Entries tagged with: Strong Intention
By Doug Moore
Pelican at the Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
While North America will probably never be able to give the EU a run for its money when it comes to huge blowout metal festivals in the Wacken or Roadburn vein, the lands on this side of the Atlantic are hosting an increasing number of smaller but more targeted (and thereby more appealing, if you ask me) shindigs. Hot on the heels of yesterday's inaugural Deathwish Fest announcement comes another first-timer fest: Southern Darkness Fest, which will take place in Tampa, FL on August 23. As the fest site puts it:
Southern Darkness Festival brings the best of extreme and experimental music right to Tampa's historic district of Ybor. More than 20 bands will deliver a diverse range of heavy music, from Post Rock all the way to Grindcore. With a lineup that is second to none, SDF is bound to leave a mark in Florida's heavy music scene and turn heads worldwide.Though Southern Darkness will take place in the historic seat of American death metal, its lineup ironically doesn't include any death metal -- Maruta and Yautja (see? they're everywhere) are as close as it comes. Most of the fest's big-name draws are post-metal or sludge bands: Pelican, Black Tusk, Zoroaster, Junius, Mouth of the Architect, A Storm of LIght, and so forth. There's also a solid grind/hardcore contingent -- the aforementioned Maruta, Phobia, Weekend Nachos, Coke Bust, Strong Intention, and more.
Organized by music fans for music fans, SDF sets out to create a special experience for fans and artists alike. The historic district of Ybor is not only the perfect setting for an artistically minded crowd, but also houses Tampa's best live music venues - all in walking distance from one another.
The fest will be organized along CMJ-esque lines; it'll take place at a number of venues simultaneously, with a single ticket pass earning you entrance to all of them. (If you know Tampa, you may be familiar with them: The Orpheum, Crowbar, Ybor Live.) Specific show details are still to come. Tickets will be $35 for presale and $40 on the day of the fest, which is pretty reasonable, given that most of this fest's attendees will probably have to travel for it. They're not on sale yet, but will be on an unspecified date in late April; in the meantime, you can keep an eye on the fest's Facebook for updates.
More bands will be announced soon, but the full initial lineup is 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.
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.
Leather at Acheron - 6/9/12
I spent my Saturday night (6/9) split across two venues, spending the early part of the evening at Saint Vitus catching Ramming Speed, Full of Hell and Skullshitter and the tail end of the evening watching Leather with Shoxx at Acheron. After the predominantly doom-oriented evening the night before, lightning-fast speed was a welcome change.
Skullshitter opened Saint Vitus that night as part of a five-band bill that also included Phobia and Strong Intention. The band, which features a member of Mutant Supremacy/Trenchgrinder, play death-metal tinged grind which was plagued by technical diffuculties throughout the set. Falling drumkits caused many an audience member to run on stage to make sure the set was secure, with the drummer's sibling eventually settling on stage to make sure it didnt move. Despite the equipment issues, Skullshitter were great. Catch them Tuesday (6/12) at Acheron with Whitehorse.
Full of Hell followed Skullshitter, playing a hardcore/grind set peppered with noise while the crowd warmed up and started a circle pit. Vocalist Dylan is an instigator, driving the kids nuts by performing on the floor and pushing his way through the crowd. I've enjoyed these guys for a while and though Full of Hell is young, they have a bright future ahead.
Boston's Ramming Speed followed, and these boys know how to play a live show. Though primarily a thrash band, Ramming Speed knows that the genre's roots are in punk rock and their live show reflects that. Super-high energy set that, even if I didn't already like them, would be endlessly entertaining to watch.
After a few songs from Ramming Speed, I hightailed it over to Acheron knowing that I had missed sets from Raw Meat and Dipers as part of that evening's punk bonanza. Shoxx had already taken the stage by the time I had arrived, ripping out noise-punk inflected hardcore riffs while the crowd raised their fists. With ex-members of Nomos, Pollution & Battletorn amongst them, there was no way that Shoxx could be anything less than interesting and they definitely didnt disappoint. Great band.
Philadelphia's Leather, who recently released a new 7" and is working on a new LP closed out both the Acheron and my evening with a punk rock set that dipped into their current three seven inches (one of which is the pressing of their demo). The crowd moved for the duration of their set and much like Full of Hell, their vocalist performed the entire set from the floor.
More pictures from Saint Vitus and Acheron are below, alongside video of the entire Saint Vitus show with Phobia and Strong Intention included.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Dayton City Paper: How would you describe Mares of Thrace to a stranger?While I can't say that the above description provided by Therese of Mares of Thrace is entirely accurate, the band was hellbent on destruction when they played Saint Vitus on May 15th. The band, who is currently touring on the strength of their new LP The Pilgrimage (out now via Sonic Unyon), was joined by Brooklyn doom favorites Batillus (who played new tracks, some from their upcoming split with Whitehorse), Nashville post-metal quartet Sky Burial, and Brooklyn sludge-trio Mortals. Lots more pics from the show are below.
Frontwoman Therese Lanz: I would describe Mares of Thrace as an armada of angry drag queens riding nuclear warhead-equipped rabid rhinoceroses in a kamikaze mission of destruction into an Alabama Pentecostal megachurch service.
In related news, Batillus is scheduled to play with Whitehorse and Unearthly Trance at Acheron on June 12th. New band Skullshitter, which features a member of Mutant Supremacy, will open the show. Skullshitter is also scheduled to play on June 9th at Saint Vitus with Phobia, Strong Intention, Ramming Speed, and Full of Hell. Tickets are still available. Stream the Skullshitter demo along with the pictures below.
Phobia at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by BBG)
After teasing with an EP in late 2010, long-running grind crew Phobia are back with Remnants Of Filth, the band's new LP due via Willowtip on June 5th. Phobia has always had a bit of a revolving door in terms of lineup but their current is impressive: Bryan Fajardo (Noisear, Kill The Client, Gridlink) sits in on drums and Dorian Rainwater (Noisear) on six-string alongside Callum MacKenzie, CC Loessin and lifer Shane "The Pain" Mclachlan. It's this lineup, with Scott Hull behind the boards, that makes Remnants of Filth so potent, as exhibited on the scathing new single "Dementia Having Overdose" available to stream for the first time below. Preorder your copy of the record via the label.
As discussed, Phobia is playing both Chaos in Tejas and Scion Rock Fest this year. The band ALSO has a show scheduled at Saint Vitus on June 9th with Black Anvil (who played Saint Vitus last night), Strong Intention and Ramming Speed. Tickets are on sale.
All dates and that stream, below.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Lock Up @ Europa - 2/16/2012
UK band Lock Up, featuring an ailing Tomas Lindberg and bass tones from Danny Lilker (Nuclear Assault) in the the place of Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Venomous Concept), played Europa on February 16th as part of their round of dates with Goatwhore and Strong Intention. The NYC date featured appearances from both The Year is One and Mutant Supremacy, as well as vocals on some of the Lock Up tracks from Ben of Goatwhore while Lindberg was coating his throat in cloraseptic and downing Dayquil. Get well soon Tompa! Pictures from the show are in this post.
In related news, Goatwhore's new LP Blood for the Master is out NOW via Metal Blade Records. Stream "Parasitic Scriptures of the Sacred Word" from the LP at Pitchfork and order your copy at Metal Blade.
More pictures from Europa are below.
photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG
The Eyehategod / Misery Index / Magrudergrind / Strong Intention destruction train came into Europa station on Friday night (2/18) bringing along a sold out crowd (and quite a few fresh faces). If you're familiar with Eyehategod live in their last few rounds, then Friday's setlist wasn't much of a surprise except for new matieral like "New Orleans is The New Vietnam". Watch one of the new songs in a video from the Philly show at the end of this post.
More pictures & video from Europa below...
Eyehategod at Europa (more by Samantha Marble)
The Gauntlet: Did you have any 'Spinal Tap' moments [in 2010]?If he has time, maybe you can sit Mike down and discuss Brian Eno when Eyehategod hits Europa on February 18th along with Misery Index, Magrudergrind, Strong Intention & Mutilation Rites. Ticket info is forthcoming. The show is one of a few dates scheduled for the New Orleans crew that includes an appearance at Hellfest in France.
Mike "IX" Williams of Eyehategod: Maybe only driving around the country in the shape of a crooked pentagram because of poor tour routing. Also we've played in a couple clubs on this last tour that were seemingly built for Spinal Tap only!
The Gauntlet: What were some of your favorite releases from 2010?
Mike "IX" Williams of Eyehategod: 2010 saw a new Killing Joke album and I been digging on that a ton. A few other records I like are the Crazy Spirit 7", new Autopsy, Sleepies, Triptykon album, Double Negative new one, Die Wasted cassette, Floor box set, everything on Housecore Records....
The Gauntlet: What's on your ipod?
Mike "IX" Williams of Eyehategod: Gawd, everything from Hawkwind, Talking Heads, Brian Eno and Theatre of Hate to State of Alert, Warhammer, The Spits, Zero Boys. It goes on forever....Saccharine Trust, Testors, Rolling Stones, Viletones, L.A. Stains, Deadbeats, David Allen Coe, Fuck-Ups, Jesu, The Lewd....
Arson Anthem, the supergroup containing Phil Anselmo, Mike Williams and Hank Williams III, has a few southern dates in the near future too. All tour dates and some video is below.
words by BBG, photos by Keith Marlowe
The trail to Maryland Deathfest is blazed by a ton of bands, four of which populated the Europa show on Saturday night (5/22). Fang headlined Europa with an assist from hardcore old schoolers Verbal Abuse, powerviolencers Capitalist Casualties, the killer Magrudergrind, and Strong Intention part of an overall campaign that will see the bands (not SI) crash land at MDF 2010.
Speaking of MDF bands in NYC, Europa will ALSO host MDF'er DRI on Sunday 5/30. Tickets are still on sale, or you can try you hand at winning one of TWO pairs. Details on how are at the bottom of this post.
Sunday at Europa was the Inquisition & Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult show. More pics from Saturday's show are below...
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
Eyehategod was back to it's old tomfoolery at Europa on 10/26, just two days after they done-gone-and nearly sunk the Temptress with Goatwhore, Pig Destroyer, and Strong Intention (figuratively speaking, of course). The band was greeted by a sold out house and a similarly killer lineup at Europa, with BV faves Unearthly Trance, Tombs, and Howl, and accompanying tourmates Strong Intention in Greenpoint.
In between cigarettes, snot rockets, cigarettes, spitting, and more cigarettes, Eyehategod cranked out a booming set that added insult to injury; classics like "Dixie Whiskey" were piled on to "Sister Fucker (Part I)" and magnificent renditions of "$30 Bag". Powerful riffs were mimed with open mouths. Fists were raised. This was a killer set, and I'm pretty sure that everyone there enjoyed it as thoroughly as I did.
There were moments during the show when I got the impression that Eyehategod didn't have a 100% comfort level with each other on stage; song starts/stops seemed carefully coordinated between band members with deliberate, darting looks and nods. If anything, that makes their performance all the more impressive; once they did hit that first note, EHG would settle into a decimating and singular groove. Absolutely riveting.
More pictures from the show below...
words by BBG, photos by Chloe Rice
Sammy Duet of Goatwhore (also ex-Acid Bath)
Village Voice: It's been noted that CMJ is noticeably more "metal" this year, and there's a sense that metal's becoming more and more respected all-around.In what was definitely one of the most highly anticipated NYC metal shows of the year, and one of only a handful of metal shows during CMJ (Type O Negative at Irving Plaza, the official BrooklynVegan-BBG Relapse Records Showcase, among others), Eyehategod returned to NYC with an appearance on a Rocks Off Boat Cruise with Goatwhore, Pig Destroyer, and Strong Intention. To say people went a little apey is a bit of an understatement (see below pictures of moshpits, people hanging from balconies, and general insanity for further proof).
Mike Williams of Eyehategod: Well, I wouldn't call Eyehategod "metal", but I do see extreme, heavy music in general getting new attention from some different areas of the population. Also we've played in NYC for CMJ before, back in the '90s, so it doesn't really seem like a new thing. Anyway, is it "respected" or is it "trendy"? "Trendy" meaning hipsters now have discovered us. Who knows? I welcome all people who are remotely interested to check us out.
The caged animal is unleashed again TONIGHT (10/26), when Eyehategod play their SECOND area show, this time at Europa with Unearthly Trance, Tombs, Strong Intention, and BV-BBG/Relapse showcaser Howl. Tickets are still available.
Pics of Howl, along with Misery Index, Salome, Revocation, Black Anvil, Complete Failure, and Gloominous Doom from the BV-BBG/Relapse Showcase at Fontana's are on their way. More pics from the boat cruise (from hell?) are below...
by Black Bubblegum
First there was one, and now there are TWO. Eyehategod has added a SECOND NYC show, this time in Brooklyn at Europa on 10/26 with Strong Intention, as well as Unearthly Trance, Tombs and Howl. Tickets are on sale
The previously announced 10/24 show on the boat is with the unfucwitable support of Pig Destroyer and Goatwhore. Tickets are also still available for that. I'm going to both, damnit.
Three days before the Europa show, Howl can also be found at Fontana's for the BV-BBG/Relapse Records CMJ showcase.
In related news, Chrome Peeler Records will release a limited to 500 pressing of a 7" featuring EHG vocalist Mike Williams doing spoken word over power electronics.
COMING SOON: MIKE IX AND THE SOUTHERN NIHILISM FRONT SPOKEN WORD/POWER ELECTRONICS 7" ON CHROME PEELER RECORDS. Side Zero: 'Thats What the Obituary Said' a spoken prose piece with ambient backing by Ryan (The Guilt Of...)McKern, The other Side Zero: 'Ten Suicides' originally a Bloodyminded track with vocal by Mike IX Williams and now newly re-mixed by Mark Solotroff (Intrinsic Action/Bloodyminded). Original artwork by Mike IX. Colored vinyl and poster included!Preorder that badboy here.
Full EHG tour dates and a few videos are below...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Justina Villanueva
Goatwhore @ Gramercy! (July 23, 2009)
The legendary dark sons of southern hatemongering, Eyehategod, will trudge their way through the swampy muck of the Lousiana lowlands towards the Northeast where they will team up with Goatwhore and Strong Intention for a trio of dates. One of those dates will include Pig Destroyer on Oct 24th as part of a Rocks Off Boat Cruise in NYC!!! Tickets go on sale today (8/3) at noon. All dates below.
Goatwhore, winners of my award for "favorite band with the least favorite name", has a particularly amazing pedigree of former members of Acid Bath as well as current members of Soilent Green (which in turn shares members with EHG). Dax Riggs (of solo and Deadboy & The Elephantmen fame) was also a member of Acid Bath.
Goatwhore released the mega-Carving Out The Eyes Of God earlier this year and the band recently played (7/23) Gramercy Theater in NYC with Abigail Williams, SWAATS, Abysmal Dawn, and Daath. Pics from that show are above and below.
Pig Destroyer played NYC on July 31 with Repulsion & Brutal Truth. Those pics are forthcoming, but dig on a killer three way interview done between the guys here.
Pics and dates below...