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The Rumble provides a space to channel political anxieties and find community through hardcore and metal

The Rumble provides a space to channel political anxieties and find community through hardcore and metal
The Rumble provides a space to channel political anxieties and find community through hardcore and metal

The Rumble, photographed at the Hotel Peter and Paul on Tuesday, May 9, 2023. Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Gentlemen, start your engines. Hardcore and metal festival Rumble, created in 2010 by Empire Productions, returns this month with two days of mayhem that will spill over into the Cobra Lounge parking lot, much to the neighborhood’s edification. The fest also includes a preshow at Cobra on Thursday and aftershows at Beat Kitchen on Friday and Saturday — the first headlined by local anti-war slam sensation Torture and the second featuring Friday’s main attraction (more on that in the next paragraph). This year’s Rumble features nearly two dozen acts representing various scenes and styles, and while the lineup is subject to change, it’s guaranteed to be a blast.

Local powerviolence powerhouse Weekend Nachos caps off Friday’s bill. Remaining reclusive and inseparable after reuniting last year, they’ll hit the road after this weekend, with dates announced in California, Colorado and Florida. Sharing the top billboard is Dallas death metal band Frozen Soul, who will bring their classic, chilling sound to the streets. Also joining the bill this evening is another reunited favorite, New Jersey beatdown hardcore pioneers Bulldoze, who fought through adversity to be here; after founding singer Kevin “Kevone” Clark died of a heart attack in 2022 at age 52, bassist George Puda stepped up to the mic.

Headlining Saturday are Boston hardcore legends The Hope Conspiracy, who returned from their hiatus last year with the powerful EP Confusion/Chaos/Misery and released their first album in 18 years in May. Tools of oppression/domination through deception. In these trying times – especially after the low blow dealt to democracy by the Supreme Court this month – the Rumble could be seen as a Bat-signal, summoning these warriors from a bygone era to provide inspiration to the fans who need them most. Iowa’s Modern Life Is War and New Jersey’s Waking the Cadaver (who have both also split and reunited) have also answered the call, sharing the bill with up-and-coming greats like South American punks Fuerza Bruta and Iowa power trio Glass Ox. While the Rumble celebrates the history, present and future of hardcore and metal, it also serves as a warning not to underestimate middle-aged people in the mosh pit.

The Rumble Preview Si Dios Quiere headlines; Mile End, Demo Division, Jinx and Porcupine open. Thurs. 7/18, 8 p.m., Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland, $18.54. 17+

The Rumble on the first day Tonight’s bill includes Weekend Nachos, Frozen Soul, Bulldoze, Creeping Death, Gates to Hell, Hold My Own, Morbid Visionz, Two Witnesses and Discontent. Friday, July 19, 4 p.m., Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland, $53.05, two-day pass $115.36. 17+

The aftershow on the first day of the Rumble Headline on Torture; Forced, Prevention and Spent Cases opens. Fri. 7/19, 10:30 p.m., Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, $20. 17+

The second day of the Rumble Tonight’s bill includes Hope Conspiracy, Modern Life Is War, Conservative Military Image, Waking the Cadaver, Outta Pocket, Ingrown, Violent Way, Volcano, Train of Thought, Glass Ox, Fuerza Bruta, No Friend of Mine and Piss Ant. Sat. 7/20, 1 p.m., Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland, $75.71, two-day pass $115.36. 17+

The aftershow on the second day of the Rumble Headline this weekend: Hanging Fortress, Pains and Degenerate Synapse open. Sat. 7/20, 10:30 p.m., Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, $20. 17+


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