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Dead City Records to release classic European hardcore albums

Dead City Records to release classic European hardcore albums

New York-based independent hardcore punk record label, Dead City Records, is proud to announce the digital release of 10 classic European hardcore albums from Right Direction, Warzone, One Night Stand, Ultimatum and M-Town Rebels.

All of the bands/records come courtesy of the various musical endeavors of iconic European hardcore front man, Dave Reumers, over the course of more than a decade. These 10 pivotal hardcore releases will be available digitally for the first time ever on July 31st.


This music was released between 1989 and 2002. I’ve wasted half my life screaming nonsense into a mic thinking I was Mick Jagger, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way. I’m glad I was part of this and I was lucky to be in so many bands that helped spread the hardcore, punk, and metal sound throughout Europe in the early days. If you still dig our music in this day and age there’s no hope for you anymore. Enjoy!

Dead City Records owner, John Franko, added:

Right Direction CDs and LPs have been out-of-print and impossible to find for years, and it is an honor for me to make these releases available digitally for the first time ever. As one of the forefathers of the European Hardcore Movement, Right Direction and all bands related to the M-Town Holland scene have always provided us with top notch music. While taking influences from early American punk, hardcore, and metal bands, I always found Right Direction ahead of their time when it came to talented musicianship and amazing vocals and lyrics. Truly a diverse band and am amazing group of guys I am proud to call my friends.

The full back catalogue to be digitally released for the first time ever is:

RIGHT DIRECTION – How Many More Lies
RIGHT DIRECTION – Echoes From The Past
RIGHT DIRECTION – To Right The Wrong
RIGHT DIRECTION – Beyond The Beyonds
VARIOUS COMPILATION – M-Town Rebels – Always The First To Have A Beer
VARIOUS COMPILATION – M-Town Rebels II – Among The Angels
ONE NIGHT STAND – One Life For The Family
ULTIMATUM – Whispers Of A Wanted Man

The driving force behind Reumers’s impact on the worldwide hardcore scene, Right Direction, formed in 1989 when hardcore and thrash metal were first becoming a major force in Europe. Right Direction’s original blend of hardcore and metal with rough, yet melodic vocals has been an influence on countless hardcore, punk and metal bands around the globe. The group is widely considered the first major European hardcore band. Aside from Right Direction, Reumers, went on to form One Night Stand, a classic, old school hardcore/Oi group featuring members of Right Direction and Backfire, as well as a solo acoustic project, Ultimatum.

He was also a leader in the M-Town Rebels, an army of local hardcore kids from Maastricht, Holland who took Europe by storm by creating and supporting hundreds of bands that traveled through the Continent. The M-Town scene spawned two compilation albums, showcasing the passion that flourished within the M-Town community.

All of Reumers’s work and dedication to European hardcore, and hardcore in general, will be paid tribute to with the digital release of these 10 classic albums later this summer.

Stay tuned to for the latest info.

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  1. Nico said on 2012-07-12

    Even Ultimatum! Haha nice!

  2. Sjarm said on 2012-07-12

    Haha dat wilde ik ook posten! Nu hoef ik niet de zolder op om die cd uit te graven!

  3. DavidTH said on 2012-07-12

    Lekker opgeklopt stukje over early days, worldwide impact en de first (major) european hc band. Het zal wel aan mij liggen.

    • Pim said on 2012-07-12

      Like (almost) every other press release out there 😉 I try to cut that out now and then, but I don’t have the time to (nor do I want to) re-write every press release. But sometimes it’s funny to read how many hyperboles the writer has managed to include in a short text 😉

  4. Just Killing Time said on 2012-07-12

    Bury The Hatchet is missing. As is the 7″ with kids on the street on it (forgot the title). So not the complete catalogue.

  5. Goof said on 2012-07-13

    Were are the $400 Suits?

  6. Lodewijk said on 2012-07-15

    I haven’t heard any of those albums, the newbie I am. Any recommendations on where to start with this?

  7. Just Killing Time said on 2012-07-16

    Get all of a sudden and to right the wrong. The rest is ok, but nowhere near essential. Get the One Night Stand album if Oi!/Streetpunk is your thing.

    Other Eurocore classics you should check out while your at it:

    $400 Suits – Never give what you can’t take back (best european core related album ever?
    Demon Joker Junior – 3 months in a day / once in a blue moon
    Violation of Trust – Wiseguys
    Hard Resistance – Its all around / Engine of hate
    Brightside – Bulletproof
    Ryker’s – Payback time / brother against brother
    Discipline – Guilty as charged (perhaps a bit controversial now since the singer is currently doing jailtime for murder…but still… Our Pride must be the hardest eurocore song ever!)

    Of course Backfire! needs to be on this list but I assume you know about them. 😉

  8. Pim said on 2012-07-16

    It all depends of course… I never owned any of those albums and I’m pretty okay with that 😉

    (I did check em out though)

  9. Just Killing Time said on 2012-07-16

    Of course it depends if you dig this type of hardcore. But even I own a Cro-Mags album… 😉

    $400 Suits is essential to anyone IMHO.