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photos by Greg Cristman

Pentagram / Agnostic Front at Warsaw 9/1/2012
The Power of The Riff
The Power of The Riff

Saturday built upward from Alpha & Omega and Xibalba, young hardcore bands from California; the crowd endured Hoax, from western Massachusetts, a band with only a couple of EPs, whose volatile singer came down from the stage to the floor, inviting physical aggression and getting it. And the lineup worked toward the clomping meat-and-potatoes, early-'80s hardcore of Negative Approach -- established in Detroit 1981, reformed in 2006 -- and Agnostic Front, established in 1980, reformed in 1997, from New York and don't you forget it.

Agnostic Front's set was the hometown party: beefy guys from the old days at CBGB came out to support the band as it played uniformly streamlined versions of songs from the ratty old records "United Blood," "Victim in Pain" and "Cause for Alarm," responding to calls for circular mosh pits, pumping their fists to the generalized anti-authority chants: "We gotta stick together/and fight 'em all now!" And then many of them cleared out, leaving a sparser crowd for Pentagram, the early doom-metal band from Virginia whose prematurely ancient singer, Bobby Liebling, persists with effort. -[NY Times]

Saturday (9/1) was the first night of the two-day Power of The Riff East extravaganza, filling up Warsaw with a mix of doom enthusiasts (there to see Pentagram perform all of Relentless), old school hardcore kids and others who like it loud. Pictures, setlists and video from the show are below.

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Comments (59)

pics look like it was pretty empty...was that the case?

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 11:07 AM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/poweroftheriff/2012/day1/112.jpg

Is that Ronnie The Limo Driver from the Howard Stern Show?

Posted by BaBaBooey | September 4, 2012 11:09 AM

wasn't sold out, but it was packed by the day send. There was a huge pit for most of the day

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 11:09 AM

11:09 - whoa whoa whoa, stop the clock again!

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 11:22 AM

brainless music for the brain dead

Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2012 11:28 AM

11:09 LOL! I don't think Ronnie's harline is receeding yet, but other than that, it's a dead ringer.


was JD in the audience?

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 11:31 AM

brainless music for the brain dead
Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2012 11:28 AM

you must have meant to post on the deap vally news item below...

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 11:46 AM

11:28- "brainless comment from the braindead".
There, fixed that for you.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 11:49 AM

A barricade? How cute.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 12:05 PM

12:05- annoying as hell, but witness what clubs have to do to prevent litigious d-bags from getting a payday.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 12:22 PM

Because jumping off a stage and getting hurt should entitle you to money (said with intense sarcasm).

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 12:23 PM

Did they turn Stigma's amp on this time? Or was he just on stage "to support the scene"?

Which track did Freddie Madball sing on?

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 1:12 PM

"brainless music for the brain dead"
was this a fat wreck chords sampler?

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 1:41 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/poweroftheriff/2012/day1/69.jpg

this tub is considered hot by sausage standards.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 1:53 PM

1:12 watch the video and you'll know

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 2:02 PM

trust fund types would only go to this if it was called PWR F TH RFF

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 2:10 PM

Whats with stimga playing on a really low/turned off amp. Is he fried or something? During one of his "solos" you can clearly see the other guitarist spin around and play it for him.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 2:16 PM

1:30/1:53: For the last time, I will NOT LET YOU SUCK ME OFF.

Sincerely,

The Magnetic Fields guy

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 2:19 PM

who played the aftershow?

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 2:30 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/poweroftheriff/2012/day1/132.jpg

^ This is a picture of an aging sausage having the sudden realization of what he's done with his life.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 2:56 PM

^ lol, or hasn't done, amirite?

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 3:13 PM

senior sausages are some sad shit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 3:28 PM

^ Amen.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 3:32 PM

2:56-3:32: Same lonely sadder scarf who just came to the crashing reality that he'll never be in that love triangle with Mandingo and the Magnetic Fields guy. Maybe it's still a post-ironic world after all :(

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 3:34 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/poweroftheriff/2012/day1/95.jpg

^ Sausage preparing for his shift at the Saint Vitus glory hole.

He saying that he wants one "this big".


Still waiting.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 3:44 PM

3:28 - Sad old sausage or not, something tells me no one will be yelling your name or coming to your shows when you're 60. Damn.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 3:45 PM

^ Yeah......


no one's really doing that for the vintage sausage either, are they?

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 3:51 PM

11:07 - the room was about half full for the first 4 bands or so, with a few people standing up front and everyone else crowded at the back. By Negative Approach, the room was getting pretty full and it was packed through AF and Pentagram. The NY Times review says that the crowd became sparser after AF played, but that's bullshit. Pentagram was the last band to play and you can see in the video near the very end when the camera pulls back and shows the whole room that it's packed. WTF.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 3:54 PM

3:51, I guess you weren't there, because yeah, they were.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 3:58 PM

lol @ 3:45. Why do these sausage idiots think it's everyone's goal to work in the lower rungs of the showbiz ladder?

If I was that sausages age and doing that shit I would be humiliated.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 4:00 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/poweroftheriff/2012/day1/61.jpg


^ Where ......are the girls? Oh, wait! "SAUSAGE"! LOL, NOW I GET IT!


SAUSAGE LULZ, AMIRITE?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 4:05 PM

4:00, why be humiliated when people buy tickets and show up? Why shouldn't he do it? I doubt he has another job anyway. Do you think life ends at 40 or something and then you should stay home and hide? You'd have a point if this dude was 60 and doing this shit and nobody showed up- THAT would be pretty sad. But watch the fucking video and tell me nobody gives a shit about the old sausage. Bottom line: Nobody's clapping for you, and you probably aren't even a pathetic old sausage.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 4:10 PM

^not everyone one to be an entertainer.

If I was that dudes age, and performing what is really a form of pop cabaret, I'd be embarrassed.

If I was a legitimate musician performing a real concert or recital, that would be a different story.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 4:19 PM

Awwww, look at the poor wittle sour scarf acting like a jilted lover obsessing over a break-up. I'm sure metal people don't appreciate a fruity lunatic stalker now, do they? Keep posting up all those pictures like you're cutting out from the latest issue of Playgirl though. Must be fun!

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 4:20 PM

That Hoax vocalist has gotta stop worrying about his theatrical performance and start worrying about doing his vocals on time. Just the worst

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 4:27 PM

Can you imagine being 50+ years old, and putting on your little metal outfit, and going out to entertain these morons who are half your age?

Damn right it would be humiliating.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 4:28 PM

@4:27 - I was thinking the same thing. He wants to be the Ric Flair of hardcore hitting his forehead with the mic each night? What a loser.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 4:32 PM

^metal = 50% D&D, 40% pro wrestling, 5% Christopher St. cabaret, 5% music.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 4:42 PM

@2:16

Incorrect.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 4:53 PM

@3:44

youre a fag

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 4:54 PM

4:42: 100% Christopher St. mongoloid.


100% WELL DONE

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 4:58 PM

4:20 PM Are you such a simple minded metal head that you think theres only metal head lug head drones & idiot hipster kids who wear silly sunglasses with scarves?

This would have been good to see Negative Approach & maybe Hoax (minus the singers antics with the mic) otherwise not worth the 36.00 for the other bands.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 5:47 PM

Wasn't Power Trip like a hardcore band a few months ago, now they throw on some black metal t-shirts?

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 5:50 PM

power trip riffs are definitely cool but lose the hardcore dork vocalist

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 8:57 PM

this looks liks a dudes only event. there might have been a couple of women there, but they looked like dudes too.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 9:02 PM

BV, you've really got to start editing the photos down some. Yes, they're nice, but I don't need to see every single picture that was shot of each band for every show review. That's what flickr is for.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 10:18 PM

9:02- I was waiting for this idiotic comment. There were many attractive girls at the show. They just are not visible in the pictures. Try some new material.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 11:46 PM

@9:02 - i myself was waiting for that. MAD girls at that show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 11:27 AM

what is with the sausage obsession with cargo shorts?

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 11:45 AM

Fuck the barrier.

Posted by Cunt | September 5, 2012 1:00 PM

5:47: I forgot the other clique. The hardcore "punks" that were out of place at this show. Thanks for reminding me.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 4:22 PM

LULZ@ 11:46 and 11:27

"There were many attractive girls at the show. They just are not visible in the pictures."

^ LOL, because sausage girls are invisible or something? Were they vampires? No, sausage. You're thinking of mirrors.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/poweroftheriff/2012/day1/69.jpg

^ I am willing to bet that no self respecting mirror would reflect "plumpers" here though, amirite?

"MAD girls at that show"

MAD, like M.A.D.? Madam's Actually (a) Dude? No doubt. No doubt.


Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 9:27 PM

NA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2012 12:33 AM

Brocas Lee.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2012 12:35 PM

9:27- actually it's because the majority of the crowd shots show a minute portion of the crowd, but I'll let you tell your boyfriend you posted a clever comment.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 4:19 PM

VERY NICE THANKS

Posted by ben 10 | November 2, 2012 6:59 AM

awesome stuff right here ya.

Posted by jordon | July 23, 2013 12:21 PM

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