Comprising Tony Maddocks (vocals), Hallam Foster (bass), Ben Doyle (guitar) and Mark Harpley (drums), rock band Above All, from Southend, Essex, England, took their primary influence from the US hardcore scene of the mid-80s. In particular, they adopted that movement’s ‘straight-edge’ creed, which insists on abstinence from drink, drugs and other artificial stimulants. Musically, they betrayed an obvious musical debt to American bands such as Minor Threat and Sick Of It All, but the energy of their live performances won them many converts among the metal music press. In 1996 they embarked on sessions for their debut album, with former Fudge Tunnel guitarist Alex Newport acting as executive producer. Foster was replaced by Dan Carter in June 1996.
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