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25 TA LIFE

Biography:

The band was started by Frank Smarra (bass) and Harry Minas (drums) in Astoria, Queens, New York City. They were soon joined by Fred Mesk (guitar) and together wrote most of the material that would be on their early releases.

In early 1992, they recruited former Agnostic Front roadie Rick Healey who added the lyrics to all the songs. They adopted the name after it was suggested by Freddy from Madball that also helped by giving them guest appearances at the end of its sets. 25 ta Life played their first full show at Studio 1, New Jersey, on May 10, 1993, supporting Obituary. After a few foto van HardBoiled Webzine.failed attempts to add a second guitar player, Steve Pettit (formally of Dmize) joined the band in late 1993. In January 1994, bassist and co-founding member Frank left the band due to family commitments and was replaced by Warren Lee. Steve was later replaced by his partner in Dmize: Beto Rosario. The band continued to play a large number of shows in the tri-state area and up and down the East Coast. In early 1996, 25 ta Life travelled to Europe, playing in France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium and Poland for the first time. By late 1996, co-founding member Harry left the band and was replaced by Seth Meyer from One 4 One.

25 ta Life opened for Agnostic Front’s reunion show at the Wetlands in December 1996 and then played all of AF’s East Coast dates along with Madball, Hatebreed and H2O in early 1997. They went to Japan in April 1997. Warren and Beto left in May 1997 after the West Coast tour. Mike Heinzer from One 4 One joined on bass in June 1997 and they went to Europe in July 1997. They recorded “Strength through unity…” in July 1997, writing half of it on the spot. “Loyal ta the grave”, featuring Freddy (Madball) and Lord Ezec (Crown of Thornz, Skarhead), was written and recorded in less than an hour. Mike left in August 1997 and was replaced by Dave Urban from Faction Zero. Later that month, they went to Puerto Rico and recorded two songs for the second “New York’s Hardest” compilation. In October–November 1997, Biohazard took 25 ta Life on a short eight-show tour of the East Coast from Washington, DC, to Boston. Seth left the band in February 1998 and was replaced by Rob Pallotta. The band recorded its first full-length album “Friendship, loyalty, commitment” in 1999. . .

Line-Up:

Stik Ta Life – Vocals
Rick ta Life – Vocals
Ezra Vanbuskirk – lead guitar
Chris Manning – guitar
Big Ed – bass
Evan Grove – bass
Petey Pabblo – drums
Anchit Chhabra – bass
Taylor Lobdell – Piano Key Necktie
Fred Mesk – guitar
Steve Petit – guitar
Beto – guitar
Zack Attack – guitar
Schultz – guitar
Chooch Fernandez – bass
Frank Smarra – bass
Warren Lee – bass
Mike Heinzer – bass
Big Dave – bass
Chumley – bass
Big Ed – bass
Gabe Steinberg – drums
Seth Meyer- drums
Rob Pallotta – drums
J. Skams NWR – drums
Justin the Jew – drums
Matt Brewer*-guitar

Discography :

Live At Wetlands: 1-8-95 ‎- 1995
Live 5-7-95 At Wetlands – 1995
Keepin It Real – 1996
Live in Aachen, Germany June 11th 1998 ‎- 1998
Friendship, Loyalty, Commitment – 1999
Best Of Friends / Enemies – 2003
Live At Few Da Real – 2004
25 Ta Life & Last Hope – Hellbound Split – Live In Sofia – 2005
Hellbound Misery Torment – 2005
Fallen Angel – 2005
Cut Throat (7) / 25 Ta Life – Rock Vegas Split Series Vol. 1 ‎- 2006
Strength, Integrity, Brotherhood – 2009
25 Ta Life / Tromatized Youth – 25 Ta Life / Tromatized Youth ‎- 2009
Demo 1993 – 1993
25 Ta Life 2 – 1994
25 Ta Life / Divided We Fall – Sepeyate Ways! / No Looking Back ‎ 7″ – 1996
Strength Through Unity (The Spirit Remains) – 1997
Morning Again / 25 Ta Life – Morning Again / 25 Ta Life – 1998
Skarhead / 25 Ta Life – Skarhead / 25 Ta Life – 1998
Falling Down / Comin Correct* / 25 Ta Life – Falling Down / Comin Correct / 25 Ta Life ‎- 1998
Spazz & 25 Ta Life – Spazz / 25 Ta Life – 99
25 Ta Life / Slang – Never Tear Us Apart – ‎7″ – 1999
New, Old & Rare – Haterz Be Damned ‎- 2003
Early Dayz ‎- 2006
Forever True Represent ‎- 2008

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