Steven “Thee Slayer Hippy” Hanford, Drummer for Poison Idea, Has Died at Age 50

Sad news to report as Steven “Thee Hippy” Hanford,  drummer for bands like Poison Idea, Fetish and Accüsed A.D., has died at the age of 50. The cause of Hanford’s death due to a heart attack. Fetish’s label, Blackhouse Records, confirmed the news of Hanford’s death. “The world just lost a pretty amazing person today. Unreal,” the label said in an Instagram post. “Steve’s larger than life personality, let alone his drumming and producing work over the years was something of legend, unforgettable and historic to say the very least.” A GoFundMe has been set up for Hanford’s family. Best known for his work in Poison Idea, Hanford joined the band in 1987 ahead of their second album before leaving at the beginning of the century. In 2008, Hanford was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted of armed robberies. While in prison, he turned his life around. We send our condolences out to his family, friends, and fans at this time. Continue reading

Housecore Horror Festival III: Part 2- San Antonio, TX

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On Saturday we were running a little late to the venue for Housecore Horror Festival III. I made it just in time to catch most of NAILS’ set, most of which Todd Jones was visibly displeased the entire time. While dozens of kids could be spotted wearing their hardcore and metal shirts all around San Antonio, the floor of the theater was lightly peppered with kids there to watch the band. Coupled with the fact that there was little to no moshing, or just overall lack of general mayhem during their caustic performance, it was leaving a bad taste in Jones’ mouth.

Nails, by Emma Parsons Photography

Nails, by Emma Parsons Photography

Catching only snippets of Poison Idea and Crippled Bastards, we jumped over to see Providence, RI power-violence group Dropdead. Seeing our fellow New Englanders in the south was cool. Dropdead are here with a message, and that message hasn’t changed, nor will it ever; says singer Bob Otis. Otis is also the main lyricist and mouthpiece of the group, and he made a speech about animal cruelty and corporate greed. The group wants you to leave their shows informed, if anything. After getting crushed by Crowbar, then sped back up again by Negative Approach, we close in on the headliners of the night , Corrosion of Conformity, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and New York’s own Suffocation.

Dropdead, by Emma Parsons Photography

Dropdead, by Emma Parsons Photography

Phil Anselmo gives a backrub to Pepper Keenan of COC, by Emma Parsons Photography

Phil Anselmo gives a backrub to Pepper Keenan of COC, by Emma Parsons Photography

COC, back with Pepper Keenan at the helm, had a setlist full of classic tunes ending with ‘Clean My Wounds’. Jesus then showed up to clean the crowds wounds and sung with Pepper, followed by stage diving off both ends of the stage to “bless” the theater. To the untrained eye, ANB look like four people standing around waiting for something to happen. But as soon at the lights dim and the projector flashes their name, the audible noise of our butt holes tightening with excitement shadowed the opening notes of the set. It was strangely entertaining to see such a large stage completely devoid of a drum kit, yet welcome.

Suffocation, by Emma Parsons Photography

Suffocation, by Emma Parsons Photography

Suffocation began much like that of ANB, a few people standing on stage waiting for the go ahead amidst sound checking. Once the OK was given, the lights go down and the grindcore onslaught began. Shortly before the small tour they embarked on leading to Texas, the Suffo guys asked the fans what songs they wanna hear in an online poll, and boy did they deliver. From classics to more recent jams, few songs were spared. A love song, ‘Entrails of You’,  seemingly penned by Ed Gein himself for a long since passed lover was a highlight.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed, by Emma Parsons Photography

Agoraphobic Nosebleed, by Emma Parsons Photography

Agoraphobic Nosebleed, by Emma Parsons Photography

Agoraphobic Nosebleed, by Emma Parsons Photography

Agoraphobic Nosebleed, by Emma Parsons Photography

Agoraphobic Nosebleed, by Emma Parsons Photography

Sunday Funday! Day three of the festival and the wear and tear is starting to show on just about everyone, but spirits remain high. Maybe they were just waiting for the headliners or even just to hang out and shop upstairs at the booths in the convention floor. By the way I got a great haul of shirts, patches, and the god-like Boss HM-2 guitar pedal; the most Swedish of all metal pedals! The fest had great vendors with booths both local and internationally based. Often times it was hard to traverse due to hall size and all the people, but with a little courtesy and sucking in of the gut, the metal head marches on! After being preoccupied with a handful of other tasks and waiting in lines, I got to chit-chat with horror film legend Mr. Bill Mosley for a bit before heading back over to the stage,

Author And Punisher, by Emma Parsons Photography

Author And Punisher with Muscle And Marrow, by Emma Parsons Photography

 

Author And Punisher, by Emma Parsons Photography

Author And Punisher, by Emma Parsons Photography

Next up was the barrage that is Author & Punisher. Tristan Shone was joined onstage by tour mates Muscle and Marrow for a song, but was mostly accompanied by projections and skewed video segments. They were followed by YOB who were flawless, even with a sick Mike Schiedt. Had he not told me himself that he was ill, I’d have never known.

YOB, by Emma Parsons Photography

YOB, by Emma Parsons Photography

YOB, by Emma Parsons Photography

YOB, by Emma Parsons Photography

Shortly after YOB’s set I caught up with Mike to have a chat and we found ourselves at Whataburger a block away. We got to talking about touring, music and the state of metal. We discussed the weekend so far and previous tours they had been on, and our mutual love and admiration for Neurosis. In short Mike was my own personal Yoda for an hour and I couldn’t have been happier. Next I briefly checked out Autopsy and Incantation and while both are awesome and historic in their own right, at this stage of the game I was so tired every thing was blurring together tonally. Old school death metal just wasn’t for me that night. To close out the weekend Dawn Of The Dead was screened with the live film score to accompany the film performed by Goblin. Unfortunately by this time it was getting close to midnight, and the walk to the hotel was getting longer. My hotel bed was actually starting to look comfy.

Phil Anselmo watches the bands on stage at Housecore Horror Fest III, by Emma Parsons Photography

Phil Anselmo watching bands from the stage at Housecore Horror Fest III, by Emma Parsons Photography

The long trip was totally worth it, and I’m very honored to have gone and shared this weekend with both the bands, the fans, and fellow metal heads. Thanks to the staff of The Aztec Theater for being both friendly caring, and above all professional. Lastly every one behind the scenes working with Philip Anselmo to put the Housecore Horror Festival III together.

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HCHF III REVIEW PART 1

WORDS BY ANDREW FRANCIS

PHOTOS BY EMMA PARSONS PHOTOGRAPHY

Festival Preview: Philip Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival III

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Philip H. Anselmo, metal legend and horror film aficionado puts on his third annual Housecore Horror Festival this weekend, in San Antonio, Texas. Kicking off tomorrow night with a pre-party, the fest runs all weekend at The Aztec Theater and The Korova venues, as well as at the Holiday Inn Riverwak Hotel from November 12th to 15th.  Ghost Cult Magazine will be there to capture all the action.

One of the best, and deepest lineups in the history of the fest, this year’s talents with such immense talents as King Diamond, Anselmo’s own Superjoint, Goblin, YOB, Exodus, Suffocation, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Autopsy, Incantation, Corrosion of Conformity (with Pepper Keenan), EyeHateGod, Crowbar, Poison Idea, Nails, Zombi, Black Breath and many more from across all genres of heavy music.

King Diamond. Photo Credit: Kevin Estrada

King Diamond. Photo Credit: KevinEstrada.com

In addition to the concert portion there will a screening of 80 underground and legendary horror films from some of the greats as well as up and coming directors in the genre. Some of the films will come from Phil’s personal collection and he is sure to be on hand to lend a word or ten on the matter. There will be celebrity panels, signings, and vendors galore as well. Special guests include GWAR’s Don Drakulich aka “Sleazy P. Martini” who will host a special screening of Skulhedface and a secret bonus film that GWAR fans won’t want to miss, a onetime screening of cult classic, Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things with original cast members Alan Ormsby and Anya Cronin in attendance, a premiere of a never-before-seen short film from Coffin Joe, the world premiere of the controversial, massacre-ridden American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock, a special director’s cut of zombie-Viking-black metal-biker film, Saga, starring Ted Skelljum of black metal icons Darkthrone and a an appearance by iconic bodybuilding champion/actor/ songwriter/

Superjoint, by OJC Pics/Omar Cordy

Superjoint, by OJC Pics/Omar Cordy

screenwriter/musician, Jon Mikl Thor, who will be screening his new documentary followed by a performance on The Korova stage. Additional special guests include comedian Dave Hill from the Metal Grasshopper films, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 star Bill Moseley, president of Unearthed Films/producer of the American Guidea Pig Series Stephen Biro, world renowned tattoo artist Paul Booth and more! For a detailed 2015 film screening list visit: http://housecorehorrorfilmfestival.com/films.

Housecore Horror Fest Aztec Theater Day-To-Day Lineup:


Friday, November 13th
Doors at 5:00 pm

Child Bite – 5:30 – 6:00
Warbeast – 6:15 – 6:55
Eyehategod – 7:15 – 8:00
Exodus – 8:20 – 9:05
Superjoint – 9:25 – 10:10
King Diamond – 10:30 – 12:15

Saturday, November 14th
Doors at 1:30 pm
Gasmiasma – 2:00 – 2:30
Nails – 2:45 – 3:20
Poison Idea – 3:35 – 4:15
Cripple Bastards – 4:30 – 5:10
Dropdead – 5:25 – 6:05
Crowbar – 6:25 – 7:10
Negative Approach – 7:30 – 8:15
Corrosion of Conformity – 8:35 – 9:25
Agoraphobic Nosebleed – 9:45 – 10:35
Suffocation – 11:00 – 12:00

Sunday, November 15th
Doors at 1:30 pm
Muscle And Marrow – 2:00 – 2:30
Gristnam – 2:45 – 3:15
Author & Punisher – 3:40 – 4:20
YOB – 4:40 – 5:30
Ghoul – 5:50 – 6:35
Zombi – 7:00 – 7:50
Incantation – 8:10 – 9:00
Autopsy – 9:20 – 10:20
Goblin (Dawn Of The Dead live score) – 10:45 – end

HOUSECORE HORROR FESTIVAL The Korova Day-To-Day Lineup:


Thursday, November 12th – Preparty!
Doors at 6:30 pm

Aggravator – 7:00 – 7:45
Protest – 8:00 – 8:45
The Black Moriah – 9:00 – 9:45
Black Breath – 10:00 – 10:45
Idolatry – 11:00 – 12:00

Friday, November 13thvember 13th

Doors at 12:00 pm

Butcher – 12:30 – 1:00
Bloodfuckers – 1:15 – 1:45
Fat Stupid Ugly People – 2:00 – 2:30
Hellshock – 2:50 – 3:30
Valdur – 12:30 – end

SATURDAY, November 14th

Saturday, November 14th

Doors at 5:30 pm

Krigblast – 6:00 – 6:30
Kill it Again – 6:50 – 7:30
Classhole – 7:50 – 8:30
Ossacrux – 8:50 – 9:30
The Unnaturals – 9:50 – 10:30
Thor – 10:50 – 11:30
Fang – 11:50 – 12:25
Disfigured – 12:40 – end

Sunday, November 15th
Doors at 7:00 pm

Los Revolucionarios – 7:40 – 8:15
Honky – 8:40 – 9:30
Big Okie Doom – 9:50 – 10:30
Mountain Of Wizard – 10:50 – 11:40
Hellknife – 12:00 – end

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Southwest Terror Fest Confirms Schedule and Lineup

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The fourth annual Southwest Terror Fest has been confirmed for October 15-18, 2015 at the Rialto Theatre and Club Congress in Tucson, AZ. The schedule is as follows:

Oct 15: 191 E Toole SW (SW Terror Fest Kickoff – w/Thou and The Body collaborative set, In The Company Of Serpents, Dead to a Dying World, Abstracter, Heat Dust, Hanta, Gale, Methra)

Oct 16: 191 E Toole SW (SW Terror Fest Day 2 Matinee Show w Dropdead, Xibalba, Diseased Reason, Landmine Marathon, Call Of The Void, Immortal Bird, Bastard Feast, Immortal Bird, 908, Swamp Wolf, Gatecreeper, Warmonger)

Oct 16: Club Congress (SW Terror Fest Day 2 Late Show w/ Bongripper, Graves at Sea, Skycrawler, Naught)

Oct 17: The Rialto (w/ Sleep, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Cult Leader, Goya, Languish)

Oct 18: Club Congress (SW Terror Fest Day 4 – The Finale w/Poison Idea, Bloodspasm, The Besmirchers, GAY KISS, Man Bites Dog, Junkie Vomit, Get A Grip)

Audio Stream: Poison Idea – Rhythms Of Insanity

Photo Credit: Jason Charles

Photo Credit: Jason Charles

Poison Idea is streaming “Rhythms Of Insanity,” off their forthcoming Confuse & Conquer album, out April 7, 2015 via Southern Lord here.

Confuse & Conquer is the band’s first album since 2006’s Latest Will and Testament… and the first since the passing of former guitarist Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts. The album was recorded by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise) at Audiosiege in late 2014.

Poison Idea Streaming “Bog,” Upcoming Tour Dates

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Portland hardcore punk heroes Poison Idea is streaming “Bog”, off their upcoming album Confuse & Conquer, out April 7, 2015 via Southern Lord, here.

This is the first album since the passing of their former guitarist Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts, and 2006’s Latest Will and Testament. Eleven brand new anthems for the degenerate masses surge with thirty-five minutes of nonstop action on the new LP, its recording handled in their hometown by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise) at Audiosiege in late 2014. Confuse & Conquer‘s opening shredder, “Bog,” sets everything in its path ablaze with the nonstop energetic pummeling punk assault the band has infamously assaulted the planet with for three-and-a-half decades, proving that absolutely nothing can stop this legendary act and all attempts are a futile waste of time.

Confuse & Conquer Track Listing:
01. Bog
02. Me & JD
03. Psychic Wedlock
04. Hypnoptic (alternate version)
05. Trip Wire
06. I Never Heard Of You
07. Cold Black Afternoon
08. Rhythms Of Insanity
09. Dead Cowboy
10. Beautiful Disaster
11. Reprise

POISON IDEA Tour Dates:
Mar 12: The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
Mar 13: Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
Mar 14: The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI (Berserker Fest II)
Apr 17: Schaubude – Kiel (DE)
Apr 18: 1000Fyrd – Aalborg (DE)
Apr 19: Hafenklang – Hamburg (DE)
Apr 20: Little Devil – Tilburg (NL)
Apr 21: Willemeen – Arnhem (NL)
Apr 22: AU – Frankfurt (DE)
Apr 23: Chez Heinz – Hannover (DE)
Apr 24: Wild At Heart – Berlin( DE)
Apr 25: Luka – Lodz (PL)
Apr 27: Alte Malzerei – Regensburg (DE)
Apr 28: Exit Us – Prague (CZ)
Apr 29: Explosiv – Graz (AU)
Apr 30: Arena – Vienna (AU)
May 01: Unterhund – Ormoz (SL)
May 02: Kaleidos – Poviglio (IT)
May 03: Traffic Club – Rome (IT)
May 04: Border – Torino (IT)
May 05: Between – Bregenz (AT)
May 06: Mecanique Ondulatoire – Paris (FR)
May 07: Borderline – London (UK)
May 08: The Doghouse – Nottingham (UK)
May 09: The Black Bull – Gateshead (UK)
May 10: Audio – Glasgow (UK)
May 11: Star & Garter – Manchester (UK)
May 12: Adam And Eve Pub – Birmingham (UK)
May 13: The Exchange – Bristol (UK)
May 14: The Owl Sanctuary – Norwich (UK)
May 15: Het Bos – Antwerp (BE)
May 16:MTC – Cologne (DE)
May 23: Dante’s – Portland, OR *Record Release Show (w/ The Derelicts, Exacerbators)
Jun 12: 924 Gilman – Berkeley, CA
Jun 13: Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA
Jun 14: You Revolution – Tijuana (MX)
Jun 16: TBA – Long Beach, CA
Jun 17: Jerrys Pizza – Bakersfield, CA
Jun 18: TBA – Fresno, CA
Jun 19: The Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
Jun 20: 755 After Dark – Petaluma, CA
Jun 25: Dadas – Dallas, TX
Jun 26: Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX
Jun 27: Red 7 – Austin, TX

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Poison Idea Releasing Confuse and Conquer April 7th

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Poison Idea is releasing Confuse & Conquer, their first new album since 2006’s Latest Will and Testament, out April 7, 2015 via Southern Lord Recordings.

Soaking up respect from generations of hardcore punks and dishing none out, the dastardly denizens of mid-paced punk shred are in trademark form on Confuse & Conquer. With longstanding members Jerry A (vocals), Eric “The Vegetable” Olsen (guitar) and Chris “Spider” Carey (bass) alloyed by the fresh faces of Nathan “Skinny” Richardson (drums) and Brandon Bentley (guitar), POISON IDEA’s brand new full-length proves itself both identifiable and rewarding to listeners who have encountered them at any point from their 1980 birth onwards. Inventive beyond its steadfast roots, yet altogether as blunt as a stagediver’s knee hurtling towards your face, Confuse & Conquer sees the band wasting not a single second on non-music activities, riding high on this wave of creativity. Their forceful hardcore pummel is underwritten with dark humor, rage, disdain, and moments of real melancholy well beyond the usual remit of the genre, but it’s to be expected of Portland’s nihilistic champions, proudly unaligned with any other sound out there. They were there at the beginning and they’ll be there at the end, and in the meantime they have a lot more punk rock left to produce.

Confuse & Conquer was recorded in their hometown by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise) at Audiosiege over the closing few months of 2014, and will see release via Southern Lord on the 7th of April on CD, LP and digital formats. Additionally, expanded reissues of seminal POISON IDEA titles War All The Time, Feel The Darkness and more are also in the works for the coming years.

Southern Lord Recordings owner Greg Anderson issued on the signing and upcoming album, “I’ve been a rabid POISON IDEA fiend ever since seeing them decimate the legendary Gorilla Gardens in Seattle in 1985. Having the opportunity to work with this legendary band all these years later is an inexplicable honor.”

Formed in 1980, POISON IDEA became a household name in the hardcore/punk scenes early in their career, and are known as one of the most notoriously in-your-face acts in the American musical underworld, with an enraged, high-energy live set even more rambunctious than the massive roster of singles, EPs, full-length studio and live releases and more, across a realm of labels including Pusmort, Alchemy, American Leather, Bitzcore, Tim/Kerr, Taang!, Farewell, TKO, Southern Lord, Candlelight, and their own Fatal Erection. They’ve been an incredibly influential act to major performers including Nirvana, Pantera, Napalm Death, Machine Head, Eyehategod, Emperor, Turbonegro and an endless list of others.

POISON IDEA Tour Dates:
Mar 11-14: The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI @ Berserker Fest II
Apr 17: Schaubude – Kiel (DE)
Apr 18: 1000Fyrd – Aalborg (DE)
Apr 19: Hafenklang – Hamburg (DE)
Apr 20: Little Devil – Tilburg (NL)
Apr 21: Willemeen – Arnhem (NL)
Apr 22: TBA – Frankfurt (DE)
Apr 23: Chez Heinz – Hannover (DE)
Apr 24: Wild At Heart – Berlin (DE)
Apr 25: Luka – Lodz (PL)
Apr 27: Alte Malzerei – Regensburg (DE)
Apr 28: Exit Us – Prague (CZ)
Apr 29: Explosiv – Graz (AU)
Apr 30: Arena – Vienna (AU)
May 01: Unterhund – Ormoz (SL)
May 02: Kaleidos – Poviglio (IT)
May 03: Traffic Club – Rome (IT)
May 04: Border – Torino (IT)
May 05: Between – Bregenz (AT)
May 06: Ondulatoire – Paris (FR)
May 07: Borderline – London (UK)
May 08: The Doghouse – Nottingham (UK)
May 09: The Black Bull – Gateshead (UK)
May 10: Audio – Glasgow (UK)
May 12: Adam And Eve Pub – Birmingham (UK)
May 13: The Exchange – Bristol (UK)
May 14: The Owl Sanctuary – Norwich (UK)
May 15: Het Bos – Antwerp (BE)
May 16: MTC – Cologne (DE)

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Coliseum Releases Upcoming Tour Dates

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Coliseum has released a string of upcoming tour dates.

Jan 28: The New Vintage – Louisville, KY @ The New Vintage (w/ Xerxes, Parlour, The Foxery, Black God -FREE show)
Feb 26: Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl (w/ Old Man Gloom, Baptists)
Feb 27: Seattle, WA @ Crocodile (w/ Old Man Gloom)
Feb 28: Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR (w/ Old Man Gloom)
Mar 02: Café Coda Chico – Chico, CA ( w/ Old Man Gloom)
Mar 03: Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA ( w/ Old Man Gloom)
Mar 04: The Echo – Los Angeles, CA (w/ Old Man Gloom)
Mar 06: The Hideout – San Diego, CA
Mar 13: Berserker Music Fest – Detroit, MI (w/ Poison Idea, Child Bite, Nervosas)
Mar 14: Fifth Quarter – Indianapolis, IN
Mar 15: Melt – St. Louis, MO
Mar 18: Gasa Gasa – New Orleans (early show)
Mar 20: SXSW – Austin, TX
Mar 21: SXSW – Austin, TX

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Poison Idea, Incantation, Coliseum, etc Confirmed For Berzerker Fest 2015

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The Berzerker Festival II has announced their initial lineup, which takes place on March 11-12, 2015 in Detroit, MI. The lineup consists of:

Poison Idea
Incantation
Coliseum
Child Bite
Doomsday Student
Nightkin
We Are Hex
Nervosas
Pick Axe Preacher
Bludded Head
Stonecutters
Fuck You Pay Me
Genocya
Unconscious Collective
Her Dark Host
Malo Konchje

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Poison Idea Releasing New Album in the Spring

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Infamous Portland based American hardcore punk outfit Poison Idea will be releasing their new album Confuse & Conquer in Spring 2015 via Southern Lord. This will be their first new album since the death of guitarist Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts in early 2006, and the return of bassist Chris “Spider” Carey. The lineup is rounded out with Brandon Bentley also joining on guitar, Nathan “Skinny” Richardson on drums, and as always, founding vocalist Jerry A. Lang handles the hot-blooded vocal delivery.

The new album was recorded by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) at Audiosiege in Portland, OR and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise).

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