*SR-18 "Grey Skies"
Cali Hardcore/Punk fused with East
For almost 20 years, Friction 57 has been a
mainstay in the New Jersey Punk and Hardcore scene. Combining
elements of punk, hardcore and metal, they deliver their own
unique blend of aggressive, intelligent, and melodic music that
is sure to resonate with fans of Pennywise, Bad Religion and
Strung Out. Friction 57 was formed in 1996 by four high school
friends who wanted to make music with no compromises. They
played regionally for a few years--anywhere anyone wanted to see
them--and even made it up and down the east coast. With the
culmination of several songs, their first full length record,
"You Just Can't Win" was distro’d on Scorpion Records in 2002.
Now, more than a decade later, Friction 57 returns to Scorpion
Records with their upcoming EP release "Grey Skies". With new
songs that are guaranteed to inspire, motivate and make you
think, Friction 57 is poised to deliver one of the most highly
anticipated independent New Jersey releases of the year.
Landscapes & Skylines
Melodic yet powerful!
NYC's Landscapes & Skylines step up their game with a powerhouse
Landscapes and Skylines coalesced in New York
City circa spring 2012. Fueled by a wide range of influences,
from Death Cab for Cutie to Balance and composure, and
everything in between, the band wasted no time in establishing
themselves with their brand of emotional music. After spending
some time at Boston based Kennedy Studios, Landscapes and
Skylines is proud to release the debut EP entitled “Departure.”
Lead vocalist, Kevin Ultsh, says “this record is by far the best
thing I’ve been a part of musically. Chris and Steve were really
able to help us put together a record that exceeds any of our
expectations.” Expect to see Landscapes and Skylines throughout
the Northeast, and beyond.
Influesnces include: Turnover, Citizen, Crucial Dudes, Real
Friends, Title Fight, Transit, Tigers Jaw, Joyce Manor, Motion
City Soundtrack, The Front Bottoms, The Early November, Senses
Know Your Enemy!
*SR-16 "Kill Them (With Kindness)"
Brutal heavy hardcore from upstate NY. No bullshit just
straight up passion and energy!
Know your enemy hails from upstate new York. It's members have
been playing in heavy bands for many years, and their paths
crossed at a time when this was the obvious direction to take.
This is a passion. Not a way to make a living, but an escape
from the grind, friends doing what they love. There is no
political message, no agenda. Just fun. Our message is simple:
be careful who you trust, treat your real friends and your
family well, and have fun because life is short, and you never
know when your time is up.
Turn It Up
*SR-15 "Stronger Than Machines"
Emotion fueled Punk/Hardcore filled with melody and
impressive musical song writing
Since 2009, Turn It Up! has been actively
involved in the New York City hardcore/punk scene. After handing
out two thousand self released demo CDRs throughout the world,
they've had the opportunity to share the stage with many legends
including Cro Mags, Sick of it All, h2o, Marauder, and countless
other amazing bands.
they remain committed and continue with passion through each
hardship; embracing them as they have had a very profound impact
in shaping who they are.
It hasn't been easy! Having experienced periods of constantly
While Turn It Up's lyrics take up a wide range of issues, they
have a real passion for political and social issues, which are
reflected both in the lyrical content as well as their daily
Silence Equals Death
As a prelude to a
future full length release, SED has unleashed 4 songs of
fury and passion with hard breakdowns fused with melody.
and it's FREE!
Formed in 2011,SED are guys who have been around the NJ/NY Hardcore scene for years. Members
toured, had music on labels and share a common bond, love
and passion for what they create. The band also share the
unfortunate bond of being in bands that have broken up and
left them searching for a new outlet. The name Silence
Equals Death not only has meaning for the masses, but for
the band individually as people who have been silenced by
past events. This band is a resurrection, a new voice, a new
fight, their next opportunity to connect with the world the
best way they know how., Long Night
Past and current band include: In Search Of, Flat Earth
Society, American Monster,
Turn It Up
*SR-14 "To Not Give In"
Fast furious hardcore influenced by early NYHC with the New
Jersey flavor that the scene has come to love!
Ripface Invasion is a coalition of
veteran musicians from the New Jersey punk/hardcore/metal scene
from over the past 20 years.
Ripface Invasion is a hardcore band that takes on a late
eighties early nineties New York hardcore sound. They draw
influence from bands like Leeway, the Cro-Mags, and Sick of it
All. They blend it with hints of late 80’s thrash metal, and mid
nineties New Jersey beat down styled hardcore. Also, they throw
in some punk rock influence from bands like The Misfits and The
Ramones. The result is a well rounded original sound, that
defies genres and creates it own style of hardcore, that sounds
like no other band out there. It’s brutal, fast, and full of
energy. The passion of its members is obvious, and comes through
loud and clear when they take the stage and perform live.
Ripface Invasion was formed in December of 2010 by vocalist
Anthony (Red) Paladino. Red is the founder and an active member
of the Earache Records 1997 new chapter recording artist IDK,
since their creation in 1990. The rest of the Ripface Invasion
line up consists of veteran guitarist Joe EC. Joe is the
founder of New Jersey thrash metal outfit Saint Avarice, Joe
also recorded and engineered Ripface Invasion's EP " To Not Give
In" The bass guitar duties are held by Tom Conti, who has played
along side Red in IDK since 1995. Finally, Ripface’s drum basher
is Dan Lockhart, who is a longtime veteran hardcore drummer. He
has played in acts such as One 4 One and A Moment’s Peace.
Exit She Calls
*SR-13 "Out Of Reach"
The bands one and only
release was 11 songs of great pop punk with smooth female
The band started off in 2004 as an acoustic side project of
Kristia Moya while she was playing in and out of bands in New
Jersey. Because of every song being influenced by different
genres of artists and bands, only writing acoustic songs did not
fulfill her. Ryan Bertone, had brought up making ESC a full band
throughout the years, but it didn’t happen until last summer.
She was lucky enough to get both Jeff Lambert and Carlos Rivero
right away. From there on, everything just fell into place.
Playing their first show as a full band in January, they haven’t
looked back since and have already played a large handfull of
shows throughout New Jersey and New York. Honest and energetic
can sum up ESC’s live performance in two words. They do not play
into the gimmicks that most North Jersey bands do which makes
their music more sincere. Their hard work has gotten them to
play this year’s Warped Tour in Camden, New Jersey and Six
Flag’s Great Adventure with Forever The Sickest Kids in Jackson,
New Jersey. Even though, ESC is still fresh as a band, they have
achieved a good amount and only plan to take it to the next
level. This band, with their dose of sweet, catchy, yet edgy
sound, could be North Jersey’s hope for a great young pop/rock
*SR-12 "Self Titled CD"
11 tracks of pure
brutality ala Hatebreed and Terror!
What started off as a jam band in 01 eventually
grew into a group of skilled individuals with diverse interests
and enough ambition to take them all the way. Augment is a
Hardcore/Metal band that stays true to the sound they've been
known for over the years. Five different individuals working to
create their own style, their own music, and their own history.
In Search Of
*SR-11 "25 Ta Life/Search Of split CD"
ISO delivers four passion filled songs of new school Hardcore.
*SR-8 "Four Scenes One Family"
debut that laid the foundation for future success and notoriety
as one of the scenes best up and comers.
In Search Of was born on June 25th 2005 after playing it's first
official show in Taunton Massachusetts. June of 05 saw the
worldwide release of the split cd "Four Scenes One Family".
The Cd also featuring Colin Of Arabia, Blood Stands Still and
Stop This Fall has gotten ISO rave reviews not only in the USA,
but around the globe. Spring of 06 saw ISO land on a compilation
CD put out by StillBorn Records. In August the band teamed up
with 25 Ta Life to release it's second split in just over a
year. Tours in Canada and the USA fueled the passion and desire
of ISO to become a major force in the music community, as well
as building a connection both emotionally and physically with
The often asked question "what are you guys In Search Of"? Can
easily be rebutted by asking "what are you searching for"? We're
all searching for something in life. And while we're all
different in what we strive for, the common bond remains. We all
continue to search, from now, until we die. But then again, once
we die, maybe the real search begins
25 ta Life has been around since 93' Their sound is pure
hardcore with a "metal" edge to it. If you live anywhere
near NY, and you're into Hardcore, you HAVE seen 25 ta Life
play at one time or another. 25 ta Life seems to play shows
almost every day and it's because of them that many other
smaller bands get recognition. The band defines what the
hardcore scene is really about, UNITY. At each show, Rick
has a huge table filled with 25 ta Life merchandise as well
as tapes, demos, and CD's from other bands. Pile-on's and
sing alongs are a trade mark event at all 25 ta Life shows.
If you have the chance to see them, and you haven't yet,
make sure you check these mutha fuckas out!
*SR-10 "The End Of Silence"
SK delivered a 6 song
EP of heavy Hardcore with a crushing metal edge
Sutter Kane formed in the summer of 2001 at first
calling themselves "Lost In Silence". A couple beers and a few
members later they decided it would be best to change the bands
name and Sutter Kane was born. In the beginning the band
started out as a jam session having fun and giving themselves a
place to go after a long work day. Sutter Kane later formed
into a band that continues to tour throughout the USA and Canada
while playing with heavy hitting acts like Love Is Red, With
Honor, Embrace Today, The Program, He Is Legend & Anterraba.
Later releasing their debut album "The End of Silence" Sutter
Kane combines the sounds of metal; Iron Maiden, Killswitch
Engage, All That Remains and As I lay Dying with the energy of
hardcore; Agnostic Front, Leeway, Madball and Hatebreed. Using
the passion for music & life as their fuel, Sutter Kane strives
to break down the walls and go beyond the boundaries set,
leaving nothing but ashes behind.
*SR-9 "Holding On"
The Blackout delivers a 6
song EP of Kill Your Idols meets Sick Of It All style
hardcore. Fast and furious with plenty of pile on and
The Blackout was Hardcore Punk band from central new jersey.
The band was formed in early 1999 by Matt & Ken Hall . They
were joined by guitarist Chris and a couple other friends
soon after. In 2000 they started writing songs and playing
through out New Jersey and New York including The Misfits
25th anniversary tour at The Birch Hill Nightclub. Like many
bands The Blackout has gone though a few member changes over
the years. In 2004 they were joined by drummer Nick (of
friction 57 fame). Since then The Blackout has been louder,
faster, and more in your face than ever. They continue to
play with many great hardcore and punk bands including The
Misfits, Agnostic Front, The Dickies, D.I, Flat Earth
Society, The Damned, and D.R.I.
Blood Stands Still
*SR-8 "Four Scenes One Family"
Some of the
first material released by BSS are these 3 great songs that
propelled them into the spotlight as one of the scenes
hardest bands on any coast.
Originally formed back in 1999, Blood Stands Still has
stayed true to the hardcore scene continually progressing
musically while helping out others in need. The main
emphasis being to create some powerful music and taking it
out on the road. The band has finished several successful
tours of the North and Southwest with their friends in Skare
Tactic, Already Dead, Life In Numbers, Bring It Down,
Donnybrook, Cast Aside, 25 Ta Life, and 100 Demons.
Stop This Fall
*SR-8 "Four Scenes One Family"
Miami's best delivers their last 3 songs to be released with
inspiring lyrics and catchy rhythms.
STF was a punk band that ended up being a hardcore band.
When the project came together, it aimed to play a melodic
brand of heavier punk rock, but the influences of the
members cranked out melodic hardcore punk. The band itself
was aimed at maintaining an ideal and a message that spoke
to those parts of the counter-culture that were aware of the
responsibility that comes with being aware. and to dispel
the ambiguity that such statements usually carry, we were
leftists, pretty much socialists, and damn proud of it too.
This meant that the band would, fatefully, have very few
mosh parts or songs about killing ex-girlfriends...with mosh
*SR-7 "Something From Within" Heartfelt
Discord's debut EP mixes all styles of hardcore with pure
passion and emotion. With influences such as fugazi, minor
threat, sick of it all, lifetime
In the beginning stages most of the members were currently
playing in other bands, so the idea of putting Heartfelt
Discord together was primarily thought of as a side project.
But since most of the band listened to all different styles
of hardcore, the urge to form a band that could express that
with no limitations was just too great. Heartfelt Discord
got together and began to write songs which they felt best
represented themselves while remaining free from being
labeled into a specific genre of music. Shortly after the
writing process began, natale asked matt, who played guitar
in his current nj metalcore band (a life less perfect) to
join up with them. After matt’s arrival Heartfelt Discord’s
sound really began coming together, and things just started
flowing. Since the members current projects weren’t working
out for one reason or another, Heartfelt Discord quickly
changed from a side project to the only band that really
mattered. In late June Heartfelt Discord recorded their
upcoming ep titled "Something From Within" and plans to keep
moving forward, taking their love for music as far as they
*SR-6 "Grasp The Open Hand"
The debut release
from what has become one of NJ's best kept secrets. This CD
showed the growing process of the band as they went on to become
one of the most talented Emo/Rock bands in the tri-state area.
Their vocalist reminds me a bit of Brendan from Incubus with his
inflection and rhythmic crooning. Well written songs from a
group whom have been friends since Middle School. You can tell
that they have that great chemistry that only exists between
long lasting friendships. Emotional indie punk rock that is
captivating and well thought out. This band is as good if not
better than the circuit about to tour on this years Warped Tour.
Record labels that frequent Smother, be sure to check out this
band, they just might make you millions! To think that they're
only 19...they easily just produced the most amazing CD I'll probably hear all year. smother.net
*SR-5 "All The Kings Men..."
with kick ass grooves and melody! For fans of Strike Anywhere.
Hailing from Toms River NJ, OWC offers up every song to goals of
positive social change, unity, and building a sense of community
and solidarity. OWC has been playing together for many years.
The band strives to deliver music infused with energy, Youth and
Eyes Of Hate
*SR-4 "Eyes Of Hate"
angry NYC punk rock with no bullshit lyrics and an intensity
that makes you want to tear the venue down!
Eyes Of Hate was started in 1999 by singer Al and friend
Antonio. The story can go one forever, but the short of it is,
Al died in 2005 and will be missed by all who knew him. The
music however, will live on forever...
The original Scorpion band!
*SR-1 "Demo 2000"
Pennywise/Bad Religion influenced DIY songs that led to the
birth of Scorpion Records.
*SR-3 "FES Self Titled Re-release"
8 songs of
punk rock mixed with old school hardcore that put the band and
the label globally on the map!
In January of 2000 FES released a 2 song CD
simply titled "Demo 2000". In June of 2000, a self titled 7 song
studio CD was released on Scorpion Records. Both CD’s received
great reviews in print and web press. Both are also receiving
airplay on US college radio and other stations throughout the
world. Through some hard networking and a word of mouth buzz, to
date, FES has landed on Fifteen compilation CD’s, Two extreme
skiing videos and a Video fanzine that featured North Jersey
bands. All of which are for sale worldwide. The band had a song
featured on a television commercial for the WWF 5 FES songs were
included in the regular rotation at the 2000 winter X-Games. FES
has played live on a local cable TV show, and has done live on
air interviews on numerous college radio. The songs "What Now",
"All Talk" and “Friend” have reached #1 on MP3.com and
garageband.com's punk/hardcore charts. In 2002 after selling out
of 2 pressings of the first CD, The band decided to redo the
artwork and re-release a self titled CD with a new audio track
and a mpeg video. The re-release finally found FES's CD in most
records stores in NJ and other states such as, Arizona, Utah and
Texas. 2003 also brought a deal to distro the CD in Russia. FES
toured the east coast from Mass to Florida since 2000 and
started invading Canada in 2004 The band completed a full
national tour of 11,000 miles in 31 days in the summer of 2003,
won a lot on the 2003 Warped Tour through Ernie Ball and played
to a sold out crowd. 2004 FES played HellFest @ RexPlex in NJ!
*Although never an official Scorpion release
Implode's self titled CD has
been part of our catalog from the beginning. Old school
hardcore the way it was meant to be
A hardcore band which formed in 1996 with three former
members of EMOTIVE DRIVE (1988-1993). The band currently has
out an 11 song self titled cd. In addition, they have been
featured on 5 compilation cd's from all around the world.
Implode has also received air play on numerous college and
internet radio stations, as well as, a featured "on air"
interview on WSOU 89.5fm. Guitarist/Vocalist Mark is also
the driving force behind the video fanzine "Guerrilla
The term "IMPLODE" means "to burst inward." The meaning
behind the band name is to try and take negative feelings
and use the music and lyrics to transform them in a
positive, constructive direction (as opposed to
self-destructive). The band hopes that the songs will
motivate others to accomplish their goals and provide a
means of emotional release. Implode will play anywhere from
basements to bigger clubs. They don't mind playing to 5 or
500 people and are willing to play free shows if the
promoter is just looking to break even with expenses or
running a charity event.
In May of 2002 IMPLODE has decided to call it quits. The
band feels they've expressed everything on the last cd and
do not want to force writing new uninspired songs for the
sake of just being in a band. Each member has grown and gone
in separate directions since starting the band, and it seems
that it would be insincere to try to hold on to something
not felt any more.
Mark has gone on to create the Guerilla Warefare video