Tapping into Buffalo’s long-established hardcore scene, and carrying on the work of hardcore/metal forbears like Zero Tolerance, Cannibal Corpse, Snapcase, Stemm, and the Red October, I’m From the Government and I’m Here To Help formed in Niagara Falls in 2013 and has spent the time since refining its aggressive, in-your-face and occasionally unsettling brand of Western New York metal.
“Hard Truth/Forced Unity,” the band’s debut EP, arrived last year, presenting the quintet’s unapologetically pummeling blend of hardcore and modern metal, and laying the groundwork for the band’s new offering, the six-track attitude-fest that is “Capital Punishment.” First single “This Life Sentence” has been generating a buzz for the hard release of the new EP, via a strident YouTube video. The band will officially unveil “Capital Punishment” on at 6 p.m. Saturday at Stamps (98 Main St., Tonawanda) with the help of openers Diceros, Wreckage, United by Hate and Fall of Humanity. Admission will be $10 at the door of the club.
Described in an on-point fashion by a writer for The Metal Webzine (welcometothemetal.wordpress.com) as “a slap across the face by an unknown force,” I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Help – singer Tom Bieler, guitarists Ronnie LePine and Robby Warren, drummer Steve Keicher and bassist Jake Wiesnet – has crafted a compelling marriage of hardcore, thras, and more melodic metal stylings with “Capital Punishment.” Copies of the release will be available at Saturday’s show. Additional information can be found through imfromthegovtband.bigcartel.com.