VISION OF DISORDER (1992–2002). Tim Williams (vocals), Matt Baumbach (guitar), Mike Kennedy (guitar), Mike Fleischman (bass), Brendon Cohen (drums).
Based out of Long Island, New York, Vision of Disorder played thrash–influenced brand of hardcore, featuring socially conscious lyrics, and won a large underground following before disbanding in 2002.
Initially put together in 1992 by guitarists Matt Baumbach and Mike Kennedy, the band was filled out by vocalist Tim Williams, drummer Brendon Cohen, and bassist Mike Fleischman. Fleischman left the band soon after its formation, and the band made the unusual decision to perform without a bassist. Their lack of a bass player notwithstanding, Vision of Disorder’s high-energy live shows won them a strong following in their local hardcore scene, and led to Fleischman’s return. In 1996, the band released its 7–inch debut EP, The Still, which consolidated their local standing and won them record company interest from the Roadrunner subsidiary Supersoul, who released their self–titled full–length debut later that same year. Vision of Disorder, built on the band’s promise, combined a sometimes melodic, thrash–driven attack with lyrics that attacked the evils of modern society as the band perceived it.
The band returned in 1998 with Imprint, a tour de force of hardcore metal produced by Dave Sardy. A year later, the band released For the Bleeders, an album of older songs from their demo days that the band rerecorded. After releasing From Bliss to Devastation in 2001, the group disbanded after failing to achieve substantial commercial success, with guitarist Kennedy and vocalist Williams going on to form the metalcore outfit Bloodsimple. In the intervening years (2006 and 2008) the band has briefly reunited for a handful of shows, with a DVD of 2008 performances scheduled to be released in November 2008.
Discography: Vision of Disorder (Roadrunner, 1996); Imprint (Roadrunner, 1998); For the Bleeders (Go Kart, 1999); From Bliss to Devastation (TVT, 2001).