“For nearly twenty years, Stockholm’s Victims have dished out an onslaught of crusty d-beat, hardcore punk, and Motörhead-quality rock ‘n’ roll” – Noisey
Hardcore crust-punk legends VICTIMS formed in 1997 in Nyköping, Sweden. The original line-up consisted of Johan Eriksson on vocals, Andy Henriksson on drums, Andy Söderström on bass and Marcus Strandberg on guitar. This lineup recorded a seven track demo, reissued as an EP titled Harder Than It Was Meant to Be , a split EP with Acursed in 1999, and their debut album Neverendinglasting in 2001 on German label Yellow Dog Records.
Shortly after the release of Neverendinglasting , guitarist Marcus left the band and was replaced by Acursed guitar player Jon Lindqvist. In 2003 they released a split LP with American crust punks From Ashes Rise, and in 2004, their second full length, …In Blood , dropped on Havoc Records. After the Release of …In Blood , VICTIMS embarked on their first US tour.
VICTIMS’ third album, Divide and Conquer , released in 2006 on Havoc Records, is described by the band as rougher and trashier. This was the first album not being produced by Mieszko Talarczyk, frontman for the band Nasum , and the last to feature original bass player Söderström. Vocalist Eriksson started to handle bass duties following the departure and in 2008, the band released their fourth album Killer . During this span, VICTIMS toured extensively throughout the world sharing the stage with Municipal Waste, Rotten Sound, Trap Them and more, making appearances across notable festivals across Europe. This era marked the addition of a second guitarist Gareth Smith, formerly of Raging Speedhorn, a long time acquaintance of Eriksson. Following this, VICTIMS released their subsequent albums A Dissident in 2011 with Deathwish and Sirens in 2016 with Tankcrimes.
Now in 2019, VICTIMS embark on a new era, signing with legendary metal label Relapse Records for the release of their seventh full-length album The Horse and Sparrow Theory. Recorded by producer Karl Daniel Lidén (Bloodbath, Katatonia, Craft and more), The Horse and Sparrow Theory clocks in at 28 minutes of relentless insurrection. VICTIMS’ uncompromising take on d-beat and hardcore is a definitive statement of intent, as the band is set to deconstruct the current socio-political climate, bleak outlook of mass class division, industrialization, and the self-absorbed pursuit of greed and corruption.