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Archgoat, Valkyrja & Hellfire Deathcult desecrated Saint Vitus (pics)

Underoath & Caspian played a sold-out PlayStation Theater (pics)

Abbath, High on Fire, Skeletonwitch & Tribulation demolished Webster Hall (pics)

Fear Factory + Soilwork slayed Gramercy Theatre (pics)

Metal Allegiance & Next To None pounded Gramercy Theatre (review, pics)

Disturbed & Nonpoint rocked a sold-out Irving Plaza (review, pics)


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Thursday, May 5th, 2016 at 8:45 am

Photos: Absu, Bastard Sapling & Imperial Triumphant performed at Saint Vitus (4/28)

Pics by Mathieu Bredeau


Bastard Sampling

Texas black metal trio Absu recently concluded a slew of U.S. spring tour dates, which included a stop aboard the “Decibel Mazagine Tour” in Charlotte, as well as festival appearances at “Northwestern Black Circle Fest” in Portland and “Modified Ghost Festival” in Vancouver. The band stopped by Brooklyn at Saint Vitus last Thursday night (4/28) for an intense gathering with Richmond’s Bastard Sapling and NYC’s own Imperial Triumphant. More photos from the night continue below.

Next up for Absu, the threesome will take on “Maryland Deathfest” later this month, along with summer stints at “Fuckin’ Metal Hell IV” in Texas, “Metal Threat Fest” in Chicago and “Prague Death Mass III” in Czech Republic. Check out exact tour details here. Absu will also release a new album titled Apsu later this year.

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at 9:23 pm

Photos: The Used & The New Regime rocked a sold-out PlayStation Theater (4/26)

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Utah post-hardcore favorites The Used are presently midway through their massive 15 year anniversary tour, which sees them playing 34-dates with two gigs per city. Toting support from The New Regime, The Used crashed New York City’s PlayStation Theater for sold-out shows on April 26 and 27, performing their 2002 self-titled album on night 1 and 2004′s In Love and Death on the second, along with a special encore track each night. More pics from night 1 in NYC can be viewed below. The band continued to play two sold-out shows at the nearby Starland Ballroom. The tour ends in Santa Ana, CA later this month (see all remaining dates).

In related news, The Used recently released a CD/DVD titled Live and Acoustic at The Palace, recorded in Los Angeles this past October. The new effort hit #11 on Billboard’s ‘Top Current Albums’ with over 14.5k units sold. Following their current tour, The Used will hit Amnesia Rockfest in Canada, performing alongside equally giant acts such as Rise Against, NOFX and Underoath (who recently sold-out PS Theater as well). Follow the band’s official social media page for more info.

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at 7:57 pm

Blind Guardian announce 2016 North American tour w/ Grave Digger (playing NYC)

Blind Guardian after their Webster Hall show in November…

Power metal masters Blind Guardian have announced their triumphant return to North America in the form of a headline run with support from fellow German heavy metal herd Grave Digger. As part of the second leg of their “Beyond The Red Mirror” tour, the dates kick off in early September and continue through October, with a return to NYC’s Webster Hall set for September 15 [tix on sale 5/6]. See the full tour itinerary below.

Blind Guardian will be touring in support of their tenth studio album Beyond The Red Mirror, which they dropped last year through Nuclear Blast. Grave Digger are on the road supporting a new effort as well, 2015′s Exhumation (The Early Years) on Napalm Records. Stream new tunes from both bands after the dates.


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Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at 7:32 pm

Marduk, Rotting Christ, Carach Angren & Necronomicon announce tour together (coming to NYC)

Marduk live at Gramercy Theatre in 2013…

Swedish black metal warriors Madruk, Greek extreme metal heavy hitters Rotting Christ, Dutch symphonic black metal trio Carach Angren and Canadian blackened death metal crew Necronomicon have confirmed a North American tour together for late summer/early fall. The onslaught begins early September in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and closes out at the end of the month in Austin, TX, while hitting New York City along the way for a gig at Gramercy Theatre on September 6 [tix tba]. Check out all announced tour dates after the break.

Marduk are trekking in support of their latest studio offering Frontschwein on Century Media. Meanwhile Rotting Christ and fellow label-mates Carach Angren and Necronomicon are on the road promoting their newest releases on Season of Mist, Rituals, This Is No Fairytale and Advent of the Human God, respectively. Stream music from all four acts below.


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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Zao, Jesus Piece & Jagged Visions playing The Studio at Webster Hall


West Virginia-based metalcore outfit Zao recently played a handful of spring dates in the US, which saw them taking on Long Island’s Amityville Music Hall with Wounds and Jesus Piece, “So What?! Music Festival” in Texas and “New England Metal And Hardcore Festival” in Massachusetts.

Zao have just confirmed a few new dates for the summer, counting an appearance at “Amnesia Rockfest” in Canada, “This Is Hardcore Fest” in Philly and a one-off show in New York City at The Studio at Webster on June 25 with Jesus Piece and Jagged Visions. Tickets to the NYC show are on sale now. See a detailed list of upcoming dates, here.

Zao are currently in the process of finalizing mixes for their new studio album, the follow-up to 2009′s Awake?, slatted for release later this year.

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 10:41 pm

Irving Plaza hosting “National Concert Day” w/ sets by Cheap Trick, Joan Jett + more


New York City’s own Irving Plaza will be hosting “Nation Concert Day 2016″ tomorrow night (5/3), featuring exclusive sets from Rockford hard rock pros Cheap Trick, plus Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the wild Wiz Khalifa and country musician Dierks Bentley. The only way to attend this event is to RSVP right now! And as per the fine print:

You must be 18 years of age or older to attend. RSVP and Confirmation Email does not guarantee admission to the event. Admittance to the event is on a first come, first served basis. Only the first 200 people in line with a valid Confirmation Email will be admitted to the event.

Check out the full show flyer below.

BTW, Cheap Trick and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts return to the NYC area on July 28th for a show at Jones Beach with Heart [tix are still available].


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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 8:14 pm

Shai Hulud & Dwell touring the US + Canada (NYC included)


It has been announced that Florida metal/hardcore unit Shai Hulud will be hooking up with NC’s Dwell for an East Coast and Canadian tour this spring. The dates begin in May with a matinee in NYC at ABC No Rio on 5/18, and closes out in June with a second stop in Manhattan at Santo’s Party House on 6/12. Other markets on the run include Pittsburgh, Toledo, Toronto and Montreal. Peep all confirmed dates below.

Shai Hulud are currently on the road in Europe supporting 2015′s Just Can’t Hate Enough x 2 – Plus Other Hate Songs EP and 2013′s Reach Beyond the Sun LP on Metal Blade. Stream a few tunes after the tour dates.


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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 6:32 pm

Garbage ready new album; playing Central Park SummerStage


Wisconsin alt rockers Garbage will be releasing their sixth studio album, Strange Little Birds, on June 10 via their own Stunvolume imprint. The band have thus far released the single “Empty,” which you can listen to below.

In support of the new record, Garbage will embark on a summer U.S. tour that kicks off at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI. The tour lands in NYC at Central Park SummerStage on August 1, with tickets going on sale this Friday (5/6) at 10am.

See all tour dates below…


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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 5:36 pm

Gojira dropping new LP; announce tour w/ Tesseract (playing NYC)

Gojira live at Terminal 5 in 2014…
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French heavy metal behemoths Gojira have set June 17 as the official street date for their sixth studio album, Magma, via Roadrunner Records (pre-order). The new LP was recorded at the band’s own Silver Cord Studio in Ridgewood, Queens, and has so far spawned the single “Stranded” (check it out after the break).

Additionally, Gojira have just confirmed a colossal North American headline tour for the fall, with support from Tesseract. The run launches mid-September in Silver Spring, MD and continues through the following month with the trek’s final stop happening in New York City at Terminal 5 on October 23. NYC tickets go on sale to the public this Friday (5/6) at noon.

Tesseract are touring in support of last year’s Polaris LP on Kscope/eOne Music (stream a track from that at the end of this post).

Check out the full tour itinerary below…


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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 4:59 pm

NYC area concert listings for May 2 – May 8, 2016

Buckethead performs a sold-out show at B.B. King this Sat. night…
Vegoose Music Festival - Day One

Here’s your list of shows happening this week in NYC & LI:

5/2 – Pearl Jam @ Madison Square Garden [sold out!]

5/2 – Super Unison, Free Children of Earth, White Pisces @ The Acheron [tix]

5/2 – The Darkness, RavenEye, Best Behavior @ Irving Plaza [tix]

5/2 – Youth Code, Yvette, StatiqBloom, Hogwasche @ Saint Vitus [tix]

5/3 – Filter, Orgy, Vampires Everywhere, Death Valley High, Chasing Carmen @ Gramercy Theatre [tix]

5/3 – Leave Behind A Groove in the Earth: The Story of Sam Black Church - Free Documentary Screening and Q & A @ Saint Vitus [free!]

5/3 – Local H @ Bowery Ballroom [tix]

5/3 – Sevendust, Trivium, Like A Storm, Westfield Massacre @ PlayStation Theater [tix]

5/3 – Avatar, Sunflower Dead, One Day Waiting @ Highline Ballroom [tix]

5/4 – Babymetal @ PlayStation Theater [sold out!]

5/4 – Death Index, Hells, Burp! @ Saint Vitus [tix]

5/4 – The Dillinger Escape Plan, Bangladeafy @ Amityville Music Hall [sold out!]

5/4 – The Dillinger Escape Plan @ Amityville Music Hall (late night show) [tix]

5/5 – Bestial Mouths, Bambara, Copley Medal @ Saint Vitus [tix]

5/5 – Bush, The Dose @ The Paramount [re-sale tix available]

5/5 – Enter Shikari, Hands Like Houses, The White Noise @ Gramercy Theatre [not many tix left]

5/5 – Jarhead Fertilizer, Radiation Blackbody, Crushed, Scowl, Erode @ The Acheron [tix]

5/6 – Generation Axe Tour (Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, Tosin Abasi) @ Theatre at Westbury [tix]

5/6 – Horns Up Rocks’ 6 Year Anniversary Concert @ Nihil Gallery [tix]

5/6 – Mörpheme, Mommy, Indignation, Korrosive, Narcoleptics @ The Acheron [tix]

5/6 – The Shrine, Tower, Mammal @ Saint Vitus [tix]

5/7 – Beartooth, Stray From The Path, My Ticket Home, Former @ The Emporium [tix]

5/7 – Bigwig, High School Football Heroes, After the Fall @ The Grand Victory [tix]

5/7 – Buckethead @ B.B. King [sold out!]

5/7 – Prong, Magus Beast, The Hard Way, Black Dawn @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall [tix]

5/7 – The Krays, Sped, The Breaking Sounds, Polyabuse @ The Acheron [tix]

5/7 – Trap Them, Meek is Murder, Organ Dealer @ Saint Vitus [tix]

5/8 – Bane (last NYC show ever), Backtrack, Maximum Penalty, Manipulate @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall [sold out!]

5/8 – Chelsea Wolfe, A Dead Forest Index @ Music Hall of Williamsburg [tix]

5/8 – Necrot, Skullshitter, Coagula, Upheaval @ The Acheron [tix]

5/8 – Official Brooklyn US Air Guitar Qualifier! @ Saint Vitus [tix]


Did we miss anything? If so, let us know in the comments.

For a detailed list of upcoming shows (including upstate gigs), make sure to check out our calendar.

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