Artist: The Haunted
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: The Agonist & Merauder
Label: Century Media Records
While a large number of the Metal Community had headed out of town for the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, I had chosen to remain in the Big Apple so I could be a part of the weekend’s fun which included a Friday appearance by Y&T, a Saturday set from The Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and tonight’s adventures with The Haunted. The show this evening was at B.B. King Blues Club, where the guys in Y&T dropped in to deliver some powerful Hard Rock just the other day and now it was time for something quite heavier. The Haunted would bring their brand of Death Metal to the stage with NYCHC legends Merauder and rising stars The Agonist. Here is how the show went down for those who missed out.
The Agonist: I was pretty sure that the folks in The Agonist were doing as many gigs as we once found happening with Into Eternity and finding themselves on a number of interesting and powerful tour packages. Tonight marks about the fourth or fifth time that I have caught them in concert and considering I had only heard about them in the final months of 2007 when they opened up for Epica that’s rather much. I enjoy what they do and was happy to hear what had been accomplished with their newest release “Lullabies For The Dormant Mind” which marks the bands sophomore album on Century Media Records. Fronted by Alissa White-Gluz, who is a pint sized demon of Metal intensity, the band delivered a very solid set that hit you as soon as they began the first note and for those fans of the band that have been following then would be surprised to see the addition of someone new on guitar. Joining the touring group would be Chris Adolph who was put into place to add just a little bit of extra “oomph” to the punch that they deliver and this allows Danny Marino to focus his time on more of the lead guitar flair. I was digging into what the band was serving tonight and have been a fan of Alissa’s since I first got to see how diverse she is with her vocals, I felt that she was on point this evening and that the band comes across better and better in concert every time. With the new CD under their belts the set would focus on these new tunes and deliver about five of them while the remaining two came from “Only Once Imagined”. The full set ran like this “The Tempest (The Siren’s Song; the Banshee’s Cry)”, “…and Their Eulogies Sang Me to Sleep”, “Rise and Fall”, “Martyr Art”, “Thank You, Pain”, “Birds Elope With the Sun” & “Business Suits and Combat Boots”. I felt that the group went over well tonight which was nice to see as there have been times where the NYC is not always so receptive of their sound. I cannot understand why since they are heavy as hell during a live set and are in no way run of the mill or contrived. Let’s face it Metal heads, if you paid for a ticket you might as well enjoy the whole show and if you don’t have anything nice to say please don’t ruin it for your friends and the others around you. The Agonist is set to return on a number of other shows that will run the course of the summer and if we attend those we shall be sure to continue reporting on Alissa and Company’s adventures. Now it was time for Merauder.
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