MISFIRE: Metal Injection Premieres “Red Flag” Video From Chicago Thrash Trio

Sympathy For The Ignorant Debut Nears Release
photo by Wombat Fire

February 24, 2022 – Chicago-based thrash trio MISFIRE are pleased to unleash their latest video and single, “Red Flag.” Now playing at Metal Injection, the track comes off the band’s pulverizing Sympathy For The Ignorant debut full-length, set for release on April 1st.

Conjuring old-school flavored thrash metal devastation with the kind of bombastic firepower that could wake the dead, MISFIRE creates more of a racket than bands twice their size, unleashing song after song of unrelenting fury. It’s music that could have arrived in the thrash golden age of 1986, when bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Dark Angel, and Sodom delivered vital records. And yet MISFIRE is forward-thinking, injecting modern metal mastery into their brew for a powerful, timeless sound.  

Comments the band of “Red Flag,” “This song is the result of a series of incredibly challenging situations we have been in throughout our lives. This was one of the first songs written for MISFIRE and we are stoked to share it with you all! Raise your red flag!”  

Adds Metal Injection, “If you need a soundtrack to getting your ass kicked today, or you need a song to kick your ass, then look no further than ‘Red Flag’ by MISFIRE. It’ll do that and then some, leaving you pulverized well into the floor.”

View the band’s previously released video for “Fractured” at THIS LOCATION

Created in a small studio and engineered by vocalist/bassist Sean Coogan, MISFIRE’s Sympathy For The Ignorant is free from click-tracks and other unnecessary frills, projecting the purity of what three musicians raised on Pantera and the Big 4 sound like in a room together. The record is heavy, brawny, and confident, filled with the kind of earworm thrash metal riffs that sends aspiring players to the guitar store.  

“The album is a sonically badass version of what you’ll hear live. It’s real, no fake shit,” notes drummer James Nicademus. “It’s very much a throwback to the way things used to be recorded. Like, just turn the shit on, press record, layer some stuff in after that, put some words on top of it, mix it, and it’s done.”   

Sympathy For The Ignorant will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION.

Armed with the attitude and songs to follow in the footsteps of Slayer, Metallica, and Lamb Of God, the three men of MISFIRE are heavy metal lifers. “I started playing drums when I was eleven, and ever since, it’s all I talk about,” says Nicademus. “[Vocalist/guitarist] Jay [Johnson] and I started jamming together at ages twelve and thirteen.”  

In just a short couple of years, MISFIRE quickly shared the stage with thrash legends Sacred Reich and modern throwback bands like Iron Reagan and Warbringer. As long-running tastemakers Metal Crypt wrote in a review of Sympathy For The Ignorant, “these fellows are ready for the big leagues.”  

“Whatever happens, we’re going to be here for a long time because we can’t live without doing this shit,” Nicademus declares. “All we want is to make records, tour, and have a good time doing it.” MISFIRE is poised to give the world a much-needed dose of Windy City whiplash. Get ready.

Jay Johnson – vocals/guitar
Sean Coogan – vocals/bass
James Nicademus – drums


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