Gig Review: KYNG At Gramercy Theatre

Los Angeles Heavy Rock band KYNG joined HELLYEAH on their U.S. tour July 23, 2017 in support of their latest full length release Breathe In The Water. With Iron Maiden and Slayer in New York City in the same week, Kyng managed a brutal turn out Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Gramercy Theatre as direct support for HELLYEAH. Kyng made their debut in 2011 with their first full length studio album Trampled Sun and with Burn The Serum following in 2014, Kyng have been trailblazing ever since. The band achieved milestones when they performed at the Orion Music + More Festival organized by Metallica, and having the opportunity to tour with Heavy Metal giants Megadeth, Trivium, and Black Label Society to name a few. 

With limited time given to the openers that night, Kyng pulled out all the stops during their set. As a three piece, Kyng cover all the bases when fusing Hard Rock, Grunge and Heavy Metal elements in their music. Kyng opened their set under the darkness of the stage with only a dim blue light behind them. Songs like "Breathe in the Water" and "Pristine Warning" can be described as heavy blues, genuine classic rock with a modern twist. "Pristine Warning" grabs your ear in the first thirty seconds of the song with tasteful switch up from fast hard hitting drums to pulling it back slightly as the song transitions into the chorus. Kyng are recognizable the moment drummer Pepe Clarke hits the first open handed note during "Falling Down". Influences of Alice In Chains and Soundgarden in Eddie Veliz's vocals, as well as the band's music arrangements are strongly noticeable. Catchy melodies, rapid bass plucking by bassist Tony Castaneda and hard thundering drum fills kept the crowd gravitating to the front of the stage and focused on their set that evening. Kyng continuously aspire to provide their fans with a genuine approach to Hard Rock in a time when Rock and Heavy Metal tend to be saturated with artificial tones and backing tracks. 

Kyng return stoner and classic rock to many in the scene who have awaited a strong band to bring it back tastefully and successfully. The crowd in Gramercy Theatre that night grew significantly during the broodingly heavy, album titled track "Breathe In The Water". The new album has brought the band a long way from their first release, and smoothly fits them on major heavy metal and hard rock tours and music festivals nationwide. Fans interested in purchasing Breathe In The Water can do so here! Check out upcoming Kyng tour dates below. 

Fat Rad Catering and Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage Host 'Small Bites of Hope' for Mental Health Awareness & Suicide Prevention

At some point in our lives we hit rock bottom. Some of us are lucky enough to be resilient, however there are many who struggle with reaching a turning point once it hits. Going through traumatic experiences causes a ripple effect over months, even years. It pours into daily lives and hinders our daily endeavors in society.Those emotions often go unnoticed by friends and family until it's too late to reach out to anyone enduring any form of depression. As advocates to mental health awareness and suicide prevention, Chef Brian Tsao (featured on Beat Bobby Flay and Chopped) and Nick Emde of Fat Rad Catering took to the cause by hosting their pop-up culinary event Small Bites of Hope in conjunction with the non-profit organization Hope For the Day. The event was held to raise awareness on mental health issues and suicide prevention. 

Small Bites of Hope took place at the Gibson Guitars Showroom in Midtown Manhattan on May 18, 2017 from 6PM - 9PM and paid homage to Mental Health Awareness Month. The event was also joined by Jesse Leach, frontman of the renowned heavy metal group Killswitch Engage who took the stand that evening to deliver a heartfelt speech on what the cause means to him and how others can reach out to help anyone going through chronic depression and mental illness. Jesse spoke up about his own experiences with chronic depression and addressed the possible ways we can recognize anyone needing the help they need and deserve, a crucial necessity they would otherwise feel ashamed to ask for. Brian Tsao discussed how he himself dealt with the realization of needing therapy, which addressed the topic of how mental illness does not mean a person is "crazy", but that we all experience moments of feeling hopeless and helpless. Brian Tsao's speech also touched on how important it is to have organizations such as Hope For the Day, where many who are experiencing these issues are able to find solace with others who are or were in similar situations. The organization reaches out with a reassuring slogan of how "It's ok not to be ok". The touching slogan helps to eliminate the shame attached to harsh stigmas of social and cultural factors, which prevent many from expressing their issues with mental health such as depression, PTSD and thoughts of suicide. 

Scryer Photo last joined Fat Rad Catering at their company launch party in January 2017 at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY. The company has since then garnered a large clientele in the music industry through extreme professionalism and high quality catering services and successfully sold out Small Bites of Hope. Many in attendance last week were accompanied by friends and family to learn more about Hope For the Day's mission directly from its Founder and CEO Johnny Boucher who gave a speech as well that day. With a full board and staff, Hope For the Day constantly host a variety of events and have spoken to crowds of hundreds to raise continued awareness in communities all around. HFTD has brought so many people together to show that they are not alone in their battle, that there are others who are just like them who have found a support system amongst each other to never give up and for all to realize and always remember they are worth it. All too often, a lack of mental health organizations and programs leaves many good and brilliant people vulnerable to falling through the cracks of society,with the idea that the topic is too taboo to share or discuss.

Coincidentally, legendary singer Chris Cornell of the iconic grunge bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, sadly and unexpectedly passed away the same day of Small Bites of Hope, which became a poignant reminder of the cause. For many internationally known touring musicians, Chris Cornell's passing evokes the high demands of the music industry. Requests for tickets that day shot through the roof, despite being completely sold out. In honor of Chris Cornell, Nick Emde served his "Louder Than Love" cocktail made with Blackcraft Ghost Pepper Whiskey, Blue Curacao and Ginger Ale. The one and only Jesse Leach served as DJ for the night on the Gibson showroom's soundboard and later dedicated a 40 minute playlist of Soundgarden and Audioslave as a tribute to Chris Cornell. 

Small Bites of Hope welcomed its patrons with their delectable signature brand of "comfort food", the menu consisting of:

  • Vegan appetizers
  • Crostini with hummus
  • Asparagus and cheddar quiche 
  • Vegetarian sushi
  • Beef and porkbelly sliders
  • Bacon and grits topped with shrimp
  • Snowdays Snow Cream (Taiwanese shaved ice, all dairy with a snow texture which finishes like ice cream) 

The event was proudly sponsored by Sixpoint Brewery with the Crisp and Sweet Action cans as the selection for the night. All other proud sponsors listed on the step and repeat backdrop at the venue entrance included Metal InjectionMetal Blade Records, Outerloop ManagementMetalSucksGibson GuitarsUncle Dougie'sSnowdaysArtistFlags.com, Blackcraft SpiritsAll In Merchandise and more. Small Bites of Hope was larger than life in achieving success for an event that provided everyone with a vast amount of information to share with anyone suffering from thoughts of suicide and mental illness. People came together from different walks of life and shared experiences and stories with one another throughout the evening. All proceeds go directly to Hope For the Day's suicide prevention and mental health awareness programs. Small Bites of Hope also reminds us that mental health issues and suicide can affect any and everyone. It emphasizes the importance of organizations like Hope For the Day and the You Rock Foundation so that we don't feel alone or ashamed to seek help if/when we find ourselves unable to stand back up again. 

The Fifth Annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo 2017

The NYC Hot Sauce Expo celebrated its 5th annual return at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint on April 22 -23, 2017. The expo is a two day event at $15 per ticket, which unites dozens of innovative chefs, restaurant owners, and distributors from around the world to display their hot sauce and top shelf liquor products. The event also held record breaking contests such as Grimaldi's Pizza Eating contest, Spicy Taco Eating Contest, and the Stoli Vodka and Bloody Mary contest. On the expo's second day, The Guinness Book of World Records attended the event to oversee the Carolina Reaper pepper eating contest, renowned as the hottest pepper in the world. From 11AM to 5PM, New Yorkers flooded Brooklyn Center Expo Center's doors to check out new and veteran hot sauce products. Good weather also allowed for food trucks to set up shop on the expo center's outdoor area which faces the city skyline. Hot Sauce Expo founder Steve Seabury and Lisa Seabury  host this killer event with an incredible amount of enthusiasm and energy all while seeing that event production runs smoothly. It was all too awesome to see them just as involved in the festivities  as everyone else attending!  

The combined scent of milk and hot peppers permeated throughout the venue as every booth throughout the expo center offered samples of their spiciest hot sauce products with milk to soothe the intense after taste. Expo attendees enjoyed craft beers and tacos as they visited a variety of hot sauce booths with elaborate displays. The NYC Hot Sauce Expo contests are not your typical contests. These contests are executed with concentration and perfect time management. This was especially the case during the Bloody Mary Mix-Down National Championship where winners from the Arizona, California and Portland Hot Sauce Expo's competed again NYC's best mixologist for the championship title, Stoli Vodka Bloody Mary trophy and a cash reward of $2500. The panel of judges of the Bloody Mary Mix-Down included a couple of big names as well as hot sauce hall of famer Chip Hearn and his chicken hat. Also remember that this is Brooklyn, and the NYC Hot Sauce Expo would not be complete without the Chihuahua Runway Fashion Show. Chihuahua owners proudly carried their little ones up to the stage in full costumes to strut their stuff on the make shift table runway. Although all the pups looked fabulous, a pair of Chihuahua siblings donning disco costumes and sunglasses stole the show. 

The contest that many had anticipated on April 23rd was the Carolina Reaper pepper eating contest administered by The Guinness Book of World Records. Each carton of peppers were carefully weighed for contestants who competed against Greg Foster of Inferno Farms who broke the record at 120 grams of Carolina Reapers in November 2016. Greg defended his record title that day, leaving rivals walking off stage, doubled over with a carton of milk and whipped cream.

With so many hot sauces to name that were all worthy of purchasing a bottle or two to take home, our photos captured some of the highlights of this exciting, fun and quirky event that people make sure to mark on their calendars every year. Beer, music, food with an unlimited amount of hot sauce has been a recipe for success for the New York City Hot Sauce Expo over the last five years and its popularity continues to grow with something new every year. A word of advice to anyone attending next year's NYC Hot Sauce Expo, pace yourselves and enjoy. This event is a guaranteed ton of laughs and a great place to network while enjoying a day out on your day off. Hot sauce lover or not, if you missed this year's NYC Hot Sauce Expo, stay updated on next year's event on their website or Facebook page here and check out the rest of our photo coverage below! 

STARSET Kick Off Tour at Gramercy Theatre

Starset returned to New York City for the first "demonstration" of their tour at The Gramercy Theatre on April 24, 2017. Black Satellite from Brooklyn, NY opened the show. We're excited to see Starset back on tour in support of their new album Vessels which was released earlier this year on January 20, 2017 via Razor & Tie Records, the follow up to their first album Transmissions. Starset have a new look, intense new music, and ready to continue their mission to deliver awareness to The Message at every "demonstration" the term the band uses when talking about a tour date. Scryer Photo covered Starset's concert in Fall 2016 at Highline Ballroom and we have gravitated once more to them on their return as bigger fans than before. Starset's fan base grows rapidly as they continue their hard work as innovative musicians, bringing different elements of music together to create the Starset sound labeled as Cinematic Rock. There is a great deal of passion in their lyrics and music. Vessels maintains Starset's theatrical sound, yet introduces some brooding and heavier tracks such as "Frequency", "Ricochet", "Gravity of You", "Bringing it Down", and "Into the Unknown". Check out photos from their show at Gramercy Theatre and setlist below along with  the rest of Starset's Demonstration dates. Vessels can be purchased here

 

2017 Tour Dates: 

Starset's Setlist at Gramercy Theatre 4/24/17:

  • Into the Unknown

  • Halo

  • Down With the Fallen

  • Antigravity

  • Ricochet

  • Rise and Fall

  • Telescope

  • Frequency

  • Satellite

  • Carnivore

  • Everglow

  • Bringing It Down

  • Telepathic

  • My Demons

  • The Future Is Now

  • Die for You

  • Monster    

POWERGLOVE Press Play at Saint Vitus

Five years ago instrumental Power Metal band PowerGlove hit the pause button on tour life, but continued the game at Saint Vitus Bar with Helsinki Productions on Saturday, April 1, 2017. PowerGlove performed a successful, next level comeback show for New York City fans who charged through the doors of Saint Vitus eager to see PowerGlove back on stage in full force. Opening acts of the evening included You Bred Raptors?, Driven Mad, and Sinaro. PowerGlove have long been a favorite in the Metal community for their killer heavy metal covers of video game theme songs. The band leveled up since their formation in 2003 in Boston, MA with two masterfully produced full-length albums of video game themed heavy metal covers that have amassed thousands of fans. In 2010 the band signed to eOne Music and played to several hundred fans on 70,000 Tons of Metal 2017 this past February. Rather than releasing their new album Continue? all at once, PowerGlove will spit their fireball singles from the album once a month throughout the year. The final single released will be part of a box set collection as the entire album.

Bodies were ready as PowerGlove kicked off their set with their new 7- minute single “Kraid’s Lair”, a succulent and righteous cover causing anyone to lose all their inhibitions. Dressed as video game warriors themselves with spiked spaulders, chain mail armor and faux leather hide vestments, PowerGlove set up Saint Vitus for an hour and a half of video game nostalgia, headbanging metal, and BEER., Melting faces with a song like "Kraid's Lair" as a set introduction has the potential of causing a brief technical difficulty. Drummer Bassil Silver took the opportunity to leap over the drum kit request that the crowd shout in unison, “Nick, I f**ing love you”.

Before performing the next single “Storm Eagle”, bassist/frontman Nick Avila introduced the song with a sock puppet, stating that it was a poor representation of the bird puppet fans were accustomed to seeing, though it would have to do for the time being. “This sock is gross, it’s disgusting, it’s been on my feet for days, don’t shake my hand’, Avila stated. “Storm Eagle” pays homage to that notorious stage that you couldn’t beat as kid in Mega Man X and to that Nick Avila asked the audience to chant, “F**k that bird”. The most comical moment during “Storm Eagle” had been the moment the crowd threw their fists in the air to aggressively chant with Avila, as if remembering this loathsome in-game creature as the bane of everyone’s childhood. Making the set even more epic were the stage fans blowing through Nick and guitarist Ben Cohen’s strewn hair.

Aside from their extremely innovative performances and musicianship, it is not a complete PowerGlove show until a battle has commenced between their Metal warriors. Two plastic blow up claymores were bestowed upon two ladies in the crowd by Nick Avila and granted them open space to begin the brutal battle to the theatrical song “Metal Kombat for the Mortal Man”. Gamers and metalheads become comrades attending PowerGlove shows. With Saint Vitus packed to the brim, the rest of the setlist included “X-Men”, “Red Wings over Baron” (Final Fantasy IV), “Guile”, “So Sexy Robotnik”, “Kirby”, “Snake Man”, “Gotta Catch Em’ All”, “Mario Minor”, and of course “Power Rangers”. Besides being weird and highly entertaining, many would agree that PowerGlove will always hold the title of 'Video Game Metal Lords' for the brilliant guitar riffs and progressions in their music. Fans flocked to the band's merch table and were also able to meet them after their set. Those who could not attend the show at Saint Vitus can view a full stream of their show in the video below via BackStory Events. PowerGlove will be back on stage April 29th at South Texas Comic Con 2017 and June 24th for TOO MANY GAMES 2017 in Oaks, PA.

SEPTEMBER MOURNING Reap Souls At Highline Ballroom

March 23, 2017 at Highline Ballroom was meant for the Industrial Metal community who came out in full gear to see Combichrist, Dope, September Mourning, and Davey Suicide with openers Panzie and Deprived on the "Blood, Lust, Death Tour 2017". September Mourning are on tour in support of their July 2016 full-length album release of Volume II, the follow up to their 2015 EP Volume I. Volume II carries on from the EP as an emotional concept album which delivers a message of perseverance and strength. The music is a soundtrack to a storyline created by September Mourning involving the character September, the half human reaper who plays with Fate, believing that some human souls deserve a second chance at destiny. September Mourning’s EP was also released as a comic book titled “A Murder of Reapers”, which tells a story of love, loss, and redemption. Signed to Sumerian Records, September Mourning are sweeping national stages with music surrounded by influences of Industrial Metal and Alternative Rock while performing as the spectral characters from the comic book EP Volume I.

Front woman Emily Lazar (September) entered the stage draped under a black hooded cloak to the narrative of the introductory song "Eye of the Storm". Once unveiled to the crowd, September warned fans that she would collect their souls that night and she did, with the loyal assistance of her fellow reapers Riven, Wraith and Stitch, portrayed by September Mourning band members on stage. It isn’t just a concert when seeing September Mourning live. The band flawlessly recreate themselves as the characters from their comic book EP, bringing the fantasy tale to life during their performance. Emily Lazar effortlessly glides across the stage in full costume and make-up all while holding tuneful and emotional notes in her singing. She wears steadfast expressions of sorrow and determination during songs, singing lyrics that fans wholeheartedly related to. Lazar was enchanting on stage as she took the hands of fans who reached out cheering. September Mourning refer to their fans as Children of Fate, also one of the tracks on Volume II. Beside September are the hooded reapers on guitars and the reaper Stitch who plays maniacally on drums and crashing each cymbal, whose face is concealed under a black leathery mask. Standing in front of a cloud of red fog, Lazar demanded fans to bang their heads to “Eye of the Storm”. With that said, she took the mic stand in one hand and joined the crowd, her black and white tresses whipping above her hauntingly beautiful painted face. Fans reacted enthusiastically to songs, “20 Below”, “Eye of the Storm”, and "Skin and Bones". September Mourning also performed their brooding rendition of the classic “Stand By Me”. The rest of the set list included "Angels to Dust", and a ghostly introduction story by Lazar for "Children of Fate" , the closing song of their set before Dope and Combichrist took the stage. 

Lazar is impressively resilient during difficult moments of delivering ethereal vocals, crowd interaction, and stage presence all at once. Fans of comic books and Industrial Rock get the best of both worlds with September Mourning. With the intriguing knowledge of September Mourning’s album concept, we look forward to reading more about September’s journey of soul reaping and toying with fate accompanied with new music to deliver us to September’s world once again. The band's final show on the "Blood, Lust, Death Tour 2017" will be on April 7th in New Mexico following more Spring and Summer tour dates into August 2017. September Mourning’s Volume II can be purchased here on iTunes. 

September Mourning Tour Dates 2017: 

 

September Mourning:

  • Rich Juzwick – Guitar
  • Emily Lazar – Lead Vocals/Lyrics
  • Josh Fresia – Drums
  • Kyle Ort - Guitar

CANE HILL At Irving Plaza - 'Let's Get Abducted Tour'

Louisiana bred nu-metal band Cane Hill laid down an aggressive performance at Irving Plaza on March 10, 2017 on the “Let’s Get Abducted” tour with headliners Attila.  Bad Omens, New Year’s Day, and Vesta Collide were the other supporting bands on the tour. Since their formation in 2013, Cane Hill have given heavy metal fans a swift kick with their debut self-titled EP Cane Hill released in October 2015 and their full length studio album Smile released in July 2016 via Rise Records. Throughout their studio releases, Cane Hill have hit the road with Bullet For My Valentine, Asking Alexandria, and Atreyu to name a few, as well as hitting the stage with Vans Warped Tour 2016.

Cane Hill had a no B.S. approach when they opened their set. Described as “head bangin’, beer drinkin’, pot smokin’ metal”, these guys are an animal of their own in the nu-metal scene.  Cane Hill are ferociously in your face during every song they perform live and there are no limits to what they’re capable of on stage. About three songs into their set, the crowd were able to place the combined influences of Korn and Slipknot with a lick of Industrial Metal in Cane Hill’s music and vocals. This happened to be extremely well received when fans began tossing themselves over to the stage barricade in waves. With every extended and impressive deep growl from lead vocalist Elijah Witt during a break down, the floor of Irving Plaza shook with jumping fans.  With that followed the barbaric mosh pit that Cane Hill are known to incite.

Nearing mid-set, Cane Hill had clearly received new fans, those who observed from the venue bar soon came forward to join what had then become somewhat of a moshing danger zone. A word of advice for anyone seeing Cane Hill live for the first time, have a thick skin in their mosh pits as they are a band that can keep their audience in motion for the entirety of their sets. It was awesome to see not only Cane Hill performing, yet partying with fans from the stage. When guitarist James Barnett lost balance from jolting his body aggressively while playing, falling slightly into drummer Devin Clark’s drum kit, and then spitting at Witt (who spat right back at him), it was evident that Cane Hill have not let tour life take away from the band’s roots and purpose of why they perform the music they love. We thought we had seen the last of Elijah Witt on stage for the night until he reappeared to perform with Bad Omens during their single “Glass Houses”. Cane Hill represent that devil may care attitude that lies within Metal fans. They provide us with a familiar sound, yet memorable live performances that follow us from concert to house party speakers.

Cane Hill will return to the stage on April 21st for 420 Fest 2017 in Ft. Worth, TX, followed by dates in July for Chicago Open Air 2017 and Rise Above Festival 2017. Cane Hill are in continued support of their latest album Smile which was released July 15, 2016 via Rise Records and can be purchased on iTunes here.

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BLACK ANVIL Forge Gramercy Theatre

New York City is warming up sooner than expected this year and Metal concert momentum is picking back up at our major venues with it. The True Mayhem  A.K.A. Mayhem headlined a sold out show at Gramercy Theatre on February 19, 2017 with support from Immolation and New York’s own Black Metal band Black Anvil. As one of the few Black Metal bands in NYC, Black Anvil are regarded as the most notable band of their genre in the NYC Heavy Metal scene.  Black Anvil were on tour with Mayhem since January 20, 2017 up until February 19th at Gramercy Theatre, with some dates in Canada during the tour. Black Anvil premiered their single “Ultra” from their fourth studio album As Was, which debuted on January 13, 2017 via Relapse Records.

Black Anvil opened their set with “On Forgotten Ways”, setting the atmosphere with dim red lighting for the sinister intro of the eight minute song.  Centered in front of their New York Black Metal logo as it appears on the new album As Was, Black Anvil’s bassist/lead vocalist Paul Delaney screeched lyrics into the mic while picking away on bass with steadfast precision during the opening song. The fourth song on the setlist “Nothing” was the performance that prompted fans at Gramercy Theatre into a moshing frenzy. Those at the front of the stage barricade chanted along with Delaney to the melodic part of the song before its pummeling speed break down. Drummer Raeph Glicken could be considered the primary facet during Black Anvil’s live performances, keeping the band solid and tight through the most challenging song segments. Guitarist/vocalists Travis Bacon and Jeremy Sosville take an insightful approach to trade off riffs and solos.

Black Anvil impressively hold their own as an opening act and prove that they were meant to share the stage with the headliners such as the legendary Mayhem. Black Anvil’s entire setlist included tracks “On Forgotten Ways”, “May Her Wrath Be Just”, the album titled single “As Was”, “Nothing”, and the brooding melodic “Ultra” in that order.  Purchase Black Anvil’s new album here and stay tuned for future tour dates.

 

BLACK ANVIL:

MAYHEM: