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their myriad side projects) are going to disappear anytime soon.
since he joined them earlier this year. His blasting has never sounded tighter, and he's turning out to be quite the little showman. I also enjoyed watching their bass player find new things to jump on top of, and then off of.
When I was in college, being a vegan/straight edge death metal kid was considered pretty strange - to the point that my other straight edge friends either didn't believe I was straight-edge, or didn't consider me a real hesher. [For the record, every time someone calls me "punk rock" my acid reflux acts up.] Dead in the Dirt would probably have been my favourite band in those days; a vegan/straight-edge grindcore band is a testament to how much the walls between subcultures have disintegrated since then.
The occasional equipment mishap aside, their performance made it clear why Southern Lord were so excited to have them on the label (besides wanting to corner the market on ultra heavy power violence). There's not a lot of fluff in DITD's sound: Just speed, heaving riffs, and more speed. They singled out Tools of the Trade for praise, telling the audience, "I hope you realize how special what you have here is. We don't have anything like this back home. We just have a bunch of people flopping around on the floor, pretending they mean it." [Oh, we have that here too. Remember Hurricane?] Meanwhile, the Tools guys never fail to let me know how jealous they are that I was at this year's Maryland Deathfest. The grass is always greener, I guess.