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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bonded By Blood: Conflicted

Posted by on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

With the amount of metal, punk and hardcore shows that tour through the Seattle area, it’s a pretty common occurrence to have to choose between several different lineups to figure out your plans for the evening. On Sunday, December 16th, two bands I have yet to see will be playing Seattle on the same day.

In the U-District at the Neptune, Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson will be dawning the dark cloaks as Sunn 0))), their mind-fuckingly-loud drone band that looms drearily outside any real genre. It’s just instruments played at excess volumes for the purpose of massaging your brain for a couple straight hours. Opening for them will be a solid power violence band by the name of Dead in The Dirt. These dudes are angry, straight edge and fast – pretty much the complete opposite of Sunn 0))). The only thing they really have in common with their label mates and headliners is that they’re both loud. Really fucking loud.

Across town at the Showbox SoDo, West Virginia’s pride and joy Lamb Of God will be playing alongside once-awesome Swedes In Flames and a band called Hellyeah. Speaking of Hellyeah, would anyone really care about this band if Vinnie Paul (Pantera) wasn’t the drummer? Just sayin. Talk your shit if need be, but I dig Resolution LoG’s new record, and I would love to see Chris Adler play a drum set live. Dude’s a beast. Sure, they might not be the most tech-deathy, the grindiest or the heaviest, but what Lamb Of God does well is write huge, crunchy yet catchy riffs, waving the flag of American groove metal that Pantera once carried.

My choice: Lamb Of God. While I appreciate a band like Sunn 0))) and what they do for heavy music, it’s just not really my thing. If I were to head to the Neptune, I would be going for Dead In the Dirt.

A couple weeks back, I mentioned that Dying FetusReign Supreme was a shoe-in for a spot in my top 5 this year. To you it might just sound like cookie monster yelling over a constant blast beat, but to me, well, it’s surprisingly catchy, to tell the truth. While it sure doesn’t have a saccharine-coated chorus, there are certain lines, riffs and breakdowns that remain stuck in my head days after jamming this record. Welp, they’re coming back. This time, San Diego deathgrinders Cattle Decapitation will be joining them alongside a couple more insanely brutal bands, Malignancy and Cerebral Bore. There will be no shortage of heinously gorey t-shirts at this show.

Down at the Crocodile on the same night, this next Wednesday (12/12), Corrosion of Conformity will be playing with Saviours and YOB. Saviours don’t really do much for me on record, but I’ve always appreciated their two-ton riffs in the live setting. And YOB? There’s no fucking around when it comes to this power trio of true doom, hailing from Eugene, Oregon. Tune low and play slow.

My choice: Dying Fetus. I dig Corrosion of Conformity, don’t get me wrong, but I really love this Dying Fetus record. The last time they came through, I wasn’t so well acquainted with it.

What are your picks? Am I fucking up? Tell me about it.


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LEE. 1
is Sunn touring with Atilla? if so, you should go to that because they are definitely worth seeing with him doing vocals. and having listened to Dead in the Dirt for the first time just now, I can imagine they would kill live. that singer is just a little too Anselmo for me though...

both of those bills for the other night sound pretty good. I would probably go see COC because, hey, they're fucking COC. also, I love stalking the dudes in Saviours whenever I get a chance. it's not that I even care about that band, but I always get into the same social situations with them whenever we're in the same town and it's super awkward.
Posted by LEE. on December 6, 2012 at 8:22 PM · Report this
lemonde 2
I say don't bother seeing Sunn O))). They're great to see live, especially if you're the kind who celebrated one of our two great new laws that went into effect this morning, but if they're not really your thing, it might get boring.

The only time I saw Sunn O))) was when they blew the PA at the Yes Yes in Olympia in 2006. That was pretty much all I needed.
Posted by lemonde on December 6, 2012 at 10:21 PM · Report this
the man who couldn't blog 3
Whether intentional or accidental, the "donning/dawning" thing you did there in the Sunn 0))) description made my day.
Posted by the man who couldn't blog on December 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM · Report this

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