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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Aggression return

Aggression came to life on Halloween night 1984 originally under the moniker “Asylum”, formed by Denis “Sasquatch” Barthe and Bernard “Burn” Caudron. After a few various editions, the final and main lineup included Eric “Botcher” Langlois on vocals, Yves “Dug” Duguay on bass and Gaetan “Gate” Bourassa on drums. Following a few demos, they eventually got invited to participate in a couple of metal compilations from New Renaissance Records’: 1986’s “Speed Metal Hell II” with “Metal Slaughter” and 1987’s “Thrash Metal Attack” with “Torment or Death”. Shortly after they recorded their 1986 album “Forgotten Skeleton”. Unfortunately, the album would not see a release until 2005 due to numerous complications. After parting ways with Burn and Botcher, Aggression added vocalist Pierre “Cactus Pete” Fleurant on vocals and recorded their 1987 album “The Full Treatment” which was released on Canada’s infamous label Banzai Records.

Aggression received good reviews for their demos and album which led them to become one of the most popular Metal bands from the province of Quebec. Their concerts were sold out everywhere, and the fanbase grew from hundreds to thousands in a short period of time. With his underground Metal contacts, band manager Johnny Hart promptly turned Aggression into a household name. Other bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Hallows Eve, Destruction, and others wanted to see the beast for themselves while visiting Montreal and meet Aggression. Playing numerous concerts with bands such as Anvil, Celtic Frost, Voivod, Nuclear Assault, Agnostic Front, D.R.I., Possessed, Dark Angel, Crumbsuckers, Sacrifice and others. If their concerts were
beyond memorable, their parties were legendary.

Aggression were on track to become one of the forefathers of the 80’s thrash metal movement however due to their destructive substance abuse problems, legal and criminal matters combined with reckless abandon, the band was declared “disbanded” by 1989.

After a brief reunion in 2005, Aggression resurrected for good in 2014 with Denis “Sasquatch” Barthe at the wheel once again. In 2016, the band got signed by Xtreem Music for their 3rd album entitled “Fragmented Spirit Devils”, leading them to play a European tour in 2017. Their 4th album “Feels Like Punk, Sounds Like Thrash”, was released by British label Dissonance Prod. in 2018.

In 2021, Aggression returned to their latest safe home, Xtreem Music, for the physical release of their new EP “Field of Nightmares” which came out in October of the same year and the band already started recording their 5th album which was finished during summer 2022 under the title of “From Hell With Hate”, to be released in November through Xtreem Music.

Over the past 8 years, Aggression had some great musicians come and go, but the current line-up of Barthe (vocals, guitar), Dave “Watts” Watson (guitar), Kyle “Viking” Hagen (bass) and Ryan “Quatchi” Idris (drums) is the strongest one so far. The “new” Aggression has played over 250 shows in North America and Europe with amazing bands such as Brujeria, Venomous Concept, Cattle Decapitation, Venom Inc, and many others. The hilarious thing is that they’re only getting warmed up!