Brick by Brick presents
Superjoint with special guests
DevilDriver, King Parrot, Cane Hill, Child Bite, Convent
1130 Buenos Ave
San Diego, CA, 92110
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Superjoint Ritual was formed by Phil Anselmo, Jimmy Bower, and Joe Fazzio in the early 1990's. The New Orleans Sludge/Thrash group was later to be joined by Hank Williams III and Kevin Bond. Their sound can be heard as a crossover between hardcore punk and Pantera. Black metal influences can also be heard in trace amounts on their albums. The band name, Superjoint Ritual, comes from lyrics found in the Darkthrone song, "The Pagan Winter".
Bands like Venom, Celtic Frost, Slayer, and Voivod have been noted as major influences.
Superjoint Ritual eventually received exposure on programs on television networks such as MTV2's, Headbanger's Ball, and Fuse TV's, Uranium. During the bands active years, Bower stated that Phil Anselmo wrote between 70-85% of the lyrics.
However, their time in the spotlight was short lived. An argument between Anselmo and Fazzio led to the band's disband in early 2005, which was confirmed by Hank Williams III and Jimmy Bower.
DevilDriver tear their way through heavy metal again with Beast, the band's fifth album for Roadrunner Records, which is an exorcism of animalistic, primal hooks, death metal percussion and propulsive thrashing. While many bands in the modern era are already withering away by their second album and have shriveled up and died by their third, DevilDriver have proven to mutate, growing stronger, deadlier and more immortal with each successive release. Beast is living, firebreathing proof of that unassailable fact.
DevilDriver—Dez Fafara (Vocals), John Boecklin (Drums), Jeff Kendrick (Guitar), Mike Spreitzer (Guitar), Jon Miller (Bass)—have awakened something dark, deadly and dangerous. They've brought Beast to life for record number
five. With Beast, DevilDriver ventured into new territory: the grooves are catchier than ever, but there's an intricacy and taut technicality to them, representative of an angrier musical monster
Beast comes a mere two years after the band's incredibly successful Pray for Villains, which debuted at number 35 on the Billboard Top 200. Villains even surpassing first-week sales of their critically acclaimed 2007 outing, The Last Kind Words and 2005's The Fury of Our Maker's Hand. It's been a constant uptick for the Southern California quintet since they first blasted a hole through the zeitgeist in 2003 with their pivotal self-titled debut.
DevilDriver continue breaking the mold and busting heads in the studio and on stage. Who can forget their now legendary appearance at Download 2007, which arguably generated the biggest circle pit in history? Or any other live show they've played for that matter? Or any of the explosive anthems they've released to radio or video? Nevertheless, everything that has come before merely served as a prelude to the birth of Beast.
"It's another level," Fafara says of his band's latest offering, insisting that the band isn't tethered to any style, genre or self-imposed limitations. "We didn't simply re-issue a sound we found that worked, which most bands will do especially on their fifth, sixth or seventh record. They'll lay on their laurels and stick to what they've done. We're not looking at what anyone around us is doing. Since we're not paying attention to any of that, we were able to find unique music within ourselves. We tried to break some boundaries and stretch the genre open. We keep redefining ourselves."
Most bands don't sound this fierce and fiery on record number one and most don't have the stamina to retain this burst of sound and fury by a fifth full-length. However, DevilDriver aren't "most bands"; they burst at the seams with a violent
energy that teeters between the hyper-charged assault of "Hardened" and the punked-out fire of "Bring the Fight (To the Floor.)"
Fafara goes on to say that "Everyone came full circle on this album. They're all playing their asses off. This is something where I put myself to the test. We've taken a complete left turn by really trying to install groove and cadence. You hear weird, odd tempos, and we're taking little slices of the map out and putting in groove. For me, there's a lot of punk rock influence too. It's a crazy dichotomy of music."
The musical prowess of the band members is becoming more evident beyond the metal world, as Spreitzer, Kendrick and Miller will all release signature ESP guitars sometime next year. Miller is also only the third bassist in the history of the
company to have his own signature bass, which is a testament to his fortification of DevilDriver's rhythmic backbone. Boecklin has also been prominently featured in all drum magazines, namely Modern Drummer and DRUM!, as his kit work continues to turn heads.
DevilDriver conjure genuine chaos and make it beautifully brutal with the dichotomy that Fafara spoke of. For Fafara, the title sums up the band's mindset. "The record title Beast doesn't just explain the music. It really has to do with us and what we've become. The touring machine that we are is Beast. As friends, we're Beast. That describes us perfectly. The last 24 months has really shown us who we are as individuals and as a band. After everything we've gone through as people and as a band, it's totally appropriate."
That touring machine will commence in the immediate wake of the album's February 22, 2011 release. Be prepared to hear "Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)" being screamed back
to DevilDriver at festivals worldwide by fans. On songs like "Shitlist" and "You Make Me Sick (Sacred Secrets,)" Fafara and Co. go right for the jugular musically and lyrically.
"It's a sincere, pissed-off street record," reveals the singer. "It's got straight-to-your-heart lyrics. I jumped outside of myself on Pray for Villains and wrote stories. On this one, I came back to who I was. It was an intense time, and this captures that intensity. It's the guy who walks through shit the best that eventually starts hovering over the top and he wins. Some people will lock themselves in a dark room and wallow because the world is crumbling. I do the opposite. I start sharpening my teeth and my nails. I start looking with an electric fucking glance and moving through life. That's what this album is about—the daily fight that is life."
Producer Mark Lewis [All That Remains, Trivium] encouraged the band to continue to fighting harder. After an intense series of writing sessions in early 2010, DevilDriver recorded with Lewis at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, TX. Fafara and Lewis
finished vocals together in San Diego at the home studio of Tim Lambesis [As I Lay Dying]. Dez continues, "Working with Mark Lewis was a great help this time because he envisioned where we were all going with us. He wanted us to step out of the box, and together we did."
Stepping out of the box lead to "Dead to Rights," which spills blood with every note, building an infectious refrain within the framework of pummeling polyrhythmic madness. "Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)" is an anthemic war cry that drops from shrieking verses into double bass terror, while "Blur" spits punk grit into extreme metal posturing. This is one Beast that cannot and will not be contained.
In the end, Beast is as alive as anything DevilDriver has done up to this point because of the devotion of the members.
Fafara concludes, "These five souls make this band what it is. It lies in the salt and pepper from everyone. What's most important is our fans get delivered the kind of music, stage show and energy that they're expecting from us. Because of all the time and personal sacrifice, we are a Beast. The pleasure is that we're all together as friends still. Nothing can stop DevilDriver."
This Beast is alive and won't ever die. You have been warned…
King Parrot is a 5 piece band from Melbourne who play extreme music with elements of thrash, death, grind and punk rock. Uniquely Australian with their energy, presence and humour King Parrot are well renowned for their aggressive and visually entertaining live show. Since the bands inception onto the live scene in Australia in 2011, their work ethic and commitment to touring and releasing new material has seen them become one of the leading acts in this genre. The band recently won Best Heavy album at The Age Newspaper/Music Victoria music awards and also won Act of the Year at The Cherry Bar - AC/DC Lane - Jagermeister awards for 2013. The band will head to SXSW in Texas in 2014 and undertake a full US tour after.
Both releases have been serviced by Impedance Records in Australia. This year King Parrot signed a 3 album worldwide deal with Candlelight Records who are based in the United Kingdom and United States of America.
Candlelight Records are affiliated with EMI label services and Caroline Distribution in the USA and Plastic Head distribution in Europe.
Both King Parrot the EP and album have been combined and released under the "Bite Your Head Off" banner for the worldwide market.
In March 2013 the band self funded a tour to Indonesia where they played 6 shows and appeared at Obscene Extreme Festival in Jakarta. Festival organiser, Miloslav Urbanec proclaimed the King Parrot set was one of the "most enjoyable performances he had seen in his 20 years of running the festival". King Parrot has been a major draw card on Australia's Bastardfest, Obscene Extreme, Devil's Kitchen, Dead of Winter, Cherry Rock and Whiplash Festivals.
In June 2013 King Parrot participated in a national tour presented by youth broadcaster Triple J with internationally recognised acts Thy Art is Murder and Cattle Decapitation (USA). They have recently just finished a tour with another internationally renowned group Psycroptic, and have followed that up with their own Australian tour in September 2014. Solidifying the bands presence in the national market, King Parrot have recently been rewarded with the cover of Veri-Live magazine in July, and will feature on the cover of the nationally distributed Heavy Music Magazine in August.
A second single and video for the track "Bozo" has just been released. The video is based around the bands live performance and was filmed at the Cherry Rock Festival in AC/DC lane Melbourne in May 2013. Their first single and video for the song "Shit on the Liver" was a finalist in the Australian music video competition at St Kilda film festival. The video has over 100,000 hits on Youtube and has been hailed by critics and media alike as one the best Australian underground heavy metal video's of all time.
Child Bite is a Detroit-based punk/metal/noise rock band formed in 2005. Currently signed to Phil Anselmo's Housecore Records as well as Indianapolis-based Joyful Noise Recordings, their music consists of atonal guitar melodies, distorted bass, frequent rhythmic shifts, and frenzied, howling vocals. Their most easily identifiable influences include '80s hardcore (Black Flag, Dead Kennedys) and '90s alternative (The Jesus Lizard, Faith No More).
Their sound has been described as "enormous and predatory, from the baleful rhythm section to Shawn Knight’s [frightening vocals]" (Fine Print Mag, 2013). They are acknowledged by authorities in the genre as having a "horrorshow/slasher-flick" flair, which descriptors apply to their records, their album art and their music videos. Their visual aesthetic is directed by their vocalist, Shawn Knight, who works professionally as a graphic artist.
Child Bite has over a dozen releases of varying lengths, including a triple split 7" w/ David Yow & Thurston Moore, as well as a 5" EP of Anal Cunt songs featuring Phil Anselmo on vocals. Their latest record, a gatefold double 45 RPM EP titled "Strange Waste," has received support from almost every notable metal publication (Decibel, Metal Hammer, Revolver, Invisible Oranges, etc). The music video for single "Ancestral Ooze" was directed by ex-Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Jeff Tuttle and features a cameo by Buzz Osbourne (the Melvins).
Shawn Knight - Vocals
Sean Clancy - Bass
Brandon Sczomak - Guitar
Jeff Kraus - Drums
Melodic Death Metal from San Diego, California.
$40 adv & $45 day of
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