkers-based hardcore brawlers, Breakdown:

“With its vengeful lyrical content, distinctive mid-tempo crunch and concealed metal leanings, this thing was the blueprint for the brand of hardcore that would come from the city for many years to come…The always-on-point tag-team of Painkiller Records and 540 Records rescued this classic bit of rage from the digital-only wasteland, remastered it from the original tapes and placed it on a nice, thick slice of proper vinyl. If that ain’t enough, they also tacked on a set the band recorded for the “Crucial Chaos” show on WNYU, plus a 12 x 24 poster jam-packed with never-before-seen pictures and stories from those who were there to witness it all.”

Keep up with Breakdown via the band’s FB page: https://www.facebook.com/breakdownnyhc/

And read NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 by Tony Rettman


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