Since the release of 'Focus' in 1993, Floridian technical death metal innovators Cynic have held onto the status of being an "elite" band. Few underground acts have been bestowed with such critical praise, but Cynic have always been ahead of their time. That sensibility is retained with the band's third full-length album, 'Kindly Bent To Free Us,' but the record is also certain to polarize Cynic fans for a host of reasons.
A couple of years ago, we caught For Today opening up for The Devil Wears Prada. But this past weekend, For Today had a sold-out show of their own at the Gramercy Theater in New York City. Support included stellar sets by Like Moths to Flames, Stray From the Path, The Plot in You and Fit for a King.
On a chilly, snowy night, metalheads kicked off their week by trudging through slush as they made their way to Stage 48. Dark Tranquility headlined their North American 'Construct' tour which made its stop in New York City on Monday (Feb. 3). Support included Omnium Gatherum, Exmortus and Winter Nights.
At first glance, it could be easy to be distracted by the plentiful guest stars, but that's not the case with Within Temptation's 'Hydra' album. In most cases, the vocals blend perfectly with Sharon den Adel's powerful pipes to provide some interesting tracks that flow well within the context of the disc.
Fans certainly got excited when Falling in Reverse and Escape the Fate announced the 'Bury the Hatchet' tour, and now that it has begun, the two acts are truly living up the the trek's name. There has been some animosity between the bands since vocalist Ronnie Radke was replaced by Craig Mabbitt in Escape the Fate while serving a prison sentence, but they set aside their differences and truly embraced each other during a sold-out show at Best Buy Theater in New York City on Thursday night (Jan 30.)
Of Mice & Men are in a state of transition and after a listen to the band's new 'Restoring Force' album, it appears as though the sky's the limit. Since the group's last album, the band has added bassist Aaron Pauley of Jamie's Elsewhere and his clean vocals have added the perfect compliment to frontman Austin Carlile.