Cognitive and Hath at the E Street Pub, April 26th

There was a Midwest metalfest this week at the E Street Pub when Cognitive and Hath showed up.

Cognitive

Hath and Cognitive, both death metal bands from New Jersey, are on tour for a few weeks, hitting venues from New York to Chicago to Atlanta. On Tuesday night, they rattled the brick walls of the E Street Pub in Richmond, Indiana.

Hath went up first. They released a new album in March, All That Was Promised (Willowtip Records), and they are on the road carrying those new songs to the waiting world.

Hath
Hath
Hath

Cognitive has been laying down the metal for more than a decade. Their catalogue boasts four fierce long-players, including the newest, 2021’s Malevolent Thoughts of a Hastened Extinction (Unique Leader Records). In the past few months, Cognitive announced they have signed with Metal Blade Records, and I bet that means a new album is not far off.

Cognitive
Cognitive
Cognitive

Check out the links below for music and merchandise. Cognitive is on the road right now with Hath and Inoculation through May 8th. See the tour poster for cities and dates.

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Cognitive, https://www.indiemerchstore.com/collections/cognitive

Hath, https://hathnj.bandcamp.com/album/all-that-was-promised

E Street Pub, https://www.facebook.com/estreetpub

Unique Leader Records, https://uniqueleader.indiemerch.com//collections/cognitive

Metal Blade Records, https://www.metalblade.com/us/news/metal-blade-records-welcomes-cognitive/

Willowtip Records, https://willowtip.bandcamp.com/

© Wayne Edwards

Cognitive and Hath at the E Street Pub, April 26th

Monolord and Firebreather at Black Circle Brewing, March 19, 2022

Two bands from Gothenburg, Sweden rolled in to Indianapolis on Saturday night and laid down the doom.

Black Circle Brewing is a restaurant and bar in Indianapolis that attracts an impressive roster of heavy music acts throughout the year. On Saturday night, it was Monolord and Firebreather who took the stage. Both stoner / doom bands from Sweden are touring on new albums. The local opener was Ancient Days, and they have new music out, too.

Ancient Days is a five-piece doom outfit with a mysterious, bewitching vibe. I arrived at Black Circle just as they started to play, so I head their sonic emanations spilling out into the neighborhood as darkness was folding over the city. It was an amazing way for the show to begin. Check out their music at Bandcamp – their latest album is Sign of the Times.

Firebreather is playing every stop on the tour, and they have a titanic rumble about them. Their latest album is Dwell In The Fog, and once you hear it, you won’t be able to stop listening. The music is a rambling groove of rushing heavy, and their live performance is a nonstop push that probes your cerebellum and gets your head swinging.

Monolord is a band I have been following for years and years. Your Time To Shine is their latest album, and I have been on the bandwagon since Empress Rising. I don’t know how it is possible, but this is the first time I had ever seen them live. I have heard every song they have released and I’ve seen recordings of their performances, but being there is a whole different experience. That’s why we go to shows, right.

Black Circle Brewing is a small, intimate place. There is no pit, so you can stand right up by the stage, which rises only a couple feet so it feels like the band is in the same space you are. The show was sold out and the crowd was a solid sea of doom fans. We got everything we were looking for and more. Unsurprisingly, this performance made me want to see Monolord again even more, if that is possible. Then again, how could it go any other way? I know for sure I’ll catch them at Psycho Las Vegas at the end of the summer – get those tickets while you still can because that event is going to legendary.

Monolord and Firebreather have several more dates in March in Texas, Arizona, and southern California. Check out the tour poster below and see if they are coming your way.

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Monolord, https://monolord.bandcamp.com/

Firebreather, https://firebreatherdoom.bandcamp.com/

Ancient Days, https://ancientdays.bandcamp.com/

Black Circle Brewing, https://www.blackcirclebrewing.com/black-circle

© Wayne Edwards.

Monolord and Firebreather at Black Circle Brewing, March 19, 2022

Nile ~ Incantation ~ Sanguisugabogg ~ I Am at Piere’s, March 1, 2022

It was a night of death metal devastation at Piere’s in Fort Wayne, Indiana when Nile, Incantation, Sanguisugabogg, and I Am rattled the rigging of reality for fans from far and wide.

It was my first time at Piere’s Entertainment Center. I think I am going to be there a lot during my residency in the Midwest because so many heavy music acts make this stop in Northern Indiana. It is an excellent venue with plenty of room for fans and it offers an intimate proximity to the stage.

First up was I Am, a band from Texas. They have an EP and a couple albums out, the latest being Hard 2 Kill. They hit several songs from that recent record and it sounded like there were a couple of new ones in there, too. They got the night off to a great start with some heavy-hitting death metal.

Sanguisugabogg comes from Columbus, Ohio. They are currently touring in support of their latest album, Tortured Whole. I had never seen them live before, and I still don’t think I am pronouncing their name right. I can tell you this: they are formidable. Their songs are filled with savagery and the delivery is razor-sharp. Take the chance to see them whenever you get it, even if you don’t know how to say their name.

I have followed Incantation for many years. I can’t even remember the number of times I have seen them play, and I always come back for more. Their newest album is Sect Of Vile Divinities, which we reviewed very positively here at FFMB (link below). Thirty years in and their music and performance is stronger than ever – my favorite set of the evening.

I think we can all agree that Nile has forged an unforgettable place for themselves in the annals of heavy music. There is not a ton of music out there themed around Egyptian mythology at the jump – it might just be Nile. They have honed their presentation to an unswervingly precise delivery, and the music seeps into you like an ancient curse. The band’s most recent album is Vile Nilotic Rites, and in the live show at Piere’s they didn’t miss a beat.

At first pass you might not have thought to put these four bands together on the same ticket, but their music, in fact, worked exceptionally well together. The tour continues through for a few more stops so if you are in their path make sure you catch this show.

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Nile, https://www.nile-official.com/

Incantation, https://www.incantation.com/

Review of Sect of Vile Divinities, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2020/08/18/incantation-sect-of-vile-divinities-review-relapse-records-2020/

Sanguisugabogg, https://sanguisugabogg.com/

I Am, https://iamtxmusic.bandcamp.com/

© Wayne Edwards. All rights reserved.

Nile ~ Incantation ~ Sanguisugabogg ~ I Am at Piere’s, March 1, 2022

Clutch, State Theatre, Portland, Maine, October 3, 2021

Clutch is out right now on their usual year end tour. I hope you’re there now. Here are some shots from their State Theatre performance in October. Happy New Year!

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Website, http://www.pro-rock.com/

Spotify, https://open.spotify.com/artist/6tqGMedAtDADU5mJulYhSj

YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialClutch

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Clutchband

Clutch, State Theatre, Portland, Maine, October 3, 2021

Black Label Society, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 09, 2021

If you have never seen Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society in the wild then put that on your 2022 list. Loud metal in a rampaging atmosphere, that’s what you’ll get. Who doesn’t want that?

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Website, http://blacklabelsociety.net/

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/blsnet

MNRK Heavy, https://mnrkheavy.com/collections/black-label-society

Blue Ridge Rock Festival coverage at Ryze-Up magazinehttps://www.ryze-up.com/music-2/blue-ridge-rock-festival-2021/

Black Label Society, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 09, 2021

Mastodon, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 12, 2021

I have been enamored with the music of Mastodon since Crack the Skye. Somehow, I never saw them live until 2021, and I caught them three times this year. Never miss a chance to see their show – it is incredible.

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Website, https://www.mastodonrocks.com/

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Mastodon

YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/user/MastodonMusic

Blue Ridge Rock Festival coverage at Ryze-Up magazinehttps://www.ryze-up.com/music-2/blue-ridge-rock-festival-2021/

Mastodon, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 12, 2021

Fever 333, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 10, 2021

Expect acrobatic antics and pulse-pounding music when Fever 333 takes the stage.

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Website, https://www.fever333.com/

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/fever333/

Spotify, https://open.spotify.com/artist/1B0155rdv175D1tQ8VH7Oy

YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/fever333

Blue Ridge Rock Festival coverage at Ryze-Up magazinehttps://www.ryze-up.com/music-2/blue-ridge-rock-festival-2021/

Fever 333, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 10, 2021

Rob Zombie, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 10, 2021

The 2021 album from Rob Zombie is The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy. New music along with the hits we all wanted to hear was the Friday nightcap at the festival.

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Website, https://robzombie.com/

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/RobZombie

YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/user/robzombie

Blue Ridge Rock Festival coverage at Ryze-Up magazinehttps://www.ryze-up.com/music-2/blue-ridge-rock-festival-2021/

Rob Zombie, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 10, 2021

Trivium, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 11, 2021

Trivium was on the road in 2021 promoting their new album, In The Court Of The Dragon. There is no greater endorsement for their music than seeing them live.

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Website, https://www.trivium.org/

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Trivium

Spotify, https://open.spotify.com/artist/278ZYwGhdK6QTzE3MFePnP

YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/user/trivium

Blue Ridge Rock Festival coverage at Ryze-Up magazinehttps://www.ryze-up.com/music-2/blue-ridge-rock-festival-2021/

© Wayne Edwards.

Trivium, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 11, 2021

Megadeth, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 11, 2021

Megadeth – and Dave Mustaine – are metal legends. New music is on the way with the band’s 16th album in Spring 2022. While we’re waiting, here are some photos from their Blue Ridge Rock Festival performance.

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Website, https://megadeth.com/

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Megadeth

Spotify, https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Yox196W7bzVNZI7RBaPnf

YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/Megadeth

Blue Ridge Rock Festival coverage at Ryze-Up magazinehttps://www.ryze-up.com/music-2/blue-ridge-rock-festival-2021/

© Wayne Edwards.

Megadeth, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 11, 2021