Thu Jul 20 2017

8:30 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Highline Ballroom

431 W. 16th Street New York, NY 10011

All Ages

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Eddie Trunk & Q104.3 Present
DragonForce, Once Human, Gothic Knights

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  • DragonForce

    DragonForce

    Heavy Metal

    Long running Grammy-nominated extreme melodic power metal band DragonForce release their seventh album, ‘Reaching Into Infinity‘, on May 19. Once again recorded with Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Soilwork), the producer extraordinaire who helmed the UK-based group’s now three-year-old previous record ‘Maximum Overload‘, it will be available via earMUSIC in Europe, Metal Blade Records in the United States and Roadrunner in Japan.

    ‘Reaching Into Infinity‘ introduces Italian drummer Gee Anzalone, who joined the band for their first ever ‘best-of’ collection, ‘Killer Elite: The Hits, The Highs, The Vids’, released in 2016. It’s the third DragonForce album to feature frontman Marc Hudson, whose reign at the mic now enters its sixth year.

    “The dragon represents us – DragonForce – and a form of music that’s been around for a very long time, emerging into an outside world that’s infinitely more crazy and chaotic than it was ten years ago,” Li explains, using considerable understatement. “Everyone is saying that there’s no future and there’s a lot of fear and uncertainty, especially for younger people, but our music is an escape from it all.“

  • Once Human

    Once Human

    Metal

    Evolution is not just the title of Once Human’s sophomore release, it’s an armor-plated declaration. Having made waves with their 2015 debut, The Life I Remember, the band have dramatically progressed beyond the melodic death metal sound of that release into something more complex, emotional, distinct, and devastatingly heavy. “Having been focused on recording, producing and developing bands, I had not picked up the guitar out of passion for twelve years but as soon as I started writing with Lauren (Hart, vocals) I fell in love with what we were making, and I wanted to play in the band and get back on stage,” states guitarist Logan Mader, whose name will be familiar to metalheads not only for his production and/or mixing work on records from the likes of Gojira, Fear Factory and Devildriver, but also as the original guitarist in Machine Head and his late 90s stint in Soulfly. “Our first record was getting the ball rolling, but now it’s as if we’re a totally different band. We really found our sound and our identity, it’s quite unique and I think what we’re doing is really on fire.”

    With the lineup rounded out by drummer Dillon Trollope, bassist Damien Rainaud and guitarists Skyler Howren and recent recruit Max Karon, everything about Evolution makes it clear that this is a band pushing itself to deliver something that truly stands apart. With the intensity and range of Hart’s roar having drastically increased, she unleashes it across complex and constantly shifting time signatures, and thick, contorted riffs that land with sledgehammer force. However, this is not only about bludgeoning the listener into submission, the violence often juxtaposed with eerie atmospherics and dark melodies to create something with great depth. “Paragon”, for instance, is equally destructive and unsettling without having to attack at 300bpm, while “Dark Matter” is built to intimidate, unnerve and destroy, and the intense closer “Passenger” has an urgency to it that is riveting. “It was a challenging record to write,” Mader admits. “We spent a lot of time writing and rewriting and rearranging, the content itself is strenuous to perform, and I had to push myself to the limits to get it to where it is. I think the result is that all of the parts of all of the songs really make you feel something.” 

    Dealing with music that carries so much emotional weight, Hart had to raise herself to a standard she had never previously worked at when it came to penning the lyrics, and she openly admits to being intimidated. “The music is so intelligent, and initially I felt like I could not possibly come up with something sufficiently intelligent to do it justice. Frankly stating that she deliberately "Turned off the world" and avoided the constant turmoil by not reading about current affairs, this blunted the emotional impact of the lyrics she penned for the band’s debut. “I did not want to see the world for what it was or let it in. I did not want to feel that anger and anxiety. I always thought ignorance was bliss.. but ignorance is just ignorance, and no good writer will come from that. So, I dug deep to induce a huge reality check in order to face myself and the world.”

  • Gothic Knights

    Gothic Knights

    Hard Rock

    Hailing from NYC, Gothic Knights was formed in 1990 by guitarist John Tzantis with a vision of crafting a unique brand of epic power metal. After gaining label interest from its 1994 demo To Hell and Back, the band released its 1996 self-titled debut and 1999 Kingdom of the Knights albums on Sentinel Steel Records. In 2003, the band released its third CD Up from the Ashes on Limb Music, further establishing the band as a force and endearing presence in the world's heavy metal scene. Over the years, the band has played countless shows, opening for national acts and participating in several U.S. festivals. The band released their latest CD “Reflections from the Other Side” worldwide in the Summer of 2012, which garnered excellent reviews by the metal press.
     
    Currently the band is writing and recording new material, and are set to make it's European live debut at the 2017 Headbanger's Open Air festival in Germany.

Eddie Trunk & Q104.3 Present

DragonForce, Once Human, Gothic Knights

Thu Jul 20 2017 8:30 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Highline Ballroom New York NY
DragonForce, Once Human, Gothic Knights
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