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Summer Slaughter 2019

July 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Summer Slaughter 2019 at the Forge on Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Summer Slaughter 2019, featuring:

  • Cattle Decapitation
  • Carnifex
  • The Faceless
  • Rivers of Nihil
  • Nekrogoblikon
  • Lorna Shore

@The Forge
Wednesday, July 24
Doors = 4pm
Show = 5pm
All Ages
Tickets’ starting price = $30

Summer Slaughter 2019 features:

Cattle Decapitation

Cattle Decapitation band standing on the shores at dawnOver the course of their existence, the San Diego-based Cattle Decapitation have transformed from a stripped-down gore-grind side project of the arty hardcore/grindcore band the Locust to a full-fledged death metal band of their own, undergoing a confusing maze of lineup changes in the process. The association with the Locust formed much of the original basis for CD’s popularity in hardcore circles, which was unusual for a band that growled out the type of disturbing, gore-oriented lyrics usually reserved for Carcass/Cannibal Corpse audiences. However, as the years went by and the band’s connections to the Locust were finally severed personnel-wise, it became clear that CD were indeed a real band on its own, not a side project; they eventually signed to established metal powerhouse label Metal Blade Records and, musically, took on more of a professional death metal sound while retaining their original pro-vegetarian/gore-oriented lyrical stance.

Cattle Decapitation originally formed in San Diego in 1996. The lineup originally featured David Astor on bass and Gabe Serbian on drums — both were then also members of the Locust — as well as an unknown guitarist/vocalist, who allegedly vanished without the other members knowing anything about his whereabouts. Seeking a replacement on vocals, the band turned to Travis Ryan, who had actually been playing drums for another San Diego metal band, Strangulation, in addition to serving as vocalist in a gore metal band called Anal Flatulence. With Ryan on board, Astormoved from bass to drums, and Serbian moved from drums to guitar. This lineup quickly released two albums, the Human Jerky LP (on the Nevada label Satan’s Pimp) and the Homovore CD/LP.

Next, they added a bassist, Troy Oftedal, with whom they recorded their third full-length, To Serve Man, released in the fall of 2002 on Metal Blade, a move that would expose them to a more death metal-oriented audience (as opposed to the primarily hardcore/grindcore one that they had been playing to before). Also in 2002, the band added a second guitarist, Josh Elmore (formerly of 7000 Dying Rats), who eventually took over as the band’s sole guitarist after Serbian left in order to devote himself more fully to the the Locust. (Serbian plays drums in the Locust, replacing Astor, who ironically had left the Locust so that he could more fully devote himself to Cattle Decapitation). Astor left after To Serve Man and was replaced by Creation Is Crucifixiondrummer Michael Laughlin for the 2004 release Humanure. A split 7″ with Caninus arrived in 2005, followed by the full-length Karma. Bloody. Karma in 2006, which featured guest vocals by the Locust’s Joey Karam. 2009 saw the departure of bassist Troy Oftedal, as well as the release of the full-length Harvest Floor. Monolith of Inhumanity, the group’s seventh studio album, arrived in May, 2012.

The members of Cattle Decapitation are involved in several side projects, among them Oftedal’s punk/metal band DisreantiyouthhellchristbastardassmanX, Ryan’s noise project 5/5/2000, and UUM, another noise project involving both Ryan and Oftedal. (Source)


CarnifexSan Diego-based “deathcore” outfit Carnifex formed in Fallbrook, California in 2005 around the talents of Scott Lewis(vocals), Shawn Cameron (drums), Rick James (guitar), and Kevin Vargas (bass). After releasing a self-titled demo through Enclave Records, James and Vargas departed, and were replaced by bassist Steve McMahon and guitarist Travis Whiting, resulting in the 2006 EP Love Lies in Ashes. The band inked a deal with This City Is Burning Records in 2007 and released their full-length debut, Dead in My Arms, during which the band recruited a second guitar player, Jake Anderson, for a tour that included dates with Whitechapeland Emmure. The following year, Carnifex signed with Victory Records and endured another lineup change with the departure of McMahon and Anderson and the addition of Fred Calderon and Ryan Gudmunds. The group’s sophomore outing, 2008’s The Diseased and the Poisoned, peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, while their third release, 2009’s Hell Chose Me, sold over 3,000 copies in its very first week. The well-received Until I Feel Nothing arrived in 2011, followed in 2014 by their critically acclaimed, Nuclear Blast-issued fifth long-player, Die Without Hope. 2016’s Slow Death saw the band refining their sound, expanding on some of the classical and electronic elements that began creeping in on Die Without Hope. (Source)

The Faceless

The Faceless - person with a white sheet over their headThe Faceless is a technical death metal band based out of Los Angeles, California.

The Faceless’ debut album, Akeldama, was released in November of 2006 and was the first release on Sumerian Records, a brand new record label at the time. They released their second album, Planetary Duality in November of 2008. Planetary Duality reached #119 on the Billboard 200. Autotheism, their third album, was released in August of 2012 and reached #50 on the Billboard 200. They will be releasing their highly anticipated fourth album in 2017, which will be titled “In Becoming a Ghost.”

Guitarist Michael Keene is known for his vast knowledge of music theory, his songwriting, and his producing skills. He has recorded and produced all of The Faceless’ albums, as well as many albums for other well-known bands.

The Faceless has a very unique, sharp sound. They often focus on mixing fast, aggressive riffs, high-speed blast beats and double bass, and heavy, death metal style vocals with tasty guitar melodies, beautiful solos, eerie clean vocals, and creatively-structured drumming. They have made a name for themselves as a critically acclaimed “musician’s band.” The music is truly composed, and nothing short of perfection. The Faceless is known for pushing musical limits and experimenting with things that other metal bands have not dared to venture into, such as saxophone solos, industrial sounds, and even a sample of a crying baby. The Faceless’ music has influenced an entire generation of bands and is unanimously adored by the metal community. (Source)

Rivers of Nihil

Rivers of Nihil members standing on a dirt hill or mountainReading, Pennsylvania death metal quintet Rivers of Nihilsigned with Metal Blade Records in 2012 following a string of successful self-released EPs and countless U.S. tours and festival appearances. With esteemed metal producer — and Hate Eternal frontman — Erik Rutan at the helm, the band headed down to his Mana Recording Studio in St. Petersberg, Florida to lay down the tracks for what would become their full-length debut, The Conscious Seeds of Light. Released in late 2013, the resulting ten-song set runs the gamut of modern progressive death metal from brutal aggression to dark melancholic dirge, and Rutan’s uncompromising production serves the band well. A sophomore effort, 2015’s Monarchy, treaded similarly dark waters, as did 2018’s genre-hopping Where Owls Know My Name, the latter of which introduced elements of electronica, jazz, alternative rock, and folk. (Source)


Nekrogoblikon band members with a green-headed goblinThe self-proclaimed “Kings of Goblin Metal,” Los Angeles, California’s Nekrogoblikon are melodic hard rock pranksters who deploy gnarly death metal earworms filled with crafty hooks, claw-pumping choruses, lightning-fast riffs, and over the top, EDM-style keyboard flourishes. With their ostentatious costumes and goblin hypeman, the band takes cues from hyperbolic horror-metal enthusiasts like GWAR, Finntroll, and Dethklok, while maintaining an affable, self-referential sense of humor. The group’s early outings, like 2007’s Goblin Island, were largely low-fidelity affairs, but by the early 2010s Nekrogoblikon were operating at a far higher technical level, and employing a rotating cast of talented players.

Founded in 2006 by Nicky Calonne (vocals, keyboards) and Tim Lyakhovetskiy (guitar), the duo self-produced their debut album, the relatively lo-fi Goblin Island, in Lyakhovetskiy’s basement. The LP was released in 2007, and an expanded lineup was quickly assembled to help flesh out the fledgling group’s audacious live shows. The more technically proficient Stench arrived in 2011, and included the single “No One Survives” — the video became a viral hit. The Power EP was issued the following year, and in 2014 the band joined Limp Bizkit, Crossfaith, and HECK on the Kerrang! Tour. In 2015 they released the concept LP Heavy Meta via their own Mystery Box label, and in 2018 Nekrogoblikon issued their fourth studio long-player, Welcome to Bonkers. (Source)

Lorna Shore

Lorna Shore standing in a dark roomA punishing deathcore unit based out of Warren County, New Jersey, Lorna Shore blends elements of tech, blackened thrash, and metalcore into a breakdown-laden aural assault that echoes contemporaries like Cattle Decapitation, Thy Art Is Murder, and Rings of Saturn. Founded in 2010, the quartet features the talents of vocalist Tom Barber, guitarists Adam De Micco and Connor Deffley, and drummer Austin Archey. In 2010, the band issued their debut EP, the metalcore-heavy Triumph, followed in 2012 by the more progressive deathcore-oriented EP Bone Kingdom. A third EP, Maleficium, dropped in 2013, followed by the group’s debut studio long-player, Psalms, in 2015, the latter of which was produced by Fit for an Autopsy’s Will Putney. The following year saw the band sign with Outerloop Records and begin work on their sophomore full-length. The resulting Flesh Coffin was released in February 2017. (Source)