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The Raybeez and Warzone Tribute show at Tompkins Square Park was such a blast, a huge celebration of what makes NYHC and all the good people involved in the scene so great. Not only was it the first time I saw an old fave Shutdown in like 15 years, but of course the amazing array of guest singers who came out to pay tribute to Warzone’s Raybeez and the legacy of New York City’s roughest underground.

I can’t even begin to recap all the amazing highlights as I am just freshly home and this was the New Yorkiest of NYHC shows almost ever, so I am just gonna let it sit and post the photos and some video clips to capture a fraction of the spirit. Was nice running into Dr Know and gettin to chat, seeing my friend Brian Goss play a song, another friend from the band Vajra, see lots of people stoked on the youngest band Regulate and of course witness Fireburn’s kick ass first East Coast Set (they were seriously amazing and surpassed even my high expectations).

Kill Your Idols almost stole the whole show as their set was over the top energy and great messages, while the diverse and awesome crowd participated with serious devotion most of the entire day. The Warzone set with friends of the band filling in on vocals (including members of Madball, Sick Of It All, Killing Time, Stigmata and many many more) was one of the most inspiring and fun things I have seen on a stage in fucking years. It was a true fans friggin’ dream.

Joseph Cuz Cammarata (Black N’ Blue Productions) , Drew Stone (The New York Hardcore Chronicles/Antidote) and everyone involved made so many people feel something really powerful today and major kudos to their efforts.

I am so happy today. PMA, baby. Don’t forget the struggle.

Damn, what a kick ass day in Tompkins.

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Metal Church at The Chance. 9/19/17 (Show Review)

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 1:51 PM (PST)

My family always wanted me to attend church a little bit more, so when I saw METAL CHURCH on the Chance website, I knew I had to go. It’s what my family wanted. Probably God too, and who am I to argue?

It’s been said that METAL CHURCH is the only church. Good enough if you ask me.

The date was September 9th, 2017, and the congregation huddled outside in the unseasonably chilly air outside The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY as we awaited our heroes, METAL CHURCH to arrive for the show, which also doubled as a party for Chris Caffery’s birthday. The cold air, the crack head trying to sell a fake “front row” ticket to the show, and the fact that the venue didn’t let anyone into the building for nearly an hour past the door time wasn’t enough to deter any of us. In fact, the “front row” ticket was the joke of the night for many of us as we yelled out in between songs “I got front row!” (the entire front of the stage is GA).

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SubRosa brought their Wuthering Heights as gothic doom metal splendor to Beacon, NY tonight on an off night show from their tour with Wovenhand and wowed a lucky and modest but enraptured Sunday crowd at new venue The Platform in Beacon, NY. “Black Majesty” was indeed felt by all and I was beyond thrilled to finally witness the band live after being a fan for many years. In fact, it is crazy to think it has been ten years almost since I really fell completely in love with the Strega album and the band has since come to really mean so much to me. If the wait to see them live hadn’t driven me crazy a few times, haha, the band were still very much worth the wait to finally see live. They put on an incredible and very emotional show and I am on cloud nine.

Clover opened the night with their awesome blend of raging hardcore-influenced raw groove metal with semi-counter intuitive smart rhythmic shifts to keep you guessing between roars and super distorted riffs. The sound in this relatively new Beacon, NY space was pretty solid despite a few hiccups. “Aurora” was particularly powerful.

Witchkiss were a rad power trio in the Electric Wizard vein with very cool effected co-ed vocals and include an ex-member of 00’s Poughkeepsie area brawlers When Dreams Die (we joked together about how hardcore dudes who are smart switch to stoner rock as we age to preserve knees and bones from injury). Witchkiss are a lot of fun and you can hear a track on their Bandcamp.

Heavy Traffic, well…I don’t even feel like writing about them much. Rumor had it they cancelled and so the show started late as a result and then the band finally showed up and claimed a prime slot, had to be told to stop playing and as a result of their tardy behavior SubRosa trimmed their set down. I had been waiting like ten years to see SubRosa and they were going to do a few rare acoustic songs and trimmed that just cuz they are nice and were accomodating. Heavy Traffic kind of came off like Brooklyn hipster indie kids trying to be loud enough to play metal shows but with Forrest Gump as a singer. If you think you got over, a lot of people actually were grumbling about it. Try to show up on time or trim your set if late, not the headliner’s time. The place had a ten pm Sunday curfew.

Clover def had a great attitude in that they showed up early, didn’t care if they opened and hit the stage fast and furiously. That’s what is up.

(Update: Day or two later I heard some more details and a counter point of view. I def got up on wrong side bed the morning I wrote this and was perhaps harsher than I needed to be. I heard a few conflicting versions of events a day or so later and it seems the HT dudes weren’t as willfully shady as I had thought. Maybe I just don’t trust any humans? No, what I wrote above was based on an early, incomplete account someone told me for the delay, etc. Also, checking out Heavy Traffic’s music more I am really enjoying “Negative Green”, so go ahead and give them a fair shake HERE. Their sound is actually pretty cool and psych influenced).

Anyway, all in all it was still a wonderful night and SubRosa’s energy was beyond fantastic. A dude from The Ditch & The Delta filled in on bass and SR played as a four piece as Kim is pregnant and not out on this tour as a result, but the band were still electric and potent.

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Review: Blaze Bayley and friends conquer Poughkeepsie anew

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7:59 PM (PST)

A Blaze in the Northern East

 

8/11/17 The Chance Theater Poughkeepsie NY

We’re going to start this story back at Thanksgiving Eve 2016. It’s the single biggest party night of the year, and there I was, inside the Nuddy bar and grill in The Chance Theater complex in Poughkeepsie, NY. I’d just finished up watching the Trinity (Geoff Tate, Ripper Owens and Blaze Bayley), and I was hanging out with my DJ buddy Tigman and trying to convince him to play some DOKKEN songs while I anxiously awaited the arrival of Blaze Bayley. I had just met up with the trio backstage and had poor Blaze sign about a dozen album covers for me (He was very happy to do it!). He told me then that he would be making his way over to The Nuddy and that we’d have a pint together. True to his word, he showed up and we drank some Guinness while I got to ramble on to him about how much of an inspiration he had been to me as a kid.

Now, right about now, you may be asking yourself ,”Why the fuck is this asshole beginning a show review with a story from a bar a year prior?” I’m glad you asked that question, which there is a two part answer – 1. I just like boasting that I got to have drinks with my favorite IRON MAIDEN singer. It’s seriously one of my top stories. 2. It was this night that Blaze told me that he would be coming back to the area in August, which meant 9 months of building excitement, much to the dismay of anybody who had to put up with me for long periods of time, because when I get excited about something, I can’t fucking stop talking about it. So, fast forward 9 months to August 11th, 2017, and I’m walking into The Chance a few hours before the doors officially open as I help a buddy load some amps into the place. We just finished with the last one, and I was about to walk out and I see Blaze at the door, waving at me. In my mind, I’m saying to myself “,oh yeah, play it cool Drew”, but when he extended his hand for a handshake, I immediately reverted to the Chris Farley style fanboy that I am at heart, and all I could get out was “you remember that time you released Infinite Entanglement? That was cool!”

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Read a great Nine Inch Nails Panorama review at Metal Sucks

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 5:56 PM (PST)

Read a very well written account of the Nine Inch Nails‘ Panorama set on Randall’s Island over at Metal Sucks HERE. It is a pretty inspiring read and will remind you why music ought to be more than disposable.

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In This Moment positively owned their headlining Albany, NY show on 4/19 with Motionless In White, Avatar and Gemini Syndrome all also doing their part to ignite the night to crazy levels of fun for everyone who attended.

Photos from Catharina Christiana and a full live review BELOW.

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Show Review: Junius, InAeona, Clover at BSP Kingston

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 4:48 PM (PST)

One of the best shows I have seen in awhile made it worth it to trek out on a kind of gloomy Thursday night to the Hudson Valley, NY’s best indie concert venue BSP Kingston (I also am partial to Bearsville and The Chance for mostly other genres). There was a solid, if infrequent, metal booking of three bands who I really enjoy, Kingston’s own sludgy grimers Clover, expansive Boston space trio InAeona and the proggy mathic doom of Junius.

Of the three, I had been a fan of all of them for awhile (especially InAeona who are in my top ten fave bands in the world right now), but I’d only had the fortune of raging to Clover before. I was a bit fried from a long concert the night before in Albany, but am so glad I soldiered out to this smaller town show.

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I don’t know about you, but I just turned 38. Any chance to break out of the
mundane and remember the mysterious or esoteric wonder behind the veil of
everyday life is a welcome release. When it comes in the form of explosive,
ethereal or downright menacing and theatrical metal, even better. Polish dark
legends Behemoth‘s current US tour promoting their most ambitious album to
date, The Satanist, with the much hyped Myrkur in tow on their first really
proper stateside trek certainly falls into the category of awesome excuses to
get out of the house…and it sure was.

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Metal Church storm The Chance 4/8/16

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 6:35 AM (PST)

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I’m not going to go too crazy with a long ass back story here like I normally would. You guys know why you’re here reading this post! The fact that Metal Riot hasn’t asked me to stop writing about my love for METAL CHURCH yet is nothing short of a miracle, which I believe we should be expecting miracles when the METAL CHURCH is involved. If you want the backstory, you can check back with my review of the phenomenal new album, XI. (editor’s note: We love Metal Church and encourage Drew in his allegiance, though we agree that it is a miracle…that Aberdeen produced both Metal Church AND Kurt Cobain).

This posting will be a tale of a dashing young metalhead (Me), a slew of kick-ass bands, and the return of one of metal’s greatest voices.

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DORO PESCH at The Chance Theater. Poughkeepsie, NY 3/5/16

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 12:41 PM (PST)

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It has honestly been quite a while since I’ve attended a metal show. Between the work schedule I have, and general disinterest in majority of the shows that happened to fall on the few days off I have, it has just been impossible for me to get to a good show. Then, one day, something magical happened…

“Are you off on March 5th? DORO is playing at The Chance.”

I’ll admit, my main reason for attending this show was to catch the metal queen herself, the mighty DORO PESCH! Y&T have always been cool too, but were never one of my top bands.

DORO is just one of those people who are always hyped. I’ve never once seen her, or spoken to her when she seemed to be just “chilled” and laid back. She is a constant ball of energy, just radiating love for what she’s doing. She will come out on stage, command audience participation, give you one of the most energetic metal shows you’ll ever witness, and then just be the greatest person you can talk to afterwards, and will be just as excited to talk to fans as fans are to talk to her! It’s at a point where I can believe that while I’m back at the car telling my friends “Holy shit guys, I just talked to DORO, and we were discussing some of the cover songs she does!”, she’s in the bus talking to JOHNNY DEE (DORO’s drummer) and telling him “,Holy shit! I just talked to a fan named Andrew! He was wondering if we were going to cover any DOKKEN songs!”

I’m at this double excitement level for sure right now. I’m at my first show in forever, and I am minutes from once again bearing witness to the thunderous God-like energy that is known as a DORO Show. The lights dim, and the Chance venue is packed with people, young and older, chanting DORO’s name. The band begins with “I Rule The Ruins”, and DORO comes running out with the “HEY! HEY! HEY!” chants that would set the tone for the night. The energy gauge tops at 10, and DORO kicked it off at 11. Nigel Tufnel would be proud.

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Show Review: Hawthorne Heights (Anaheim, CA stop)

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 9:13 PM (PST)

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California Is For Lovers…of Nostalgia

On February 17th in Anaheim, California I had the privilege of seeing Hawthorne Heights in all of their If Only You Were Lonely glory on the Three Headed MonsTOUR. The MonsTOUR line up is Hawthorne Heights, The Ataris, and Mest. I will admit that when this tour was announced I was very excited.

The Ataris and Mest and random special appearance by London Falling were all great. I was impressed by London Falling whose front man reminded me of a very early Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day. The energy was very high and extremely fun.

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Leaves’ Eyes post 2015 Latin America tour report: El Salvador

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 10:38 AM (PST)

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Liv from Leaves’ Eyes is always having interesting adventures and she talks about her astounding metal band’s recent days in El Salvador  with loads of photos HERE

NO SLEEP FOR THE WICKED
Atrocity & Leaves’ Eyes across Latin America 2015
A report by Liv Kristine

14. May
San Salvador, El Salvador, greeted us with warm weather and sunshine. Great to have a nap at the hotel’s pool. The friendly staff provided us with coconut-pineapple-mango juice non stop. After three espressos on top our promoter team picked us up to take us to the venue. We knew it would be hot, but that gig was one big sauna! Two very friendly police officers paid us a visit, however, not to tell us about restrictions; they were interested in Joris’ blast beat drumming and life on the road, moreover, life in Europe. We were very happy to meet & greet out metal audience in El Salvador for the first time. In the backyard of the venue the mangoes were falling down every 2 minutes as we were taking photos and doing signings every. I wish this sweet, awesome fruit would grow in my own garden! 

To be continued!

 

LEAVES’ EYES „KING OF KINGS” – OUT NOW: http://tinyurl.com/nfg28ls

featuring
Simone Simons (Epica)
Lindy-Fay Hella (Wardruna)
London Voices Choir (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars)
White Russian Symphony Orchestra

“The Waking Eye” Video:
https://youtu.be/GWQQ1Gxo7sc

“King of Kings” Video:
http://youtu.be/c_vYIT2sxo0

“Halvdan The Black” Video:
https://youtu.be/KNqfIxjKFjo

LEAVES’ EYES
Tourdates & tickets: http://www.leaveseyes.de/tour

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Starstruck by Shinedown

By Catharina Christiana

After Sevendust and Breaking Benjamin performed and rocked the house, the curtain concealing Shinedown was pulled down, and it was nothing but a kick ass rock show from then on. What shocked and surprised me were the paraphernalia of special stage effects Shinedown had in store. After explosions went off, I remember the singer Brent saying, “It’s cold up here, but don’t worry, we brought fire.”

 

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I’ve been a fan of Walls of Jericho for years, ever since the old Hellfest 2000 DVD with bands like Brother’s Keeper and Shai Hulud that Mic Todd gave me freakin’ 14 years ago (before we hated each other for a long time). There is one scene where Walls of Jericho’s confident vocalist Candace Kucsulain straight up flips some running dude over her and throws him into the crowd.

I was like ,”Ok, she’s a bad ass.”

I dug The Bound Feed The Gagged debut a lot but in all these years have always missed them live, even
on some bigger package tours. It was worth the wait, a blur of inspired messages and crunching guitar attack.

I have, however, seen Life Of Agony. This was my third time seeing the veteran
band at Starland, vocalist Mina’s professed “favorite venue in America”. They
never fail to impress at this place, even if one of their rowdier anthems is called
“Love To Let You Down.”

No, Mina’s birthday bash found the group and their single opening act both in top form, delivering fired up and relevant sets to a crowd eager for some stress relief but wary of recent events. On Twitter Caputo had written before the show:

2all my #BadSeeds.. let’s keep it fun& exciting 2nite, but keep your eyes open!

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Metal Riot’s Matt Slater hit up The Chance in Poughkeepsie, a favorite venue of this site, to shoot the powerful grooves and heavy barrage of Coal Chamber, Fear Factory and Jasta. Check out the shots BELOW.

I know you have probably heard the excellent new Coal Chamber album Rivals – read our interview with Dez on the album HERE – but you need to hear the great new Genexus record from Fear Factory, a step back up from the mixed bag of The Industrialist ( after the excellent Mechanize). And of course Jasta never, ever lets us down. He’s the biggest “as die hard as they come” type in the scene, something we could use more of in a new era of worse a.d.d. poseurs than ever before. It’s rad to see Jasta in a historically Hatebreed friendly venue like The Chance, especially hot on the heels of a massive Summer Breeze appearance. Inclusion is good, as this mix genre tour reminds, but also can’t fake dedication is something that all these bands prove makes metal even more rewarding for fans and musicians.

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