With the release of their early 2019 album Hive Mentality, New York crossover/hardcore/thrash band Brick By Brick are clearly not messing around. Though the band has existed for longer than you think, the band’s new record has gained them plenty of attention. And why not? It’s a solid record made from veterans of the scene, with lots of thrash, metal, and hardcore influence that is guaranteed to get you moving.
We’re excited to be premiering the Kim Cangemi-directed new video for “Bad Sign” today, too. A hilarious video that also features the legendary Vinnie Stigma (Agnostic Front) as well, the video is the 3rd to be released off Hive Mentality to date. Do we need to say much more? Probably not.
“Bad Sign” is the third video off of Brick By Brick’s February 2019 release, Hive Mentality. The video, directed by Kim Cangemi, ends a huge 2019 for the New York hardcore/metal band. Effortlessly blending old-school hardcore and metal crossover with a new-school attitude, the band has already made a large impact on the scene this year.
Born out of Troy, NY’s infamous hardcore scene, BRICK BY BRICK have relentlessly cultivated their reputation as a staple force of hybrid hardcore metal. Solidifying and reviving their sound in recent years with the addition of Ray Mazzola on vocals, the band’s perspective is fresh with formidable intent.
Raising a massive middle finger to the establishment, the band’s new album, Hive Mentality, is a battle cry to all that is wrong with the world, yet signifying that all is right with heavy music convergence. Epitomizing the tone of the title track “Hive Mentality”, track guest Jessica Pimentel (Alekhine’s Gun vocalist, Orange is the New Black actress) seethes “Get the fuck out of the way or get trampled,” with a ranting rage. Based upon true events, track five, entitled “Bar Is Open”, sums up BRICK BY BRICK flawlessly in their declaration of, “We live to drink/We love to fight/We bring the party/Rage through the night.” That statement is further emphasized by none other than guest vocalist Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste, Iron Reagan). The Acacia Strain’s Vincent Bennett further exudes the savagery of Hive Mentality with his vocal spot on “In The Ruins”, before the album reaches its apex with a blistering rendition of Motörhead’s “Iron Fist”, a sonically heated kick like a belt of Jack that Lemmy himself would have savored and tipped his hat to.
Produced by Jason Bourdeau, Hive Mentality was recorded at Overit Media in Albany NY, with mastering by legendary Alan Douches of West West Side Music.