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A lengthy post over at the Facebook of ‘This is Hardcore Fest‘—persumably made by the festival’s organizer Joe Hardcore—laments the current state of hardcore/metal and the alleged bleak future of hardcore festivals to come. If you’ve got some time on your hands, read on for his thoughts:

“The end is near.

The days of calling a weekend a festival and it being an automatic success are over.
Hellfest, Krazy Fest, Positive Numbers, The Rumble, and plenty of others have fallen to the wayside over the past 10 years. A lot of different reasons but we will see a decline in the most popular festivals in the next couple years as every new promoter and agent love to get in bed with each other to create these new “fests” that fall short in all the categories, and yet as they fall their collective drop brings the weight down on the big names like This Is Hardcore, Black n Blue Bowl, United Blood etc.

What is going on? Why could this ever happen?

The simple answer : Over saturation.
Too many bands, too many shows, too many fests.
Nothing is special, nothing is a one time thing.
Kids today live in a world where a show is like a bus, there is always going to be another one.
There are many kids that would drive 5 hours or more out of their hometown to see a band somewhere they don’t live but won’t put effort into coming into the city they live closest to on a weeknight.
The bands today are coming out so fast, they aren’t even taking the time to write songs that may not have been written before, let alone bothering to Google around to see if their new band name was used by a hardcore/punk/metal core band before.
Its a rush to get 3 songs on a bandcamp, 2 shirts on a merchdirect site and a 10 day tour supporting 2 other bands that can’t draw 100 people in their own home town but want $250 plus each to play yours for the first time.

There are too many people using numbers for their own advantage with a wanton disregard for the way it effects the scene as a whole.
Promoters aren’t off the hook here, as many young, green promoters get their first shot at a band or tour by offering 50% more then the band is worth in the area to a greedy agent who will take the bigger money over the better show for the band.

I could write a book on the bands that play for the bigger money and the agents who validate this mentality. But instead I’d rather laugh as they spend more money in gas playing further drives then they would if they went to the right people in the first place and would walk home with some more of the money the putting all through their gas tank- but that’s another tale.
When you have something like the hardcore scene, you’re dealing with an finite number of people interested in spending time, energy and money.
Lets look at it as a pizza.
Every time there is something called a fest that pops up, the whole pizza is sliced again and every piece gets thinner.
In a communist pizza, all slices would be equal and the pizza wouldn’t be bought, it would distributed based on the work etc, but that’s not my point here.
The ideology of the “big fests” not being hurt is a fallacy and it is being proven in the last 2 years as fests have seen smaller presales and lower walkups.
I would stress to say this isn’t hearsay, this is real numbers and facts.

We could bicker and argue that hardcore is dying and that isn’t what it was in the 90s etc. But if we look at it, its better then it ever has been, its just being sliced up so thin, that its becoming something that isn’t worth what it used to and yet somehow is costing more money each year for the end user (the ticket purchaser)

Gas goes up, hotel rates go up, Insurance goes up.
Wages aren’t going up, yet door prices at shows are going up. Merch is going up.
Everyone is taking a little bit more money each time it goes around.
A show should be safe to book with about 50% to 60% of the room filled.
If you are booking a room that holds 500, that means around 250-275 the bills and guarantees should be covered.
Only now it’s more likely that the show will need to have 400 paid in a 500 person room to breakeven.
More kids needed, more money needs to be charged and it pushes smaller promoters in small scenes to constant breaking points and makes every show a bitter contest of not what is best/fair/smart but what makes the most money for the band and agent and in the case of the promoter – how do I figure out how to lose as little money as possible?
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Soundgarden‘s recent teasing did indeed turn out to be for an extensive rarities collection. The group have announced a 3-CD set titled “Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path” is headed towards a November 24th release date. Yesterday’s stream of “Storm“—which was apparently originally written in 1986 but recorded this past May—will be included upon the set. Guitarist Kim Thayil oversaw the process of compiling the various rarities for the set, offering:

“As album sets go, this one has been fun to collect and compile over the decades. I personally may have referenced this project a number of times over the years, going back almost twenty of them to the mid-nineties!”

Each CD of the set will carry a theme with the self-explanatory titles of “Originals“, “Covers” and “Oddities“, here’s the rundown:

CD 1 – “Originals“:
01 – “Sub Pop Rock City
02 – “Toy Box
03 – “Heretic
04 – “Fresh Deadly Roses
05 – “HIV Baby
06 – “Cold Bitch
07 – “Show Me
08 – “She’s A Politician
09 – “Birth Ritual
10 – “She Likes Surprises
11 – “Kyle Petty, Son of Richard
12 – “Exit Stonehenge
13 – “Blind Dogs
14 – “Bleed Together
15 – “Black Rain
16 – “Live To Rise
17 – “Kristi” (previously unreleased)
18 – “Storm” (previously unreleased)

CD 2 – “Covers“:
01 – “Swallow My Pride” (Green River cover)
02 – “Smokestack Lightnin’” (Howlin’ Wolf cover)
03 – “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey” (The Beatles cover) (ohn Peel BBC Sessions)
04 – “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” (Sly & The Family Stone cover) (John Peel BBC Sessions)
05 – “Come Together” (The Beatles cover)
06 – “Stray Cat Blues” (Rolling Stones cover)
07 – “Into The Void (Sealth)” (Black Sabbath cover)
08 – “Girl U Want” (Devo cover)
09 – “Touch Me” (Fancy cover)
10 – “Can You See Me?” (Jimi Hendrix cover) (‘Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions‘)
11 – “Homicidal Suicidal” (Budgie cover) (‘Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions‘)
12 – “I Can’t Give You Anything” (Ramones cover) (‘Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions‘)
13 – “I Don’t Care About You (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions‘)
14 – “Waiting For The Sun” (The Doors cover) (live)
15 – “Search And Destroy” (The Stooges cover) (live)
16 – “Big Bottom” (Spinal Tap cover) (live)
17 – “Earache My Eye” (Cheech & Chong cover) (live)
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Deafheaven To Headline Free Converse-Backed Fall Tour

Deafheaven will headline the second ‘Converse Rubber Tracks Live Tour‘. Each date of the free mini-tour will feature artists who previously recorded at Converge Rubber Tracks studios. In addition, pop-up recording studios put together by Converse will appear in each market of the tour to give artists the opportunity to record.

11/05 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel (feat. Wove)
11/06 Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex (feat. Haunted Summer)
11/19 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg (feat. Beast Patrol)
11/20 Boston, MA – The Sinclair (feat. The New Highway Hymnal)
11/21 Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall (feat. Programm)

Tickets will be made available tomorrow, October 29th. Deafheaven also have plans to release a new album sometime in the near year.

Mastodon were the musical guests on last night’s episode of the ‘Late Show With David Letterman‘. The group performed their current single “The Motherload” and vocalist/guitarist Brent Hinds dressed up for the occasion. November 28th will see the release of a picture disc vinyl for the track in celebration of Black Friday’s ‘Record Store Day‘.
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The Faceless Comment On Recent Departures

The FacelessMichael Keene has commented on the future of the band in the wake of the 1-2 punch departures of bassist Evan Brewer and drummer Alex Rudinger. Here’s what was said on the matter and the bands future:

“To put any rumors to rest, The Faceless fully intend to play on the Protest The Hero tour with The Contortionist. We have already been jamming with some people that I think Faceless fans will be truly excited to hear are becoming involved in the group. This is something that needed to happen for a lot of reasons and everyone is going to come out stronger for it. I feel a sense of joy in The Faceless and I think everyone will pick up on that when they see us play.

We will be announcing new members very soon. Stay tuned. It’s exciting stuff.”

Circa Survive Have A Boxing ‘Baby’ Square Off In “Schema” Video

A somewhat wacky music video for Circa Survive‘s “Schema” premiered online today. Should you not be down with the bands music and just wish to see a very hairy baby engage in fisticuffs, you could just go ahead and watch it on mute. The track in question is the first single to be released from the groups album “Descensus“, out November 24th on Sumerian. Pre-order that at descens.us and check out the dates for the bands fall headlining tour here.
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With this past weekends ‘Knotfest‘ having been live streamed over the internet there’s obviously numerous pro-shot full set performances floating around. Below you can take in sets from Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Whitechapel, Atreyu Of Mice & Men and King 810. Slipknot‘s two headlining performances can be seen here and here respectively.
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Anthony Vincent runs the gamut of vocal styles in his latest ’10 Seconds Songs’ offering—a cover of Michael Jackson‘s uber-hit, “Thriller“. There’s various metal interpretations to be had throughout the course of the Halloween-appropriate cover, including nods to the Misfits, Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, Cannibal Corpse, Rob Zombie, Type O Negative and Avenged Sevenfold.
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Mastodon To Perform On ‘Late Show With David Letterman’ Tonight

If your October has been a blur of too much candy, Halloween parties and Destiny this month, you may have forgotten that Mastodon will be on TV tonight, October 27th. The group are scheduled to perform “The Motherload” on the ‘Late Show With David Letterman‘. You’ll have to wait and see if there’s any twerking to bitch about however. A 12″ picture disc of that song is due out November 28th in celebration of this years Black Friday ‘Record Store Day‘ event.

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