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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Photos: King Diamond makes highly anticipated NYC return at Best Buy Theater

King Diamond



King Diamond has made his triumphant return to North America! The Danish heavy metal legend is currently embarked on an extensive tour across the U.S. and Canada that began earlier this month in Atlanta, GA and is set to wrap up next month at “Fun Fun Fun Fest” in Austin, TX [see all remaining dates]. The North American crusade features King Diamond sharing the stage with longtime band members Andy LaRocque, Mike Wead, Hal Patino, and Matt Thompson. The King‘s stage setup for this tour is also mind-blowing, boasting the band’s entire European production with an elaborate two-story structure decked out with a twin staircase leading up to the second floor, massive backdrops, demon props, inverted crosses, glowing pentagrams, cemetery-esque gates that adorn the front of the stage, among other ghoulish gags. Support on the excursion is being provided by Finnish occult rockers Jess and the Ancient Ones.

New York City hosting the trek two Tuesdays ago (10/14) at a sold out Best Buy Theater in the heart of Times Square, marking The King‘s first show in The Big Apple in 8 years. KD did not let down, delivering fan-favorite classics like “The Candle,” “Welcome Home” and “Black Horsemen,” as well as newish tracks “Never Ending Hill” and “Shapes of Black” from 2007′s Give Me Your Soul…Please LP, and, of course, Mercyful Fate covers such as “Evil” and “Come to the Sabbath.”

King Diamond is scheduled to release a 2xCD “best-of” album covering the group’s entire career on November 11 through Metal Blade, which you can pre-order here.

Check out more pics from the NYC show by scrolling through below:

Jess and the Ancient Ones:



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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Photos: Lacuna Coil, Devil You Know & Starset end tour at Gramercy Theatre

Lacuna Coil


Devil You Know

Italian metal pros Lacuna Coil recently returned stateside for a full U.S. and Canada tour that launched last month at the 2014 “Aftershock Festival” in Sacramento, CA and came to a close two Sundays ago (10/12) at a sold out Gramercy Theatre in New York City. The outing featured direct support from metallic supergroup Devil You Know (feat. current/former members of Killswitch Engage, Fear Factory, All Shall Perish) and openers Starset (who return to NYC next month). Last week we posted exclusive photos from the Clifton Park, NY gig at this location. Brand new shots from the NYC show can now be viewed in this post.

Lacuna Coil‘s road shenanigans are in support of the band’s seventh studio album, Broken Crown Halo, which they let loose earlier this year on Century Media. The band will now head back to Europe for a three-week-long roundabout with Motionless in White and Devilment in tow (those dates are here).

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 12:00 am

Crowbar release new music video, playing Brooklyn with Unearth & Black Crown Initiate

Crowbar live at Gramercy Theatre last month

NOLA metal masters Crowbar recently unleashed an all new music video for their new single “Symmetry in White,” which comes off of the band’s latest studio album, Symmetry in Black. The clip was directed by Mike Holderbeas (Goatwhore, High On Fire, Eyehategod) and is now streaming at Noisey, as well as after the jump.

The band have also confirmed a series of new U.S. headline dates for later this year beside Unearth (who played The Studio this past weekend) and Black Crown Initiate (who play The Wick tonight – 10/22). The trek lands at Saint Vitus on December 8. The Brooklyn show will also feature a special screening of the director’s cut of the Noisey NOLA documentary at 8PM. Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon.

New vid, plus all other dates, below:


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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 10:58 pm

August Burns Red, Miss May I, Northlane & more to hook up for 2015 North American Tour (coming to NY)

August Burns Red live at Best Buy Theater earlier this year

August Burns Red, Miss May I, Northlane, ERRA and one more band TBA will be joining forces early next year for the Rockstar Energy Drink-sponsored “Frozen Flame Tour.” The run kicks off in late January and runs through March, tagging Irving Plaza in NYC on January 23, and Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY on January 24. All tickets go on sale on 10/31. All other dates can be viewed after the break.

August Burns Red will soon hit the studio to work on their new full-length album, the follow-up to 2013′s Rescue & Restore. Meanwhile, Miss May I‘s new effort, Rise of the Lion, is out now.


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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Dropkick Murphys announce inaugural “Celtic Punk Invasion Tour” (NY Dates)


Massachusetts’ very own punk rockers Dropkick Murphys have announced plans to tour the U.S. and Europe in March 2015 as part of the band’s first-ever “Celtic Punk Invasion Tour.” The run will see the band playing their first-ever St Patrick’s Day gig in Ireland at Dublin’s Vicar Street venue. The tour will also feature support from The Mahones and Blood or Whiskey, and will also boast a slew of New York dates, which are as follows:

03/02/2015 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
03/03/2015 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
03/04/2015 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
03/08/2015 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
03/09/2015 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
03/10/2015 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

Tickets go on sale this weekend (10/24-10/25). A complete list of DKM dates, including the band’s previously announced fall/winter 2014 world tour, can be check out below, along with a few tracks from the group’s latest LP, Signed and Sealed in Blood:


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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Photos: New York Comic Con 2014 (Sunday)



The ninth installment of the world famous New York Comic Con overran the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan earlier this month for a four-day spectacle that took place from October 9th through the 12th. A record-breaking number of fans attended this year’s Con to take in the sights and sounds that only NYCC can deliver. We hit up all four days of the expo to join in on the celebration that is all things comics, television, and film-related, and to check out the very cool cosplayers in attendance. Our main batch of photos from NYCC 14 were posted here, here and here.

On our final visit to NY Comic Con 2014 (10/12), we caught a glimpse of some major pop cult players including the Guardians of the Galaxy, one half of Daft Punk (the other robot was taking a wiz), a sexy Venom, voice actor extraordinaire Billy West (Futurama, The Ren & Stimpy Show), Orange is the New Black impersonators, among others. All our remaining NYCC 2014 photos continue below, until next year!




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Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Steel Panther to rock Gramercy Theatre

Steel Panther live at Barclays Center earlier this month

Glam rock jokesters Steel Panther are currently on the road supporting the mighty Judas Priest on a massive North American jaunt that landed in Brooklyn earlier this month (didja see our pics?). The spandex-wearing headbangers have just announced a string of new headline dates for the end of the year, hitting New York City once again on December 29 for, what no doubt will be, an unforgettable night at the Gramercy Theatre. Tickets to the NYC show go on public on-sale beginning this Friday (10/24) at 10am.

Earlier this year, Steel Panther unleashed their fourth studio album, All You Can Eat, via Kobalt Label Services. Stream a few nsfw vids from the new LP below, and check out all upcoming SP dates here.


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Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

The 2015 Decibel Magazine Tour feat. At The Gates, Converge & Vallenfyre has been confirmed (coming to Webster Hall)


As hinted over the weekend at Amon Amarth‘s sold out show in NYC (pics coming), this year’s Decibel Magazine tour is scheduled to go down in spring of 2015 and will be led by Swedish-based melodic death metal greats At The Gates, who are set to drop their fifth studio album and first LP in 19 years, At War with Reality, on 10/28 via Century Media. The fourth installment of the Decibel Magazine tour will also feature Massachusetts hardcore/metal favorites Converge, British extreme metal supergroup Vallenfyre (mems of Paradise Lost, ex-My Dying Bride, At The Gates), and a special opener to be announced in December.

The onslaught commences late March in Los Angeles, CA and mauls its way through 13 more markets before making its final stop in New York City on April 12 at Webster Hall. NYC tickets go on sale starting this Friday (10/24) at 10am.

Stream fresh music from all three acts and check out a full list of dates, below:


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Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Gig Coverage: Flyleaf, Lullwater, Ryan White & Charetta rocked Gramercy Theatre

By Mayra Ramales



Ryan White

Flyleaf made their way to Gramercy Theatre this past Thursday night (10/16), with supporting acts Charetta, Ryan White and Lullwater. Local NYC band Charetta was first to open the show, playing a mixed set of alternative/hard rock which eased up the fans for the following acts. Lead singer Angelina wowed fans with her vocal ability and stage presence. The band proved to have great chemistry on stage, though, it was saddened when it came time to announce that it was bassist Rich Mollo’s last show. After a very successful set, the band hugged as the fans cheered the band and said goodbye to bassist Rich. I’m sure we’ll be seeing this band back on stage with a new bassist soon.

Surprisingly, although expected to be a hard rock show, performer Ryan White came out to do an acoustic set. The audience went silent when he stepped out on stage, wondering why the show had turned into an unplugged set. Though as soon as fans heard his voice and the angst his lyrics projected, fans seemed to be held by the strong emotion he displayed on stage. A certain part of the audience was specifically held in silence by White’s voice. It was for sure a treat to everyone in the audience to hear such a powerful performer.

The 2nd opening act for Flyleaf was Lullwater, a southern rock band from Athens, Georgia. The band blew NYC fans away with lead singer John Strickland’s grungy vocals and the inevitable catchy rhythm of Brett Strickland’s guitar. The group played tunes like “Oddline”, “New Design” and “Tug of War.” Lullwater brought back a little something of the grunge feel with their mix of southern rock, a sound so fresh and different to New York City. The band’s self-titled debut album is out now.

Finally, headlining band Flyleaf came out with new singer Kristen May. The response to the band was no different than it ever has been. Fans love Flyleaf and always show indefinite love to them. Appropriately fitting to the mood, the band began their set list with the hit “Fully Alive” followed by “Again.” Kristen May completely embodies what it means to be a front-woman. From her stage presence, her wide vocal range and her humbleness to step down from the stage and walk into the crowd to jump and sing along with them. Such a treat to see four amazing acts with so much presence to share with the audience.

Check out more photos from the NYC concert below:




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Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 10:00 am

Photos: X Japan returned to NYC for a historic one-off concert at Madison Square Garden




Japanese hard rock icons X Japan returned to New York City two Saturdays ago (10/11) for their first performance in The Big Apple since 2010′s appearance at the now defunct Roseland Ballroom. Driven by co-founder, drummer, pianist and songwriter Yoshiki Hayashi, X Japan delivered a mammoth three-hour set at Madison Square Garden which consisted of not only fan favorite tracks like “Rusty Nail,” “Silent Jealousy” and “Endless Rain,” from the group’s recently released ‘best of’ album titled THE WORLD ~X JAPAN Hatsu no Zensekai Best~, but also a taste of fresh new songs like “Beneath the Skin” and “Hero” from the band’s upcoming new album (LP details are TBA).

Prior to their gigantic headline gig at MSG, X Japan invaded New York Comic Con 2014 (see our pics from the Con here, here and here), for a special appearance promoting their NYC show, as well as a rare dialog between Yoshiki and ‘Marvel Comics’ founder Stan Lee to help spread the word of their comic based collaboration, “Blood Red Dragon.” Check out video of Yoshiki and Stan Lee‘s convo together, plus photos from the NYC show at MSG, below:



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