Video: Dark Tranquillity Performs New Atoma Material On Their North American Tour

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Dark Tranquillity kicked off their Atoma North American headlining tour on Friday night here in New York City to the delight of the sold out crowd at The Gramercy Theatre. Continue reading

Audio: Starkill Releases Burn Your World And Shadow Sleep Singles

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Starkill will be releasing their third studio album, Shadow Sleep, on November 4th via Prosthetic Records. Continue reading

Audio + Tour: Night Demon – Satan + North American Tour Dates

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Southern California old school metallers Night Demon is in the midst of their North American tour in support of their debut album Curse Of The Damned, out now via Century Media. Stream “Satan” below.

May 14: Churchills – Miami, FL
May 16: The Odditorium – Asheville, NC
May 17: Reggie’s 42nd St. Tavern – Wilmington, NC
May 18: The Pinch – Washington D.C.
May 19: Cafe 611 – Fredrick, MD
May 20: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
May 22: Piranha Bar – Montreal, QC
May 23: The Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
May 28: Genos – Portland, ME
May 29: Firehouse 13 – Providence, RI
May 30: The Wreck Room – Peterborough, NH
Jun 01: Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY
Jun 02: TBA – Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 03: Satan’s Den – Hilliard, OH
Jun 04: Backstage Café – Covington, KY
Jun 06: Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Jun 08: Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI
Jun 09: Livewire Lounge – Chicago, IL
Jun 10: Brass Rail – Fort Wayne, IN
Jun 11: The New Vintage – Louisville, KY
Jun 18: Riot Room – Kansas City, MO (w/starkill)
Jun 19: Lizard Lounge – Wichita, KS
Jun 21: Fubar – St. Louis, MO
Jun 23: The Wisco – Madison, WI
Jun 24: Palmers Bar – Minneapolis, MN
Jun 26: Warehouse – LaCrosse, WI
Jun 27: Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
Jun 29: (CF) Hideout – Omaha, NE
Jul 02: Bar X – Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 03: The Shredder – Boise, ID
Jul 04: Missoula VFW – Missoula, MT
Jul 07: High Line – Seattle, WA
Jul 09: Rotture – Portland, OR
Jul 10: Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR
Jul 11: TBA – San Francisco, CA
Jul 12: Sweet Springs Saloon – Los Osos, CA
Jul 17: Bombay – Ventura, CA
Jul 18: Loaded – Los Angeles CA

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Sepultura Confirm 30th Anniversary Tour With Destruction, Arsis, etc.

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Brazilian metal icons Sepultura are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their career with an upcoming North American tour with Destruction and Arsis as support, as well as an upcoming Sepultura Under My Skin seven inch EP featuring the brand new track “Under My Skin” plus a live version of “Kairos,” out June 5, 2015 via Nuclear Blast on limited colored vinyl and available here.

May 09: Rock In Rio (Sepultura Only) – Las Vegas, NV

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+ Boris The Blade and Micawber opening:
May 10: Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
May 11: Whisky A Go Go –  West Hollywood, CA
May 12: Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
May 13: Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
May 14: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
May 15: Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
May 16: Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
May 17: Pub Station – Billings, MT
May 19: Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
May 20: The Amsterdam – St. Paul, MN
May 21: High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
May 22: Reggies – Chicago, IL
May 23: Expo Five – Louisville, KY
May 24: Centerstage Bar – Kokomo, IN
May 26: The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI

+ The Last Ten Seconds of Life and Starkill opening:
May 28: Opera House – Toronto, ON
May 29: Club Soda – Montreal, QC
May 30: Webster Hall – New York, NY
May 31: Jewel Nightclub – Manchester, NH
Jun 01: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Jun 02: The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
Jun 03: Hooligans Music Hall – Jacksonville, NC
Jun 04: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Jun 05: Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jun 06: Publiq House – New Orleans, LA
Jun 07: BFE Rock Club – Houston, TX
Jun 08: The Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
Jun 10: Empire Garage – Austin, TX
Jun 11: Cine El Rey – McAllen, TX
Jun 12: Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
Jun 13: Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Jun 14: Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO

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Sepultura Announce North American Tour

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Sepultura will celebrate their 30 year career with a North American tour in May with Destruction, Arsis, Boris the Blade, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Micawber and Starkill.

Sepultura 30th Anniversary North American Tour Dates
May 09: Rock In Rio USA – Las Vegas, NV
May 10: Joe’s Grotto — Phoenix, AZ
May 11: The Whisky — West Hollywood, CA
May 12: Ace of Spades — Sacramento, CA
May 13: Bossonova Ballroom — Portland, OR
May 14: Studio Seven — Seattle, WA
May 15: Rickshaw Theater — Vancouver, BC
May 16: Starlite Room — Edmonton, AB
May 17: Pub Station — Billings, MT
May 19: Zoo Cabaret — Winnipeg, MB
May 20: The Amsterdam — Minneapolis, MN
May 21: High Noon Saloon — Madison, WI
May 22: Reggie’s — Chicago, IL
May 23: Expo Five — Louisville, KY
May 24: Centerstage Bar & Grill — Kokomo, IN
May 26: The Pyramid Scheme — Grand Rapids, MI
May 28: Opera House — Toronto, ON
May 29: Club Soda — Montreal, QC
May 30: Webster Hall — New York, NY
May 31: Jewel Nightclub — Manchester, NH
Jun 01: Ottobar — Baltimore, MD
Jun 02: The NorVA — Norfolk, VA
Jun 03: Hooligans Music Hall — Jacksonville, NC
Jun 04: The Masquerade — Atlanta, GA
Jun 05: Culture Room — Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jun 06: Publiq House — New Orleans, LA
Jun 07: BFE Rock Club — Houston, TX
Jun 08: The Rail Club — Fort Worth, TX
Jun 10: Empire Garage — Austin, TX
Jun 11: Cine El Rey — McAllen, TX
Jun 12: Sunshine Theater — Albuquerque, NM
Jun 13: Summit Music Hall — Denver, CO
Jun 14: Mesa Theater — Grand Junction, CO

Arch Enemy- Kreator – Huntress – Starkill: Live At The Worcester Palladium

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Time to sojourn out to the Palladium once again for another show on a brisk Autumn Saturday night! While I am hitting seemingly less shows than in past years (still about one every 1-2 weeks) there are certain tours you have to make sure you see. Kreator is one of the most legendary thrash bands ever and always puts on a satisfying live show. Arch Enemy, with the new blood injected by Alissa White-Gluz definitely had the curiosity factor going for it, but AE too has always been nothing if not very consistently excellent as a live proposition. Surely lots of fans wanted to know if the band still had the goods without Angela Gossow, but if you listened to War Eternal (Century Media), you had plenty of evidence to go on. Getting to the venue early, I saw a ton of people in early for the VIP/soundcheck and you could here for a block around the venue, the co-headliners had brought their A-game on this day. Also, I need to send a special shout out to my bro Dan for getting out to the show early and having a blast all day with me. Good times broseph!

Due to some Ghost Cult business, I missed the second stage opening bands, many of whom I was looking forward to seeing. It’s tough parsing up my time, but think in 2015 I am going to give more time to underground acts and locals when possible. Anycase the first band I caught on this night was Starkill and I was pleasantly surprised by how well put together they were live. The early light crowd in the venue early was definitely feeling these guys and their intense performance. They were heavy and tight and seemed very comfortable in what could have been an intimidating situation. I may have to give their just release Virus of the Mind Album (Century Media) another listen as perhaps I shelved that one away a little too quickly a few months back.

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I’m not entirely sure what is going on with Huntress these days. They had me in the fold early on in their career with their blend of proto-metal, occasional thrash and occult rock influences. I knew Jill Janus was occasionally cheesy on the mic, certainly her lyrics you can skip, but she could deliver vocally and the band has been very solid at times. Perhaps I caught the band on a bad night, but they had a dismal performance. Jill voice was definitely suffering from some malady, sounding hoarse, and the band overall was lackluster. The set list didn’t help their cause either since other than a few songs off of their debut, they played a chunk of their latest album, which I also didn’t enjoy much. I think ahead of their next album, this is a band that really needs to evaluate themselves hardcore, and go back to playing to their strengths. There are a lot of bands that do what they do with making it such a poor mish-mosh.

 

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By comparison Kreator was amazeballs, but you just knew they would be. Whatever fountain of youth these guys have access to, please point me in the right direction. There tireless Teutonic Thrash warriors just deliver every single time I have ever seen them, dating back to club shows in the 90s. They played a badass set of old jams and new classics for an unrelenting set that clocked in at about one hour. Mille Petrozza continues to be one of the best front men in metal, never sacrificing his immense playing ability for his vocals. Playing a set comprised of tracks from across their history, the highlights were opener ‘Violent Revolution’, Extreme Aggression’, ‘Enemy of God, and ‘Hordes of Chaos’ among others. The pit action was non-stop basically the entire set and I wondered how Arch Enemy would do to match this. The band performed like the seasoned, veteran act that they are had the crowd eating out of their hand. I am ready for 2015 to bring a new Kreator album, how about you?

 

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As the roadcrew took a while to change over Kreator’s set for Arch Enemy’s staging (although they used the same lighting rig, I surveyed the crowd. It was a little on the light side for these top two bands and in this venue, but in fairness there had a plethora of shows this week and the annual Rock And Shock festival was the week before. Still, there was a full crowd in front of the stage and they were ready to get their Arch Enemy on, as it has been a while since the band was in front of their American fans to put on a show.

And put on a show they did! Following the into music the crowd welcomed back this long running institution of modern melodic death metal. From the very first notes and guttural roar of White-Gluz announcing the band to the stage with opening song, ‘Enemy Within’, it was on! The pit was active early on in the set as they chopped their way through tracks like ‘War Eternal’, ‘Ravenous’, and ‘Revolution Begins’ before even addressing the audience. The band just seemed to have a fierceness I had not seen from them in a long time, and dare I say they were up there having fun.

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At this point, much has been made of Alissa’s rise to front the band, the departure of Gossow, and War Eternal. Hey, change is hard when it comes to your favorite bands. However, chances are, if you were not into the Angela years, you aren’t going to run back screaming for them. On the other hand, Alissa has already proven to be a more than worthy successor, even putting her own stamp on a few classics, but always doing the music justice and sounding brutal as fuck. Let’s not analyze her to death for no reason, just listen and enjoy.

 

As fun as she was fronting The Agonist, Alissa excelled at pumping up the crowd and getting the audience to participate. Although the moshers were looking tired from my vantage point, she kept extolling them to wake up, scream along and generally have a good time.

 

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As far as the rest of the band, it is always the Michael Amott and Daniel Erlandsson show. Sure the entire band is talents, but Michael and Daniel are worth the price of admission, always. Amott’s soloing and tone sound a crisp and round as ever and he had his usual army of fan-boys in the crowd.

 

The band impressed me with their energy the entire set long, that went for almost 20 tracks and an hour and a half. It’s great to see a veteran band really act like one, and put on a long set night after night. If you want to just be a hater, then fine. But if you have ever cared about this band and are on the fence about their new front woman or new album, I’m here to tell you to get over yourself and give them a fair chance. You might just get blown away.

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WORDS: KEITH CHACHKES

PHOTOS: HILLARIE JASON PHOTOGRAPHY

Wintersun, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Arsis and Starkill Live At The Sinclair, Cambridge MA

Wintersun (7 of 11)This show was a tasty treat for the listening senses. It’s not often that every individual band on a bill brings different and complementary sounds. Usually you go to a show and expect most of the bands to either sound similar or just have no real logical flow as to the running order, or just be so disparate sonically that you’re wondering if the bands’ names were pulled out of a hat at random. With that being said, that was far from the situation here. Continue reading