THE POWER OF THE RIFF makes is return in November, hosting a Los Angeles-based event with two days of performances featuring a wide range of heavy acts. The first incarnation of THE POWER OF THE RIFF since late 2016, this year’s gathering will take place the weekend of November 17th and 18th.
THE POWER OF THE RIFF’s 2018 festivities will begin on Saturday, November 17th, with a kickoff party at The Echo. This show will see new Southern Lord act THE PRIMALS, a power trio featuring members of Darkest Hour, The Explosion, and more, opening for a rare set by legendary ‘60s garage rock outfit, THE SONICS.
The main event for THE POWER OF THE RIFF will take place Sunday, November 18th, at The Echoplex. This show will be headlined by SUNN O))), who in 2018 is celebrating their twentieth anniversary along with the Southern Lord label, both of which came to life in 1998. This show mark’s SUNN O)))’s only California show of 2018 and final show of the year. The rest of the lineup includes the original lineup of Washington, DC hardcore legends SCREAM, fellow DC metal outfit DARKEST HOUR, brutal metallic hardcore act XIBALBA, PAPA M – the solo project of David Pajo of Slint, Tortise, Royal Trux, and more – legendary underground entity XASTHUR, and LA’s own hardcore punk outfit ENTRY.
A very limited amount of additional tickets to the mostly sold-out event have been released. See all details at the new THE POWER OF THE RIFF website RIGHT HERE and find tickets for the event at THIS LOCATION. A limited number of special VIP tickets are available, each of which includes early entry, a drink token, Southern Lord swag bag, a SUNN O))) surprise, and more.
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, for nearly a decade, THE POWER OF THE RIFF has booked 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, FROM ASHES RISE, GATECREEPER, GOATSNAKE, INCANTATION, NAILS, NECROT, NEGATIVE APPROACH, NEUROSIS, PELICAN, PENTAGRAM, REPULSION, SUNN O))), TRAP THEM, WINTER, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, XIBALBA, and many others have performed.