Portland, Oregon, hardcore act, Poison Idea has just announced that they will be releasing a new album, Confuse & Conquer, sometime in spring 2015, via Southern Lord Recordings. The new album will contain 11 new tracks and it’ll be the band’s first new album since 2006’s Latest Will and Testament. For obvious, or not-so-obvious reasons, the band has been mum about the recording process, operating in the dark and out of the public eye as they recorded and mastered the album at Audiosiege in Portland. Confuse & Conquer was recorded by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise), and booms with 35 minutes of fully ignited hardcore punk in the monolithic style the band has provided for three-and-a-half decades now.
This is the first album from the band since Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts died in early 2006. Poison Idea currently includes Eric “The Vegetable” Olsen, back on lead guitar. He was the first real lead guitarist in the band and the second player after Pig Champion, and he played on 1987’s War All the Time LP and 1988’s Filthkick EP. The band also welcomes the return of Chris “Spider” Carey on bass, who played on Latest Will and Testament. The lineup is rounded out with Brandon Bentley also joining on guitar, Nathan “Skinny” Richardson on drums, and, as always, founding vocalist Jerry A. Lang handles the hot-blooded vocal delivery.
Jerry A. commented on the new album:
What can I say? We’re all happy with the record. It’s a group effort; we all had a part in writing the songs. We’ve been screwing around for too long. We had to hang back and see whose heart was really in this thing we’ve been doing for 30 years and who was bullshitting. We have a lot of touring to do next year, to make up for the last one being cancelled due to people with the wrong priorities. Everybody in the band now lives to play and make music; that comes first. It always has, it just took a long time to filter out the flakes, and keep the diehards. So these guys know how to make this ship float. As far as I’m concerned, it feels like being reborn, having a second wind, a hardcore revival, and just discovering meaning, all at the same time. To put it mildly, we’re happy, I’m happy, and this is just the start. No stopping from here out.
Rock Hard \m/