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Bangers and Thrash

What’s up with heavy music

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Josh Sisk

The new year marks the return of a 10-year-old Baltimore tradition—the annual A389 Records Bash. Every year, the Baltimore label manages to score a mix of surprising reunion shows, rare live performances, and the best of the local scene. This year, the event is spread over three days, starting intimately at the Sidebar on Jan. 16, with bigger shows on the 17th and 18th at Baltimore Soundstage, as well as a Sidebar matinee on the 18th. There are too many bands to mention here, but highlights include a Bloodlet reunion, Systems Overload-era lineup Integrity appearance, Infest, as well as Sex Prisoner, Occultist, Noisem, Full of Hell, Iron Reagan, and many more. If history is any indicator, the label will drop some Bash-exclusive records, shirts, and other goodies for fans to snatch up as well.

Beyond that, a bit of a quiet month, but there several other notable shows, starting with quick-rising Syracuse band Perfect Pussy, who plays Metro Gallery on Jan. 8 with Big Mouth, Multicult, and Hive Bent.

On Jan.9, Philly’s Trophy Wife plays the Crown with Wild Honey and the next night, Maryland doom band Iron Man plays the Sidebar with Doctor Smoke and Horse Drawn Death Machine.

Classic ’80s punk band Reagan Youth plays the Sidebar Jan. 24 with Enemy Insects and Nude Massacre. The following night, local grown-up punks ADVLTS plays Club K with Sick Sick Birds.

Viking metal gods Amon Amarth close out the month with a Fillmore takeover on Jan. 31, along with Enslaved and Skeletonwitch. Kicking off February, Ilsa, Esoterica, Ashencult, and Snakefeast play new venue the Gold Bar on the 1st (full disclosure: shows at Gold Bar are booked by the girlfriend of B&T). The next night, Feb. 2, influential Swedish melodic death-metal band Dark Tranquility plays Soundstage with Omnium Gatherum and Exmortus.

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