Vitamin X

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Vitamin X
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Marc Emmerik and Alex Koutsman performing live at Mainz concert, Germany in August 2007
Background information
Origin Amsterdam, Netherlands
Genres Hardcore punk, thrashcore, Bandana thrash
Years active 1997–present
Labels Havoc Records, Tankcrimes, Thrashbastard, AgiPunk
Website official website
Members Marko Korac
Marc Emmerik
Alex Koutsman
Wolfi[1]
Past members Wimmy "Zero" Koster
Johan X[2]
Eric[3]

Vitamin X[4] or VX is a hardcore punk and thrashcore band from Amsterdam, Netherlands that was formed in 1997. They are named as one of the best and most important hardcore punk bands going.[5] Their unique sound is characterized by furious hardcore punk mixed with turbo-charged thrash, 70's rock riffage and wild guitar solos. The members are straight edge but this does not reflect their lyrics or music. Their current line-up consists of four members: Marko Korac (vocals), Alex Koutsman (bass guitar), Danny (drums), and Marc Emmerik (songwriter, guitar).

Known for their witty socio-political lyrical themes and energetic live performances, the band recorded several seminal full-length albums and singles on various international labels, including US label Havoc Records (Kylesa, Wolfbrigade, Fucked Up, From Ashes Rise, etc.). The band has completed multiple tours of North America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia, South East Asia and Russia. In 2001 and 2004 they played CBGB's, New York to a sold-out crowd.[6] At a 2006 MTV live studio performance in Brasil a riot broke out after the band smashed their instruments.[7]

Their 2008 album Full Scale Assault was recorded in Chicago by Steve Albini featuring a guest appearance by Negative Approach singer John Brannon and artwork by John Baizley of Baroness. It received critical acclaim from publications such as Metal Maniacs, Maximumrocknroll, Profane Existence, Suburban Voice, Exclaim!,[8] and many more, several of them naming it as one of the best hardcore punk albums of 2008/2009.

Discography[edit]

  • 1998 Straight Edge Crew EP (Commitment)
  • 1999 Once Upon a Time... EP (Commitment)
  • 2000 See Thru Their Lies LP/CD (Underestimated)
  • 2001 We Came Here For Fun EP (Underestimated)
  • 2001 People That Bleed EP (Havoc)
  • 2002 Down the Drain LP/CD (Havoc/Underestimated)
  • 2003 Random Violence (Japanese tour CD, Good Luck)
  • 2003 split 7" with Blind Society (King Friday)
  • 2004 Bad Trip LP/CD (Havoc)
  • 2005 Rip It Out EP (Havoc)
  • 2008 Full Scale Assault LP/CD (Tankcrimes, Agipunk, Thrashbastard)
  • 2012 About To Crack LP (Tankcrimes)

They have also released multiple "best of" collections and discography tapes, mainly for overseas tours.

Members[edit]

  • Marko Korac - vocals
  • Marc Emmerik - guitar, songwriter
  • Alex Koutsman - bass
  • Danny - drums

Former members[edit]

  • Wimmy "Zero" Koster - drums
  • Paolo G. - drums
  • Boka (Ratos De Porao) - drums
  • Johan X - drums
  • Wolfi
  • Eric 'Sunk' Ankersmit - guitar

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