The Dutch hardcore band Vitamin X has been at it for fifteen years. While that might not seem like a huge stretch compared to, say, Sick Of It All it’s still a nice run in a time of short lived bands and one-man projects started in your neighbor’s basement. Their fifth album About To Crack features an upgrade in pretty much every department, particularly production (Steve Albini) and art (John Dyer Baizley of Baroness — check out a first showing of the cool image below).
There’s also music, which dB has scored as well thanks to the fine folks at Tankcrimes. Streaming below for your listening pleasure is “Maelstrom,” roughly one minute of hardcore/crossover goodness. About To Crack will be released in early September; check the Tankcrimes website periodically for more details.