Flourishing and Ingrowing - May 21st - The Charleston, Brooklyn

This was the first show I'd ever attended where each and every band was of the grindcore persuasion. It was, quite literally, a blast. Ingrowing were certainly of interest, but it was really Flourishing that got me to come out on this night. I couldn't pass up a chance to check out the band whose debut EP blew my head off.

I was under the impression the show would start at 8:00, but bands were still loading in an hour after that. I wasn't concerned at the time; Jeanne Fury and I enjoyed the excellent beer at the Charleston while watching the Yankees embarrass the Mets on the television. Justina Villanueva joined us after a while. We eventually felt the sounds of metal reverberating from the basement and descended into the Charleston's austere subterranean music space.

The first band up was Buckshot Facelift from Long Island. These guys have evidently been around for a while, and my cursory listen to their music on Myspace had me quite interested. Buckshot Facelift certainly didn't disappoint. The sound system in the basement of The Charleston consisted of two lonely PA speakers. Despite this, every band sounded fantastic on this night. Napalm Death was the primary impression I got from the band, who displayed all around precision and skill. The imposing front-man, Will, prowled the floor while emanating absurdly guttural grunts and yells. He definitely brought to mind Barney but with the added ability to produce an unearthly, bubbling gurgle. The bass was high in the mix and gave everything a nice bounce. I was impressed enough to want to buy some of their music. Unfortunately for me, their newest album, Anchors of the Armless Gods, was only available in vinyl. That makes three shows so far this year where I wanted to buy a CD and the band only had vinyl. Ponder that.

The next band was Backslider from Philadelphia. The band consisted of two dudes who looked incredibly young. Their looks, however, belied their absurd skills. The guitar player took care of vocals while plying a grind/hardcore/powerviolence hybrid that mostly evoked Magrudergrind to my untrained ears. The drummer sat low on the floor and played with such extreme energy and speed that folks in the crowd pushed up just to see what he was doing. His facial expressions were a sight to behold. People stood there with looks of amazement on their faces as the band whipped out an array of songs that mostly clocked in at less than a minute. Very cool. This was the point where I really started to regret having forgotten my camera.

The basement space had filled in quite nicely, and I started to recognize faces in the crowd. Aaron Nichols of Defeatist enjoyed a beer while Andrew Hock of Castevet enjoyed many beers. Eventually, the guys from Krallice showed up with Kevin Hufnagel of Dysrhythmia and Luc Lemay of Gorguts in tow. You have to understand that I'd been drinking for quite a while at this point, and I somehow ended up having a conversation with Luc Lemay. It's hard to be starstruck when you're jammed into a dark basement, but it was even harder to understand what the man was saying; I find a French Canadian accent impenetrable at the best of times. The main thing I gathered from the conversation was that he was truly excited to get Gorguts back out on the road and even more excited to show off some of the new songs they'd written. He even rattled off a list of songs the band were practicing for the tour, but I could barely comprehend it. My impression was that it clearly spanned the entire Gorguts catalog. The guy was gracious to indulge in conversation with a complete drunken stranger, so I appreciated that. I'm very much looking forward to seeing them in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

The Communion set up next, and you could tell a good number of people had come out to support them. I believe this was the band's first show without their recently deceased guitarist, Lee Altomare. While I'm new to the band's music, I'd read about Lee's passing in various places. The vocalist, Nick, spoke briefly about Lee before breaking the somber mood and kicking into the music. The Communion draw from a mind numbing array of influences, but their unique grinding blackened crusty thrash was a beautiful thing to behold in person. Simultaneously tight and flailing madly in all directions, I can totally dig this music. After fulfilling their upcoming touring plans, which includes the Maryland Death Fest this weekend, the band plan to change their name and soldier on in Lee's absence as Kanalbrigade. I'd definitely check these guys out if you're heading to MDF.

I got a chance to speak to Eric Rizk, Flourishing's friendly bass player. He told me Flourishing were planning to play some new songs, and that the venue had a supposed 1:00 curfew. The band had swapped billing spots with Ingrowing, who were hoping to get out of the venue early to grab some extra sleep. A bit of jet lag is understandable when you're traveling from the Czech Republic, I suppose. This didn't bode well for me, as the evening was already moving past midnight, and my commuter rail carriage definitely turns into a pumpkin. Ingrowing set up quickly and drove deep into their unrelenting, jackhammer take on grindcore. They sound similar to Misery Index to my ears, and their recorded music wouldn't generally be my cup of tea. The band, however, sounded great and everyone in the room seemed to be rocking out hard to their performance. Vocalist and bassist Patrik "Vlakin" Stanek thanked us repeatedly for showing up in a very broken English, but his joy in simply being there was infectious. The rhythm section were tight as hell, and the sound was particularly good. Ingrowing certainly make music that comes across well in the live setting, despite a complete lack of groove. Jon Chang would approve. They're also playing again in NYC at Fontana's this Thursday and at MDF this weekend.

Flourishing set up incredibly fast. The band, playing on their home turf, definitely had the most complicated gear setup of the evening. At the very least, Brian Corcoran's drum kit was an order of magnitude bigger than anyone else's. A track from their mind-crushing debut EP led things off. The first thing that became apparent was that the rhythmic insanity of the recorded music is no studio magic. Brian Corcoran and Eric Rizk fucking tear it up while Garett Bussanick saws his guitar with blinding speed and howls unreservedly. As promised, I'm pretty sure the band played a couple of new songs, which sounded incredible. These guys are the real deal.

By the fourth song I realized I was in the red for time. It broke my heart to leave while Flourishing were destroying the joint, but Metro North is a harsh mistress. My business with this band is unfinished; I definitely need to see them again. They're playing at Castevet's record release show at the Lit Lounge on June 7th, but I'll be out of town. It'll happen eventually.

I spent the entire train ride home trying to wrap my alcohol-addled brain around my chat with Luc Lemay. What the hell did he say?

You can find pictures of this show here.


  1. The Buckshot LP also contains a link to download the songs on mp3s.

    plus on one side of the LP it looks like this:

  2. wow. that's pretty much a slice of my to-do list once i move and can get to shopping again. i'm all green with envy.


Post a Comment


3 Inches of Blood1 7 Degrees Records1 A Storm of Light1 Abbath2 Absu1 Abyssal Vacuum1 Acephalix2 aftermath music1 Agalloch1 Agrath1 Altar of Plagues4 ambient1 Amon Amarth4 Amorphis1 Anarkhon1 Ancient Wound1 Ancst1 Anhedonist1 Animals as Leaders1 Aosoth2 Apostasy Records1 Arsis1 Assück2 astrogrind1 At The Gates1 Atakke2 Ataraxy1 Augury1 Aural Music1 Australia1 Autopsy2 Avantgarde Music1 Backslider1 Bandcamp4 Bandit1 Baroness5 Barren Earth1 Basilysk1 Batillus2 Be'lakor2 Beansidhe2 Beaten To Death3 Belgium1 Berlin1 Bindrune Recordings3 Black Anvil10 Black Cobra1 Black Metal73 Blender Theater3 Blood Harvest4 Blood Incantation1 Blood Music1 Bloody Panda1 Blue Bedroom Records1 Blue Record1 Blut aus Nord2 Bolt Thrower2 Bosse-de-Nage1 Botanist1 Bowery Ballroom1 Buckshot Facelift1 Burning World1 Burst4 Cake Shop2 Canada1 Candlelight1 Cannibal Corpse2 Captain Cleanoff1 Carcariass1 Carcass4 Castevet8 cats1 Century Media1 Chepang1 Chronicles of Chaos1 Chuck Schuldiner1 Cicada the Burrower1 claustrum1 Cloud Rat2 Cobalt2 Code6661 Coffinworm1 Concussion1 Coney Island High2 Converge1 Convulse1 Convulsing1 Creator-Destructor Records1 Crom Dubh1 Crucifist1 crust4 Cryptic Shift1 Curandera2 Cynd1 Cynic1 d-beat1 Dååth1 Dark Descent Records6 Dark Tranquillity1 Darkane1 Darkthrone2 Deafest5 Death2 Death Angel1 death metal79 Death Toll 80K1 Deathspell Omega1 Debemur Morti2 Decibel2 Decrepit Birth2 Defeated Sanity1 Defeatist8 Demilich1 Denmark2 Dephosphorus2 Desecresy1 Disappearer1 Discordance Axis1 diSEMBOWELMENT1 Disma3 Disrotted1 Dissection2 Don't Give a Fuck1 doom33 Down2 Dream Theater2 drone1 Drown1 Drugs of Faith1 Dry Cough1 Dunkelheit Produktionen1 Duplicate Records1 Dying Fetus1 Dystrophy1 Earache4 Eight Bells1 Eluveitie1 Emperor1 Enslaved3 Entombed2 Epoch2 Europa3 Exhumed2 Explosions In The Sky1 Falls of Rauros1 Fen4 FLAC1 Flaming Tusk4 Flourishing6 flowing downwards1 folk1 folk metal2 France1 From Exile1 Fuck the Facts5 funeral doom6 Funeral Moth2 Fuoco Fatuo1 Gattaca1 Gaza1 Germany1 GetOverHere1 Gigan1 Gilead Media4 God Dethroned2 Gojira5 Google Music1 Google music beta1 Gorephilia1 Gorguts3 Gorod2 Gramercy Theater2 Grand Ballroom1 Grave Miasma1 Graveyard Hill Records1 Grind and Punishment1 grindcore35 Grindcore Karaoke1 Guns N' Roses1 Gustavo Santaolalla1 Gwynbleidd1 Gygax1 Haftvad Records1 Halo of Flies1 Handshake Inc.1 hardcore11 Heaving Earth2 heavy metal2 Heavydeath1 Hells Headbangers2 Hellthrasher Productions2 High Command1 High Water Media1 Highline Ballroom1 Hivelords1 Holy Grail1 Hooded Menace2 Horrendous3 Horror Pain Gore Death Productions2 Howls of Ebb2 Hreilia1 Human Remains1 Humanity Falls2 Hybreed Chaos1 I1 I Abhor1 I Voidhanger Records2 Ill Omen1 Imbroglio2 Immolation8 Immortal4 Impiety1 In Flames2 Incantation4 industrial2 Inexorum1 Infernal Stronghold1 Infestus1 Ingrowing1 Inquisition2 Interviews1 Intronaut2 Inverloch1 Invertia1 Invictus Productions2 Ipsissimus2 Irkallian Oracle1 Iron Bonehead1 Iron Bonehead Productions1 Iron Maiden4 Irving Plaza4 Isis1 Katatonia3 Khthoniik Cerviiks3 King Giant1 Krallice10 Kreator4 Krypts4 Kylesa4 Lamb of God2 Landmine Marathon4 Last Rites1 Laster1 Latitudes1 Lavadome productions2 Lay Down Rotten2 Legion1 Lifeforce Records1 Listenable Records1 Lit Lounge1 Ludicra4 Lychgate2 Madison1 Madison Square Garden1 Magrudergrind2 Man's Gin1 Manipulator1 Marduk1 Mare Cognitum1 Martikor1 Marty Friedman1 Martyrdöd1 Maruta1 Maryland Deathfest2 Mas-Kina Recordings2 Masonic Temple1 Mass Grave1 Massachusetts1 Mastodon6 Megadeth1 melodic death metal5 Melvins2 Metal Bandcamp7 Metallica1 Mikael Åkerfeldt1 Milwaukee Metalfest1 Mind Mold1 Mirovia1 Misery's Omen1 Mithras2 Mitochondrion1 Moksha1 Mollusk1 Mono2 Moonsorrow1 Morbid Angel1 Morbus Chron1 Mortal Incarnation1 Mortician1 Mortiferum1 Motörhead1 Mournful Congregation1 Music Hall of Williamsburgh1 Mutant Supremacy5 Mutiny Within1 My Dying Bride4 Nachtreich2 Naisian1 Napalm Death5 Nasum1 Necrophobic1 Necrosemen1 Necrot2 Necrowretch1 neo-classical1 Nephelium1 Nerve Altar2 Neuraxis3 Neurisis1 New Zealand1 Nile2 Nirvana1 No Fashion Records1 noise3 Nokia Theater1 Nordvis2 Nuclear Blast3 Nuclear War Now!1 Nucleus2 NWOBHM2 obituary1 Obscura4 Obsequiae2 Ogg Vorbis1 Olympia1 Opeth5 Order of Orias1 Osmose Productions1 Owen Hart1 P.L.F.1 Pact Ink Records2 Pagan Records1 Pallbearer1 Pantera1 Paroxsihzem2 Peaceville4 Pelican6 Phantom Glue1 Pharmacist1 Phil Anselmo1 Pinnacle of Bedlam1 pirate metal1 Plebeian Grandstand2 Poland1 Polluted Inheritance1 Portal1 post-metal2 post-rock2 PRC music1 Priapus1 Prisoner of War1 Profound Lore10 prog11 Prosthetic2 Psychic Limb3 Pulverised Records1 punk1 Qrixkuor2 Quorthon1 Radiation Blackbody1 random playlist3 Red Album1 reissue1 Relapse8 Revocation5 Ritual Chamber1 Robert Johnson1 Ruins of Beverast1 Sabre1 Saint Vitus Bar1 Sarcasm1 Sarpanitum1 Satan1 Scion1 Scrotum Jus Records1 Selfmadegod Records1 Sentient Ruin1 Seraphic Entombment1 Sesecresy1 Setentia2 Seventh Rule1 Severnaya1 Shadow Kingdom Records1 Shea Stadium1 Siberian Hell Sounds1 Skeletonwitch6 Slough Feg1 Sludge21 Slugdge1 Social Distortion1 Soilwork3 Solar Asceticists Productions1 Soulseller Records1 Southern Lord3 Spectral Lore3 speed metal1 StarGazer1 Stockholm1 Streetwalker1 Suffering Hour1 Suffocation5 Sulaco1 Summer Slaughter1 surf1 Swallow the Sun2 Swashbuckle3 Sweden1 Swedish Death Metal1 Swimming1 Swords of Chaos1 Sydney1 Symphony X1 Taake1 technical death metal7 Temple of Abandonment1 Temple of Void1 Thantifaxath1 The Absence1 The Acheron3 The Ajna Offensive1 The Binary Code1 The Bowery Electric2 The Chance4 The Charleston2 The Communion1 The Faceless4 The Fucking Champs2 The Knitting Factory3 The Ominous Circle1 The Path Less Traveled Records7 The Rolling Stones1 The Ruins of Beverast1 The Secret2 The Studio at Webster Hall5 Thou1 thrash13 Thrawsunblat1 Throatruiner Records1 Throne Records1 Tiger Flowers3 Toad's Place1 Tombs6 Triptykon1 Union Pool2 Unmen1 Unrest Records1 Unspeakable Axe Records1 Urfaust1 Vancouver1 Velnias1 Vendetta Records1 Vex1 Via Nocturna1 Vic records1 viking2 Vile Creature1 Vit1 Vitriol Records1 Vore1 W.T.C Productions1 Wadge1 Wake2 Warbringer2 Washington1 Weakling3 Weapon1 Weedeater1 What We All Come To Need1 Willowtip4 Wisconsin1 Withered5 WITTR1 Woe3 Wolves In The Throne Room5 Woods of Ypres4 Wormrot9 Writhing Mass1 Xaddax1 Xantam1 Xenoblight1 Xibalba1 Year of the Knife1 year-end list9 year-end-list1 Yellow Eyes1 YHDARL1 Yith1 Zhrine1 Zosimus1
Show more