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CEREMONY + THE WORLD + THE COLTRANES + LEISURE WORLD @ THE ECHO | L.A. RECORD
Photos by Joey Tobin Words by Zach Bilson Few hardcore bands last over a decade, much less pack those years with enough musical variation and artistic merit to warrant a retrospective. NoCal five-piece Ceremony are a notable exception, and five albums in, they've booked three sold-out nights at The Echo dedicated to revisiting their entire catalog. The first night featured a spread of tracks from throughout their discography, focusing mostly on their hard-as-nails debut Violence Violence and their latest, 2015's sorely underrated The L-Shaped Man. The latter's producer, John Reis of Drive Like Jehu / Rocket From the Crypt fame, graced the whole set with a glittering Gibson Les Paul, complementing axemen Anthony Anzaldo and Andy Nelson on powerhouse riffs like "Open Head" and "Hysteria." His history with the band was revealed to go back a little further - singer/screamer/graphic designer Ross Farrar introduced their cover of Red C's "Pressure's On" by admitting they had heard RFTC's