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71Grind at The Black Sheep & The Triple Nickel show preview

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71Grind Friday, June 8, through Sunday, June 10, 2106 E. Platte Ave. and 26 S. Wahsatch Ave., go to tinyurl.com/Indy-71Grind-18 for times and ticket prices.
  • 71Grind Friday, June 8, through Sunday, June 10, 2106 E. Platte Ave. and 26 S. Wahsatch Ave., go to tinyurl.com/Indy-71Grind-18 for times and ticket prices.
For four years, 71Grind has brought some of the heaviest, nastiest metal, hardcore and more to Colorado Springs. But this year’s fest will be the last for a while — main organizers Bryan and Sean Ostrow are taking a break from the huge effort. That said, they’ve hardly rested on their laurels in organizing this year’s massive festival, drawing in a mix of up-and-comers and underground stalwarts.
In the latter category, there’s Despise You, an Inglewood, California, powerviolence band that made a name for themselves in the 1990s for their intensity and their mystique. Over their initial two-year run, the band released splits and EPs but didn’t play any live shows. Ultimately, their songs were collected in 1999’s West Side Horizons compilation. Their songs stood witness to the uglier parts of life — suicide, police brutality and drug abuse, expressed with vicious screams against stripped-down, ultra-fast or ultra-slow punk riffs. Since re-forming and playing their first live shows in 2007, they’ve released more music, including 2011’s face-melting & On & On split with grindcore titans Agoraphobic Nosebleed.

As for relative newcomers, Portland, Oregon doom metal act Mizmor will perform the entirety of their 2016 album Yodh. The band was formed to explore sole member A.L.N.’s need to “alleviate grief and depression brought on by myself through faith in certain ideas and religious practice,” according to an interview with Decibel Magazine. The band’s name is even Hebrew for psalm, and for the music’s existential weight, there’s a catharsis to be had. Nobody’s making metal like this.

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