Strife (band)

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OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresHardcore punk, heavy hardcore
Years active1991–1999, 2001–present
LabelsNWK 1992,
Caroline Records 1994,
Victory Records 1995 - 2001
Associated actsAgainst The Wall,
Amendment Eighteen,
Cross My Heart Hope To Die,
Drift Again,
Free Will,
Still Life (US band),
The Suppression Swing,
MembersTodd Turnham
Andrew Kline
Pepe Magana
Chad J. Peterson
Rick Rodney
Past membersMike Hartsfield
Mike Machin
Sid Niesen

Strife is an American hardcore punk band from Thousand Oaks, California, but now primarily based out of Los Angeles, California. They formed in 1991.


Their first LP, One Truth, was released in 1994 by Victory Records. Strife was considered one of the three "big" bands on the then-new Victory Records label, which also included Earth Crisis and Snapcase.

Strife released their second album, In This Defiance in 1997. This album was also well regarded by the straight edge/hardcore community. It was also notable for the guest appearances, with Chino Moreno of Deftones, Dino Cazares of Fear Factory and Igor Cavalera of Sepultura all taking turns on the album.

Two years later, Strife broke up, citing creative differences and exhaustion. Victory Records released Truth Through Defiance, a compilation of live tracks and previously unreleased material.

In 2000, Strife reunited to play several benefit concerts, and by the following year had officially reformed and released Angermeans. No longer straight edge, this album was considered by the band to be a more mature and focused continuation of In This Defiance. The band received some criticism from former fans for no longer being straight edge, and the apparent departure from their hardcore punk sound into what was perceived as being more akin to popular metal trends of the time.

Since 2001, Strife played several shows and tours all over the globe again, including a Japan tour with Floorpunch in 2011, a tour of South America, a European tour, and some dates in Mexico.

On February 1, 2012, the band announced they would head to Brazil to record an album called Witness a Rebirth. Guitarist Andrew Kline commented the album would be "more along the lines of In This Defiance". It was also revealed that Igor Cavalera (ex-Sepultura, Cavalera Conspiracy) would be handling all drum duties for the album.


Current members[edit]

  • Andrew Kline - guitar
  • Chad J. Peterson - bass guitar
  • Rick Rodney - vocals
  • Craig Anderson - drums
  • Todd Turnham guitar

Former members[edit]

  • Sid Niesen
  • Mike Hartsfield
  • Mike Machin - guitar
  • Etienne Fauquet from french Band Out [1] - Guitar on Angermeans US Tour
  • Aaron Rossi - drums
  • Pepe Magana - drums


Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Only the Strong MCMXCIII CD/LP (1993, Victory Records VR10)
    • includes the song "What Will Remain?"
  • Anti-Matter CD/LP/CS (1996, Another Planet Records 6006)
    • includes the song "Circuit"
  • California Takeover Live CD/LP/CS (1996, Victory Records 042)
    • includes the songs "To an End", "Lift", and "Clam the Fire"
  • Cinema Beer Nuts CD (1997, Hopeless Records 623)
    • includes the song "Blistered"
  • God Money CD/CS (1997, V2 Records 27002)
    • includes the song "Untitled"
  • It's for Life CD (1997, Victory Records)
    • includes the song "Am I the Only One?"
  • Localism: A Compilation of Bands From the Oxnard Area (1996, It's Alive Records)
    • includes the song "Dedication"
  • Victory Style II CD (1997, Victory Records 055)
    • includes the song "Force of Change"
  • Area 51 CD (1998, Victory Records 067)
    • includes the song "Forgotten One"
  • STV Sessions 1.0 CD (1998, 4:20 Records 4201)
    • includes the song "Circuit"
  • Victory Singles, Vol. 2 CD (1998, Victory Records 079)
    • includes the songs "To an End" and "Grey"
  • Victory Style III CD (1998, Victory Records 087)
    • includes the song "Waiting"
  • Victory Style 4 CD (2000, Victory Records 115)
    • includes the song "Untitled"
  • Decapitated CD (Oglio Records/Glue Factory Records 70004)
    • includes the song "Circuit"
  • Expose Yourself CD (Go-Kart Records 300038)
    • includes the song "Blistered"


Music Videos[edit]

  • "Blistered" (1997)
  • "Through and Through" (1999)
  • "Untitled" (1999)
  • "Torn Apart" (2012)
  • "Carry the Torch" (2013)

Related bands[edit]

  • Against The Wall - Mike Hartsfield
  • Amendment Eighteen - Mike Hartsfield
  • Cross My Heart Hope To Die - Andrew Kline
  • Drift Again - Mike Hartsfield
  • Endwell - Mike Hartsfield
  • Eyelid - Mike Machin
  • Free Will - Mike Hartsfield
  • Outspoken - Mike Hartsfield
  • Solitude - Mike Hartsfield
  • The Suppression Swing - Mike Hartsfield
  • Turnedown - Andrew Kline
  • DJ Sid Vicious - Sid Niesen

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