T.C.F. is a furious thrash/crossover band featuring long time friends Rob Slaughter (ex - INCREMENTAL) and Hans Hostile (ex - ENFORCER). Rob and Hans met over 10 years ago at the University of Professional Education in The Hague. Quite soon it was obvious that they shared great enthusiasm for thrash and speed metal. At the time Rob played in a thrash metal band called PAVEWAY while Hans was playing in a punkband. After Hans heard some of the stuff Rob recorded (on an old school tape multitracker) they decided Hans should give it a try since PAVEWAY was in search of a second guitarplayer. A lot of songs and gigs later Hans was asked to leave the band and quite soon after PAVEWAY was history. However Rob and Hans never lost contact and even though they both moved on with other bands they remained close friends. In 2006 Hans recorded INCREMENTAL's second demo and during those sessions the idea was born to start up an uncomplicated, fun, fast and furious thrashcore project. 10 songs (with a total playing time of 15 minutes) were written in just a few rehearsals and were recorded during the course of 2007. After that Hans & Rob decided that these recordings (dubbed the "Core '88" demo) would be released as download only since it was time to make T.C.F. a 'real' band. Guitar player "Noise Gate" Nick (who played in Speedchaser at that time) was asked to join the band and Hans would take up the role of bassplayer/singer/frontman. From early summer 2008 the band has been rehearsing and writing new songs. The first gigs were played starting from spring 2009. End of 2009 the band released their "Speed or Bleed" EP cd which got a lot of positive feedback and very good reviews from e-zines like Mindview, Metalfan, Zwaremetalen, Metalkrant and Mario's Metal Mania. One year later T.C.F. has played a lot of gigs with a climax of supporting the almighty HEATHEN on all 3 of the Dutch dates on their "Chaos in Europe" tour may 2010. As of August 2010 T.C.F, signed with Witches Brew records for the release of their debut album in the spring of 2011. Sadly Witches Brew decided to stop all activity shortly before T.C.F. was about to enter the studio. Malevolence records stepped in for the release of the new album "Where Madness Reigns" mid. November 2011!!
Dare to be different is what they say. This is exactly what Rob Slaughter (drums) and Hans Hostile (bass and vocals) thought when starting out with T.C.F. as a fun project next to their main bands Incremental and Enforcer. In a time when retro thrash was king the guys decided it’d be fun to do some uncomplicated old sc...hool crossover and mix in substantial hardcore influence in their sound. In just 3 sessions the 10 track “Core ‘88” demo was written. Making the demo was so much fun Rob and Hans decided to continue doing T.C.F., and look for a guitar player to complete the line up with Hans taking over bass and vocal duties. Trough a mutual friend guitar player Nick was found and integrated quickly into the band. Over the year 2009 the band rehearsed and performed live for the first time. Later that year the first serious recordings with the full line up were made for a promo intended to gain some record label interest. The recordings were later released on the 5-track EP “Speed Or Bleed”. “Speed Or Bleed” was received exceptionally well by both fans and critics despite it’s short playtime of just 10 minutes. All this led to T.C.F. supporting the mighty Heathen on 3 dates of their 2010 European tour. Shortly after T.C.F. was signed to a small german record label for the release of the then yet to be recorded debut full lenght. Sadly the label didn’t live up to expectations and decided to quit overnight. T.C.F. decided to carry on recording despite the label going out of business. It didn’t take long before Nate McLeod contacted T.C.F. and expressed interest in having T.C.F. on his newly started label Malevolence Records. So in the end things worked out even better than anticipated. The album was recorded at the “independent recordings” studio in Utrecht with producer Quintijn Verhoef in the summer of 2011 and was released early 2012 on Malevolence Records, catalogue number MR-001. “Where Madness Reigns” features artwork by Guatemalan artist Mario Lopez and contains 13 tracks of facemelting thrashcore/crossover. Be prepared for T.C.F.’s trademark 40 minute live blitzkrieg in 2012!!