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11/21/14 Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, NY hosted The World Tour, a collaborative package between Sleeping With Sirens and a little band I’m partial to called Pierce The Veil. We sent photographer Nicole Terpening to shoot at the large venue (seriously, but the place has GREAT sound) and she came back with exclusive live shots of Pierce The Veil and Beartooth for us! Constructive energy and great bands.

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O.G. Metalcore : All Out War at The Acheron (photo set)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 12:31 PM (PST)

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Newburgh’s All Out War deserve way more credit for, in my opinion, starting the better strains of the metalcore movement as we know it today. Between these guys, Overcast and perhaps bands like Integrity, Stigmata, Shai Hulud and even Pro-Pain to some degree, the seeds sewn on a classic like D.R.I.’s Crossover germinated into a much darker, uglier and heavier beast. All those bands had love for Slayer but AoW paired it with brutal breakdowns and street attitude akin to Agnostic Front. Early metalcore paved the way for bands like Killswitch and Unearth to get big, to say nothing of much later and less heavy third or fourth generation bands of today.

With no All Out War, I don’t think you could’ve ever had a proper Hatebreed, for example (another band I hold in high regard as a Hudson Valley scene vet who has witnessed Jasta and co. leave a huge mark on first the Tri-State area and then the world of heavy music).

Mike Score of All Out War has kept his love for the scene strong over the years through various incarnations. The band are back and crushed the Acheron with Sworn Enemy, Living Laser and more the other night. Seriously, if you claim to be metalcore and don’t know these guys, fuck your band.

Check out the shots from MR contributing photographer Matt Slater HERE (or be condemned to suffer).

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Metalcore’s true kings Killswitch Engage tore through the Halloween weekend with several shows including a stop at Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY. The intimate venue is a sick room to see a band who can fill and fire up much larger venues. Photogs Matt Slater and Richie Bilyou caught some of the action amidst a killer set of songs from the band’s whole career plus a Misfits cover (“Halloween”, of course). I swear that every time I put on Disarm The Descent the world seems a lot more manageable. That album is colossal. And Jesse, nice PMA on the t-shirt, buddy? Lmao.

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Show Review: DORO – 30 years at Gramercy, NYC

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9:20 AM (PST)

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Doro Pesch brought 30 years of metal power to Gramercy in NYC last night and my ears are still ringing. People flew in from places as diverse as Florida, Poland and more for a special Monday night event and last of a short North American run celebrating Queen Doro‘s reign. The heavy metal thunder was alive and kicking all night long. You know it is gonna be a great night when one of the first things you see is Bobby Blitz from Overkill hanging out in the downstairs Gramercy lounge just kickin’ it and taking casual photos with excited fans.I am home now the next day listening to recent thrash-terpiece “Give A Little” from Overkill’s 2010 LP Ironbound (such a great and bouncy chorus and brilliant structure to that tune).

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Show review: Life Of Agony, A Pale Horse Named Death 9/13/14

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 9:45 AM (PST)

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“Shed my skin and start again”

It was thrilling to attend the sold out Starland Ballroom Life of Agony and A Pale Horse Named Death show (w/Antwerp openers Diablo Blvd bringing their blend of Danzig-influenced hard rock). It is no secret I am one of the biggest LOA and Type O fans in the world and have been blessed to interview Mina, Sal and to have met Joey Z on different occasions. This band saved my life and I know I am not alone among you metalriot.com readers out there in vocalizing that.

That said, be it their name, the serious nature of their blend of melodic alternative rock and old school hard core and metal or just timing, Life Of Agony are both huge AND underrated. No one knew for sure if they would ever come back now that singer Kieth Caputo transitioned to become Mina Caputo, but from the first note of the band’s set the place erupted and the room was nothing but love. It was completely life affirming and rock n roll as hell.

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Show pics: Painmask at The Loft (with new members)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM (PST)

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8/22/2014 my pals Painmask crushed the Loft in Poughkeepsie on a bill with Cro-Mags and Society Today. The Painmask boys have been busy lately recording with Joey Z from Life Of Agony as well as revamping thier line-up a bit with the addition of guitarist John Reilly and drummer K Grizzle to the long running metalcore outfit’s current roster. Matt Slater got some live pics for us.

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Hello, all. Listening to Empress A.D. and getting ready for a busy few evenings in a row, but wanted to share some metal pics for your weekend to get you in the show going mood.

Goatwhore erupted from the bowels of Cerebus to bring their hot off the presses Contricting Rage Of The Merciless might to The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY. It was a great line-up that featured a fair variety of bands, including a punk band Two Fisted Law (who are rowdy and ideal for a working class bar bash). We’ve got photos of two of the bands, masseurs G’whore and Poughkeepsie’s own forces of destructive rebirth, The Begotten. You may remember them as a band spotlight on our site awhile back).

Check out photog Matt Slater’s photos HERE. Hail beyond hells!!!

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Listening to some folks out the window on the street bum cigs off one another and it’s hella depressing. They really sound like they are selling rare baseball cards to one another. Hack. So glad I quit. Terrible for singing voice and so maybe I’ll have one or two a year if shared with a real comet of a human being.

On a more electric note, Chiodos and Blessthefall (Eric Lambert was recently interviewed on our site) have been hitting the road and wowing crowds of kids eager for energetic live shows. Not everyone is just into their phones these days. There is hope, concertgoers. Check out these cool live shots from photographer Matt Slater and take heart.

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Punishing bong titans High On Fire and uprisers Blackest both destroy and we are very pleased to have some killer live shots of their Music Hall Of Williamsburg recent show, taken by always on point photog- NYC’s Jammi York .

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tesseract-tour-poster“It was the best of times, it was the…blurst of times?!”

That about sums it up, as I bang around on this keyboard trying to sum up ways to describe this experience. I witnessed two nights of this unique tour. Twelve dates in the whole tour sold out. UK’s TesseracT headlined with Intronaut pulling double support duty. They played as the backing band for Ben Sharp’s Cloudkicker before their own Intronaut set. All tour long. Playing and mixing all the various instruments on his Cloudkicker recordings makes touring next to impossible. Intronaut finally filled that gap, after three years of planning. Very special. I’ve heard of single musicians doing double duty. Protest the Hero’s drummer did it touring with them and his old band, The Kindred. The Defibulators’ guitarist Roadblock did it as well, playing with The Dixons before a lengthy Defibs set. A whole band doing their set, plus a second set of music that has never seen a crowd is very rare.

TesseracT had a bit of a rougher time. Singer Ashe O’Hara was sick pretty much the whole month, even to the extent of not performing for the sold out dates in both Boston and Philadelphia near the end of the tour. In my interview with TesseracT’s bassis Mos WIlliams, he said the crowd was very accepting of the announcement and filled the vocal void with their own voices. Ashe did perform for the final night at New York’s Gramercy Theater, but he was looking rough when I saw him at Aftershock in Kansas, just six days earlier. Also, second guitarist James Monteith was absent for this tour, as well as the last. Regardless of the hurdles, they powered through and still created a very dynamic and textured atmosphere, very true to their performance styles. I was also treated to an extended photo shoot, both for sound check and their full set.

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Bogie’s is a classic venue that has hosted, and continues to host, the best names in hardcore – both large and small. Many bands got their shit started at this place over the years, so it is great when a band gives it back. Class acts The Acacia Strain did just that the other night after a fired up gig with Full Blown Chaos.

What an amazing fucking weekend!!!!! This is what I’m talking about!!! So,The Acacia Strain donated ALL of their money to help fix the rest of the roof and pay off a back bill!!! Now I remember why I do this!!!! – Mike BlackNBlue’s Facebook post

 My old school show pal Matt Slater, who I’ve known since Beneath The Remains/Unbalanced days in Poughkeepsie’s hardcore late 90’s boom, was cool enough to send us his thoughts and some photos from the show!

“We arrived in Albany at Bogies in time to catch all the bands on the bill . The local bands put on a great show , with plenty of dancing , leading up to the main acts that night . Fbc was first , playing a wide array of songs , with sing alongs, & pile ons , one after the other . Tas took the stage right after fbc, and opened up with the beast , nightman , btm fdr , skynet ,the impaler,& hills have eyes just to name a few of their carnal onslaught of tunes .  After the show , the acacia strain donated all their pay back to Bogies” – Matt Slater

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Show Photos: Castle at The Anchor – Kingston, NY

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 1:30 AM (PST)

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Castle are tearing across the USA as we speak, bringing their San Fran with a Canadian twist blend of power doom boogie to metal heads far and wide. 13 dates are left on the tour (remaining dates after the jump, so hang tight).

The night before their Saint Vitus NYC stop the Prosthetic Records artists touched down in my town of Kingston, NY. Under Siege, their latest Billy Anderson produced burner, is in my top 5 records for hard rock/metal this year, thus far.C’mon, baby…let it light your ear candles.

My dear friend Nicole Ann Marie Terpening, who I haven’t covered a show with probably since around when Thursday were in Full Collapse mode, shot some pics for us during the band’s too brief set.

Castle’s mega Mojo blew up the P.A. , usually never a problem in the humble but awesome venue. The regular sound guy was working a tv gig, from what I hear. I thought it was Real Housewives of Beverly Hills but I think it is an Atlanta hip hop love show because I heard the phrase “ratchet ass bitches” bandied about by a friend. The guy who filled in meant well but didn’t anticipate the might of some of Castle’s bass rig juice output. Kaboom! It shouldn’t be a mark too dark on the club, though.  It’s a great place for touring bands to stop between NYC and Albany, though this was obviously a drag. The venue really cares a lot about the bands that come through and treats bands well.

Castle handled it well and fans were cool, too. Everyone felt bad for the band, but hung out and a friend of mine got a great copy of the new vinyl, with cover art from Denis Forkas. Shame, (along with Screaming Females) Castle are big proof the power trio is often still the best band format for rock n roll.

I was lucky to briefly open the show singing on a fast piano and vocal set of “Black Crayon” by Dax Riggs and “Karma Police” by Radiohead, collaborating with mega talented Kelly McNally of indie/folk Upstate, NY band The Virginia Wolves. We had bad days and so it was nice to sing sad songs and make other people want to kill themselves. We joked that we would do a gypsy tour and you could tell where we went from which towns on the map had all the lights out the next day.

Dead Witch Walks from New Paltz, NY, featuring towering guitarist Mucus Barfbag, did an improv two man set of gnarled death thrash with avant garde chaos noise. It was metal as heck. Was fun to talk with Mucus and Castle about the band Demon Lung, travel in the United States compared to Europe and other chit chat. Chaos came next, a younger band I didn’t know, booked by Tainted Entertainment. They were a great hybrid of early Megadeth snarl and bluesy thrash with feel, but a raw garage primal fight to it. Of all the bands, Only Castle’s set was vocally ill fated due to sound issues. Since they are like Mercyful Fate playing as a trio like Motorhead at half tempo witj great Sabbathy vocals sung by a woman, this was a real shame. Got to hear them play a whirling rendition of  “Corpse Candles” and that’s about it.

Kind of like getting ice water thrown on your dick, but still an awesome night! Mucus apparently got married accidentally over the phone, but officially, somehow with a girl in Vegas later that night. I didn’t think you were that drunk, bro!

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DEPtourdatesThis was an interesting line up. New York City’s Webster Hall hosted “blackjazz” Norwegians Shining, Retox and Trash Talk both representing visceral Cali punk and hardcore, and The Dillinger Escape Plan to finish the night’s uncompromising variety. I also found all the singers to be exuding some serious libido. Each vocalist crooned to swoon like it was his last night to bang.  Not many shows have had such pretty dudes fronting the bands on stage either. Great night to be a girl in the crowd. I hope someone got some D, it was definitely out there.

With Dillinger headlining, you could easily guess the stage was set to absolutely demolish the fourth wall, as many of the bands took advantage of the speakers stacked for stage dives into the crowd and extra long cables for the singers to wander into the pit for a stroll.

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This line up did not fuck around. Each band hit the minuscule stage and went straight for the neck. Seven bands, both local and national, absolutely lit the room up, each with their own unequivocal performance and flair. Santa Cruz, California’s Arsonists Get All The Girls helmed this massive tour, with The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Beyond The Shore, MetalRiot.com homies Seeker, and Your Chance to Die opening the show. Refuge and Airismine ran the local New York City support, bringing with them a slew of fans to flood the intimate Club Europa in Brooklyn, New York.

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Wow, what a line-up and in a very historic metal region. Massachusetts has birthed many prominent bands in the past. Blood for Blood and Death Before Dishonor bludgeoned their way into Boston’s hardcore scene and the “Philswitch” Engage troops (All That Remains/Shadows Fall/Diecast/KillswitchEngage) rose metalcore out of the west. Massachusetts loves its metal, that’s for sure. It was evident on this night, as the show had sold the fuck out. Thanks Metal Blade for the in! On this tour, Between the Buried and Me brought along some serious contenders in modern metal. San Francisco’s Deafheaven have been infiltrating the ears of critics and concertgoers with their blackened, shoegazing approach to metal, giving no fucks along the way. From LA, Intronaut is definitely the prog side of the bill, spacing way out in a cloud of smoke and bass licks. Ontario’s telecaster troubadours The Kindred just celebrated their first release on Sumerian entitled Life in Lucidity. 

 

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