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Drugged Conscience Delivers a Double Dose of Brutality at Churchill's Pub This Week

This week, Churchill's Pub hosts a pair of Drugged Conscience-sponsored concerts seething with heterogenous brutality. While the label and booking agency fits under the comfortably broad punk/hardcore banner, its showcases exemplify the manifoldness inherent in the operation's extreme music dealings.

And tonight, leftover Winter Music Conference zombies still combing the streets in search of a beat should party with Salvation, a straight-up vitrolic ensemble from the suburbs of Philadelphia. Like many of the acts on the Drugged Conscience roster, these rippers are firm exporters of the mysterious guy punk variant, which pairs noisy hardcore (via exhausting speed, dirge-y breakdowns, and unabashed feedback lust) with cryptic, goth-influenced imagery and lyrical content.

Exhibit 1: Salvation's music video for "Lapse Infinitum" from Mortality Interactions, their newest LP on hardcore institution Youth Attack Records.

The opening acts provide an appropriate level of resonance without getting redundant: Slashpine (replacing Eztorbo) overlap via crispy, buzzing thrash but take the full plunge away from punk into a black metal-stoner hybrid; Rauh (aka David Smith of Shitstorm, Mehkago N.T., and Heartstrings) plays up the cultish, noisy elements with his beat heavy, brooding industrial; and Panzram (from Ft. Myers) has been curiously described by Drugged Conscience curator Chris Donaldson as a cross between Born Against and Hum.

Three days later, Drugged Conscience kicks out the throwback jams with a showcase featuring Boston's Vaccine, a grindcore-youth crew amalgamation that has prompted Donaldson to compare the group to a fusion of Napalm Death's sneering speed and the Mass-hole tough guy stomp of SSD. Yes, these dudes are straight edge. Yes, the flyer's lone image is a clenched fist with an "X" on it. Fittingly, openers Hardware Youth play straight forward, pit-friendly '80s hardcore. Alongside black metal formalists, Hellmass, the evening could not get any heavier.

Salvation with Panzram, Slashpine, and Rauh, presented by Drugged Conscience. Tuesday, March 15. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the cover costs $5. See the Facebook event page. Call 305-757-1807 or visit

Vaccine with Hardware Youth, and Hellmass, presented by Drugged Conscience. Friday, March 18. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the cover costs $5. Visit the Facebook event page. Call 305-757-1807 or visit

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Matt Preira