This week, Los Angeles hosts the mighty THE POWER OF THE RIFF festival event, with a pre-party event kicking things off TONIGHT, Friday, December 16th, and two evenings of main events taking place Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th.
A Spotify playlist for THE POWER OF THE RIFF is now posted RIGHT HERE and a two-part audio interview with Greg Anderson is now playing; Part 1 RIGHT HERE and Part 2 HERE. A trailer for fest is playing HERE. The final remaining tickets are available HERE.
THE POWER OF THE RIFF begins with a now sold-out pre-party tonight, Friday, December 16th, with Venice crossover icons EXCEL headlining the show in support of the recent reissue of their second album, The Joke’s On You. Also added to the party are Inglewood powerviolence squad DESPISE YOU as well as local Los Angeles death-punk sect DETH CRUX.
Saturday, December 17th will feature a headlining set by Cascadian black metal artisans, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM playing Los Angeles for the first time in years, as well as long-running death metal masters INCANTATION, Chicago post-metal outfit PELICAN, the debut performance of hardcore supergroup BLOODCLOT — comprised of John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Todd Youth (Warzone, Murphy’s Law), Joey C. (Queens Of The Stone Age, B’last), and Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age, Dwarves) — Olympia-based punk freaks GAG, Oakland death metal warriors NECROT, and Ohio death/black/crust newcomers, and recent Southern Lord signees CRYPT ROT.
Sunday, December 18th will be dominated by NEUROSIS making a special return to Los Angeles to headline the event. The rest of the evening sees Southern California metal/hardcore trio NAILS making their first live appearance since the band went on hiatus several months ago, Bay-Area post/sludge act KOWLOON WALLED CITY, Arizona death faction GATECREEPER, Los Angeles’ own hardcore-punk savages OBLITERATIONS, and Southern Lord-signed blazing hardcore outfit LIES.
THE POWER OF THE RIFF 2016:
Friday, December 16th – pre-party @ Complex [SOLD OUT]
Saturday, December 17th @ Regent Theater – doors @ 4:30 [tickets]
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM 11:00-12:00
NECROT 6:15- 6:45
CRYPT ROT 5:30- 6:00
Sunday, December 18th @ Regent Theater– doors @ 4:30 [tickets]
KOWLOON WALLED CITY 7:45- 8:30
GATECREEPER 7:00- 7:30
LIES 5:30- 6:00
With an intent of exposing fans of all ages to brand new underground acts alongside some of the biggest names in the underground metal and hardcore scenes, throughout the past several years, THE POWER OF THE RIFF has been booking major live events across the US, including multiple major festivals on the East and West Coasts, several mini-tours, and more. Among the dozens of acts that have taken part in these widespread events, AGNOSTIC FRONT, ALL PIGS MUST DIE, BAPTISTS, BLACK BREATH, BLACK COBRA, COLISEUM, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, EAGLE TWIN, EYEHATEGOD, SUNN O))), FROM ASHES RISE, GOATSNAKE, NEGATIVE APPROACH, PENTAGRAM, REPULSION, TRAP THEM, WINTER, XIBALBA, and many others have performed.