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Friday, May 17

Hatebreed 25th year anniversary

Obituary

Agnostic Front

Prong

Skeletal Remains

5:30 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. show

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$25 advance, $30 day of show

Hatebreed 25th year anniversary

An institution can be relied on. Its foundations don't shake due to the winds of change or tides of trends-no matter how volatile, omnipresent, or tenuous.

With steadfast determination, drive, and dedication, Hatebreed cement themselves as one of heavy music's strongest institutions on their seventh full-length offering and very first for Nuclear Blast worldwide, 2016's The Concrete Confessional. Since 1994, the Connecticut quintet-Jamey Jasta [vocals], Chris Beattie [bass], Wayne Lozinak [guitar], Frank Novinec [guitar], and Matthew Byrne [drums]-has risen to the ranks of hardcore and heavy metal elite with a GRAMMY® Award nomination, main stage slots on festivals, and countless fans worldwide. 2013's The Divinity Of Purpose earned their highest entry on the Billboard Top 200, bowing at #17 with impressive first-week sales in excess of 17,000. When it came time to return to the studio after two years on the road, Jasta and his cohorts clung to the bedrock on which their legacy stands firm.

"There's nothing better than loud amps in the face, cranked up riffs that hit you right in the chest and lyrics that spark a new thought and give you a charge," he declares. "That's our musical DNA. We could just be who we are. We don't need to incorporate whatever the trend is. We can just be Hatebreed. There are some new highlights to the game, but you know it's us."

The Divinity Of Purpose brought them to new areas of the globe as the headlined festivals in the UK, Finland, Norway, Germany, and Eastern Europe and landed a slot on Ozzfest Japan. They would perform at Poland's Woodstock in front of 400,000 people. Stateside, the band supported longtime friends Black Label Society in the winter of 2015 and then got the opportunity to be direct support to Slipknot on a Spring 2015 run in between festival appearances at Rock On The Range, Welcome To Rockville, and more as well as Motörhead's Motörboat with Slayer and Motörhead.

"Riding into this album, I realized we could play with bands of every genre nearly anywhere without deviating from who we are," continues Jasta. "The Motörboat was another real career highlight. We played this exclusive event with some of our chief influences. We got to literally chart new territory."

Returning home in the Fall of 2015, they entered the studio with longtime producer Zeuss [Rob Zombie, Soulfly]. Immediately, they channeled the spirit that's long defined their signature sound. By January, the record was mixed by Josh Wilbur [Megadeth, Lamb Of God] and primed for ignition.

"We had a really good vibe in the studio," he says. "The record is a snapshot of this time for us."

It also reflects what's going on outside. The opening track and first single "A.D." fuses together torrential thrashed-out guitars, double bass drums, and Jasta's immortal growl before an incendiary lead. The singer dissects what the American Dream means in a climate of upheaval. "Fight fire with fire, you'll see everyone's burning," he screams. Think of it as "Vote With A Bullet" or "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due" for the Instagram age.

"It's a mirror of both sides of the story whether it's what you believe in the media or what you actually see," he explains. "Musically, it came together quickly. It's about all of the frustrated feelings that come out when I turn on the news. So much of our attention is focused on the wrong areas. People want to one-up each other with better clothes and cars, and it's all bullshit. Nobody goes to the grave with any of that stuff. It's not all instant gratification. What exists on the phone and computer isn't what exists in real life. What is the American Dream anymore?"

The machine gun chug of "Looking Down The Barrel Of Today" proves equally uplifting and undeniable. "I wanted something to get crowds pumped up," he admits. "So many fans will tell us, 'Your records help me get through my life.' I needed to encourage this cyclical power to get up and face the day. You either make the best of today, or you're done in by it."

"Something's Off" carries an ominously lyrical bass line into a guttural chant, showcasing Jasta's chilling vocal dynamics in the process. "I've written songs about depression, alcoholism, and falling back into destructive patterns," he says. "However, I never felt like I could really put my finger on what anxiety is. It's not just social anxiety but this unexplained feeling of unease, like I'm in a fog. I've felt it occasionally since I was in grade school. You can't control when it happens. Heavy music has kept that beast at bay-in addition to exercise and experiences with my family. I had to confront it directly in the lyrics here."

Elsewhere, "Remember When" and "Slaughtered In Their Dreams" juxtapose visceral lyricism with a searing sonic backdrop as chaotic as it is catchy. Through and through, The Concrete Confessional is classic Hatebreed.

In order to transfer this message to the masses, the band inked a global deal with Nuclear Blast. "They're world-renowned mainstays in the metal community," he smiles. "We get to be in the company of career bands we look up to."

Hatebreed have come a long way from the East Coast's storied nineties underground scene. Their journey has seen them achieve a 2005 GRAMMY® Award nod in the category of "Best Metal Performance" for "Live For This," sell over 1.2 million records, and land a #1 debut on Billboard's DVD Chart with 2009's Live Dominance. Moreover, they've annihilated audiences from Mayhem Fest to OZZfest Japan and Download Festival to Wacken, Hellfest, and beyond.

Now, The Concrete Confessional fits right into the bold, bloody, and beating heart of the Hatebreed institution.

"The title had to be something that was heavy and hard, but also vulnerable and honest," Jasta leaves off. "Heavy music is this cleansing, therapeutic, and cathartic experience for so many. You're there, the guitars are crushing you, and someone's screaming their head off-sharing their pain and aspects of their life through words, poetry, or songs. There's nothing like it. You confess you have negative thoughts, and you purge them. For however long you're at the show, there are no bills to pay, issues to deal with, or problems holding you back. You can be free."

 

 

 

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Obituary

Upon switching their name from Xecutioner to Obituary, the career of one of the most successful and influential Death Metal bands began. Hailing from Florida and featuring John Tardy (vocals), brother Donald Tardy (drums), Trevor Peres (guitar), Allen West (guitar), and Daniel Tucker (bass), the band signed to Roadracer Records, a now defunct division of Roadrunner, for the recording of their debut album-the immense and immeasurably heavy "Slowly We Rot" (1989). The album was engineered by the legendary Scott Burns at Morrisound Studio, which would come to be the most sought after facility for production of albums during 1990's rise of the Death Metal genre. Unlike much death metal preceding it, the album had a sludgy feel and integrated devastatingly slow passages along with obliterating overtures that reached far beyond any point of mayhem that metal had yet to reach; the result was a carnal pleasure for doom, death and thrash fans alike coupling the adrenaline of a speedball with the slow, degrading measures of a sewer at dusk. Like them or not, Obituary was unlike anything anyone had heard before.

"Slowly We Rot" was chaotic, bass heavy mix of manic guitar solos and crashing drums, but it was undeniably characterized by vocalist John Tardy's disarmingly horrific, gargling style, that created guttural chasms of dread which though often strived for, to date have been paralleled by none. The ability to augment tempo so drastically became the band's trademark along with Tardy's unique vocal style, which distinguished them clearly from the rest of the emerging Florida Death Metal bands; nowhere is this more apparent than on the prophetic title track of their debut. The fact that Obituary refrained from printing lyric sheets with their albums led people to believe that they didn't actually write any lyrics. Some may question the verbosity or absence of documented lyrics, however, any true fan has each grunt, growl and howling grimace committed to memory like an utterance from God in painstaking form-what does not exist can not be remembered, and an Obituary show is testimony to the re-creation of what your ears couldn't believe in the first place. Once again bringing augmentation to irony, Live and Dead worked quite well for the quintet, dividing your conscience yet leaving much to the imagination; not since birth have your senses been so graphically assaulted yet pleased at the same time. While such differing sensations once seemed incongruous, Obituary have proven the ability to merge unlikely dichotomies, from their slow-as-hell-yet-fast-as-fuck style to the non-evil, homegrown approach to what would largely become the satanized, bastardized, make-up wearing movement known as Death Metal.

The maturation of the musicians into songwriters taking more visionary and complex forms would soon be heard world wide as Obituary took metal by storm in 1990. Despite their youth upon release of their sophomore offering, "Cause of Death" embodied the confident swagger of the most fearsome pack-leading hound. From the insidious growls of John's vocals to the barrage of Donald Tardy's thunderously-metered explosions of double bass, "Cause of Death" was the intention and method as promised by the early threat of "Slowly We Rot"; for Obituary, Death was just the beginning. Accordingly, the title track alone ("Cause of Death") would be heard, regurgitated, manipulated, complimented and collapsed-but never duplicated-on third and forth generation death metal albums for years to come. Lovecraftian imagery and aural morbidity aside, even a deaf man found fear when confronted by the formidable visage of guitarist Peres; entering Frank Watkins, the hulking henchman of a bassist from South Florida, finally provided long-needed and powerful rhythm stability to the line up. However, the grinding of the axes would not be complete until the return of Xecutioner veteran Allen West, who, along with Peres and Tardy, crafted the foundation for most of Obituary's most primordial and historic moments. Attack now whole, Obituary had given birth-sight, sound and feel-to a true horror greater than metal had ever known.

The paradox herein lies that Obituary was anything but a summation to and end, but more an exploratory journey into the infinite dehumanization of all that is known, as confronted brazenly by their best selling release yet, "The End Complete" and later followed by the cynical and dark expedition of "World Demise". Reunited with songwriter West, the band was conjoined like quintuplets sharing life and a name. Though finality was possibly inferred by these titles, Obituary was anything but finished. Ironically, the images conjured by songs such as "Don't Care", "Platonic Disease" and "World Demise" seemingly foretold of the millennium as can now be seen daily, displayed plainly across the screens of CNN and reality TV programs world wide; not bad for a bunch of rednecks from Florida with Budweiser dreams and bongwater nightmares.

2004 brings reason for Obituary fans to rejoice, the sunken eyes and heaving cries have all but abated. Obituary has only aspired to live up to the standard they have set for themselves, one that numerous bands have strived to duplicate, but never attained, falling short both creatively and in lack of the unique talent that each member contributes to the near indescribable Obituary sound. Like a forgotten corpse in the basement, Obituary are back to haunt, taunt and fully pollute your senses. Fermenting like waste in the hot Florida sun, Obituary return from hiatus with the voracity of a starven wretch. The forfeiture of time brings blessings of brutality, and assurance that the Dead shall indeed rise again. Such aural abrasion can only be heard on an Obituary album or the live circumcision of a thirty-year-old man, the choice is yours...

 

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Prong

"PRONG was definitely a Lower East Side band" says Tommy Victor. "We weren't a bunch of kids in the suburbs playing in garages. We were part of that whole art scene, the same scene as street artists like Keith Haring and Basquiat. It was a completely different world back then. A lot of people were willing to live Spartan lifestyles in shitty conditions in this fantasy art world."
"I grew up in Flushing, Queens, and used to go down to Bleecker Bobs in the east Village to and look for New Wave records. I waited in line for hours at CBGB's to watch the early Ramones, and New York Dolls shows. Eventually I ended up finding an apartment in the Village Voice on 2nd Ave between 2nd and 3rd St. for $350 a month. It was poor Ukrainian Immigrants, biker gangs and drug addicts. Nobody wanted to live down there. "
"This was all before the existence of digital technology and cell phones," explains Victor. "We didn't have much communication with the outside world. The outside world to us was, like, Bayonne New Jersey, or Bensonhurst in Brooklyn. Even bands from DC or Boston seemed alien to us. The only communication between scenes we had was the fanzines. That's how Prong got a lot of recognition. Really, the whole scene survived through tape-trading demos and fanzines."
"Initially, Prong was a very lonely metal-core trio from the Lower East Side of New York. Forget about Anthrax and Overkill - theirs was the New York City of Tompkins Square police riots, Warzone, art/noise, and urban decay. While hatecore groups like Sheer Terror and School of Violence were running back and forth between the metal and hardcore neighborhoods in 1986, Prong were squatting on something special and different. There was something extra burning in their ashy skulls."
"For one thing, they had non-metal pedigrees. Drummer Ted Parsons of the Swans , one of the slowest and most grating industrial bands ever. Bassist Mike Kirkland came from the strange hardcore band Crawlpappy. Tommy Victor was musically damaged in the extreme in every direction after tending soundboard at CBGBs for a semi-eternity."
"Out of step with any thrash trends, Prong came into the speed/thrash/core game sounding like an unholy fusion of early Sonic Youth and Megadeth, and the world slowly took notice of well-rusted songs like "Drainpipe" and "Dreams Like That." Eventually, PRONG's unique approach began to turn heads. Howie Abrams of In-Effect records:"I was blown away by the progression they had made since their ironically titled debut, Primitive Origins. Prong started to sound like a special band that a lot of people might like, rather than the one who had a hard time finding its place in the NY scene. After we released the album, we began negotiations with the band to sign them to In-Effect for future albums, but the major labels were on to them too and they signed with Epic.
Tommy Victor got a job doing sound at CBGB's from 1986 - 1990:
"Hilly (owner CBGB's) just threw me in there. I had no idea what I was doing. He trusted me because I was "in a band" and had me give thumbs up or down on the band playing the hardcore matinees"
The bands he saw there:
"Soundgarden was really artsy and just blew me away. Bands that took traditional, maybe even classic rock, and made it artsy and cool really appealed to me at that time"
"Agnostic Front would have 20 to 30 of their friends on stage, constant stage diving and general extreme violence in the crowd. A memorable show to say the least and one of the great hardcore moments of the club. And it's documented on that record. I'm proud to have been involved."
Drummer Ted Parsons on joining PRONG
"I answered this Village Voice ad that said: "From Black Flag to Black Sabbath." They were looking for a drummer so I called the number, and that's when I met Tommy. We liked the energy of hardcore and punk music. I just left the Swans. I could finally play some fast beats, and actually bring my hi-hat. We played mostly at CBGB's.
Parsons on playing around NY:
"We'd play with Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front, Bad Brains, and bands like that. But we'd also play with Corrosion Of Conformity, DRI, Whiplash, no NY noise bands and Clutch because we never really fit in anywhere. We were hardcore, but we were a little more experimental. We would play anywhere we could. We played pizza places in New Jersey, but we would play mostly these hardcore matinees."
Parsons on signing to Epic records:
"Vernon Reid used to come down all the time and check us out. He loved the band, and Living Colour had just got signed to Sony/Epic at the time. He went up to Sony/Epic and said, "You gotta sign these guys." So Bob Fineagle, the A&R, came down to CBs when we were playing. After we played he said, "We really want to sign you guys."
Bassist Paul Raven on going from Killing Joke to Prong:
"It was a natural departure for me. I've always been sorta like the metal guy with KILLING JOKE who likes some of the more hard-edged stuff."
Ted Parsons looking back on the Epic era:
"The only reason we signed to Sony was because we needed money so we could tour - like a loan from the bank."
"They were trying to tell us what kind of clothes to wear. Tommy was really stressed because we were just a T-shirt and jeans band. We were just like a regular hardcore band from New York. We didn't really have like an image. I still had short hair and we had two guys who had long hair. They were spending so much money on these friggin' videos."
"We were competing with Rage Against The Machine and Pearl Jam, and although we lasted for five albums with many other bands coming and going, Sony dumped us in the end."
Post-Epic, the band dispersed. Paul Raven joined Ministry, and Parson joined Godflesh.
Tommy escaped gentrification and moved from NYC to Los Angeles. He collaborated with other musicians like Trent Reznor and Rob Zombie. He also recorded and toured with Danzig, and Ministry, and was nominated for several Grammies.
Although PRONG released 12 studio albums and 2 live albums in under 30 years (5 between 2014 - 2017), Tommy ponders the self-imposed hiatus on prong releases between 1996 and 2003, and possibly obscuring himself from fans' increasingly waning attention spans.
"I'm making amends to the years of (perceived) inactivity, when I was devoting too much time to other people's projects. I needed to prove to myself, and maybe to the fans that Prong can put out a consistent run of records that were of fairly good quality"
Having been clean from drugs and alcohol for many years, a sober Tommy reflects on the glorification of the early "druggie chique" days of CBGB's and Max Kansas:
"In those days, it was cool to be a junkie. A lot of early punk times revolved around that. That type of rebellion against society, the ultimate rebellion is trying to kill yourself with drugs."
"That era, where a dark hedonism was a priority in people's lives doesn't really exist anymore, which I think is good."
On longevity, and finding one's path:
"Inevitably, if you survive, you come to the realization that all that stuff was a fad, really, and there's more to life than those old statements that you thought were so important earlier on. There's important aspects of it, but there has to be balance in your life, you have to move on, you keep walking in life, you don't just stay there."

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Skeletal Remains

SKELETAL REMAINS formed as Anthropophagy back in 2011, and released the two much lauded studio albums "Beyond The Flesh" (2012) and "Condemned To Misery" (2015) via German label FDA Rekotz, constantly toured Europe, the US or also Japan, performed at such renowned festivals as Maryland Death Fest, Party.San, Brutal Assault, Obscene Extreme or also Hellfest, and now seek to expand upon that with "Devouring Mortality", the first album they will do as a co-release via Century Media Records and Dark Descent.


Mixed & mastered by Dan Swanö (Opeth, Bloodbath) and featuring impressive art by Dan Seagrave (Entombed, Suffocation, Dismember), vocalist/guitarist Chris Monroy is extremely proud of this new opus: "It is a true honor for us to have worked with these two legends, and we can't wait to share it with all the fans of death metal!"


And there are plenty reasons to be excited about "Devouring Mortality" as the new record proves to be the band's most diverse and crushing opus to date and contains a whole lot of outstanding tracks! No matter if it is the scorching first single ‘Seismic Abyss', the dynamic ‘Catastrophic Retribution', ‘Parasitic Horrors' or ‘Torture Labyrinth', SKELETAL REMAINS perfectly blend elements of death and thrash metal with Schuldiner/van Drunen like vocals, blazing solos uniting influences from such a melodic master like James Murphy (Death, Cancer, Obituary, Testament) or the dive-bombing assault of Rick Rozz (Death, Massacre), excellent riffs and more rhythmical variety than most newer "old school" death metal releases. "The album is basically the next step up for us!", says Monroy. "It's a bit more technical compared to our first two albums and we have also used seven string guitars for some songs to add a heavier edge at times, but overall it has the same sound and feeling of our previous releases: Old school death metal from the late 80s and early 90s with a little bit of our own taste added to it!"


"Devouring Mortality" shows how well SKELETAL REMAINS master the art of not sounding dated while being old schoolers at heart and is highly recommended to all fans of top notch death metal!

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