Posted in metal | music | pictures on March 21, 2012

photos by Greg Cristman, additional photos by BBG

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

Directly after the mayhem that was our Deathmatch event at Scoot Inn on 3/16 (first set of pictures HERE; more on the way) BrooklynVegan & Power of The Riff/Thrasher took over the Austin venue for an official SXSW showcase. The night portion was headlined by Black Breath (an exclusive SXSW appearance) and featured appearances from Ringworm, All Pigs Must Die, Narrows (who also played the bridge show), KEN Mode, Enabler and Young and In The Way. The overall brutal vibe of the day continued into the night with ripping performances from top to bottom, circle-pitting, and hardcore scream-a-longs.

Young and In The Way's "American Blackened Crust" opened the showcase a bit past 8PM, drawing from black metal in both tendency to blast as well as in symbolism, ferocity and costuming (see the inverted cross of bones). Young and In The Way may be a relatively young band, but they are wise beyond their years in creating dark atmosphere to accompany their taut and razor sharp odes to negativity.

Following YAITW was Enabler, a Milwaukee band that contains members of Harlots and Fall Out Boy (no shit). They draw from the melodic d-beat of bands like Tragedy in their take on crusty hardcore. The band are preparing a new LP All Hail the Void for release in May, so look out for that and make sure to catch them on the road soon.

KEN Mode played only two shows in Austin this year, and thankfully our showcase was one of those. The band's noise-rock meets hardcore aesthetic has always been great, but now with a more stable bass player (Andrew LaCour) it seems that the band has hit its stride on the live stage. LaCour's animated stage antics work well for the band too, adding to the wide-eyed maniacal glances that guitarist/vocalist Jesse Matthewson throws to the audience over his microphone.

On paper, Narrows is a fantastic sounding band; members of Botch, Unbroken, and more collide to form a hardcore supergroup. Thankfully, the reality is as indelible as the concept.... in fact better. Since I saw them kill it at Cake Shop close to two years ago, Narrows have gelled into an entity all its own, a thought cemented with their latest and highly-reccomended release on Deathwish, Painted (out now). As a live band they are similarly amazing; is there anything as pleasing to a hardcore kid as screaming into a microphone along with Dave Verellen?

All Pigs Must Die is similar in concept to Narrows, a "supergroup" comprised of the jaw-dropping sticksman Ben Koller (Converge), the raspy throat of the energetic Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), guitarist Adam Wentworth (The Red Chord, Bloodhorse) and bassist Matt Woods (American Nightmare, Bloodhorse). While any band with Ben Koller is worth a look just for his jaw-dropping skills behind the kit, APMD rise above that with songwriting and a live show that is similarly impressive in its intensity. Scoot Inn was no exception; these guys rule.

Ringworm has been around almost as long as their fellow Clevo-core natives Integrity (21 vs 24 years!), and its clear that their live show has been honed over time to a fine point. The band's thrash-y hardcore crossover incited circle pits and mosh mayhem during their set, reminding us why the band are veterans of their scene. Amazing live band, and now with Aaron of Keelhaul back in their ranks, they've never sounded better.

Batting clean-up was Black Breath, the Seattle band that fused groovy Swedish death metal with hardcore vocals and aesthetic. They opened their set with personal favorite "Black Sin", and the band's live show is as potent as their LPs. If you've never seen Black Breath then please do so right away.... word is they may be on the road in the near future. One of my major highlights of the weekend.

I'd like to thank all of the bands that killed it at Scoot Inn on 3/16, the staff at Scoot Inn for being so helpful/accomodating, my partners for this show in Power of The Riff and Thrasher, and most importantly everyone who showed up to support the show and the bands and to have a good time.

More pictures from the Friday night show at Scoot Inn is below.

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BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

Young and In The Way by Greg Cristman

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BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

Enabler by Greg Cristman

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BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

KEN Mode by Greg Cristman

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

Narrows by Greg Cristman

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

Narrows by BBG

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

All Pigs Must Die by Greg Cristman

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

All Pigs Must Die by BBG

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

Ringworm by Greg Cristman

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

Black Breath by Greg Cristman

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

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BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

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Comments (32)

I feel like I am in Deliverance. You sausages are disgusting.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/sxsw/2012/day3/scootinn3/59.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 11:04 AM

That guy's shirt reads "DEATH."

LOL @ white people.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 11:08 AM

11:08 try again, but not as hard.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 11:11 AM

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 11:12 AM

Why does that one sausage have a bone arond his neck? It's like they're devolving. Disgusting.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 11:18 AM

"lulz"


Sounds like hipster overload to me, the way you trendies rush over to threads like these!

Hey, look! It's a PBR in the 1st pic! Here, trendie trendie trendie! Come an' get it!

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 11:42 AM

Look, it's the bottom rung of society!

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 12:11 PM

I'm a little confused why so many people trash the metal dudes. Is it the attitude? The style of music? The image? Or is it just amusing to poke fun with no real reason behind it?

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 12:14 PM

11:04 i'd love for you to say that to Human Furnace's face. He'd probably rip your entrails out through your cunt.

Posted by JT | March 21, 2012 12:35 PM

12:14: Hipsters feel the need to make fun of groups that aren't theirs in order to (unsuccessfully) compensate for their low self-image and low self-esteem. I'd feel sorry for them, but..... nope. Nice CC reference 12:35, LOL!

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 12:41 PM

metalheads > trolls

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 12:41 PM

that little meatball sausage is names "Human Furnace"

Bwahaha!

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 12:49 PM

Human Furnace sounds better than a trendy hipster name like Cody or Seth. Bwahaha!

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 12:52 PM

Metalheads think longhair and tattoos make you tough. I seriously doubt Human Furnace could do a push up.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 12:54 PM


do they have any veggie sausage at these shows?

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 1:03 PM

I lived in Cleveland for years...Mr. Furnace is not to be crossed. Sweet guy, but don't fuck with him.

Posted by JT | March 21, 2012 1:06 PM

Human Furnace is a flabby bitch. Dude has moobs.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 1:12 PM

metalheads? where? only see faggot hipsters

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 1:21 PM

Metalheads and metal music encompass violence, aggression, war spirit. All things which made Western civilization great. Without these things we would not have been able to conquer and create all we have. Hipsters epitomize meekness and the feminization of our culture. Things that are surely bringing the death knell of Western man.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 1:25 PM

Metalheads think longhair and tattoos make you tough. I seriously doubt Human Furnace could do a push up.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 12:54 PM

Trolls think hiding behind a computer & talking shit on every BBG hardcore/metal post makes you tough!

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 1:42 PM

The trolls are so ignorant. This event was in Texas so it's not just sausage, it's BBQ! Dumb asses.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 2:19 PM

What's the opposite of sausage? String beans? I think all the metalheads should start to counter every hipster/indie/whatever band post with idiotic string bean comments.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 3:24 PM

^ Belieive it or not, it's "pita" (one of the sayings, anyway). Since it's shped like a cunt. How appropriate. Fire away!

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 3:42 PM

I was staying with some friends in Shaker Heights last year, and I'm pretty sure Human Furnace delivered us some calzones.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 3:48 PM

Still haven't gotten my latte yet. What's goin' on with the fauxhemian in the back there?

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 4:27 PM

Love the Suede shirt.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 4:32 PM

I loveee

Posted by Laura | March 21, 2012 6:32 PM

Why is that hillbilly wearing a bone around his neck?

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 7:14 PM

Nice Today is the day tattoo nerd.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 7:31 PM

I net this show smelled like a mix of schwag, bengay, and hot pockets.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2012 8:31 PM

metalheads? where? only see faggot hipsters

Posted by Souq | March 28, 2012 3:25 AM

rock on

Posted by jordon | August 4, 2013 3:13 PM

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