City Paper is not for tourists
Today, I received a press release about a metalcore tour – featuring Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, and God Forbid – coming through Springfield, VA on December 20.
The name of the tour?
Stillborn Fest? Really? I understand that metalcore is all about, like, Death, and Being Extreme and such, but the whole “stillborn” thing sounds a bit antiquated to me. Was Stillborn Records founded in 1956?
Let’s be real: “Stillborn” is just your grandmother’s “Aborted Fetus.”
Stillborn Fest needs to put the metal back in metalcore! This is a scene that has spawned actual bands called Vaginal Mutilation, EMBRYONIC DEVOURMENT (Caps Lock theirs), and Fetal Pig (whose musical stylings are known as—-I am not making this up—-“Pigcore”). Stillborn Fest isn’t even trying!
A quick survey of acquaintances has already yielded four way better names for the tour:
SIDS Fest Meh, I’m Slightly Offended But I’ve Seen Worse Fest What’s Red and Crawling Up Your Leg Fest Stillborn Feast