A&R legend Mike Gitter has signed iconic metal and hardcore acts back in the eighties when he founded xXxFanzine, the seminal punk zine which covered underground artists at that time including Agnostic Front, Black Flag, Cro-Mags, Minor Threat, and many more. The zine ran from 1983 up until 1988, and now, it’s time to celebrate its 30th anniversary with the release of a retrospective package.
The package entitled xXx Fanzine (1983-1988) Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties is set to arrive on November 10th and it includes a 288-page book of articles, reviews, photographs, and a 19-track cover compilation called Still Having Their Say. Cover songs will feature numerous artists including Voivod, Fu Manchu, Tombs, and more.
To celebrate this upcoming release, Revolver has teamed up with Gitter to share Kilswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach’s cover of Minor Threat’s classic tune “Salad Days.”
The frontman expressed:
“Hardcore music is the backbone and soul of my youth. Minor Threat was the first band to make me want to scream into a microphone.”
Leach is keeping himself busy this year and into next while simultaneously working on multiple projects. He’s in the process of recording a new Killswitch Engage album, early next year he will embark on the Killthrax II tour, and there will most likely be a new Times of Grace record. However, Leach did announce forming a fun punk side project and with this cover tune, we can expect to hear more songs in this direction.
Listen to the track below and pre-order xXx Fanzine (198301988), Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties here.