Part of the Boston hardcore scene, Death Before Dishonor originated in 2001 from the remains of Incision, Fuse, and League of Pain.
Like the similarly mosh-worthy Hatebreed, they also take a "back to basics" approach to American hardcore, fusing speed, metallic riffs, and the raspy yells and screams of vocalist Bryan Harris. In 2002, Death Before Dishonor pressed their first CD, the four-song Wartime EP, but they didn't truly hit their stride until 2005, after signing to Bridge Nine Records. They released their first full-length, Friends Family Forever, that year and began playing out unremittingly, touring for a full year and a half alongside fellow hardcore groups Full Blown Chaos, Champion, Terror, and Agnostic Front. In 2007 Count Me In was released, and that album's single, "Break Through It All," earned some rotation on MTV2's Headbangers Ball. As their recognition increased, by 2008 they were averaging 250 performances a year, but they still showed no signs of letting up, and the group embarked on an international tour in 2008, headlining in Australia, Europe, Mexico, and Canada. Member changes ensued soon after, and a new drummer was recruited before they renewed their contract with Bridge Nine and released Better Ways to Die in 2009. ~ Jason Lymangrover, Rovi