2011 – 08/20
After 48 hours of relaxation for my poor eardrums, it was time to gather up the strength and courage for yet another onslaught. This time, the Power Of The Riff was taking place in the cozy confines of The Highline and featured more a lineup that was a who’s-who of current Pacific Northwest heavy heavyweights. The sounds were also quite a bit more varied compared to the first day, going from the spastic hardcore stylings of Trap Them to the downright evil monster riffs of Black Breath, to the old-school crusty hardcore stylings of From Ashes Rise.
The true winners of the evening were Seattle’s own Black Breath. The metalhead maniacs had just gotten done playing a free show at a local bar, and literally packed up their crap and headed over for round two pretty much immediately after. If the band was too tired, too drunk, or anything, they sure didn’t show it as they headbanged their way through a ferocious forty-minute set. Much of the crowd lingered behind to watch From Ashes Rise play their own brand of angry, raspy, hardcore punk.
When all was said and done, after hearing many a thanks to Greg Anderson, it was well-deserved. The Power Of Riff was better curated than many festivals, featuring a pleasantly broad spectrum of sounds from a sometimes narrow genre. For me, it is now time to relax and go buy some earplugs.