Alterbeast, Inferi and Rivers of Nihil are conducting a nation wide tour in support of all three band’s releases with Nihil headlining. Fortunately for us Western New Yorkers, the supporting bands booked an off date with local black metallers Nyktomorph opening up. A second local band was supposed to play but dropped off last minute. iPhone quality photos, excuse my amateur status I hope you enjoy the article!
I think this was the band’s 3rd show? I saw their first show at the Rockin’ Buffalo, and they had a good performance. As you can tell, they’re a 3 piece now they need a bass player. They’re going to start working on their full length during the summer, so you won’t see the band coming out of hibernation until the fall time I heard there’s a show sometime in September I think they’re playing. They’re a black metal band, without all the getup. I was impressed this time around as much as their first show……they’re dark and eerie like any black metal band, but there’s something I really dig about them I can’t put my finger on……It’s just heavy as fuck, and awesome. My colleagues in THE METAL were at the show and also took some video….
Next up were the Inferi dudes. When they took the stage, there was a confirmation their other guitar player Mike couldn’t make the tour for some vacation or something? But they’re continuing the tour as a 4 piece. Both guitarists Malcom and Mike run their record label The Artisan Era together. They’re continuously signing mind blowing tech bands including their own (Inferi and Oubliette). Unfortunately the guys played a handful of songs even with a smaller bill with the other band cancelling….point is I still got to see one of the most overlooked technical death metal bands on the scene right now. They’re all the way out in Nashville, so it made it easy to go to the show knowing they may or may not be back. Their latest album “Revenant” is one of the best releases of the year without a doubt. The neoclassical elements and obnoxious guitar playing of the bearded wizard Malcom made it a very entertaining set. The band’s first two albums are great, but the production wasn’t the greatest……Revenant is a well produced album and if you didn’t know they’re working on remastering and remixing their first two and putting them on vinyl!
If you somehow need further convincing you can check out the stream of Revenant right below here.
Here’s some great guitar work from Malcom himself…..I swear the dude is extremely underrated and if put on a larger level, he’d wow larger crowds. An inspiration for all guitarists, especially for a bum like myself!
Now for the main act…..Tech death thrashing Alterbeast. Wow, their 2 albums do them no justice in comparison to their live show. Now, if you know me I’m the laid back metalhead who doesn’t really mosh, protects the people who get thrown from the pit and constantly headbangs. During Alterbeast though, they really energized the crowd and I felt the need to be a stereotypical metalhead. I really like Alterbeast’s formula of fitting as much into a shorter song rather than the opposite of the band who played before them Inferi who have some bigger songs. Their latest album doesn’t even hit the 40 minute mark! They’re quick, tech, and straight to the point. The Californians put on one hell of a show and left me pumped full of adrenaline.
Here’s the stream of their latest album “Feast” which dropped earlier this year in February. Buy it!
Video clip of ALTERBEAST via The Metal: https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fwelcometothemetal%2Fvideos%2F2046007558949253%2F&show_text=0&width=560
Overall, this was a killer show and for a measly $12 who wouldn’t want to see a lineup as killer as this? If it cost $30 I wouldn’t have felt ripped off, considering the talent that was put on display that evening. Next week Inanimate Existence pops (another great band like Inferi signed to Artisan Era!) with Last Of Lucy and Fields of Elysium at the same venue Stamps on July 3rd. I’ll be there, so you can probably expect another article similar to this….and I have an obsession with Inanimate Existence, so it might be a bigger article.