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Overkill, Nile, Amorphis, Swallow the Sun at Starland Ballroom

When trying to get free tickets to Monster Mania Con failed, I decided the next best thing was see this awesome New Jersey bill. I had only been to the Starland Ballroom two other times, once in 2010 (the first time I saw Overkill with Forbidden and Bonded by Blood) and again in 2013 for Goblin and Zombi. Both were some of my favorite shows out of the many I’ve been to. The day came, I got my hair cut,  did some errands then went to my buddy Jay’s house where our friend Ray picked us up and we left for the venue. When we  got to the venue at around 8 p.m., it was during a random intermission between the last local opener and Swallow The Sun.

Swallow The Sun

Being the only main band on the bill I had never seen, Swallow the Sun was the one I wanted to see the most. After taking what felt like forever to set up, the band only got to play three songs. While I was disappointed that the set was so short, they sounded great for the amount of time they were able to play.

Amorphis 

Next up was another Finnish band, Amorphis. I had seen these guys once before at Maryland Deathfest 2015, where they played Tales from One Thousand Lakes in its entirety. This time they had a set of mostly new material, which as a fan of I was kind of excited to hear.

Our friend Steve who was also at the show went mostly for Amorphis, while Ray and Jay didn’t care for them. As with Swallow the Sun, the sound guy took forever to get their sound right, cutting the band’s set time to about five songs. The songs were mostly later era such as “House of Sleep,” but we did get two older classics “Into Hiding” and “Oh Rich and Poor.” Similar to Swallow the Sun, they sounded great but deserved a longer set – especially since it wasn’t their fault that it was cut short.

Nile

Nile was Jason’s main reason to go and I was curious to see how they would do without longtime and iconic singer Dallas Toiler Wade, who surprisingly left the band just before the tour. I had seen them two other times and his stage presence was part of what made those shows so good. Unfortunately, their sound check again took too long and they only got to play five songs, though they sounded great and still had great presence (not to mention considering their length, five Nile songs is still a decent amount of set time).

Overkill

At around 11:30 came the main event. When I first saw them in 2010, I was blown away by how insane the energy and sound was from these Jersey locals in their home state. Just like last time, acclaimed heavy metal DJ Eddie Trunk introduced the band as they are one of his favorites and close friends. Overkill’s set consisted of mostly later work, from the 2010 album Ironbound and onward as well as some old school classics such as “Feel the Fire,” “Hello from the Gutter,” and “Rotten to the Core” as well as some great covers such as Thin Lizzy’s “Emerald” and, of course, the Subhuman’s  “Fuck You.” This was a pretty cool selection as it showed that Overkill is a band that continues to write great songs 30 years into their career.

 

Bonesaw’s Top 5 Metal shows of 2016 Countdown: Part 1

 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
at the Chance

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

Anthony: My Number five is the Summer Slaughter Tour 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.

Summer Slaughter at The Chance (7/29/16)

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Summer Slaughter, the biggest extreme metal tour in the U.S. is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary with a lineup that’s much better than most years (though it still contains too much deathcore). A big surprise came when it was booked at the Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY as this venue always skips out on big shows. I was able to get free tickets through Cannibal Corpse’s PR and thanks to Nuclear Blast I was able to schedule an interview with Terreance Hobbs of Suffocation. At around 2:15 p.m. I got to the venue and interviewed him fifteen minutes later. After a great time chatting with the living legend I got some dinner at Nutty’s and walked in, ran into many of my good friends and watched the first band set up.

Ingested

The first band I caught  was the slam group Ingested. While some of my friends were REALLY hyped up for these guys I never gave two shits about them. Every song they played had the same chugging riffs and were full of slams over and over. They didn’t impress me or my friend Jay at all though several people seemed to really love them.

Slaughter to Prevail

Next up was generic deathcore from Slaughter to Prevail. They played songs that were extremely typical of that genre and since I don’t like deathcore I did not like Slaughter to Prevail. Moving onto something better, the next act set up.

Krisiun 

These Brazilian death metallers were my first highlight of the day (wanted to check out my buddies in Lung Puncture but the interview time made that impossible). I had caught Krisiun once in 2013 with Funerus and Abnormality and they put on a stellar performance. Here they were no different as they totally killed and made up for how bad the previous bands were.  I was watching from the balcony and the view was great (The Chance should have the balcony open for all shows). There’s nothing more brutal than watching Krisiun’s drummer Max Kolesne during their whole set.

Revocation 

Tech thrashers, Revocation were on next. Another band I caught in 2013 on a bill with 3 Inches of Blood, Goatwhore and Ramming Speed. Revocation again reminded me how you can have tons of technicality and still be energetic.

Suffocation

After skipping Carnifex by hanging with friends as they got dinner, I went back to the Chance to watch Suffocation. Due to vocalist Frank Mullenno no longer touring with the band due to his work schedule, they had Ricky Myers from the classic brutal death band Disgorge. With this said they did well and Myers sounded great.

After the Burial

Since their is nothing interesting about this deathcore band, I just sat in the loft area and charged my phone. I could still sort of hear them and they did indeed sound awful.

Nile

Me and a bunch of my buddies worried about many songs Nile could play since they only had a 40 minute set and their songs tend to be long. The band was able to make due with this short set as they sounded great and played many classics like “Black Seeds of Vengance.”

Cannibal Corpse

Last but not least was Cannibal Corpse. I didn’t stay for their whole set as I’ve seen them four times before this and their set was very similar to the last one. That said, what I watched was excellent and sounded great like always.

 

Nile Decimates NYC’s Gramercy Theatre

Egyptologist death metal legends Nile played to a raging group of metalheads Thursday night at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre. The band has been touring in support of their latest record “What Should Not Be Unearthed” with local openers at each show, showing support for every local scene they encounter.

This particular day I was finishing work for a recent freelancing gig I had picked up. It was a different topic than I had been used to writing about, so I took a bit longer than I expected – which caused me to inadvertently sabotage plans I had initially made – giving myself, Eric and Andrew (the party of new plans I followed through with) some unwanted afternoon drama. That didn’t stop us from drinking, grabbing burgers at the Union Square Friday’s (where en-route I was shocked and saddened by the death of actor Alan Rickman) and more drinking before merrily walking down to 23rd street’s Gramercy Theatre. For some reason my accomplices were wearing balaclavas, but that’s another story altogether.

Known to start and end shows early, we expected to miss one of the Gramercy’s openers because a) they were local and b) Andrew was not a fan of Day of Doom, whom he had seen before. Unfortunately for us, it was the one time the Gramercy Theatre decided to start the show late. We sat down in the bleacher seats and watched from afar, choosing to conserve our energy (and sober up) for Nile.

Day of Doom

When Andrew expressed his opinions of Day of Doom, he was putting it lightly.

This band was so bad that for the first (and hopefully last) time in my life I actually fell asleep at a concert. Not only that but this was moments after a) Eric also fell asleep and b) their singer compared showcasing their new material to his preferred style of intercourse. Day of Doom’s music consisted of generic old-school death metal that made you want to throw on your headphones and listen to the actual bands they were trying to imitate.

I legitimately felt sorry for their drummer, who while having the Gob Bluth “I’ve made a huge mistake” look in his eyes was also the only one of the trio with any stage presence. He was also clearly the most talented member of the band. After two songs I woke up just in time for their closer and more whiny banter from the singer, encouraging the crowd to “bring their mothers and sisters” next time because apparently there weren’t enough girls at the show.

Rule number one for aspiring musicians: Fake it until you make it (aka act like you’re the greatest thing in the world no matter what. People will like you better). Also do not beg for sex – especially when the center of attention is YOU.

Khiazma

While they sounded better and were much more energetic than Day of Doom, we were so bored that we didn’t want to risk sitting through another bad local act. Instead we wound up watching them from TV sets in the downstairs lounge, where we gathered to check out the merch and sober up on Gramercy´s tap water. We were also disappointed when we discovered that a chiasma is an exchange of genetic material in chromosome strands during meiosis and not a piece of furniture you can buy from Ikea.

Seton Hall University´s WSOU (Pirate Radio) station had a booth in the lobby as they were one of the sponsors for the show. The station’s representatives were very much into themselves and didn’t do any actual promotion other than stand next to their booth which contained a roulette wheel of prizes you could potentially win by spinning the wheel and landing on said prize. None of us cared since we weren’t intrigued or approached by the reps who consisted of college kids that were happy to get free tickets to a show.

Although Nile had some pretty cool merch – including limited edition vinyls of their Relapse catalog, a flag and shirts; they only had small and extra large sizes of their best t-shirt designs available. Being a medium, I was a sad panda until moments later when Khiazma wrapped up their set. We stumbled up the stairs knowing we’d finally be getting our money’s worth.

Nile

It was both mine and Andrew’s first time seeing the Egypt obsessed Nile. Not only had the venue filled up dramatically by this point but the place exploded the minute the headliners took the stage. My partners in crime ventured into the pit (balaclavas and all) while I found a comfortable spot to bask in Nile’s glory (on a side note, guitarist Dallas-Toler Wade was wearing a Pit Bulls shirt. The Pit Bulls are a large fraternity of metalheads from Dallas, Texas which Insinnerator/Thy Antichrist bassist Benjamin Shanks, a friend of mine is a member of (and the person I’m willing to bet money on for giving Wade the shirt).

My time in said comfortable spot would not last long as my cronies grabbed my five-foot three, 165-pound frame and crowdsurfed it for the first time in almost a decade. This would repeat itself seven more times throughout Nile’s set to the point where various members of the front row were referring to me as “Rangers Guy” thanks to the hockey jersey I was wearing (they lost 3-1 that night to the bloody Islanders).  During this time, we met up with Jane (who was the earlier plan I had botched) and Kevin, who was so drunk it took me a good minute to recognize him.

Nile absolutely slayed and the crowd responded with their hyper-violent moshy roar of approval. Their set consisted of a little bit from each of their eight albums, including “Sarcophagus,” “Serpent Headed Mask” and “Ithyphallic” – satisfying everyone in attendance. Their latest material went over so well with the crowd (a rarity) that they added a third new track to the set on the spot which was also well received. They closed with “Black Seeds of Vengeance,” the title track from their second album (2000) and sent a bunch of headbanging New Yorkers home happy (also a rarity).

As for the five of us, we grabbed some grub at a nearby diner, headed over to the famed Coyote Ugly Saloon and had a few more spirits before taking a ride home on the subway.