Born in the New Jersey hardcore scene of the late '00s, Old Wounds picked up momentum with the 2013 release of its debut LP, From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest. Of that album, Pitchfork reported: "The trio emerges irate here, lashing ahead at a furious hardcore clip alongside screams about tears and disappointment... [Old Wounds] pairs the maudlin pages of high school diaries with a grown-ass band's precision and power."
In the months to come, Old Wounds proved itself a relentless DIY machine, setting out on back-to-back US tours with peers like The Banner, Full of Hell and Vices, and teaming up for various split releases. With drummer Brandon Gallagher creating all the band's artwork (and also contributing design work to labels like Three One G and Bridge 9), Old Wounds' identity came into sharp focus: a self-sufficient, road-hungry crew of young bucks, cloaked in bold graphics, reviving the spirit of turn-of the-millennium metallic hardcore for the next generation.
As Old Wounds plowed ahead, more press lined up to champion the young band: Guitar World compared Old Wounds to "Turmoil, Disembodied and Buried Alive"; Alternative Press offered up a spot on its coveted "100 Bands You Need to Know in 2014" list; MetalSucks featured a new, exclusive track on the fourth volume of its "NYC Sucks" compilation series, alongside Extinction A.D., Mutilation Rites, and Artificial Brain.
Now with Good Fight in Old Wounds' corner, the next phase begins. Good Fight Music is the label arm of Good Fight Entertainment, the company founded in 2010 by former Ferret Music boss Carl Severson. One of the pillars of the early metalcore scene, Ferret launched the careers of Every Time I Die, Killswitch Engage, The Bronx, and many more. With Good Fight Entertainment, Severson has expanded beyond Ferret's reach, bringing a music management department and record label under one roof and releasing new albums by the likes of The Chariot, Cancer Bats, and Madball, as well as reissues of seminal titles from the Terror catalog.
The partnership of Good Fight and Old Wounds is perhaps a perfect match – both entities rooted in New Jersey hardcore, both driven by a tenacious DIY ethic. With new EP Death Projection out September 16th on Good Fight Music, the tireless Old Wounds – now comprised of vocalist Kevin Iavaroni, guitarist Zak Kessler, bassist Mike Weintraub, and drummer Brandon Gallagher – starts work on its next full-length album. Stand by for all the details about Death Projection.
"This young New Jersey trio play metallic hardcore... which tips its hat to acts like Turmoil, Disembodied and Buried Alive."
"Old Wounds are making a name for themseves the old-fashioned way: getting in people's faces and freaking them out with punked-out metalcore."
"A metalcore wallop that succeeds at being catchy and furious..."