For Baltimore label A389 Records’ tenth annual bash, typically featuring most of the label’s dark, hardcore / metal roster and often headlined by reunited or rarely-seen hardcore luminaries such as Left For Dead, Catharsis, etc., show-goers had the insane privilege of seeing, for the first time in twenty years, Integrity’s Systems Overload lineup perform said record in its entirety. Considered by many to be the quintessential Integrity lineup and release, the reunited group also recorded one song during their rehearsals to coincide with the festival. And brother / sister, it is a doozy. Three-and-a-half minutes of classic Aaron Melnick/Frank Novinec riffs and leads, backed up by the amazing Lenny Melnick/Mark Konopka rhythm section, howled over by Dwid’s unmistakable voice, all sounding as vicious and urgent as they did two decades ago. Brilliant.
–Dave William (A389)