Entries tagged with: Dropdead
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Full of Hell at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The collaboration between The Body and Full of Hell is coming soon after being talked about for what felt like for forever. They've released a new song from One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, which comes out March 25 via Neurot (pre-order), called "The Little Death."
Those expecting brutality here will not be disappointed. The screeching noise of The Body colliding with the furious grind of Full of Hell essentially renders the concepts of "notes" or "discernable sounds" more or less irrelevant. This is a blistering wash of fury, punctuated by drum and vocal breaks, thundering breakdowns, and pervaded by a general air of insanity. You can stream it below.
The Body and Full of Hell will tour Europe together in April. Before that, FOH will be in NYC to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/11 with Pig Destroyer, Dropdead, and recent additions Cloud Rat and Mother Brain. Tickets for that show are still on sale.
The Body have their own new album on the way too.
Stream "The Little Death" (via Spin) and check out tour dates for Full of Hell and FOH/The Body below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Pig Destroyer at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Drew Gurian)
Grindcore greats Pig Destroyer have a few dates coming up this year, including a NYC show with Dropdead and Full of Hell at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 11 (that's a killer lineup). Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (1/12) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Pig Destroyer put out a reissue of their classic album Prowler in the Yard in 2015, which you can still snag over at Relapse. Their last new album was 2012's Book Burner.
Guitarist Scott Hull is also busy with Agoraphobic Nosebleed, who are prepping the release of their Arc EP for January 22. It contains their first recordings since 2009 and it's the first of 4 EPs set to release in 2016. They just premiered the second of three tracks from Arc, which is called "Deathbed." Like "Not A Daughter," it's a crushing, seething 8-minute riff-monster of a doom song. More hulking and less groove-oriented for the beginning, it explodes around the 5-minute mark into a swinging, swaggering southern-rock riff that just floors. It's another stunning piece of work from Scott, Kat Katz and company that has us excited for all the new music in store from these guys.
New Pig Destroyer bassist John Jarvis, who plays live with PD and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, is also in that new Phil Anselmo supergroup Scour.
Speaking of Full of Hell, they just officially announced their long in-the-works collaborative album with The Body (who are collaborating with everyone these days). That album will be called One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache and it comes out on March 25.
You can check out the teaser for that album, the new Agoraphobic Nosebleed song, the Prowler in the Yard reissue, and Pig Destroyer dates below...
Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Festival announced its initial lineup last month, and now more bands have been added. It'll feature the second-ever live appearance by Pig Destroyer guitarist Scott Hull's electronic grind band Agoraphobic Nosebleed (the first was MDF 2015), Corrosion of Confirmity (with Pepper Keenan), Crowbar, Dropdead, Ghoul, Negative Approach, Zombi, Author & Punisher, Gristnam, and hardcore veterans Poison Idea (who canceled a tour and announced a hiatus earlier this year for health reasons, but as this booking proves, things are looking better).
The new additions join previously-announced bands Suffocation, Autopsy, Nails, YOB, Eyehategod and more. The fest goes down November 13-15 at San Antonio, TX's Aztec Theater. Tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Reid Haithcock
Massachusetts hardcore band Sweet Jesus have members of a handful of notable bands, Have Heart, Verse, Dropdead, Fucking Invincible and Soul Control, and their upcoming album was produced by J. Robbins (of Jawbox, etc), and features appearances by Shawn Brown (of Swiz, Dag Nasty, etc) and Andy Norton (of Praise). Last we heard from them, they were in NYC opening for Dischord vets Soulside. So you've probably got a pretty good idea of what to expect here. Their new album, You Destroy Yourself, is 10 tracks of real-deal hardcore. No frills, some hat-tips to their influences, but nothing that sounds overdone either. Listen for yourself -- a full stream premieres in this post.
The album will out on iTunes/Spotify on March 17, and Atomic Action is putting it out on vinyl this spring.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Dropdead at Acheron in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Providence hardcore vets Dropdead have been at it since '91 and they still have most of their original lineup. Their most recent release was last year's split EP with Brainoil (recorded during the same sessions as their 2011 split with Converge) which has them sounding as ripping as ever. Check it out below.
Dropdead will be in NYC tonight (2/25) at Acheron for the Brooklyn installment of Acheron D-Fest with Creeping Dose, Narcoleptics and Grudges (tickets). Acheron D-Fest also has a Mexico show on Saturday (2/28) which Drophead headline with different support.
Then in March, Dropdead will hit the road again with the great Fucking Invincible and V-Sect. That tour hits NYC once again at Acheron on March 27 (tickets TBA) and also includes a Saturday Matinee at ABC No Rio on March 28 with Mad Diesel and NoWay as openers too. That night they play an Elks Lodge in Ridgewood, NJ.
All dates are listed, with the EP stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sweet Jesus (photo by Angela Owens)
As discussed, DC/Dischord vets Soulside are reuniting for some shows this year including two in NYC: December 17 & 18 at Saint Vitus. Hopefully you got your tickets because those are both sold out now, but if you are going you might want to show up early for the just-announced openers: Sweet Jesus. The band (not to be confused with the '90s Britpop band) has only been around for a few years, but their members have been around longer, having played in Have Heart, Verse, Dropdead and Soul Control. With a resume like that, you know you're getting totally crushing hardcore which is exactly what their new Box EP on Triple-B Records is. You can stream that in full below.
Soulside's other two reunion shows are in DC. The first is with Moss Icon, who open the Rainer Maria reunion show on New Year's Eve in NYC (tickets). The second is with Dot Dash (ex-Youth Brigade, Julie Ocean, Saturday People) and Office of Future Plans, whose Gordon Withers is on a new compilation with another Dischord band Alarms & Controls (and Chuck Ragan and Tim Kasher and more). OFP singer J Robbins is on tour with Jonah Matranga as we speak, and hitting NYC later this month.
And speaking of DC and Dischord, Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC 1980-1990, premieres in NYC tonight (11/14). Fugazi's First Demo (which made Rough Trade's top albums of 2014) is also streaming.
Updated Soulside dates are listed, with the Sweet Jesus EP stream, below...
This Is Hardcore returns to Philly's Electric Factory from July 24-27 and as usual it's got a great lineup spanning generations of hardcore including Converge, Title Fight, Madball, Blacklisted, Bl'ast, Code Orange Kids, Nails, Noisem, Power Trip, Incendiary, Full of Hell, Crowbar, Coke Bust, Ringworm and many more. Tickets for the festival go on sale April 12 via the festival's website.
Full lineup, with a playlist of all bands playing and the announcement video, below...
by Doug Moore
Immolation @ Gramercy, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Maryland Deathfest lineup for 2014 grows ever spookier. The fest's organizers have taken advantage of Samhain to announce a whole string of new bands -- no huge names in this round, but there are a bunch of notables, including Castevet (who just played an IO-sponsored record release show), Sweden's Entrails and the hilarious Birdflesh, Germany's Necros Christos, Japan's Coffins, Canada's Mitochondrion, Austrialia's Whitehorse, plus local favorites Immolation, Incantation, and Mutilation Rites. That's a lot of -ations.
This announcement is extra noteworthy because it included venue details, which have been the subject of much speculation since the fest announced that it would not return to the former Sonar compound. The short version is that MDF 2014 will take place in three places: a parking lot a few blocks from Sonar, the Baltimore Soundstage (again), and the Rams Head Live. Here's the full announcement:
3 stages, including the 2 main stages, will be located at 545 N. High Street (Edison Parking lot), which is 1-2 blocks from the old location of Sonar. The setup at the Edison space will eliminate a variety of logistical problems and will ultimately lead to a better experience for you at MDF next year. This space has an approved capacity that is significantly higher than what we're used to, we can open the entrance 2 hours before the first band each day, we won't be getting in the way of the Farmers Market on Sunday, we don't have to close off streets, and once again, we will have MORE space. In addition to adding more shaded areas, there is already existing shade here, so if it gets hot, you won't be roasting on concrete all day. As far as parking goes, there is an enormous parking lot next to the space we're using that you'll be able to park at, and as always, metered parking is possible under the highway that everyone is familiar with from previous years.The parking lot in question was in use as an actual, y'know, parking lot at this year's festivities. Some of you undoubtedly drank beers out of a cooler there. The prospect of an mostly outdoor version of MDF makes me a little nervous, given the mid-Atlantic's rainy late spring, but we all survived last year, right?
On Thursday, bands will only be playing at Rams Head Live, located in the Power Plant Live! section of downtown Baltimore at 20 Market Pl. On Friday-Sunday, bands (death and black metal) will be playing at Rams Head Live between the hours of 10 pm - 2 am, (bands will conclude at the Edison parking space at 11 pm).
On Friday-Sunday, once again, we are doing a grind/hardcore/punk/crust stage at Baltimore Soundstage, located across the street from Rams Head Live at 124 Market pl. Unlike last year, bands will play here all day/night and there won't be any large gaps between bands.
Generally speaking, this setup was the most sensible solution for us, as it allows us to book a lot of bands, give bands respectable set lengths, eliminate many issues/concerns from last year, and keep the fest close to hotels and other downtown conveniences that everyone is used to.
As early as next week, we will break everything down so you know who is playing where. We will also announce more bands at that time. We still have a few up our sleeve for the main stages, but mostly, we're down to rounding out the Soundstage billing before being completely finished with booking.
Check out the full list of newly announced bands and the complete lineup to date below...
by Fred Pessaro
Dropdead at Acheron, April 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Dropdead will team with Iron Reagan, Agitator and Nuclear Santa Claust for a show at Acheron on June 28. Tickets are on sale. The show is part of a larger tour for Iron Reagan, the dates of which are below.
Citizens Arrest will join 76% Uncertain, Miscegenator, and Dead Serious at Acheron on August 10. Tickets are on sale. Citizens Arrest recently played MDF and video of their performance is below.
If you missed it, over at InvisibleOranges this week we ran extended thoughts on MDF and Chaos in Tejas, as well as streams/videos by Rotting Christ, Albino Python, Wake, and Gorguts. Head on over and dig in!
For more suggested metal/hardcore/punk shows, head to our fancy new NYC Metal Calendar. It rules.
Cali punk vets D.I. (who share[d] members with Adolescents and Social Distortion) are still kicking (they released the United We Slam EP last year) and they're set to go on a US tour this year. That tour brings them to NYC for a show at Brooklyn venue The Grand Victory on June 21 with Brooklyn punks Nuclear Santa Claust, Brooklyn queercore band Runny, and Agitator. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All D.I. dates are listed below.
Nuclear Santa Claust, whose solid new album, Order of the New Age, came out earlier this year on Don Giovanni, also have another local show a week later on June 28 at Acheron as part of a mostly-hardcore lineup including Iron Reagan and Dropdead, in addition to Agitator who also play the Grand Victory show with NSC. Tickets for the Acheron show are on sale now.
All dates are listed on the tour flyer, along with a live D.I. video, below...
The Boston hardcore and metal scene has banded together in the wake of the marathon attack, forming a benefit show for the victims of the tragedy. The lineup is nothing less than stellar, featuring a headlining appearance from Slapshot along with Converge (who will play MDF), Dropdead (who recently played NYC), Wrecking Crew, Doomriders, New Lows, The Revilers, For the Worse, Insult & Sexcrement. The show goes down at South Shore Music Hall in May 6 in Quincy, MA. Tickets are still available.
photos by Tim Griffin
Vancouver punks White Lung are in NYC, and will play Acheron tonight (April 15) as part of a surprise appearance with Goosebumps, Syphilitic Lust and Boca Raton. Tickets are still available for this BV-presented, $8 show, a one-off from their current trek with Iceage (that hits a sold-out Bowery on Saturday [4/20]).
White Lung went absolutely wild with shows at SXSW 2013 (including one of our day parties), and played Austin again at Beerland last week (4/6) with Feral Future. More pictures from that show are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Dropdead at Acheron last night (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Providence powerviolence greats Dropdead hit Acheron in Brooklyn last night (April 14), a show on their return trek from Damaged City Fest. The night featured an eclectic lineup that ranged from punk by No Sir I, Won't, Brooklyn early-Earache-worshippers Trenchgrinder (members Skullshitter/Anicon/Gang Signs), noise/crossover punks Shoxx, police-themed powerviolence crew NARC (members of Dawn of Humans, Rosenkopf) to sludgy punk from Occult 45. Pictures from the Dropdead appearance are available at InvisibleOranges.
Dropdead at Europa, May 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We already knew that Rhode Island political hardcore crew Dropdead would be headed southbound for Damaged City Fest, but now comes word that the single date has sprouted into a weekend. Philly and NYC are also in the band's plans, and look for Dropdead to play Acheron on April 14 with No Sir I Won't and Trenchgrinder. Tickets are on sale.
All Dropdead dates, and some live video is below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
DC's Damaged City Fest has been announced for middle April, with some overlap of bands scheduled for NYC's punk fiesta New York's Alright. Look for names like Culo, Coke Bust, Double Negative, Dropdead, No Tolerance (who's members play with Rival Mob soon), Negative Approach, Night Birds, Prisoner Abuse, Tenement and many many more. Full lineup for the festival, scheduled to take place at long-time DIY space St. Stephen's Church on April 12 and 13, is below. Tickets are on sale.
Speaking of Wisconsin band Tenement, look for them to hit Grand Victory on April 11 with touring partners Night Birds, Marvin Berry & The New Sound and Dipers. Tickets are on sale. Stream a few Tenement songs, including their split with Culo, below.
In other news, Night Birds are prepping a new split for Fat Wreck Chords. Look for the four-song EP Maimed for the Masses via the label on May 7, with the title track providing a primer for the band's forthcoming LP Born To Die In Suburbia due on Grave Mistake this summer.
In more punk news, for a taste of what' you're in for at New York's Alright 2013, head to 285 Kent tonight (2/1) where Who Killed Spikey Jacket? will team with Sad Boys, Perdition, Goosebumps and Murderer. Four of the five bands scheduled for tonight will perform at the festival which happens in April.
Check out the DCFest lineup, as well as song streams, below.
Merchandise at Mouse Trap in Chicago last month (more by Jimmy Forabi)
Merchandise's Children of Desire has been on heavy rotation since the LP dropped a few months ago via Katorga Works (download it for free). When not on the road, the band has been busy releasing tons of videos from the effort, including the recently released "Time." That video, along with some streams and more videos from the album are available below.
The only East Coast dates that Merchandise have scheduled at the moment are a few in their native Florida. One of those shows is the impeccably curated 305 Fest featuring names like Bastard Noise, Iron Lung, Dropdead (who played Europa recently), Torche, Floor, Mauser, Full of Hell, Black Mayonnaise, Fistula, and so many more. Full lineup is below and tickets for the fest are on sale.
All Merchandise dates, videos, streams, and the 305 Fest lineup is below...
words by Lauren Jackson, photos by Greg Cristman
Nasum at Europa 5/24/12
"We all hate people--except you guys. Tonight, we don't hate you. Tomorrow, we'll hate you again."
With this statement, Sweden's Nasum (who we recently interviewed) opened their set at Europa on Thursday night (May 24th). The band, who have spent 2012 on a "farewell" tour (which also included Maryland Deathfest the next day), appeared in high spirits during their set, grinning, raising fists, and playing with childlike exuberance that only served to intensify their aural assault. In a refreshing change of pace from many active grind bands today, they approached their fans lightheartedly and graciously, caring little for the pretense of a hardened image.
Grudges, Magrudergrind, Dropdead and Brutal Truth were there as well, bolstering an already very rare experience, keeping the night consistent but never tiresome. Likewise, fans were equal parts diverse and enthusiastic; those keeping the pit raging from start to finish ranged from a guy in a yarmulke to a group of people shouting in Japanese.
The gritty affair started punctually and with gusto thanks to NYC locals Grudges who stirred the pit up early with death grunts and a fast, hardcore-infused set. Without a moment to recover, Magrudgergrind cranked it up more than a few notches and shattered the room wide open, turning nearly the entirety of Europa into one gaping swarm of flying bodies and stomping feet.
Brutal Truth followed Dropdead's vitriolic set (with no shortage of social critique, which is par for the course) like a kid brother, distinctly mischievous and tongue-in-cheek throughout. They set the rest of the night on a spirited trajectory that Nasum carried through to the finish. But make no mistake: jokes, laughter, or lack thereof, all bands brought their A games to Europa on Thursday, and their A games were, in a handful of words, fast and heavy as fuck.
More pics from Europa (unfortunately, none of Grudges) are below...
We are proud to announce our sponsorship of the full batch of Nasum US dates. Mieszko will be sorely missed, but we hope this will be a fitting tribute to his legacy. As discussed, the tour hits Europa on May 24th with Brutal Truth, Dropdead, Magrudergrind, and Grudges (tickets) and includes dates at MDF and Chaos in Tejas. Full tour schedule, and tour flyer is below...
Nasum's Farewell lineup
As previously announced, Nasum are reforming to play a string of "farewell" dates including Chaos in Tejas, Maryland Deathfest, and what will be their final NYC performance at Europa on May 24th (the Thursday of MDF) with Brutal Truth, Dropdead, and Grudges . Tickets are on sale. Tickets are still available for both MDF and Chaos as well. All dates, including a European run, are listed below.
Speaking of Brutal Truth, Danny Lilker is currently on tour with Lock Up (playing bass instead of Shane Embury of Napalm Death!) and the band hits NYC Thursday at Europa (2/16). Tickets are still available.
All Nasum dates and some videos below.
Saint Vitus @ Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by BBG)
Chaos in Tejas (May 31-June 3 in Austin) have announced ANOTHER batch of bands to add to their ridiculous lineup including Saint Vitus, Church of Misery, No Statik, Toys That Kill, Pegasus, Martial Canterel, Anasazi, Bloodwing (mems of The Spits, who are on tour soon), Harm's Way, Hatred Surge, the Hex Dispensers, John Wesley Coleman, Joyce Manor, and many many others. The current full lineup and flyer is below and tickets are FINALLY going on sale TODAY (1/31).
Doom legends Saint Vitus are currently preparing their new LP Lillie: F-65 for Season of Mist. The record, their eighth and first in seventeen years (!), is tentatively set for release at the end of March. More details are forthcoming.
In related news, members of Mind Eraser also serve as personnel in Magic Circle, another Chaos in Tejas band. Look for Magic Circle to team with Pilgrim (who we recently interviewed), Windhand, and Natur at Public Assembly on March 1st.
The updated Chaos in Tejas lineup is below along with the flyer.
Dropdead at Europa (more by Keith Marlowe)
Chaos in Tejas have announced another round of bands for their 2012 shindig (first round here), including rare appearances from legendary post-hardcore band Moss Icon (a one-time only reunion), as well as Japan's Reality Crisis and Skizophrenia (their only US dates), and repeat offenders/favorites like Dropdead, Municipal Waste, Midnight, Ares Kingdom, Puerto Rico Flowers, Xeno & Oaklander, Thou, the Rival Mob, Boston Strangler, Crazy Spirit, Brain Killer, Power Trip, Wiccans (who just played one of the final shows at Emo's), and many many others. A full list of additions and the new flyer is below.
Since the original announcement, two previously announced bands have dropped off the original lineup: Mexican black metal band Nyogthaeblisz disappeared from the lineup after their anti-Islamic/Semitic/Abrahamic stance and involvement in known NSBM (National Socialist) label Satanic Skinhead was pointed out by a few blogs. That led to Antisect and The Mob even threatening to not play. Word then spread that Disma's Craig Pillard released nazi-glorifying records under the name Sturmfuhrer. Disma then dropped out as well due to "the drama" that ensued. Craig would not comment on the matter, but other members of Disma say he has changed.
In related news, Thou will hit the road for a string of dates with The Body this week on the West Coast. Both bands will also be at the inaugural Gilead Media festival (chaired by the Gilead Media label) in Oshkosh, Wi on 4/28 and 4/29 which will feature appearances from (in alphabetical order) Arms Aloft, Aseethe, Ash Borer, Baby Boy, Darger + Plague Mother, False, Fell Voices, Get Rad, Hell, Loss, Mutilation Rites, Northless, Protestant, A Scanner Darkly, and Sleepwalker. More details are available at the site.
All tour dates, new additions to Chaos in Tejas, and the show flyer is all below.
photos by Keith Marlowe, words by BBG
Doom @ Europa
UK crust band Doom's trip to the US brought them to Brooklyn club Europa on Friday (5/27) with Dropdead, Teargas, and Cross-Stiched Eyes. Pictures are on this post.
Doom are now out west where they play a show tonight (6/1) at Restaurant Honduras in Los Angeles with Bastard Noise (who also played MDF), Dolemite Project and Temple of Dagon. They'll then scoot down to play Chaos in Tejas (stay tuned for full coverage from Austin).
More pictures from Europa below. ..
words & photo by BBG
After Cathedral and Neurosis on days one and two respectively, Voivod headlined the large outdoor stage at Maryland Deathfest on Saturday (5/28), with Inquisition heading up the indoor stage at Sonar.
Though there are no pictures of Masakari, Mammoth Grinder, Creative Waste, Cretin, & Blood Freak, I did catch sets from the headliners as well as Avulsed, The Kill, Drop Dead, Doom, Defeated Sanity, Acid Witch, Hooded Menace, Cyanide, In Solitude, Impaled Nazarene, Hail of Bullets, Nunslaughter, and Exhorder.
A crusty and furious set from Doom, an awesome and energetic set from Voivod, blackened doom destruction from Hooded Menace, Austrailian grinders The Kill and Detroit doomers Acid Witch were definitely my favorites, but I also thoroughly enjoyed what I saw of Hail of Bullets (around half of their set) as well as the political and furious Drop Dead.
Hooded Menace play Union Pool TONIGHT (5/31) with Negative Plane, Anhedonist, and Ilsa (who we interviewed) as part of a BrooklynVegan event. Online ticketing is not available, but there are tickets at the door for $13. Doors are at 8PM and the show starts at 8:30.
Tragedy, who played MDF Day One, also plays a show in Brooklyn tonight.
More pictures from the third day at Maryland Deathfest are below...
Winter's Into Darkness
Apologies folks, I lied to you. The previously discussed BrooklynVegan event on April 3rd at Union Pool with Wormrot (who just played SXSW), Goden, Deathcycle, and Kings Destroy is not what it seems.... IN FACT, the band "Goden" is not a band at all, but a psuedonym for another much bigger & more influential pioneer of death doom.... Winter! That's correct, Winter will play their first US show in many years on April 3rd in preparation for their showing at the sunn o))) curated event at Roadburn 2011. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still available, but not for long.
Winter will join names like Scorn, Sunn O))), Corrosion of Conformity (Animosity-lineup), Earth, Caspar Brötzmann Massaker, Hooded Menace, Trap Them, Aluk Todolo, The Secret, Grave Miasma, Mamiffer, and many esteemed others as part of the day long event during the sold-out Roadburn festival. The band recently reissued their death-doom masterpiece Into Darkness on 180 gram vinyl/CD for Southern Lord, get a copy.
Trap Them @ Full Metal Texas
Trap Them will hit the road for a string of US dates in the coming months with Converge(!) & Dropdead(!), hitting NYC at Santos Party House on May 25th with Burning Love (who also play Union Pool on 4/1 with Nails). Ticketing info is forthcoming. Converge & Dropdead will also team for a split 7" which will "hopefully" be available by the tour. Converge is also currently working on new material for their forthcoming LP.
All tour dates, more pictures from Full Metal Texas, the full Roadburn lineup and the Winter show flyer, below...
It started with me, G.I.S.M., and Cracker Barrel. On my way to Sonar in Baltimore on 1/22, a democratic vote in the Honda Accord led to a late lunch at the most American of all pit-stops, Cracker Barrel. Lined with rocking chairs (for sale!) and a menu with items like "Chicken Fried Chicken", I could feel the burning stinkeye as I walked through the "homey" restaurant and "country store", surrounded by a crew of tattooed hooligans, wearing my G.I.S.M. sweatshirt that reads "Die, You Bastards!!!" (replete with an anarchy symbol fashioned from an AK-47).
This un-American theme would continue later that night with the US debut of UK band Rot in Hell who openly discussed their disdain for the US ("I don't give a fuck"). Dropdead would add to that sentiment by (predictably) pointing out that the government was lying to us all, while the band that would follow had printed their manifesto on a 7": Fuck America. This negative, anti-authoritarian, and anti-social tone is how I like my hardcore, and what I got at the A389 anniversary.
The US may not have been king on stage, but its currency was king at the merch tables (save for Dropdead's that is) where phrases like "limited to 65", "ultra-rare", "test pressing", and "band only copies" reigned supreme. As we arrived at the venue, the merch tables were swarmed, as the show was an eBay fiend's dream with "show only" items like an Integrity flexi-disc and a 10" commemorating the 2010 edition of the show. The kids ate it up, as expected, so look for those items in a secondary market near you.
Pharoah's post-metallic hardcore kicked off the 2011 show at the stroke of 7PM, followed by blasting and punishing Californians The Love Below shortly thereafter. Seven Sisters of Sleep followed the pair, and the former members of Tafkata, Spring Break!, and Arm & Sword of a Bastard God ripped out crusty-sludgy post-metal that impressed. My first visit with SSoS was a great one.
Following SSoS was Pale Creation, and though their live show left something to be desired, the highly energetic Rot in Hell brought back the fun and energy. The rare US appearance doubled as the band's As Pearls Before Swine record release party, and in line with their negative imagery and blackened sound, RiH were not so much in a celebratory mood as they were antagonizing. Terms like "Fuck America" and "shite" (in reference to America/its products) were peppered throughout the on-stage banter. RiH got the pit started for the next band, Providence's Dropdead.
Dropdead made sure to point out their longetivity at A389 ('doing this for 20 years"), and broke-up their set of crusty and break-neck grind/hardcore with political and animal rights testimony. Fast, bludgeoning and beyond powerful, the Rhode Island band's performance was my first indication of the pit mayhem that would follow. But there was no way I could have predicted Haymaker.
Haymaker's reputation precedes them; tales of agression and live show violence coupled with their well-regarded recordings made their rare US appearance all the more exciting. Dressed like a clan of Western Virginia hillbillies, the band took to the stage while the clearly-inebriated vocalist took to the pit, performing the entire set while shoving off zealous fans. Trash cans were thrown, pizza boxes became weapons, and the kids went nuts. Pit antics aside, the two guitars/bass/drums, which featured Johnny Ibay of Fuck The Facts, were booming, unrelenting, and technically proficient. Haymaker was as good as they were fun, which says a lot.
It's tough to follow a band like Haymaker, but I can't imagine a better way to start an Integrity set than with the Humanity Is The Devil opener "Vocal Test". Apparently vocalist/mastermind Dwid agrees. Backed by a dual guitar attack played by a band half his age, Dwid's version of Integrity in 2011 were great, and delivered classics like "Incarnate 365", "Systems Overload", and newer material. Awesome set from Dwid & co, but Haymaker was the king of the stage (and the floor) that night.
More pictures from A389 are below.