The Power Of The Riff Festival
The Power Of The Riff festival is right around the corner on August 11th. The 3rd annual festival continues to bring you a tradition of heavy music from slow drones to aggressive crust ridden darkness. An event that honors fans and musicians of ‘heavy music’ of all ages. Tapping into a line up that represents the forefathers, milestones and current touring acts, while shedding light on ‘up and coming’ acts and local acts.
The initial line up is as follow, MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED in the coming weeks. STAY TUNED!:
Alpha & Omega
The Power Of The Riff festival is an all day, all ages, music event that also includes a record swap meet of local stores and features pop up stores by indy record labels. Curated DJ sets in between performances. In addition, the festival features a gourmet food truck court of Los Angeles’ best purveyors of street food dining.
Sunn O))) is an American drone metal/experimental band based in New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA and formed in 1998. The band’s core members consist of Stephen O’Malley (Khanate, Burning Witch, SARIN, Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine, Lotus Eaters, Ginnungagap, Thorr’s Hammer, Fungal Hex, KTL, Æthenor, Gravetemple) and Greg Anderson (Goatsnake, Thorr’s Hammer, Burning Witch, Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine, Brotherhood, Engine Kid, False Liberty, Burial Chamber Trio, Ascend). The band was formed as a tribute of sorts to Earth, another very heavy band noted as the pioneers of drone metal. G. Stuart Dahlquist currently of Asva and ex-Burning Witch performed bass on The Grimmrobe Demos and ØØ Void.
The band is named after the Sunn amplifier brand, whose logo includes a circle next to the “SUNN” banner with waves heading off to the right - reading those out as letters makes “Sunn O)))”. The band uses the same logo for their albums as well.
Their sound is extremely slow and heavy, using droning guitars accompanied by feedback and other sound effects to create their soundscapes. There is very little drumming and a lack of any discernible beat, though their collaboration album with Boris features drumming from Boris drummer, Atsuo.
The individual roots established by Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross), and Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt) are uniquely woven throughout the rock music canon. Each has challenged society's cyclical and complacent ideals in their own respective bands, and three decades on they've never strayed from their intentions.
Now they come together as a four-piece called OFF! and they're as confrontational as ever, lunging inside the aesthetic of West Coast hardcore to push life's most provocative issues to the forefront. The pinch-hitting First Four EPs box set marks their explosive approach for a total of 16 songs in just under 18 minutes (released in Nov. 2010).
New album to be released May 8, 2012.
Dr. Know plays in the old school punk tradition, and their blistering live shows prove they haven't missed a step. Brandon Cruz is also known for having played Eddie Corbett on the TV series "The Courtship of Eddie's Father."
Brandon's solo CD, called "Eddie Is a Punk," has a lot of old Eddie's Father stuff on it, like him singing a punk version of "People let me tell you about my best friend..." with composer Harry Nilsson, one with Micky Dolenz, and two takes with Bill Bixby. And there is also great hardcore with bands such as HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED, THE BRANDON CRUZ BAND and TWISTER NAKED. It's available from Taang Records.
Repulsion were an early grindcore / death metal band from Flint, Michigan. Their innovations were significant to the development of the death metal and grindcore genres.
Matt Olivo and Scott Carlson,with bassist Sean MacDonald, formed Tempter in 1984, a metal act covering bay area thrash metal bands, such as Slayer and Metallica. The group's sound became increasingly infused with hardcore punk when Phil Hines, of Flint hardcore punk band Dissonance, joined as a drummer. They juggled band names, first renaming themselves Ultraviolence and then Genocide before recording their first demo in 1984. In spite of their growing popularity in the underground Genocide struggled to survive and faced difficulty maintaining a consistent lineup. In the summer of 1985 Chuck Schuldiner, of pioneering death metal act Death, invited Carlson and Olivo to Florida to complete the Death lineup. The two parties failed to settle on a uniform creative direction and the merger proved short lived. Carlson and Olivo returned to Flint that summer, determined to reform Genocide . Local punk Dave 'Grave' Hollingshead was recruited as drummer. In 1985 the reformed Genocide recorded the Violent Death demo tape, with Carlson assuming bass duties, and resumed gigging locally. In early 1986 Aaron Freeman was invited into the band as a second guitarist. With their line-up fleshed out, Genocide recorded in a studio for the first time to lay down the tracks for what was supposed to be their first album The Stench of Burning Death - it ended up being their third demo. By 1986 Repulsion's trademark style had matured; characterised by raspy shouted vocals, extremely distorted down-tuned guitars, overdriven punkish riffs, absurd rambling solos interjected as if only as an afterthought, rumbling bass lines, and machine-gun drumming. Repulsion was experimenting with a hammering, static clouded, lo-fi sound that was on a level of extreme that had been touched on by few bands before. To complement the band's sound they penned gruesome lyrics; focusing on fantastic apocalyptic themes ranging from zombie epidemics to nuclear war.
Finally in 1989 Repulsion's material enjoyed modest, albeit posthumous, exposure when UK grindcore pioneers Carcass distributed a Repulsion compilation titled Horrified on their own Necrosis Records label; a subsidiary of Earache Records. With interest in Repulsion rekindled, the band decided to reform in 1990. They resumed gigging with the (almost) 'classic' Repulsion lineup - Scott Carlson bass and vocals, Aaron Freeman on guitar, and Dave Grave on drums; Matt Olivo, then serving in the army, filled in as a second guitarist when possible. Repulsion recorded two self financed demos in 1991: Rebirth, and their Final Demo, often criticised as lacking the drive and intensity of the band's earlier material. Later that year they managed to release a single on Relapse entitled Excruciation. In spite of new material the band broke up yet again in 1993. Scott Carlson went on to play in Cathedral briefly, the rest of the band departed for short-lived projects or simply returned to everyday life. There is some life in the band yet: Relapse re-released Horrified again in 2003, drawing attention to Repulsion once more, and prompting the band to resume live performance. In 2004 Repulsion also released a live DVD.
In 2008, Repulsion opened for At the Gates on their "Suicidal Final Tour" throughout the US, along with Darkest Hour and Municipal Waste
Venom, Hellhammer, Slayer, Slaughter (Canada), and Discharge have been repeatedly cited in interviews as major influences. Various bands have recorded covers of Repulsion songs, including Napalm Death and Entombed.
In 1994 Gary and Chiyo decided to start a band that played slow, heavy, riff-based music. They were soon joined by Tom Choi and Luis DaVilla. Their slow tempos and sound was punctuated by a severe low-end attack when Gary and Luis both played bass on many songs. Turned out Tom and Luis had different ideas on direction and just several months into the project and directly after recording the songs they had written together, both of them departed.
Russ joined, new songs were being written and the band began playing out. Chiyo's friend Chris Dodge soon offered to put out a 7". This created a buzz and offers started coming in to do splits culminating with the ultimate honor of doing a split 12" and CD with Corrupted. Matt Harvey played guitar and sang on many songs that ended up on 7"s and we played some great shows with him such as our first Slap a Ham's Fiesta Grande festival. Then Matt departed and Gary played 2nd guitar for awhile and Al Ruel took over in the bass department. Al also left the band after a year and Gary took over the bass duties once again. The 90's were filled with writing, recording, endless shows and doing a few tours along the way with others like Seized, Corrupted and Wisigoth.
Seven Years On....
Creativity was waning and it appeared that local interest in the band was as well. They needed a break but could not see it and the band drifted apart in Summer of 2001. Over those years there was a bit of activity, mostly when Throne Records did the first official release of Erode The Person in 2006. Then in 2011 Parasitic, Southern Lord, Fuck Yoga and Emetic Records all agreed to do releases. The band decided that it would be a good thing to help support these releases and played three shows in Summer of 2011, their first in ten years, two of which were with Winter for Southern Lord's Power Of The Riff Festival.
Noothgrush will be touring Europe & Maryland Death Fest X in May.
Xibalba is a Heavy Hardcore/Metal band from Pomona California. They are influenced by Disembodied, Morbid Angel, Martyr A.D., Santa Sangre, Bloodlet, Obituary, Crowbar, Unbroken, Earth Crisis, Downset, Overcast, and Sepultura.
Eagle Twin is a two-man doom metal / sludge outfit from Salt Lake City, Utah, United States formed in 2007 featuring Gentry Densley (Ascend, Iceburn) on baritone guitar / vocals and Tyler Smith (Form of Rocket) on drums.
Behold the debut album from Eagle Twin. Although Eagle Twin is a very new entity its helmsman: Gentry Densley is no stranger to innovative, heavy music. Densley was the musical visionary and leader of the legendary jazz, prog, rock, metal, hardcore group Iceburn (aka The Iceburn Collective) from 1991-2001.
Iceburn has been called the greatest and most important musical offering from Salt Lake City since the Osmonds! Gentrys’ playing has been very influential to a lot of successful modern music groups such as: Isis, Pelican, Sunn O))) etc…
In order to disseminate his majestic and mountainous riffs in the present day he enlisted massively behemoth skinsman Tyler Smith. The drums are not only a driving force that efficiently steam rolls over you they conjure a repetitious mantra that is eerily infectious.
Although Iceburn was primarily a instrumental force, with Eagle Twin Gentry is much more vocal and the depth of his lyrics is endless. His vocal evocations bring to mind the hoarse rasp of Tom Waits and Howlin Wolf but possibly channeled through Tuvan throat singers. His voice, is used much like an instrument and often times creates a unique drone of its own. The riffs and music definitely have familiar reference points (Caspar Brotzmann Massaker, Earth, Sunn O))), Melvins etc…) but are crafted in a way that stands miles beyond the others.
Steel, Speed, and Destruction
Formed in 2006, ANCESTORS create mighty, modern music that dovetails innovative arrangement, crushing primordial riff interplay and melodic instrumental passages with textural "metalgaze" atmospherics. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Infrasonic Sound by Pete Lyman, (The Mars Volta, Beck, No Age), Of Sound Mind is an 8-part, hour-long experience that is at once passionate, bold and challenging. Described as "A journey through the past into the future," the album showcases ANCESTORS' ever-evolving musicianship and metrics, which have drawn comparison to Neurosis, Hawkwind, King Crimson, Om and (early) Black Sabbath. Of Sound Mind injects an intoxicating mien into the soul of hard rock and vintage metal and seethes with both analog warmth and astute atmosphere. Essentially conceptual in nature, Of Sound Mind lyrically and thematically contemplates the quandaries of human psychology and its effect on and within the development of modern society.
Alpha & Omega
From Los Angeles, California. Hardcore in the vein of Cro-Mags and Biohazard, influenced by bands like Pantera and Crowbar. For a modern comparison, think somewhere between mid-era Blacklisted and Trapped Under Ice. 6131 Records.
From Salt Lake City, Gaza play a dark, glooming and frantic breed of hardcore and metal mixed with grind. Combining the sludgy, droney elements of Crowbar or Soilent Green with the absolute blasting force of Pig Destroyer, adjectives like abrasive and devastating, do not even begin to touch the full extremes of this group. I Don't Care Where I Go When I Die was an absolutely bleak & terrifying experience and follow up He Is Never Coming Back took the band to new extreme heights and has won all sorts of critical acclaim.
DNF (formerly Duke Nukem Forever) is a hardcore punk/powerviolence band from the L.A. and S.F. bay areas featuring members of Trash Talk and Touche Amore. They formed in 2006 and went on hiatus in 2008. They reunited in 2011 and have released a 7”, titled “Hurt”.
All that matters in the grand scheme of things is the band is not directly comparable to what has come before them. But if we must: RETOX is an outcome of stagnant and boring western culture, as well as the self proclaimed counterculture, which has slipped into a sea of pointlessness. The band manages to detach themselves from what one might consider a promotional paragraph trying to explain what is not really important to the band themselves; such as a list of influences – they are influenced by much more than music, but more so by the world at large. The band has no goal for what the future holds. Sonically, the band's crude and primitive aspects make sense in this day and age. The band is a reaction to the world that the members and their comrades have lived in: shitty childhoods, bureaucratic frustration, and the overall justification of continuous war. That sensibility coupled with a modern artistic delivery, the music is educated as well as furious, and most importantly, blurring genre lines of punk, hardcore, thrash, metal and whatever else seems fitting to the critics. RETOX features members of some grand dick-sucking accomplishments, acts such as The Locust, Head Wound City, Holy Molar, All Leather, Some Girls, Swing Kids, Cattle Decapitation, Struggle, The Festival of Dead Deer, and The Crimson Curse.
The Love Below are a hardcore/sludge/metal band from southern California. Formed in 2008, the band released a four song demo in 2009. Soon after The Love Below signed to A389 Recordings and released the “Reproductive Rights” 7inch in 2010. A split 7inch with Homewrecker was released in 2011 on A389 Recordings. The Love Below’s debut LP “Every Tongue Shall Caress” will be released April 1st, 2012 on A389 Recordings.
The Cops are Simon Carter vocals/guitar, Rebecca Darwon (Beck) bass/vocals, Nicholas Kennedy drums, Jarrod Murphy guitar/vocals, Todd Smith keyboard/synthesizer/vocals. The Cops’ original line up also included Jimmy Stacks, Andrew Gilbert (who previously played with Carter in General Lee and Hush Honey) and Nick Kennedy (Big Heavy Stuff) .
After signing with a small record label in 2004 the Cops released their first EP “The Cops EP” followed up soon after only one month later with the debut “Stomp On Tripwires”.
Powerviolence is an evolution of hardcore punk. The first wave of powerviolence wasn't a movement or a sound so much as it was a tight-knit group of misfit hardcore bands that played shows together a lot. Despise You are, for better or for worse, the band that changed this, giving the genre a definitive sound and aesthetic. While the band were certainly firmly rooted in the sound of powerviolence bands like No Comment and Crossed Out, they also brought influences from the uniquely LA sound of Venice crossover thrash bands like Beowülf, No Mercy and, above all, Suicidal Tendencies. Despise You launched a legion of choloviolence bands, but none ever lived up to the original who broke the mold with their brutal, dual-intergender vocal attack. Now featuring Chris Dodge from Spazz!
HOAX is a hardcore punk band from Western Massachusetts. The band released their demo, which was recorded by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios in 2010. Their debut 7” was released on Deranged and Katorga Works. Members were previously in Aerosols and SQRM.
Lewd Acts' brand of raw noise reeks of true soul and stunning originality. Opting to embrace their pre-1988 punk and hardcore influences, they collectively shun metal tendencies of todays hardcore scene. Vocally crooning and sonically winding their way through each song in ways that are continuously moving and exciting.
Their latest album "Black Eye Blues" was engineered by Kurt Ballou (Converge) at God City Studios. "Black Eye Blues" shows Lewd Acts growing right before our eyes, splitting shoes as they evolve at a monstrous rate. Their razor sharp precision and dynamic instrumentation continues to reach passed punks limitations while embracing it in spirit. All of this is a vivid backdrop for vocalist Tyler Densley's poetically bruising storytelling. His gruff candor is unforgettable; Sad, tragic, and true to life. Songs like the thematic pairing "You Don't Need Me" and "I Don't Need You" are a true example of this. While the epic closer "Nowhere To Go" proves that Lewd Acts are comfortable creatively coloring outside the lines. Habitually defying the rules as they artistically redefine what is real rebellion in song.