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Haken @ Highline Ballroom (9/2/2017)

Artist: Haken
Venue: Highline Ballroom (New York, NY)
Opener: Sithu Aye
Date: 9/2/2017
Label: InsideOut Records

Written By: Steven Stolper (copyright 2017) for PiercingMetal.com

Haken is a Progressive Metal band from England that has been steadily gaining popularity on this side of the pond. Last time around they packed Webster Hall’s Marlin Room and now it was onto bigger spaces. The Highline Ballroom is a bit larger in scope but I wonder if this show would have been held at Webster Hall if it was still open. Whatever the case, I do think Highline is a superior venue, with better stage, sound, and lighting. And no ceiling “thump” that The Marlin Room events often suffered from when The Grand Ballroom shows upstairs would get rowdy. As with Webster Hall though, there are late night events scheduled at Highline, so music, events can get pushed into early slots. This concert started earlier than posted, at around 7:10pm, not 7 30 as advertised. Sithu Aye, a proggy instrumental guitar shredder from Scotland opened. An enjoyable set, sort of what one might expect Joe Satriani to sound if he listened to a lot of modern Prog-Metal. I was disappointed to find the use of backing tracks for keyboards and some guitars. It kind of takes away from the live feel, and I don’t really see the point, considering that he actually brought a full band with him which included a second guitarist. Why not improvise, or play album keyboard parts on guitar?
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Fates Warning Announces Summer 2017 Tour

Fans of the Progressive Metal legends that is Fates Warning will surely be interested in their latest announcement about the upcoming tour. Check it out below and then I’ll return with some additional thoughts.

The Press Release:
U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING continue to tour in support of their much praised latest release “Theories Of Flight” and are now announcing a first run of dates for the album in North America in June. FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder checked in with the following comment:

“We are very excited to finally announce the first leg of the US tour for ‘Theories Of Flight’. We know that this news has been a long time coming, but it’s finally here and we are ready to once again hit the States in support of a new album. The European tour was amazing, and we are anticipating nothing less from our home crowd. We can’t wait to see our fans again. Get your tickets now. Thank you all!”

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Devin Townsend Project Announces New Tour Dates For Spring

Now that Valentine’s Day is out of the way we can focus the love on the bands which bring the heaviness to the live stage and with that in mind here is a recent announcement from The Devin Townsend Project. Take a look.

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT will return to the road in the US this year with a two week stretch of dates; some of which will see the band playing support for Opeth. The band continues to tour on the strength of their new record, Transcendence. Speaking about their upcoming shows in North America, Devin comments:

“Continuing on our run to support Transcendence, we are coming back to America for a quick run with Opeth and Gojira as well as some additional dates to get us to and from those shows. We are many places this year and are trying to make sure we take advantage of our geographic locations as we roll. The band keeps getting stronger and we look forward to seeing you there!”

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Pain Of Salvation Announces 2017 North American Tour

I’m going to keep sharing these New Year tour announcements as they come in and here is the latest transmission about the band Pain Of Salvation. Dig it.

The Press Release:
Swedish progressive rock/metal innovators Pain of Salvation are pleased to announce the North American tour dates in support of their upcoming album “In the Passing Light of Day”, which will be released on Friday the 13th of January, 2017 via their longtime label partners InsideOutMusic.

The US Tour Dates:
Feb 7-11: Tampa, FL – Mexico – Cruise to the Edge
Feb 12: Tampa, FL, The Orpheum
Feb 14: Houston,TX, The Scout bar
Feb 15: Dallas, TX, Gas Money
Feb 16: Kansas City, MO, The Riot Room
Feb 18: Chicago, IL, Reggies
Feb 19: Detroit, MI, The Token Lounge
Feb 21: Toronto, ON, Mod Club
Feb 22: Quebec, QC, Le Cercle
Feb 23: Montreal, QC, Le Tulipe
Feb 24: Buffalo, NY, Iron Works
Feb 26: New York, NY, The Marlin Room
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“Meaningless” (Single) by Pain Of Salvation

Artist: Pain Of Salvation
Title: “Meaningless” (Single)
Label: InsideOut Music
Release Date: 11/18/2016
Genre: Progressive Metal

I must admit that I haven’t been up to snuff with the latest music from Pain Of Salvation and even sadly missed their appearances on our side of the pond based on a crazy schedule at the time. That said I was really excited to hear the first bit of their forthcoming album “In The Passing Light Of Day” on InsideOut Music with the track entitled “Meaningless” and offer up some insight on the tune. Here we go.
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