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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