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Thursday February 17 2022
 8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
$12 in advance / $15 at the door
The Hard Times presents...
 metalcore death metal
Momentum      -------- Omerta are off the bill
 thrash metal hardcore punk
Mouth For War
 hardcore metalcore

Gabe Manuel
Jacob Lilly
Christian Smith
Taylor Carpenter
-from Nashville, TN

-Rock publications are quick to name (and rename) subgenres, declaring one dead and another triumphant, in a constant game of musical chairs with “the king is dead, long live the king” drama. One magazine proclaimed that melodic death metal “killed nü-metal dead.” A year or two before, the same mag championed a subgenre called “noisecore,” dominated by dissident acts. It all inevitably distracts from the potent power inherent in bands who remain pure in their intentions.

CHAMBER have the unique advantages of both foresight and hindsight, demonstrating reverence to bygone pioneers and provocateurs. They salute those whose landmark albums pre-dated the appropriation of “metalcore” by anemic boy bands with formulaic choruses and mall metal parts. They worship at the altar of do-it-yourself chaos merchants like Converge, Botch, Coalesce, and Disembodied, with the vision to incorporate the esoteric atmosphere of Deftones and Gojira.

The band’s full-length debut, COST OF SACRIFICE, is a gob-smacking, life-affirming, invigorating smack across the face, to anyone who dares to despair that the genre’s salad days are forgotten. Angry, ferocious, mournful, and at times blissfully melodic, CHAMBER deal in devilish speed and frantic nervosa, without sacrificing unrelenting heaviness. Emotional confessions abound in the lyrics, with a plainspoken examination of trauma and personal upheaval, befitting the music.

Often unhinged but never completely off the rails, CHAMBER temper their assault in powerful restraint, in terms of structure and maturity, balancing the blast furnace burst of their earlier output. The Ripping / Pulling / Tearing collection issued by Pure Noise Records, which gathered the band’s self-released EPs and a brand-new song, was the opening salvo in what is sure to be a long campaign of carnage. CHAMBER blend mayhem with melody, and headbanging with heaviness, without ever sounding disjointed beyond the type of irreverence of hardcore legend.

CVLT Nation heralded the band as “both surgically precise in execution and feral in attack.” Critics have zeroed in on the mashup of technicality and madness, drawing favorable comparisons to The Dillinger Escape Plan, with nods to death metal and even grindcore and industrial. Kerrang! included CHAMBER in a list of 6 Underground Metalcore Bands Redefining The Scene Right Now.

Jacob Lilly (vocals), Gabe Manuel (guitar), Chris Smith (bass), and Taylor Carpenter (drums) summon maelstroms of complex but clever riffage and percussive bludgeoning. Revolver Magazine correctly described the quartet’s music as “furious and ultimately catchy,” marveling at the band’s ability to mix instrumental proficiency with hardcore brutality. The songs on COST OF SACRIFICE are studies in strength from adversity. CHAMBER offer a stark reminder of the true spirit of hardcore, when the authentic community becomes a shelter for outcasts and outsiders.

CHAMBER have blazed a trail in clubs and theaters in North America and the UK, sharing stages with Counterparts, Can’t Swim, and Gideon, among others. Nashville, where they came together in 2017, is quickly emerging as a hotbed for this post-modern wave of noise, embodied by fellow groups like Orthodox, Howling Giant and Thirty Nights Of Violence. Carpenter is equally known for the band COVE. Lilly’s first tour as CHAMBER’s vocalist included double duty as bassist in Orthodox. Manuel and Smith played together in Hanging Moon, yet another area favorite.

There’s something to adore in CHAMBER whether one was weaned on Misery Signals or Slipknot. The band are at the vanguard of a full-on throat-ripping revival, in attitude and spirit, stubbornly pushing forward, with their own signature on what was in danger of becoming a lifeless genre. CHAMBER are champions of the outcast, with a foot in the past, and fists banging at the future.

Momentum    -------- Omerta are off the bill
-from Los Angeles, CA
-4 piece metallic hardcore from Los Angeles, CA 

Mouth For War
Trae Roberts — Vocals
Mason Sego — Drums
Gabe Moya — Guitar
Jonah Starbuck — Guitar
Michael Guglielmi — Bass
-from Colorado Springs, CO

-Mouth For War is a five piece metal x hardcore band from Colorado. Formed in 2019 by members of Bruise and Remain and Sustain, the band hit the ground running with the release of their debut EP, An Ear Kept to the Ground, and multiple tours.

The band takes on classic hardcore and metal sounds like Kickback and Sentence with a smooth modern twist of influences from Lamb of God and The Devil Wears Prada. Despite the global setbacks of COVID, Mouth For War has no intention of slowing their roll and will grind hard as soon as the smoke clears.