Antagonist A.D formed in late 2004 but after trading members & gaining direction a new redux saw the light in 2005.
2005 was a dark year for New Zealand hardcore with prominent bands breaking up, crucial venues being lost & key promoters bowing out. Antagonist A.D pushed on and quickly made a name for themselves as an extremely hardworking band and breathing new life into the local hardcore scene.
Taking a different approach Antagonist A.D’s music and message could be described as ‘Modern hardcore with old school ethics’. It’s raw metal core at its purest and sincerest. Not watered down or compromised in anyway. Antagonist A.D delivers the frantic intensity of hardcore, while utilising a heavier edge.
Lyrically the band speaks of the cancerous nature of western culture, the infectiousness of apathy, its symptoms & consequence, the exploitation of animals across the world, for pleasure, science, fashion or food. With topics ranging from social & political commentary to the brutally honest self-retrospect and analysis. Simply Antagonist A.D words are full of venom, conviction & passion.
Antagonist A.D has not only toured New Zealand consistently but also Australia, touring with locals and internationals including. Most Precious Blood (USA), Have Heart (USA), Parkway Drive and Carpathian (AUS).
The Debut album ‘ These Cities, Our Graves ‘ (September 06) sold well throughout New Zealand and Australia (May 2008). Now Antagonist A.D deliver the sophomore release “We Are The Dead” available both in New Zealand and Australia this October through ElevenfiftySeven Records (NZ) and Trial and Error (AUS).
‘Young energetic and killer’ – Scott Kara, Time Out, NZ Herald
‘Not for the faint hearted’ – Reon Subbaby, Waikato Times.
‘Like the words, the music is to the point’ – Dan Trevarthen, Real Groove Magazine.
“No Bullshit, no thrills, just heavy and uncompromising music that’ll kick your arse from here to Auckland if you give it a chance.” – Killyourstereo (AUS)
“ Everything about this album is fucking kick-arse. Each song ebbs and flows with power that moves you. Overall, an amazing album for a standout band. These guys are seriously worth it.” – Inpress Magazine (AUS)
“There is no pussy-footing around with these guys. 30 minutes of brutal no-holds-barred hardcore.” – Fasterlouder (AUS)
Antagonist A.D have played NZ’ s biggest music festival - BIG DAY OUT ‘08 - (playing the MAIN STAGE with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, BJORK, DIZZEE RASCAL, as well as being the MAIN SUPPORT of 2007’s TASTE OF CHAOS (GALLOWS, USED, RISE AGAINST).
Antagonist A.D has also headlined local hardcore festivals KILLERFEST ‘07 (co headline with PARKWAY DRIVE) & ‘08 (co headline with BLEEDING THROUGH) as well as HAMTOWN SMAKDOWN ‘06/’07 & ‘08.
The list of supports the band has done is huge.
HATEBREED (USA), PARKWAY DRIVE (AUS), UNEARTH (USA), MADBALL (USA), TERROR (USA), HAVE HEART (USA), BLACKLISTED (USA), AGNOSTIC FRONT (USA), RINGWORM (USA), BLEEDING THROUGH (USA), DARKEST HOUR (USA), COMEBACK KID (CAN), THROWDOWN (USA), BLACK DAHLIA MURDER (USA), MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD (USA), CEPHALIC CARNAGE (USA), GOD FORBID (USA), SHAI HULUD (USA), BLACKLISTED (USA), DEATH BY STEREO (USA), CARPATHIAN (AUS), HER NIGHTMARE (AUS), 50 LIONS (AUS), SHOTPOINTBLANK (AUS), BLEEDERS (NZ), BLINDSPOTT (NZ), 8 FOOT SATIVA (NZ)
Edited by 1157Records on 10 Feb 2010, 05:20
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