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|Origin||Nottingham, United Kingdom|
|Genres|| Crossover thrash |
|Years active||1984–1999, 2009-present|
|Associated acts||City Indians, Heresy, Fractured, The Fiend, Belligerence, Poundaflesh, Fight Back|
|Members||Vic Timoveric (founder)|
Dave "Brownie" Brown
Joe 'Pug' Nott
|Past members||Rich Button|
Concrete Sox are a British crust punk band. They are largely seen[ who? ] as an early crossover thrash band who incorporated many thrash metal-like riffs in the style of their earlier recordings.
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Crossover thrash is a fusion genre of thrash metal and hardcore punk. The genre lies on a continuum between heavy metal and hardcore punk. Other genres on the same continuum, such as metalcore and grindcore, may overlap with crossover thrash.
Formed in 1984 following jam sessions with Gabba (Chaos UK/F.U.K.), Kalv (Heresy/Geriatric Unit) and various friends, the band was founded by Vic Timoveric with Les Duly. Not set on a permanent name, they once gigged as "Concrete Evidence", but the name "Concrete Sox" (Timoveric's parody of a Nottingham band "Steam Roller Gloves") became the band's official name.
Their first release was the LP Your Turn Next in 1985 on COR records followed by a split LP with Heresy on Earache Records in 1986.
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Concrete Sox were one of the more established of the British hardcore / crust punk influenced thrash bands during the mid- to late 1980s. They are also known as[ who? ] being one of the early bands who were part of the punk/metal crossover music genre (along with other bands such as Sacrilege, English Dog, Onslaught, and Deviated Instinct).
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For several years their early work was out of press, but Your Turn Next and Whoops Sorry Vicar were re-released in September 2012 on the band's own label, SoxCore Records, in association with Boss Tuneage. The vinyl versions are on coloured vinyl and the CD releases have bonus tracks personally selected by Timoveric. New t-shirts were released at the same time in Japan.Most of their recordings are also available via peer-to-peer networks and the band have made all their releases available for free through MediaFire.
Concrete Sox reformed in 2009 with a new line-up. After an unsuccessful tour in April 2010 (which was cancelled by the band after three shows), this line-up was disbanded. As of December 2012, founding member Vic Timoveric was working with a new line-up, which included the return of Pug on drums with additional members Lambert (vocals) and Brownie (bass). After 4-5 months of getting nowhere, Timoveric decided to disband the group for good.
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