Following the recent announcement that the classic early-1990s lineup of the insidious INTEGRITY will reunite for A389 Recordings’ tenth anniversary bash this Winter, Illinois-based hardcore purveyors Organized Crime Records is preparing to officially release a keystone piece of the band’s discography in a whole “new” way.
Initially released in 1995 via Victory Records, INTEGRITY‘s Systems Overload is one of the most vicious and iconic pieces of hardcore storied lineage, and while countless legions worldwide will forever praise the album it was never presented in the way the band had initially intended. Due to rushed/confused mixing sessions and after countless remixes, the final product that was submitted had buried so many elements and filled it out as a more modern sounding hardcore sound.
Last year former INTEGRITY guitarist Aaron Melnick and current guitarist Robert Orr collaboratively took on a mission to bring forth the true vision of what the now iconic Systems Overload LP was to have brought forth initially. By unearthing the initial masters of the extensive recording sessions, the guitarists from two different eras of the band pulled elements of alternate takes of the songs to a new level, incorporating new contributions from both Melnick and Orr with lost solos and divebombs from the initial sessions. The new mix showcases a much more organic and haphazardly raw side of this timeless album — bearing fan favorites like the opening track “Incarnate 365,” the rabid “Armenian Persecution,” the plodding “Jimson Isolation” and the enduring title anthem — the dark, visionary brutality of the initial recording is retained, but the band’s punk and Japanese hardcore influences erupt forth with new vitality.
Following their extremely limited Halloween MMXII LP and Record Store Day editions of the A2/Orr+ mix of Systems Overload early in the year, Organized Crime Records will now issue an official LP version of the album; the next in an ongoing series of INTEGRITY title represses already including Palm Sunday, Those Who Fear Tomorrow, the original mix of Systems Overload, the In Contrast of Sin 7″ and more. The Systems Overload A2/Orr+ mix LP comes out next week on three wax color schemes — clear with red swirls, clear blue and white — all including a digital download and liner notes from both Melnick and Orr on the process of putting the album together. Preorders can be placed HERE. Long-running Revelation Distribution is the official distributor of all Organized Crime Records releases.
Witness the INTEGRITY Systems Overload lineup — Dwid Hellion, Aaron Melnick, Leon Melnick, Chris Smith and Mark Konopka — as they reunite on stage at the A389 X Bash in Baltimore this January along an insane lineup still to be announced.