with Atheist, Full Of Hell, Author and Punisher and Vitriol
From the Promoter
You don't name your band Cattle Decapitation if you're looking to subtly insinuate your way into the consciousness of the masses. Equally, unleashing some of the most intense, horrifying, and extreme metal known to mankind will not ingratiate you with those of a sensitive nature, for the San Diegan's boundary-pushing music is designed to turn heads and snap necks, and not necessarily in that order. No band has been more focused, more aggressive, or more determined to get in the faces of those who erroneously believe they have already experienced the band at their extreme best with each and every release.
Atheist are a technical death metal band from Florida, USA. The band is known for its highly complex playing and for incorporating jazz and latin elements into their sound. They were intially founded in 1984 under then name Oblivion, which was soon changed to R.A.V.A.G.E. (Raging Atheist Vowing A Gory End). The band issued several demos under this name before shortening their moniker to just Atheist. The band released their first album, "Piece Of Time" in 1989. The line-up was Kelly Shaefer (vocals, guitar), Rand Burkey (guitar), Roger Patterson (bass), and Steve Flynn (drums). In 1991, as the band was preparing their follow up, Patterson was killed in a car accident. He was replaced by Tony Choy (Pestilence). Atheist broke up the following year but in 1993, Kelly Shaefer put together a new line-up featuring Choy, Jason Greenbaum (drums), and Frank Emmi (guitar). Growing problems with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome forced Shaefer to limit his guitar playing to just rhythm guitar. Just prior to recording their new album, Rand Burkey rejoined the group. The album, "Elements" toned down the metal influences and increased the jazz and latin elements. Atheist split again after its release.
In 2005, Relapse Records reissued Atheist's 3 albums with bonus tracks that included demos and live tracks. In 2006, it was announced the Atheist was reuniting with Shaefer, Flynn, Choy, and Burkey along with guitarist Sonny Carson, as tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome prevented Shaefer from playing guitar. However, personal legal problems forced Burkey to exit and he was replaced by Chris Baker. In 2010, it was announced the Choy had left the band for other projects. Later that year, Shaefer, Flynn, Baker and guitarist Jonathan Thompson recorded the album "Jupiter", with Thompson recording all the bass parts.
FULL OF HELL
Hardcore punk band incorporating elements of grindcore and harsh electronics. Based out of Maryland (Ocean City) and Pennsylvania, USA, formed in 2009.
AUTHOR AND PUNISHER
AUTHOR & PUNISHER's Women & Children full-length was released to riotous applause via Seventh Rule Recordings earlier this year. Metal Injection calls the record a "powerful and chilling piece of music," further elaborating that, "Tristan Shone demonstrates the same talent for crafting harsh yet melodic songs that Trent Reznor possesses; the slavering ugliness and sci-fi horror atmosphere recalls Skinny Puppy; the sparse futurism and twitchy mechanical grind is reminiscent of Gridlock; and Shone, with his homemade electronic contraptions, has to at least be considered a spiritual successor to Einstürzende Neubauten. Art isn't created in a vacuum, and the fact that AUTHOR & PUNISHER has some things in common with other bands doesn't diminish that fact that Women & Children is a colossal album." Elsewhere, the reactions are equally positive. Stereogum gushes, "Shone's apocalyptic noise blends elements of industrial, doom, and dubstep, and contorts that mass into some chilling, unrecognizable form…," Sputnik Music commends, "…an all-consuming trip into the realm of mental destruction that amazes with its potent use of musical machinery… Both greatly daring and innovative, the record is destined to be one of the most coveted underground releases of the year," and HeavyBlogIsHeavy crowns Women & Children, "…a remarkably bleak and sinister record that explores the depressive and psychedelic in entirely new ways." MetalSucks likens the AUTHOR & PUNISHER live ritual "extremely loud, bass-heavy, powerful and industrial, calling to mind Godflesh-gone-'roidal," Cvlt Nation christens Shone, "the perfect blend of man and machine; a musical cyborg locked into a rig that is both dark and twisted. Shone crafts a truly dense and unbridled set of doom and drove-inspired music, all of which is accompanied by a visceral, emotionally-rich live performance," while Pitchfork boasts, "Traces of doom, dubstep, industrial, noise, and honest-to-goodness pop show up within Shone's best songs. His music is immediate but mysterious, a chimera that's recognizable but strange."Iconoclastic in the truest sense of the word, Tristan Shone inverts the tenets of doom metal completely, relying on cold steel and soulless machinery to sonically replicate the despondency of life. Described most succinctly as "industrial doom," this one-man project utilizes primarily custom designed and fabricated machines and speakers, devices that draw heavily on aspects of industrial automation and robotics and focus upon the eroticism of interaction with machine. The machines are designed to require significant force from the performer, aligning he/she with the plodding doom-influenced sounds that are created.
Death metal band from Portland, Or
Kyle Rasmussen - Guitars/Vocals
Adam Roethlisberger - Bass/Vocals
Scott Walker - Drums