Entries tagged with: Magrudergrind
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Magrudergrind in Miami in 2013 (more by Kris Alan Carter)
New York via DC grindcore monsters are prepping their new LP II, which is out February 12 on Relapse. We already posted the new song "Sacrificial Hire," and now we've got the premiere of another track from that album, "Black Banner." This new song is much less overtly grindy than "Sacrificial Hire." It's a comparative slow-burn, a 3-minute statement on pure crush and groove that works with chugging guitar figure and twists it into new shapes that, just when you've got a good head-bob going, yanks your neck in another direction. You can stream it below.
Magrudergrind are touring behind the new album. They've got that NYC show at The Acheron on February 19 with Mutilation Rites, Triac and Incendiary (tickets) before they head on a long run of European dates with Primitive Man. After that they'll play that huge Decibel Show in Philly and head on a US tour with Yautja, although those dates have yet to be announced.
You can pre-order II over at Relapse now. Stream "Black Banner," along with "Sacrificial Hire" and another new song called "Regressive Agenda," and check out all dates, below.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Magrudergrind in Miami in 2013 (more by Kris Alan Carter)
As always, there's a bunch of great metal and hardcore happening in NYC, so here are some shows to tide you over while you mourn the fact that you can't make it to the Czech Republic for the Insect Warfare reunion.
Recently anointed with the title Best Mall-Metal Debut of All Time by Invisible Oranges, Killswitch Engage are releasing a new album called Incarnate. They will embark upon a huge tour that involves a 5-night NYC residency at venues that would normally be too small for these guys. So if you're at all into seeing them, this is probably the time. This will feature shows at Gramercy Theatre on 3/6, Bowery Ballroom on 3/7, Saint Vitus on 3/9, Marlin Room at Webster Hall on 3/10, and Rough Trade on 3/11. Tickets for all five shows go on sale Friday (1/22) at 10 AM at the above links.
Providence hardcore band Fucking Invincible (members of Dropdead, Daughters, among others) are playing a show at The Acheron on February 27 with V Sect, Mauler and Slav. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Grind masters Magrudergrind just announced a new, Kurt Ballou-produced album and released a single. The album is called II and the new, ripping song is called "Sacrificial Hire," and you can stream it below. In addition to playing that Decibel show in Philly, Magrudergrind have a NYC show coming up before they head out on a massive European tour. That one is also at The Acheron on February 19 with local rippers Mutilation Rites, Incendiary and Triac. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Toronto classicists Cauldron, with an excellent new album In Ruin hot off the presses, will head out on tour and swing through NYC
for a show at Saint Vitus on February 22 with support from Tower. Tickets are on sale now. Stream their LP and check out tour date below.
Since we last spoke, The Ocean have dropped off of that tour with Intronaut and North to be replaced by progsters Scale the Summit. All dates, including Marlin Room at Webster Hall on March 29 (tickets), remain the same.
Now on to the reminders. Since the last roundup, a ton of new stuff has been announced, like Tau Cross, Unearth/Ringworm, Conan/Serial Hawk, Dragged Into Sunlight/Primitive Man/Cult Leader/Churchburn, UXO/Primitive Weapons, Behemoth/Myrkur, Ghost, Cannabis Corpse, Pig Destroyer/Dropdead/Full of Hell, and Whores/Fight Amp.
What else? Oh just Horrendous, Dysrhthmia/Artificial Brain, Poison Idea/Child Bite/Iron Reagan AND Poison Idea/Child Bite/Sheer Terror, Tengger Cavalry, Rivers of Nihil Krallice/Yellow Eyes, Coffins/Noisem/Ilsa, Bell Witch/Wrekmeister Harmonies, Black Tusk, Taake/Young and In the Way/Vattnet Viskar, and Bongzilla/Black Cobra.
Think that's it? Think again. You got Abbath/High on Fire/Skeletonwitch/Tribulation, Abigail Williams/Fleshgod Apocalypse, Melvins/Napalm Death/Melt Banana, Cannibal Corpse/Obituary/Cryptopsy, Voivod/Vektor/Eight Bells, Megadeth/Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Slayer/Testament/Carcass, AC/DC, Lamb of God/Anthrax/Deafheaven/Power Trip, and Iron Maiden.
That about does it. What did we miss?
photo: Dying Fetus at Santos in 2010 (more by Suren Karapetyan)
Decibel has announced the lineup for Choosing Death Fest, a new festival to go down in Philly on April 16 at Union Transfer. The fest is in celebration of a new edition of Decibel editor-in-chief Albert Mundrian's book Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore. The lineup is not exactly huge in quantity as far as "festivals" go but it is pretty stacked. Headlined by Dying Fetus, they've also booked Horrendous, Nails, Misery Index, Magrudergrind, Deceased, Noisem and Taphos Nomos. This is a rare chance to see Horrendous, who are from Philly and don't play that many shows, despite coming in at #1 on Decibel's best of 2015 list. Tickets for the big event go on sale Saturday (12/19) at noon.
This happens the day after the Decibel tour, which features Abbath, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch and Tribulation concludes its run at the same venue. So it should be a busy couple of days for Philly metalheads.
As far as notable items from the featured bands, Nails are about to get to work on a new album with usual producer Kurt Ballou, which ought to be completely brutal.
Check out a video of Dying Fetus's full set at Saint Vitus last year (via Pit Full of Shit) to get a taste of what's to come...
by Andrew Sacher
We recently mentioned that Dallas hardcore band Modern Pain signed to Bridge 9 and have a debut album on the way. Now we know the album is called Peace Delusions and will be out on September 4. You can pre-order it from the B9 Store and check out the tracklist below. That's the artwork above.
We've got the premiere of lead single "Vivisepulture Pt. 1," which is certainly a hardcore song but has a strong noise and psychedelic rock side too. (Remember this is a band who covered Sonic Youth.) Check that out below.
The band's only upcoming date at the moment is hometown festival Onefest this month (7/31) with Devourment, Magrudergrind, Primitive Man, Human Bodies and more.
Maryland Deathfest 2016 already announced two rounds of bands, and today they added a bunch more. Additions include Testament, Discharge, Repulsion, Paradise Lost, Ringworm, Severed Head of State (who also play NYC soon), Buzzov'en, World Burns to Death, Tragedy, Satan, DOOM, Crypt Sermon, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, Horrendous, Infest, Nuclear Assault (who are supposedly breaking up soon), Weedeater and more.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/22) at noon. Full list of additions, and full updated MDF lineup below...
Full of Hell at Chaos In Tejas 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, A389 Recordings is throwing its 11th Anniversary Bash at various Baltimore venues from January 15 - 17. Since we last spoke, more bands were added, day-by-day schedules were announced, and tickets are on sale. Full of Hell, Homewrecker, In Cold Blood, Magrudergrind, Like Rats, Of Feather and Bone, Lifeless, Iron Price, False Light, Warxgames and Condemn the Infected join a lineup that already includes Weekend Nachos, Noisem, Pharaoh and more.
There's still more events TBA. Meanwhile, check out the current schedule (with ticket links for each show) below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Infest in Miami, 2013 (more by Kris Alan Carter)
We mentioned that hardcore greats/powerviolence progenitors Infest were hitting the road, playing The Wick on June 28 with Paint It Black, Replica, and Ajax, and you can still grab tickets for that show. If you wanna catch the band in a more "intimate" space in the same neighborhood, it was just announced that Infest will be playing The Acheron on the day before (6/27) with Magrudergrind, Hounds of Hate, and Chain Rank. Tickets are on sale. That show will be nuts -- prepare for devastation. If you want to drink, consider parking yourself by the bar.
Updated Infest dates are listed below...
photos by Kris Alan Carter
Infest @ Churchills, 3/09/2013
Reunited California hardcore heroes Infest played their first show outside of their home state of California on Saturday (3/9) at Churchills in Miami. The show, packed to the gills, also featured full sets from Insult, Assholeparade, Magrudergrind, Strong Intention, Shitstorm (mems of Torche), on-again-off-again grinders Maruta, Vaccine and more. The mega-gig was a precursor to the band's forthcoming dates at Chaos in Tejas and Maryland Deathfest, and followed a recent set of California dates that included a stop in Los Angeles.
Pictures and video from all bands are below.
Napalm Death at Gramercy, Oct 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Decibel Tour, announced at the heavy mag's 100th issue show, has been confirmed and dates have emerged for the North American trek featuring Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death and Immolation. Look for supporting slots from Cretin, Beyond Creation, and Magrudergrind along the way and the NYC date at Music Hall of Williamsburg at June 5 is with Magrudergrind. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (1/23) at noon and regular sale on Friday (1/25) at noon.
All tour dates and the tour flyer, below.
Infest at The Echo, Los Angeles 1/13/2013 (via @robcoons)
It goes without saying that the legendary Infest made their distinct imprint on hardcore and grind. The LA Powerviolence pioneers played their first show in 16 years last night (1/13) at The Echo in Los Angeles with bassist Chris Dodge (Crossed Out, Despise You, Spazz, etc) in tow. Check out video from their performance below.
Infest already have dates lined-up for Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas in 2013, but the band have also added a date with Insult, Magrudergrind, Shitstorm and Strong Intention in Miami on March 9. Full tour dates are listed below, along with video from last night's show.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Jonathan of Torche at Metro in Chicago, Oct 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges are proud to announce the return of Torche to NYC at Saint Vitus on March 2, a one-off appearance for the sunny sludge metal Floridians. Support is still TBA, but tickets are on sale.
In related news, 50% of Torche (namely Jonathan Nuñez and Rick Smith) also serve as part of the grind crew Shitstorm. THAT band will be involved in a whopper of a show in Miami.... the FIRST show in ages from the legendary Infest! That band, who are confirmed to reunite for Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas in May, will join Strong Intention, Magrudergrind, Insult, Shitstorm, Asshole Parade and Vaccine for the March 9 appearance at Churchill's in Miami. More details, including tickets can be found here.
All Torche dates and a stream of 2012 favorite Harmonicraft is below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
RJ Ober w/ Magrudergrind at Warsaw in June (more by Joe McCabe)
Much like in years prior, in addition my own favorites list of 2012 I sought out lists from some of my favorite artists as well including members of Loss, Coke Bust, Witch Mountain, Magrudergrind, and much much more. We already posted lists by Eugene Robinson of Oxbow and Curran Reynolds of Today Is The Day, and we posted Trevor De Bruaw of Pelican on BV Chicago. Check out more lists of the best of 2012 according to select metal/punk/hardcore bands below.
photos by Lukas Hodge, words by Lauren Jackson
"Hey Brooklyn... kill yourselves."
With those words, Eyehategod frontman Mike Williams described the band's first of two shows at Saint Vitus last night (11/27) in a nutshell. The air was thick last night not only with a mingling of body odors, but also with a slack-jawed, drooling rage that carried through each band's set--including Long Island's The Communion, who kicked off the night with a noise-laden, screeching set in the tradition of sludgy-grindcore.
Next up was the sludgier Brooklyn band, Clean Teeth, who peppered in the second major element of EHG, the heavy-because-I'm-so-miserable-I-can't-hold-my-head-up, similar to The Communion's homage to EHG's raw ferocity.
Then, rumor has it someone dosed the whole crowd with uppers as Magrudergrind took the stage. Compared to the other two openers, their set was blisteringly short, and whipped the crowd into a buzzing frenzy that ended with the launch of the night's first projectile--a full pint of beer, aimed at frontman Avi Kulawy's head right at the end of the band's set.
The anxiety buzz bled into the final set of the night. As Eyehategod took the stage to a chorus of approving grunts and played the first, sludgy chords of their set, bodies and beer cans flew willy nilly. Another pint glass narrowly missed the drummer's head. The stench of sweat, something in the vein of wet socks and warm beer was overwhelming. EHG, who were not only unfettered but comfortable in the scene before them, played for over an hour, stopping inbetween songs to taunt concertgoers and shout for beer (and water). At one point, Williams asked, "Does everyone feel alright?"
A resounding "NO!" echoed back. But that was alright. That was what they wanted--they wanted to feel bad, get covered in shit, bruise and get bruised in return. No one went (or will go tonight) to see EHG because they make you feel good. They went to have their misery shouted back in their faces, and know that, even if every other person in the audience acted like a total shithead (and most did), at least one person--one band--knew how badly they wanted to raise hell and burn the place to the ground.
Eyehategod will play again tonight at St. Vitus (11/28) with Villains, Mortals and White Widows. Tickets are still available. More pictures and video from last night's mayhem (though unfortunately none of The Communion) are below.
Eyehategod in Australia
With a tour down under officially behind them, Eyehategod are here and ready to take on Saint Vitus tonight (11/27) and tomorrow (11/28). The shows are a rare look into the band's highly elusive new material (some of which recently surfaced via A389) and will feature different sets each night, with support for tonight coming from Magrudergrind, Cleanteeth and The Communion and tomorrow featuring Villains, Mortals and White Widows (mems Primitive Weapons, Grudges, Goes Cube). Tickets for both tonight and tomorrow are still available OR you can try your luck at winning a pair for BOTH nights! Details on how to enter are below, along with streaming audio.
by Fred Pessaro / BBG
The Boston Strangler at LPR, 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Not Dead Yet is a Toronto-based festival that features some of the best current punk/hardcore bands in existence right now. The six-day festival will feature photography, matinees, night and day shows across various venues in the Canadian city and will features the likes of Grass Widow, Leather (who recently played Acheron), The Inmates (who last played NYC with Systematic Death), Hoax, Crazy Spirit, Pick Your Side, The Men (who recently played Pitchfork), Give, Burning Love (who recently played Acheron), Creem, Omegas, Waste Management, Vile Gash, Magrudergrind, Iron Lung, Walls (who recently played Acheron), Vaccine, Raw Meat, Rival Mob, Boston Strangler (who played LPR with Tragedy), Urban Blight, Death Evocation (who recently played Acheron), Hounds of Hate and so many more. Full festival details are below. Tickets for Not Dead Yet go on sale Saturday, September 1.
As I just mentioned them, Hoax are scheduled to play the first night of Power of The Riff East, joining Pentagram (playing Relentless in full!), Agnostic Front (playing Victim in Pain/United Blood in full!), Xibalba and many esteemed others. Tickets are still available for 9/1 and 9/2 separately (with a free screened poster) or for a two-day passes with a Southern Lord vinyl pack.
Full NDY fest details are below.
photos by Joe McCabe
Ceremony at Warsaw - 6/14/12
Ceremony (who we recently interviewed), Citizens Arrest (who replaced Screaming Females), Royal Headache, and Magrudergrind teamed up for a Northside show at Warsaw last Thursday (6/14). It was the second NYC show for Royal Headache last week, who played Cake Shop a day earlier (6/13). More pictures from the Warsaw show (unfortunately none of Citizens Arrest) are below.
by Bill Pearis
So as you may have heard, I think we posted about it once, the Northside Festival kicks off today, Thursday (6/14), all over Williamsburg and Greenpoint which means slightly more music and definitely more Heineken in the neighborhood than normal. You can still buy festival badges that will get you into get you into all shows, theoretically, but depends on the venue and capacity. Many shows have advance tickets, like tonight's GZA's shows (early and late, both sold out) at MHoW or the Cold Cave at Europa (almost sold out I hear) to name two, or you can try your luck buying at the door. Basically, if you are relying on buying at the door or using your badge, get there early. Small places like Cameo reach badge capacity early.
Tonight there's the BBG/BV Presents showcase at St. Vitus with Dragged into Sunlight, The Year is One, and Make. Also tonight, though not part of Northside, is the BBG presented show at Acheron with Secretarian Violence, The Love Below, Poison Planet, and Pharaoh which means BBG will be one tired dude tomorrow (and Evillive will be late posting).
I also recommend the Kanine Records show tonight at Knit, as Virginia's Eternal Summers have made one of my favorite albums of 2012 so far, Correct Behavior, which isn't out till next month but I know for a fact will be sold at the merch table tonight. (Check out their new video for "Wonder" below.) They're great live too. Also on the bill: Class Actress, Bleeding Rainbow (now a rocking quartet), Zambri, the controversially-named (but pretty good) Beach Day, and Air Waves. Something else to consider that I just discovered: Knitting Factory's has a no-fee ATM.
Also tonight: the Chaos in Tejas/FFF showcase at Warsaw with Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache, and Magrudergrind. I caught Australia's Royal Headache's super-packed, sweaty show at Cake Shop last night and all I can say is wow. They are the real deal and singer Shogun belted it out, hit every note and is, I'm pretty sure, the best singing I've ever heard at Cake Shop and probably ever will? I mean usually the vocals are so low there but his were booming out. If you have a badge and a free spot in your night, try to make it there -- Royal Headache are on at 9PM.
There's also the Other Music Recording Co. showcase at Union Pool who just revealed that the "???" headliner tonight is Widowspeak who will play alongside OMRC artists as Ex Cops and Nude Beach both of which are favorites here at the BVHQ plus The Everymen who I've been meaning to check out. (This might be my first stop of the night.) Flyer for the show is below.
I also want to see Daughn Gibson at Cameo (again go early if you want in to this one); Kool Keith at Brooklyn Bowl would be, uh, cool... there's a lot to do tonight and you can see the full Northside Schedule here.
Other Music and Kanine Records flyers and Eternal Summers video are below.
Ross of Ceremony at Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
The shirtless guy climbing on the PA, screaming in some kid's face or writhing on the stage floor is Ross Farrar, frontman for Ceremony. The California punk crew released their latest LP and Matador debut Zoo this year and like their recent output, sees the band branching further away from their early powerviolence and into garage, melodic punk, and indie. Ceremony headlines Warsaw tonight (6/14), alongside a killer bill of Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache and Magrudergrind (tickets are still available, or use your Northside badge).
We sat down with Ross Farrar to ask him a few questions about Ceremony, punk vs indie, and what's next for his band. You can read it below.
Citizens Arrest at Europa in 2011 (more by Sarah Coulter)
Screaming Females dropping off of the previously discussed Warsaw show on June 14th due to Marisa's sickness was a bit of a blow. Thankfully, the guys in Citizens Arrest have swooped in to take their place! Tickets for Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache and Magrudergrind (who just played Europa) are on sale or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.
The show is one of several US dates scheduled for the great Royal Headache, including another NYC show at Cake Shop on June 13th. So far the band is still waiting on clearances for their visas so they can kick off their tour at Chaos in Tejas this weekend. The tour was originally scheduled to begin on the West Coast last week, but those dates were rescheduled due to visa issues. Check out all updated Royal Headache dates below and fingers crossed for their safe passage to the US!
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...
Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys, Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.
Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.
Ceremony at BV/POTR Thrasher Deathmatch (more by BBG)
For one night only, Mercury Lounge will ALMOST turn into a DIY show space when they host the previously discussed Ceremony show on April 23rd. Mercury Lounge will allow entry for 16+ that evening, allowing the venue to be battle-tested by tons of stage-diving underage kids. Violent Bullshit open. Tickets are still available.
The Mercury Lounge show takes place later the same night that Ceremony open for Refused at Terminal 5, and is now one of three NYC shows for the band. Ceremony will team with Screaming Females (who are on tour), Royal Headache and Magrudergrind (who play soon with Nasum) for the previously discussed (and now fully revealed) show at the considerably bigger Warsaw on June 14th as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets are on sale, or you can get in with your Northside Festival badge.
And speaking of Violent Bullshit, they have a new LP and are also scheduled to play Union Pool with Turing Machine in May.
Screaming Females and Ceremony also share a bill in Austin during Chaos in Tejas who are co-presenting the Northside showcase.
All Ceremony tour dates and the flyer for Mercury Lounge 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...
words & photos by BBG
Integrity & Pulling Teeth @ A389 Anniversary
After Weekend Nachos played Sonar's smaller stage on Saturday, the party then moved to the larger stage, where Young and In The Way played their blackened-crust on a candle-lit stage. Black Metal aesthetics and a taut set made YAITW's performance one of my favorites of the day. Make sure and check out the band's new LP V: Eternal Depression, as well as their forthcoming 2LP Amen/I Am Not What I Am compilation due on the label this week.
Junior Bruce, featuring Scott Angelacos of Bloodlet on vocals, played stoner-doom which was a perfect lead-in to the great Seven Sisters of Sleep. The latter, who played Friday at Acheron (pictures on the way), play sludgy-hardcore and ripped out an excellent set of mid-paced pummeling. The always dependable Magrudergrind helped speed things up directly afterword.
Pulling Teeth played their final show after Magrudergrind, and had the crowd bouncing around and singing along to their set. Vocalist Mike Riley spent the final two songs bouncing between the stage and the crowd, as his backing band played material from across their output, including latter works like "From Birth" and "At Peace" from their latest LP Funerary. It's always sad to see a band of that caliber go away, but at least the Baltimore quintet does it with style and grace. Check out my interview with Dom of Pulling Teeth that we posted last week.
The caustic-negativity was ratched up for Gehenna, who played their black-metal-infused hardcore to a somewhat quieter audience. Mike Apocalypse staggered across the stage like a wide-eyed madman for the duration of their set, which seemingly confounded those looking to do some good old-fashioned moshing.
Integrity's metallic hardcore followed Gehenna, closing with the unfuckwithable trifecta of "Vocal Test" into "Hollow" into "Micha: Those Who Fear Tomorrow". The night at Sonar ended with Eyehategod, who dipped into all of the old classics for their set, as well as their "new" song "New Orleans is The New Vietnam" (which they have been playing for a few years now).
Overall, a great night with my personal highlights of the evening being Young and In The Way, Pulling Teeth, Weekend Nachos, Gehenna, Full of Hell, and Integrity. One final note... as much as I love Eyehategod both live and on record (a lot), the band is in desparate need of some new material... its been 12 long-years since Confederacy of Ruined Lives and they definitely have some creative-life left in them (see Soilent Green, Down, the recent Kill Life flexi and Mike's work in noise music, Hawg Jaw, Outlaw Order, Arson Anthem, etc).
Pictures from the first part of the day are HERE. The rest of the pictures from Saturday's A389 Anniversary show, aka everything mentioned above, are below...
words & photos by BBG
A389 Records descended upon Sonar in Baltimore on January 21st with sixteen bands, hailing from from places like Belgium and Canada, and all over the US. The 9+ hour show was headlined by Eyehategod and included repeat A389 Anniversary offenders Integrity, Gehenna, and Seven Sisters of Sleep. It featured bands, that while rooted in hardcore, dipped their toes into crust, powerviolence, grind, doom, sludge and everywhere in between.
The first portion of the show took place on the smaller stage at Sonar, where Eddie Brock kicked off the evening followed by Homewrecker featuring fill-in bassist Joe Yanick of Masakari. John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos (who is touring with Homewrecker, and recently played ABC No Rio) and Dylan Walker of Full of Hell both dropped in to do vocals for Homewrecker.
Hatewaves, which features members of Pulling Teeth and Triac, followed the pair, opening their set with an appropriately absurd announcement: "Direct from a supporting slot from Don Ho, you wanted the second best, you got the second best... Hatewaves."
The crew deals in ridiculous lyrics over brutally fast hardcore, and delivered on both fronts despite an absurdly short-and-to-the-point set. Triac's blistering grind followed Hatewaves.
Low Places, who were a bit loose at times, played following Triac and pounded the crowd with their negative hardcore, eventually trashing the stage before Full of Hell got on. Full of Hell's noise-peppered hardcore brutality was the first set of the day to get the crowd really moving.
Pick Your Side, a new project featuring Jeff of Haymaker/Left for Dead/Chokehold and two members of Fuck The Facts, followed Hatewaves, and by the end of the second song Beckmann had already incited a pit and stage-dived. The band is prepping to release their new LP Let Me Show You How Democracy Works on A389, but had a select set of the LPs with special screened covers at the show.
Weekend Nachos batted clean-up on the small stage, which was packed to capacity by the time they took the stage. Possibly the most violent pit of the day, the Chicago crew had plenty of stage dives and singalongs to go along with their uber-brutal set.
The party then moved to the larger stage. More on that (with pictures) HERE. More pictures of everything mentioned above, below...