RPM Fest… three days in the woods at Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club in Montague, Massachusetts of Western MA with all of the homies, great food, great drinks, yard games, drag bingo, metal yoga, karaoke, and more metal, punk, and ska music than you can shake a battle vest at. It’s been two years since RPM Fest happened due to the ongoing pandemic. But this year it was able to make its mighty return as the official end-of-summer send-off party that it is known to be, this past Labor Day Weekend.
A three-day music festival in the woods with rock, punk, metal, copious amount of drinking, and an undying sense of community… throw that all in a blender with some camping and yard games and you get RPM Fest. The “Heaviest Party of the Summer” and the unofficial end to the summer in the New England metal scene. This was my 2nd year at RPM Fest so I knew what to expect, but at the same time, I didn’t know what to expect. As it is never a repeat of the year prior at this loud and dirty circus.Continue reading
Reanimated Techdeath/Grindcore band Hivesmasher posted to their social networks that they are plotting summer 2019 tour dates. The band has played sporadically the last few years after a long hiatus. The band has not released new music since 2012’s brilliant Gutter Choir but has in the past teased new music is not out of the question someday. Continue reading
One of the best grindcore bands ever, Hivesmasher has un-retired and are possibly teasing new music. The band started hinting at an announcement on Facebook with updated images and new merch on their webstore. The major announcement is a return to live performances with an August 18th show at Brooklyn Bazaar in New York, They will be direct support of Enemy Soil, who wowed us at Maryland Deathfest 2018. For Hivesmasher, this will be their first show in over three years. Watch this teaser video, and keep your fingers crossed for an EP, a split or something announced soon! Continue reading
Experimental hardcore facemelters Tiger Flowers have been decimating stages since the release of their album Dead Hyms (Melotov/Deathwish) last spring. They have done a bit of touring in support of the album regionally, but also are the frequent go to band for a warmup act or a head-breaking headline spot in clubs in their native New York City such as the Archeron, Saint Vitus, The Knitting Factory, and Grand Victory and more. No stage or competing band intimidates these veterans of the scene, and their live shows are usually an explosion of energy and ferocity. They recently played the Archeron again, and were joined by another band we rather like, their tour-mates in Boston bred sonic miscreants Hivesmasher. Photographer Meg Loyal was on hand to capture the action for Ghost Cult with this photo set.