If you listen to just one new band this year, make it Anciients. Their progressive sludgey concoction of Mastodon and Opeth caught me completely off-guard early this year and earned, at the very least, 500 words of fanboy praise from yours truly. So naturally I’ll jump at the chance to talk about them with the latest news being this live version of ‘Overthrone‘ shot at the release party for their debut Heart Of Oak earlier this month in Vancouver, Canadia.


Shot from multiple cameras by Not Your Scene magazine, it shows off everything I love about the band — the ridiculous musicianship, the brilliant songwriting and the head banging tunes that are spawned from those two components. Huge winding riffs meet crashing drums and vocals that range from enticing croons and harsh rasps — if there’s any justice in the world, this band will be massive. Be sure to check them out on their tour with Lamb Of God and Decapitated at the following dates:

05/16 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Orange Peel
05/17 – Chattanooga, Tenn. @ Track 29
05/18 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Marathon Music Works
05/20 – Columbia, Mo. @ Blue Note
05/22 – Boulder, Colo. @ Boulder Theater
05/24 – Boise, Idaho @ Revolution Center
05/25 – Reno, Nevada @ Knitting Factory
05/26 – Ventura, Calif. @ Majestic Ventura Theater
05/28 – Tucson, Ariz. @ Rialto Theatre
05/29 – Anaheim, Calif. @ City National Grove of Anaheim
05/31 – Chico, Calif. @ Senator Theatre
06/01 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theater
06/02 – Kennewick, Wash. @ Toyota Ice Arena
06/03 – Missoula, Montana @ Wilma Theater
06/04 – Billings, Montana @ Shrine Auditorium
06/06 – Fargo, N.D. @ Concert Hall at The Venue
06/07 – Madison, Wis. @ Orpheum Theatre
06/08 – Lincoln, Neb. @ Bourbon Theater
06/09 – Wichita, Kansas @ The Cotillion
06/10 – Tulsa, Okla. @ Cain’s Ballroom

– DL

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