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November 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm$27.50
Arch Enemy w/
- While She Sleeps
- Fit for an Autopsy
@ The Concord
Formed by ex-Carnage, Carcass, and Candlemass guitarist Michael Amott (concurrently of Spiritual Beggars) with his brother Christopher (Armageddon), Arch Enemy took a straight-ahead approach to death metal reminiscent of Entombed or late-period Carcass, blending catchy, classic-style metal riffs with crushing grooves for an intense yet accessible sound. The group’s charter lineup was rounded out by bassist/vocalist Johan Liiva (Carnage, Furbowl) and drummer Daniel Erlandsson (Eucharist, session work for In Flames); they released their debut album, Black Earth, in 1996. For their second album, 1998’s Stigmata, Armageddon bassist Martin Bengtsson took over those duties from vocalist Liiva, while Armageddon drummer Peter Wildoer sat in for Erlandsson. More personnel turnover ensued, as Mercyful Fate reunion bassist Sharlee D’Angelo (also formerly of Witchery and Dismember) joined up for 1999’s Burning Bridges, which also featured the return of Erlandsson. Wages Of Sin from 2001 found Johan Liiva departing and replaced by Angela Gossow.
Arch Enemy have played the biggest European festivals – including Graspop, Sonisphere, Tuska, Summerbreeze and more – and did an extended US tour (supported by DevilDriver, Skeletonwitch and Chthonic) followed by a European tour (supported by Warbringer and Chthonic). They’ve toured the world in support of Khaos Legions: Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and many other places you wouldn’t expect a metal band to go.
Trivium formed in 1999 after the band’s original singer saw Heafy perform Metallica’s “No Leaf Clover” with a drummer at his high school talent show. The band members chose the name Trivium, which is Latin for the intersection between the three schools of learning: grammar, rhetoric and logic, because they liked the way it implied an open-mindedness to different styles, and summed up their musical aesthetic. After a couple of gigs at parties, the original singer quit the band and Heafy took the wheel. For the next two years, the band honed its sound, and in 2002 Heafy won the Best Metal Guitarist Award at the Orlando Metal Awards. Trivium headed into the studio in the beginning of 2003 to record their first high-quality demo disc. From this, German label Lifeforce signed Trivium and sent the band into the studio to record Ember to Inferno.
After going through various lineups, the band finally found guitarist Corey Beaulieu, a dedicated death metal buff who brought a new influence to the band’s sound. Landing a bassist was even more difficult. Numerous players came and went before Paolo Gregoletto was brought in just in time for the tour with Machine Head. Feeling so strongly about the group, their music and their dedication to their craft, Paolo left another group to be a part of Trivium. Trivium signed to Roadrunner Records after good sales of their debut and began writing songs for their new album. In the year 2005 Trivium released their second album Ascendancy on their new record label Roadrunner Records. The album was released March 22. At this time Trivium was on the Roadrage 2005 US tour, featuring bands such as The Agony Scene, Still Remains and 3 Inches Of Blood. In 2006 they released their next effort – The Crusade, which relied much more one clean vocals than growls in order to protect Matt’s voice. Even though the album was a , Trivium recieved much criticism for their shift in sound. Therefore, in their 2008’s record, Shogun, they turned to their familliar sound – thrashy riffs, lightning-fast solos and throaty growls. After Shogun was released, Trivium spent three years on the roads, switched their drummer Travis Smith with Nick Augusto and released a new song “Shattering the Skies Above” which was added to the soundtrack of the succeful video game God OF WAR 3.
While She Sleeps:
A shared love of heavy metal and, more specifically, its subgenre of metalcore, ensured that the members of While She Sleeps were to continue the bond formed at school in Sheffield, England long after their final exams were over. In 2006, singer Jordan “The Face” Widdowson, drummer Adam Savage, bassist Aaran McKenzie, and guitarists Mat Welsh and Sean Long decided to get together after playing in various other groups in the area. The bandmembers played shows regularly for the next three years before deciding to focus on While She Sleeps on a full-time basis in order to get to where they wanted to be. This is when Widdowson would bow out, leaving the door open for Lawrence Taylor to step in on vocals. Citing work commitments, Widdowson became a spectator to the eventual rise of his former bandmates as they went to work on their debut, The North Stands for Nothing.
Released by Small Town Records in the summer of 2010, the eight-track mini-album was recorded in a converted barn and mixed by Welsh. Having been well received by the rock press, Good Fight Music picked The North Stands for Nothing up for distribution in North America where, after originally only available through download, it was released physically with the addition of the single “Be(lie)ve” in the summer of 2011.
Recorded in the early months of that year, “Be(lie)ve” came out during a busy period for While She Sleeps. As well as recording a live session for BBC Radio 1 at Maida Vale Studios, they were invited to open for fellow Sheffield-based metalcore outfit Bring Me the Horizon at the O2 Academy in their hometown, although they had to pull out of a planned American tour with Bring Me the Horizon in the following months. This Is the Six Not letting this setback halt their progress, and following extensive touring of their own, While She Sleeps went into the studio with producer Carl Brown in November 2011 and recorded their debut full-length, This Is the Six. The album — released on Search & Destroy Records in the U.K. in August 2012 — was a huge step up sonically for the band, displayed best on the anthemic title track and lead single. In the months leading up to the release of This Is the Six, While She Sleeps played the Download Festival and won the Kerrang! Award for Best British Newcomer. Brainwashed, the band’s much-anticipated sophomore outing, dropped in 2015 and featured the singles “New World Torture,” “Four Walls,” “Trophies of Violence,” and “Our Legacy.” September 2016 saw the release of “Civil Isolation,” the first single from their crowd-funded third studio long-player, You Are We, which arrived in May of the following year.
Fit for an Autopsy:
Though the bulk of death metal deals with some pretty grisly subject matter, few bands’ sounds match their contempt for society as well as Fit for an Autopsy. Purveyors of savage deathcore, the band’s sound pairs lyrical misanthropy with pure sonic destruction, creating an assault on both the senses and sensibilities of listeners. Made up of singer Nate Johnson (formerly of Through the Eyes of the Dead), guitarist Will Putney (also known for his work as a producer for bands such as Like Moths to Flames and Misery Signals), guitarist Patrick Sheridan, bassist Shane Slade, and drummer Josean Orta, Fit for an Autopsy made their first splash in 2009 with the release of their EP Hell on Earth, putting them on the radar of Red Chord vocalist Guy Kozowyk, who signed the band to his label, Black Market Activities. In 2011, Fit for an Autopsy released their brutal full-length debut, The Process of Human Extermination. Their second album, Hellbound, followed in 2013, but it would be the last to feature Johnson on vocals, who would leave the group the following year. Absolute Hope Absolute Hell, the band’s third studio long-player, arrived in 2015 and introduced new vocalist Joe Badolato. In January 2017, the band released “Heads Will Hang,” the first single from their fourth studio album, The Great Collapse, which arrived later that March.
- November 12, 2017
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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