Blockheads was born at the turn of the 90s, in the deindustrialized region of Nancy. Things started to get serious, however, when Fred joined the band in 1991.
Two years later, the band released its first demo Haaashaastaak, followed in 1995 by its first album Last Tribes. The band explored ecological and nature-related themes in ancient and non-European cultures.
In 1998, the group, largely renewed, released its second album Watch Out, strongly marked by the hardcore scene of its time through the contribution of Ludo and Payot, who joined the group. Blockheads then began to tour more regularly and to forge a reputation as a live band, along- side Carcass, Entombed or Napalm Death.
The years 2000 mark a new turning point for the band, with the re-release of their
first two albums, under the title From Womb To Genocide, which signs the beginning of their collaboration with Bones Brigade. 2001 sees the arrival of Human Parade, as well as Antoine on guitar. The record is a real step forward, both in terms of violence and sound power. The band then starts to fully exploit the qualities of its drummer Nico, unfailing cornerstone of the Blockheads machine. The various per- formances, on numerous festivals, allow the band to establish itself solidly among its peers.
In 2006, the band released the album Shapes Of Misery on Overcome Records. The album, recorded by Stéphane Buriez (Loudblast), finishes putting in place all the elements that make up the Blockheads style: punishing blastbeats, d-beat in the English tradition, scathing and groovy hardcore riffs, and back vocals screamed by all the
members of the band. It also marks the first appearance of Raph on bass duty. The band quickly starts a tour with Mumakil, with whom they record a split 7’’.
In July 2012, Blockheads signed with Relapse Records and released This World Is Dead the following year, recorded by Nostromo and Mumakil guitarist Jerome. The record marks the arrival of Erik on bass, and allows them to go one step further, with the band scouring festivals like Hellfest, Dreadfest, Chimpy Fest or OEF, again.
For the 30th anniversary of the band, Blockheads releases its sixth album, Trip To The Void, on Lixiviat and Bones Brigade. Both denser and darker, it signs the return of a band that has never stopped believing in an honest and unadorned form of grind- core, turned towards social, ecological and egalitarian themes.
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