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Gojira, Knocked Loose, and Alien Weaponry Rock Portland’s Sold-Out State Theatre! [Photos & Show Review]

French metal giants Gojira, Kentucky hardcore heavyweights Knocked Loose, and Māori metallers Alien Weaponry delivered a sold-out set at Portland, Maine’s State Theatre.

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French metal giants Gojira are just wrapping up a month-long run with Kentucky hardcore heavyweights Knocked Loose and opening act, Māori metallers Alien Weaponry. We caught the tour on a cool autumn evening on October 27, as it came to play for a completely sold-out audience at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine.

Fans were lined up well before doors opened and out in force in the venue early for Alien Weaponry’s set. For the unfamiliar, these New Zealanders infuse metal with their Māori heritage, keeping the language alive by sharing it through heavy music. This is their first major US tour, and while it was quite the tall order to open for a band as massive as Gojira, this trio was up for the task. Many in the audience had clearly never heard their music, but were won over the moment drummer Henry de Jong emerged to a traditional haka dance, soon to be joined by bassist Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds and guitarist Lewis de Jong.

Musically, it was intriguing to hear elements of thrash and nu-metal alongside Māori chants and growls, but the energy and intensity this young band brings to their live set is what captured the crowd’s attention. This three-piece is destined for great things if they can seize the momentum they’ve built on the recent release of their sophomore record Tangaroa, which dropped in September this year!

Up next, Knocked Loose unleashed a neck-breaker of a set, and though this crowd was a mix of hardcore fans and more metal-inclined folks, they really got the mosh pits going—albeit at a slightly less violent level than usual for the band due to the mixed audience demographic. Knocked Loose just released a 6-song EP, A Tear in the Fabric of Life, and lucky for those in attendance, they played half of it on this night! Their set opened with the first track from that EP, “Where Light Divides the Holler,” and all hell broke loose.

The rest of their performance was mostly comprised of fan-favourites from A Different Shade of Blue like “Mistakes Like Fractures,” “Guided by the Moon,” and “Trapped in the Grasp of a Memory,” and from 2016’s Laugh Tracks, like “Counting Worms” and “Oblivion’s Peak.” Frontman Bryan Garris was in top form, screeching out each line and two-stepping his way around the stage as he and his cohorts crushed their 10-song set. For being so late in this run, it was impressive how great Garris sounded and how tight the band’s performance was, I can only dream of catching their next headlining run stateside—it would be great to hear the entire new EP live!

At last, it was time for the mighty Gojira! The lights dimmed and a curtain fell, illuminated with symbols from the new artwork of their latest record that was released during the pandemic shutdowns, Fortitude. The band kicked straight into new track “Born for One Thing” before bringing out older fan-favourite “Backbone.” Most recently, Gojira has been the support act on big tours like Knotfest Roadshow, so it was really cool to get to hear a longer set featuring deeper cuts and older tracks! The band blasted through heavy number “Stranded” before bringing out the epic song that is “Flying Whales” complete with an inflatable whale that was launched out into the audience!

Gojira (w/ Knocked Loose, Alien Weaponry) @ State Theatre (Portland, ME) on October 27, 2021

Midway through the set, frontman Joe Duplantier explained to the crowd how wonderful it’s felt to be playing live shows again and how much they had missed it. It’s clear that the fans there that night felt the same way about seeing Gojira live, the sold-out crowd’s voices were so loud as they sang along to the chorus of “Another World” and, later on, encore track “The Chant.”

One would think, after so much time away, that the band would be rusty, but this is probably the tightest performance I’ve seen from them, and what a setlist! For the diehard Gojira fans in attendance, the band even pulled out a medley of “Love” from their 2000 full-length debut and “Remembrance”  from their 2003 release. The encore didn’t pull any punches either, featuring massive tracks “Toxic Garbage Island” and “Vacuity,” just to name a couple! There are a few shows left—the tour ends in Fort Wayne on November 7 (remaining dates below), but if you missed this run, your next chance comes in Spring of 2022 when the band, hopefully, will get to finally do their run in support of Deftones (if it doesn’t get cancelled for the third time)!

Remaining Gojira Tour Dates:

Nov 05 – Madison, Wis. @ The Sylvee
Nov 06 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Factory
Nov 07 – Fort Wayne, Ind. @ Clyde Theatre

Deftones & Gojira 2022 Tour Dates:

04/14 – Portland, OR @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum
04/16 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theatre
04/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
04/20 – Los Angeles, CA ! Greek Theatre
04/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan
04/23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre
04/25 – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena
04/28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheatre
04/30 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
05/02 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
05/03 – San Antonio, TX @ AT & T Center
05/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
05/07 – Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium
05/08 – Cincinnati, OH @ ICON Music Center
05/10 – Indianapolis, IN @TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
05/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
05/13 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
05/14 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
05/15 – New York City, NY @ Pier 17
05/17 – Washington DC @ The Anthem
05/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met
05/19 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
05/21 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell
05/22 – Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach
05/24 – Detroit, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
05/26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
05/27 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
05/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory

 

When he's not out in the woods, clomping around in streams, or looking at shiny rocks, you can find our U.S. Managing Editor and contributing photographer Nathan Katsiaficas in the photo pit, covering everything from heavy metal to punk, alternative, indie, and hip-hop.

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OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival Returns with Powerhouse 2024 Lineup

OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week.

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OSHEAGA 2024

The OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week. The 17th edition of the festival will take place from August 2nd to 4th, at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Saint-Hélène, close to downtown Montréal. Headliners include SZA, Green Day, and Noah Kahan setting the tone for a diverse exhibition that is sure to appeal to the masses.

Representation is present for all genres at this year’s fest. Rock is covered by old-school legends Rancid, LA rockers The Linda Lindas, ’90s indie favourites Sleater-Kinney, and grunge icons The Smashing Pumpkins. R&B will be backed by hip-hop pioneer T-Pain, as well as Tyla, Ayra Starr, and Michaël Brun. Pop is represented by Mean Girls powerhouse Reneé Rapp, Euphoria star Dominic Fike, and alt-pop phenom Melanie Martinez. Indie will be covered by Irish musician Hozier and this generation’s Elvis, Stephen Sanchez. EDM will be showcased with sets by world-class producers like Martin Garrix and Labrinth.

If you’re someone who enjoys all types of music, this year’s OSHEAGA is a can’t-miss event. The lineup easily competes for the best of 2024. Tickets are on sale 2/21 for 3-day passes and 2/23 for single-day passes. Prices are as follows:

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $165 CAD
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / 3-DAY: starting at $395 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $320 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $745 CAD

PLATINUM TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $685 CAD
PLATINUM TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $1,620 CAD

Get your tickets while they last!

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The Menzingers Wrap Up Their UK Tour with a Punk Party at Manchester Academy [Photos]

Punk rockers The Menzingers brought their European and UK tour to a close in Manchester. Check out the photo gallery from the gig here…

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The Menzingers @ Manchester Academy by Maryleen Guevara
The Menzingers, photo © Maryleen Guevera

Coming at the end of a week-long run which has taken The Menzingers across the UK, the punk rockers arrive at the Academy in Manchester to wrap up their visit to these shores. The tour, which kicked off in mainland Europe on January 24th in Amsterdam, supported their 2023 Epitaph Records offering Some of It Was True.

Joining the band on the UK trek were New York punk rockers Prince Daddy & The Hyena and Philadelphia quartet Gladie. Kickstarting 2024 like they ended 2023 on the road, The Menzingers arrived in Manchester to wrap up this run of dates. Hence, we set along our photographer Maryleen Guevara to join the party as the US punks made sure their final days in the UK, for now, were ones that nobody would forget.

You can pick up your copy of Some Of It Was True from here. Before you check out Maryleen’s photo gallery from the show, here’s The Menzingers setlist.

Set List:

1. Hope Is a Dangerous Little Thing
2. I Don’t Wanna Be an Asshole Anymore
3. Try
4. Good Things
5. Lookers
6. House on Fire
7. Some of It Was True
8. Anna
9. Thick as Thieves
10. Tellin’ Lies
11. There’s No Place in This World for Me
12. Burn After Writing
13. Ultraviolet
14. Nice Things
15. Come on Heartache
16. America (You’re Freaking Me Out)
17. The Obituaries
18. Nobody Stays
19. After the Party
20. Gates
21. Casey

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Malevolence Dish Out a Metallic Hardcore Beatdown at Liverpool’s O2 Academy [Photos]

Sheffield metallic hardcore crew Malevolence dish out a beautiful beatdown in Liverpool. Check out the photos here…

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Malevolence @ O2 Academy Liverpool by Maryleen Guevera
Malevolence, photo © Maryleen Guevera

Sheffield metallic hardcore maulers Malevolence are certainly making the most of their meteoric rise with the band out on the road undertaking their second headline tour in just over four months. Unsurprisingly, the latest run of shows is playing to packed out venues with the band living up to their reputation as a fearsome live act.

The high-profile tours and festival appearances across the UK and Europe last year, are a far cry from the days of touring around the dives of the UK. Helped by two critically-acclaimed albums, the second album, 2017’s Self Supremacy and the follow-up, 2022’s Malicious Intent (read our review of that album here), Malevolence is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting bands on the UK circuit.

On the latest run of shows, which precede a special guest appearance at Bloodstock Festival this August, the tour rolled into Liverpool and our photographer, Maryleen Guevara, braved the pit to bring back this photo gallery. Before you check out the gallery though, here’s the setlist….

Set List:

1. Malicious Intent
2. Life Sentence
3. Slave to Satisfaction
4. Waste of Myself
5. Karma
6. Severed Ties
7. Higher Place
8. Self Supremacy
9. Remain Unbeaten
10. Still Waters Run Deep
11. Keep Your Distance
12. Serpent’s Chokehold
13. On Broken Glass

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