Sun 07.17.16: AGATHOCLES // SYLVIA // INTHESHIT // LEASH

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[ :Facebook event: ]
@ Geno’s Rock Club,
625 Congress St., Portland, Maine.
$10. 21+. 9PM.
Artwork by Jann Moon.

[ :show documentation: ]
Photos by Michael R. Batchelder


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AGATHOCLES (Belgium)
“One of the most recognizable names in grindcore, this band is responsible for having one of (if not the biggest) discographies in grindcore history, as well as naming their own personal style which they dub “mincecore”. According to Jan Frederickx, mincecore is “the same as old school grindcore, the way it was in the 80’s: raw, minimalistic and socially and politically involved”. Agathocles hail from Belgium, and are known mainly for their numerous splits with obscure artists. The band has experienced several line-up changes since the start of their career, with the only consistent band member being Jan Frederickx.” – Sputnik Music


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Photo by Michael R. Batchelder

SYLVIA (Maine)
“My first exposure to the dual-guitar Portland four-piece was their 2013 self-titled debut full-length (review here), produced by Steve Austin of Today is the Day, and so I knew somewhat to expect as they took the stage, though they still managed to work in a few surprises in their riff-led blend of thrash, grind, periodic heavy breakdowns and headfirst dives into crunch that brought to mind earliest, heaviest Mastodon without actually losing itself in pseudo-progressive winding. They owed as much to Napalm Death as to any kind of sludge, but seemed to play out that grinding influence on a bed of thickened, sometimes-lurching tonality that made their material as much about groove as about speed. I’d forgotten their connection through guitarist/vocalist Candy and bassist Reuben Little to defunct slow-crawling doomers Ocean, but afterwards that context continued to make sense in line with what guitarist Sean Libby and drummer Michael brought to the proceedings. After one of their songs, someone in the crowd shouted, “Play that riff again!” which was an impulse I could understand. They didn’t, but the next riff turned out to be killer as well, so it all worked out.” – The Obelisk


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INTHESHIT (Massachusetts)
“INTHESHIT’s schizo grind never fails to get that murderous impulse inside every human to stir, if not fully awaken, because fast and heavy music is the sountrack to murder on par with your least favourite rapper. Vocalist Ian’s guy-trapped-in-a-safe-underwater-rapidly-losing-oxygen style meshes seamlessly with the hardcore on amphetamines drumming of ex-Today Is The Day/Anal Cunt drummer John Gillis, the dual guitar attack of Eric (NSF) and Seth, and the mostly inauduble (but I’m sure it’s also lethal) bass of John Belmonte, also of NSF. A strange soup of tempos that ceaselessly bubbles and threatens to spill over into the part of your mind that enjoys melody, the ease of their demanding performances certainly gives credence to the name of their 2013 EP Born To Kill. Born to blast, more like.” – thatblackmetaldude


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Photo by Michael R. Batchelder

LEASH (New Hampshire/Maine)
Comprised of members from Backstabbers Inc., Ramlord, Cadaverette and Erotic City Blues Band – Leash have lunged ferociously into the East Coast extreme music scene over the past year. Having just released their split with Boston punks, Rejiem – Leash are aggresively making their presence known, from frequented shows in Portland – to a weeklong tour down to Baltimore just executed this spring. These scoundrels are just getting started…

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