Big Heavy World Celebrates 20 Years on June 9 with Hatebreed; DevilDriver; Act of Defiance; Abaddon; Barishi; Voices In Vain
Big Heavy World has been saving its happy rage up since 1996 and will be uncapping that hot mess on June 9 at Higher Ground, at a birthday party that’s not like the others: Hatebreed’s Concrete Confessional CD release Tour —with DevilDriver and Act of Defiance — shares Higher Ground’s two stages with Vermont’s Abaddon, Barishi, and Voices In Vain, putting a bow on a metal apocalypse and handing it to us while our faces char. For 20 years Big Heavy World volunteers have been respecting Vermont’s musical diversity — and its raw talent and uniqueness — while preserving and promoting it and helping it come together as a community. From a totally inclusive D.I.Y. headspace it walks the talk of supporting Vermont music. Hatebreed’s lyrics are the instruction manual for standing up and stepping up, for never breaking and always moving forward — in the direction you choose, heedless of challenges. Their conviction is a mountain, and they’re an icon to anyone who asserts an independent vision; they’re an icon to us. THANK YOU, HATEBREED, and friends, for sharing your show with us and welcoming Vermont metal to it!!! And thank you, Higher Ground, for all you did to help it happen!
The Concrete Confessional Tour is in support of Hatebreed’s new album of the same name. They’re currently in the studio with producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel) finishing up the album. The record will be mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Megadeth) and comes out in the Spring of 2016 via Nuclear Blast.
Tickets for the all-ages June 9 Concrete Confessional Tour/BHW Birthday Party are $25 advance, $27 day of show, available via highergroundmusic.com or by calling toll free 877-987-6487, or in-person at the Higher Ground Box Office. Hatebreed offers VIP packages, too. Concert info is at highergroundmusic.com. Higher Ground is located at 1214 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT. Here’s a map. Higher Ground is handicapped accessible.
Hatebreed came together in 1994, pioneering metalcore with a ferocious, punk-infused, back-to-basics sound — a “stoic pummeling” with metal flair. The Grammy-nominated band is Jamey Jasta, vocals; Chris Beattie, bass; Wayne Lozinak, guitar; Frank Novinec, guitar; and Matthew Byrne, drums. Based in Connecticut, they’ve released eight albums and shared the stage with Iron Maiden, Slayer, Napalm Death, and System of a Down. Photo from Razor and Tie Publicity.
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DevilDriver tear their way through heavy metal with an exorcism of animalistic, primal hooks, death metal percussion and propulsive thrashing. They’ve completed work on their 7th studio album, ‘Trust No One’ due May 13, the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 Napalm Records debut ‘Winter Kills,’ teaming up again with producers Jason Suecof and Mark Lewis from Audio Hammer Studios for the production. Photo from the web.
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In a time of endless sub-genre classifications being thrown at bands, Act Of Defiance cut to the quick, offering 100% in-your-face, uncompromising metal. "If you invited fans of all kinds of metal — from thrash to Scandinavian metal to modern American metal — and had them all in a mosh pit, Act Of Defiance would be their soundtrack," asserts guitarist Chris Broderick. With a hefty resumé that chronicles time spent riffing and shredding in Jag Panzer, Nevermore, and a seven-year stint in Megadeth, his pedigree speaks for itself. Furthermore, joined by powerhouse drummer - and fellow Megadeth alumnus - Shawn Drover, bassist Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall/Times Of Grace) and vocalist Henry Derek (Scar The Martyr) the band are a truly formidable metallic behemoth, and their debut album, Birth And The Burial, is ten tracks of armor-plated, state of the art heaviness. Photo from Facebook.
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Abaddon have been playing intense, loud, and intoxicating death metal in Burlington Vermont since formation in 2009. Their first release, "The Black Palm" is available for digital download or in CD format.
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Barishi was formed by guitarist Graham Brooks, bassist Jon Kelley, and drummer Dylan Blake in Southern Vermont in the spring of 2010. The Americans at first performed as an instrumental trio throughout the east coast of the United States, which they relentlessly toured. Their unique style of gritty progressive metal was completed with the addition of vocalist Sascha Simms in 2012. This line-up recorded and released a self-titled and critically acclaimed debut album in 2013. 'Barishi' was followed by a US-tour in support of guitarist Felix Martin. In 2015 they inked a record contract with France's Season of Mist (label for Dillinger Escape Plan, Mayhem, Morbid Angel, Kylesa etc.) They have shared the stage with everyone from Mastodon to the Flaming Lips. Barishi provide the listener with earth-shattering grooves and savage vocals born in the verdant mountains of Southern Vermont. Prepare to be pummeled and thunderstruck with ecstatic metal from the ancient hills of New England. (Photo by Morgan L. Laurie-Day).
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Voices in Vain is a Vermont metal band that strives to blend technicality with an energetic live performance. Since their formation in late 2014, the Lyndonville-based group has put out a five-song EP, toured well beyond the borders of New England and played several shows in their home and surrounding states. Voices' main focus as a band is to write music that makes people tap their toes and bang their heads; all while contemplating the meaningful, thought-provoking lyrics.
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