"Those Who Fear Tomorrow" was Integrity's first full-length record, and this particular issue is the latest in Organized Crime Records' series of impressive vinyl reissues. Originally released by Overkill Records in 1991, "Those Who Fear Tomorrow" has since been re-released by so many different labels, on so many different formats, under so many different titles, and with so many different combinations of bonus songs that it's hard to keep track of them all at this point. This particular treatment sticks to the core album's 15 tracks and includes the original Francis Bacon cover art (with the perhaps more widely known Bosch cover art on an inside panel), lyrics, and some subtle gloss overlay printing. And, in keeping with the plans for this entire series, there's a special edition that features a reinterpreted cover created by Stephen Kasner – printed in metallic silver ink on a matte black sleeve.
"Those Who Fear Tomorrow" technically predates the birth of the "holy terror" term with regard to Integrity's brand of apocalyptic metallic hardcore, but that doesn't make the album any less appropriate under said banner. While not my personal favorite piece of work from Integrity's flawless back catalog featuring the core lineup of Dwid and the Melnick brothers, I would still argue that "Those Who Fear Tomorrow" is the single most important "metalcore" recording of all time (and remember – that's "metalcore" before it became such a dirty word, folks – this is 1991 we're talking about here). The sheer intensity and innovation of the music; the insanely blunt, borderline poetic apocalyptic fury and rage of the lyrics (not to mention Dwid's stellar and absolutely inimitable vocal delivery); and just the fucking power of the atmospheres… No other band has ever matched the force of Integrity in their prime, nor has any other band been able to effectively imitate the unique attack that Integrity created for themselves.
And no one ever will.
The bottom line is that, like it or not, without this album, the vast majority of the metallic hardcore that followed would not have existed – for better or for worse. This album changed the game. Four years ago, when I last wrote about this classic record, it seemed that the younger generation of hardcore fans lacked appreciation for the true impact and significance of Integrity's influence, but it seems like that's finally started to change. And rightfully so.
For some reason it's incredibly complicated to write about such a crucially important and legendary album from a band that, for me, has been one of the single most significant bands in my personal life. Period. But Integrity is/was one of the most incredible bands to have ever set foot on this miserable planet, and I will never forget that as long as I live…
Integrity "Micha: Those Who Fear Tomorrow"
If you don't own this yet, there may be no hope left. Anyone who's into heavy music that has any connection to "hardcore" whatsoever needs to be familiar with Integrity. This shit is totally mandatory. If it helps, the LP's come with download codes. The limited edition Stephen Kasner covers are still available as well. Collectors: Order while you still can…
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