New Hampshire Survives Ringworm Infection (Barely...)

"Some of you might have been conceived to this song," Ringworm frontman James "Human Furnace" Bulloch told the gathered at Sonny's Tavern, the small, homey New Hampshire bar the Cleveland metallic hardcore levelers were then steadily transforming into an overly-amped emotional and physical pressure cooker. "The album it's on came out in 1993. You do the math." Now, your humble correspondent is of a venerable enough age that he was not forced to imagine his parents getting freaky to "Flatline," but some in the crowd clearly were not -- and those youngsters, as improbable as this may seem, bore witness to a Ringworm that was as fiery, as passionate, as devastating, and, yes, as ridiculously fucking tight as the band has been at any time in its storied run.

Decibel was on hand to capture a bit of the insanity that ensued once openers Backstabbers, Inc finished up a blistering, M.I.A. heavy set.

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The crowd reacts...

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Seems like this guy thinks Bulloch could use a Bud...

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Brian Serven of Backstabbers, Inc floats above the fray...

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"Actually, maybe I could use that Bud..."

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A few parting shots on the way out the door...

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Hammer of the Witch is out now on Relapse.

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