X Fest: Nuclear Assault, Hirax, EvilDead, Toxic Holocaust @ The Regent 1/6/18
Words and Photography By Hugo Juarez
As 6:00 rang in Thrown Into Exile was now on the stage at last. This was my first time ever seeing their full set, while I’ve seen the videos and listened to the music, seeing Thrown up on stage was a real treat for me since I’ve known both guitarists Ray and Mario for quite some time. As soon as their Singer Joey went up onstage he immediately started interacting with the crowd making sure everyone was just as hyped as the band. With only a 30 minute set the band was able to deliver the goods. As mosh pits start breaking out and the floor is getting filled with concert goers. The acoustics were setting into more than perfectly for the 5 piece hellions. The stage presence was all their and everyone’s in sync to what’s happening on stage and with each other. Another heavy LA based band worth checking out if you like bands such as Incite, Divine Heresy and God forbid.
6:45 Up next is the super group Expulsion with members from groups such as repulsion, exhumed, gruesome and phobia. This old school grindcore tube band leaves you on the edge and with such talented members it’s no wonder they had some of the first stage divers already flinging toward the crowds. You can definitely here the influences seamlessly through all the members on what works well and judging by the engagement going back and forth with the crowd, they’re giving them just what they like. Having a veteran type of reputation there is certainty that this band will stand out more often than you’d think.