Songs about failed relationships aren't usually in a hardcore punk band's repertoire, but let's make an exception for Gallows' "Abandon Ship." It's a breakup song that supplants broken hearts with broken skulls, and smashes your nose with the kind of blind rage that only grief can provoke. The British lads in Gallows got a lot of well-deserved attention in the wake of that single and their debut album, but the following years brought lineup changes and label problems. Now that those issues are settled, the band has found some stability in a heavier, more metallic sound and a new lead screamer. Let's hope those changes haven't robbed Gallows of a single ounce of venom. With Barn Burner, Brain Tumor, and the Gillespie Killings. 18+.
Thu., Nov. 15, 7 p.m., 2012
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