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Metal Montag: Helmet

by James Glazebrook

By Mike T. West.

The months are getting darker and our beards are getting longer, which can only mean one thing – metal is coming.

To kick off a great few months of concerts, tonight we are celebrating the twentieth birthday of Helmet‘s seminal third album. Produced in New York in 1994, Betty is considered a definitive post-metal record and features our drumming man crush John “The Fit” Stanier.

Helmet will be playing the entire album and more alternative hits at the also super old and legendary SO36, tonight from 9pm.

Ohhhhhh Betty!

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Music Montag: Black Flag

by James Glazebrook

Hardcore heroes Black Flag at the height of their powers, live at SO36 in 1983. Intense.

Read our interview with bandleader Henry Rollins here.

Win tickets to Quicksand at SO36!

by Guest Blogger

By Mike T. West.

[EDIT: this competition is now closed. Click here to see if we’re running any open competitions]

Quicksand, one of the most influential post-hardcore bands of all time, re-enters Germany this month for some stinking festival appearances. But the real good news is that they are back in Berlin next week special like and we have a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky überliner! Find out how after these messages #tease

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Formed in 1990 as a New Yoik underground supergroup and featuring one of the founding fathers of hardcore (and former Berliner) Walter Schreifels, Quicksand took the first decade of this century off to form great bands (Rival Schools) and join even greater ones (Deftones).

Here is the band covering (and nailing) a song originally recorded by some band called The Smiths:

HOW TO WIN 2 X TICKETS FOR QUICKSAND AT SO36 ON TUESDAY 10TH JUNE:

Quicksand are playing the historic SO36 on Oranienstrasse next Tuesday, and the wonderful people at Trinity Music are giving a pair of tickets to a couple of lucky humans! Just leave us a comment below with the answer to this easy question:

What is your favourite punk cover of a not-so-punk-song? And why?

You have until 6pm on Saturday 7th June to enter. ROCK ON \m/

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. Our favourite track win. Simple as.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name and email address, so we can contact you if you win.
5. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Sunday 8th June.

Music Montag: Converge, Touché Amore

by Guest Blogger

Mike T West brings the pain.

The sound of Oranienstraße salivating is audible this week as legendary punk hotspot SO36 hosts the end times a little early with the one-two dragon-punch of post-screamo future heroes Touché Amoré and their hardcore über uncles, mothershitting Converge!

Converge European tour poster

Los Angeles five-piece Touché Amoré are back in support of last year’s blistering and confessional second album, Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me. Recorded live in a mere five days it’s as close as home listeners can get to witnessing the raw, tightening tension of their concerts.

Meanwhile Converge are simply one of the most engaging and remarkable heavy bands of our times. Blending possibly most, if not all, of the “cores” into a whirlwind of noise violence, these scene veterans invented metalcore a decade ago and dumped it in a ditch with a note saying, “please abuse repeatedly”. Theirs is a sonic attack that guarantees bloodshed.

So forget the upcoming yuletide apocalypse as Kreuzberg is already hosting the after-party! Expect high-kicks, two-steps and headbanging aplenty as two of Planet Earth’s most confrontational live acts tear December in half.

FYI the nationwide emergency number for the fire brigade and emergency medical services in Germany is 112.