New York City’s own, IKILLYA, recently wrapped up their first massive tour in support of their new record, “Vae Victis,” and left their mark on towns all over the States and Europe. With the new record and lineup finally being revealed to the masses, it was only fitting to end the tour back home in front of a packed venue of friends and fellow metal heads. So the date was set a few months back, and with some of the most exciting acts in the city, they delivered on all levels at The Studio At Webster Hall. Knowing what was in store with this lineup, there was heavy pre-drinking before the show, and I finally arrived right before the trio of bands that truly embody what the New York City scene has to offer.
Alekhine’s Gun has received our undying support for years, and it had been a while since they hit the stage. As the first note kicked in, they were back at home, and all hell broke loose. With Jessica dominating the stage as only she can, the band absolutely leveled the crowd with their powerful songs, and even threw in a new track that absolutely blew my mind. The energy of the venue exploded during their performance, and as always, they set the tone for a night unlike many here in the scene.
As Lies Beneath took the stage, it was obvious that the crowd was still amped from Alekhine’s Gun‘s set, and they kept the momentum going with full force. Their unique blend of modern metal is something fresh and exciting in the scene, and with their new material from their EP blaring through the speakers, it was evident that the future for this hard working band is very bright. With a melody of crushing breakdowns and neck breaking riffs, they left the stage to a huge ovation, and we knew we were only minutes away from the long awaited return of IKILLYA.
When it comes to live shows, IKILLYA never disappoints. I’ve seen them numerous times before, but this was the first time hearing the new material live with the new members, and holy shit did they deliver. As they stepped on the stage, the fans response was HUGE, and as they kicked into their first song, it was evident that they were there to leave their mark. From their new songs to their old classics, they performed a flawless set, and the pit was insanity the entire set. Whether it was breaking their necks to the riffs or screaming along with Jason’s lyrics, the interaction between the band and crowd was incredible, and they only left us wanting more.
So after many, many drinks and thrashing around all night, I have to say that this show truly blew my mind. These are three of my favorite bands on the planet, and to see them all in one night was a blessing, and a curse to my liver and neck at the same time. Do I regret the massive hangover? Hell no. Do I want to see these bands again very soon? HELL YES!
Check out photos from the insanity thanks to Max R. Sequeira below, along with new tracks from the bands below and support!