Posted in metal | music | pictures on October 24, 2011

photos by Jonathan McPhail & Greg Cristman, videos by (((unartig))), words by BBG

Kvelertak on the Jewel (photo by Greg Cristman)
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A hearty thank you goes out to Rocks Off crew and the audience who baorded the Jewel on Saturday to set sail on the East River for the BrooklynVegan/Rocks Off official CMJ showcase. The show, headlined by Kvelertak and featuring Skeletonwitch, Tombs and Psychic Limb, was the second of three NYC shows for the Norwegian band, who played a surprise show at Saint Vitus directly following their Europa gig the night before. Europa was with Skeletonwitch, Turbid North, Battlecross, and Barn Burner.

As the boat pulled away from the dock, Psychic Limb took to the stage with their nihilistic hard-grind. Vocalist Brian Montouri's stage antics were as negative and wild as usual, at one point grabbing a case of beer set aside for the bands and throwing it into the crowd and screaming "free beer" into the microphone. The crowd swarmed the case and after the sound man headed to the front to move the case behind the band (its original spot), Montouri found it again and threw it back to the frothing alcohol-hungry wolves. They won't be asked back on the boat any time soon.

Tombs followed. The cold late fall air whipped through the top tier of the boat and the Brooklyn band managed make it even a little bit more icy. Another well-executed set of black metal-tinged with hardcore from Brooklyn's finest, who performed part of their set with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop. Surreal and awesome.

Skeletonwitch's uber-fun and tongue-in-cheek blackened thrash kicked the party into overdrive, and was followed by Nowegian party-metal crew Kvelertak. Crowd-surfing, moshpits and general dancing insanity were the center-piece of both sets, which mirrored Kvelertak's set at Europa (but differed from Saint Vitus) (I went to all three). Kelertak literally brought the boat's ceiling down with them during their set, with the bands and audience members ripping the drop ceiling and tiles out of place and leaving a huge mess by the end of the night.

Lots more pictures and video from the Rocks Off Boat Cruise, below...

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Psychic Limb by Jonathan McPhail

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Psychic Limb | NYC @ Jewel | 22 Oct 2011

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Tombs | NYC @ Jewel | 22 Oct 2011

Skeletonwitch by Jonathan McPhail

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Skeletonwitch | NYC @ Jewel | 22 Oct 2011

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Kvelertak | NYC @ Jewel | 22 Oct 2011

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Comments (29)

show of the year so far.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 3:06 PM

That "free beer, case throw" sounds extremely funny to me! Good work Brian-

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 3:24 PM

what a fucken bananas boat ride! i hope rocks off does more metal shows next summer on the boats but its pretty fucken lame that people fucked up their ceiling

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 3:26 PM

If it wasn't the best show of the year it was certainly the most fun. Fucking amazing!! Montouri gets line of the night telling CMJ badge holders, "We're not here to play for you!"

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 3:27 PM

Psychic Limb owned the houseboat! Brian, you are my hero, but I already told you that.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 3:40 PM

And Damned or any YOT/MOUTHPIECE/TLS show pics???? A busy night in nyc!

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 4:05 PM

@ first comment: you most likely were not at godspeed you! black emperor, swans, agalloch and a bunch of other shows brah.

looks like a good time for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 4:07 PM

@4:07 I'm not the first comment but I was at all the shows you mentioned and this boat show was a fucking riot and def one of my faves of the year too. People are gonna be talking about this one for a while. Yeah, its fucked up that a few people damaged the ceiling but most were trying to keep it from falling down.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 4:15 PM

'first comment' WAS at Agalloch and 'a bunch' of others, rest assured.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 4:17 PM

Can we PLEASE give BBG his own site so we can stop seeing this shit posted everyday? Who seriously follows these bands?

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 4:25 PM

4:25 is annoyed that Dan Deacon didn't make the CMJ cut this year.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 4:28 PM

@4:25- If you don't like them don't look. There's plenty of shit on BV that I don't like and I just don't bother. I'll bet you've never even heard these bands but have already assumed you don't like them. You must be one of those CMJ indie twats.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 4:46 PM

So much sausage

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 5:05 PM

Wow, awesome behavior for people in their 30's (and probably 40's)!

Rocks Off don't typically play shows that are of much interest to me, but it's still pretty shitty that people would damage the property (which probably doesn't even belong to RO in the first place) like that.

Dudes with ink and long hair acting like total frat bros. Cool scene.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 5:17 PM

^ thats sausage for you

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 5:20 PM

God these people are ugly.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 5:23 PM

this show doesnt look at nutty as europa, where are the pictures from that show?

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 5:56 PM

Hillbillies...

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 6:01 PM

Don't be hatin' on the NYC metal kids! The Norwegian guitarist messed up the ceiling on a crowd surf. The rest of us were on good behavior. :D

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 6:30 PM

Thumbs up for rock n roll

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 6:36 PM

Damn this looks awesome. I really wanted to go.. but I missed the boat. Fuck the MTA.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 6:55 PM

i like pudgy white dudes trying to grow a beard

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 11:30 PM

Dude who seriously takes the time to click on these links and talk shit? Does it make you feel better about yourself? Like above commenter said, there's plenty of lame shit on here that I don't click on. It's easy. Why the negativity? Kvelertak rules. Boats rule. Negative ass holes don't rule. Don't waste y'alls time!

Posted by Nasty Nate | October 25, 2011 3:59 AM

Disgusting

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2011 8:44 AM

"brah."

Ugh...

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2011 9:41 AM

so overrated

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2011 11:57 AM

this show was really fun.

Posted by HernandezTombs | October 28, 2011 5:47 PM

Don't be hatin' on the NYC metal kids! The Norwegian guitarist messed up the ceiling on a crowd surf. The rest of us were on good behavior. :D

Posted by 1433 | November 27, 2011 11:04 AM

you gotta love the smile in the first picture

Posted by jordon | August 12, 2013 8:18 PM

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