The Best Metal Concerts in New York This Month
These are the best metal shows in NYC this month.
Every Time I Die
See also: The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012
Every Time I Die
Any band that manages to combine metal, hardcore and Southern Rock has our heart. And ears. You could imagine a song called "Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space" to be silly, but the accompanied by a video with an ugly-beautiful Diane Arbus sensibility that features a still-beating out-of-body heart, self-immolation and decapitation and nuclear explosions, Every Time I Die are not for the weak of heart. Their new CD was produced by Joe Baressi (The Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age), so expect a heavy night on March 14 at Irving Plaza as the the Buffalo-bred bunch bring the brutality.
Today is the Day
"Sadness Will Prevail." "If You Want Peace Prepare for War." "Pain is a Warning." They're not just downer-ish, if often true aphorisms, they're part of Today is the Day's impressive musical canon. The Nashville-bred noise core trio unleashes its smart but dark demeanor and multi-genre metal musical attack on St. Vitus patrons on March 6. Since 1992, Steve Austin (not of Stone Cold fame) has led a revolving lineup of players, but it's Austin, a sort of Henry Rollins-esque character, who makes the engine run. He's front and center.
Are Y&T the American Saxon? In a way, though they're more fluid and flashy than the lovable Brit lunkheads. Still, Y&T's anthemic "Summertime Girls" is easily as unironically iconic as "Denim and Leather." Since the early '70s, Oakland, California's Y&T have been purveying classic if pop-y metal, and continue in that vein March 23 at Stage 48. This was a band made stronger by the sum of its parts, and now, with the passing of bassist Phil Kennemore and absence of drummer Leonard Haze, Y&T are slightly diminished. But with guitarist/singer Dave Meneketti still in charge, Y&T are still worthy of old-school worship.
On paper, it seems a little annoying: An LA-bred nu-metal band whose singer/namesake Otep Shamaya is an anagram for "poet," who put out a debut album was entitled Sevas Tra. (Say it backwards) Precious, no? Maybe, But talented as well, and metal bands fronted by women are a sad rarity. So if you find yourself at the Studio @ Webster Hall on March 31 you'll get not only Otep, but the female-fronted One-Eye Doll from Austin and Picture Me Broken, aggro testimony that estrogen rocks.
There was industrial metal before Nine Inch Nails and Rammstein, and its name was, and is, KMFDM (and Killing Joke and Godflesh and....). German lineup KMFDM -- which does not stand for Kill Mother Fucking Depeche Mode -- are the brainchild of keyboardist/frontman/sometime drummer Sascha Konietzko, who put the group together more than 25 years ago as a performance art project. Apart from the band's inherent Germanic metal power, you can be pseudo-political at the March 21 Irving Plaza show: it's for KMFDMs 18th album, Kunst, ("Art") which features both a cover illustration and a song in support of imprisoned Russian femme-punkers Pussy Riot.