A great but politically extreme Detroit band started around 1990 by Pat (to the far right in the pic) and his friend Sean (second from the left) who used to play in The unclean. Pat had just left Almighty lumberjacks of death after arguing with the rest of the band and was psyched to start something of his own with a heavier Oi!-sound. After doing some shows with 2 other members they decided to invite their friends Jim (far left) and Bill (second from right) from the band Rogues to replace the original members.
The lineup now was Jim on vocals and drums, Pat on bass and Sean and Bill both on guitars. This lineup would hold until the band broke up in 1995.
Even if they never meant to have Rival as a political band the bandmembers views slipped out into the lyrics more and more to the point of becoming extreme. Unlike most bands that get labeled as nazibands (Arresting officers, Best defence etc) this band didnt leave much for discussion and displayed their views both on records and in interviews.
The band released their first record on cassette through Force Majeure and later re-released it on both LP/CD through Rock-O-Rama (who also released their 2 later full-lengths).
The band sounded like a violent twinbrother to Rogues and since Jim and Bill played in them both Rogues has always had a bad political rep.
After the breakup in 1995 Jim went on to play drums in NS band Max Resist and Bill went on to form Liberty 37 and then later Rebel hell.
BLIND GUARDIAN - "BEYOND THE RED MIRROR" (2015)
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