On Saturday, the Power of the Riff shook the Echo/Echoplex from noon to midnight (at least), a celebration of metal-punk-hardcore curated and organized by Greg Anderson and Sam James Velde, an event ‘with the intent to blur the lines between Metal, Hardcore, Punk and Rock music. To celebrate and encourage the cross over of genres and to dispel the common homogeny that exists within today’s music cultures.’
Ten hours of anything can certainly blur many things in my mind, but I got a little taste of it the following day, as Vacation Vinyl had an after party, during which a few bands did a free in-store performance.
The singer of All Pigs must Die screamed his lyrics as if he was about to swallow the room or to conquer the world, raising his fist in the air, beating up invisible enemies in front of him, menacing and triumphant. His dramatic yelling was delivered in our faces with intensity and a convincing rawness doing all sorts of damage. It was a loud-dark sound between metal and hardcore that crushed the crowd by its violent energy, its fast guitar riffs, and its amazing machine-gun drumming delivery. The sort of thing that would mix the doom side of metal with the enraged speed of hardcore, the sort of thing that could open the sky and slaughter armies with only one riff.
There were some slow head banging in the crowd, as people were absorbed by the muddy and heavy delivery of their viciously aggressive songs. What a rage, what a doom thickness in all this distortion!
Damned, these guys looked scary and mean! And angry, as this can be confirmed by the titles of some of their songs, ‘Death Dealer’, ‘Pulverization’, ‘Third World Genocide’, ‘Extinction Is Ours’, ‘Sadistic Vindicator’,….from their new ‘God is War’ LP,… you got the picture!
All Pigs Must Die has members from Converge, Bloodhorse, and The Hope Conspiracy and on their facebook page, they say they got their inspiration from a lot of hardcore and metal bands (Black Sabbath, Slayer), but with their bloody-eardrum-vindictive sound they should be more feared than the black plague.
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