Helmet will go down as one of the greatest and most influential bands ever. This fact is undisputed. Coming out of new York City at a time when a generation of bands bred on New York Hardcore values married to the talent of thrash bands (with some general avant-garde weirdness for good measure), Helmet stood out like a sore thumb of weirdness. Continue reading
Enabler is bringing their thrash-crust stylings on a brief tour of the USA, after a killer turn at the recent Temples Festival. Led by front man Jeff Lohrber (Today Is The Day), the band recently signed to Century Media and released a 7-inch single for the new song ‘By Demons Denied’. This is all leading up to an expected fall release of their new full length, Fail to Feel Safe. Packing tiny O’Brien’s club in Allston, MA and joined by the equally slamming Meek Is Murder, Enabler wowed the crowd with a tight, riff heavy performance. The band has been coming into its own as serious road dogs for the last few years, building up a following all over, and grinding it out in countless shows. Meek Is Murder also has a recent release they are supporting in their Onward EP. It’s really cool to see new bands working on vital new music, instead of relying on the releases that initially pushed them out to the scene. Opening things up on this night were the fun, heavy punks in Los Bungalitos and the more serious hardcore sluggers in I Am Become Deathrounding out the bill. Captured here for Ghost Cult by Meg Loyal Photography, this was one of the sickest small shows in long time to grace our city:
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched by Magnetic Eye Records for a tribute album to Helmet’s Meantime album titled Meantime [Redux] tentatively due for a 2016 release. A deluxe edition of the set is also being planned and will feature bands covers songs off of Helmet’s Strap It On and Betty albums.
Artists reportedly participating include:
I Am Become Death
Fuck The Facts
Meek Is Murder
The Glorious Rebellion
Artists recruited for the “Strap It On” and “Betty” tracks include:
The Atlas Moth
More bands are expected to be announced soon.
Retox is on the road touring behind their just released killer album Beneath California (Three. One. G Records), destroying stages in droves and playing to their rabid fans in sweaty packed clubs. Teaming up with the manic noise psychos in Whores, this has surely been one of the best bills of the early year so far. On a recent stop in Cambridge MA, the band played The Middle East Nightclub. On this night they were joined by I Am Become Death and Fucking Invincible (not pictured) as well. Special thanks to Meg Loyal of Meg Loyal Photography for this photo set from the tour.