As 2016 comes to a close we reflect upon our best metal shows of the year that we attended. It was such a good year for shows that Staff Writer Anthony Caroscia and Editor-in-Chief Chris Butera had to enlist help from Alternative Nation writer and guitarist of Roargh and Minotaur’s Redemption Birdman Dan and Minotaur’s Redemption guitarist and vocalist Lyon in a roundtable discussion. Seeing as we don’t have all day, let’s start at each person’s individual number five:
Chris’s Number 5: Moontooth at St.Vitus
Chris: My fifth is Moon Tooth at St. Vitus for their CD release show.
Anthony: They are a band I hear about that I never checked out.
Chris: Chromaparagon is one of the best albums this year. So proud of them. I was shown them by a friend who saw them at a house party years ago. They are one of the best live bands period. They deserve everything amazing that happens. I honestly hope they have more success than Metallica.
Anthony: That would be a shock for anyone. Even today’s biggest metal acts have never got the success level of the classics.
Birdman: I got to see them on their massive summer tour. The Binary Code was headlining at Dingbatz but I went just for Moon Tooth.
Chris: Netherlands also played the release show but I didn’t see anything special about them. They relied way too heavily on their projector.
Anthony: I know they play around here a bit. I’ve seen them listed for shows in New Paltz and in Warwick.
Birdman: Every time Moon Tooth comes up here they ALWAYS request to play with INNIS, and they always shout for encores.
Anthony: I hear a bit of stoner rock in their sound as well.
Lyon: Definitely. I know I’m in the minority amongst local metalheads, but I actually prefer INNIS to Moon Tooth.
Birdman Dan’s Number 5: Trivium, Sabaton and Huntress
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Birdman: I mainly went for Sabaton and my mates in Minotaur’s went for the other bands. Sabaton were so kickass live and all wore matching camo pants.
Lyon: Sabaton was really fun. Huntress slayed and was largely who I went for. Trivium sucked donkey balls but I saw that coming. I’m mostly glad I was there with Birdman and Evan from MR – shows are good with good mates. We bonded over how much fun Sabaton is and how painful Trivium has become.Real pop arena rock.
Birdman: It was cool of them to play “Entrance of the Conflagration” though.
Lyon: Yeah, they played a few things of significance.
Tony’s Number 5: Summer Slaughter at the Chance
Birdman: Not in my top five but it was great.
Lyon: I’ve never been to it. Is big death metal fun at The Chance?
Anthony: Yeah it is. Almost all of our Northeast metal buddies where there. It was awesome.
Birdman: Also Sarah from Cherry St. Station was there.
Anthony: I mainly went for Suffocation, Revocation, Krisiun, Nile and Cannibal Corpse. Though I’ve seen all of them before, it was nice seeing them in one big package.
Birdman: Yeah, it was good to see CC on my home turf.
Anthony:That was my fifth time seeing CC all together and my fourth at that venue
and of course interviewing Terrence Hobbs from Suffocation was great. Such a nice guy.
Birdman: The only thing that disappointed was that Ingested only got a three song set since either they had technical difficulties or couldn’t get the sound they wanted
Anthony: I don’t care for them but that sucks for any band. I walked in from the interview/dinner while they were playing and only heard three songs. I thought it was the end of their set until now.
Birdman: Yeah, their soundcheck bled into their set.
Anthony: That’s what happens with long bills/fests.
Lyon’s Number 5: It’s not Night: It’s Space at Snug Harbor
Lyon: August 20th – “It’s not night: It’s space” at Snug’s. Seriously.
Anthony: I wasn’t there but I’ve seen them a few times. Pretty sweet band.
Birdman: Was it a release show?
Lyon: Their new album is absolutely killer if anyone hasn’t heard it yet – it’s their most aggressive yet. It wasn’t a release show but they played new jams and the new jams are meant to be heard live. Definitely post-rock, but also definitely metal. They really straddle the line between Mogwai, Godspeed, and Sabbath, wherever that may lie.