Victory Records


Having over 200 releases behind them, Chicago label Victory Records has been one of the driving forces in independent punk and hardcore music over the past decade. One look at their roster tells you the story of their past, present, and future.

Past bands on the label include Bad Brains, Boy Sets Fire, Earth Crisis, Grade, Hatebreed, Refused, Shelter, Skarhead, and Warzone - a who's who of modern hardcore, if you will. While many have criticized Victory's current roster for not having any bite, the label still possesses one of the most defining voices in the genre, Snapcase. They also have a surprisingly strong group of ska-related bands, including Catch 22, Streetlight Manifesto, and Voodoo Glow Skulls

2001 was a defining year for Victory, with the release of Thursday's Full Collapse. A record that has since come to define modern emotional hardcore, the disc was first released to little fanfare. Over the course of 2001 and 2002, however, the record picked up steam, and as the band made the leap to major label Island Records, controversy surrounded the issue with the band questioning Victory about their business practices, something that has always been a point of contention about the label.

Victory has taken a decidedly poppier stance in recent years. Student Rick, Count The Stars, Spitalfield, The Reunion Show, Bayside, and the enormous success of Taking Back Sunday have opened up the label to thousands of kids previously blind to the label's history. This trend shows no signs of stopping with the label's most recent signings.

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Comeback Kid: "Wasted Arrows"
Comeback Kid are streaming a new track titled "Wasted Arrows" off of their forthcoming release Die Knowing which is due out March 4, 2014 via Victory Records. We recently had a chat with Comeback Kid lead singer Andrew Neufeld. You can read that…
2014-02-25 14:00:01

Andrew Neufeld (Comeback Kid)
Comeback Kid singer Andrew Neufeld knows the band inside and out, not only from a vocalist's standpoint but also a guitarist's point of view as well. Neufeld switched from guitar to vocals after the 2006 departure of original CBK vocalist Scott Wade. After the switch, the band has seen a few other members come and go, but its current incarnation has birthed the band's newest album Die…
2014-02-24 20:00:01

Emmure threatened with legal action
Former Emmure guitarist Ben Lionetti is apparently threatening to sue his former bandmates after hearing that they'd be including a song titled, "Bring a Gun to School," on their upcoming album. Emmure is my blood sweat and tears, my band born from my thoughts and my hard work and writing. Frank is a disgusting human being and I'm also a little let down that the band members…
2014-02-20 14:00:02

Comeback Kid: "Should Know Better"
Comeback Kid have posted the video for their new single, "Should Know Better" from their forthcoming Victory Records album Die Knowing due out March 4, 2014. Find the video here.…
2014-02-20 12:00:01

Terror has posted tour dates through the summer that take them everywhere from Australia to the US, Europe and the Warped Tour.…
2014-02-11 12:30:01

Victory Records signs Meridian
Victory Records has signed melodic hardcore band Meridian.…
2014-02-11 09:30:01

Comeback Kid: "Should Know Better"
Comeback Kid have posted the song "Should Know Better" from their forthcoming Victory Records album Die Knowing due out March 4,…
2014-02-10 15:40:01

Reverend Horton Heat: 'Rev'
Reverend Horton Heat have premiered their new album for Victory Records. Rev is due out tomorrow, January 21, 2014. Find it…
2014-01-20 17:00:01

Terror: "Hard Lessons"
Terror have released a video for their song "Hard Lessons." The track appears on the band's latest record, Live By the Code, released last…
2014-01-20 13:00:01

Comeback Kid to release 'Die Knowing' in March
Comeback Kid will be releasing Die Knowing on March 4, 2014 via Victory Records. It's the band's fifth full length and the second third outing with guitarist Andrew Neufeld on vocals. The LP was recorded with Kyle Black (Set Your Goals, Shai Hulud) in Burbank, CA.…
2014-01-16 12:05:01


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