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Demons and Wizards

August 28 @ 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

$45.50
Demons and Wizards at Concord Music hall on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Demons and Wizards, w/:

  • Lizzy Borden
  • Tyr

@Concord Music Hall
Wednesday, August 28
Doors = 6:30 pm
Ages = 17+
Tickets’ Starting Price = $45.50
(Parking = $25)

Demons and Wizards

The progressive power metal band Demons & Wizards was a side project for Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kursch and Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer; it also featured onetime Iced Earth drummer Mark Prator. Demons & Wizardsrecorded a self-titled debut in 1999, with Schaffer also handling bass on the record (occasional lead guitar was contributed by guest Jim Morris). Already available in Europe, Demons & Wizards was issued in the U.S. in early 2000 by Steamhammer/SPV. (Source)

Lizzy Borden

Named after the perpetrator of an infamous 1895 double murder that yielded the equally notorious skipping-rope rhyme “Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one,” Lizzy Borden is a theatrical Los Angeles-based heavy metal band that, like Alice Cooper before them, is named after the band’s frontman. Signed to Metal Blade in 1984 and employing a lethal blend of horror stagecraft, blazing riffs, and glam-infused melodic might, the band enjoyed success in the mid- to late ’80s with the album’s Love You to Pieces (1985), Visual Lies (1987), and Master of Disguise (1989), before succumbing to the shifting musical tastes brought forth by the arrival of grunge and alternative rock in early ’90s. They re-formed in 1999, but went on hiatus after the death of guitarist Alex Nelson in 2004. They convened again in 2006, and despite enduring multiple personnel changes continued to perform at clubs and festivals, eventually re-signing with Metal Blade in 2018 and releasing their seventh studio long-player, My Midnight Things.

Founded by brothers Gregory (Lizzy Borden) and Joseph(Joey Scott) Harges, the band caught its first big break in 1983 when Metal Blade chose the track “Rod of Iron” to appear on the fourth volume of their popular Metal Massacrecompilation series. Lizzy Borden inked a deal with the label shortly thereafter, and released a debut EP Give ‘Em the Axethe following year. With a lineup consisting of Borden (vocals), Scott (drums), Gene Allen (guitar), Tony Matuzak (guitar), and Michael Davis (bass), the band released their first full-length outing, Love You to Pieces, in 1985. Alex Nelsonreplaced Matuzak shortly after the album’s release, and made his debut on the 1986 concert LP The Murderess Metal Road Show and sophomore studio effort Menace to Society. The band tapped veteran pop-metal producer Max Norman to helm their third full-length outing, 1987’s Visual Lies. The album was the group’s most commercially successful outing to date, and included the single “Me Against the World,” which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1988 comedy-horror film Black Roses — that same year saw the band make an appearance in director Penelope Spheeris’ legendary L.A. metal documentary The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years. 1989’s Master of Disguise went largely under the radar, but has since proven to be a fan favorite, and one of the group’s most enduring releases.

Lizzy Borden, like a lot of metal acts of the era, spent the majority of the next decade trying to find their place in a dramatically shifting musical scene, eventually going on a full hiatus in 1996. Borden, Scott, and bass player Marten Andersson began operating under the moniker Diamond Dogs (later renamed Starwood), but by 1999 the band was back in action, sporting a lineup that included Borden, Scott, Andersson, and Alex Nelson. They headed to Germany’s Wacken Open Air Festival to preview songs from their fourth LP, 2000’s Deal with the Devil, followed by a worldwide tour. Tragedy struck in 2004 when longtime guitarist Alex Nelson was killed in an automobile accident, prompting the group to once again cease operations. Two years later, Lizzy Borden rose again, this time with guitarist Ira Black(Vicious Rumors, Metal Church, Heathen), and in 2007 they released a new studio LP, Appointment With Death, which featured guest spots from George Lynch (Dokken), Dave Meniketti (Y&T), and Corey Beaulieu (Trivium). The group spent the next decade staying active on the road, playing both at home and overseas, with numerous stops at international festivals. In 2017 they re-signed with Metal Blade and returned to the studio to begin work on their first collection of new material in over ten years. The resulting My Midnight Things arrived the following year. (Source)

Tyr

Based in the Faroes, a group of islands between Iceland and Norway that has been an autonomous region of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948, Týr is a progressive folk/Viking metal outfit who record and perform in both English and in their native Faroese language. The group’s name is that of an obscure deity from the Old Norse myths about whom little is known. Their recordings are steeped in mythological narratives and ideas. They proved provocative and compelling with the issue of their 2002 Tutl Records debut How Far to Asgaard that offered not only wildly original interpretations of folk songs but also a ten-minute period of silence followed by the Faroese poem “Nornagest Ríma” chanted by the band with stomping feet as a rhythm section. They signed a global deal with Napalm Records in 2006 in addition to their Faroese label Tutl. They consciously sought to break down barriers between different metal subgenres such as power, doom, black, progressive, gothic, Viking, folk, ethnic, and epic metal, all while underscoring and outfitting them with mythical and folk lineage themes. Ragnarok, their Napalm debut, was issued in 2006. Containing 16 tunes (18 on the digipack edition), about the destruction of the cosmos and the gods. 2011’s The Lay of Thrym, took its title from one of the most quoted and enduring poems in the Norse Poetic Edda canon and offered a tribute to Ronnie James Dio(who had passed the year before) with bonus tracks that included Black Sabbath’s “I” and Rainbow’s “Stargazer.” The following year, with their profile rising globally, they signed a multi-album deal with Metal Blade, issuing Valkyrja in 2013 with vocalist Liv Christine guesting on the track “The Lay of Our Love.” After a personnel change, the band took their act out on the road, playing a world tour that lasted nearly three years.

The band formed in 1998 in Denmark around the talents of Heri Joensen, Kári Streymoy, and Gunnar H. Thomsen. Joensen’s brother Jón and singer Pól Arni Holm joined the group for its 2002 debut How Far to Asgaard but left soon after. New guitarist Terji Skibenæs replaced Jón and Streymoy’s brother Allan took over vocal duties on the single Ólavur Riddararós. After Allan’s departure, Heri took over lead vocal duties and the band began work on its breakthrough song cycle, Eric the Red. Inspired heavily by Norse mythology (the group is named after a Norse god of war), Eric the Red was originally released in 2003 on the regional Tutl label but found international success when it was reissued by European giant Napalm. The blistering Ragnarok arrived in 2006, followed by Land in 2008 and By the Light of the Northern Star in 2009, all three of which helped earn the group accolades both local and international for its complex arrangements and keen ear for traditional Scandinavian-infused melody. Based on poems from the historical mytho-poetic texts that make up the Edda in Norse lore, the band issued The Lay of Thrym in 2011, followed by an international tour. It proved to be their final album with drummer Kári Streymoy, who had suffered a severe back injury while on tour in 2008. He was replaced by Niler drummer Georgios “George” Kollias for the band’s Metal Blade debut Valkyrjain 2013, though former kitman Amon Djurhuus filled in for the world tour and was ultimately replaced by permanent drummer Tadeusz Rieckmann in 2016. In the summer of 2018, just prior to entering the studio to record, guitarist Terji Skibenæs announced he was leaving Týr. His final recording with the band, Hel, was issued in March of 2019 and showed a marked turn toward melodic folk-metal. Skibenæs was replaced on the tour by Satyricon axeman Attila Vörös. (Source)