Tales From Hardside’s Hardside

Alright, doodz…get your flat-brimmed ball caps out and your buttoned-down plaid shirts to the ready; prime your spraypaint cans and paint markers in case there’s an unadorned wall you wanna tag up; don’t forget the little things, like a paper bag to hide your 40 ouncer when you amble on down to talk shit and hang out in front of the local tattoo shop; AND make triple sure, that if you’ve ever been in a band with Harley Flanagan, or are in a band he used to be in, you’re wearing something puncture-proof…. Sorry, am I being too stereotypical? Possibly. Maybe. But I figure we spend enough time picking on and pointing fingers at headbangers, why not another group of folks?

Check it out, I’m gonna make it up to all y’all. Here, I present to you, an exclusive advance stream of a track from the upcoming album by San Antonio’s Hardtime. Hailing from somewhere amidst the murky of Integrity’s desolation, Madball’s groove and Terror’s terror, the song (called “Hardside”) is taken from their upcoming album Time is Punishment which is set for release in a couple of weeks from now. Read all about it below, courtesty 6131’s clunky press release. Then, just take the time to revel in that motherfucking awesome cover art!

OUT AUGUST 14th via 6131 Records

Originally formed as a side project of another notable San Antonio, Texas act, Bitter End (Deathwish Inc.), and still sharing members with that band today, HARDSIDE have grown to be more than just another outlet for their members’ music. Instead, the band is poised to be one of the most active and well-known from their area. They have already made countless tours across North America, recently toured throughout Europe in Spring 2012, and regularly appear at festivals (including Sound & Fury Festival 2011 and 2012)… 2012 looks to be HARDSIDE’s most tour-intensive year to date.

To introduce the world to their recorded output, HARDSIDE offered up an EP, “Crucified,” in 2011 via 6131 Records. While serving as a great early taste of their potential, it’s not until their forthcoming full length, “Time Is Punishment,” that the band fully realize their music prowess. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Paul Miner (Terror, Trapped Under Ice, H2O) and featuring artwork by Linas Garsys (American Nightmare, AFI, Ceremony), “Time Is Punishment” exhibits a masterful blending of their hardcore roots with more metallic influences. In fact, HARDSIDE may just be bending the rules nearly to the point of breaking, although with phenomenal results.

* Hardside’s line-up includes members of Bitter End (Deathwish Inc.).

* “Time Is Punishment” was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Paul Miner (Terror, Trapped Under Ice, H2O).

* Album cover art created by famed illustrator Linas Garsys (American Nightmare, AFI, Ceremony).

* Recently completed a tour of Europe (Spring 2012) and will be touring throughout North America in 2012, all in support of “Time Is Punishment.”