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Behemoth, 1349, Goatwhore & Inquisition brought the Metal Alliance tour to Irving Plaza (pics)

photos by Caroline Harrison, words by Doug Moore

Behemoth @ Irving Plaza – 4/19/14
Goatwhore
Behemoth

Aside from perplexing openers Black Crown Initiate, whom I missed, every band on this bill was both ungodly tight and steeped in lovably familiar theatricality. Inquisition and 1349 both opted for the classic Scandinavian corpsepaint-‘n’-spikes look; the latter’s bassist bizarrely chose to wear a robe. (Mismatched costume levels among metal band members are always funny; it’s like when album personnel notes credit Nekroshaman, Maniacal, Caligula, and Steve.) Ben Falgoust of Goatwhore might be better at metal-frontman posturing than anyone I’ve seen — he strikes badass pose after badass pose for the entire set every time they play, all without his powerful voice ever faltering.

This year’s edition of the Metal Alliance Tour — which features Behemoth, 1349, Goatwhore, Inquisition, & Black Crown Initiate — hit NYC last Friday (4/19) at Irving Plaza. (The entire tour, aside from Behemoth, would go on to hit Saint Vitus the following night.) That’s an excerpt of my Invisible Oranges writeup on the show above. Read the rest and check out pictures at IO. More pictures are in this post and they continue below…

Black Crown Initiate

Black Crown Initiate

Black Crown Initiate

Black Crown Initiate

Inquisition

Inquisition

Inquisition

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Inquisition

Goatwhore

Goatwhore

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Goatwhore

Goatwhore

1349

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1349

1349

Behemoth

Behemoth

Behemoth

Behemoth

Behemoth

Behemoth

Behemoth

Behemoth

Behemoth

Behemoth

Behemoth

Behemoth

Behemoth

Behemoth

Behemoth

Metal Alliance — 2014 Tour Dates
Apr 22 Club Soda Montreal, QC
Apr 23 The Opera House Toronto, ON
Apr 24 Agora Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Apr 25 House of Blues- Chicago Chicago, IL
Apr 26 Skyway Theater- Studio B Minneapolis, MN
Apr 27 The Garrick Winnipeg, MB
Apr 29 MacEwan Hall Calgary, AB
Apr 30 Union Hall Edmonton, AB
May 02 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC
May 03 Studio Seven Seattle, WA

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