Nothing screams “Las Vegas” more than the sounds of metal, literally! An unbelievable lineup of some of the best metal bands from around the world are coming to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas this Fall. Grab your earplugs because it’s going down.
1) Danzig with Deafheaven, VAMPS, and 3TEETH – Saturday, 9/23
This show will feature Danzig along with an array of bands with diverse metal styles.
Danzig, founded in 1987, is the creative outlet for singer-songwriter Glenn Danzig. Danzig was one of the founders and core members of the horror-punk band The Misfits (who disbanded in 1983). Danzig went on to form Samhain and then Danzig. The band is inspired by punk bands such as the Velvet Underground and preceding horror-punk bands, with a bluesy style similar to early Black Sabbath. Danzig is passionate about making music that is meaningful and lasts, not music that is only around for a year or two, and got into punk because said “he was sick of the same crap the radio stations were playing”. He believes that punk music is all about the vital energy that the artists express onstage. “If I can make people forget whatever they’re dealing with, for an hour and a half or two hours… that’s nice.”
Danzig will be supported by Deafheaven, VAMPS, and 3TEETH. Deafheaven is a band that seamlessly combines the shoegaze and black metal genres, with fast tempos and high-energy, shrieking vocals. VAMPS is a Japanese rock duo with clean vocals and an energetic, hard rock sound. 3TEETH features an industrial and very dark sound/vibe and is known for their use of ominous visuals during their live performances. The band was selected by Tool to be their supporting act on their 2016 North American tour.
2) Metal Alliance Tour ft. Overkill, Crowbar, HAVOK, Black Fast + Invidia – Sunday, 9/24
The Metal Alliance tour is where you can find a variety of hardcore metal bands all in one place. Bands include Overkill, Havok, Crowbar, and more.
Overkill is a thrash metal band, with a shredding, fast-tempo guitar style and powerful vocals. Their latest album, The Grinding Wheel, was released on February 10, 2017 and has themes of mortality and rebelling against the establishment (“Damn right, you can give us liberty or we can give you death”).
Havok is another thrash metal band whose new album Conformicide came out earlier this year. The album’s lyrics center around current social issues, a disdain for the current American political climate, and rebelling against social constructs. Some themes include Political Correctness (“when the censorship begins, they will come for you!”), the real enemies being the “system” or government as opposed to foreign entities, and about the futility of war (“War is a racket// Paid for with your cooperation// War is a racket// Paid for because of misinformation).
3) Motionless in White with The Amity Affliction, Miss May I and William Control – Thursday, 9/28
Motionless in White is an American metal-core band formed in 2005 from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Their new album, Graveyard Shift, was released on May 5, 2017. Lead vocalist Chris “Motionless” Cerulli says of the record that while they wanted to write music for themselves that helps the band define their sound, they also paid attention to what their fans liked in their past material and incorporated that into the new album.
The Amity Affliction is an Australian metal-core band formed in 2003. They are known for their highly personal songs that deal with issues such as depression, emotional pain, anxiety, and suicide. Their songs can range from melodic and slower-tempo to fast-paced, hardcore rock.
4) MAKE AMERICA ROCK! ft. Scott Stapp (of Creed), Drowning Pool, TRAPT, Sick Puppies + Adelitas Way – Friday, 9/29
The MAKE AMERICA ROCK! tour is a convergence of chart-topping hard rock artists such as Scott Stapp of Creed, Sick Puppies, Trapt, Saving Abel, Alien Ant Farm, and more! There will be more than just music at the event, including a range of fun activities such as a red, white, and blue bikini contest, onsite BBQ’s which will allow fans to meet and hang out with the artists one-on-one, and pre and post-show meet and greets. The event will be headlined by Scott Stapp, lead vocalist and lyricist of Creed, a band who has released three consecutive multi-platinum albums.
Other highly anticipated acts include Sick Puppies and Alien Ant Farm. Sick Puppies is an Australian rock band founded by lead guitarist and vocalist Shimon Moore and bassist Emma Anzai in the music room of their local high school in 1997. They have won numerous awards, including the Australian Live Music Awards’ “Best Live Act”, Yahoo! Music’s “Who’s Next” award, and the Bandit Rock Awards’ “International Breakthrough Award.” Alien Ant Farm is an American rock band established in 1996. They are best known for their hard rock cover of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal. The album in which the song was featured, titled Greatest Hits, was awarded the Best Independent Album in the L.A. Music Awards.
5) In This Moment with Of Mice & Men and Avatar – Saturday, 10/21
In this Moment is a hard horror-rock band formed by singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth. They have also been described as a goth rock group with metal-core roots. Their new album, Ritual, was released on July 21, 2017 and contains a more serious tone compared to their previous works. Howorth has described the sound as “stripped down and raw”, while Brink says the record is less sexualized and shows a deeper side to her art.
Of Mice and Men combines heavy metal, hardcore punk, and powerful vocals. The band released their singles “Unbreakable” and “Back to Me” on May 22nd of this year, which marked their first singles with bassist Aaron Pauley as lead vocalist.
Avatar is a death metal band from Sweden formed in 2001. The band achieved some recent recognition in the States when they hit number 20 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in May 2017 with their song “New Land“.
6) I Prevail with We Came As Romans, The Word Alive and Escape The Fate – Wednesday, 11/15
I Prevail is a hardcore metal band formed in late 2013. The band gained popularity for their transformative metal cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” in 2014, which peaked at number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 23 on the US Mainstream Rock Songs chart. Their most recent album, Lifelines, was released in 2016 and has received high acclaim, and was nominated by the Underground Interview Awards for Album of the Year.
We Came As Romans is an American punk metal-core/post-hardcore band formed in 2005. Though a hard rock band, their lyrics are overall positive, uplifting, and inspiring, which makes them unique from other metal groups.
Escape the Fate, also formed in 2005, will be returning to their hometown of Las Vegas, NV for the upcoming bowl show. They have been described by critics as post-hardcore, hard rock, and screamo. Drummer and last remaining founder Robert Ortiz says that the band is influenced by metal bands like Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Metallica, Blink-182, as well as bands that they currently tour with.
The Word Alive is a dark metal-core band from Phoenix, AZ. Current members include guitarist and keyboardist Zack Hansen, guitarist Tony Pizzuti, lead vocalist Tyler “Telle” Smith, and drums/percussionist Matt Horn.
7) Periphery/Animals As Leaders with Astronoid – Wednesday, 11/22
Periphery, formed in 2005 by guitarist Misha Mansoor, is a progressive heavy metal and djent band, a style featuring experimental, distorted, palm-muted, low-pitch guitar sounds combined with aggressive, amplified metal sound. All of Periphery’s music is original and self-produced by members of the band. Their latest album, Periphery III: Select Difficulty was released in 2016 and their single “The Price is Wrong” from the album was nominated for the Best Metal Performance at the 59th annual Grammy awards.
Animals as Leaders, an instrumental progressive metal group from Washington, D.C., is another prominent band in the djent scene. Their name was coined by guitarist Tosin Abasi as a reminder that “we’re all essentially animals”. Their latest album, The Madness of Many, was released on November 11, 2016.
Astronoid is hardcore rock band which features the unique, clean, soft vocals of lead singer Brett Boland. The light, dreamy vocals juxtaposed against the aggressive metal sound is label-defying and makes the band unique. “I think it’s a metal album,” says Boland. “It certainly derives from metal first. My intention with [the 2016 album] Air was not to make metal lighter. It was to combine my favorite elements of music.”
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