Officially licensed T-Shirt from Weymouth, MA hardcore-punk/grindcore pioneers SIEGE. Featuring artwork from the infamous Lost Session ’91 7″ EP.
Double sided shirt.
“Siege is an American hardcore punk band from Weymouth, Massachusetts. Formed in 1981, they were active in the Boston hardcore scene from 1984 to 1985, and reunited briefly in 1991. Guitarist Kurt Habelt and drummer Rob Williams reformed the band in 2016.
In its original incarnation, Siege paired extremely fast tempos with vocalist Kevin Mahoney’s screeches and growls in their intense style of hardcore. Though little known at the time, the band has posthumously become revered by punk and heavy metal fans worldwide and is now regarded as one of the pioneers of the grindcore and powerviolence subgenres. Subsequent musicians have cited the group as a major influence, including the British grindcore band Napalm Death and the American thrashcore band Dropdead, whose band name was the title of Siege’s six-song demo tape.
Despite writing a mere 20 minutes’ worth of music and failing to play outside of New England, Siege became highly influential. Their tracks on Cleanse the Bacteria exposed them to wide audiences, including Lars Ulrich of Metallica, who described them as the fastest band he had ever heard. Numerous pioneering bands establishing the death metal and grindcore subgenres in the mid-1980s cited Siege as a formative influence, including British groups like Carcass and Napalm Death. Their demo became a highly-sought bootleg in collector circuits.
Relapse Records gave Siege‘s three songs from the Cleanse the Bacteria compilation and six-song demo official release in 1994 as the Drop Dead CD. The same material was released on 12″ vinyl in 2004 by Deep Six Records. Two separate additional reissues of the original Siege material issued on LP in 2006 and 2009 by the Deep Six record label contained an additional three tracks, “Two-Faced”, “Trained To Kill”, and “Questions Behind The Wall”, recorded during Radiobeat sessions.
The 1991 recording went largely unreleased for many years and were thought to be lost before being rediscovered on cassette in 2014. They were released on PATAC Records as the “Lost Session ’91” 7″ later that year.”