Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
Saturday January 8
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
••• 21 AND OVER
$12 in advance / $15 at the door
or $20 for a 2-day pass that includes entry to Sunday BBQ on 1/9
Amy Strong & Tom Draper's Birthday!!
Bud Burke - lead guitar
Will Carroll - drums
Matt Harvey - rhythm guitar, vocals
Damien Sisson - bass guitar
-from the Bay Area, CA
-SCARECROW, the cult bay area band featuring members of EXHUMED, DEATH ANGEL, and HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE, make their Relapse Records debut with the Raise the Death's Head EP.
A relentless slab of old school metal, Raise the Death's Head is truly the sum of its parts. This is undeniable thrash metal in all its glory - true to the genre, razorwire guitar solos remain at the forefront of the EP's title track. Elsewhere, vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey (Exhumed) proudly showcases another facet of his guitar playing and vocal delivery, carrying SCARECROW through the slow burning anthem "The Desperate Hours". The EP's closer, "Victory?" bring the band home with driving riffs at breakneck speeds.
Over a decade of silence following their inception, Harvey and co. unearth SCARECROW once again to manifest one of the year's most compelling releases.
-from the Bay Area, CA
-Having grown up up listening to speed, thrash and death metal, hardcore punk and crossover, Infex doesn't write with an agenda or style in mind, focusing on riffs that fall in line with the sounds they grew up on.
-from Concord, CA
-Blasphemed Betrayal by the North American band Dismembered Carnage is an orgy of blasphemous incantations against stablish Christian/Catholic religion. First image that came to my mind after spinning the cd was “These guys worship Deicide big time” and we all know that there is a very thin line between worshipping a band and being a rip-off. Not the case here but let’s find out more.
It is very obvious that Dismembered Carnage drinks directly from the unholy fountain of Mr. Benton and the company. “As Jesus Burns” emulates riffs, grooves and more than everything the infamous layered vocals where gutturals meet harsh to increase the blasphemous feeling. “Denial of Christ” reminds the very best moments of Serpents of the lights and Legion, guitar passages that deserve some attention from the listener. “Pastor of Disease” is another example of the evident source of inspiration for Dismembered Carnage, even the guitar tone is comparable to the one of the Hoffman brothers best. In general, the band is always in an attack pose, however, something caught my attention in songs like “Your Lord Dismembered”, “The Unholy Crucifixion” and “Devour in the Tomb”. In the tracks previously mentioned, the band engraves their personal style. A mid-tempo groovy feeling that spices up the experience and wash away a little bit the Deicide‘s taste in my mouth. In my opinion, the songs are well written, most of them loyal to the most brutal and sacrilegious style of death metal. Concept wise, the record gravitates around blasphemy and profane topics that by now are cliché in the genre. For instance, “Rape the Priest”, a classic no brainer track title to take the easy way into composing a death metal song. Nonetheless, the band does not fall short in brutality, the fact that they homage a highly iconic band does not mean we are witnessing the worst of the worst here. As I said before, songs are well written and in general the album manages to entertain and bring good memories from glorious moments of death metal. I will also give some extra points for the front cover that doesn’t disappoint any headbanger and metal freak, an apocalyptic landscape at its best. Final words, Blasphemed Betrayal by Dismembered Carnage is a brutal copycat in the good sense of the expression no offense to the band or fans, I just want to point out the obvious references that come to light. Trick or betrayed!