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Known for their aggressive brand of old-school punk, New York's the Casualties emerged in the '90s as torchbearers for the kind of combative hardcore anthems pioneered by bands like the Exploited, G.B.H., and Negative Approach. The band built a loyal fan base issuing albums like 1997's For the Punx, 2001's Stay Out of Order, and 2006's Under Attack. Despite their evolving lineup and the departure of last remaining founding member Jorge Herrera following 2016's Chaos Sound, the Casualties continue to forge ahead as punk veterans. Formed in 1990 out of a desire to return to the heyday of '70s and '80s punk, the Casualties' initial lineup consisted of singers Jorge Herrera and Colin, drummer Yureesh, guitarist Hank, and bassist Mark. Even this inaugural lineup was shaky, with Colin stepping out for several months to finish his education and Rivits singer Rachel stepping in to take his place. During this period, the Casualties put together a demo. The following year, the core lineup consisted of Colin, Jorge, Yureesh, and Mark. The band added guitarist Fred when Hank dropped out, and went on to make an appearance on the compilation Benefit for Beer. Soon more changes were in the works, with new guitarist Fred heading off to school. C Squat's Scott temporarily filled Fred's shoes until he returned a short time later. During this period, guitarist Hank came and went a second time. Another guitarist, Steve, also played briefly with the group. The Casualties stabilized long enough in the fall of 1991 to put together an EP, 40 Ounce Casualty. By the following year, the band was touring frequently and building up a fan base in its hometown of New York City. In 1993, however, more shakeups were in the works. Guitarist Fred and bassist Mark were out, and Jake Kolatis and Mike were in to take their respective places. The following year, the band appeared on another compilation, Pogo Attack, and put together a second EP, Drinking Is Our Way of Life. The four-track EP was never issued but later was incorporated into the band's 1999 release, Early Years: 1990-1995. Stability remained elusive, and drummer Yureesh and singer Colin dropped out. Shawn stepped in to take Yureesh's place. The group put together a third EP, A Fuckin' Way of Life, in 1995, the same year that Rivits drummer Meggers (aka Mark Eggers) took Shawn's place. Temporarily settled in terms of their lineup, the Casualties traveled to London in 1996 for a performance on the stage of the Holidays in the Sun Festival. The following year, the band put out its first full-length album, For the Punx, and embarked on a tour where it supported the Varukers. Unfortunately, the lineup evolved again the following year, when the Krays' bassist, Jon, took over when Mike dropped out. Jon stayed long enough to help out on the Underground Army album, but jumped ship during the band's supporting tour across Europe in 1998. To take his place, the band recruited Dave Punk Core, who only stayed until 1999. With the addition of ex-Manix bassist Rick Lopez, the group (rounded out by Jorge Herrera, Jake Kolatis, and Meggers for those still following) started another tour. More tours of the U.S. and Europe followed in 2000 and 2001, along with the albums Who's in Control?, Stay Out of Order, and Die Hards, the last marking their debut on SideOneDummy. On the Front Line appeared in February 2004; two years later, the Casualties preceded Under Attack's late August release with a main stage slot on the Vans Warped Tour. All We Have, the band's eighth studio long-player, dropped in 2009, followed by the Season of Mist-issued Resistance in 2012. Chaos Sound arrived in early 2016, after which Herrera left the band. In 2018, they returned with Written in Blood, the group's first album with former Krum Bums vocalist David Rodriguez. ~ Linda Seida
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  2.   Blitzkrieg Bop by The Casualities
  3.   Punk Rock Love
  4.   System Failed Us... Again
  5.   V.I.P.
  6.   Destruction and Hate
  7.   My Blood, My Life, Always Forward
  8.   We Are All We Have
  9.   Criminal Class
  10.   Casualties
  11.   Borders
  12.   Lost
  13.   So Much Hate
  14.   Final Expense
  15.   Fucking Hate You
  16.   Fight for What's Mine
  17.   Resistance
  18.   It's A Nightmare
  19.   Clockwork
  20.   Unknown Soldier
  21.   Sondos de Mi Barrio
  22.   Vida Perdida
  23.   Sounds from the Streets
  24.   Casualties Army
  25.   On the Front Line
  26.   Us Destroying
  27.   Politicians
  28.   Die Hards
  29.   City Council
  30.   Nightmare
  31.   Riot
  32.   Two Faced
  33.   Police Brutality
  34.   For the Punx
  35.   No Turning Back
  36.   Keep Your Distance
  37.   Jefes
  38.   Written in Blood
  39.   Leaders of Today
  40.   Depression-Unemployment Lines
  41.   Get Off My Back
  42.   City Life
  43.   Feed off Fear
  44.   Work Our Lives Away
  45.   40 Oz. Casualty
  46.   Tomorrow Belongs to Us
  47.   Ruining It All
  48.   Scarred for Life
  49.   This Is Your Life
  50.   No Hope
  51.   All out War
  52.   Victims
  53.   Ugly Bastard
  54.   Soul of Fire
  55.   Apocalypse Today
  56.   Hearts Bleeds Black
  57.   Fight for Your Life
  58.   What I Want
  59.   Ya Basta
  60.   United Streets
  61.   Halfway to Hell
  62.   Bomb Blast
  63.   Murder Us All
  64.   Running Through the Night
  65.   Visions of Greed
  66.   Corazones Intoxicados
  67.   Constant Struggle
  68.   Warriors On the Road
  69.   Modern Day Slaves
  70.   Heart Bleed Black
  71.   War Is Business
  72.   Life Clone
  73.   Carry on the Flag
  74.   Stand and Fight
  75.   On City Streets
  76.   Social Outcast
  77.   Under Attack
  78.   Rebelde De Hoi!dia
  79.   Cerebro Lavado
  80.   Tragedia del Amor
  81.   Musica del Pueblo, (Punk)
  82.   Botas
  83.   Casualties Armada
  84.   We Don't Need You
  85.   Unknown Solider
  86.   Brainwashed
  87.   Tragedy
  88.   Media Control
  89.   Static Feedback and Noise
  90.   Made in N.Y.C.
  91.   Divide and Conquer
  92.   Can't Stop Us
  93.   Who's Gonna Be
  94.   Ugly Bastards
  95.   Chaos Punx
  96.   Punx and Skins
  97.   Down and Out
  98.   Rocker's Reggae (Working Man's Dub)
  99.   Fallen Heroes
  100.   Soldado
  101.   Criminal Class
  102.   Rise and Fall
  103.   Life On the Line
  104.   Intro
  105.   Punk Rock
  106.   Behind Barbed Wire
  107.   Guard Dogs
  108.   South East Asian Rebels
  109.   Control de la Presena
  110.   1312
  111.   Death Toll
  112.   Demolition
  113.   Brothers and Sisters
  114.   Always Walk Alone
  115.   Chaos Sound
  116.   It's Coming Down On You
  117.   Mierda Mundial
  118.   Looking Thru Bloodshot Eyes
  119.   Without Warning
  120.   Blitzkrieg Bop
  121.   Rebelde de Hol!Dia
  122.   In the Lost City
  123.   Voice of the Outcast
  124.   Punx Unite
  125.   Clase Criminal
  126.   Smash
  127.   Morality Police
  128.   Lonely on the Streets-Jersey City
  129.   In It For Life
  130.   Stand Against Them All
  131.   Futuro Destruido
  132.   The Great American Progress
  133.   Brick Wall Justice
  134.   Fuck You All
  135.   In the Tombs
  136.   R.A.M.O.N.E.S.
  137.   Ashes of My Enemies
  138.   Fallen Heros
  139.   Countdown to Tomorrow
  140.   Guerra y Odio
  141.   No Solution / No Control
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