May 2 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
May 3 - Kansas City, MO @ Elvis Lounge
May 4 - Salina, KS @ Stiefel On Stage
May 5 - Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theatre
May 6 - Austin, TX @ Cactus Cafe
May 7 - Houston, TX @ Dosey Doe
May 8 - San Antonio, TX @ Sam's Burger Joint
May 9 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Cooperage
May 11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Musical Instrument
May 12 - San Diego, CA @ Winstons
May 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint
May 14 - San Francisco, CA @ Brick and Mortar
May 15 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe's
May 18 - Bend, OR @ Volcanic Pub
May 19 - Portland, OR @ White Eagle
May 20 - Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
May 21 - Sunbanks Music Festival
Her voice was something you couldn't turn away from. She had to microphones set up in the middle of the stage. One of them had zero distortion on it and the other one had an impressive amount of distortion on it. Regardless of what microphone she was singing in, Amalie's voice reigned supreme and shined. There were points in their set where I truly forgot that there was a band behind her. All eyes and ears were on her and what she was doing.
Apparently this is typically a one-woman project but for this tour she had a backing band. Honestly, she completely controlled everything and the band was lost in the background but I don't think even some of the most talented metal musicians could hold a candle to Amalie. Her voice was truly jaw dropping.
M is the debut studio album by Myrkur, and is available now on Relapse Records. The record was named the Best Hard Rock Album of 2015 by Gaffa.
Behemoth was the only other band to play last night and, honestly, I don't think I would have been able to handle much more.
Their live show is something that has to be seen to truly understand. The amount of energy this Polish black metal band has is something that is impossible to put into words. The crowd was just as intense as the band and, even though it looked violent as all hell, everyone was having a great time seeing this legendary band live.
As I said, their music is dark and their live show definitely matched that. There are underlying Satanic themes to it and the imagery that was showed on the screens on stage was the stuff nightmares are made of. The members of the band wear makeup that gives you chills due to the creepiness factor. There were a few costume changes one of which had the band in these masks with creepy horns coming off the top of their heads. They barely moved while wearing the masks. It gave me chills. It was scary and yes, nightmare inducing, but it was absolutely perfect and everything you would ever want in a Polish death metal band's show.
These guys have been around since the early 1990's so they had a great deal of material to choose from. They did a great job of playing a bit of the old and a bit of the new. Even with a new album that came out just two years ago, they didn't focus on just that one album. The crowd really enjoyed the old hits but their energy stayed high throughout the whole set.
Even though the music was dark and over all very low and bass-y. The talent of the four members shined through all of the theatrics. The sweeping guitar solos could not be hidden and the power behind the drummer was absolutely amazing and was highlighted during a quick drum solo while the other members applied red paint to their faces.
The crowd loved every second of the show. There was a guy in the mosh pit that was ripping up a bible (I must admit, that's a first for me), and every time singer Adam Darski moved towards the crowd to bless the crowd with the "holy smoke", or to offer out the body of Christ (apparently these guys are marketing their own little crackers... you know the ones you get at church) the crowd would push forward just to get closer to Adam. The crowd was into it and, even though I knew nothing about this band, I found myself completely immersed in their live show.
So I'm definitely not going to start performing any satanic rituals or anything but last night completely opened my eyes to a whole subculture that I had only heard about in passing and seen in pictures. As scary as the crowd and the musicians looked, I felt just as safe last night as I do at any of the generic hardcore shows I go to.
Behemoth’s latest album is called The Satanist and is available now on Nuclear Blast and Metal Blade Records/Mystic Production.
Behemoth at Mill City Nights, Minneapolis (30 April 2016)