Bracewar, Bent Life, Malice at the Palace, Mal Intent, Kharma, Capitol Offense | Subterranean | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Bracewar, Bent Life, Malice at the Palace, Mal Intent, Kharma, Capitol Offense 

When: Sun., Nov. 13, 6 p.m. 2016
Price: $14, $12 in advance
In the six years since Nebraska hardcore group Bent Life dropped their debut 2010 demo, they’ve opened for Weekend Nachos during some of the Chicago powerviolence heroes’ final shows and linked up with heavy-hitting Boston label Bridge Nine. But they’ve also found a wider audience, even if they’ve failed to catch on in their home town of Lincoln (in a 2015 interview with music site Hear Nebraska, guitarist Brock Stephens said their unrelenting chug-chugging sound isn’t “too in” in their home state, leading writer Jacob Zlomke to reflect on the site’s blind spots regarding the state’s hardcore scenes and other sounds as well). Bent Life’s long-gestating debut, August’s Never Asked for Heaven (Bridge Nine), is a testament to why their steamrolling style is on the rebound nationwide—fans of the genre will get a sugar high listening to the tightly wound breakdowns, rumbling bass notes, and exasperated, hoarse screams. The group make that muscle-bound sound their own through subtle touches like the cock-rock guitar squeal on “Thanks for Nothing,” and their commanding grasp of melody is as strong as their music is ferocious.
— Leor Galil

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