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Live Wire: Thrashing in the East

By Joe Henley  /  Contributing Reporter

Warbringer has always been a band that has embraced the old school both in terms of its sound and “Get In The Van” work ethic. Case in point, Warbringer departed for a quick Asia tour that took them to Bangkok last night and to Hong Kong tonight before wrapping up in Taipei tomorrow. All of this comes mere days after the band completed the recording process for its as-yet untitled fourth album.

On the local front, hometown heroes Infernal Chaos will get the thrash crowd warmed up tomorrow night with a sound that is best described as Pantera meets the melodic Scandinavian riffage of At The Gates, with a touch of the emotive chorus in the vein of Killswitch Engage. Founded by Chthonic (閃靈) guitarist Jesse Liu (劉笙彙) in 2004, the band quickly formed a rabid following in Taiwan. Though dormant for the past four years — a product, said Liu, of the usual band infighting that can come with prolonged proximity — Infernal Chaos mended fences and returned to the stage earlier this year after its self-imposed hiatus. As Liu says, even when things looked their darkest, he was never ready to give up on his creation.

“I never wanted Infernal Chaos to disappear. Sometimes people just need to calm down and think straight, and I think after three to four years of calming down it’s time for us to get back on the stage again.”

Infernal Chaos has renewed its commitment to treat local audiences to the occasional display of utter devastation, and tomorrow night promises to be no different. Plans are also in the works for the band to record a long-awaited follow-up to its last record, 2007’s Vision of Disorder, by the end of this year.

Check out all the thrashing madness tomorrow evening as Taiwan’s premier outdoor music festival marks its return.

■ Formoz Festival (野台開唱) takes place this weekend at Taipei Children’s Recreation Center (台北市立兒童育樂中心) and Taipei Expo Park (台北花博公園). Performances are from 11am to 10pm. Evile closes out tomorrow evening at the Rock Stage (石舞台 ) at 8:50pm. Warbringer plays the same stage at 6:30pm, and Infernal Chaos gets the thrash-themed night started at 5:20pm. Advance tickets are available at 7-11 ibon stands or at The Wall, B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1), with one-day passes going for NT$2,500, three-day passes NT$3,600 (prices valid until midnight tonight). One and three-day passes are available for purchase at the festival grounds for NT$2,800 and NT$3,900 respectively.

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