Artist: Slipknot Venue: Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (Wantaugh, NY) Opener: Behemoth, Gojira and Volbeat Date: 8/28/2019 Label: Roadrunner Records
The mega-concert event known as “The Knotfest Roadshow” was rumbling through cities of these United States and laying waste to anything that stood in its way. One could not expect anything less from a touring package that brought together bands like Behemoth, Gojira and Volbeat who lead off the day before a crushing/thrilling/energetic set by the one and only Slipknot. The weather report was on the grim side which made the long haul out to Wantaugh in Long Island a bit of a bother as the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater venue is an outdoor space but once sufficiently prepped and packed for the adventure I girded myself properly for a sure to be fun time. The show started early, and I mean 5:30 early which was the slot held by Behemoth and there was no way that I was missing them so here is how their set and the rest of the event took place.
Behemoth: Now according to my concert playbook, I have caught Behemoth a few times over the last couple of years and I didn’t mind this at all since I absolutely love what they do on the stage. It was going to be interesting to see the Metal Blade artist in the daylight this afternoon and with their hitting the stage at this early a time if you were stuck in that Long Island traffic you were not going to catch them at all since they were only going to give us about a thirty minute set. After a brief audio playback, the incendiary might that is Behemoth were on the stage and sporting the masks one would see during a full headlining set. Though this was to be a brief performance the band was on fire and quite literally as jets of flame shot from the rear of stage while singer Nergal also brought some out and offered up some homage to the Dark Gods at one point. To say that they crushed would be an understatement and since this was really early the venue was not yet full so far too many people missed a really overpowering set. I cannot wait to catch this band when they headline or co-headline with another superpower in the future. Gojira was coming up next.
The rumblings about something big being announced by Slipknot today were being shared across the Interwebs late yesterday and now the message is clear and the news and dates are here! Behold – The Slipknot “Knotfest Roadshow” – Coming to event spaces near you this summer. Read on down below about the whole enchilada.
The Press Release:
SLIPKNOT have announced their live return, unveiling details of their massive Knotfest Roadshow headline tour set to traverse across North America this summer. Volbeat, Gojira, and Behemoth will join as special guests on all dates. Produced by Live Nation, the 29-city outing will kick off July 26th in Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheater and continue through September 8th where it will conclude with a performance at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX (see itinerary below).
SLIPKNOT have also revealed that they will release their long awaited new studio album on August 9th. Each pair of tickets purchased online for Slipknot’s 2019 tour comes with a digital copy of their upcoming new album, scheduled for release August 9, 2019. Further instructions will be available upon purchase with additional album details to be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information visit the website at the close. Continue reading Slipknot Announces The “Knotfest Roadshow” For 2019→
In the beginning of October, the mighty Behemoth will release their next album which is entitled “I Loved You At Your Darkest”. The opus will come care of their label of record for the last few years in Metal Blade Records and now that they have completed their support of “The Final Tour” by Slayer it’s time to get back to work on their own agenda. The first single for the album is “God=Dog” and the video for this profane little ditty just manifested across the darker channels of the YouTube. Let’s watch and I suggest that you leave the lights on and have some rosary beads nearby. Oh yeah, and chase the kids or younger friends out of the room since there are some violent and pseudo sexual images coming at you in this one. Definitely NSFW.
Whew. That was something else wasn’t it? Truth be told this didn’t surprise me since its Behemoth and after all, they have worn their blasphemous teachings on their sleeves for many, many years. In this one we find a few different variations on the Crucifixion and while singer Nergal is at one point one of the men hanging, we also find him playing the part of a vengeful king and then some angry demonic force of horror. Intense for sure and like I’ve mentioned just before the clip – not for all audiences. The track itself I will go into for a Single Review in the coming days. The video comes on the tail of the bands announcing their North American tour which we celebrated here on the website on a post that you can find HERE in case you missed it. Having just seen them during one of the Slayer appearances, I can only say how excited I am for a headlining tour as they truly command the stage. If you haven’t seen them yet, let this be your time.
If you’ve never witnessed the crushing brutality that is the band Behemoth, then you’re going to want to maximize this next video on your screen and indulge as Metal Blade Records presents the band doing their song “The Satanist” in concert. The clip hails from their forthcoming video and CD release “Messe Noire”. You’ve been warned.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I don’t have much to add here other than the fact that while this is a solid delivery and execution of the title track from their “The Satanist” album; there is truly no better way to experience Behemoth than with your own eyes in a club where they might be playing. I wouldn’t recommend that the newbies stand too close to the stage since the crowd surfing can get out of hand, but standing on the periphery of it all or viewing down from up above is worth doing. I’ve been seeing Behemoth in concert since 2004 unless I am off a year and its always an experience that leaves me exhausted but wanting more. I’ve even been fortunate enough to have met the guys over the years and to have covered their work here on the website. Just click THIS LINK to open up any posts that refer to them. You’ll find a little bit of everything by doing that and most posts have links to Amazon.com purchase points to spark your grabbing the credit card. Currently, Behemoth is one of the many bands that are supporting the final tour by Slayer. They are on the first leg and if you’ve interest in catching them you better act fast or risk missing out on it. “Messe Noire” will hit the streets in April.
Artist: Behemoth Title: “Live Eschaton: The Art Of Rebellion” – Deluxe Edition Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 4/19/2009
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Even though the band had been around for a good decade before I ever was able to see them, I was instantly made a fan when the band performed in NYC as opener for Suffocation back in 2004. I’m not the only one that had been affected by the bands powerful music and presentation based on its overall intensity. One of the releases I looked into some time later after this show was the 2002 DVD release of “Live Eschaton – The Art Of Rebellion” which captured the band in concert in their native Poland. We reviewed this DVD and are representing our thoughts for you below from the original version and then we shall examine the new deluxe edition afterwards. Continue reading “Live Eschaton: The Art Of Rebellion” (Deluxe Edition) by Behemoth→