Entries tagged with: Black Breath
photo: Decapitated at Inferno Fest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Polish death metallers Decapitated are heading out on tour in 2016 with two like-minded Seattle bands, classic-minded death metal act Black Breath and grind maniacs Theories. The tour will stop in NYC for a show at The Marlin Room at Webster Hall on 2/4, and tickets for that show are on sale now.
For Decapitated, this headlining tour comes right before they do a US run opening for At the Gates. Their latest release is 2014's Blood Mantra.
Black Breath are still on the road behind their standout 2015 album Slaves Beyond Death, and Theories put out their debut LP Regression earlier this year on Metal Blade. These two bands also toured together earlier this year with Goatwhore and Ringworm.
Check out music videos for Decapitated and Theories, a live Saint Vitus set from Black Breath, and all tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Black Breath will release their third album Slaves Beyond Death this week (9/25) via Southern Lord, and now the whole thing is streaming courtesy of our metal blog Invisible Oranges. Like we said about one of the early singles, they upped the death metal influences on this one and their hardcore side takes more of a backseat, making for their most gnarled, gruesome album yet. If you're hesitant about the new direction, consider what IO's Joseph Schafer had to say:
Go into Slaves Beyond Death with an open mind, and listen a few times. After I did that, I realized that Black Breath's leap from HM-2 loving punks to their current, more complex selves mirrors Metallica jumping from Kill Em All to Ride the Lightning, Slayer jumping from Show No Mercy to Hell Awaits. Yes, I think Black Breath right now are as good as those bands were thirty years ago (and if the new Slayer is any indication we need bands like this now more than ever).Listen below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Black Breath at Saint Vitus in July (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Seattle's Black Breath will follow 2012's killer Sentenced for Life with their third album, Slaves Beyond Death, on September 25 via Southern Lord. Black Breath have been tagged more than once as "death 'n' roll," which in their case basically meant they were a hardcore band with some death metal influences. If the title track off the new album is anything to go by, that's not the case anymore. They up the "death" side a lot here and sound more devilish than ever before. Kurt Ballou produced once again. Listen below.
The band also have tour dates, which are listed below, but nothing in NYC yet.
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
Goatwhore, Black Breath, Ringworm, \m/
NOLA metal vets Goatwhore brought their stacked tour with metallic hardcore bands Black Breath and Ringworm and deathgrind newcomers Theories to NYC this week for two shows at Saint Vitus. They took over the venue on Monday (7/6) and Tuesday (7/7), and we've got pictures of the first night.
More, plus videos of Goatwhore's set, below...
photo: Goatwhore at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The stacked metal tour of Goatwhore, Ringworm, Black Breath and Theories lands in NYC tonight (7/6) at Saint Vitus. That show is sold out, but all four bands will be hanging around for a second show on Tuesday (7/7) at the same venue. Tickets for Tuesday's show are on sale.
by Andrew Sacher
Vancouver's Supercrush have members of hardcore bands Black Breath, Go It Alone, Hysterics and others, but this band is far from hardcore. It's catchy jangle pop with sweet, overlapping harmonies that sounds straight off Slumberland Records. Earlier this year they put out the "I Don't Want To Be Sad Anymore" / "How Does It Feel (To Feel Like You)?" single, and more recently made a video for the a-side (directed by Ian Shelton). We've got the premiere of that video, which you can watch along with a stream of the b-side, below. You can pick up the record via Painter Man in the US and Debt Offensive in Canada.
photo: Goatwhore at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
NOLA metal vets Goatwhore will tour North America this June/July in continued support of last year's Constricting Rage of the Merciless, and they're taking out two great metallic hardcore bands, Ringworm and Black Breath, and deathgrind newcomers Theories.
The tour hits NYC on July 6 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/10) at noon. All dates are listed below.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Curran Reynolds w/ Today is the Day at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Eyehategod/Neurosis/etc-related supergroup Corrections House will kick off their previously-discussed tour with Statiqbloom this weekend. As discussed that tour hits NYC for a sweet show at Saint Vitus on Monday (12/1) with Uniform (ex-The Men, Drunkdriver) and Body Stuff. Tickets for Vitus are still available.
In our initial post, we referred to Body Stuff as a one-man project, and it is indeed the brainchild of local heavy polyglot Curran Reynolds (ex-Today is the Day and much more). Only the live show at Saint Vitus will feature a four-piece lineup including Rush Moody, Ryan Jones and Matt Kepler. Ryan is also ex-TITD and is a member of local rippers Mutilation Rites, who Rush has also joined as a live member. Matt is known for metal-related design projects and also worked at the now-closed Lit Lounge. Body Stuff's self-titled EP, which is streaming below, is a bracing slab of industrially-oriented hardcore, and this band should give it full, brutal expression in a live setting (this is the only show they'll be playing in 2014).
Speaking of Mutilation Rites, they've been added as openers for the previously-discussed Black Breath show happening at Saint Vitus on December 14. Also on that bill is White Widows Pact and Blackest. Tickets are still available. Ryan Jones will also be taking part in the upcoming Brooklyn Rock Lottery on December 6 at Baby's All Right which also includes members of Drive Like Jehu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dismemberment Plan, Parquet Courts, and more (tickets).
Meanwhile, Corrections House covered Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" which premiered over at Noisey. Stream that, with their full list of dates and a stream of the Body Stuff EP, below...
Black Breath at Knitting Factory in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Seattle's Entombed-style death rippers Black Breath last toured this past spring, and they'll cap the year off with a one-off in NYC. This one happens at Saint Vitus on December 14 with support to be announced. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Black Breath's most recent album is 2012's Sentenced to Life. You can stream that in full below...
by Doug Moore
Black Breath at Knitting Factory in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Yautja are seemingly everywhere these days. (Which is okay, because they rule.) Not only did they just play a shitload of SXSW dates, including our Invisible Oranges showcase, and not only are they touring with the post-Gaza bangers Cult Leader (who are currently streaming their debut EP) in May, but they've also been announced as part of an exciting mini-tour with live favorites Black Breath & NYC fixtures Mutilation Rites, both of whom will be on their way to their respective Maryland Deathfest appearances. The short run will also include the grind band Theories, whom I don't know much about but whose recorded work sounds promising. (Check some out below.)
The five-date jaunt will hit NYC on 5/28 at Santos Party House. Tickets go on sale this Friday (4/4) at 10am. They're only $13 if you get them in advance (before fees), and it's also a 16+ show.
Black Breath were also initially announced for NJ pop punk festival Skate & Surf which takes place the weekend before their tour starts, but they're no longer listed on the festival's website. We haven't gotten any official word, but the site does say "lineup subject to change without notice."
Check out the full set of dates and some recent music by each band on the tour, below...
Tickets to the Chuck Ragan show at Irving Plaza go on Live Nation and Music Geeks presales (password: "musicgeeks") starting today at 10 AM.
Matt Pond PA play Rough Trade on May 4 and Bowery Ballroom on May 5. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (2/21) at noon with an AmEx presale for the Bowery Ballroom starting today at noon.
Maximo Park, whose synthy new album Too Much Information just came out, will play Irving Plaza on May 23. Tickets to that show go on presale today at 10 AM (password is "earlybird").
After reviving NJ punk (or pop punk) festival Skate & Surf in 2013, it returns again this year on May 17 & 18 at Middletown Sports Complex. The lineup includes The Early November, Pianos Become the Teeth, Black Breath, Tiny Moving Parts, a few reunions like Midtown, Hidden In Plain View and Saosin with Anthony Green, plus DMX, and more. 2-day passes are on sale now and single day tickets go on sale March 18.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Wyatt Marshall
Immolation at Gramercy Theatre, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
We've been talking a lot about the absolutely loaded 2014 Maryland Deathfest lineup this year. It's going to be a doozy, but if 50+ bands isn't enough, MDF has announced an official pre-fest party at Ottobar on Wednesday, May 21 with performances by Immolation, Misery Index, Black Breath and Noisem. Tickets just went on sale.
There will also be a screening of Welcome to Deathfest, the 45-minute long documentary covering the rise of the monolithic Maryland festival that's become the gold standard in American heavy metal events.
Here's some info about the pre-fest show straight from MDF--note, MDF passes don't work for the show, and take a taxi!:
Where is the Ottobar?Full MDF lineup below and flyer below...
2549 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21218. If you are staying at a hotel in the downtown area near any of the other MDF venues, please note that the Ottobar is not walking distance from those venues. A taxi would be your best bet to reach the Ottobar.
How much are tickets for this show?
What time does the MDF documentary begin?
What time do bands begin?
Will this show sell out?
Can I use my Ottobar season pass?
No. These passes won't be accepted at the pre-fest party.
by Doug Moore
Maryland Deathfest announced its (almost) final lineup of bands this afternoon. At this point, the festival really didn't need to add much to sell out its allotment of tickets, but there are some heavy hitters in this round of announcements nonetheless. Some highlights include Tryptikon (the post-Celtic Frost band, making their only US appearance), Dark Angel (the classic hyper-fast thrash band featuring Gene Hoglan of Strapping Young Lad/Fear Factory/Death), Inquisition (who released one of this year's best albums), the long-running powerviolence act Capitalist Casualties, and reunited Floridian grinders Maruta. The complete list of new announcements is below.
Tickets for the festival go on sale tomorrow (11/23) at 3pm. You'll be able to buy whole-fest passes for $255, and 3-day Friday->Sunday passes for each stage for considerably list. Individual tickets will go on sale in December.
MDF's organizers also announced more venue information, including a breakdown of which bands will play at which of the fest's three stages (though the only day-specific lineup that they've announced so far is for Thursday). You can find the complete lineup, divvied up by stage, along with the full list of new artist announcements, below...
After a Friday appearance at New England Metal and Hardcore Fest on Friday (4/19), OSDM/hardcore fiends Black Breath and Brooklyn black-metal punks Mutilation Rites teamed with Brooklyn's White Widows to play a pair of dates on the East Coast, including Saturday's stop at Knitting Factory on April 20.
The show was Mutilation Rites' first appearance back in Brooklyn since their recent Invisible Oranges-sponsored run with Inter Arma throughout March and the beginning of April, and their enthusiasm to be back in the borough was felt as they played a tight and dirty set. Emphasis on the 'dirty,' considering the bandmembers' inclination for spitting on each other in between riffs and growls.
More pictures and video of the pandemonium at Knitting Factory are over at InvisibleOranges.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Black Breath at Acheron, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Once Mutilation Rites return from their Invisible Oranges sponsored trek to SXSW, look for the band to team with Black Breath and White Widows for a show at Knitting Factory on April 20. Tickets are on sale.
The show is the same weekend as the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival (April 19-21 in Worcester, MA) that will feature both MR and BB, though no word as to if the dates will expand into a larger tour. NEMHCF will also feature appearances from Nails, Xibalba, Trap Them, Power Trip, Expire, Municipal Waste, and many more. Tickets are on sale, and the full lineup and a stream of Black Breath's excellent Sentenced to Life are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.
First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.
To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.
My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.
by Andrew Sacher
FACT is still one of the best sources for cutting edge electronic music, and I always look forward to their top 50 albums of the year list, which they've just published for 2012. As usual, it doesn't only contain electronic albums.
This year's list has a good deal of indie rap (Haleek Maul, Schoolboy Q, Le1f, Main Attrakionz, Spaceghostpurrp) and it's the only non-metal list I've seen so far with Black Breath's Sentenced to Life (!). And of course, to compliment the dancefloor records, it's got its fair share of electronic-tinged indie pop, forward thinking R&B, and outsider experimental music.
Check out the full list below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
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Hoax at Power of the Riff East, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The brutal punk assault of Massachusetts's Hoax gets a video treatment for "Fantasy," which appeared on their recent 7" via Painkiller Records. Just as anti-social as the band itself, check out the fetish-laden video below. Not for the squeamish.
In other Power of the Riff news, look for the latest installment to go down on 12/20/12 in Los Angeles at Henry Fonda Theater. There the band will be joined by High on Fire (who play NYC twice this month), sunn o))), Corrosion of Conformity, Black Breath, Dead in the Dirt, Loincloth and Void ov Voices. Tickets are still available for this whopper of a show.
Check out that Hoax video below.
words by Kim Kelly, additional words and photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Black Breath leads a singalong
Southern Lord's been keeping plenty busy on the live front with their various Power of the Riff showcases, but have only recently ventured into the wonderful world of curating tour packages. Pleasantly enough, the lineup on this inaugural run is pretty damn unassailable, featuring as it does up and coming SL acts like Enabler and Burning Love (featuring ex-members of BBG favorite Cursed) as well as Swedish crusties Martyrdod and the Entombedcore stomp of Black Breath. The tour tacked on a handful of SL affiliates and friends at various locations (if only Noothgrush could have been magically whisked out to Bushwick), and the NYC date at The Acheron on 7/6 saw Italy's The Secret perform.
The G train is bullshit and I showed up to the gig far later than desired, squeaking my way into the sold-out venue just in time for Martyrdod. Longtime fans in the audience may have grumbled over the band's decision to focus mainly on newer material (including cuts from their latest record, Paranoia, which was recently unleashed courtesy of the 'Lord) but their overall performance was totally on point. Brutal, blackened kängpunk destruction - here's hoping they make it back soon!
Black Breath's reputation as a formidable live act has been cemented a dozen times over by now, but they still saw fit to drive that shit home with a frenetic, captivating onslaught of d-beaten hardcore and shades of vintage Stockholm death. The Acheron's newly-expanded innards were packed tight well before the band even went onstage, and as soon as those first notes were struck, it was chaos. Sweat and blood flowed, hair flew, heads banged, and Black Breath kept on raging 'til the bitter end. -Kim Kelly
It was a pretty incredible night at Acheron on July 6th. NYC's Grudges opened the show, mixing up elements of grind, slam, and crust to a respectably large crowd at 8PM. Enabler's Tragedy-influenced hardcore followed, winning over many new fans according to the chatter on the street following. Chris Colohan of Burning Love spent good portion of the show pushing his way through the crowd. The Secret's Converge-y, black metal-tinged hardcore was definitely well received by the raging, headbanging room. And nobody got stabbed. - BBG
More pictures from the show of all the bands, plus video, are below.
Burning Love at Europa (more by Meghan McInnis)
Burning Love, who played a matinee show over the weekend, will have quite the selection of wares when they hit the road this summer as part of the Southern Lord tour. For starters, Chris Colohan and co will release the previously discussed Black Widow EP, a 7" featuring two tracks including new jam "Karla" and a cover of the Laughing Hyenas "Love's My Only Crime". Stream the latter here for the very first time and look for the record on High Anxiety / No Idea Records on 5/8.
The Black Widow EP is the precursor to the band's new LP and Southern Lord debut, Rotten Thing To Say. Due on June 19th, the LP features the recently released "Hateful Comforts" which is streamable at Alternative Press.
As previously discussed, that Southern Lord tour will hit NYC with an unreal lineup of Black Breath, Martyrdod, The Secret and Enabler at Acheron on July 6th. Tickets are on sale for this BrooklynVegan event.
All tour dates and that song stream is below.
Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Total Control's Henge Beat was a favorite around these parts, and now the band recently released a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees. Check out a video for Total Control's "For Lease" from that split below and order your copy via Castle Face.
Total Control currently have no US dates scheduled. Thee Oh Sees, on the other hand, will spend their summer abroad and have a handful of appearances in the US. The band, who recently played Austin Psych Fest, will play a gang of festival dates including the previously discussed Pitchfork, Outside Lands, Hopscotch, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and the sold-out Woodsist Festival in Big Sur.
In addition, the band just signed on to be a part of the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle WA, joining names like Neko Case, Major Lazer, Fitz And The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Lumineers, Grimes, Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Youth Lagoon, Diplo, Cloud Nothings, The Psychic Paramount, Twin Shadow, Dam-Funk and so many more across six-stages and as many city blocks during three days in July (7/20-7/22). Current lineup is below and tickets are on sale.
All tour dates, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup and that "For Lease" video is below.
Converge at MHoW (more by Johnathan McPhail)
Converge frontman Jacob Bannon has announced plans to release a split under the moniker Wear Your Wounds with Revelator (Ben Chisholm of Chelsea Wolfe's backing band) on the other side.
We've already mentioned how Converge has been added to a monumental show with Rorschach and Xaddax (who are throwing a record release show on Tuesday at DBA).
It might be cause of today's status as an unofficial holiday of sorts, but there are a hefty amount of shows going on in the next few days... one bigger show that has seemingly flown under the radar is sweep-picking death-metal lunatics Origin with Cattle Decapitation, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings of Saturn, Battlecross, Face of Ruin at Europa on April 24th. Tickets are still available, OR you can try and win a pair. Details are below. The show is part of a larger tour for the band and dates are also below.
On their way to Chaos in Tejas, The Mob (UK) will stop into Brooklyn to play Death By Audio on May 29th. The UK anarcho-punk band will be joined by Sickoids, Nomad, and Anasazi at the venue, and it'll set you back $10 at the door.
Speaking of release parties, Levil Uniform, the skater/extreme music zine, will be throwing a shownext friday at the Grand Victory for their fifteenth issue with local crew Syphilitic Lust and others playing through out the night. That same night, the great Hank Wood & The Hammerheads will bless Don Pedro's.. details are below.
Obnoxiously fun punk band Beer & Cable will officially christen the recently relaunched Acheron on May 5th as part of a show with The Regressives, Agitator, ZTs and Trepanning.
Some interesting additions to some May shows also happened this week. Meek Is Murder was tacked onto the coming Tournament show at Acheron on 5/4, while the supporting bill for the previously discussed Power Trip bill was fleshed out to include Crushed and Brain Slug.
More suggested shows, a stream of the new Rwake 7" (which only be available at their merch booth for Maryland Deathfest X, don't forget about their NYC show), a Code Orange Kids video, Homewrecker featuring Dylan Walker from Full of Hell, and a Black Breath video from their latest LP is below (don't forget about their NYC show). What did I miss?
Despite the awesome performance by Code Orange Kids (who rule, and just played Acheron), I'm still a bit bummed that DNF had to cancel our Thrasher Deathmatch show (which happened in Austin during SXSW).
The quartet, which features members of Trash Talk & Touche Amore, weave feedback-laced venom into sludge, hardcore and grind on their debut EP Hurt, out TOMORROW (4/17) via High Anxiety / No Idea. Stream all of that release below. Recommended for fans of Trash Talk and negative, uber-pissed off hardcore/grind. The EP is just a teaser for upcoming material according to the band, so we'll let you know when more material starts to surface.
If you're in the Los Angeles area, do not miss DNF when the band plays Self Help Graphics on April 27th with an embarrassingly impressive lineup of Lack of Interest, Weekend Nachos, and ACxDC.
DNF's label High Anxiety is run by Chris Colohan of Burning Love/Cursed/etc, in conjunction with Var Thelin of No Idea. Chris's band Burning Love will be touring in the coming months and hitting NYC twice. First at Acheron on April 29th with the mighty Salvation (who have an amazing new EP on Youth Attack), Shoxx (members of Pollution & Nomos) and Old Wounds and then again as part of the Southern Lord mega-tour with Black Breath (who played the BV-Power of The Riff SXSW showcase), Enabler (them too), Martyrdod (!), and more TBA. The band will release the Black Widow 7" via No Idea at the end of April.
All Burning Love tour dates and that DNF EP stream is below.
Black Breath at BV-Power of The Riff SXSW (more by Greg Cristman)
BrooklynVegan is proud to announce the NYC date of the MASSIVE Southern Lord Tour! The tour features appearances from the mighty Black Breath & Martyrdod on all dates, with rotating appearances from Poison Idea, The Secret, Burning Love, Enabler, Noothgrush, Pelican, Powertrip, Wild/Tribe, Dead in The Dirt, and All Pigs Must Die.
All dates are
still TBA now announced and listed below. NYC's lineup will feature Black Breath & Martyrdod, along with The Secret, Burning Love, Enabler and one more band still TBA. It goes down on July 6th at Acheron and tickets are on sale.
Black Breath, who played the BV/Power of The Riff/Southern Lord SXSW showcase (along with Enabler), haven't played NYC since their headlining show at The Studio at Webster Hall. The band recently released Sentenced To Life via Southern Lord.
Martyrdod have never played the East Coast and are touring on the strength of their 2010 release Sekt. The band will release their next LP Paranoia with Southern Lord.
Burning Love a bunch other dates and an NYC show in the near future. They're headlining Acheron on 4/29. The band have the new Black Widow 7" on the way via No Idea.
All dates and some videos below...
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.