INTEGRITY – Systems Overload (A2 / Orr mix)

I can still remember going to Criminal Records in Atlanta to pick up Systems Overload when it came out, May 1st, 1995. Those Who Fear Tomorrow was a record that I worshiped for several years prior, countless hours spent moshing Neighbor, SauceMaster and Mike Phyte while yelling “Meeeeeeeshhhhhhaaaaaaa” in dorm rooms, living rooms, and in cars on road trips. It sounded like nothing else at the time and in the days before the internet, rumors spread of these maniacs from Cleveland which only added to the lure of the band… One tale I’d heard several times had Dwid wearing a human ear around his neck. When “Systems” came out I was mildly disappointed… it was less ‘evil’ than I had expected. Don’t get me wrong, I still loved it, but it didn’t live up to the unholy expectations I had. 18 years later Aaron Melnick has fixed this with a new mix that is insane. Insane. The vinyl showed up today. This is now the record that it originally should have been. It quite possibly the best Integrity record ever.



“I got into punk through various ORIGINAL punk bands, so i never had a “direction” at all, i like everything as long as it has at least a bit raw or organic sound. with crust i assumed it was d-beat laden ugly sounding stuff that also had metal in it for some reason. i think i actually like all kinds of punk. from Discipline from Holland to Haggis to Septic Death to Dead Boys to New York Dolls and the Sonics and Christian Death 1st album to Bad Religion to Amebix to His hero is Gone to World Burns To Death to Judge to Concrete Sox to No For An Answer to Crumbsuckers to Ramones etc etc etc” – Fenriz



In case these were missed over on Instagram,
Trish posted some pics from 1996…
Like this one of me fresh from getting my X’s.


“Hard As Fuck XXX” lip tattoo.


Jeff Beckman and I outside the Clermont Lounge.
I look like Brian Posehn’s character from Mission Hill