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MANIPULATE: New Track From New York Hardcore Unit Playing at Revolver; Band To Appear On East Village Radio Tonight


Becoming Madness is the fittingly-titled, impending new EP from New York hardcore unit, MANIPULATE. Slated for release via Flatspot Records on February 12th, the six track offering was captured during the Summer of 2015 by Jeff “Stress” Davis at Chopshop Studios with vocals recorded by John Grant at Madhouse NYC, mixed by Taylor Young at The Pit Studios, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.


As a precursor to its release, today Revolver Magazine thrusts forth the audio punishment of fourth track, “Slip Away.” Comments vocalist Iván Murillo, “This song focuses on the relationships with friends and loved ones who take a wrong turn. It’s tough to watch when someone you care about turns their life over to self-destructive behaviors. You do all you can to provide help and support, but there comes a point when you have to draw a line in the sand and let them sink or swim. Tough love is the theme for this song.”


Sample “Slip Away,” courtesy of Revolver Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.


You can also check out “Manipulate,” still streaming at No Clean Singing RIGHT HERE.


In related MANIPULATE news, the band will appear on the Black’N’Blue Radio show tonight on East Village Radio. Listeners can hear the latest premieres as well as a first taste of third cut, “Sin Upon Sin.” The band will also be giving away merch. Tune in tonight at 6:00pm EST at:


The inevitable sound clash of American hardcore and metal has matured tremendously since outfits such as Corrosion Of Conformity and D.R.I. made speed the ultimate goal during the early to mid-1980s. For New York City’s MANIPULATE, it is not only the stylistic traits of both genres worth blending, but upholding the best aspects of each culture as well.


From the metal side of the equation, the band offers up dark, crunchy, menacing riffs coupled with a complete lack of regard for anyone’s hurt feelings. From the hardcore end: no-holds-barred energy and intensity with a critical socio-political point-of-view only the naive would disregard.


MANIPULATE’s Becoming Madness EP presents an explicit look at the human condition divided into equal parts anger, cynicism and concern yet labeling the band “positive hardcore” would be grossly inappropriate. There is little positivity to be found when those around you are dying as a result of their own actions. Nor is there an ounce of honor amongst those who choose to waste their own time on earth, as well as the time of others. Equally disenchanting are the ones whose disregard for friends and family overpowers that of love and loyalty.


MANIPULATE delivers a pummeling soundscape of furious and precise metallic hardcore outbursts sonically equal to its scathing lyrical observations. Forget trying to figure out how to label it. That’s old news. MANIPULATE will carry the torch from here.


Becoming Madness will be released in a limited run of 500 seven-inches in two color variations – 350 black and 150 gold/black – and digitally. For physical preorders go to THIS LOCATION. Digital devourers go HERE.



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