Southwest Terror Fest V

Welcome to the fifth annual installment of Arizona's biggest punk and metal party of the year. We are bringing the madness back to downtown historic Tucson for the third year in a row as well. The kick off show begins on Thursday night and shows run right through Sunday night for four full days of heavy music. Arizona Über Alles.

Sumac

Sumac (Aaron Turner on guitar and vocals, Nick Yacyshyn on drums, and Brian Cook on bass) invests in the recursive exercises of chaos and control, which manifest on the band’s second album What One Becomes. The trio’s debut The Deal (2015) revealed a new side of Turner’s combustible songwriting and guitar work, further expanding on his efforts in Isis and Old Man Gloom. On the new album, the trio has elevated the songs’ complexities with a greater entanglement of velocity, density, form, and function. The results are a testament to the tour-honed collective intuition and technical skills of drummer Yacyshyn (Baptists), bassist Cook (Russian Circles, These Arms Are Snakes, Botch) and Turner. The music of What One Becomes requires that each player be attuned to the dynamics and the tension within the multilateral structures.

On “Clutch Of Oblivion” the riff develops from a languid desert-rock melody and blossoms into a dense aggregate of rhythm, force, and vigor. A muscular hypno-rock aspiration burns out before reaching escape orbit, and the ensuing plummet of solitary guitar notes lead the band into the realm of introspection before another volley of motorik pummel. “Rigid Man” begins as a lurching epithet that finds the trio in a shadow boxing lockstep for the song’s first half of pugilistic rhythm and noise, only to smash itself on the ground amidst a diabolical feedback whorl from Turner’s guitar and to tear free from the rhythmic underbelly, tapping into the vein of unhinged expressionism howled by Les Rallizes Denudes and Caspar Brotzmann Massaker.

There is a profound anxiety that leaches through What One Becomes. Sumac’s choreographed structures parallel the internal and personal struggles with anxiety. They seek to identify the source, devise a course of action, and confront that condition at hand. Turner explains, “Much of it has to do with questioning fabricated structures of identity and what it means when those structures are destabilized by contact with the outside. That has been a unnerving process to undergo, but also fruitful in terms of discovering the path to individuation and realized connection with the self. Another facet of experience I’m working to convey is about living with the sustained presence of anxiety, and avoiding reliance on musical devices of cathartic release to provide escape from this condition.” Sumac channels psychic distress into their rigorously algebraic maneuvers and syllable-crack dissonance. These are an acts of honesty in the face of a particular conduction as well as acutely prescient designs of musical intensity that commands attention to all of this detail.

The Body

10 years and going strong. Like the best of Eyehategod or Bastard Noise, All the Waters is the rare album that feels truly dangerous. As it crushes and collides doom metal, harsh noise, industrial rock, and gospel singing into one mean mess, it seems to obey no rules but its own. The result is a singular, explosive masterpiece and one of the year's essential heavy exploits -- even if, at turns, it sends you cowering. - Pitchfork.com

Full of Hell

A seamless mixture of hardcore, noise, and death metal. Not only has the young band proven that they have the musical chops to keep up with older members of the DIY scene through several releases, but their live performances are always memorable and reveal an unparalleled intensity. Ocean City, MD

"After two records of Pelican worship, the sextet's third LP added bad-cop-only mouthpiece in Kyle Hardy, and the riffage got rabid. Other than a few well-timed, delay soaked interludes, What You Were is all onslaught, smartly detonating triumphant melodies beneath the collapse and crush." - Decibel Magazine.

$20.00 - $25.00

Tickets

Thursday Early Show @ 191 Toole:

Main:
10:30 - end - Sumac
9:10 - 9:55 - The Body/Full Of Hell
8:00 - 8:40 - Kowloon Walled City
7:00 - 7:30 - Generation Of Vipers
6:00 - 6:30 - North 

Side:
9:55 - 10:30 - Theologian/Lament Cityscape
8:40 - 9:10 - Senior Fellows
7:30 - 8:00 - Waft
6:30 - 7:00 - Via Vengeance

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