Wisdom in Chains

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Wisdom in Chains
OriginStroudsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresHardcore punk, punk rock, alternative metal, Oi!
Years active2002–present
LabelsI Scream

Wisdom in Chains is an American hardcore punk band based out of Northeastern Pennsylvania, United States. The band's name is taken from the lyrics of a song by the New York hardcore band Killing Time. "Wisdom", from Killing Time's 1989 debut album, Brightside, opens with, "Wisdom in chains, unlocked too late".


Originally, Wisdom in Chains started as an international collaboration between members of Daredevil in the Netherlands and members of Krutch in the United States.[1] Maarten, guitarist of Daredevil (Dutch hardcore band), contacted Mad Joe Black and Richie Krutch, who were both in Krutch at the time, about forming a hardcore band with heavy punk and oi! influences. In September 2001 Maarten came to the U.S. for a recording session with Mad Joe, Richie, and Shawn (drummer for Krutch). The tracks recorded during this session were eventually released in 2003 on GSR as the band's self-titled debut.

After Out To Win/Mushmouth disbanded, Richie and Mad Joe decided to restart Wisdom in Chains and, after receiving Maarten's blessing for the project, recruited a new American line-up. Apart from Richie and Mad Joe, the new line-up included Tony Meltdown from The Ninth Plague on guitar, Shannon from Out To Win/Mushmouth on drums, and Greg "Big Show", a local Stroudsburg musician, on bass. With this line up they would record their first official full length "Die Young". This lineup remained stable for the band's next several full length and minor releases. During this period the band began to develop its sound by incorporating various metal, crossover, and hard rock elements into its songs. After the completion of "Everything You Know" longtime member Tony Meltdown left the band for personal reasons. Soon after the release of the "Pocono Ghosts" 7", longtime member Greg "Big Show" also left the band due to an injury. They were replaced by Evan, from Mad Joe's old band Feeble, on bass and Mav, from Richie's old band Krutch, on guitar.

As of 2015, three members of the band are straight edge.[2]

Current members[edit]

  • Mad Joe Black — vocals
  • Richie Krutch — guitar, backing vocals
  • Luke — drums
  • Evan 'Boy' One — bass, backing vocals
  • Mav — guitar

Past members[edit]

  • Maarten - guitar
  • Shawn - drums
  • Roel - drums
  • Harry - bass
  • Greg "Big Show" - bass, backing vocals
  • Tony Meltdown - guitar, backing vocals
  • Shannon Sparky - drums


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Label
2003 Wisdom in Chains Gangstyle
2005 Die Young Spook City
2007 Class War Eulogy
2009 Everything You Know I Scream Records
2012 The Missing Links I Scream Records
2015 The God Rhythm Fast Break! Records
2018 Nothing In Nature Respects Weakness Fast Break! Records

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album Label
2006 Vigilante Saint A389
2011 Pocono Ghosts Reaper Records

Split EPs[edit]

Year Album Label
2007 Split with Injury Time Rucktion


Year Name Label
2007 Die for Us DVD §

Universal Warning Records

See below.

§ Die for Us DVD contains live material (14 songs) recorded at show from May 2006 at Backstage Enterprises in Kingston, Pennsylvania, interview with Mad Joe Black and a three-song recording from live performance at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia.[3]


  1. ^ "Wisdom in Chains: Justice Will Never be Given to the Working Class, However, the Working Class United Can Take What They Want". DIY Conspiracy. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  2. ^ Alexandraki, Lito (September 4, 2015). "Interview with Wisdom In Chains – Breaking their chains…". metalinvader.net. Archived from the original on September 8, 2015. Retrieved August 4, 2017. Three of us in the band are SXE [...] We respect the movement and we feel part of the movement. [...]
  3. ^ "Wisdom in Chains-Die for Us Live DVD". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 25 September 2020.

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