Posted in metal | music | pictures on September 27, 2011

by BBG (who is in California right now)

Ghoul in Orange County
California Discord Fest
California Discord Fest

Try as you might, you could not escape the Dystopia chants at an otherwise quiet industrial park in Orange County on Sunday night (9/25). It's understandable considering the greatness of Dystopia, and the fact that 2/3 of its members were playing in newer projects (Ghoul and Mange).

The two day at California Discord Fest, which originally featured appearances from Rattus, Dropdead, Despise You, Lack of Interest, Ghoul, Mange, ACxDC, Murder Construct, unannounced guest Exhumed and many others, was pared down considerably after a 9PM police visit on Saturday broke-up the show at its original location at The Vortex in downtown Los Angeles. Unconfirmed rumors blame a lack of correct permits. Regardless, locals quickly picked up the slack with house shows that night, a set by Magrudergrind included, and two new shows were scheduled for Sunday.

Though the bulk of the local lineup did not play (including Lack of Interest and Despise You), the two Sunday makeup shows were quickly scheduled outside the city in Fullerton with Dropdead, Exhumed, Ghoul, and Mange. The shows were set in a practice studio approximately a fifth of the size of the original venue and it was soon invaded by a swarm of punks, a good number of which did not get in due to capacity. Rattus, in their reported final US appearance, played the early show at the venue which I unfortunately missed due to a miscommunication (fail on my part).

The late (6PM) make-up show on Sunday featured a headlining appearance from Dropdead, who teamed with Exhumed, Ghoul, and Mange. Dropdead was great as usual, though the band has been sticking to a similar script with respect to set list for years now; the band hasn't released any new material in a while save for splits with Converge and Look Back and Laugh (who they covered at the show). Exhumed's booming death metal that wowed me at Maryland Deathfest didn't disappoint either, so make sure to catch them in NYC at Europa on 11/9 (tickets are still available). Mange, who opened the show and struggled with equipment diffuclty, played a more-sludge-leaning version of powerviolence that had the crowd primed for faster material; this was definitely a crowd built for speed.

But my clear favorite was definitely Ghoul (possibly due to never seeing them before), whose crusty thrash was both powerful and campy. Shrouded in blood-soaked hoods, the band ripped through a set of oldies and new material while costumed "guests" came on stage to soak the crowd with fake (?) blood. Ghoul is definitely a fantastic live band, and their low-tech approach to stage gore will fit perfectly with tour-mates Gwar (who hit Irving Plaza on 11/23, tickets). Make sure and get there early.

More pictures from California Discord Fest, including Ghoul and Dropdead setlists, are below. A second set of photos, which includes some of the bands from Saturday before the fuzz broke up the party and that Magrudergrind house show, are on the way.

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Comments (9)

You know what can never be shut down? S P I N D O C T O R S majesty. Their legendary album Pocket Full of Kryptonite changed millions of lives for the better. You can't stop that vibe.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 1:19 PM

You know what else can't be stopped? The Bum Rush. That's right. You can't stop the bum rush.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 1:49 PM

I H E A R D T H A T T H E S P I N D O C T O R S W E R E G O I N G T O C H A N G E T H E I R N A M E T O " S A U S A G E D O C T O R S " I N E X C H A N G E F O R H U M M U S.


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Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 2:56 PM

I'd just like to address the rumors. I'm one of the promoters of CDF, and I can give you our side of the story. First off, we had permits. We went to the city, the police dept., and the fire dept., and got EVERYTHING that they wanted us to have. We had a fire marshall on site, we had all of our permits in order, we had a friendly security staff. We were under capacity, and we weren't allowing alcohol or drugs and kept it away from the show successfully. The LAPD had showed up at approximately 5PM to check out our show, checked out our permits, talked to the fire marshall, and left after seeing that everything was running well and we had everything in order. At about 8pm, a large squad of LAPD officers showed up. They took our security outside and lined them up against the gate. They then asked to speak with us. They asked for our permits, which were promptly shown to them. They spoke with the Fire Marshall, who also assured them that everything was legal. After speaking to us at length, they decided that our permits were not legal (although we had the exact ones the city AND police dept. said we needed), entered the premises, and shut us down. We had no control over what was going on, even though we had handled everything properly (after nine months of planning we weren't goin to leave ANY stone unturned). This was a blatant example of LAPD flexing their muscles and wanting to shut down an event that they don't understand or agree with. We will be going to court and if all goes well (which it should) our charges will be dropped. Otherwise we face $10,000 in fines on bullshit charges. The MOMENT it got shut down, we scrambled to find a new place for the fest. We did everything we could, hit up EVERY venue in/around town, looked everywhere we could so that the show could go on. After desperately searching, the Riff Haus in Fullerton agreed to allow us to do TWO make up shows with the headliners (it's only a 200 person capacity, so the 2 shows were set so that we could fit in as many people as possible). We did everything in our power to make this work. We are still working on ways to make this up to people. If you want to keep up with us, add our facebook account (www.facebook.com/californiadiscord). We are truly sorry and we'd like to apologize to everyone who spent the money for the tickets. We hope you understand. Thank you. - Kyle Hertz

Posted by Kyle Hertz | September 27, 2011 9:49 PM

LOL....didn't read.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 12:16 AM

hey kyle! STFU! NO ONE CARES!

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 12:18 AM

looks scary. glad i live in nyc where pizza is readily available.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 3:27 PM

You're a bunch of rude assholes. Kyle set up a good show and the pigs fucked it up. Go back to your fucking Radiohead records and Bedford Avenue, jerkoffs

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 6:59 PM

Kyle that sucks. Sorry to hear that.

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2011 8:21 PM

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