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|FourteenG, born on 7/4/2004, the date we declared our independence from the normal reporting world of the AP!|
|Immortal’s lead singer/guitarist Abbath, bought the crowd to their knees with favorites “Sons of Northern Darkness” and “The Sun No Longer Rises”. The Bottom Lounge Chicago played host to a limited touring engagement to North America..|
|As quoted by metal's famed trail blazer, Tomas Lindberg, while touring with Lock Up (with Goatwhore in tow):
"I'm a lifer!"
You're not alone Tompa!
|Newly signed slaves to Seven Four Entertainment, Papa Emeritus I and The Nameless Ghouls
are back! This go 'round in The States as openers on the Heritage Hunter Tour.
|When most heard of the mergence of two well established metal giants Opeth (above, Mikael Ĺkerfeldt) and Mastodon (below, Troy Sanders) plus the strapping support of Ghost, the Heritage Hunter Tour
sounded like an ill fitted gig.
All acts involved could have held their own as headliners,
as they have done in the past. However sludge/tech/prog prevailed to offer a well versed tour with an elated over stimulated audience singing its praises of non-stop back to back sounds of full bodied noise for days afterwards.
Well done gentlemen!
|No one makes mathematical metal the way Meshuggah makes it!
Tomas Haake always brings
an intense performance,
as witnessed on the sold out
The Ophidian Trek Tour
in support of their release
“Koloss” (Nuclear Blast).
Decapitated and Baroness led the charge as solid openers.
|One thing that you can depend on in metal is a intense contribution from Sweden’s Grave. August 27th will mark the day of Grave’s 10th full-length release with
“Endless Procession of Souls” (Century Media). Vocalist/guitarist Ola Lindgren chats with FourteenG on a 20 year career in the industry, relinquishing control, not to mention, what Grave has to offer today’s metal community.
|When a lifelong friend and supporter of your cause exclaims: “You HAVE to check out this band!” you abandon your previous plans and haul ass to that show! With an endorsement like that, it’s hard to turn it down. Surely a friend wouldn’t steer you down that bunny trail blindly.
Hmmm, wait, yes they would.
Joseph Duplantier (vocalist/guitarist of Gojira), the dry jokester he is, has done just that in the past, force feeding incomprehensible music from around the world to an “unrefined” palate. Long Islanders’ experimental mathcore artists Car Bomb, is at the top of Joe’s list of favorite music at the moment. Gojira’s last minute headlining tour of The States to support their release of “L’Enfant Sauvage” (Roadrunner), asked Car Bomb to be their opening act on a 7-day run to coincide with Knotfest 2012 (a result of the canceled Lamb Of God/Dethklok summer tour). The mind blowing light and sound spectacle of Car Bomb’s set at The Bottom Lounge in Chicago prompted me to hound them for a tag teamed interview. Joseph and Car Bomb screamer Michael Evan Defferner joins FourteenG for an informal catch up session to discuss self-releasing “w^w^^w^w”, admiration & quite simply ‘where the hell did they come from?’
Grave Amongst Marble and the Dead Gojira The Wild Healer / Car Bomb “clickclick” Stolen Babies I woke up
|Upon first glace, Stolen Babies looks like a carnival act playing DIY instruments gone awry. But then again, I was at a Devin Townsend headlined show. Epic Kings and Idols North American Tour hits Chicago and brings along some of the most anticipated progressive acts in metal. Paradise Lost, Katatonia and the Devin Townsend Project. This is a dream gig if given the chance to be an opener. Stolen Babies was appropriately hand picked for this slot. You too will understand why after listening to the shy yet eclectic front woman, Dominique Lenore Persi.
The long awaited “Naught” will be released October 16th.
|Epic Kings and Idols North American Tour hits Chicago and brings along some of the most anticipated progressive acts in metal. Just one tour in many “big billed” tours poised to invade North America. Though most of the bands who appeared within this bill could carry their OWN tour comfortably, what better way to bamboozle your tightly-fisted funds out of your hands hands down?
Devin Townsend Project
(with Stolen Babies as the opener).
Yes, I would happily hand over my monies too.