Power Trip has announced the return of their hometown extreme music festival Evil Beat in the form of the 2020 lineup of Evil Beat Vol. 2. The lineup is stacked, with performances of course by Power Trip but also fellow metal titans Deafheaven, Carcass, Razor, Vio-lence and more.
The lineup isn’t all metal all the time; hard-rock tinged punks Sheer Mag (who’ve previously toured with Power Trip), experimental noise artist Prurient, dreamy goth-pop act Drab Majesty and sludgey rockers Torche will all be playing the festival as well. Other acts that have been announced for the 2020 festival include Warthog, Wiccans, Red Ddeath, True Widow, Special Interest, Mil-Spec and Dresms Code.
Evil Beat Vol. 2 will be held on January 11, 2020 at the South Side Ballroom. 2018’s Evil Beat was held to celebrate Power Trip’s 10 year anniversary and featured performances by Ceremony, Eternal Champion, Cold World and Iron Age and took place over two days – the kick-off show was Friday, November 11, 2018 and the official show was the next day, Saturday the 12th.
Power Trip burst onto the metal scene with their excellent second album Nightmare Logic. While solid front-to-back, it was buoyed by the all-time-great metal track “Swing of the Axe (Executioner’s Tax),” which landed on our best songs of 2017 list at #20. Good news for metalheads who’ve been patiently awaiting the follow-up to that 2017 album, Power Trip appears to be working on a new album as we speak. They’ve shared some new music in the time since they released their last album, with “Hornet’s Nest” being released as an Adult Swim Single in 2018 and seeing an official release on all streaming platforms this week.
Deafheaven has been touring with fellow mega-popular metal band Baroness this winter as co-headlining acts. Last year they released their third album, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, which saw “them pivot away from the increased brutality of New Bermuda, exchanging it for a more indie friendly sound, while managing to keep their roots buried deep in the black,” said our reviewer Drew Pitt in his review. Prurient released an album in 2019 as did Sheer Mag, with A Distant Call wearing the band’s classic rock and punk influences on its sleeve.
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