THE POWER OF THE RIFF Confirms DARKEST HOUR, XIBALBA, And XASTHUR For November Event In Los Angeles Celebrating Southern Lord’s 20th Anniversary

THE POWER OF THE RIFF makes is return in November, hosting a Los Angeles-based event with two days of performances featuring a wide range of heavy acts. The first incarnation of THE POWER OF THE RIFF since late 2016, this year’s gathering will take place the weekend of November 17th and 18th. This week the curators confirm more new acts including DARKEST HOUR, XIBALBA, and XASTHUR.

THE POWER OF THE RIFF‘s 2018 festivities will begin on Saturday, November 17th, with a kickoff party at The Echo. This show will see new Southern Lord act THE PRIMALS, a power trio featuring members of Darkest Hour, The Explosion, and more, opening for a rare set by legendary ’60s garage rock outfit, THE SONICS.

The main event for THE POWER OF THE RIFF will take place the following day, Sunday, November 18th, at LA’s The Echoplex. This show will be headlined by SUNN O))), who in 2018 is celebrating the act’s twentieth anniversary along with the Southern Lord label which was also created by the band in 1998. This show mark’s SUNN O)))‘s only California show of 2018 and final show of the year. Additional acts have also just been announced, including long-running metal quintet DARKEST HOUR, brutal metallic hardcore outfit XIBALBA, and legendary underground entity XASTHUR.

Watch for additional acts for the main event to be announced in the days ahead as THE POWER OF THE RIFF 2018 continues to take form.

Check out the new THE POWER OF THE RIFF website RIGHT HERE and find tickets for the event at THIS LOCATION. A limited number of special VIP tickets are available, each of which includes early entry, a drink token, Southern Lord swag bag, a SUNN O))) surprise, and more.

11/17/2018 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA kickoff party w/ The Sonics, The Primals [info]
11/18/2018 The Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA w/ SUNN O))), Darkest Hour, Xibalba, Xasthur, more TBA [info]

With an intent of exposing fans of all ages to brand new underground acts alongside some of the biggest names in the underground metal and hardcore scenes, for nearly a decade, THE POWER OF THE RIFF has booked multiple major festivals on the East and West Coasts, several mini-tours, and more. Among the dozens of acts that have taken part in these widespread events, AGNOSTIC FRONT, ALL PIGS MUST DIE, BAPTISTS, BLACK BREATH, BLACK COBRA, COLISEUM, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, EAGLE TWIN, EYEHATEGOD, FROM ASHES RISE, GATECREEPER, GOATSNAKE, INCANTATION, NAILS, NECROT, NEGATIVE APPROACH, NEUROSIS, PELICAN, PENTAGRAM, REPULSION, SUNN O))), TRAP THEM, WINTER, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, XIBALBA, and many others have performed.

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XIBALBA Releases Brutalizing Tour-Filmed Video & Winter US Tour With Comeback Kid Confirmed

Southern Cali’s lethal XIBALBA has just unleashed a new video for “Soledad,” one of the most punishing tracks on their Hasta La Muerte LP, released in 2012 by Southern Lord.

Filmed by Mike EYK and edited by Whobangin’, “Soledad” was culled from footage from their seemingly nonstop tour schedule over the past two years. XIBALBA’s monstrous on-stage delivery and interaction with the crowds amidst brutal dance floor action throughout the video, plus the copious amounts of partying captured between gigs, more than adequately displays the band’s incessant hard-touring ethos.

Check out “Soledad” RIGHT HERE.

XIBALBA earlier released an official video for the LP’s title track HERE, and Hasta La Muerte can be heard in its entirety HERE.

Having unloaded their downtuned, beatdown-ready death-infused hardcore onto North American audiences steadily for the past two years, in addition to tours of Europe and Japan this year, the band has just locked a new Winter excursion, set to sweep across the US this February and March. XIBALBA’s trek begins February 15th, as they cut through the center of the country with a bout of headlining dates in order to join up with the rest of the tour package in Chicago on February 20th, which sees them providing support for Comeback Kid, also joined by Backtrack, Downpresser and To The Wind. The caravan then hits East Coast and Southeast, storms through SXSW and then pushes west, closing with a round of shows in California.

XIBALBA Tour Dates:

2/15/2014 East Side Joe’s – Las Vegas, NV

2/16/2014 Salt Haus – Salt Lake City, UT

2/17/2014 Helms Deep – Denver, CO

2/18/2014 Jackpot Saloon – Lawrence, KS

2/19/2014 A220 East – Cedar Falls, IA

XIBALBA w/ Comeback Kid, Backtrack, Downpresser, To The Wind:

2/20/2014 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL

2/21/2014 The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI

2/22/2014 Pike Room – Pontiac, MI

2/23/2014 Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH

2/25/2014 Middle East – Boston, MA

2/26/2014 Santos Party Haus – New York, NY

2/27/2014 Empire – West Springfield, VA

2/28/2014 Reverb – Reading, PA

3/01/2014 The Casbah – Charlotte, NC

3/02/2014 Rockettown – Nashville, TN

3/04/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

3/05/2014 Epic Problem – Tampa, FL

3/06/2014 Backbooth – Orlando, FL

3/07/2014 Speakeasy – Lake Worth, FL

3/08/2014 Atticus Bar – Jacksonville, FL

3/09/2014 The Forge – Birmingham, AL

3/10/2014 Goodtime Charlie – Tupelo, MS

3/12/2014 Never Say Never Festival – McAllen, TX

3/14/2014 TBA – Austin, TX @ SXSW

3/15/2014 Walters – Houston, TX

3/16/2014 South By So What – Dallas, TX

3/19/2014 Pub Rock – Phoenix, AZ

3/20/2014 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA

3/21/2014 Industry Theater – Lancaster, CA

3/22/2014 The Metro – Oakland, CA

3/23/2014 Rock City Studios – Ventura, CA