All photos by Steve Rose
by Chris Richardson
Thousand Foot Krutch’s new album Exhale was officially released on 6/17 and to nobody’s surprise, it’s a hit. They released 4 tracks early to preorder folks, all of which were well received, and helped garner excitement for the official release.
by Doug Bainton
Bringing songs from their latest album “Delirium” – which reached the #1 spot for Metal Albums on iTunes and the #33 Hard Rock Album on the Billboard 200 – Italy’s Lacuna Coil came to New York City’s Gramercy Theatre on June 9th 2016. With them on were 3 bands, each one full of incredibly talented musicians.
Opening the night was Painted Wives (formerly Railroad to Alaska), a metal band from the Orange County, California area. These guys are hard-hitting and refined all at once. With songs like “Congratulations” and “Dig”, any fans of Mastodon will surely appreciate the fresh new music Painted Wives is bringing to the masses.
Next up was Los Angeles based 9 Electric. Talk about having a great presence on stage? These guys may as well have energy drinks hooked up via an IV. This band is a pleasant overdose of heavy metal and industrial infused music with bang your head hard rock intensity.
Third to play were Stitched Up Heart. Another California band who knows how to throw down with their heavy melodic style. Lead singer Mixi has a passionate vocal range and expels emotion in a soulful “pissed-off-Carrie Underwood-meets-Maria Brink” kind of way.
Then Lacuna Coil takes the stage and completely owns it. As if their well-known talent wasn’t enough, the showmanship of this band ensures they need never worry about being forgotten. Opening with “Nothing Stands In Our Way” and “Die and Rise” from the Broken Crown Halo album and moving further to hits such as “Spellbound” and “Heavens a Lie”, the crowd started moving at the intro and never stopped.
Toward the end of the night they played “Delirium” from the new album, which was incredibly well received, followed by their amazingly well covered version of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence”.
After some recent lineup changes, the band seems more empowered than ever. They are having fun and their fans are too, and it shows every time you see them. Some of the most humble musicians to run the circuit, Lacuna Coil has proven time and again that hard work pays. The sold out crowd at NYC’s Gramercy Theatre only reinforced that.
Check out all of our Live Shots…all photos by Doug Bainton
Alternative music stars, Twenty One Pilots, will be perform an intimate show for just under 4000 fans July 3rd in St. Augustine. The duo are currently filling venues as large as Madison Square Garden but will stop at the beautiful Amphitheatre this summer for one night with supporting acts MUTEMATH and Chef’Special.
You can check out other upcoming events at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre here.
by Doug Bainton
Three days of heavy metal and hard rock bands plus a demolition derby every evening? The 2016 Rock’N Derby festival’s inaugural event took place from May 20-22 at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds in Schaghticoke, N.Y. not far from Albany, N.Y. (And no, most of us at the festival couldn’t pronounce the town’s name correctly, think ‘Skat-icoke’)
Featuring incredible performances by: Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Ghost, Halestorm, Megadeth, Sixx: A.M., Anthrax, Pop Evil, All that Remains, and a whole lot more, this event proved to be a weekend to remember. The weather was beautiful most of the time. A major thunderstorm threatened to shut down the Ghost performance on Sunday but despite some minor drizzling and occasional 30mph wind gusts, the set went on. Perhaps the band summoned some help?
It was a memorable three-day camping concert event for some and a hotel party weekend for others with a packed house every night at the fairgrounds. The lineup was incredible with over 50 bands playing the weekend on three separate stages. The festival even had a wrestling ring. What more could you ask for?
Live Shots: Rockin’ Derby
All photos by Doug Bainton (Twitter & Instagram: @Dougb11)