Sunday, August 17, 2008

Himsa Is For Quitters

Last Saturday night El Corazon hosted the final performance of Himsa. The over-capacity heavy metal mayhem seemed to be the only appropriate way to end Himsa's 10yr roller coaster ride. Of course the show was held on one of the hottest days of the year at a venue that's notorious for being a sweat-box, and famously slow on drink orders. If you didn't break sweat being crushed in the pit you would eventually become drenched by security staff spraying the crowd in order to prevent anyone from over heating.

It was fun to watch Derek up on stage occasionally showing an out of character smile. I couldn't tell if it was a reaction to the crowds energy or the realization that he wasn't going to have to deal with spending months away from home in close quarters with band mates. I'm guessing it was the over-enthusiastic crowd.

The break up didn't come as a big shock to anyone who knew the guys. Himsa has always had it's share of problems with revolving band members, label disputes, and a ex-member law suite. It's seems as though recently things were going well with a consistent line-up and great reviews on the latest album, but constant touring, and the increased cost of touring, have weighed heavily on the band.

R.I.P. Himsa 1998-2008

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