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Ringworm

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Ringworm is the reigning hardcore champion of Cleveland, and if you're just catching up with the band, this is the show for you. The group will play its debut album, 1993's The Promise, in its entirety. Invoking comparisons to the Cro-Mags and Slayer, the disc was a key development in metalcore: Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta has cited it as a life-changing experience, and it was reissued in 2003 by Deathwish, the label owned by Converge frontman Jacob Bannon. Bannon also overhauled its artwork, replacing its eye-catching, blurry photography with 18th-century woodblock carvings of satanic figures.

"It's the first time we played the whole first album since -- well, since that's all the songs we had," says frontman the Human Furnace, also a partner in the renowned 252 Tattoo, which celebrates its 10th anniversary that night. (He'll also play a set as guitarist of the Gluttons and may join Bloodwolf for a song.)

"We just wanted to do a little something special. Everybody always asks for us to do old songs," the Furnace adds. "So we're like, 'Fuck it, let's do the whole first album.' It's gonna be a good time -- a one-time-only thing."

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