Gig Coverage: Chelsea Grin, Carnifex & Sworn In live at Gramercy Theatre

By Marissa Rodriguez

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This past Saturday, March 14, Gramercy Theatre in NYC welcomed deathcore band Chelsea Grin‘s current tour with Carnifex and Sworn In, which is in support of their third full-length album Ashes to Ashes, released through Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie last summer. The ongoing tour launched in Chelsea Grin‘s hometown of Salt Lake City, UT at the Murray Theatre earlier this month.

Gramercy Theatre opened its doors early at 5:30 PM with UK metal band The Family Ruin pulling the stage curtains back and kick starting an intense night of hardcore and metal. The first song of the night quickly initiated a shirtless mosh pit from fans.

Hailing from Illinois, emo/metalcore act Sworn In continued the night, delivering a light but edgy show. Fans couldn’t contain themselves when Sworn In drummer Chris George‘s SJC custom drum kit illuminated the stage with its amazing fluorescent lights. Sworn In will soon release their second album titled The Lovers/The Devil on April 7 through Razor & Tie (pre-order). The band will be back in town on April 21 for a headline show at Amityville Music Hall in Long Island with The Plot in You, I Declare War and Gift Giver supporting (tickets are on-sale here).

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Modern death metal band and San Diego natives Carnifex provided direct support for Chelsea Grin, painting the stage crimson and green. Moshing intensified as Carnifex played music from their latest album Die Without Hope, released through Nuclear Blast last March. Gramercy beefed up security at the front barricade during the set as fans simultaneously crowd surfed towards the band. Now with an open mosh pit and vehement fans, Carnifex exited the stage leaving the crowd electrified for Chelsea Grin.

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The long awaited performance of the night slowly crept upon anxious fans who incessantly shared their knowledge of Chelsea Grin amongst each other during the band’s sound check. Chelsea Grin finally hit the stage, unleashing an hallucinogenic light show that, needless to say, coursed adrenaline through the veins of everyone in attendance. Gramercy Theatre’s floor was now a full mosh pit with crowd surfers ascending one after another, especially during the final few songs of the night. The tour plowed through NYC leaving a flaming trail in its wake.

A complete photo gallery from the NYC show and a list of remaining tour dates are available below.

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Remaining tour dates:

March 20 – San Antonio, TX – Kapone’s
March 21 – Grand Prairie, TX – QuikTrip park
March 24 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
March 25 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
March 26 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
March 27 – San Diego, CA – Soma
March 28 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades