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Debut 1994 album from New York City satanic ska punk band, produced by Bill Laswell. Thirteen upbeat skankers, flush with brass, drenched with irresistible melodies and infectious choruses. Originally released on the band's own label Pass The Virgin, it saw wider release after being licensed by Moon Ska Records starting in 1995. Their hit song "Doomsday" began receiving airplay on MTV around this time, helping the band complete it's first cross-country tour. As the band's profile continued to rise, they embarked on a national tour with British pop-punk icons the Buzzcocks in 1997, and then shocked some fans' sensibilities when they toured the U.S. opening for heavy-metal shock rockers Gwar a year later. After several lineup changes the band ceased performing circa 2001, staying dormant until officially regrouping in 2012. Soon it was back to business, in 2013 the band performed at the Apple Stomp ska festival in New York and at Riot Fest in Chicago, where the band preceded T.S.O.L., Rancid, and Blink-182 on the Riot Stage. In 2015, Mephiskapheles released it's eponymous 12" EP, the first new music in 16 years, on Meph Records, leading to successful headlining tours of the Midwest and Florida. The band's second album "Maximum Perversion" was finally reissued on vinyl in 2017, and in 2018 the band once again toured across the USA headlining club shows and opening for Streetlight Manifesto in bigger arenas. Mephiskapheles has moved far beyond 2-Tone and seeming owe little to Jamaica's originators, but they have carved out their own musical niche, ska-based and brass-led with unbeatable melodies.