The fourth edition of the Show Your Scars Festival once again took place at the Regent in Downtown Los Angeles. This year’s headliner was the British death/extreme metal legends, Carcass. Lots more underground and old school metal was set in the lineup and the Los Angeles audience was pumped up and waiting outside in the rain to get in early enough to the show to catch all the bands playing. As all previous SYS shows, this one sold out ahead of time so you know it was going to be a wild night.
Excel is a hardcore punk/crossover thrash metal band from Venice, California. They are one of the major bands from the 1980’s to come out of the crossover scene along with Suicidal Tendencies. Plenty of fans were excited for Excel as they destroyed the venue with classics such as Wreck Your World, Your Life My Life, and Split Image. Excel put on a great performance and surely did not disappoint the already packed venue.
Iron Reagan is an American crossover thrash supergroup from Richmond, Virginia, featuring members of Municipal Waste which are vocalist Tony Foresta and Cannabis Corpse and Municipal Waste bassist Phil “LandPhil” Hall. A band like this always puts on an energetic performance so you know you’re in for a crazy show. In true hardcore punk fashion, Iron Reagan played fast songs that got the mosh pit going and stage divers were still showing up on stage constantly. Iron Reagan didn’t seem to mind fans coming up on stage to party and get wild as fans got up on stage and dove right back in. Iron Reagan played fast and short tunes like Eat Shit and Live, Tongue Tied, Fuck the Neighbors, and even a Cannibal Corpse cover of A Skull Full of Maggots. There was never a dull moment in Iron Reagan‘s performance and fans were left wanting more and seemed to have plenty of energy left.
Lowlife is a crossover thrash/hardcore punk band from Santa Monica, California. Lowlife features the original and founding members of crossover thrash/hardcore punk band Cryptic Slaughter who are Les Evans (guitar) and Scott Peterson (drums). Cryptic Slaughter was originally set to play, but had to change their name due to legal rights and so now go by Lowlife after one of their songs. Despite the name change, fans still chanted the name Cryptic Slaughter because to them, it was Cryptic Slaughter. Regardless of names, Lowlife promised a full Cryptic Slaughter set and they delivered on their promise. Lowlife started the show with Positively and right away, the mosh pits started again along with crowd surfers and stage divers. Fans went wild for Cryptic Slaughter as the band had not played any shows since their initial breakup in 1990 so for most if not all fans in attendance, it was their first time seeing Cryptic Slaughter. Cryptic Slaughter drove the fans wild as they pummeled through classics like M.A.D., Last Laugh, Set Your Own Pace, and Lowlife. It seems Cryptic Slaughter has been revived and is alive and well with their current lineup and will hopefully play again in the area real soon.
The headlining band of the night was Carcass. Plenty of fans were also in attendance with Carcass merch and the packed venue was ready for the death metal legends. The lights went out and the crowd cheered as Carcass made their way to the stage and started the show with Genital Grinder. Carcass‘ performance was flawless as they always are. Fans continued to mosh and crowd surfers continued to make their way to the stage. It seems security was tight in not letting fans stay on stage and would immediately toss them back into the crowd. Carcass‘ heavy music made for some great headbanging and moshing. Songs such as Exhume to Consume, Reek of Putrefaction, Buried Dreams, and No Love Lost allowed fans to let loose and go wild on this rainy Saturday night. The show was coming to an end and they ended with their most famous song, Heartwork. Carcass thanked the audience for coming out and left the stage. Seeing all the carnage from the venue itself, people were sweating like crazy, tired, sleepy, drunk, and everything in between. A very good Saturday indeed and it’s just the beginning of the year.