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Helmet played ‘Meantime’ & Saint Vitus, Crowbar, Kylesa, Red Fang, Howl & the Atlas Moth played Irving Plaza too (pics)

words & photos by BBG

Crowbar @ Irving Plaza
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Helmet promised and delivered the entire “Meantime” album and more. Never got to see them in the early 90’s when they were all the rage, cuz’ I was already really not into going to shows in 92′ and much more into smoking pot and making videos at the School of Visual Arts, but that “Meantime” CD, I remember, sure did get a workout for awhile.

Paige Hamilton, probably the most infamous post-hardcore millionaire ever, has always been an interesting fella in the annals of the mini-major/independent controversies that sort of started and ended in the post Nirvana, halcyon days of 90 whatever, with A & R’s running around and signing every art school weirdo, whilst taking all the blue M&M’s from their green rooms. Interesting to see them after all these years and ponder, “Has it really been 20 fucking years since film school?” Jeez. Paige looks good and his guitar was quite loud and supra, ahem, “staccato”. Just a really weird bill, what with Helmet sort of inheriting that weird art school place they once lorded over. Not really metal, not really alternative, not really punk. Couldn’t help but wonder how much of that one million bucks he still has? Great set, nada banter, just loud and sing alongish…” [TrashmansReader]

The Metalliance tour hit Irving Plaza on Friday, 3/26, kicking off at the early hour of 6:30 PM with The Atlas Moth. At that hour it’s a bit optimistic to expect a full crowd, but there were quite a few folks that made it in for the duration of the sold-out show. Headlined by Helmet (who played Meantime, and in order), the rest of the show was rounded out by Crowbar (who were awesome as usual), Saint Vitus (ditto), Kylesa (again), Red Fang, and Howl (along with the previously mentioned Atlas Moth).

Metalliance is in Merriam, Kansas tonight (without Helmet). All dates and more pictures and some videos from Irving Plaza are below…

The Atlas Moth

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Howl

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Red Fang

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Red Fang- Prehistoric Dog @ Irving Plaza, NYC, March 25, 2011

Kylesa

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Kylesa – Scapegoat @ Irving Plaza, NYC, March 25, 2011

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Saint Vitus- Born Too Late @ Irving Plaza, NYC, March 25, 2011

Crowbar

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Crowbar – All I Had (I Gave) @ Irving Plaza, NYC, March 25, 2011

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Helmet- Milquetoast @ Irving Plaza, NYC, March 25, 2011

METALLIANCE – 2011 TOUR DATES
03/28/11 Merriam, KS @ Aftershock (No Helmet)
03/29/11 Denver, CO @ The Summit
03/31/11 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
04/01/11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
04/03/11 San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
04/04/11 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
04/05/11 Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues

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