By Greg Beets
Violent Affair (Thu., TBA, Beerland) A "live today/fuck tomorrow" ethos, this Oklahoma City quintet expands on tourmates the Casualties.
Violent Future (Sat., 3pm, Red 7) Scoff at the botched fills if you must, but these screaming miscreants from Toronto defy hardcore convention.
Violent End (Sat., 3pm, Beerland) Chicago-bred quartet slings hard-boiled Midwestern hardcore that pins you to the wall.
By Michael Toland
Benediction (Thu., 12:45am, Red 7) British death metal vets were the original home to Napalm Death roarer Barney Greenway.
Cruciamentum (Fri. 9:35pm, 1100 Warehouse) Old-school death metal crunge from Merry Olde England.
Morbosidad (Sat., 11pm, Red 7) Transplanted to Oakland, Morbosidad keeps its Mexico City origins embedded in its demonic black metal.
Left for Dead (Sat., 12mid, Red 7; Sun., 9pm, 1100 Warehouse) Reunited metallic HC crew descends from Ontario to thrash new comp LP Devoid of Everything.
Akitsa (Sat., 1am, Red 7) Deep, dark, black metal with a crust-punk edge from this Francophone Montreal death squad.
World War 4 (Sun., 4:30pm, Red 7) Ottawa thrash brigade throws a Bush Bash.
Mitochondrion (Sun., 10pm, Red 7) Vancouver death-metal beast celebrates 10th birthday with new 7-inch Antinumerology.
By Michael Toland
Lotus Fucker (Thu., 10:45pm, Holy Mountain) D.C.-area grindcore beast proves that being straightedge and vegan makes you just as mean.
Iron Lung (Fri., 8:50pm, 1100 Warehouse) Seattle grindcore explosion returns for another round of chaos following SXSW.
Tragedy (Fri., 10:30pm, 1100 Warehouse) Memphis-to-Portland transplants beat hardcore to death while warning of Darker Days Ahead.
Gag (Fri., 11:30pm, Hotel Vegas) Olympia punk-metal featuring grinding riffs and a vocalist two steps from the loony bin.
Full of Hell (Fri., 1am, Hotel Vegas) Furious Pennsylvania/Maryland grindcore outfit preps Rudiments of Mutilation LP for summer.
Integrity (Sat., 1am, Red 7) Veteran deathcore from Cleveland via Belgium as accompanied by a Suicide Black Snake.
Anhedonist (Sun., 9pm, Red 7 Inside) Seattle gloom spawned this blackened doom combo moving inexorably Netherwards.
Eternal Champion (Sun., 9:30pm, Red 7) Splitting membership between ATX's Iron Age and H-town's Venomous Maximus, this epic metal act resides in the Moorcockian universe from which it takes its name.
Speedwolf (Sun., 10:15pm, Red 7) Denver thrash & roll in the vein of Motorhead and Zeke.
Infest (Sun., 10:45pm, 1100 Warehouse) L.A. metallic hardcore pioneer playing first shows in more than 20 years.
By Kevin Curtin
Survive (Thu., 8pm, Mohawk) Brooding tones, pulsing drum loops, and interwoven melodies make this synth quartet so dark they keep candles burning atop their retro analog gear.
Deep Time (Thu., 9pm, Mohawk) Lovably eclectic pop duo follows a similar path to singer Jennifer Moore's past project Yellow Fever.
Mammoth Grinder (Fri., 6:30pm, 1100 Warehouse) A constant for Chaos, local punk/metal hybrid turns more brutal with every passing year.
Same Sac (Fri., 11pm, North Door) Tough-as-nails doom jazz played on two distorted bass guitars and Butthole Surfer King Coffey beating drums.
Spray Paint (Fri., 12mid, Beerland) Angular, noisy, bassless post-punk trio with surfy guitar leads and shout-along vox.
Criaturas (Sat., 3pm, Beerland) D-beat with Mexican-accented, Banshee-gal vocals and sweet dual guitar lead.
Concrete (Sat., 10:30pm, Red 7) Tough, growly, midtempo street punk with melodic guitar leads and red, white, and blue skinhead song themes.
Thousand Foot Whale Claw (Sat., 10:45pm, Holy Mountain) Effect-addicts throw a black-hole party with psychedelic drone.
Blotter (Sun., 6pm, Mohawk) Fast, disjointed, hardcore punk topped with vocals that rage.
Hatred Surge (Sun., 6pm, 1100 Warehouse) Sometimes sludge, sometimes blast, always brutal.
Kurraka (Sun., 10:15pm, Beerland) All-female elementary punk with dark tones and awesomely spazzy Spanish language vox.
The Hex Dispensers (Sun., 11:30pm, Mohawk) Blood-sucking power-pop quartet with dark wave progressions and ghostly garage intonations.
By Michael Toland
The Casualties (Thu., 9:10pm, 1100 Warehouse) NYC veterans blaze through latest LP Resistance with all two decades of muscle.
Cold World (Thu., 11:30pm, North Door) Hip-hop meets hardcore for a sweaty fuck session birthing a bouncing baby with power-chord hair and scratch-beat eyes.
Vaginors (Fri., 8:35pm, Mohawk) Adelaide screechcore preps the states for a Nuclear Papsmear.
Infernöh (Fri., 9:20pm, Mohawk; Sat., 7:15pm, 1100 Warehouse) Musclebound Swedish speed-punk with no subtlety and plenty of rage.
Terveet Kädet (Fri., 10:05pm, Mohawk) Finland's first hardcore band remains as savage on new LP Musta Hetki as when they first arrived 30 years ago.
Sudor (Sat., 8pm, 1100 Warehouse) Spain's young hardcore unit makes new noise stateside.
Night Birds (Sat., 12:15am, Hotel Vegas; Sun., 6:15pm, Mohawk) Dick Dale meets Black Flag in this New Yawk/Joisey hybrid.
The Rival Mob (Sun., 5:15pm, Red 7) Boston traditionalist maintains a "Hardcore for Hardcore" worldview.
Final Conflict (Sun., 9:45pm, 1100 Warehouse) One of the original Eighties Cali 'core acts reunites the lineup of its classic debut Ashes to Ashes.
Asile (Sun., 1:15am, Beerland) Francophone melodicore from Ottawa, good for singing along even if you don't speak French.
By Greg Beets
The Impalers (Thu., 7pm, 1100 Warehouse) Local Mammoth Grinder/Hatred Surge offshoot beefs up hardcore rage with pulverizing metallic land speed.
Long Knife (Fri., 9:40pm, Red 7; Sat., 4:15pm, Beerland) Surly hardcore quartet from Portland, Ore., celebrates delinquency with Sabbath nods and apeshit vocal fury.
Stab (Sat., 3:45pm, Red 7) Impressive London quartet rails against better living through pharmaceuticals between tell-tale bleats of low-rent feedback.
Cut Hands (Sun., 11:15pm, North Door) After pioneering post-punk with Essential Logic and electronic noise with Whitehouse, Cut Hands finds Edinburgh-based William Bennett mining industrialized African rhythms.
By Luke Winkie
Sete Star Sept (Thu., 11:30pm, Holy Mountain) Noise-infused grindcore from Tokyo will clock 15 songs in 15 minutes.
The Novice (Fri., 5pm, Beerland) Scuzzy, scraped-knee garage-rock from a Mito fourpiece.
Strange Factory (Fri., 10:25pm, Red 7) Hardcore styles with enough cultural prescience to name a recent album Fukushima Nightmare.
Palm (Fri., 12:15am, Hotel Vegas) Grizzly, brown-note hardcore from a quartet that's evidently into Trash Talk.
Framtid (Sat., 11:50pm, 1100 Warehouse) Overpowering D-beat masochism from Osaka.
Abigail (Sun., 11pm, Red 7) Long-running black metal outfit dub themselves "the most evil band in Japan."