Hold onto your guitar picks and brace yourselves for a wild ride, because The Handlebar is about to become ground zero for an auditory explosion that's set to rattle even the most seasoned eardrums. On Wednesday, September 13th, 2023, metal enthusiasts from far and wide will converge to witness a showcase of some of the most formidable talents in the scene. With a lineup that could wake the dead takes over the stage, brace yourself for a metal maelstrom featuring the headliner with an attitude, Cane Hill, flanked by Afterdusk and Brave New World.
Leading the charge for the evening is none other than Cane Hill, the trailblazing grungecore/newcore force straight outta the voodoo-soaked streets of New Orleans. With a sound that pays homage to the genre's iconic past while injecting a modern ferocity, Cane Hill has been making waves since their inception. Their music is a visceral blend of heavy riffs, guttural screams, and infectious melodies that defy categorization and will stick to your brain like gum on a shoe.
Whether you're a nu-metal OG or a curious cat looking to expand your musical horizons, Cane Hill's set will have you headbanging like it's the early 2000s all over again. With recent releases like Endless Riot, their set promises to be a cathartic experience that resonates with both new listeners and long-time fans. Warning: may cause involuntary air guitar solos and sudden outbreaks of aggressive moshing.
Joining the lineup is Afterdusk, a formidable metalcore powerhouse hailing from the heart of Mobile, Alabama. With a reputation for their relentless aggression and technically masterful musicianship, Afterdusk has been carved a niche for themselves within our metal scene. These guys are on a mission to melt your face and redefine the term "breakdown." Their tunes are like a rollercoaster of emotions on steroids, with heart-pounding riffs and melodies that'll haunt your dreams—in a good way, of course.
Their stage presence is electrifying, their breakdowns bone-shattering, and their melodies hauntingly beautiful. Tracks like Plastic Memories and Tangled Roots showcase their ability to seamlessly transition from heart-pounding chaos to melodic introspection, leaving audiences captivated and craving more. So, if you've been looking for an excuse to unleash your inner headbanger and try out those growls you practice in the shower, Afterdusk's set is your golden ticket. Just remember to stretch those neck muscles beforehand; you're gonna need 'em.
Representing the local scene, Brave New World, are here to prove that Pensacola has more than just beautiful beaches—it's got some serious musical muscle too. Hailing from the very city in which they'll perform, Brave New World's music encapsulates the struggles and triumphs of life, delivered through soaring vocals, intricate guitar work, and a rhythm section that hits like a freight train.
Their emotionally charged songs like Beneath The Deepest Roots and Tarpit create an immersive atmosphere that allows listeners to connect deeply with the music. By blending introspective lyrics with intense instrumentals, Brave New World promises a performance that will resonate with anyone who has ever faced the complexities of existence.
The anticipation for this monumental metal mayhem is building, and as September 13th draws closer, excitement fills the air. The Handlebar will be transformed into a haven for metalheads and music enthusiasts alike, as Cane Hill, Afterdusk, and Brave New World bring their unparalleled energy and passion to the stage. Be prepared to witness an explosive night of headbanging, mosh pits, and unadulterated musical intensity that will leave a lasting impact. Mark your calendars, secure your tickets, and get ready to unleash the madness on a night that promises to go down in Pensacola's music history.
PS - Don't forget about The Handlebar burger from Sauce Boss Burgers. Man.. that 196 sauce slaps. You're making all of the wrong choices if you don't grab one while you enjoy the show.