Entries tagged with: Red Fang
The annual Bumbershoot Festival returns in 2014 to Seattle's Seattle Center from August 30 to September 1. The lineup was just announced and includes The Replacements, Wu-Tang Clan, Elvis Costello, Schoolboy Q, Afghan Whigs, The Dismemberment Plan, Nada Surf, Bobby Womack, Danny Brown, Mac DeMarco, Twin Shadow, Big Freedia, Jonathan Richman, Mission of Burma, The Dream Syndicate and many more. Full lineup below.
Tickets, including 3-day passes, any-day passes, and single-day passes, are on sale now. Check out the full day-by-day lineup, with the announcement video, below...
Big Business at Union Pool in 2009 (more by Justina Villanueva)
Portland sludge rockers Red Fang are planning to release a new 7" single, "The Meadows," via Scion AV at some point in the near future, and they've also announced a headlining US tour for May/June. The tour will be a triple dose of big stoner riffs with support coming from Austin's comparatively newer American Sharks and the longer-running Seattle sludge unit Big Business. The tour hits NYC on May 27 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/4) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (4/2) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Towards the end of last year, Big Business finally got around to following 2009's Mind the Drift with a new full length, Battlefields Forever, which they quietly released on their own Gold Metal label (which they previously released two singles on), following the demise of longtime label Hydra Head. You can stream that album in its entirety, along with the list of tour dates, below...
High On Fire at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Scion A/V have announced the full lineup for their annual free Scion Rock Fest. This year's installment will take place in Pomona, CA on May 17. Judging by the number of acts (there are 26 all told) and the fact that it's all taking place on one day, it'll be another multiple-venue affair.
As usual, the lineup is a mix of crossover-friendly fan favorites (High On Fire, Machine Head, Red Fang, Crowbar, King Buzzo) with less obvious but still comparatively accessible acts (Midnight, Coffins, Big Business, etc.), and up-and-comers (Power Trip, Windhand, etc). You can check out the full lineup below. RSVPs for the festival will open Wednesday (3/26); keep an eye on Scion A/V's website to score your free spot.
by Wyatt Marshall
Cancer Bats are in the midst of the previously discussed tour with Red Fang, Indian Handcrafts and The Shrine (dates below), and the day after that tour hits NYC (12/11 at Bowery Ballroom, tix), they'll be taking a night off to play a very special Black Sabbath tribute set at Saint Vitus (12/12) with No Way and Blackest. The Cancer Bats will be performing as Bat Sabbath, which is also the name they used to release their tribute EP which they titled Bastards of Reality (like every other Sabbath cover band). This isn't the first time Cancer Bats have busted out the Bat Sabbath--they've played double headlining Cancer Bats/Bat Sabbath shows before, and toured Canada as Bat Sabbath late in 2011, too. Tickets for the Vitus show are on sale. Listen to Bat Sabbath below.
The real Black Sabbath is touring North America too.
Cancer Bats aren't the only band on the Red Fang tour with a little something on the side. The Shrine is playing a show at The Acheron with Natur, Dirty Fences, and Iron Force on 12/12 too. Tickets for that show are still available.
Updated dates are listed, along with the Bat Sabbath stream, below...
by Doug Moore
LA's The Shrine -- not to be confused with King Khan's backing band -- have the whole vintage-costumed proto-metalrockpunk thing down pat, with a little more West Coast punk rock in the mix than many bands in the vein deploy. Fittingly, they toured with Graveyard last year, and they're out on the road with the like-minded Red Fang and Indian Handcrafts right now. That tour hits NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 12/11 with Cancer Bats (tix), after which there's a gap day in the tour's schedule.
True to road-hungry form, The Shrine have filled that schedule gap with a one-off Brooklyn headlining show at the Acheron on December 12 (12/12). Local support will come from similarly backwards-looking acts Natur, Dirty Fences, and Iron Force, who are also playing an old-timey rock'n'roll revue with Valkyrie and Sinister Haze on Saturday (12/7). Tickets for the Shrine gig are available.
Check out some of The Shrine's music and take a look at the remaining Red Fang tour dates, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Last week we debuted a song by Sandrider called "Gorgon" from the band's forthcoming (11/19) album Godhead over on Invisible Oranges. We liked it so much we thought we'd share it here, but first, here's what we had to say about it:
A day after Link Wray and Nirvana were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it's only fitting that we premiere a riffed-out song from a Seattle band. Here's Sandrider's "Gorgon," the first debuted track off of their forthcoming album album Godhead. As I've been listening to Godhead over the past few days, the noise/southern sludge has taken hold. Some of the tracks on the album crunch along at mid-tempo; others have lofty ambitions and culminate in epic crescendos. "Gorgon" is here to party.I failed to mention in that writeup that two of the members of Sandrider used to play in the now defunct Seattle sludgy hardcore band Akimbo. You can listen to Akimbo's posthumous final release, Live to Crush, below.
Sandrider takes their name from the Frank Herbert novel Dune, and Godhead is the three-piece's second album. Fans of bands like Red Fang and Black Tusk (sticking to bands with colors in their names here) will dig Sandrider.
I did say that fans of Red Fang would find something to like in Sandrider. As previously mentioned, Red Fang recently hit the road with The Shrine on a tour that lands in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 12/10 with Cancer Bats and Indian Handcrafts (tickets). On that tour, Red Fang will also play a single show with Sandrider in Vancouver (without the regular tour support, but with Bison B.C.) at the Rickshaw Theater on 11/10. See below for the rest of Sandrider's dates, none of which, sadly, will be in NYC.
Stream Sandrider and Akimbo songs and check out tour dates below...
by Doug Moore
ÆVANGELIST's new album cover
Today has been a pretty goddamn crazy 24-ish hours for new heavy music streams. I count five full-album streams of note (incuding the Pelican stream we posted earlier), plus a handful of individual tracks. Here's what I've got:
Noise-flocked death metallers Ævangelist have a new song up on Bandcamp (and below).
Gift of Gods (featuring Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone) have a new song on Youtube (and below).
Likewise for old-school death metal troupe Demonical: song on Youtube, as well as below.
Check out all of the embeddable streams below. I think that does it. What did I miss?
8-bit Will Sheff
If there's one thing Portland's Red Fang are known for, apart from monster riffs, it's their love of beer. With that in mind, the band are promoting their upcoming, Chris Funk-produced album, Whales and Leeches (out 10/15 on Relapse), with an online game where you, virtually, chug as much beer as possible while listening to songs from the new record. It's no Tapper, but if you're looking to kill a few minutes before you leave work and kill a few real beers, it'll do. Red Fang will be touring and in NYC with Cancer Bats in December and beyond. Updated dates are listed below.
If you're looking for a more nuanced album-tie-in gaming experience, Will Sheff helped created a videogame that compliments Okkervil River's new album, The Silver Gymnasium, a record inspired by the singer's '80s childhood. Paying homage to such games as Leisure Suit Larry and Maniac Mansion, the online adventure game features 8-bit versions of songs from the album and text by Sheff and co-creater Benjamin Miles. It's a multi-chaptered game with new chapters coming out every two weeks. You can play it here. Okkervil River's tour hit NYC last week (9/26) at Terminal 5.
Red Fang dates below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Doomriders at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Doomriders are set to release their new album, Grand Blood, on October 15 via Deathwish and they just released a new single from it called "Dead Friends." It's pretty straight-forward party metal/rock, if a tad lighter on the melodic-guitar work that marked earlier Doomriders material. You can check it out below.
Doomriders were last in NYC when they played 285 Kent with Red Fang, who just announced a tour which hits NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 12/11. They also just released a new song, which you can stream below.
Doomriders frontman and guitarist Nate Newton does double duty as the bassist in Converge. Another Converge-related band, Mutoid Man, just announced a NYC show. The trio (aka Converge's Ben Koller, Cave In's Stephen Brodsky, and Brohammer's Nick Cageo) will hit Saint Vitus on Monday (9/23) with Godmaker, Descender, and DJ Jim Carrol, (The Suicide File, The Hope Conspiracy). Tickets for that show will be available at the door.
As discussed, Stephen Brodsky is playing his own Brooklyn show at Union Hall on Friday (9/20) with Jenny Owen Youngs and Mal Blum (tix). He's also since announced another show happening at Silent Barn on October 2 with Wing Dam and Me You Us Them.
Meanwhile, speaking of Kvelertak, they just released a psyched-out cartoon video for "Evig Vandrar," a song from their sophomore album, Meir, which came out earlier this year. Check it out below, along with the full list of High on Fire/Kvelertak tour dates, which also include support at select shows from Windhand (who recently played Saint Vitus) and Pack of Wolves...
Red Fang at Orion Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Four bands who bridge the gap between metal and just plain ol' rock, Red Fang, Cancer Bats, Indian Handcrafts, and The Shrine, will be heading out on tour together this year. That tour hasn't been announced in full but some of the dates have been revealed, including a NYC show happening on December 11 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for what should be a very rowdy night go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon. All currently known dates are listed below.
Red Fang have a new Chris Funk (of The Decemberists)-produced LP on the way via Relapse, and they were just in NYC for a show with Doomriders, who will return to NYC on their tour with High on Fire and Kvelertak, who were last in NYC on their tour with Cancer Bats.
UPDATE: Red Fang announced the tour in full. All dates are with The Shrine, and the other two openers appear on select dates. They also released a new song from their LP, "No Hope," which you can stream (via Metal Sucks) along with the list of tour dates and another track from their new LP, below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Kylesa @ MDF 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The second annual all-ages Southwest Terror Fest happens at Tucson, AZ's The Rock from October 10 - 13. This year's line-up is loaded with more than sixty bands including Red Fang (who recently played 285 Kent and are releasing a new album), Early Graves, Sacred Reich, Helms Alee and Subrosa. Single day tickets are on sale now. Most extreme music genres are covered, so feel free to pick your poison. Full line-up and set times are below.
Savannah sludge crew Kylesa (who played MHOW during Northside), Denton psych-weirdos Pinkish Black and Sierra, who are about to team up for a Brooklyn Vegan / Invisible Oranges sponsored tour will perform as the fest's headliners on October 10. Look to hear some of Kylesa's recent album Ultraviolet, Pinkish Black's excellent new album Razed to the Ground and Sierra's debut full-length Pslip (stream tracks from both Razed to the Ground and Pslip here) on that tour that hits NYC at Saint Vitus on October 25 (tickets).
Stream Kylesa's recent album, Ultraviolet, below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
Red Fang headlined a packed-to-the-gills Converse Rubber Tracks show last night at 285 Kent (August 22nd), joined by the great Doomriders and promising Brooklyn punk band Low Fat Getting High. The metal/punk show was free to enter (if you RSVPed, that is), and pictures of the whole night are in this post.
Red Fang are readying a new Chris Funk (of The Decemberists)-produced album, Whales and Leeches, for an October 15 release date via Relapse. Check out the album trailer below.
Doomriders are also releasing new LP Grand Blood that same day via Deathwish. The record features Q on drums (Magic Circle, Clouds), who replaces departing John-Robert Conners of Cave In. Look out for it.
If you missed it, LFGH have a few more shows scheduled for the near future.
More pictures from 285 Kent below...
Red Fang - 'Whales and Leeches'
Converse Rubber Tracks Live just announced a free Music Hall of Williamsburg show (8/9) with Glassjaw, Balance & Composure, and World's Fair (which is already "sold" out), and they've now announced another free Brooklyn show taking place this month as well. Portland sludge beasts Red Fang will team up with Doomriders (fronted by Converge bassist Nate Newton) and one of Brooklyn's better young punk bands, Low Fat Getting High, for a free, all ages show at 285 Kent on August 22. Though it's free, you do need tickets, and those go on "sale" August 8 at 10 AM.
Red Fang recently announced that their new album, Whales and Leeches, will be out in October via Relapse Records. The album was produced by Chris Funk of fellow Portland band The Decemberists (whose singer, Colin Meloy, just announced a solo tour), and mixed by Vance Powell, whose known for his work with The White Stripes. That's the album artwork above.
Doomriders also just announced a new album, Grand Blood, which will be out on October 15 via Deathwish. It was produced by Nate's Converge bandmate (and all-around metal production wizard) Kurt Ballou, and will feature artwork by Thomas Hooper and packaging by Ryan Patterson, frontman of Coliseum (who you can also see for free in Brooklyn this month). Grand Blood artwork and tracklist below.
As usual, Low Fat Getting High have other upcoming local shows, including a previously discussed Pianos (8/27) show with The Can't Tells; another on August 17 at Rippers on Rockaway Beach with a stacked local line up of Sleepies, Eula, Big Ups, and Shark? (flyer below); and one at Grand Victory on September 28.
Red Fang are also touring the western US in October. All of their tour dates are listed, along with some streams/videos, Doomriders album stuff and Rippers flyer, below...
Says the PR
On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at TheWoot. 2013 Lineup below...
Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Black Tusk / Red Fang @ Saint Vitus, 11/12/2013
Red Fang and Black Tusk played their second of two NYC shows together last night at Saint Vitus (11/12), and though Indian Handcrafts dropped off due to visa troubles, Lord Dying was more than able to pick up the slack opening the show. The show was the third in two days for Black Tusk, who also played Acheron as part of a Sandy benefit as well as Bowery Ballroom earlier that evening (11/11).
The show was one of two that I went to that evening, stopping by MHoW to catch Death Grips with Mykki Blanco. Pictures from MHoW are HERE, but you can check out more pics from Saint Vitus below.
Black Tusk at Santos, June 2012 (more by Wyatt Marshall)
In addition to Bowery Ballroom tonight (11/11) or Saint Vitus tomorrow (11/12), Black Tusk will play a special late night show at Acheron tonight. The show, a benefit for Hurricane Sandy relief, begins with doors at 11:30 PM with an $8-10 sliding scale entry fee. All money will go towards OccupySandy, specifically the purchase of goods to help the relief effort. Head to the show to support a good cause or if you cant make it, purchase some relief goods on your own.
In related news, Indian Handcrafts were supposted to play dates on the tour but due to issues at the border, the band has been replaced by Lord Dying on all dates. Lord Dying's last NYC show was at Saint Vitus with Witch Mountain back in June.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Indian Handcrafts have welcomed their new LP Civil Disobedience For Losers, which is out now via Sargent House. Stream a pair of tracks from that release and check out a video below.
The band's mix of Queens-of-the-Stone-Age-meets-Melvins melodic riffery, which makes sense considering the production of Toshi Kasai and the guest appearances from Melvins drummers Dale Crover and Coady Willis, will fit nicely alongside Red Fang and Black Tusk, and as such you can catch the trio on tour together for the East Coast leg of their tour. Dates are below, including on 11/11 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and 11/12 at Saint Vitus (tickets).
All tour dates are listed below, along with those song streams.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Red Fang at Orion Festival, 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Outside of laying down a riffy groove, if there's one thing that Red Fang knows, its drinking. A close second has to be videos; the Portland band have released a few, all have been drenched in hilarity (and beer). Now that Red Fang is prepping to headline a tour in the US with Black Tusk, the boys have offered a different sort of approach in the video for "Dirt Wizard" from their current offering Murder the Mountains which you can watch below.
Most Wanted autograph
The Insane Clown Posse is suing the FBI because "Juggalos were unjustly called a gang in its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment."
Speaking of juggalos, you know that Throbbing Gristle Nico tribute we posted about? Genesis P. Orridge has some qualms with it being called a TG release and has gotten in a Twitter fight with Chris Carter over it. Pitchfork has all the gory details.
How was your Yom Kippur? Did you fast? Drink coffee? Gothamist editor Jake Dobkin spent his holiday live blogging his experience with caffeine suppositories.
Honey Boo Boo will be (in your) home for the holidays.
Voxtrot's Ramesh is funding a new album via Kickstarter.
Grizzly Bear scores #7 on the Billboard chart (beat only by Pink, Kanye, The Killers, Dave Matthews, Little Big Town and the unstoppable Carly Rae Jepsen).
Coming soon to a cool coffee table near you: '80s punk photo book We Got Power! Till then check out our photo gallery excerpts.
CMJ is three weeks away. We're still tired from SXSW!
More stuff below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Gehenna at A389 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
For those of you not at This is Hardcore this weekend, tonight's can't miss show at Acheron (8/10) will feature Gehenna, the California crew that hasn't blessed NYC since sharing the stage with Catharsis at CBGB's in 1997 (their set was eventually turned into the Eat, Fight, Fuck. Live At CBGB's split with their tourmates). The band will be joined by North Carolinian gods of hellfire hardcore Young and In The Way, death-doom rollers Ilsa, California's Skin like Iron and NYC troublemakers Psychic Limb. $10 gets you in.
The rest of the weekend has similarly interesting appearances. Saturday (8/11) will see a reunion of Shriner at Gramercy, though across town Tommy's Tavern will host Neo Cons (ex-86 Mentality) along with Swaath, Correspondences and more. And make sure and end your weekend with an appearance from prog-thrash favorites Vektor, who will hit Saint Vitus on Sunday
(8/12, tickets) along with Bezoar (who have a new-ish album) and Soon.
Satan's Satyrs will join Nightbitch, Balam and Syphilitic Lust for a show at Acheron on August 24. Flyer for the show is below. For those unfamiliar with the ripping styles of SS, stream some material below as well!
In other news, the previously discussed Red Fang/Black Tusk tour is a reality, and you can check out all dates below. The band play on Bowery Ballroom on November 11 (tickets) and Saint Vitus on November 12 (tickets).
All suggested shows for the next two weeks are below. What did I miss?
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Red Fang at Orion (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
I'm starting to notice a trend. When we last spoke, I hypothesized that since Red Fang is from Portland and Black Tusk is from Savannah, the then-single-date at Bowery Ballroom on 11/11 (tickets) must be part of a tour. While a full schedule hasn't been revealed, Tickets are now on sale for a second show with the same lineup (Indian Handcrafts too) at the considerably smaller Saint Vitus on November 12th.
Still no full tour details, but all known tour dates are listed below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Red Fang at Orion (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The beer-soaked Portland rockers Red Fang have some of the most entertaining videos in hard rock/metal. Their live show ain't so bad neither, which you can check out when the band teams with fellow Orion Fest alumni Black Tusk for a show on November 11 at Bowery Ballroom with Indian Handcrafts. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (8/3) at noon.
Though details havent emerged, the show looks to be part of a larger US tour for Savannah's Black Tusk that has them on the West Coast by late October. Word on possible East Coast dates surrounding Red Fang's appearance are unavailable but considering the boys are in our neck of the woods, somewhat probable?
Full tour schedule for both Black Tusk and Red Fang is listed below, along with a couple videos.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin ; words by Andrew Sacher
Metallica / Fucked Up at Orion Music Fest, June 23, 2012
Metallica's Orion Music & More festival went down in Atlantic CIty's Bader Field this weekend, featuring the band performing Ride the Lightning in full on Saturday (6/23) and The Black Album on Sunday (6/24), in addition to many other bands across four stages. Bader Field, which was previously used as an airport, was filled with rockers of all kinds -- from the satanist metalheads to the Gaslight Anthem-shirt bearing rock and rollers. In addition to the bands, you could check out Lars Ulrich's curated film screenings, James Hetfield's classic cars, Kirk Hammett's horror memorabilia, rock memorabilia with everything from old Velvet Underground postcards to Melvins posters, and much much more. And all of this went down just across the water from the towering, lit-up excess of Atlantic City's Trump Plaza, Caesars Palace, and the like.
I showed up to the festival on Saturday about halfway through Baroness' opening set on the main Orion Stage. Though the crowd was still pretty thin (they went on at 1 PM), the band delivered a strong set filled with a great mix of hooks and sludge, winning over most of the people who had showed up early enough to catch them.
Next stop for me was Lucero, also on the Orion Stage. "This song's called 'Women and Work,' it's about whiskey," said singer Ben Nichols of the title track off their most recent LP, making what was only one of many whiskey references during their set. They had a solid mix of the upbeat ones like that, and their sprawling slow-burners. The band sounded best on those slower cuts, as they drifted across the hot, sunny, mid-afternoon Bader Field, though I'm sure the foot-stompers would have taken charge in a smaller, tightly packed venue like their drunken NYE show at Brooklyn Bowl. The band did crank up the distortion on "Sounds of the City," and got great crowd reaction during "All Sewn Up," which he dedicated to the audience: "Plenty of fucking bad tattoos out there, so this one's for all y'all."
After Lucero's set ended, the Fuel stage saw what might have been the wildest set of the day with Fucked Up. Frontman Damian Abraham began by saying, "Last year we were thinking... who would be the craziest band we could play with, and we were like... METALLICA!" before kicking into "Queen of Hearts" off 2011's epic David Comes to Life. As per ushe, it only took about three seconds into that song for Damian to barge into the crowd (where he spent most of the show) and another few minutes before he took his shirt off. They relied most heavily on material off of David, playing other highlights like "The Other Shoe," "Turn the Season," and more. In the past I've said that Damian's in-the-crowd antics tend to be less successful in larger venues, but at Orion fest he did everything in his power to make his way through the entire crowd. He must have been part of every single mosh pit that broke out, and traveled everywhere from the kids pushing against the barrier to the people standing in the very back.
The Gaslight Anthem followed, taking to the Orion Stage, and came out with an introduction from Lars (as many other bands that day did). After his introduction, the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" began playing through the PA as the band walked out, with frontman Brian Fallon decked out in an "RIP MCA" shirt (written in Run DMC typeset). I didn't notice it during Baroness or Lucero (and maybe Fucked Up's loud mayhem was to blame), but the sound at Orion Stage was significantly lower for all the non-Metallica bands that played, and it became easy to feel removed during The Gaslight Anthem's set. Despite the conditions, the band still sounded on point. They played "45," the single off their upcoming album, which is easily their best song since The '59 Sound, and older favorites as well, like "Old White Lincoln," "The Patient Ferris Wheel," and of course, "The '59 Sound."
Lars Ulrich introducing Hot Snakes
I then made my way over to the Frantic tent -- undoubtedly the best stage to watch bands -- for Hot Snakes, who were also introduced by Lars. Lars acknowledged the stage as well ("this is becoming my favorite stage of the day... this is where all the cool kids hang out!") and said tons of flattering things about Hot Snakes. The band thanked him a couple times for his compliments, before asking the crowd if any of us had heard of them, to which they were greeted with massive cheers that they seemed pretty surprised about. After all the intro-ing, the band began playing the buzzsaw guitar riff of "I Hate the Kids," the opening track off 2002's classic Suicide Invoice. They reunited last year after breaking in 2005, and they've definitely still got it. They played a good amount of Suicide Invoice, including "LAX," "Who Died," "Gar Forgets His Insulin," and the punishing title track.
After Hot Snakes' set, Modest Mouse took over the Orion Stage, and like with The Gaslight Anthem, the sound and setting of this stage did them absolutely no justice. We got some great songs -- "Bury Me With It," "Dramamine," "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" -- but they were mostly drowned out by the talking of the uninterested crowd, many of who had begun gathering for Metallica. Not surprisingly, "Float On" was the one song that stopped the crowd from talking and got 'em singing along. Things probably went over better for Modest Mouse at the more indie-centric Governors Ball, which they played on Sunday.
Suicidal Tendencies meanwhile were playing to a giant crowd on the smaller metal-centric Damage Inc. stage, with help from their ex-bandmate, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo who joined them for a bunch of songs.
Suicidal Tendencies/Arctic Monkeys
Hands down, my highlight of the pre-Metallica portion of the festival was Arctic Monkeys, who played the Fuel stage directly before the headliners took over Orion. It goes without saying that Lars took the time to introduce this band (their first record is his favorite of the '00s) and he said tons of appreciative things about the band, including that he's seen them every time they've played his city. They opened their set with the attack of "Brianstorm," which sent the band into a frenzy that didn't let up once during the set. Though the band's latter two records have been a bit less popular than their first two, they've really shown a maturation in sound on them and especially on a festival with a mass of heavier bands a lot of their newer material fit right in. Songs like "Pretty Visitors" and "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair" border on sludge metal and stood out just as much, if not more than older classics like "Teddy Picker," "Fluorescent Adolescent," and "Dancefloor." In keeping spirits with the festival, during "Don't Sit Down," Alex Turner changed the line, "bite the lightning," to "Ride the Lightning," and pointed across the field at the Orion stage where Metallica's stage hands were gearing up for the band to play said album in full.
Alex takes complete control of the crowd and throws in a bit of playful arrogance, like pointing to Matt Helders and saying, "check this shit out," before one of Matt's more technical drum parts. The band pretty much kept their whole set in full throttle mode, eschewing many of their lighter songs, and they delivered with colossal power. Over ruthless drumming, stoner rock guitar solos, and overall ceaseless energy, Alex effortlessly topped it all off with his soaring vocals, almost of all of which were met by singalongs from the crowd.
Finally, after the rest of the festival had wrapped up, the strings of Ennio Morricone's "The Ecstasy of Gold" from Metallica's S&M album began playing through the PA, which meant the band -- who for many, were the sole reason of coming to the festival -- were about to take the stage. They opened with a bunch of live staples, like "Hit the Lights," "Master of Puppets," "Sad But True," and "The Four Horsemen," plus a newer one as well. Then the lights went black and on the stage's screens, popped up a video of clips from Metallica's Ride the Lightning period, which was greeted by huge cheers of the thousands of people that knew the band's performance of the album was on the way. When soundclips of Cliff Burton surfaced on the video, even more applause came, honoring the band's bassist who performed with them on their first three albums before passing away in a tour bus accident in 1986. After the video ended, an animated play on the Lightning album artwork took over the screens and the album's final track, "Call of Ktulu" began playing (they performed the album in reverse). Once "Ktulu" picked up, the lights came back on, revealing the band members on stage playing the song, and yielding more and more applause.
After the instrumental track, live favorite "Creeping Death" came in, sending the band pummeling into a spiraling vector of thrash. The band's theatrics, rock star approach, and tendency to play hits-heavy sets can give off the feeling that they've reached the point where their shows are simply crowd-pleasers, but it's really not the case. The band whole heartedly rock the fuck out on stage, and despite everything else going on, simply watching them play is pretty mind blowing.
According to Lightning's reverse tracklist, after "Creeping Death," came "Escape," which the band have never performed live, mainly because James absolutely hates the track. For anyone who didn't know, he made it abundantly clear at the show and even looked like he was having a bit of trouble getting into it while they played it live for their first time ever, but by the end, the crowd had welcomed its live debut more than excellently. Though James wouldn't hear of it -- "NO!" he yelled when the crowd tried convincing him that they loved it.
Then came "Trapped Under Ice," followed by "Fade to Black," which was by far the loudest singalong on the album during the acoustic guitar-led verses and, as occurs at Metallica concerts, the melody to Kirk's guitar solo in the intro. After the song's headbanging second half, James, with a smug smile, responded to the fanatic cheers with, "Yeah, I like that one too." The level of noise stayed above 10 for the following song, "For Whom the Bell Tolls," whose chorus saw tons of \m/-raised arms attached to bodies screaming along. Following the album's title track, Metallica wrapped up their performance of the album with much anticipated opening thrasher, "Fight Fire With Fire," for which the screens behind the band showed the masses of audience members singing along to the song's choppy vocals.
Directly after the performance of the album ended, the band stayed on stage and went immediately into more live staples -- "Nothing Else Matters" and "Enter Sandman." They then left the stage before returning for an encore which began in the dark with the acoustic intro of "Battery," and then hitting the lights for the song's slaying mile-a-minute riffing. The encore wrapped up with loud fireworks, black Metallica beach balls thrown int the crowd and two more live staples, "One" and "Seek & Destroy" and after the members of the band continued to thank the crowd for coming and making their festival a success.
More Orion Music Fest coverage to come. Lots more pictures, including Roky Erickson, Red Fang, Suicidal Tendencies, and more are below.
As mentioned, Orion Music & More happens this weekend in Atlantic CIty's Bader Field from June 23-24 and is being headlined by Metallica both nights, who play Ride the Lightning in full on Saturday (6/23) and The Black Album in full on Sunday (6/24). Other bands playing include Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, Hot Snakes, Fucked Up, The Gaslight Anthem, Titus Andronicus, Best Coast, Liturgy, A Place to Bury Strangers, and more, plus a heavy stage with Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura, Torche, Red Fang, Kyng, Landmine Marathon, Black Tusk, Thy Will Be Done and others. The heavy stage (aka "Damage, Inc.") isn't the only place you can catch heavy bands though. The festival also includes Baroness on the Orion stage, The Sword on the Fuel stage, Liturgy on the Frantic stage, and Ghost on the Orion stage. You can check out the full schedule of both days and all four stages HERE.
Orion Music & More is the first NYC-area appearance for Hot Snakes since the reunited band played The Bell House and Maxwell's in December. They'll play another area show (also in NJ) at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in September.
As mentioned, it's the first time in a while that Modest Mouse will be in the NYC area. They play Orion on Saturday (6/23) before heading to Randall's Island for Governors Ball, which also happens this weekend.
There's a ton of stuff going on at Orion other than live music too. You can pick up rock 'n' roll memorabilia at Ktulu's Rock 'N' Roll Emporium, check out film screenings hand-picked by Lars Ulrich at Hit The Lights Films, skate the Motorbreath Mini Ramp, have a glimpse into Kirk Hammett's creepy personal collection of horror film memorabilia at Kirk's Crypt, surf, nerd out at the ESP Guitar Experience, check out the Metallica Museum, show your support for a variety of charities, or check out the car show.
If you're heading out to Atlantic City for the fest this weekend, head here for directions. If you're driving, there's no on-site parking at the field, but there are a number of parking areas nearby and free shuttles that run from the lots to Bader Field. If you're taking the train, you can get there via the Amtrak or the NJ Transit Rail and there will be a free shuttle from the Atlantic City terminal to the festival. Once you're there, this map should help you get around. We're also told that it's about a 20-30 minute walk from the boardwalk.
Tickets for the festival are still available.
In related news," Kirk's Crypt" isn't the only place Mr. Hammett will be indulging in his love of all things creepy. He'll be publishing a book titled Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection this October via Abrams Image with photographs of his personal collection of horror memorabilia. The book also includes Kirk's own handwritten captions for many of the photographs. He'll be putting out limited edition toys, like the ones he's been collecting his whole life, along with the book this October. You can pre-order the book at Kirk's online toy store. He'll be discussing the book at Kirk's Crypt at 4 PM each day.
Maybe his old friend Glenn Danzig will add it to his book collection...