Posted in metal | music | pictures on August 9, 2010

words by BBG, photos by Keith Marlowe

Unsane

The problem with most contemporary metal is that it just isn't heavy: Pristine digital editing, onstage drum triggers and other depressing innovations have sapped the genre of its primal force. Fortunately, there will be no such chicanery afoot at this walloping bill.

Cleveland's Keelhaul makes a habit of flouting convention. Some of its pieces last less than a minute, others nearly nine; vocals may enter three fourths of the way through a song, or not at all. The common denominator is an ultradisciplined brand of riff worship: The quartet builds diabolical obstacle courses out of asymmetrical phrases, then proceeds to run them with visceral gusto.

Headliner Unsane favors a much more straightforward bludgeon-anguished noise-blues that still sounds as obstinately primitive as when the local outfit formed two decades ago. As with the trio's billmates, no additives or preservatives are necessary. - [Time Out NY]

As stated before, Keelhaul destroyed Santos alongside a similary brutal duo of Pigs (mem-Unsane) and Disappearer. But what was missing from that previous post was photos of the main event, NYC noise-rock greats Unsane barrelling through a pair of sets: a front to back cover of Scattered Smothered & Covered followed by a second "hits" set that spanned their recording career. Photos from the tail end of the show incuding more Keelhaul, and some videos are below...

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Keelhaul also played < a href="http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2010/08/keelhaul_played.html">a surprise show at Acheron with My America (photos HERE).

Unsane - "Scrape" / "Against The Grain" | NYC @ Santos Party House | 05 Aug 2010

Keelhaul | NYC @ Santos Party House | 05 Aug 2010

Pigs | NYC @ Santos Party House | 05 Aug 2010

Disappearer | NYC @ Santos Party House | 05 Aug 2010

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Comments (5)

a really great bill all around. To be honest, this was by far this was the loosest I've ever heard Unsane sound.... they were actually apologizing between songs for having us sit through their "practice gig". No apology necessary though, shit was still as intense as ever

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 3:11 PM

Can't wait for the Unsane/Today Is The Day/Keelhaul show in Chicago!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 4:54 PM

Keelhaul was better. Unsane played way too long and I got bored. They always seemed like a second rate Helmet to me.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 5:22 PM

Does Dave from Unsane still have that large gun tattoo on his forearm?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2010 1:08 AM

Unsane a second rate Helmet? What a bullshit.

Can´t wait for the new Album.

Posted by jens | March 9, 2012 3:13 PM

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