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INCENDIARY (US) + LOTUS (BE) + CHAIN REACTION (BE)
Friday 23 March at 19:00 - 23:00
INCENDIARY (USA – Closed Casket Activities)
Formed in 2007 on Long Island, New York and now Brooklyn-based, Incendiary have always been a band out of time. Drawing a strong influence from the past decades local favorites (Vision of Disorder, 108) and even nodding to New York State at large (Snapcase, Earth Crisis), the references to their area’s roots have always been worn on their sleeves. Following a series of splits and a full length (‘Crusade’ released in 2009) the band teamed with burgeoning upstate New York label Closed Casket Activities to release their powerful ‘Cost of Living’ LP in 2013, an album filled with poignant, socio-political lyrics atop pummeling, churning music that is simultaneously vitriolic and tuneful. ‘Cost of Living’ was a testament to what had only previous been hinted at with earlier releases. Four years have passed since ‘Cost of Living’ was unleashed. That’s a lifetime for many hardcore bands, but Incendiary aren’t done. In the Fall of 2016 they entered Graphic Nature Audio with renowned producer Will Putney (Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain) and began working on their next record. The result, entitled ‘Thousand Mile Stare,’ permeates with the strongest elements that have put Incendiary among the best bands in hardcore, yet masterfully avoids a retread of old ideas. The songs sound urgent and relevant, embodying the troubled times during which they were created. These are anthems of sorrow but also dissent, all weaved into one devastating collection.
LOTUS (BE – Shield Records)
Hailing from the city of Antwerp, Belgium, DIY hardcore outfit Lotus are a fairly new incarnation but nonetheless prepared to take European hardcore by the scruff of its neck with a medley of rock solid breakdowns, angst riddled vocals and outrageous riffs. Featuring ex members of Accept The Change and Redding this chaotic four piece are no strangers to the underbelly of hardcore. Think early days of Ceremony. Recently they released their second full-length album ‘The Road To Calvary’. Ushering in their post-‘Israel’ era, TRTC is an unapologetically intense album with relentlessly straightforward riffs and brutally honest lyrics. This record gets deeply under your skin and does it in true LOTUS style: in and out, with little room to catch your breath.
CHAIN REACTION (BE – Control Records)
Gritty and groovy, Chain Reaction is a relatively new band that draws its inspiration from late ’80s/early ’90s hardcore and presents you its very own take on it. Featuring ex-members of Rise and Fall, you’re bound to recognise a face or two.