Captain Mosh, the Hulk (Fit For A King) and a merry band of southern drunkards (Every Time I Die) took the stage on Halloween with style. They killed it (as usual) playing tracks from both of their dominating new records, Deathgrip and Low Teens, respectively. Check out some of the shots from that night and be sure to get the new albums if you haven’t yet!
A lot has been happening these past several days in the heavy music scene, so instead of doing a hundred individual posts we’re just going to sum up some of the highlights from this week. Let us know what you’re most stoked on or what caught you most by surprise!
Cannibal Corpse, one of if not the the most popular death metal bands of all time, sold out New York City’s Irving Plaza on February 16th with guests Obituary, Cryptopsy, and Abysmal Dawn. If you’ve never been to a metal show before, one of the biggest stereotypes about the metal scene is 100% true: There is a LOT of hair.
A show like this can only be described in one word, and that is “phenomenal.” The lineup was diverse, yet also appealing as all the bands fit perfectly together despite their differences in sound and genre. These bands included The Plot In You, Cruel Hand, Secrets, Chelsea Grin and, of course, The Amity Affliction. Ranging from hardcore to metalcore and even deathcore, this show was entertaining throughout every set played.
Unfortunately I missed the opening band, The Plot In You, but talking with some fans and other concert goers I gathered their performance was nothing less than amazing. Although many said that TPIY’s set was way too short and wish they were able to play more, I spoke with Landon Tewers (vocalist) and discussed news of a headlining tour that will be announced soon! So don’t worry, their longer sets will come. Following them was Cruel Hand. I felt as if I was thrown back into 2007 listening to hardcore music while being angsty in high school. I mean that in every positive way. Cruel Hand had an old school hardcore vibe yet one that still fits in today’s scene. Definitely a blast from the past, yet a pleasant one!
Next up was Secrets, who follow a similar pattern and style to other bands in the metalcore genre, but they nailed their performance. The crowd went wild and it was definitely one to remember. With a new album coming out in December (Everything That Got Us Here), they definitely gained many fans and followers with their set. Whether it was the powerful screams or pleasant cleans, the balance seemed just right. But when it comes to deathcore, Alex Koehler of Chelsea Grin knows just the perfect balance between lows and highs. CG destroyed with their set and the pit went berserk. The idly standing viewers in Irving Plaza quickly transformed into an ocean of destruction. It was an incredible sight to not only witness, but to also be part of. They definitely paved the way for The Amity Affliction by getting us all pumped with classic and new Grin songs, even covering Korn’s “Right Now,” which got plenty of love from the fans.
It was the set everyone had been waiting for as the whole venue filled to the brim–in terms of capacity and excitement–as The Amity Affliction took the stage. The crowd constantly sung along while the vocals switched between Joel Birch’s piercing screams and Ahren Stringer’s cleans. It was a perfect set covering old and new songs, yet no matter what was played the crowd remained in harmony with each other and the band throughout. The Amity Affliction showed us why they deserved their position as the headlining band. Overall, the concert was an incredible experience and one to look back on in hopes that the next show attended will be just as amazing, yet will probably be hard to top. But for now, we will dwell on our smartphone videos and pictures reminiscing on how great The Amity Affliction was until they return back to the U.S.
By Justin LaMot
It may have been a weeknight for every eager metal fan, however nothing but insanity ensued Wednesday October 7th at Irving Plaza from start to finish, when every band possessed the crowd with a fulfilling night of circle pits, sing-alongs and controlled violence. As soon as the first ring of guitar feedback began to screech through the speakers, the much anticipated explosion of energy took over and everyone lost it. Beartooth came out strong, tore off faces and spat on them by the time they were done with their set, showing no mercy. This all led up to the amazing Atreyu, who ignited the venue and made the crowd wish they had called their chiropractor prior (in the best way possible). No one left the show with their voice in tact, but they did leave with a thrilling experience they would not soon forget.
Photos and text by Alexander Chan
A big part of being “in and of the scene” is being invested in local music. In this interview with Zoúme, the budding New York City band take HXC Magazine on a tour of their favorite spots. From big name venues like Irving Plaza and Webster Hall to world famous punk landmark Trash & Vaudeville, we shed some light on who three of the five Zoúme members actually are. Find out which of these guys showed up to a concert in a full suit, which one wouldn’t mind being on tour with the Jonas Brothers, and which one only started eating bagels last week. (P.S. – Along the way we also run into members of other NYC bands like Sylar and Perspectives! So make sure you watch the full video.)
There’s something almost off-putting about watching Motionless In White frontman, Chris Motionless, be happy. The gothcore vocalist has been publicized time and time again for his dark, brooding and angry rants either in his music or on his blogs. So when it came time to watch Motionless’ set at the New York date of the Beyond the Barricade Tour, seeing a smiling Chris Motionless graciously thanking the crowd for selling out the venue back to back and laughing pleasantly in awe of his fans was a true spectacle to see.
But Motionless and the rest of his band have a reason to be so full of life on stage after the great critical reception of Reincarnate, their third full-length and redemption to their prior release, Infamous. The fact of the matter is that in times when Motionless In White may have fallen short in part to strange recording choices or imitations of industrial bands and Marilyn Manson, their live show will always blow you away. Now with a record even I feel I can stand behind out on shelves and iTunes, the Motionless crew should be enjoying every last second of their stage time. And hot damn, did they blow me away.
Whether they were playing throwback classics like “Abigail” or newer tracks like “Reincarnate,” every track felt like a theatrical performance on steroids. The show even featured cameos from the lovely Ash Costello of New Years Day and Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills. Halfway through the set their logo backdrop even fell to the ground revealing a second and highly haunting image of bassist Ghost screen shot from the “Break The Cycle” music video.
It’s clear that when Motionless In White write their music they also prepare each track to work into their live show. That’s why so many have great call and response moments. From screaming “D-E-A-D” for “Dead As Fuck” to fan favorite “America” (A-M-E-R-I-C-A!!!) the band held the audience captivated by their performance even when the breakdowns weren’t as hard- hitting.
Though Chris Motionless got a little chatty throughout his set, it was acceptable since he was in no way preaching to the crowd. He spent every second behind the mic filled with genuine gratitude, constantly thanking his fans for getting his band to play an amazing sold out show. When they came out to play their encore, “Devil’s Night,” you can only imagine how hard the crowd went to show their gratitude for one hell of performance.