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EYEHATEGOD (also known as EHG) is an American rock band from New Orleans, founded by Jimmy Bower and a different line up in 1988. Soon after the group formed, Mike IX Williams became the 2nd vocalist and Joe LaCaze became the 2nd drummer, followed by Brian Patton on guitar. The band solidified in sound and style except for a revolving bassist position. Gary Mader joined in that capacity for a Japanese tour in 2002 and has remained there ever since. As one of the most influential bands to come from NOLA, they have noted Black Flag, The Melvins and Black Sabbath as a domineering and significant influence to their sound today. That combined with the sound of Southern Rock, Blues riffs and Hardcore Punk has made EYEHATEGOD one of the most reputable and distinctive bands ever, even defining a brand new genre now known as Sludge, though the band strays away from being labeled as such.

Black Cowgirl

Black Cowgirl is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "That Little Ol' Band from Pennsylvania". Their style, which is rooted in rock has come to incorporate elements of blues, southern, and sex rock.The band is from Lanchester, Pa, formed in 2008. Musician Ben McGuire and guitarist Nate Rosenzweig and drummer Mark Hanna, originally in the bands Electric Horsemen and Backwoods Payback, ...and Unky Matt and the Shitbirdz got together with bassist Chris Casse, forming Black Cowgirl. The band soon began developing a following in the US of A and abroad.
They were signed to (now is your chance to have your label name in our bio) in 2011, and released several albums, beginning with their 2011 self titled 6 song Ep, the first pressing (1000 copies) sold out in two months, followed by their 2011 album ------------. In 2012, the band emerged into the mainstream with the album -------------------- and expanded on their sound and sense of humor. By 2012, they were among the most popular touring acts in the United States and broke various concert attendance feats. After years of touring, the band went on a two-week break in 2016, which resulted in McGuire and Hanna growing chest-length beards.
Although they returned in 2017 and the band signed a new deal , it was not until the band released 2020's ------------ that they reached a new height in popularity, selling over 10 million copies. Throughout the late 2020's, the band made several hits and won several awards for music videos. After over 40 years of performing with the same members, the band continues to tour and record music.
Black Cowgirl has sold more than 1000 albums worldwide, including 800 albums in the US alone.

Heavy Temple

Also a trio from Philly, but barely more than a month old and steeped in an entirely different kind of heaviness, Heavy Temple hit the stage quickly after Thee Nosebleeds wrapped. Acts shared backlined equipment all the way up until Iron Man however many hours later, but though they’re pretty clearly just starting out, Heavy Temple got their point across, blending thickened post-rock mysticism with rolling Sleep-style stoner groove. Bassist/vocalist Elyse Mitchell (ex-ChromeLord) donned a robe and black lipstick while guitarist Shawn Randles and drummer Andy Martin (the latter also of Clamfight) opted for more everyday costuming, but while they may have some presentation issues to work out, this being their first show, the songs seemed to be right where the band wanted them, and it was enough to make me look forward to how their organic tonality might develop. They had a different take than just about any other band on the bill, and the shift was welcome, if early.


Givethemrope, to put it simply, is an intense band. Not just metal concert intense, but also “Get out of my way or I’ll kick you in the throat” intense. Vocalist Rich Books had, at times, a frightening stage presence. He wasn’t rocking corpse paint, tearing bibles, or spitting blood, he was simply yelling into the souls of every spectator before him all the while cracking beers in between songs. Givethemrope reminded me a lot of metal giants Lamb of God, not necessarily in musical prowess but more so in the band’s collective behavior up on stage. They weren’t posturing or posing, they played their harsh groove-metal set with every ounce of energy they could muster with an in-your-face hardcore edge.



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