TOURISM: CRYPTOPSY, ALLEGAEON, MELVINS, MAID MYRIAD, THE FINE CONSTANT, FULL TERROR ASSAULT, AGALLOCH
(In this post Austin Weber updates us with news of forthcoming metal tours.)
Metal Injections Presents: Cryptopsy/Soreption/Erimha US Tour
It’s been several years since Cryptopsy have toured the United States, but now they’re coming back, and they’re bringing along some sick support acts to sweeten the deal. Soreption is definitely a favorite around here at NCS. Their sleek combination of mechanical grooves and technical death metal is incredible, and last year’s Engineering The Void was an amazing effort by the band. US Death metal act Disgorge and Montreal-based black/death group Erimha round out the tour bill.
Allegaeon – Get Rekt Tour
I’ve been following Colorado-based progressive-groove-thrash-death metal band Allegaeon since the beginning, and they’ve only continued to cement their place among the standouts of modern metal history. Having seen them live before, I can attest to their immense power and intensity in a live setting. Definitely a band to check out on stage if you can! Product Of Hate are providing support on the tour, with The Agonist co-headlining on some dates.
Melvins — Hold It In Tour
Recently Melvins shifted their line-up again, this time releasing their most recent record, Hold It In, with a line-up that saw King Buzzo and Dale Crover work with guitarist Paul Leary and bassist JD Pinkus from fellow esteemed weirdo rockers–Butthole Surfers. From what I read, JD Pinkus will be joining King Buzzo and Dale Crover on this tour, performing on the songs that he helped record. I saw nothing that mentioned Paul Leary will be a part of the live tour, however.
Melvins label-mates Le Butcherettes will act as opener on the tour. The dates are as follows:
June 6 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
June 7 El Paso, TX Lowbrow Palace
June 9 San Antonio, TX Korova
June 10 Austin, TX The Mohawk
June 11 Dallas, TX Trees
June 12 Norman, OK Opolis
June 14 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
June 15 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
June 16 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
June 17 Detroit, MI Shelter
June 18 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
June 18 to 21 Montebello, QC Amnesia Rockfest
June 22 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
June 23 London, ON Call The Office
June 25 Cleveland, OH The Grog Shop
June 26 Syracuse, NY The Westcott Theater
June 27 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
June 28 Hamden, CT The Ballroom at the Outer Space
June 29 New York, NY Santos Party House
June 30 New York, NY Santos Party House
July 1 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
July 2 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
July 3 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
July 5 Nashville, TN Exit In
July 6 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
July 7 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre
July 8 Chicago, IL Double Door
July 9 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
July 11 Minneapolis, MN Grumpy’s
July 12 Fargo, ND The Aquarium
July 13 Sioux Falls, SD The District
July 14 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
July 16 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
July 17 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
July 18 Taos, NM Taos Mesa Brewing
July 19 Albuquerque, NM The Launchpad
July 21 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
Heavy Blog Is Heavy Presents: Maid Myriad and The Fine Constant — Woven In Haste Tour
I’ve written about incredible instrumental metallers The Fine Constant here at NCS before, putting their album Myriad on my 2012 year-end list. I also featured their lead guitarist Sarah Longfield on my year-end list for 2013 with her fantastic solo EP, Oneric. More recently I became acquanted with progressive metal/rock band Maid Myriad through their vocalist and guitarist Jeff Klemm, who gave me his band’s CD from last year, With Haste On Its Breathe. I also saw him live filling in on vocals for Wings Denied on their latest tour, which I covered here at NCS.
The Fine Constant have a new EP, Woven In Light, set to drop on April 10th, so I’m sure they will play some new material as well. Now is the perfect time for two of today’s best progressive metal acts to hit the road and our duty is to make sure to catch one of these performances if possible. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Full Terror Assault Fest — Open Air US Fest — September 10th, 11th, and 12th!!!
While the United States has plenty of good metal bands and tours, it does lack that certain European flair for massive open-air fests. Recently, however, some bold individuals have announced plans to put on the first open-air US metal festival ever and to make it an amazing three-day event. Tickets are now being offered at a much cheaper early-bird rate than will be available later, but hurry before those sell out. Below is a quote I pulled from the website for the event:
“Full Terror Assault is the first European style Open Air Festival for extreme music fans right here in the USA. This is NOT a pay to play event and is independently sponsored by a promoter who has been involved in the “underground” and extreme music for over 20 years. Many fans have never had the chance to attend an event like this so if your thinking about coming out this year, please do, you won’t be disappointed.
“Here is what you will find within. An amazing scenic wooded camping area right on festival grounds on over 100 acres with lakes and a beach, your not pitching your tent in a cornfield. Three (3) days of all things metal on 3 stages with bands representing all genres of music including grind core, death metal, punk, hardcore, thrash, shock rock, black metal and anything with attitude. If that isn’t enough FTA will have contests, vendors, an outdoor movie theatre, a zip line and dj after parties to keep the party going all night.
“This event is designed to bring bands, vendors, and fans together for a celebration of extreme music without breaking your wallet. MAXIMUM BRUTALITY@MAXIMUM FRUGALITY!!!! See you in September.”
It’s going to be a 75-band line-up. Here is what has been announced thus far on the festival’s site:
LEGION OF DEATH
CREATED TO KILL
THE DR. ORPHYUS PROJECT
LUST OF DECAY
Tickets and plenty of additional information can be found on the festivals website:
Agalloch — Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour (West Coast segment)
Not much to say, except, get hyped! I’m going to have to check out Helen Money, the cellist and label-mate of Agalloch who is the supporting act on the tour, and whose music I’ve seen labelled as “experimental”.
6/05 – Eugene, OR / WOW Hall*
6/06 – Sacramento, CA / Midtown Barfly
6/07 – San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall
6/08 – San Luis Obispo, CA / SLO Brew
6/09 – Los Angeles, CA / Echoplex
6/10 – San Diego, CA / Casbah
6/11 – Phoenix, AZ / The Rebel
6/12 – Tucson, AZ / Hotel Congress
6/13 – Albuquerque, NM / Sister
6/14 – Denver, CO / Bluebird Theater
6/15 – Salt Lake City, UT / Urban Lounge
6/16 – Boise, ID / Neurolux
6/17 – Seattle, WA / The Crocodile
6/18 – Vancouver BC / Venue
6/19 – Victoria BC / Victoria Event Center
6/20 – Portland, OR / Star Theater
* No Helen Money in Eugene. This show is with Yob and Ufomammut.
Full Terror Assault sounds awesome, too bad I won’t be back in the area for school yet
the Cryptopsy tour sounds pretty killer 🙂
Melvins have done some recent touring with Pinkus, but not Leary, so I’m guessing that’s going to be the lineup here too. That said, if they’re touring to support the re-issue of _Electroretard_, it would be cool if they could get Kevin Rutmanis back on board. He plays on the Roxy Music cover on _Everybody Loves Sausages_, so seems like there’s probably no hard feelings between him and the band at this point. Even better would be a reunion with Mark Deutrom. That seems less likely, though they did do the hall of fame interview together on _Stoner Witch_ for Decibel a few issues back.
Whatever the touring line-up for the summer turns out to be, I’m thinking the Melvins /Big Business combo is basically done. First they did the Melvins Lite thing with Trevor Dunn, then the reunion with Mike Dillard, and, unless you count _Everybody Loves Sausages_, they haven’t made a record with the Big Business guys since 2010’s _The Bride Screamed Murder_. I’m fine with them moving on, as that wasn’t my favorite incarnation of the band, and _Hold It In_ sounded reinvigorated, the most interesting record I think they’ve put out since _Pigs of the Roman Empire_.