Sabaton were climbing Metal’s ladder to success after only one previous USA visit and here we are for their first ever headlining run the following year. The show dropped into the Gramercy Theatre and was documented in full on THIS LINK. Now please enjoy a lot of photographs that I captured from their set.
The last time that the US territories had a visit from Sabaton was back in September 2011 when the band was opening up for Evergrey at this very same venue and at that show their singer vowed that the band would return for the fans in a headlining sense. Well, lucky for us he was not kidding because here we were back at the Gramercy Theatre and ready to experience The Swedish Empire Tour up close and personal. This evening would find only one opener in the local boys of Sanitarius and we made sure to see them as well for good measure since some of our audience of readers have said that we should try to do so if at all possible. Click the logo below to be brought to the full concert report and photo gallery and then come back to scroll further through this blog posting to enjoy some side images and other thoughts about the night.
Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY)
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
The Metal Month of May was starting off like the firing from a cannon with the Power Metal band Sabaton who prepared to entertain their loyal fans on the second leg of “The Swedish Empire Tour”. The band had been in the States for a few weeks to my knowledge and tonight’s show would actually be my second time seeing the band even though they had been around for over a decade. The last gig was when they opened up for Evergrey at this very same venue and I have to admit that I don’t recall them ever appearing in our region before that show last September. It’s very likely they had never done so before. That show found me admitting that the band was very new to my Metal ears but they pulled out the stops and impressed me greatly. As a matter of fact, I knew fans that had only come to that particular show for Sabaton and they had very little interest in Evergrey and left during their set. At the end of the gig their singer Joakim promised us that they would soon return and return they would but in an almost entirely different configuration. At the end of March, Broden had made it public that most of the band would be going their separate ways and that meant guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mulback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr would be departing Sabaton for reasons that were never made public. The tour would now bring in members Chris Rörland and Thobbe Englund on guitar, and Robban Bäck on drums. The search for a keyboard player would go on and until they found one they would be using piped in recordings of the instrument. So how would this work out? Here is how the show went down for those who didn’t manage to make it into the city tonight.
Continue reading Sabaton @ Gramercy Theatre (5/4/2012)
Face Of The Sun is a relatively new band in New York City’s underground music scene and they might be interesting to those fans of drummer Brian Viglione (who many might know from The Dresden Dolls). I was directed to them by one of the many rising stars that I am fortunate enough to meet as a journalist and at her directive I made sure to be in place for the bands performance at Piano’s on the Lower East Side. This is an intimate club when it comes down to it, and smack dab in the middle of a very active music and restaurant scene. While I was down there I made sure to visit the relatively new Idle Hands bar and also down some tasty Mexican grub at San Loco. Once the physical appetite and thirst were sated it was time to get the musical jones attended to by walking into Piano’s. To read the full on concert report just scroll past the bands logo below; Then I urge you to keep on scrolling down the blog post to see some side images and even some video that are easily enjoyed here. We hope that you like this.
Venue: Highline Ballroom (New York, NY)
Opener: Heathen, Warbeast
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
New York City are you prepared for the “North American Reckoning” Tour that will once again bring a headlining Destruction to our shores and find them doing this with Heathen and Warbeast as support? If not, then you are surely welcome to stay home with regrets but the rest of us will be thrashing like never before with indulgence. The show was originally scheduled to take place at B.B. King Blues Club up in Times Square but it was moved down to the Highline Ballroom a few months ago. In a sense this was a little better because the open floor area is a little more conducive to “crowd interaction” than we find being the case as their sister venue. Anyway, this tour featured two other monster bands of Thrash and I wanted to see what they were all about as well so I managed to arrive just as Warbeast was hitting the stage. The early start hinted that tonight might be an early night for me but I was totally wrong about that.
Continue reading Destruction @ Highline Ballroom (5/11/2011)
Artist: Amon Amarth
Venue: Best Buy Theater (New York, NY)
Label: Metal Blade Records
To say that this was one hell of a week in NYC would be an understatement. The spirits of the Big Apple’s residents was still on a high with the news that only a few days ago, that US Armed Forces had located and killed the terrorist leader and hated asshole Osama Bin Laden. Resultant of this historic action, the President of the United States had come to town to make a speech about it all but for those in the Metal Republic, the best place to be tonight would be at The Best Buy Theater where the mighty Swedes of Amon Amarth were going to be performing. It was a little over a year ago when we last saw the band who was at the time continuing their trek around the world in support of the “Twilight Of The Thunder God” album. The show also featured Eluveitie and Holy Grail and was a great experience for all assembled at Irving Plaza for sure. Now after a reasonable breather to record some new material they were back on US Soil and ready to deliver a crushing set of mythically themed and heroic Death Metal.
Continue reading Amon Amarth @ Best Buy Theater (5/5/2011)