Wake Up the President Because Carpenter Brut’s Live Show Is Phenomenal

Darkness. The walls of Schinmanski, Brooklyn are all expectant, together with the audience, for the French phenom called Carpenter Brut to take the stage, incarnated into the form of drummer, guitarist and keyboards. For all those familiar with the act’s predilections what comes next should have probably been obvious; for those uninitiated, Brut’s early moments of the show might have come as a surprise.

PHOTOS: Billy Talent, Monster Truck, The Dirty Nil—February 16th, 2017 @ Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford, BC

Billy Talent is a band that has flown under the radar for many people in their 24-year career. Being relatively unknown until 2003 when their first album was released with Atlantic Records and Warner Music Canada, they have been going strong ever since with nearly 3 million albums sold worldwide…

PHOTOS: Lizzard Wizzard, Deafcult, Hobo Magic, Hurricane Death — January 7th, 2017 @ Crowbar, AUS

Hurricane Death’s gritty, full-force aesthetic provided an intimidating start to the night. Reminiscent of thrashier Nails, the aptly-named five-piece performed an impressive, though seemingly short-lived set which easily lent to the mental images of being smashed apart by high-speed debris amidst a furious hurricane. The throaty, crust-laden guitar tones in combination…

PHOTOS: Asking Alexandria, Born Of Osiris, After The Burial—November 16th, 2016 @ Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD

2016 has been quite the busy year for the Sumerian Records roster. The 10 Years in the Black Tour, featuring Bad Omens, Upon a Burning Body, After the Burial, I See Stars, Born of Osiris, and Asking Alexandria, was the final leg of Sumerian’s year-long series of tours celebrating the…

PHOTOS: Dark Tranquillity, Swallow The Sun, Enforcer—November 17th, 2016 @ Bada Brew, Joliet, IL

Crest Hill’s Bada Brew isn’t a huge venue, but its intimate nature allows audiences to connect with bands. Dark Tranquillity, now on their eleventh full-length album, have been leading the way alongside other Gothenburg bands in the melodic death metal scene. Atoma comes with a different mindset, but is the…

PHOTOS: Animals As Leaders, Intervals, Plini—November 16th, 2016 @ The Commodore, Vancouver, BC & November 25th, 2016 @ Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL

Washington D.C.’s purveyors of instrumental djent, Animals As Leaders, have vigorously toured across Europe and North America in 2016 to not merely sharpen their prowess on stage, but to promote their then-upcoming release of their latest record, The Madness of Many. The Madness of Many “shows promise and potential for…