Concert Review: Metal Blade Records’ 35th Anniversary Tour Feat. Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, Allegaeon, & Necromancing The Stone In San Francisco, CA

Last night (March 10), I attended the Metal Blade Records 35th Anniversary Tour, feat. Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, Allegaeon, and Necromancing The Stone at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, and it was an awesome show!

The supergroup Necromancing The Stone opened up the show with their traditional brand of metal. They were a great opening band, who are worth checking out if you haven’t heard of them. The band’s music is like that of NWOBHM acts with some thrash and death elements mixed in, making them appealing to all types of metal fans. A highlight from their set was their performance of “The Siren’s Call.”

Allegaeon took the stage next for an energetic display of technical melodic death metal. Greg Burgess and Michael Stancel’s guitar work was a sight to see. On top of this, vocalist Riley McShane, who is still relatively new to the group, was also cool to see live with his powerful growls/screams. Highlights from their set include “Of Mind and Matrix” and “1.618.”

After Allegaeon, blackened death metallers Goatwhore came out to, as they say, “fuck [the crowd] with Satan.” They were definetly a contender to be considered the strongest act of the night. Between Sammy Duet’s unbelievable guitar shredding and Ben Falgoust’s vocals/stage banter they really put on a great show. Their whole set was basically a party, which was fitting considering Falgoust was celebrating his birthday, which happens to be today (March 11). Highlights from their set include “FBS,” “Baring Teeth For Revolt,” and “Apocalyptic Havoc.”

Goatwhore wrapped up their set, and made way for deathgrind legends Cattle Decapitation to destroy the stage. They were probably the most brutal band of the night, with frontman Travis Ryan being the main attraction of the group. His insane demonic growls and screams are just something you have to witness live, whether your a fan or not. There was so much intensity in their set, that the energy actually transferred to the crowd for the biggest circle pit of the night. If you’re a fan of extreme metal, you should go watch them live if you ever have a chance. Highlights from their set include “We Are Horrible People,” “Pacific Grim,” and “Forced Gender Reassignment.”

Then it was time for the headliners, deathcore masters Whitechapel. The band used dark lighting to create the perfect atmosphere for their music. This combined with frontman Phil Bozeman’s badass growls, and the band’s heavy riffs/sick breakdowns, made for one hell of a show. The group were also really energetic as well, and were able to keep the audience engaged throughout the night. As far as setlists go, they pretty much performed tracks spanning their whole catalog, offering a perfect balance of old and new. Highlights included their opening track “The Saw Is the Law,” “Our Endless War,” “I, Dementia,” “Mark Of The Blade,” and their encore “This Is Exile.”

Necromancing The Stone Added To Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, & Allegaeon 2017 Tour

Necromancing The Stone have been added to the Metal Blade Records 35th anniversary tour. As previously announced this trek will feature Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, and Allegaeon.

Tour Dates:

02/22 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
02/23 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
02/24 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
02/25 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
02/26 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
02/27 Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
02/29 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
03/01 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe @ Old National Centre
03/02 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
03/03 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
03/04 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
03/05 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
03/06 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
03/08 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
03/09 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
03/10 San Francisco, CA – The FIllmore
03/11 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
03/14 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
03/15 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
03/16 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues

Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, & Allegaeon Set For Metal Blade Records’ 35th Anniversary Tour

Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, and Allegaeon have announced a U.S. tour together. The trek was put together as part Metal Blade Records’ 35th anniversary celebration.

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Tour Dates:

02/22 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
02/23 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
02/24 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
02/25 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
02/26 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
02/27 Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
02/29 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
03/01 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe @ Old National Centre
03/02 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
03/03 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
03/04 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
03/05 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
03/06 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
03/08 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
03/09 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
03/10 San Francisco, CA – The FIllmore
03/11 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
03/14 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
03/15 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
03/16 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues

Allegaeon’s Riley McShane Comments On Backlash From Patreon Campaign, Band Buries The Hatchet With Mish Barber-Way (White Lung)

Allegaeon recently launched a Patreon campaign to avoid having to break-up, and have had to deal with a lot of backlash, including a letter written by White Lung’s Mish Barber-Way, who condemned the band’s decision. Riley McShane has since discussed all of that on the Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast. You can read what he said below.

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On the backlash:

“We all went into it knowing that there were going to be people… We knew that they were gonna be a lot of people being like ‘fuck these guys, you are total pieces of shit for even asking for your fans to give more than they already give to you, how dare you’ kind of shit. Because the same thing happened to Ne Obliviscaris when they started theirs, so we knew there going to be internet lashback.

What I didn’t expect, which has been interesting to see to say the least, is the amount of just unfounded accusation that has been going around between those two articles. When I was reading the Decibel one I was like ‘man I feel like I should be offended by this’ but this is about a different band.

$150 haircuts and like a ridiculously comic public drug problem? Like who the fuck is he even talking about? There was just so much in it that was not applicable to Allegaeon as a band and it just seemed like he was trying to just get a few extra hits on his article by being over the top.”

On Mish Barber-Way:

“Funny story. At end of that article she was like ‘if this article offends you please feel free to contact me,’ all this kind of stuff, so I did. I actually just got off the phone with her after having an hour and a half long conversation like five minutes before I got on the phone with you guys.

She was awesome, I’m not gonna lie. It was a very good conversation. She gave me the room to clear the air, all while expressing what her points were and at the end of it, she was like ‘you know, I’m really sorry. I should have talked to you guys first about everything, I was just standing in an airport drinking wine and like writing it on some tiny website, I had no anticipation that it was going to blow up to the extent it did.’

And she was like ‘if it doesn’t bother you I’d like to write some dear gentlemen thing to kind clear the air.’ It’s very big of her, she was really cool about it. She was like ‘it was comically over the top, the article that I wrote.’

She was like ‘I was writing it as though I were speaking it to someone I was really irritated with.’ She wasn’t trying to make it a journalism piece… She had apparently worked for Vice for a long time and was like ‘that was not journalism, that was just me ranting on a tiny website and it got blown hugely out of proportion and for that I apologize.”

McShane also added that Mish Barber-Way actually recieved death threats, which led to Greg Burgress posting the following:

“Hey friends!!! Important update thing. I just learned that some people are sending death threats the singer who kinda roasted us yesterday. PLEASE don’t do that! I love the support and everything, but be kind to people!! Riley had a lovely chat with her and everything is gonna be made right. So please don’t be negative. I heart your faces!!”

White Lung Singer Blasts Allegaeon For Trying To Crowdfund Their Band

White Lung’s Mish Barber-Way has blasted Allegaeon for their Patreon campaign, which they are trying to use to finace theri band. Clrvynt.com shared her statement, which you can see below.

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“Dear Pussies,

I just stepped off the airplane and the first text I got was a link to an article about your Patreon page. Apparently, you need some money to keep your metal career alive. Well congratulations, Allegaeon! You are officially the laziest, most pathetic, sub-human beta males in America.

Rock isn’t what it used to be. Some guy named Neill already schooled you about that in Decibel Magazine. I’m not going to repeat what he said regarding over-saturation and personal responsibility. I’m just going to add the things he was too polite to say.

Your begging video was a complete joke. As I listened to your “TM” [tour manager] spout off all the money you owed (over $8,700), I was shaking my head. If you were a small business, you would fold. I listened to your tour expenses, and you guys are such morons. You are paying people you don’t even need. First off, management. If your manager was doing his job, you wouldn’t be in this position. Fire him. Two, a driver? Can none of you drive?

Stop ruining his life and let him go after a lucrative career – unlike you lazy shit brains. Don’t fire your agent. He is your only hope. Have none of you any business skills? Stop hiring people to do jobs you are capable of. Cut the expenses, except essentials like gas, shelter and water. Do you pay taxes or collect? Do you even file?

What makes you think you are entitled to our money and pity? Why should I spend my hard earned money to help you when your misfortune is by choice, not chance? I’m seriously asking.

I’ve been in a band for a while. It’s called White Lung. Look us up because you probably don’t know us, which is why I’ve had no shame in a day job. I noticed that one of your band mates does have a job at a head shop for $10 an hour. There are single moms out there raising a kid on that amount.

Surely in your years of the music industry, you can’t weasel your know-how connections into a more challenging and well paying position? Are you too “busy” booking tours and juggling the books to work? Appears not. Most men your age have families to provide for, not guitars to buy. Grow up.

Being in a band is awesome and easy… and annoying and taxing, just like everything else in this world. Touring is a young man’s game, and you have hit your expiration date. The free market doesn’t lie.

This is more pathetic than people who fake disability or rob small stores for money. At least those people are ashamed of themselves – they know what they are doing is sad, sub-par human behavior. They don’t publicly reveal their wrong doings. You “men” have deemed it perfectly acceptable to slouch on your Pikachu pillow and lament that you need money from your fans via a poorly shot video and free website page.

I hope that pillow belongs to one of your children. Actually, I don’t. That would mean one of you is so unfit to be a father that you can’t put your pipe dream aside to provide for your family as an adult.

You guys are annoying and dickless. I blame myself. Feminism did this to you weaklings. I knew you would take any chance to break free from responsibility and run like the wind into adolescence. Disgusting. Nothing dries a vagina as quick as a blow dryer, and your whole campaign is the Dyson Supersonic.

I have to go. I caught a 7am flight to Minneapolis to transfer to Iowa City to play a festival, then fly back to Austin, Texas for another. I leave that night and land in my home of LA that morning to and go straight back to my job as an account executive. I’ve got shit to do and it doesn’t include begging my “fans” for money. Don’t try to even fake that sitting in a van all day is hard. Day time on tour is a fucking nap.

I can’t tell you what to do. This is a free country, but I can let you know that I think you are sad excuses for humans. Being able to happily and modestly live off your music is an achievable and realistic goal – it involves internal business management, cutting expenses, working a day job and being FUCKING REALISTIC. If you need to borrow a reality check, I know a few people who might be done with theirs.

Feel free to contact me and talk if this offends you. I’m might be busy but I’ll return the message happily.”

Allegaeon Launch Patreon Campaign To Continue As A Band

Allegaeon are trying to stay out on the road without having to disband, so they decided to go the crowdfunding route to stay afloat. You can help them out by donating to their new Patreon campaign.

The band said the following:

“Hey y’all. As many of you may have heard, Corey handed in his walking papers earlier this week. This was partly due to his desire to pursue a career in law, but largely because of the financial instability that comes with being in a touring band.

For some time now Allegaeon has been in a huge amount of debt and, with our new album cycle just beginning, we’ve had to begin assessing the costs of continuing to do what we do. We are looking at the very scary reality of Allegaeon‘s lifespan coming to an end.

Calling it quits is the last thing we want to do so, after much thought and contemplation, we have decided to launch a subscription based service through the Patreon platform. This is decidedly the best way for you, our fans, to be able to directly contribute to the well-being of Allegaeon and thus guarantee that we will be able to keep making music for a long time to come.

All of you have been incredibly supportive of everything Allegaeon has done leading up to this point and for that we are grateful beyond words; we couldn’t ask for a better group of people to call our fans. At this juncture, we need your support more than ever and are looking forward to working with each of you to make sure that your contribution to our success is rewarded in the best ways we can possibly offer.”

The also added:

“We want to make Allegaeon the center of our little musical universes, and to do that we need for it to be our full-time job. Just like any other full-time job, whether it be working at a gas station, at a tech-company, or as that one factory worker who dips the ends of dildos into paint to make them look super real (you da real MVPs), we need to see some sort of compensation for our work.

Ultimately, our goal is to meet the average U.S income of $51,939/yr. for each member, which totals to $21,637/mo. With 105k+ followers on Facebook alone, if a mere 4.77% of that audience donated a meager $5.00/mo. to Allegaeon, we would exceed that goal by about $3,405 per month, giving us more than enough left over to throw right back at you in the form of exclusive content, face-to-face hangouts, pizza deliveries, and so much more…”