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!
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.
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:
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.
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:
New York City metaleros congregated at a sold out Stage 48 two Mondays ago (10/6) for a long night (literally, the show ended at 3am) of latin rock and metal at the Hell’s Kitchen, NYC hot spot. The event, dubbed “La Super Tocada,” which roughly translates to “The Super Gig,” featured four giants of the latin hard rock scene, led by Argentinean heavy metal veterans Rata Blanca (“White Rat” in English), and followed by Spanish heavy metal legends Angeles del Infierno (“Angels from Hell”), Mexican rock/ska pioneers Maldita Vecindad (“The Damn Neighborhood”) and Mexico City’s own rockeros Liran’ Roll.
Michigan metal titans Battlecross have confirmed their “Winter Warriors” headline tour, which honors America’s armed forces and veterans, and is scheduled to fire off next month in Grand Rapids, MI, and comes to an end in December in Worcester, MA. Wretched and War of Ages have been recruited as special guest support. The trek will also offer a limited number of free tickets to local members of the military, a limited edition tour shirt with a portion of the proceeds being donated to a local veteran’s charity, as well as grant a veteran in each market the possibility of a VIP experience, as per the official word:
On Veteran’s Day (November 11th) fans can nominate a friend or family member who has served our country and share their story and photo, with a member of the military being chosen to win a Guitar and more at the end of the tour.
To learn more about honoring a Veteran through the tour or to help underwrite tickets for Veterans, click here. Members of the military can inquire about free admission to the tour at www.vettix.org.
Brooklyn, NY will host the winter trip on December 29 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale now. Tour flyer, plus all other dates are below:
Australian experimental metallers Twelve Foot Ninja will soon set out on a massive fall U.S. run supporting In This Moment, which unfortunately, will not cruise through the New York area. On the bright side, TFN have announced a special headline show at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City for November 19 with guest openers Starset (who recently wrapped up a tour with Lacuna Coil, didja catch our Upstate pics?) and NYC’s own Shitkill. Tickets for that show go on sale tomorrow (10/18) at 10am.
Earlier this year saw the U.S. release of TFN‘s debut studio album, Silent Machine. Stream a few tracks below:
Canadian deathcore unit Despise Icon recently reunited (after a 4 years hiatus) to play a series of shows in Europe. The band have just announced a string of new dates in Canada and USA for the end of the year, with no other dates on the horizon. The mini-run kicks off in the gang’s hometown on Montreal, QC and hits markets such as Toronoto, Worcester and New York City on December 20 at the Gramercy Theatre. Tickets to the NYC show, which will feature support from locals Circuit of Suns and possibly more acts TBA, go on sale to the general public starting tomorrow (10/18) at 10am.
Despise Icon‘s last full-length album, Day of Mourning, was released in 2009 on Century Media. Check out a full list of reunion shows below:
Lacuna Coil and supergroup Devil You Know (feat. former and current members of Killswitch Engage, Fear Factory, All Shall Perish) recently concluded a North American tour together that kicked off last month in Sacramento, CA and came to an end this past weekend in NYC. The trek also featured opening support from cinematic rockers Starset.
The jaunt made an appearance at Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY this past Saturday night (10/11). Photos from that show can now be checked out in this post: