The year in Boston rock

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 5, 2012



We were rudely awakened from the dog days of summer on August 16 by REVOCATION's monster record Chaos of Forms, which put the acclaimed metal quartet at the forefront of a new breed of extreme music. Our own Metal Issue birthed the Born of Fire Vol. 1 compilation that, in addition to Revocation, featured Ramming Speed, Doomriders, and Acaro, among others. Mellow Bravo's "I Get Off" could be heard as the credit-music to the Food Network's Sugar High (hosted by Duff Goldman), Dom followed-up 2010's ubiquitous debut with the Family of Love EP off Astralwerks, and in Central Square, signs started popping up for a new venue/restaurant dubbed Valhalla, which would open in 2012 and will serve as owner Mark Shulman's new room after his All Asia Café closes. Noir-pop duo Parlour Bells launched a campaign to perform the demolition party of Faces nightclub on Route 2 in Cambridge, but the stars did not align and the old disco was torn down without fanfare in October. Eric Stevenson, drummer of '90s metal/hardcore band Only Living Witness, passed away on August 9.

READ"Revocation display extreme metal form," by Janssen McCormick.

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