Slapshot, Converge, Dropdead, wrecking crew, Doomriders, New Lows, the revilers, For The Worse, Insult, sexcriment

Converge is a four-piece American band, formed in the winter of 1990 in Salem, Massachusetts, United States. Playing a blend of extreme metal and hardcore punk, this pioneer outfit helped define a lot of the rudiments of the fast-burgeoning metalcore and mathcore genres.

They first started by playing covers of hardcore, punk and heavy metal songs, being self-confessed "hardcore kids with leftover Slayer riffs". The band soon graduated to playing live performances in 1991 after recording some demos on a 4-track recorder.

In their latter years, Converge have enjoyed relatively high levels of popularity despite the esoteric feel of their music and the substantial lack of media attention they receive. The extreme nature of their music, particularly the atonal vocals and often complicated finger-work of the guitar riffs make it difficult for some to appreciate this brand of metal. Later records have gradually become more extensively produced largely due to the maturation of their sound.

Converge's influences range from hardcore punk bands, such as Black Flag, Negative Approach, The Accüsed, and Born Against; metal bands like Black Sabbath, Godflesh, Slayer, and Entombed; and proto-mathcore bands Starkweather and Rorschach. Jacob Bannon has also discussed an appreciation for and inspiration from grindcore on Earache Records, post-hardcore on Dischord Records; thrash metal, such as Suicidal Tendencies, Vio-Lence, and Death Angel, and post-punk groups, such as Depeche Mode and The Cure.

Dropdead

Dropdead formed officially in January of 1991 in Providence RI. Having met in 1989, and playing together for a year before this as Hellocaust, a lineup change saw Bob and Ben switch instruments, a name change, and a great increase in speed and intensity. The idea was to play pissed off, aggressive, no bullshit HC/Pun...k with personally political lyrics. Musically the influences drew from bands as diverse as Confuse, Siege, Larm, Crass, Swans, Infest, SSD, Pandemonium, Icons of Filth, Gauze, Septic Death, Discharge, Anti-Cimex etc. The first show happening within a few months, April of 1991 with Born Aginst and Rorschach. From then on no looking back. The band continues to this day with a strong Do It Yourself work ethic, booking their own shows and releasing their own records. Over the years Dropdead has played hundreds of shows, recorded two LP's, some splits and EP's, toured the USA and Europe numerous times, as well as Australia and Japan.

Now in 2011 Dropdead reaches it's 20th anniversary year still moving forward with fresh energy and ongoing appreciation for the underground DIY comunity. Several projects are underway, including yet to be announced releases, and some gigs in the USA and Europe.

To the future! Cheers for 20 years of Political No Bullshit Hardcore Thrash!

Dropdead 1991-2011

Doomriders

Boston's Doomriders are sonically antisocial and undeniably unforgettable as they come. Comprised of a stellar lineup featuring Nate Newton (Converge, Old Man Gloom), along with longtime friends Jebb Riley (There Were Wires, Disappearer), Chris Pupecki (Cast Iron Hike), and Chris Bevalaqua (Hallraker). The demon child of their collective unhealthy obsession with Classic Rock, Hardcore, and Skateboarding, Dommriders are a rare beast in today's music world. Their soulful no frills approach conjures the spirits of Thin Lizzy, Entombed, and damn near every evil in between. Making Doomriders approach one Hell of a rebellious and exciting musical ride. Deathwish Records

New Lows

Formed in late 2006, New Lows are one of Boston's heaviest hardcore/punk/metal bands. Featuring members of Think I Care, So Be It, The Prowl, Riff Raff, and more, they take their direction from classics of the genres like Ringworm and (early) Bolt Thrower. Delving deep into their depths only to pull to the surface the darkest of creative visions.

After honing their skills in basements and local shows, New Lows released their now classic demo tape in early 2007 (on Rock Vegas/Eating Rats). This demo featured four monstrous songs (now included on the CDEP version of their Lockin' Out release). In early 2008, New Lows recorded a Live Set @ WERS, which was aired as part of the final broadcast of the classic "Radiobeat" radio show (later released as a limited cassette release by the band). In the summer of 2008, New Lows released their "Self Titled" debut 7"EP/CDEP on the Lockin' Out label. Shortly after they hit the road in support of the release, playing memorable shows across the country on route to the 2008 Sound And Fury Festival.

Since then, New Lows have overcome broken bones, internal conflict, and the Fung Wah bus to create one of the heaviest Deathwish releases to date, "Harvest of the Carcass".

Recorded by CC of Mind Eraser at The Paincave, "Harvest of the Carcass" is an absolute monolith of an album. Where many contemporary bands wield a polished approach to being "brutal", New Lows wield a crude, blood soaked stone. Drop tuned riffing and bone shaking double bass pummels like a rain of anvils to the head. All the while, PBoy's guttural vocals weave a tale of social decay and emotional survival. All of these qualities make "Harvest of the Carcass" infectiously cro-magnon in the best way possible. Proving that New Lows are a welcomed alternative to the "metalcore" hybrid that saturates today's aggressive music scene.

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Slapshot, Converge, Dropdead, wrecking crew, Doomriders, New Lows, the revilers, For The Worse, Insult, sexcriment

Monday, May 6 · Doors 5:00 PM at South Shore Music Hall