Cornmeal Bluegrass At Diamond Pub

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Nov 212014
 

Jambands come in all sizes and genres these days, with a particular flavor initiated by Newgrass Revival, to wit, jamgrass, which features as practitioners such bands as String Cheese Incident, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Diamond Pub’s featured act on Saturday, November 22, Cornmeal. Cornmeal is a Chicago quintet-plus which began in 2000 and has proven themselves festival warriors, indeed, with stints at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Magnolia Fest, Wakarusa Music Festival and Summer Camp Music Festival as well as having performed on multiple stages at Bonnaroo, All Good Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival and 10K Lakes over the past fourteen years. They’ve released four albums, the last two “live” records. They’ve changed personnel a time or two or three but still crank out that new old-fashioned, highspeed jamgrass. The Rumpke Mountain Boys will open. Tickets are $12 adv/ $15 DoS.

Here’s a set from the Yonder Harvest Festival from 2013:


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Website: http://www.cornmealinthekitchen.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CornmealInTheKitchen
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Cornmeal

Death Metal Masterclass at Diamond Pub

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Nov 062014
 

Carcass-Band
Terry Harper has put together one of his patented extreme metal / death metal shows, this one at the Diamond Club On November 8, featuring the British band Carcass, Noisem, Obituary and Exhumed. Carcass has come back from the dead, having disbanded in 1995. They did the Lazarus thing in 2007 and went back at it, minus their original drummer. After playing a number of reunion shows, they got down to business and released Surgical Steel in 2012, from which they will released additional tracks this month. You can,m therefore, expect new material at the show. Obituary, which is one of the more successful death metal bands, has been doing the death metal thing since 1988 and have just released a new reocrd, Inked in Blood. Exhumed is also an old-school death metal band that has suffered from frequent personnel changes, but still has managed to release six albums, including 2013’s Necrocracy. Noisem is the baby band for this show and has only one full-length, Agony Defined. Fundamentally, this is a classic show for death metallers. Tickets are $25.

Here’s a brand-new video from Carcass, “The Granulating Dark Statanic Mills”:


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Carcass Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCarcass
Obituary Website: www.obituary.cc/
Exhumed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExhumedOfficial
Noisem Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NoisemBaltimore

Saving Abel at Diamond Pub

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Oct 122014
 

Mississippi Southern-rock / post-grunge band Saving Abel heads in to Diamond Pub on October 15, with something to prove: their lead singer Jared Weeks and drummer Micahel McManus have both left the band since their last record was releasted. A new album, Blood Stained Revolution, is due out on November 11, which will, presumably, feature the the replacements for the departed band members. Having one certified Gold album (their eponymous debut album) and one #1 single, “The Sex Is Good,” is nowhere near enough these days to give them (or any other band) any leeway with the record company. Their third, Bringing Down The Giant, only reached #74 on the US chart (#15 on the US Alt. chart), so they are likely under some pressure with the new project. Go check them out and see if you think the new stuff will make it. Gravel Switch and LAME are opening. Tickets run $12 – $24.

Here’s “Stupid Girl”:


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Website: http://www.savingabel.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savingabel
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SavingAbel
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Saving+Abel

Get Some Finnish Power Metal From Sonata Arctica At Diamond Pub

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Oct 082014
 

Are you ready for some Finnish symphonic, progressive metal? Really – that would Sonata Arctica, heading into Diamond Pub on October 12, along with Xandria, Fatal Step and Delain. Believe or not, there are quite a number of Louisville fans of European metal, including fans of Sonata Arctica, a band that has played Louisville several times in the past, mostly at the old Uncle Pleasant’s. Their album output now runs to eight studio recordings, plus a new re-release of their first, Ecliptica, as a 15th Anniversary Edition. They also do covers, ranging from Queen to Ozzy to Depeche Mode, so some of what you’ll hear will be familiar.
Not to leave out the other bands, Xandria is a German symphonic metal band with six albums to their credit while Delain is a Dutch symphonic metal band with four albums. Fatal Step is a Louisville metal “supergroup” of sorts, featruing members and ex-members of Abominant, Stonecutters, Ohlm, Assisting Sorrow and Sowing Discord. Tickets to this heavy-duty metal fest are $20-$65.

WAtch “The Wolves Die Young ” from Sonata Arctica:


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Website: sonataarctica.info/
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LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Sonata+Arctica

Prong Enters Diamond Pub On October 5

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Oct 012014
 

“Already known for their musical precision, this album [Ruining Lives] is another step up for the New York three-piece, with every chord, beat and vocal landing exactly where it should, no mean feat for a band that inject[s] a raw thrash element into nearly every track. Prong have a knack for getting you pumped up, with over twenty years experience they know just where to place the pinch harmonics and drum rolls to get your fists pumping. Ruining Lives shines a light on their post-metal side, embracing the clatter of the double bass pedal and thundering downtuned chords in an impressively disciplined display of harmonic aggression.” – Jeremy Daniel, Altsounds.com
A lot of metal bands these days have some pretty obscure names that often don’t communicate much beyond their connotation. Prong, on the other hand, is quite the loaded name for a masculine metal band – it just speaks volumes. It’s also a New York City band, much also accounts somewhat for the name. They’ve been around since 1986 and have four times as many ex-members as current members. They have had their impact on other musicians as well, with Korn’s Jonathan Davis and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nail – among others – claiming their influence. With eight studio albums, one live, four EPs and a remix, they have a solid catalog to draw from, with their latest being Ruining Lives. It’s the driver for the current tour, which stops at the Diamond Pub Concert Hall on October 5, with Krosjoint, Luther and Popkiss Chainsaw opening. Tickets are $12.

See if you agree with this sentiment – “Revenge Best Served Cold”:


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Website: prongmusic.com/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/prongmusic
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Prong

An Evening With Terry Bozzio At Diamond Pub

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Sep 242014
 

Hey, drummers, check this out: Terry Bozzio, former Frank Zappa drummer (among others) will be at Diamond Pub on September 27, for an Evening With Terry Bozzio, which is described as “a solo musical performance on the world´s largest tuned drum and percussion set. This will be a night of solo drumming and include compositions from throughout his career, as well as improvisation. It is by no means a clinic or a workshop. Enjoy an intimate evening of Terry Bozzio and his monster sculpture of a drum kit together for the first time in seated venues across North America. There’s not much more to say about it except that tickets are $25.

Watch “The Guitar Center Drum Off 2011”:


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Website: terrybozzio.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Terry-Bozzio-Official/327746222189
Twitter: https://twitter.com/terrybozzio

Dope At Diamond Pub

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Sep 072014
 

It could that it’s 4:20 at Diamond Pub, but no, the band is called Dope, named after two brothers, Edsel and Simon. Their actual history is no doubt something different than what they say. It is certain that the drug culture permeates the band and their music and they admit to having sold drugs to survive and buy instruments. They now have five albums to their credit, with a sixth one, Blood Money, in the works. They’ve played at the Gathering of The Juggalos, so you can likely get a handle on their basic show. They’ll be at Diamond Pub on September 11, along with Lydia Can’t Breath, The Tri-Tones Caducus, Despite The Fallen and Blue Rising. Tickets are $15.

Dope – “Selfish” from the new record


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Website: dopearmy.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dopetheband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/edseldope
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Dope

Deathmetallers Origin at Diamond Pub

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Sep 042014
 

Terry Harper has a death metal show for all you DM fans: Kansas-bred Origin, with King Parrot, Beyond Creation, Your Chance To Die and End It With A Shotgun taking the stage beforehand. Origin gets plaudits for the high level of technical skill that they use to get a harsh sound, with some odd time signatures thrown in just for … the hell of it. In spite of their apparent disinclination to self-promote (no official website!), they have achieved a level of notoriety that has allowed them to persevere, which includes – at this count – six studio albums, the last, 2014’s Omnipresent. The band comments “Omnipresent is a culmination of 15 years of technical death metal brutality that transcends definition.” Origin has undergone a considerable number of personnel changes, the most recent, a loss and replacement of the lead vocalist. At this point, there is only one original member, Paul Ryan, playing in the band. They’ll be at Diamond Pub on September 7. Tickets are $18.

Here’s Origin’s newest song video, “Manifest Destiny”:


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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Origin
ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/officialorigin

Gemini Syndrome Debuts At Diamond Pub

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Jul 172014
 

Here’s just the thing to reset your ears after the weekend of Forecastle: a metal show, featuring Gemini Syndrome plus Manic Method, Hello Agony and Old Soul Envy, at Diamond Pub on July 21. It’s Gemini Syndrome’s first visit to the Derby City. Coming out of the fervid Los Angeles scene and assembled as a crew of professional musicians – i.e., not kids – and fronted by former OTEP guitarist Aaron Nordstrom now handling the vocals, they’ve been on tour with Sevendust, having just wrapped up a tour with Red and Emphatic. They’re still supporting the eponymous debut album. Tickets to the show are only $10.

Watch Gemini Syndrome play “Basement”:


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Website: www.geminisyndrome.com/
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LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Gemini+Syndrome

Necronomicon, Sons of Medusa, Dysphoria, Order Of Leviathan at Diamond Pub on July 14

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Jul 112014
 

There are those folks in town who just love European rock (Got that, Eddy?), so the show featuring the long-time German thrash metal band Necronomicon should be right up their alley. Necronomicon has fought through some tough times, both artistically with the demise of thrash metal and some legal battles with record labels that required them to forgo using the name for ten years. Nevertheless, the band remained together, and, with the resurrection of thrash in the early part of this century, they were soon enough back at it. Despite the label battles, the band has released three albums this century, the last, Invictus, in 2012. They’ll be at Diamond Pub on July 14, along with Sons of Medusa, Dysphoria and Order Of Leviathan, along with plenty of merch and albums old and new. Tickets are only $10.
Take a look at a new vidoe of “Unconquered”:

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Website: www.necronomicon.e
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NecronomiconMetal
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Necronomicon