10 Hardcore Bands at Terminal 5July 13th, 2009
10 for $10 Tour – Terminal 5 – July 10, 2009
New York City’s Terminal 5 played host to the 10 for $10 Tour last Friday night. In this day and age, where scenes are being diluted with get-rich-quick cookie-cutter bands and cohesion seems to have gone out the window, a tour where music fans can see a slew of serious bands from all over the hardcore spectrum for an extremely low price is quite an innovation. With doors at 3 p.m. and the first band on at 4 p.m., it did take some time for Terminal 5’s large main space to fill. However, those watching the earlier bands (War of Ages, the Ghost Inside, Crime in Stereo, Trapped Under Ice, Death Before Dishonor) made up for the lack of bodies by creating huge space-filling circle pits. By the time This Is Hell—the first of the more big-name bands (and one of two Long Island bands on the bill, along with Crime in Stereo)—took the stage, the venue was packed and the pits were going even harder.
Vision and then Terror played next and finally Poison the Well, one of the biggest and best bands currently in the hardcore scene. NYHC scene veterans Madball, together for more than 20 years, headlined the show. These days, few tours actually showcase such diversity in the genre, and with Hellfest just a memory, there’s hope, at least with this fan, that the 10 for $10 Tour becomes an annual trek. —Kirsten Housel
Photos courtesy of Kirsten Housel