The Summer Slaughter for 2013 begins today, are you excited?
Venue: Irving Plaza (New York, NY)
Opener: The Faceless, All Shall Perish, The Red Chord, Veil Of Maya, Cephalic Carnage, Decrepit Birth, Carnifex, Animals As Leaders, Vital Remains
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
I had just closed up a very busy month of July with shows like Charred Walls of The Damned, Soilwork, Fear Factory and last night’s Michael Schenker Show and figured that all were a pretty solid representation of Metal’s elite. Of course I’m not even counting the shows I missed such as the mighty Brits of Iron Maiden, but here we were ready to continue the Metal adventuring and what better way to start than with the annual Summer Slaughter tour. I am not sure when this event first came into being but I did begin documenting it for the Metal Republic when Black Dahlia Murder headlined. It’s usually on one long day but last year had been separated into two days with some bands appearing at one show while others would be scheduled for the next. This year it was back to one lengthy presentation and with this being the case would start very early. The headliner would be a rebuilt Decapitated and their direct support would come via The Faceless and All Shall Perish. The slaughter for 2010 would also feature The Red Chord, Veil Of Maya, Animals As Leaders, Carnifex, and many more. I arrived as early as I could to document the maximum amount of bands and as I walked into the rechristened Irving Plaza discovered that Vital Remains were already on the stage.
Continue reading Decapitated @ Irving Plaza (8/1/2010): “Summer Slaughter” Tour 2010
Venue: The Fillmore NY (New York, NY)
Opener: The Red Chord, Job For A Cowboy
Label: Metal Blade Records
While the band has been something that the people of Earth have been aware of for twenty five years, the origins and history of the band GWAR goes back over 43 million years to when their members were denizens of the planet Scumdogia. Eventually they found their way to Antarctica where they laid buried beneath tons of snow and ice for many, many years until they were unfortunately unleashed upon our modern day society by now manager Sleazy P. Martini. Since that time the band has devastated the concert stage and the unworthy audience members who pledge their souls in allegiance to them for over two decades and with their newest album “Lust In Space” they show no signs of giving us a way out of their booby trap laden web. Tonight would be New York’s turn and apparently the final night of touring for the band until their appetite for destruction had returned and found them seeking out fresh victims once again. The tour found a completely Metal Blade Records roster as the support and that can’t be bad for business as both The Red Chord and Job For A Cowboy got things started. I made sure to get into The Fillmore NY early enough to enjoy everyone and when I walked in I found the place to be strangely carpeted. My guess was this would absorb the various “goop” that comes along with a GWAR show.
Continue reading GWAR @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (12/13/2009)
Artist: Lamb Of God, Clutch
Venue: Starland Ballroom (Sayreville, NJ)
Opener: The Red Chord, Devil Driver, A Life Once Lost, All That Remains, Madball, High on Fire, Strapping Young Lad, Throwdown, Every Time I Die, Norma Jean, GWAR, Opeth, Chimaira, Poison the Well, Unearth, From Autumn to Ashes
Label: Various Labels
Genre: Heavy Metal
The Sounds Of The Underground Tour for 2005 rolled into the parking area of The Starland Ballroom today and it was truly a day to be reckoned with. This tour has been steamrolling venues recently and how can a Festival that brings you 18 of the hardest bands around do any less. Some listed shows had 22 groups but due to some scheduling conflicts we would have 18 at our day. Given the fact that this would prove to be one of the hotter days of the Summer I was quite happy with the 18. My overall plan for the day was to absorb as much of the bands as possible, with particular focus on some that I have either never seen, or had wanted to see once again. As the sun blazed above us The Red Chord began their set. I was still on the very long entry line in and as a result basically heard more than saw this Metal Blade Records band. I do feel that they were better live than on the CD that I own. Devil Driver came up almost immediately and were excellent. This band features Dez formerly of Coal Chamber and I most definitely want to see them perform again.
Continue reading The Sounds Of The Underground @ Starland Ballroom (7/2/2005)