The Savannah music scene is known nationally for heavy metal, but neither band at the well attended show Friday night fits neatly into any of the seemingly endless metal genres. It was the first time I was seeing Forced Entry (I missed them opening for Conquer/Devour and wimped out on the Sunday night Priests show after a three show weekend), but I came away really impressed. They sound like a first generation hardcore punk band, in the vein of Negative Approach, Minor Threat and early Black Flag. I’m really looking forward to seeing them again and seeing how their sound progresses. Unfortunately I didn’t get many pictures I liked of their very entertaining set.
DEAD YET?‘s set was a little bittersweet, as their future is vague at this point. It was a release party for their excellent new record An Uncertain Decay, but the band has no plans for the immediate future, and guitarist/co-vocalist Chris “Scary” Adams has moved out of the area. If Friday night ends up being their last show, they definitely went out on a high note, playing their metallic hardcore with a palpable energy and sounding as clean as I’ve ever heard them sound live. Fittingly the members of Black Tusk joined them on stage to finish out the night. The band will be missed but let’s call it a hiatus and hope to see them in the future.
Friday night’s door proceeds went to help Jason Statts and it was nice to see the man himself out and about. Jinx regulars were also out in full force. Very cool on the part of everyone involved. (Check out Jason’s website, www.friendsofstatts.com, or this piece at Decibel Mag for background.)