Scraping Genius Off The Wheel


  • Gary Suarez


As some of you might know, I have a Twitter account. I find the microblogging site to be a useful tool for making pithy comments about the state of metal as well as for catching up on the activities of some of my favorite bands (such as Emmure, Kingdom Of Sorrow, and Jucifer). But, man, the following tweet from Agnostic Front serves as the clearest reminder of why everyone should be using this invaluable social networking service:

Upcoming Victim In Pain Tour, AF will be playing the WHOLE VIP record!! This will never happen again!!

That’s right: Agnostic Front will play Victim In Pain, the definitive NYHC album (rivaled perhaps only by Cro-Mags’ The Age Of Quarrel), live in its entirety on a tour that kicks off this week. And on one date in particular, audiences will be treated to a rare performance from the classic lineup that recorded that album.

Much to the delight of NYHC fans, Bridge Nine smartly remastered and reissued both 1984’s Victim In Pain and the preceding United Blood EP last year in vinyl and CD formats. To celebrate this release, as well as mark the band’s 25th anniversary, Agnostic Front are playing a few weeks of shows in the U.S. with openers Death By Stereo. As stated above, Victim In Pain will be played in full. Then in March, the current lineup will hit Europe for a tour that takes them from London to Moscow. Finally, in June, they’ll play France’s Hellfest, whose astounding lineup this year already includes hardcore heroes 7 Seconds, Sick Of It All, and Skarhead alongside metal acts like Overkill, Immortal, and a reunited Godflesh.

But in between those two stretches, New York City will host what will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable hardcore perfomances of 2010. While vocalist Roger Miret and original guitarist Vinnie Stigma continue to tour and record as Agnostic Front with a second guitarist and a different rhythm section, this special one-night-only performance will feature the other Victim In Pain era members: bassist Rob Kabula and drummer Dave Jones. The must-see show happens at The Bell House (tickets) in Brooklyn on February 26. This will be the sole chance to see this lineup, and given the size of the venue, this will almost certainly sell out.

Oh, and this Brooklyn show occurs just one day prior to a Killing Time gig at the Knitting Factory (tickets) featuring all of their original members. Hardcore fans: make a weekend of it!

Announced 25th anniversary tour dates are:
Jan 14 (w/ Death By Stereo) Los Angeles, CA @ Redwood Bar
Jan 15 (w/ Death By Stereo) San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Jan 16 (w/ Death By Stereo) Sacramento CA @ The Distillery
Jan 17 (w/ Death By Stereo) San Jose, CA @ Voodoo Lounge
Jan 18 (w/ Death By Stereo) Palmdale, CA @ The Crossing
Jan 19 (w/ Death By Stereo) Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
Jan 20 (w/ Death By Stereo) Tempe AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
Jan 21 (w/ Death By Stereo) Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Jan 22 (w/ Death By Stereo) Dallas, TX @ Trees
Jan 23 (w/ Death By Stereo)Austin, TX @ Red Seven
Jan 24 (w/ Death By Stereo) Houston, TX @ Walter’s
Jan 25 (w/ Death By Stereo) Corpus Christi, TX @ Zero’s
Jan 26 (w/ Death By Stereo) San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Bottom
Jan 27 (w/ Death By Stereo) El Paso, TX @ Take 2
Jan 28 (w/ Death By Stereo) Tucson AZ @ Vaudeville Cabaret
Jan 29 (w/ Death By Stereo) San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
Jan 30 (w/ Death By Stereo) Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Concert Theatre
Feb 26 The Bellhouse Brooklyn, New York
Mar 26 Forum London
Mar 29 Alibi Wroclaw
Mar 30 Randal Club Bratislava
Mar 31 Colloseum Club Kosice
Apr 02 Estrada Bar Bydgoszcz
Apr 04 TBA Moskau
Apr 05 TBA St Petersburg
Apr 09 Zoe Club Milano
Apr 11 Estraperlo Club Badalona
Apr 12 TBA Madrid
Apr 13 Music Box Lissabon
Apr 14 Hiru Arrasate
Apr 24 SO36 Berlin
Jun 19 Hellfest Clisson


[Gary Suarez helps manage the Shadows FAIL blog. Say, why don’t you follow him on Twitter?]

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