Posted in metal | music | pictures on September 28, 2009

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Ryan Muir

Rorschach

"Charleston show was hands down the best show I have ever seen. I still cant comprehend it. It was so jam packed, that if you made it on top of the crowd you were just kinda up there for a bit. Played essentially the same set too but in different order and a bit shorter I think. Hellbastard headlined too.

Rorschach opening with "Raw Nerve" at Santos Party House and later doing "Mandible" right into "In Ruins" blew my fucking mind. Un fucking real." [p @ theB9]

After a triumphant set at Santos, the rough got rougher and sweatier when Rorschach hit up the Brooklyn Vegan/Chronic Youth co-sponsored show at The Charleston, a venue around 1/5 of the size. This "secret show" was hinted at heavily, and then fully announced on Friday. It also featured an appearance from crusty UK thrashers Hellbastard who were on their first EVER US tour after reuniting a couple years ago after a 10+ year hiatus. Like Rorschach, Hellbastard also played a show earlier in the evening. There's was at Europa.

Psychic Limb opened the show at The Charleston. Unfortunately, Ryan Muir and I both missed them (I was at Santos & Europa, he at Julian Plenti), but Klaus Kinski affectionately referred to them as sounding like "old Napalm Death".

Then came Rorschach. Though they had only left the stage at Santos less than two hours earlier, none of their energy had dissipated. In fact, (and I could be biased here) I feel like Rorschach, considering their salad days at ABC No Rio and similar small venues around the tri-state, was probably more in their element at the basement of The Charleston. The crowd in the packed room, which included Ted Leo (who sang at the first show) and Tim Harrington among many others, enjoyed a somewhat shorter set than Santos, but a powerful one. People even crowdsurfed despite the the low 10 foot ceilings above. Amazing show, amazing setlist, and any doubters can check out the video below.

After a mix-up with the Hellbastard folks that caused a delay in their already-late-show start time, the UK band eventually hit the stage and burned out a set of crust-meets-early-Celtic-Frost pummel to the remaining spectators (the room was still about 2/3 full). They definitely won over some of the unconverted.

Reformed U.K. thrash metal/crust punk band HELLBASTARD has inked a deal with Poland's Selfmadegod Records. The label will issue "The Need to Kill" on CD, as well as the newly recorded "Eco-War" CD EP, in late October 2009. "The Need to Kill" features six re-recorded HELLBASTARD ragers, while the six-track "Eco-War" release includes a track originally on the band's 1986 demo as well as a SLAYER cover. [Blabbermouth]
Full picture set, and a video of Rorschach performing "Checkmate", "Someone", "Raw Nerve","Impressions", "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "My War" at The Charleston, below...

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Rorschach at The Charleston (short video)

Rorschach at The Charleston (long video)

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Comments (8)

All those young sweaty male bodies packed so tight in a hot little hole. It's so hot.

Posted by Jared from Black Lips | September 28, 2009 12:43 PM

I went to both and this show was the winner. Awesome awesome awesome to see them in that cramped little space.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 12:48 PM

@"Jared"12:43 - I think you mean it's so "Nasty Style"!

Posted by blackhat | September 28, 2009 1:07 PM

Merci d'avoir un tel rapport photos détaillées!

Posted by Reginald : prepaid phone cards | September 28, 2009 3:13 PM

Richmond setlist:

1. Pavlov’s Dogs
2. Raw Nerve
3. Hemlock
4. Drawn and Quartered
5. No One Dies Alone
6. Shanks
7. Clenching
8. Blinders
9. Cut the Wheel
10. Laryngitis
11. Mandible
12. In Ruins
13. Skin Culture
14. Bone Marrow Biopsy
15. Oppress
16. Traditional
17. Impressions
18. 21st Century Schizoid Man
19. Lightning Strikes Twice
20. In the Year of Our Lord
21. Checkmate
22. Recurring Nightmare #105

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2009 3:21 AM

Significant change, it is.

Posted by luis vuitton | October 17, 2009 12:56 PM

they do look extremely sweaty

Posted by husky training | January 11, 2010 8:04 PM

Thanks for the setlist.

Posted by Make Money Online | January 18, 2010 7:48 PM

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