In 1996 matt from Australia old school hardcore act 'minute minder' and Daniel from scum of the earth, Sydney punk rock, joined forces and started ceasefire. They recruited metal head Pete, and indie rocker Dave and went on to blend the best of the oldschool and newschool hardcore with socially, politically, and spiritually minded lyrics, which expressed the interests on their heart. This set ceasefire apart from the landscape of bands in Australia, but surprisingly didn't hold them back, ceasefire thrived, quickly becoming one of the most well known Australian hardcore bands ever (not to mention the first Australian hardcore band ever to tour the USA. In their day they embarked on more than a few tours, they toured with Strife (at Strifes request), Sick Of It All & Good Riddance, and turned down (all for good reasons) tours With Agnostic Front, Madball, Snapcase and Fear Factory. Ceasefire also shared the stage with the following bands; Zao, Strongarm, Blindside, Pensive, Fugazi, Toe To Toe, Pitfall, Burn It Down, XDisciplex Ad, Mindsnare, No Innocent Victim, and many many more Ceasefire, though not prolific in the amount of songs they wrote, came up with gems in the ones they did complete. Their first release was the album 'Statement' and the title certainly did them justice, it was a statement to the masses that these guys had something to say and here it is, like it or not. The CD received rave reviews from across the globe for it's healthy mixture of oldschool hardcore and just enough metal hardcore to keep it interesting. After touring the states on this release they began to write for their second record and it was not simply a step above, it was a leap, and to many peoples surprise, it included guest performances by Lou Koller from Sick Of It All and Russ Rakin from Good Riddance. This masterpiece was entitled 'Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness.' This release opened the ears of countless record labels and offers came rolling in, soon enough though the band settled on Facedown Records, where it stayed for one album ' The Cycle Of Unbelief' before the band called it a day.