Tragedy at Churchill's Pub, AKA Speedfreek's Last Show
Via facebook.com/Speedfreek666 "TRAGEDY is in MIAMI!!!"
With Rotting Palms, Maruta, Nerv, Devalued, and Nunhex
As part of Speedfreek's last show
Churchill's Pub, Miami
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Better Than: What else were you doing on a Wednesday night?!
Promoter Roger "Speedfreek" Forbes has decided to call it quits.
Forbes, occasionally in partnership with Torche/Shitstorm drummer Rick Smith, has provided and enriched South Florida's metal and hardcore community with one-off shows featuring some of the best acts the extreme music world has to offer.
Acts that, otherwise, would most likely never make it to this end of the state due to the inherent financial risk involved.
Over the last couple of years, Forbes developed into a fly-in specialist, arranging for bands to visit Miami, putting them up, sorting out a proper backline, and affording some of our favorite local acts the opportunity to share the stage with legends.
Most of the time, these shows were a financial loss for Forbes. And last night was Speedfreek's swan song: A weeknight celebration of heavy jams that featured crusty hardcore heroes Tragedy thrashing the dust out of Churchill's stage.
While we're not pleased that we won't be catching rare performances courtesy of Speedfreek any longer (like the first Infest show booked outside of California), last night's Tragedy show ended things with a proper bang.
The show was opened by Nunhex, a Miami-based punk band that ripped through d-beat parts and thrashed through pit-worthy riffs that had the early crowd raging. The trappings of the style Nunhex references have been beaten so mercilessly into the ground by new groups that the impact is usually nullified. However, Nunhex infused its performance with so much attitude and aggression that, for us, it was briefly revitalized. An audience member expressed our sentiments perfectly when he gave Nunhex's young, female guitarist a big high five between songs.
Next, Devalued hit the stage. This trio has become a local favorite of hardcore kids, metal fans, and black-clad crusties. And last night's set proved why this band's music transcends micro-genres so well. Devalued mixes the best bits of thrash with doom-metal atmospherics and a healthy dose of grindcore to make for a dynamic sound that is just so satisfying that one has no choice but to bang thine head.
Later, Rotting Palm set up in front of large stacks of vintage tube amps and proceeded to blow the audience's hair back with its quaking riffs. The band's martial dirges of thundering chug were almost nerve-racking in their intensity, residing between punk rock and doom metal. Not to mention, the crew's amps were so loud that feedback cried out between literally every note, like an animal being beaten into submission.