DESPISE YOU Announce Summer European Tour

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Inglewood, California powerviolence legends, Despise You, have recently announced a fourteen date European tour for the upcoming Summer. Check out those dates above as well as a stream of Despise You’s latest release, their split with Agoraphobic Nosebleed, below. Continue reading

Start Your Morning Off With Footage From The A389 IX Anniversary Bash

Last weekend, record label A389 held their annual weekend long hardcore festival in Baltimore, Maryland. The festival is usually a pretty notable show that combines a mixture of classic hardcore bands with current up and comers. This year the fest featured performances from the likes of IntegrityFull Of Hell, Like Rats, Weekend Nachos and several other artists.

For those of you who aren’t luck enough to live on the east coast, the incredible Metal Nick was there to capture a lot of the mayhem. Posted above is a sweet bootleg of Despise You ripping shit up. To view more Despise You as well as footage of Weekend Nachos and Like Rats continue after the jump.  Continue reading

A389 Recordings IX Anniversary Bash Lineup Announced

Based God Dom Romeo delivers once again. If you’re anywhere near the East Coast come 2013, you’d be a fool for missing out on this historic event. Come January 18th and 19th 2013, legendary heavy hitters Left For Dead and Catharsis reunite for two days chock full of powerviolence, hardcore, and blasphemy whilst assisted by the likes of Integrity, Full of Hell, Weekend Nachos, Despise You, Lack of Interest, Gehenna and more. Unfortunately, while pre-sale weekend passes via A389 have been sold out(The awesome A389 labor day weekend store sale is still ongoing!), individual day passes may be purchased here come September 7th. Be quick though, this show WILL sell out! By the fucking power of Greyskull, expect violence.

Now Who’s Got The Busted Outlook: DESPISE YOU

Good morning. Today I give you the crushing awesomeness that is Despise You. I actually have to do this in a hurry so I’m not going to go into great detail. Despise You is a powerviolence band from Inglewood, California who make use to dual vocalist (male and female, see Agoraphobic Nosebleed). They fucking rule and you should listen and love them. Enjoy. Also, this will be the last History Lesson for a while. I will be going back to my regular morning playlist next week.

~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.

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Dwarf Jester Rising: It’s SPAZZ , Bitch!

One of the most well-know and influential powerviolence bands to ever have existed is Spazz. Although the band called it quits back in 2000, their legacy lives on in the hearts of filthy grinding punks the world over. The band wasn’t only influential musically, but vocalist/bassist Chris Dodge’s record label Slap-A-Ham was a major staple for powerviolence releases between 1989-2002 releasing albums by bands such as Capitalist Casualties, Crossed Out, Hellnation and Fuck On The Beach. I mean, these dudes were in the fucking mix. And like I said, their music is still regarded the world over and every day a new generation of grindpunks are introduced the awe-inspiring greatness that is Spazz. Sit back and get a real history lesson.

~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.

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DESPISE YOU & MAGRUDERGRIND Are Going To Terrorize The East Coast This September.

Metal Injection’s Sean Gresen’s AKA Spleen Latifa is an artist. We can say that, right? Sure, why not. He works for a notable television channel and he gets live footage of underground shows that Rob doesn’t want to/is too scared to go to. Sean also does video work for bands, much like the above clip which is for Magrudergrind and Despise You’s upcoming East Coast tour together. I, unfortunately do not live on the East Coast, so I won’t be seeing any of these shows, but I know that some of my readers are from that side of the ‘States. If you happen to live in one of the cities that Despise You and Magrudergrind find their way into, run for your life. Run for the nearest venue. See them. You can check out the tour dates below and more info at Metal Injection. As I stated, the above video was made by Mr. Latifa. Pretty nice work, if I do say so myself.

~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.

TOUR DATES

9/9 Washington, D.C. @ TBA
9/10 Cambridge, MA @ The Democracy Center w/ Vaccine
9/11 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Defeatist
9/12 Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary w/ Backslider, Callous
9/13 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Suppression, Cannabis Corpse
9/14 Raleigh, NC @ Kings
9/15 Atlanta, GA @ WonderRoot w/ Shitstorm, Primate
9/16 Tampa, FL @ Transitions Art Gallery w/ Shitstorm
9/17 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic w/ Shitstorm, Floor, Asshole Parade

Thanks to Metal Injection for the tip!

Album of The Week: AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED/DESPISE YOU’s “And On And On…”

This weeks album of the week is something that is well worth it. This week I am giving it to the new Agoraphobic Nosebleed/Despise You split album And On And On… which I just reviewed it not too long ago and it has become crucial listening since. This album brought an epic, new feel to both bands involved. I was never a fan of Despise You before this album, but I am not a fan and I will remain on. I love their style and their aggressive, filthy attitude. Agoraphobic Nosebleed also bring something new and interesting to the table as they have included quite a bit of sludge into their already extraordinary sound. There is nothing that screams “pissed off” more than the mixture of these two bands on one record. I love it and it is well deserved to be the album of the week over here at American Aftermath. Grind or die. Grind or fucking die. Check out a track of each band after the jump. [Continue Reading]

Review: AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED/DESPISE YOU – “And On And On…”

By: Ross Gnarly

Despise You begin their side of this split with a brute force grinding attack. Filthy and aggressive, the first track comes and goes in 39 seconds. I’m not absolutely sure why, but I have not listened to a lot of Despise You in the past. I just kind of overlooked them until this release. I’ve heard them on the This Comp Kills Fascists, but that’s about it. This band has some serious aggression in their music. Fast, ferocious, bitter and punishing. Most of the songs on their side fly by in the blink of an eye, but these songs are still killer. I mean, I am a grind freak, so these short songs are fantastic. To quote a friend of mine, Mr. Sean Gresens, “I don’t need to here the shit twice. If I want to hear the chorus again, I start the song over.” I think that fits very well, not just for this band but for grind in general. I really like the vocals by this band. The track “Fear’s Song” specifically. It has a bit of a cock rock vibe to it. The dual vocals seriously set this off. The high pitch whining vocals are a little strange at first, but I can get into it because the music is fantastic. “Fear’s Song” has become one of my favorite tracks on this side because of it’s fun, punk atmosphere. I can’t single it down just yet, though because this side is no where close to the end. This band harnesses the feedback and distortion as another element to their sound rather than just something to throw in. Every track on this side is pretty different from the last. I like that kind of diversity in a grind band. It seems Despise You will always keep you guessing. One minute you have a pulverizing, straight up grind track and the next you have something crustier in the vein of Rotten Sound. I love it. This band is really growing on me. The track “Painted Gray” has a fantastic tone to it. Amazing guitars, hammer drums and those extraodinary dual vocals set it off.  “Seven Funerals” has an unbelievable vibe to it. Very crusty with a lot of punk influence. The grind is still obvious, but these guys bounce back and forth between sludgy passages and fast, chaotic passages. It’s crazy considering this track is less than a minute long. The final track on Despise You’s side is also the longest track. Clocking in at 3:29, I am amazed right off. The track opens with a sludgy, doomy atmosphere. Slow guitars and drums add a whole new side to this band I previously was unaware of. Beginning around 42 seconds in, the track fades to fuzz (I love this phrase). Close to 1:30 in the track is back into it’s dirty, sludgy ways. Ambient lead guitar parts lay over the slow, muddy riffing. This is insane. Not only does this band have an instrumental on their side of the record, they have an sludge instrumental! Wow. Killer side, dudes. [Continue Reading]

Agoraphobic Nosebleed Get Miscommunicated

Agoraphobic Nosebleed are an absolutely amazing band. I have confessed my love for the band on numerous occasions and now, in sync with the release of the ANb/Despise You split album (that dropped today), the band has released a new music video for the track “Miscommunication.” I have to say this is quite an interesting music video. I was curious at first because I knew for a fact that the “Miscommunication” track was only around 25 seconds long and the video was a little over a minute. I expected to hear a sample to run the length of spare time. Well, I was somewhat right.

Now, while I won’t spoil what happens for the remaining 40 some-odd seconds, I will give a brief run down of what you can expect in this video: [Continue Reading]