New York hardcore/metal outfit BLOODCLOT – led by iconic former Cro-Mags vocalist, author, and triathlete John “Bloodclot” Joseph –presents the group’s third LP, Souls, out today through Upstate Records in collaboration with Pitchfork Hardwear.
The origins of BLOODCLOT (a.k.a. BLOODCLOT!) date to the early 1980s when they doubled as roadies and opening support for the legendary Bad Brains. In 2008, BLOODCLOT transformed from an intermittent live act, manifesting itself as a full-force studio entity, and independently released their Burn Babylon Burn! debut. Nearly a decade later, John Joseph recruited a lineup of scene veterans including Joey Castillo (formerly of Queens Of The Stone Age, Danzig, and more), Nick Oliveri (formerly of Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, and others), and the late Todd Youth (Danzig, Warzone, Murphy’s Law) to record the band’s second LP, Up In Arms, which saw the band sign to Metal Blade Records for its release.
2022 sees the release of BLOODCLOT’s heaviest record yet, delivering the classic NYHC sound its members have been elemental in creating, while notes of Slayer, Venom, Dark Angel, Kreator, and the early days of thrash/crossover push their way to the forefront of several tracks, and others infuse modern metal elements, punk, and more. The convergence of long-running NYHC icons flanking John Joseph here includes guitarist Tom Capone (ex-Quicksand, Beyond, Bold), bassist Craig Setari (Sick Of It All, ex-Youth Of Today, Agnostic Front), and drummer Darren Morgenthaler (Maximum Penalty, ex-Madball).
Souls is dedicated to longtime friend and bandmate, Todd Youth. The album was produced by Laz Pina of Ill Niño, recorded by Johnny “Pyro” Lafuentes, except for the cover of Bad Brains’ “How Low Can A Punk Get?” which was recorded at Found Soundation NYC, mixed by Kyle McAulay, the bass for the song tracked by Manuel Carrero. The record was mixed and mastered by Chris Collier (Korn, Prong, Whitesnake) and its layout/design handled by Kim Cangemi and Darren Morgenthaler.
Since the announcement of Souls, BLOODCLOT has revealed that Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory) has joined the lineup for the band’s next album, which will be recorded shortly and released in 2023.