Entries tagged with: Death Angel
words and photos by Klaus Kinski
After packing the cavernous Best Buy Theater in Times Square with the most metal heads per square foot in the world probably on September 17, heavy metal supergroup Metal Allegiance surprised the metal world by adding a last minute show on Friday September 18 at the mega tiny Saint Vitus Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This intimate show was in celebration of the official release of their self-titled debut record which had dropped that day. The insane roster of talent making up the core of Metal Allegiance is something I probably dreamt up as a young headbanger in the '90s and which the metal Gods somehow made manifest; it features the great Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, many more) on drums, David Ellefson (Megadeth) on bass, Mark Osegueda (Death Angel) on vocals, and Alex Skolnick (Testament) on guitar. (Plus non-famous member Mark Menghi.) Extinction AD and Magus Beast provided support for the gig.
For once in my life I got to the show in time to catch the two openers. Having never heard of them before seeing their names announced as openers, I checked them out online before the gig and actually dug what I heard and wanted to make sure I caught their live sets. First opener was Long Island's Extinction AD (ex-This Is Hell). Extinction AD knocked me senseless with a never-ending barrage of thrashy riffs and unrelenting heaviness that brought to mind bands like Slayer and Pantera in their absolute, tip-top prime. The amount of hooky riffs they employ per-song is prodigal and unheard of. I loved the shit out of them. Singer/guitarist Rick Jimenez was in complete beast-mode from start to finish, constantly hocking loogies and navigating his fretboard like he was trying to make it melt under his fingertips. And Jimenez was complemented by an astounding rhythm section. Though mostly hidden in a corner behind one of the guitar amps because of how much real estate Mike Portnoy's drumkit took up, drummer Mike Sciulara completely tore it up. He is an amazing drummer. Bassist Pieter van den Berg and guitarist Christian Beale were also powerhouses of noise with more talent between them than I see in most metal bands these days. They kicked so much ass and the people who didn't bother to leave the bar to catch their set are morons. It was a glorious and explosive kick-off to a sick show.
Up next were old school New York power-metallers Magus Beast. Magus Beast harken back to the old days of the NWOBHM; you know, Judas Priest, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Diamond Head, etc... Though I definitely prefer a band like Extinction AD in terms of heaviosity and aggression, Magus Beast were a really fun and super talented group of guys who, having been around since the 80s, really know how to put on a show and who approach that style of power metal with an incredible arsenal of hooks and a big sense of authenticity and reverence. From the classic metal vocal stylings to the sick shredding solos, this band made me very happy (as opposed to hella aggro). Although they aren't a band I would seek out intentionally, they were really great and a perfect segue to headlining set by Metal Allegiance.
After an intermission that included a frenzied dash to remove any and all extraneous, non-Metal Allegiance related gear from the stage, last minute tweaks to Portnoy's elaborate drum-kit, and ample monitor checks, Portnoy, Ellefson, Skolnick, and Osegueda took the stage. The gimmick of Friday's set was that Metal Allegiance would play Van Halen's self-titled album in full and then play Black Sabbath's "Master of Reality" album in full. The band kicked things off with a short set of general metal covers, including Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills", one of my all time favorite songs ever. After that it was down to business with the Van Halen set. I will never get used to or be completely comfortable with the idea of a metal supergroup whose existence is predicated on cover tunes. It always feels cheap. But, man, when they tore into Van Halen's "Runnin' With The Devil" I was instantaneously won over and so into it. Skolnick, with an Eddie Van Halen tribute-style guitar, is probably the greatest Eddie Van Halen guitar imposter I have ever heard. When "Runnin With The Devil" segued into the guitar-solo-centric masterpiece "Eruption" which then segued into Halen's cover of "You Really Got Me," your man Klaus was 100% goosebumps and fistpumps.
After they wrapped up the Van Halen set, guitarist Skolnick pulled his hair into a ponytail, put on a blazer, grabbed a Gibson SG, and essentially transformed himself into Black Sabbath icon Tony Iommi, thus signaling the start of the Black Sabbath Master of Reality set. Again, they performed the album flawlessly. Classics "Sweet Leaf," "Children of the Grave," and "Into the Void" were complete and total masterpieces. By all accounts, the greatest forgery of two of metal's greatest albums, performed by some of metal's finest musicians.
I happened to have my crummy DSLR with it's crummy stock lens with me, so I whipped it out and took some shots during the show. They... aren't very good. More below...
photo by Tom Couture
Metal collective Metal Allegiance is led by core members David Ellefson (Megadeth), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Mark Menghi (of no famous band), and their new album (out today on Nuclear Blast) is loaded with stars, including Phil Anselmo (ex-Pantera), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), members of Exodus, Anthrax, Guns N Roses, Dillinger Escape Plan, Death Angel and still many more.
They played Best Buy Theater in NYC last night (9/17), doing a ton of classic covers like the Misfits' "Last Caress," Metallica's "Seek and Destroy," Black Sabbath's "Into the Void" and Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills" (videos of all of those below).
They have a much smaller NYC show happening tonight (9/18) at Saint Vitus. The core members will definitely be at tonight's show, and special guests are promised (presumably some of the album guests?). This one's a little more high concept than last night. Rather than just an array of covers, Vitus says they're playing Van Halen's self-titled album and Black Sabbath's Master of Reality. Opening the show is Extinction AD and Magus Beast. Tickets are on sale now.
They also will do a live interview at AOL Studios in NYC today (5:45 PM doors) and they have an in-store at Long Island record store Looney Tunes on Saturday (9/19). There are a few other dates too, all of which are listed below...
Sepultura co-founders Max & Igor Cavalera's current band Cavalera Conspiracy released their newest album, Pandemoniom (with Converge's Nate Newton on bass), last year, and now they've announced a tour in support of it. The tour is with Bay Area thrash vets Death Angel, Corrosion of Conformity Blind (featuring original CoC drummer Reed Mullin and vocalist Karl Agell, who sang on 1991's Blind), and Lody Kong (which features Max's sons Zyon and Igor).
It hits NYC on April 19 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/6) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, the other two long-running members of Sepultura still play under that name, and they also play the Marlin Room at Webster Hall, but on May 30. Tickets are on sale.
List of Cavalera Conspiracy/Death Angel/CoC Blind dates, and some videos, below...
by Ian Chainey
Stuck at home this weekend? Hellfest Open Air in Clisson, France kicked off this morning and the massive metal fest is streaming some acts online. And don't fret, if you miss a set, everything is instantly archived online for playback (check out the archives for a slew of past performers from previous years, too). For instance, you can partake in M.O.D.'s set right now. Heck, you can even pick up some blood from the butcher's later and enjoy Watain with makeshift smell-o-vision.
Hellfest Open Air goes until Sunday and potential highlights abound in the broadcast list. One such heavy is the reformed Emperor who recently played a show for the first time since 2007. The legendary black metallers are celebrating the 20th anniversary of In the Nightside Eclipse and included plenty of ensorcelled goodies from that album in their last set at Sweden Rock Festival. They even jammed out a ripping rendition of Bathory's "A Fine Day To Die" as a tribute to Quorthon who passed in 2004. Plus, since Emperor won't be hitting US shores this year, it might be your best chance to see the group in real time.
The full list of Hellfest bands streaming and Emperor's Bathory cover from Sweden Rock Festival, below...
by Doug Moore
Combination horror-film/heavy metal culture festivals curated by aging thrash icons: they're a thing now. Last year brought us the inaugural edition of Phil Anselmo (Pantera)'s Housecore Horror Festival, which was excellent by all accounts. This year, we get Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil (see what he did there?) at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom from February 6 - 8. Early-bird tickets are on sale.
The fest will split its time between celebrity panel discussions, including both movie-biz types like prominent zombie-makeup man Gregory Nicotero and big-name rockers like Slash, and actual metal performances from (mostly) long-running bands: Carcass & Exodus on Friday (2/7), and Death Angel, Orchid, and Death Division on Saturday (2/8). Metallica fans no doubt recall that Hammett got his start playing guitar with Exodus. He'll be offering those fans some nod-and-wink service by joining Exodus on guitar during their encore at the festival. Oddly, he'll do the same with Death Angel after their set, though he doesn't have the same history with them. On the other hand, the West Coast thrash bands of that generation have always been an incestuous bunch -- Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is effectively a full member of Slayer now too.
Rewind to the beginning of thrash history with Exodus's very first demo (featuring Hammett on guitar), plus a promo video for Fear FestEvil, below:
By Doug Moore
Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.
Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.
In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.
Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.
by Doug Moore
Death Angel in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
This is an engagingly diverse big-box metal tour (which we mentioned in passing last week): Finnish goof-shredders Children of Bodom will hit North America in February and March of next year. Long-running West Coast thrash instutiton Death Angel will provide direct support, with Faroe Islands folk metallers Tyr rounding out the bill. To review: that's self-consciously campy black/power metal headlining, stern old-school thrash supporting, and so-serious-it's-goofy proggy folk metal opening things up -- all three released albums in 2013, but that's about all they have in common. (CoB and Death Angel are also both on Nuclear Blast, but Tyr are signed to Metal Blade.) Bizarre, but there will be no lack of variety.
All dates of the tour are listed, along with tunes from each band's new album, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Anthrax @ Wellmont Theatre, 10/5/2012
With Joey Belladonna fronting the band again, Anthrax made their way to the stage in front of a house full of metal thrashing fans... While I was a little disappointed that they didn't play more songs off their current album "Worship Music," the band put on an amazing performance that quenched my thirst. Their set included "Caught In A Mosh", "Death Rider", and "Antisocial". After finishing their set with "In My World", Anthrax left the stage but returned a few minutes later for a four-song encore including the Joe Jackson cover of "Got The Time" and ended the show with "I Am The Law". -[Concert Blogger]Anthrax was joined by Testament and Death Angel at Wellmont Theatre on October 5 as part of the trio's ongoing set of dates together. The Montclair, NJ show was the second-to-last date (they played Atlantic City the next night, where the above review comes from) for the second leg of the tour, the first of which included a stop at Best Buy Theater earlier this year. After a month, look for the trio to hop the pond to play European dates to close out 2012.
More pictures from Wellmont Theater (though we missed Death Angel) are below.
Anthrax at Yankee Stadium in 2011 (Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel will kick off another leg of their "Thrashfest Extravaganza" with dates in late September and October. The shows include a stop in the NYC area at Wellmont Theater on October 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/1) at noon.
Testament are preparing to release their new LP Dark Roots of Earth, the follow-up to The Formation of Damnation, which will be out in North America on July 31.
All dates are listed below...
Anthrax at Yankee Stadium (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
After playing a show at Best Buy Theater to promote their new album Worship Music before their Yankee Stadium appearance earlier this year followed by a tour with Testament that hit Long Island's Paramount Theater on 11/12, Anthrax has announced even more touring with Testament, and Death Angel. The new 2012 tour includes another show at NYC's Best Buy Theater on 2/8. Tickets go on AMEX presale at 10AM on 12/7, with regular sale hitting on Friday. Anthrax will also be offering fan presale tickets at their website starting at 3PM today (additional details TBD).
All tour dates and some videos below...
Two outdoor tents, a club, and a theater hosted 26 bands. Perhaps by design, the premises lacked alcohol (except for the theater). So bad behavior was scarce. Fans happily bounced from venue to venue, queuing for some bands (Wormrot, Floor, Atheist, Obituary, Morbid Angel), and eating burgers from the Grill 'Em All trucks. To order the Witte Burger (beef, bun, cream cheese, deep-fried bacon, beer-and-Sriracha-soaked onions, malt vinegar aioli), my friend Robert merely pointed several feet away, where Dave Witte himself was standing.Saturday (3/5) was the left coast's turn for Scion Rock Fest 2011. The one day, multiple venue festival relocated to Pomona, CA this year, and housed legendary names like Morbid Angel, Obituary, Integrity, Agalloch, and many more alongside names of tomorrow and underground favorites like Bastard Noise, Anaal Nathrakh, Floor, Wormrot, and many more.
Kvelertak were supposed to play too. but their passports and visas were stolen at the airport moments before they boarded the plane to the US. As a result, they'll also miss some days of the Weedeater/Zoroaster tour, but should "be in the states by Friday" (3/11). That means they should have no trouble making it to SXSW where they're on board to play Full Metal Texas. The band was replaced in Pomona by Black Cobra.
More pictures and some videos from Scion Rock Fest 2011, below...
photos by Tim Griffin, words by BBG
Nearing 30 years in the industry, D.R.I. took the stage shortly before midnight and played till 1:37 a.m., setting off a flurry of bodysurfing from the pent-up teenage-and 20-somethings in the crowd seconds before the first song even began... No matter the viewing point, songs such as "The Application" and "Slumlord" were enjoyed by the youngsters with a fury of moshing angst, and by the older crowd with relaxed appreciation. After original singer Kurt Brecht pointed out that D.R.I. played its first show in 1982, he and original guitarist Spike Cassidy, longtime drummer Rob Rampy and bassist Harald Oimoen also delivered the goods on "Suit and Tie Guy" and closers "The Five-Year Plan" and "Violent Pacification" -[Examiner]That review comes from D.R.I.'s San Antonio date at White Rabbit, the day after they got all romantic with an Austin crowd at Emo's (on 2/14 aka Valentine's Day). With the lights dimmed and turned red, the Austin crowd swayed to the sexy sounds of the Houston crossover legends alongside Death Angel, Lazarus A.D. & Bonded By Blood, and with Before Dishonor & Southern Front adding a little hometown sensuality.
Austin & San Antonio were rare dates that converged two tours, D.R.I. and Death Angel/Lazarus A.D./Bonded By Blood. The D.R.I. tour continues on and the band will play Starland Ballroom on 2/27 with Mucky Pup before looping back afer European and South American tours to play Gramercy on 5/13 with Apathy & Horrifier. Death Angel's tour does not include an NYC date, but it does include a show at Scion Rock Fest (no BbB or LAD).
All tour dates and more pictures from Austin are below.
Yob at Scion Rock Fest 2010 (more)
Scion has confirmed exclusively to LA Weekly that they will be bringing their metaltastic Rock Fest this year to Southern California.Rumors circulated right around the announcement of Scion Rock Fest 2010 that Morbid Angel would play that year's show. Glad to hear that those were (somewhat) true. Hopefully Morbid Angel schedule some shows outside of California too.
"Scion's major event of the year," confirms their publicist, "is a huge metal festival with four stages and 30 bands. We did the first in Atlanta and the second in Columbus [check out part one and and two of our pics & review]. It's always a mix of legendary bands, important bands and up-and-coming bands, representing all the areas of underground metal. And like all the stuff we do it's all ages and free."
"What no one knows yet," he continues "is the next one will be on March 5, 2011 in Pomona. We're taking over the Fox Theater and the Glass House and building two more stages nearby."
Headlining the Scion Rock Fest in the LA area will be death metal royalty Morbid Angel with their first US show in six years (and as of now, the only scheduled US date in 2011)
...Founding member guitarist Trey Azagthoth, regarded by many as the greatest death metal guitarist of all time, will be at the helm along with bassist David Vincent (member 1986-1996 & 2004 - present) and Destructhor (member since 2008).
The Scion Rock Fest will include 26 bands on four stages (including The Fox Theater, The Glass House and two outdoor stages). -[LA Weekly]
One of the bigger names at Scion Rock Fest in 2010 was Shrinebuilder. Don't forget that half of Shrinebuilder, Scott Kelly and Wino, are going on a solo tour in February. Tickets are still on sale for the February 12th Mercury Lounge show which now looks like this:
Scott Kelly (of Neurosis) 11:30You can also catch all of Liturgy (who played Scion Rock Fest 2010) on January 14th At Silent Barn with Controlled Bleeding, Cellular Chaos, PAK, and Diablo, January 27th at Union Pool with Naam, Yr Youth, and Arms, February 10th at Glasslands with Extra Life, Lichens, and Chaos Majik, and February 25th At Monster Island Basement with Talk Normal and Nat Baldwin. More local metal shows are listed in the latest edition of Evillive.
Wino (of Saint Vitus) 10:30
Man's Gin (of Cobalt) 9:30
Hunter Hunt-Henrix (of Liturgy) 8:30
The PRP is also reporting a rumored list of other artists playing Scion Rock Fest 2011. I can confirm that at least half of a dozen of those are true. That list is reprinted below...
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Zoroaster at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Markus Shaffer)
Adult Swim have posted an album of FREE downloadable tracks. The record, entitled Metal Swim features rare and unreleased tracks from some familiar names around these parts (Isis, Boris, Skeletonwitch, Ludicra, Zoroaster, Red Fang, etc) including new tracks from Withered's forthcoming LP Dualitas, Torche's Songs for Singles, AND Kylesa's Spiral Shadow among many many others. Download the album at the site or above, and dig on the tracklisting (and some video) below.
by Black Bubblegum
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Neurot Recordings have announced details for THREE Neurosis-related releases in the next two months! First up, a new solo album from the mighty Scott Kelly, who will release The Wake on May 5th, his first release in the seven years since his debut Spirit Bound Flesh. Two weeks later, the world's most intense elementary school teacher Steve Von Till drops A Grave is a Grim Horse, his first non-Harvestman release in six years (Harvestman recently collabo'd with Fear Falls Burning). More details on A Grave Is A Grim Horse can be found here. The third we knew about, but has now gone official: A Storm Of Light's debut And We Wept the Black Ocean Within will be released on June 2nd. Read our recent interview with Josh Graham here.
Tickets for the previously mentioned second At The Gates show go on sale Thursday April 3rd at 10 AM here. Tomas Lindberg's other band, the mighty Disfear, have announced a few more dates, including another show in Brooklyn at Europa on May 22nd with Trap Them and Bloodhorse! Ticket info for Disfear at Europa isn't available, but there are still tickets for their show at the Knitting Factory. New tour dates are down below.