Saturday, September 3, 2011

Pushbutton Warfare - A Pain You Never Thought Could Exist CD

Pushbutton Warfare from Western Massachussetts formed in 1994 after a Bloodbath reunion (Bloodbath being the best band on the 'Back Again' compilation 7", a pretty solid Western Mass hardcore comp from 1989 or so). 3 Bloodbath members started a new band, which would become Pushbutton Warfare, with a new singer, Justin Markou. The band recorded (and self-released?) a self-titled CD in 1997. After some tours and such, singer Justin Markou was replaced with old Bloodbath singer Bruce LePage and the original guitarist left and Chris 'Zeuss' Harris took his place. With this line-up the band recorded the 'Wash Away The Weak' 7" which was released on Jamey Jasta's Stillborn Records in 1999. The band eventually folded and members went on to various other bands. There were plans to re-release the self-titled CD with bonus material, but I have no idea if that actually happened?

Anyways, here's the 'A Pain You Never Thought Could Exist' CD, which compiles some Pushbutton Warfare demo and compilation tracks. Fairly tough hardcore, blunt and to the point, good stuff. This CD was released on Lifeless Records in 1998, before its first 'official' release I believe, which was the Shadows Fall 'Somber Eyes To The Sky' CD. What makes this CD different from most similar compilations is that it also features the never released Bloodbath 7" which was supposed to have been released on Community Chest Records (who also released the aforementioned 'Back Again' comp 7") but that never happened, and some Distance tracks, another pre-PW band with 2 Pushbutton Warfare members. Pretty damn cool if you ask me. For an extensive biography check out their myspace. Markus posted the 'Wash Away The Weak' 7" some years ago on Killing The Legacy blog, so check that out if you're interested, it's also a cool 7".

Bruce LePage ofcourse went on to front 100 Demons, while Justin Markou went on to Withstand and a number of other bands, RIP. Pushbutton Warfare members have also done time in a shitload of other bands such as Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Death Threat and Bloodwar, and guitarist Zeuss would eventually start his own Planet-Z recording studio and become one of the most well-known hardcore/metal producers around.

The CD also has a movie on it, but I couldn't get it to play for me. I've still included it with the download just in case.

Pushbutton Warfare - A Pain You Never Thought Could Exist CD
Pushbutton Warfare myspace

15 comments:

xmarkusx said...

Oh man, you so spoiled my latest work, hahaha. I was underway on writing about this record, but i guess it's not useful anymore. Luckily i got a new great idea already so it doesn't matter, heh!

xmarkusx said...

Anyhow this is really damn good record and solid runthrough of Bloodbath, Distance and Pushbutton Warfare! Good work man!

Shoebox said...

Love this disc - good writeup.

The original Pushbutton Warfare demo also includes a version of "Cross The Line" with Justin on vocals. I have it somewhere.

Leo Lombardozzi said...

My neck of the woods...

Yeah man, Markou was planning on redoing PW with some of my roomates as the band, dudes WAY younger than he was. Nobody here took it serious, then he passed away..

Great band, my brother started talking to Justin a lot at the end, and has a LOT of demos and unreleased stuff, but I don't talk to him.

I actually have a hand numbered prerelease of this, as well as the comp 7" and about 10 copies of "Wash Away the Weak".

amit said...

Can't seem to get the download link to work without it prompting me to download some weird software. Any chance of a fresh mediafire upload?

XemonerdX said...

Re-upped it. Sorry for the delay, I was out of the country for a while.

Anonymous said...

please reupload zippyshare file was removed

XemonerdX said...

Re-upped.

Anonymous said...

Hello! Can you upload Dying Breed - Take My Soul...Give Me Grave?!

XemonerdX said...

I don't have it, sorry.

Zack said...

Reup link? Also, Do you have anything else by these guys? ive been trying to get a hold of everything they released for like 3 years now hahaha.

XemonerdX said...

Re-upped.

Anonymous said...

Can You re-up once again?

XemonerdX said...

Re-upped.

Anonymous said...

hey do you happen to have the self titled album. im searching it like forever but i cant find a decent rip anywhere! howhever, even a few demos by BLOODBATH would do :)
cheers and thank you anyway

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