Compressed Vitriol: The Caustic Bursts of Infest and Iron Lung
by Brian Cook
on Sat, Mar 1, 2014 at 9:07 AM
(El Corazón) There were certainly other bands in the mid-to-late ’80s compacting remedial metal and vitriolic hardcore into seconds-length bursts—look only to Napalm Death’s “You Suffer” for the ultimate example of truncated savagery—but Infest were the ones responsible for creating the abbreviated and brutish hybrid genre of powerviolence. It may not have been a designation thrown around during Infest’s original run, but the slew of classic bands falling under the powerviolence banner—Spazz, No Comment, Crossed Out—all owed a heavy debt to the Southern Californian group. Seattle’s Iron Lung are the ideal torchbearers to be added to the bill; last year’s White Glove Test was a concentrated collection of raging blast beats pitted against gloriously heavy-handed breakdowns. You are guaranteed to get the most songs for your buck tonight. With Gehenna and GAG.