With their highly anticipated compilation album, ‘Storm The Walls: 1990-1994,‘ set to drop on June 23rd through DAZE and Generation Records, Confusion‘s formidable discography is remastered and primed to captivate a new generation of fans. To whet our appetites for the forthcoming release, Confusion has already treated us to remastered versions of three iconic tracks, serving as a tantalizing taste of the relentless energy and innovative fusion that has come to define Confusion‘s sound 30 years ago.
To celebrate thir raw blast from the past and the metallic offshoot of one of the most distinctive and influential subgenre of punk rock and hardcore punk, we sat down with bassist Michael Scondotto to give you his quick list of the best classic NY metal and hardcore bands from that era.
Emerging from the depths of Brooklyn in the early 1990s, Confusion quickly established themselves as pioneers in the art of blending hardcore and death metal. Their groundbreaking sound paved the way for a new wave of musicians, and now, their legacy is being celebrated with ‘Storm The Walls: 1990-1994.’ Remastered with precision by the skilled hands of Mark Dann, the compilation breathes new life into each track, delivering a visceral experience that pays homage to the band’s unwavering intensity.
‘Storm The Walls: 1990-1994’ also features exclusive liner notes penned by notable figures from the scene. Members of Indecision, All Out War, Starkweather, Next Step Up, Darkside NYC, and more share their personal insights, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the significance of Confusion’s impact on the genre.
Best classic NY metal/hardcore, by Confusion:
The ultimate Crossover band from NYC mixing Thrash Metal, Hardcore and Hip Hop. From 1987-1992 they were absolutely on fire.
The release of “The Age of Quarrel” in 1986 kicks off the second wave in NYC and sets the bar that every band wanted to achieve going forward. The music video for “We Gotta Know” brings NYHC to the masses.
The Crumbsuckers are the greatest Hardcore to band to come out of Long Island in my opinion and “Life of Dreams” is an absolute classic.
Our friends from day one, as Merauder and Confusion formed the same year, 1990, and played many shows together. While “Master Killer” is a perfect LP and deserves all of the praise it gets.
The Maximum Penalty self-titled 1989 demo is flawless. I remember buying it for $3 from the guitarist Joe Affe outside of CBGB’s quite vividly. Joe has been a friend ever since and this band was a big influence on Confusion.