Monday, May 19, 2014

A Very Metal Weekend in MD, DC & VA - Recap

There was a lot of metal in the area last weekend! Hopefully you got to catch one, but if you couldn't make it out here's a little snapshot of what went down in MD and VA the past few days.

Eviscera, Hero To Be, Croatoan, Death Penalty @ First Break CafeFriday night brought us Metal at First Break Cafe featuring Eviscera as the headliner, as well as Death Penalty, Croatoan, and Hero to Be.

According to the show's organizer, Johnn Harbinger of featured band Cab Ride Home:

So, for those of you who didn't stick around to catch Eviscera's set (or just didn't come at all), you missed the fuck out. These guys delivered, big time. Easily one of the best performances I've seen by an unsigned VA band in recent years, and that is saying something. The best way I can describe their sound is an uncompromising combination of Soilwork, In Flames, and Lamb of God. Groovy-ass melodeath with lots of dynamics.

Don't get me wrong, every band tonight played their asses off, and gave awesome and entertaining performances, but the fact that hardly anybody stuck around to catch Eviscera was a damn shame. I'll definitely be booking them again, though. Many thanks to Jon Nekrich of Hydra Kyll for recommending them! KILLER band! \m/

I'd also like to extend a futher HUGE thank you to all the bands and the folks who all stuck around. Croatoan, Death Penalty, and Hero To Be all put on really solid and impressive performances. Big props to Jesse Free for playing bass with DP AND running sound tonight! Stellar job, dude!

So in case you couldn't stay for the whole thing or missed it entirely, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on the sweet sounds those in attendance got to hear on Friday night! Here's a video for their awesome fucking track, "Tome of Rebirth":

The Reasons Were Legion, Cab Ride Home, Hopscotch With Landmines, MINDVENT @ Guido's SpeakeasyOn Saturday, you had two shows to choose from: Ashes of Ares & A Sound of Thunder played at Empire (read more about that show and ASoT's bloody good set here), and the always awesome Monthly Metal at Guido's Speakeasy in Frederick, MD.

I don't need to tell you that Cab Ride Home is awesome if you love your thrash with a pint (they are a featured band, after all), but all the other bands gave killer performances as well according to those who attended.

Davis Mullen of Cammo Shorts, who was there for the show, said it was an "awesome night".

Sangharsha, Pharoah, Drugs of Faith, Diseased Earth @ The Pinch in DCMetal doesn't take a day off to rest, so for your Sunday there was a show at The Pinch in DC featuring Sangharsha, Pharoah, Drugs of Faith and Pigeon Down.

This was a pretty grind-y, sludgy, doomy show that I so fucking wish I could have attended! According to metalhead Richard Johnson, Pigeon Down "shredded the place" and the show's organizer, Jay Cardinell, confirmed that it was a great fucking show!

I'd never heard of Pharoah before, but next time they come around a little closer to me after having seen this:

Breach The Silence, Conflict Within, Sky Came Burning & more @ House of RockAlso on Sunday was a big show at the House of Rock in White Marsh, Maryland with featured band Breach The Silence and a ton of other bands. Breach The Silence has an album coming out in June for which they'll be having a CD release show, so keep an eye out for that and get all the deets here.

If you have any pictures or videos from these events, send them in and we'll post them up!

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