August 9/10/11 2024 | Kortrijk - BE Aug 9/10/11



Hardcore / Thrash




saturday | 13h50-14h35 | helldorado



In the mid-80s a noisy rehearsal of Kurt and Erik Brecht’s band elicited a string of insults from their father - including the band’s future name.

Just two months later Dirty Rotten Imbeciles played their maiden gig and a mere six months after their inception they spawned an 18-minute EP containing 22 tracks. D.R.I. drew inspiration from hardcore and punk (rock) but when they moved to Frisco, thrash influences worked their way into the music. ‘Crossover’ dropped in 1987 and the title was spot-on. Whereas both genres had been developing separately until then, D.R.I. concerts were a universe onto themselves where hardcore and metal fans mingle. Slam dancing and stagediving - two concepts rooted in hardcore – now became commonplace at metal shows as well. D.R.I put crossover on the map together with S.O.D., C.O.C., Excel and Suicidal Tendencies. Over the years, D.R.I.’s punk attitude took them back to the smaller clubs and they stayed active on that scene until guitarist Spike Cassidy was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2006. After his recovery D.R.I. saddled up again and after their previous onslaught here in 2022 we can’t wait to welcome them back.