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Fri, August 19th

7:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Dispatch & O.A.R. with G Love

Event Information

DISPATCH & O.A.R. Friday, August 19th, 2022 7:00 PM

LIVE NATION PRESENTS
DISPATCH & O.A.R.
G. LOVE

 

Location: Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford, NH

Website: https://www.banknhpavilion.com/?page=event_info&show_code=081922


Tue, August 23rd

6:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Jack White

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Cross Insurance Arena

Waterfront Concerts is proud to present Jack White's The Supply Chain Issues Tour live at Cross Insurance Arena on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 17th at 10AM EST. Visit waterfrontconcerts.com for more info.

 

Jack White has announced the first dates of The Supply Chain Issues Tour with shows in North America, Europe, and the United Kingdom. The tour produced by Live Nation -- which includes White’s first headline shows in four years -- will begin with two special FEAR OF THE DAWN album release shows on April 8 & 9, 2022 at Detroit’s Masonic Temple Theatre and continue through August 29 in Kansas City (full list of dates below). Third Man Records Vault Members will have access to first pre-sale tickets beginning Monday, December 13 at 10am local time. Additionally, Citi is the official card of Jack White’s Supply Chain Issues Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets for US shows beginning Tuesday, December 14 at 10am local time until Thursday, December 16 at 10pm local time through the Citi Entertainment program – for complete Citi presale details visit www.citientertainment.com. Fans can also register for a Thursday, December 16 pre-sale by saving “Taking Me Back” HERE. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am local time on Friday, December 17. A limited number of VIP packages will be available for each show as well (check ticket listings for details). For tickets and more information, visit https://jackwhiteiii.com/tour-dates/.

The tour will celebrate the upcoming release of two brand new Jack White albums; FEAR OF THE DAWN arrives everywhere via Third Man Records on April 8, 2022, and ENTERING HEAVEN ALIVE will follow on July 22, 2022. FEAR OF THE DAWN and ENTERING HEAVEN ALIVE are available for pre-order on vinyl and CD now. In addition to the standard black vinyl version of FEAR OF THE DAWN, five limited edition vinyl variants have been announced and are also available for pre-order. The variants include a midnight blue vinyl version with a screen printed jacket available to Third Man Records Vault Members in the Vault Novelties store, astronomical blue vinyl at select independent record stores, moon glow white vinyl at Target, and a split moon glow white & astronomical blue LP with an 11”x11” screen printed poster and Third Man Records compilation CD at Rough Trade Records. An exclusive slip mat is also available with the album only at Urban Outfitters. Details on digital pre-orders for both albums and vinyl variants for ENTERING HEAVEN ALIVE will be announced at a later date.

 

WHAT IS A “PHONE-FREE SHOW”? Just as it sounds. No phones allowed in the performance space. An unplugged, real life experience. HOW DOES IT WORK? Upon arrival at the venue, Yondr (the phone-pouching company we’ve hired to do this) will have staff available to help you put your phone in a lockable pouch which you keep throughout the night. If the option is available, we highly encourage you to print your tickets at home or bring the physical ticket with you. WHAT IF I HAVE AN EMERGENCY AND NEED TO ACCESS MY PHONE? You can unlock your phone from the pouch at any time by going to the clearly-marked Phone Use Areas located in the lobby or the concourse. See any usher or Yondr staff if you need help finding it. WHAT ABOUT CASHLESS BARS OR MERCH SELLERS? We highly recommend you bring a physical credit card just in case you can’t access your phone at the bar or merch area. WHAT IF I WANT TO POST PHOTOS OR VIDEOS OF THE SHOW ON MY SOCIALS? We can help with that. Our tour photographer will post live photos and videos every night at jackwhiteiii.com and on Instagram @officialjackwhite. Download content from the site or repost from Jack’s IG. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS & IS IT MANDATORY? After creating these phone-free experiences for the last couple of tours, we’re convinced this makes for a better show for everyone involved. Our eyes open a bit wider and our senses are slightly more heightened when we lose the technology crutch we’ve become accustomed to. And yes, it’s a non-negotiable deal (although medical exemptions are made for those who rely on their phones for their treatment).

 

All fans 5 years of age or older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least two weeks after final dose) and provide proof of vaccination (i.e. original vaccination card or a copy of vaccination card), or have received a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test within 48-hours before entry to the facility and provide proof of negative result to security prior to entering the venue. 

Unvaccinated fans under 5 years of age will be required to take a COVID-19 diagnostic test within 48-hours before entry to the facility and provide proof of negative result to security prior to entering the venue. 

TERMS

ALL AGES | NO CHAIRS
NO POSTERS | NO Reentry | NO weapons | NO outside food & beverages
NO Backpacks | Point and Shoot CAMERAS ONLY | NO recorders

COVID 19:

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By visiting our establishment, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

CLEAR BAG POLICY | NO Purses over 8" x 5" x 2"

 

MORE INFO HERE

 

Location: Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, Maine

Website: https://www.waterfrontconcerts.com/event/jack-white-cross-insurance-arena-08-23-2022


Sun, September 11th

7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Daniel Tosh

Sunday, September 11

Merrill Auditorium

COVID RESTRCITIONS: NONE

Waterfront Concerts is proud to present Daniel Tosh on his Leaves and Lobster Tour live at Merrill Auditorium on Sunday, September 11th.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 29 at 10AM EST

TERMS

ALL AGES | NO CHAIRS
NO POSTERS | NO Reentry | NO weapons | NO outside food & beverages
NO Backpacks | Point and Shoot CAMERAS ONLY | NO recorders

COVID 19:

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By visiting our establishment, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

CLEAR BAG POLICY | NO Purses over 8" x 5" x 2"

 

MORE INFO HERE

 

Location: Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine

Website: https://www.waterfrontconcerts.com/event/daniel-tosh-merrill-auditorium-09-11-2022


Tue, September 13th

8:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Apocalyptica with Leprous and Wheel

Apocalyptica

Cell-0 Tour

with Leprous, Wheel

Tue, September 13, 2022

State Theatre

Doors: 7:00pm - Show: 8:00pm - all ages

 

$40, $35, $30 - reserved seating

The State Theatre box office will open 1 hour before doors night of show.

Effective April 1, the State Theatre will no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for patrons attending performances & events unless required by Artist, in which case we will post the requirement on the individual event page. Masks are optional unless required by Artist. It is important to check each event’s individual event page for updated COVID entry protocols before coming to the venue.

CLICK HERE for our full Health & Safety policy.

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Apocalyptica

“Cell-0 represents the core of everything. For us it is a particle that symbolizes the essence of all. That is to say, where everything comes from and where everything ends up…”
– Eicca Toppinen – Apocalyptica (cellist and founding member)

Apocalyptica are true explorers, always seeking new frontiers and uncharted territories in which to express themselves. With Cell-0, their 9th studio album, the ambitious and electric quartet have not simply returned to their non-vocal roots, they have traveled deeper and further into the universe of instrumental music than ever before. That first love and passion which fueled Apocalyptica to form during 1993 in Helsinki now carries richer layers of knowledge and experience, which in turn have led to the band to a fundamental realization and creative path.
“We wanted to challenge ourselves to find further flavours in the cello itself,” says cellist Perttu Kivilaakso “had we found them all? Had we explored every corner to find them?”

“We went about creating Cell-0 as a full piece of art and not thinking about singles or ‘the timing of singles’ or anything like that,” continues Eicca “it’s challenging to get all the details and colours right and still have the energy of being a real metal cello band.” continues Eicca, who like Perttu and fellow cellist Paavo Lötjönen graduated from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki “So that was the main goal for us when doing this album, to have those two very different worlds connecting to each other in a stronger, more explorative way than ever before.”

The genesis for Cell-0’s creation arrived as Apocalyptica were busy revisiting their initial breakthrough turf on tour. During 2018’s 20th anniversary tour celebrating their genre-breaking debut album Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos, the importance and potential of their roots started to take on deeper proportions.

“We found that these concentrated instrumental events helped us to find ourselves better than on other albums,” explains Perttu, “this ‘real’ connection between the cello and the audience was renewed, and made us want to both self-produce and lure ourselves to find the real core of why we began and why we started. I think it is braver and more progressive in terms of the writing.

As the band began their journey at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, it was clear that such discoveries were not going to come easily. Yet afforded the freedom to explore and create without the constraints of format or schedule, Apocalyptica were invigorated by the process.
“On Cell-0 you can clearly hear that we did not take the easiest path,” chuckles Eicca, “when we might’ve thought something was good, we’d then say it wasn’t great, kick it out and work at it again. And that’s been the tool for us to develop the songwriting, the arrangement, the production, every aspect of making this album. It’s a hard process to be in the studio for a couple of months and keep on challenging yourselves every day for twelve hours a day, but that stamina is something you learn in your career. Some bands get lazy and just release albums that don’t bring anything new to the table, that’s not our way of working.”

In pushing themselves to find other places and levels in their music, Apocalyptica opened up to some seemingly unorthodox methods and emotions to travel through the creative process. The result is an album which engages the listener in a myriad of feelings and emotions ranging from the raging thrash of ‘En Route To Mayhem’ to the ethereal shroud of ‘Ashes Of The Modern World’ and the cinematic scope of ‘Call My Name’, something the band were hoping would happen.

“It is tough to express without lyrics, but in Cell-0 we found particles of our universe previously unknown to us.” explains Perttu “Millions of notes combine to create music just as millions of cells combine to create life, and when you visualize the whole thing, similar patterns appear. When you look at symphonic sheet music, it looks similar to starry skies, and when I look up at the sky and see the stars, I also see them as potential notes. There are people suffering, and people not treating our planet properly, so there is anxiety at the state of the world. Many of the songs on Cell-0 refer to the blindness and greed of humanity and what we should be doing. We discussed during the writing that this was a very important series of emotions and observations to express, especially with regards to ignorance. I started to believe that human ignorance should be treated as a deadly sin, as it is behind so much of the bad stuff currently around us.”

“Writing music, at least for me, is about filtering experiences through your personality,” furthers Eicca, who found himself listening to old favourites like Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Gojira in and around the time of co-creating Cell-0. “I start to play something, develop it and then just transfer my own emotions into the music. It varies a lot depending on the mood. These songs have so many layers, and are so complex, it’s not always easy to point out exactly what they are about. But I think that’s also the beauty of instrumental music, that the listener always can feel free to experience the same songs in very, very different ways. It’s also one reason why we don’t want to explain the songs before they’re experienced.”

Apocalyptica worked with renowned producer and engineer Andrew Scheps, who has worked with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Metallica and Black Sabbath among others. He mixed the album at Monnow Valley Studios in South Wales, UK, and the band couldn’t be happier with the results.

“We’ve admired Andrew’s work for a long time, and he brought essential clarity to the mix.” says Perttu “Mixing cellos creates more problems than any other instrument with any other band. We all play the same instrument, all in the same register, and this time with Andrew, we found perfect balance and clarity between us all. It has left us more than excited to experiment with these songs live.”

Apocalyptica’s Cell-0 live renditions will commence on January 17th 2020 when they head out as special guests to Sabaton for a European tour, before the band develop more comprehensive headlining plans. At once a smorgasbord, symphony and crushing metallic masterpiece, Cell-0 shows a band at the very peak of its unique and magical compositional powers.

“We will be planning the full Cell-0 tour to be at the next level in terms of how we frame our performances,” promises Eicca “because as you can probably guess, we don’t know any other way.”

Location: State Theatre, Portland, Maine

Website: https://statetheatreportland.com/events/apocalyptica/


Tue, September 13th

7:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Ghost with Mastodon & Spirit Box

GHOST IMPERATOUR

With Special Guest Mastodon and Opener Spiritbox

SEP 13TUESDAY

7:00 PM

BUY TICKETS 

Due to HIGH levels of COVID-19 community transmission in Penobscot County, ALL visitors must wear a face covering while inside the Cross Insurance Center for all upcoming Arena and/or Convention Center events. Masks will be available upon entry. At this time, we are NOT requiring proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test. We reserve the right to do Temperature Checks and/or not grant access to any guest(s) that are demonstrating COVID-like symptoms.
For updates on this, please continue to check our website, our social media channels, or call 207-561-8300. Thank you for your understanding & cooperation. Please get vaccinated and let’s keep Mainers safe!


Accumulating well over a billion streams, the GRAMMY-winning Swedish theatrical rock band, GHOST, continues to bring the “euphoric spectacle”(ROLLING STONE) of its live shows to ever-growing and increasingly impassioned crowds. Ghost will continue to elevate and reaffirm its status as one of the world’s most esteemed and celebrated creative forces at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine on September 13, 2022.

GHOST will be joined by special guest Mastodon and opener Spiritbox.

All in all, the most current and topical Ghost subject matter to date is set against a hypnotic and darkly colorful melodic backdrop making their new album, IMPERA, a listen like no other—yet unmistakably, quintessentially Ghost.

Location: Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, ME

Website: https://www.crossinsurancecenter.com/event/ghost-imperatour/


Fri, September 16th

8:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Henry Rollins

Friday, 16 September 2022 Portland, ME

  • 8:00 PM Show Time
  • 7:00 PM Door Time
  • 16, JUN 10:00 AM On Sale
  • 20 STANDARD TICKET

BUY TICKETS 

BUY PARKING

 

Location: Aura, Portland, Maine

Website: https://auramaine.com/event/091622/


Fri, September 16th

7:00 PM - 6:00 PM

SHINEDOWN with Jelly Roll & John Harvie

 

SHINEDOWN Friday, September 16th, 2022 7:00 PM

LIVE NATION PRESENTS
SHINEDOWN
JELLY ROLL
JOHN HARVIE
PLANET ZERO WORLD TOUR

 

 Extra Information 

Parking Opens: 4:30 PM
Doors Open: 5:30 PM

Location: Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford, NH

Website: http://www.banknhpavilion.com/?page=event_info&show_code=091622


Sat, September 17th

6:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Five Finger Death Punch with Megadeth, The HU and Fire From the Gods

Saturday September 17th

Maine Savings Amphitheater, Bangor

Waterfront Concerts is excited to announce the return of Five Finger Death Punch with special guests Megadeth, The HU, and Fire From the Gods to the Maine Savings Amphitheater, as part of the Varney Insurance Concert Series on Saturday, September 17! 

Tickets on sale this Friday, April 15 at 10AM EST at waterfrontconcerts.com or ticketmaster.com.

 

Today, multi-platinum hard rock powerhouse Five Finger Death Punch released “AfterLife,” the title track from their highly anticipated forthcoming new studio album. The band’s longtime collaborator Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach, Skillet) helmed the producer duties of the ninth and arguably most diverse record of the band. 

“AfterLife” is now available to stream and download across platforms HERE

The track’s release coincides with the band’s announcement today of their upcoming 2022 North American headlining tour presented by Live Nation, kicking off in Portland, Oregon on August 19th. The tour will span over 30 dates, closing out on October 15 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The band will be joined on tour by rock icons Megadeth, with additional support from The HU, and Fire From The Gods, promising an intense multi-faceted night of heavy rock music. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, April 15th at 10am local time at FiveFingerDeathPunch.com. A portion of ticket sales will go to charity, for which further details will be revealed in the near future.  

Coinciding with today’s announcement, 5FDP is also launching the official Five Finger Death Punch Fan Club. Fans joining will have exclusive first access to presale tickets before anyone else starting today at 10am local time. The Fan Club is available as a stand-alone app in the Apple, Android and Google Play app stores and is both a community for the most diehard fans, as well as the official one-stop shop for the latest 5FDP news. Premium Members of the Fan Club will receive numerous additional perks throughout the year.

One of the most successful rock acts in modern music, Five Finger Death Punch have been hard at work in the studio over the past year writing and recording the follow-up to their 2020 album F8. The album, produced by Kevin Churko, debuted at #1 on Rock charts around the world with top 10 mainstream chart debuts in the USA, Austria, Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and more. It produced four #1 hit singles with “Inside Out,” “A Little Bit Off,” “Living The Dream,” and “Darkness Settles In,” the latter of which saw the band tie the record for most consecutive #1’s on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay Chart with seven chart-toppers in-a-row with Disturbed. The band has amassed over 8 billion streams and 3 billion video views to date and have sold over one million tickets between 2018 and 2020 alone. 

5FDP is also venturing into the film space, with their appearance in the upcoming horror-thriller film THE RETALIATORS, a Better Noise Films production, which is set for a fall 2022 theatrical and streaming release. The band appears both onscreen and on the film’s original soundtrack, alongside some of the biggest names in rock: Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach, Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills, From Ashes to New, The HU, All Good Things, and more. This past August, the movie had its WORLD PREMIERE at Arrow Video FrightFest in London. Its North American premiere took place at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles as the OPENING NIGHT film for ScreamFest, where the production took home an award for Best Make-Up and earned itself rave reviews, with a rare rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, which it still maintains today.

 

ABOUT FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have amassed 25 top 10 hit singles and 12 #1 singles. Having become one of the most recognizable names in music, 5FDP frequently play all major festivals and sell out arenas around the world. Since their debut album, The Way of the Fist came out in 2007 the band has released seven consecutive albums that were certified Gold or Platinum by the RIAA, as well as two chart topping Greatest Hits albums. In addition, 5FDP has earned numerous national and international awards and honors over the last decade, such as the prestigious Soldier Appreciation Award by the Association Of The United States Army, an honor bestowed upon only one other recording artist before them: Elvis Presley. 

 

ABOUT MEGADETH

MEGADETH have taken their place as one of metal’s most influential and respected acts, and that vitality and excitement has only grown in recent years. Having sold over 38 million albums worldwide, the band’s most recent album, 2016’sDystopia, earned MEGADETH their first GRAMMY® Award (for “Best Metal Performance” for the title track “Dystopia), and charted #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock and #3 on the Top 200 (beating or matching the highest chart numbers of the band’s career), while landing on Top Ten Metal Albums of the Year on Rolling Stone, Revolver and many others. MEGADETH are slated to release their 16th studio album, “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead” this year. 

Having recently toured North America as co-headliners of Metal Tour of the Year, and joined Five Finger Death Punch in a full European tour in 2020, MEGADETH are primed and ready to crush North America alongside Five Finger Death Punch again this fall.

 

ABOUT THE HU

In 2019, an NPR story put a spotlight on “a band from Mongolia that blends the screaming guitars of heavy metal and traditional Mongolian guttural singing,” accurately highlighting the cultural importance and unique musical identity of The HU. Founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, The HU, comprised of producer Dashka along with members Gala, Jaya, Temka, and Enkush, are a modern rock group rooted in the tradition of their homeland. The band’s name translates to the Mongolian root word for human being, and their unique approach blends instruments like the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp) and throat singing with contemporary sounds, creating a unique sonic profile that they call “Hunnu Rock.”

Their debut album, 2019 ‘s The Gereg, debuted at #1 on the World Album and Top New Artist Charts. With it, the band have accumulated over 250 million combined streams and video views to date and have received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, NPR, GQ, The Guardian, The Independent, Revolver, and even Sir Elton John himself.

Proving their global appeal, The HU have sold out venues across the world in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, with scheduled festival appearances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Download Festival, and more, creating a community of fans from all walks of life. They quickly grabbed the attention of the industry, leading to collaborations with Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm. And most recently, the band received praise from fans and critics for their Mongolian rendition of Metallica’s “Sad But True,” which Metallica themselves acknowledged on their social media accounts, seemingly giving the band their official seal of approval. The band has also explored eclectic ways to reach audiences with their sound, most notably writing and recording music for EA Games’ Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Readying their next chapter as a global force, The HU are putting the finishing touches on their highly anticipated sophomore album, which is due for a global release later this year from Better Noise Music. The project will include a selection of tracks that were premiered live on the band’s critically acclaimed North American tour at the end of 2021, coinciding with their appearance on Metallica’s 2021 retrospective covers album The Metallica Blacklist, alongside other high-profile guest artists like Miley Cyrus, Chris Stapleton, Phoebe Bridgers, J Balvin, St. Vincent, and so many more. The HU’s forthcoming 2022 headlining tour will kick off with a special set at Coachella this April.

 

 

ABOUT FIRE FROM THE GODS

For some artists making music isn't a choice, it's fueled by something larger than themselves. This is undoubtedly true of Fire From The Gods whose second full-length American Sun sees them adopting the tagline “In Us We Trust” meaning “we the people” are responsible for change; a unifying statement in order to try to prevent society from succumbing to the growing malaise brought on by soul-sucking technology, divisive politics and environmental destruction. “With this record what we're trying to drive home is that our differences and where we are from doesn't need to define who we are moving forward,” frontman AJ Channer explains. “Like [2016's] Narrative I'm telling the story from my perspective, but it's a story that people from all walks of life can relate to in the sense that we all face the same challenges... and the only way to conquer them is if we face them together.”

Fire From The Gods have experienced their share of ups and downs since the Austin, Texas-based act released their David Bendeth-produced (Breaking Benjamin, Paramore) debut three years ago. Since then, the band—which also features drummer Richard Wicander, guitarists Drew Walker and Jameson Teat and bassist Bonner Baker—have toured incessantly with acts like Sevendust and Of Mice & Men, played festivals ranging from the Vans Warped Tour to the country’s largest Rock festival, Rock On The Range, re-released their debut as The Narrative Untold featuring new songs produced by Jonathan Davis of Korn and spread their message to fans all over the world. However instead of resting on their laurels, the act doubled down on their message with American Sun, their first album after signing with juggernauts Better Noise (fka Eleven Seven Music Group). “I think this record is a lot more personal because I've become a lot more open about who I am and what I've had to deal with,” Channer explains. Channer spent his childhood shuffling between London, New York, Los Angeles, Norfolk and Ghana, giving him a unique perspective on the world, however the issues that he's dealt with such as anxiety, depression, anger, rejection and loss are universal.

 

TERMS

ALL AGES | NO CHAIRS
NO POSTERS | NO Reentry | NO weapons | NO outside food & beverages
NO Backpacks | Point and Shoot CAMERAS ONLY | NO recorders

COVID 19:

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By visiting our establishment, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

CLEAR BAG POLICY | NO Purses over 8" x 5" x 2"

 

MORE INFO HERE

 

Location: Maine Savings Amphitheater, Bangor, Maine

Website: https://www.waterfrontconcerts.com/event/five-finger-death-punch-maine-savings-amphitheater-09-17-2022


Wed, September 28th

6:50 PM - 6:00 PM

Testament with Exodus and Death Angel

Testament

The Bay Strikes Back Tour

with Exodus, Death Angel

Wed, September 28, 2022

State Theatre

Doors: 6:00pm - Show: 6:50pm - all ages

 

$30 advance
$35 day of show

The State Theatre box office will open 1 hour before doors night of show.

Effective April 1, the State Theatre will no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for patrons attending performances & events unless required by Artist, in which case we will post the requirement on the individual event page. Masks are optional unless required by Artist. It is important to check each event’s individual event page for updated COVID entry protocols before coming to the venue.

CLICK HERE for our full Health & Safety policy.

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Testament

The time has arrived for TESTAMENT to unleash new thunder to the masses and reveal their thirteenth studio album: Titans OF Creation. Just as the elements of this planet thrive within all living creatures, each musician in TESTAMENT represents a necessary component of this latest musical endeavor. Still filled with a massive and unstoppable energy since their last release, TESTAMENT has taken their style to the next level and present an album that is loyal to the roots of traditional thrash metal while still bringing alluring, brilliant, and progressive ingredients to the table. Bass is showcased, new vocals are introduced, and as expected, the guitarwork of Peterson and Skolnick is greatly complex and mesmerizing.

Eliran Kantor stepped up once again to create a new piece of artwork for the cover of this release. His classic, almost Renaissance style of painting melds beautifully with the ancient, psychological, and enlightened subject matter of the songs. Three monstrous titans stand in the place where the planets are formed. One pours molding liquid which the others hammer into human DNA, twisting and turning into the ring of a newborn planet. Each titan has the flame of a dying star burning in their chest; the origin of the atoms making up the bodies that are bubbling and boiling on the curves of the spiraling helix.

Titans OF Creation has many moods and material contained within; all of which somehow tie into a common philosophy of creation and its necessary counterpart: destruction. “Children Of The Next Level” smashes through the gates as the opening track with a flood of sound that prepares the listener for an abundance of violent thrash. Meanwhile, the lyrics rage about the outrageous philosophies of the Heaven’s Gate cult (founded in 1974).

Songs like “Dream Deceiver” carry more old school sound that will tickle the senses of any common TESTAMENT fan. The lyrics describe being trapped in a dream by an otherworldly female force who is slowly working to degrade the mind. Dreams are part of existence, but when we are asleep we are entirely vulnerable; one of the many mysteries of being human. “Someone’s haunting you and won’t leave you alone; the only time they pick at you is at night when they can control the way you sleep,” describes vocalist Chuck Billy.

“Night of the Witch” features frightening and captivating vocals from Eric Peterson. Carrying a vibe far more akin to Black Metal, Peterson swoops in with a power that melds perfectly with Billy’s ground shaking, guttural growls. Taking some influence from Robert Egger’s 2015 horror masterpiece “The VVitch: A New England Folktale,” the song carries with it a magical quality that directly reflects the mood of the film. At the very end of the track, a theremin howls through the air much like witches rising towards the moon; setting the final tone. “The album has a lot about it that’s fresh to the ear,” explains Peterson.

Written by guitarist Alex Skolnick, “Symptoms” is filled with detailed with intricate guitar work that well represents the complicated and spellbinding journey that comes along with handling depression, mood swings, and a countless list of mental health frustrations. The lyrics in this song discuss a sad truth: that mental illness is more common than we all think, and than many of us are willing to acknowledge. On a lighter note, a vibrant track entitled “The Healers” swings back and forth between waves of death and thrash, heavy and melodic, light and dark. The words are spiritual, and extremely personal. They describe Billy’s own experience dealing with all natural medicine men; the elders of the earth, and how they managed to help him pinpoint and heal his past illness. “City Of Angels” comes bearing an entirely new sound for TESTAMENT. The creeping sludgieness and slow, stalking tempo, walk hand in hand with the almost unbelievably gruesome tale of the Nightstalker Richard Ramierz, all combining to form another stand-out track on the record.

In 2020 the days of writing an album all together in one room are far gone, but to be able to take advantage of technology allows for TESTAMENT to go about a very similar writing process to what they always have. Basic songs are molded, structures are added by everyone in the group, instrumentals are highlighted, and finally the lyrics and vocals are created to finalize the sonic story. Facetime and human on human contact still remain crucial elements to TESTAMENT’s song writing process and at some point throughout, every member physically interacts and writes with one another. In between writing this album, the band toured relentlessly which allowed for less stress, more time in between, and greater inspiration for this album cycle. There was also plenty of anxiety-free and level-headed time for pre-production and the initial recording process with Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios. Andy Sneap was then able to tweak, mix, and master this album to his usual perfection.

TESTAMENT’s process of creation has evolved and progressed yet they’ve remained steadfast over the course of literal decades. While always managing to present the genuine aspects of thrash metal that solidify their existence, they spread into unique horizons through developing crisp and fascinating sounds.

Exodus

For thousands of years the word EXODUS has been used to describe a massive human migration; embarking upon an epic journey and change filled with such power that the earth itself shakes upon its commencement. All such grand exploits begin with a soft awareness for what truly lies beyond, yet 4 decades ago EXODUS had no way of knowing the extent to which their band would rise, conquer, trip up, and rise again. The formation of the beast we now call EXODUS began in Richmond California 1979, and although many started their journey as fans a few years down the line, there is no debating that the early 80’s was a time for major growth in the world of Thrash Metal, especially in the Bay Area of California. Being only kids at the time, all just learning to use their instruments, Tom Hunting, Kirk Hammett, Tim Agnello, and Keith Stewart began covering classic rock, punk rock, and Iron Maiden songs at backyard birthday parties. The less technologically inclined, music sharing, tape trading ways of the 70’s were still in full force and it was this striving for the acquisition of new sound that fiercely fueled the band’s tenacity to learn, play, and eventually write.

Although Kirk Hammett famously left the band before their genre defining debut, “BONDED BY BLOOD,” Guitarist and lead writer Gary Holt had become a deep rooted foundation in the band, in 1982 EXODUS added the unparalleled, and infamous voice of the now tragically deceased Paul Baloff, solidifying their sound and putting what would become one of the most infamous Thrash albums of all time, on the map. “We were living for heavy metal, it was rad. It was a great time to be alive” remembers Gary Holt. With a new and semi-solid line up of Hunting, Holt, Baloff, Hunolt, and McKillop, “BONDED BY BLOOD” was finally released to the world in 1985. The importance of this album, and its influence on all the heavy metal composers that we have grown to love and respect today, can never be understated for both fans, and the guys in the band. “A lot of bands hit their peak a couple albums in, we busted right out the gates with this face melting, thrash masterpiece,” Holt recalls, “that first time when the shipment came in, and I opened the box, and I was holding that BONDED BY BLOOD vinyl in my hands… that’s a feeling you’ll never replicate. That’s pretty amazing.” In 1987, the release of their second full length album “Pleasures Of The Flesh” was preceded by Baloff leaving, and current lead vocalist Steve Zetro Souza joining the band and solidifying his place as the voice of EXODUS. 8 more studio albums would follow, and through more member switches, time off, family illness, and even death would try to interfere with the progression of the band, they still exist, write music, and garner respect as true royalty in today’s kingdom of heavy metal.

Now celebrating 40 years as a band, truly looking back and reflecting upon the massive history of EXODUS can reignite some wildly significant memories. “What stands out most to me was getting to play our first tour with Venom in 1985, and then going to Europe with them afterwards,” reflects founder and drummer Tom Hunting. “Being 19-20 years old with a double decker bus, traveling the world with no real concept of time or budget, we were just like ‘wow, this is awesome.’” This small town California band saw an entirely new world when they began networking and globetrotting with their idols. They came into opportunity and experience that would forever catapult their career. “Over in Europe, playing the Dynamo Festival for the first time in 1989 in front of what must have been 20,000 people watching us… that was life changing,” says Hunting.

Currently, the EXODUS lineup is comprised of: Tom Hunting on Drums, Gary Holt on Guitar, Lee Altus on Guitar, Jack Gibson on Bass, and Steve “Zetro” Souza as lead vocalist. All these years and EXODUS still boast a similar writing process to what they started out with. Although technology has made it so that the recording and mixing processes are less time consuming, the main change is really just that “[they] respect what [they] do a lot more,” states Hunting. “We’ve humbled ourselves to the journey and consider ourselves lucky to do what we do, but our creative process is still the same. Basically drums, guitar concepts; those are the starting point. After the music begins to take place we all process it and write together. When we were kids it was about the party. Now that we’re men, we’re in it more for the journey.” “To this day I still write a riff the way I did in the beginning,” explains Holt. “I write to make myself happy and I’m still always looking for that sick, brutal ass riff; it hasn’t changed. I kinda stick with my guns on how I do things.” With Holt just finishing up his world famous final run with SLAYER, the supportive network of friends and musicians that is EXODUS patiently await fully re-submerging themselves into a new record. With new ideas and riffs already in the works, not only can these masters of metal assure us upcoming new music, but an abundance of world-wide touring is inevitable. “I can’t tell you how long it’ll go on,” says Hunting, “the fuse is definitely shorter. We’re obviously closer to where it ends than where it started… but we’ll take it one record at a time. As long as we feel good about what we’re doing, there’s good things happening right now in this genre of music, and we want to be a part of that. A lot of bands want to retire but that’s not us. The potential for our next record could be career defining. We’re taking our time and not rushing any songs.”

Regardless of how us metalheads may see it, Heavy Metal will forever be one of the more niche genres in the music industry. Longevity is the key here; to have reigned for over 40 years and created 10 unique, game changing, full length albums amidst the even smaller bailiwick of Thrash Metal. EXODUS not only remain unwavering in their delivery, but in their strength and progression as a successful and unique sonic endeavour that make your every bone rattle and your blood churn in the best of ways.

Death Angel

Ascending from the depths, the almighty DEATH ANGEL return to offer their latest, energy fueled masterpiece: »Humanicide.« A return to the wolves alongside a survivalist pack mentality are what fuel the powerful themes erupting from these fresh metal anthems. In a modern capitalist society where selfishness reigns and communal help and survival are things of the past, DEATH ANGEL produces sounds and symbols that point out the truths of attempting to exist safely in the present day. The title itself describes a plain in which humans, after generations of violence, regression, and hate, have finally extinguished themselves into dust. The wasteland they left behind is populated only by those creatures that passionately depend on their pack for survival: the wolves. Gnashing their teeth and struggling to survive in an abandoned world, the wolves are back and galloping fiercely across the cover of the album. Adorned in the war skins of their enemies and the creatures they’ve killed together in order to survive, the powerful messages of the songs can be seen in Brent Elliott White’s fantastic piece of art.

Much like the beasts on the album cover, the writing process for DEATH ANGEL has remained airtight and continued to amplify throughout the years. The fundamental structures of the songs are created, and it’s through the ultimate feel of these vibrations that emotions and lyrics eventually begin to adhere themselves to specific sounds. The songs are then massaged and encouraged until a complete record is conceived. “I have a system as far as songwriting goes,” explains guitarist Rob Cavestany, “I’ve just sort of evolved to what works best for me these days. It starts with riffs and various ideas I’ve compiled as I feel creative here and there, lots of notes; musical, lyrical, conceptual you name it. I start it out, catch a vibe, see what I like, and just start crafting away. By the time I give skeletons of songs to Mark to work on vocals, they’re pretty close to what they’re gonna be. If I really feel strongly about something I’ll write the lyrics to the song. After creating the initial demo of a song at my home studio (Spiderville in Oakland) then I get together with Will to work on beats & grooves and record live drums. Then, record Damien who comes up with most of his own bass lines. After that is when Mark gets the ‘demo tape’ to work out lyrics. All this is part of ‘pre-production’ that I do myself before the producer even hears a note. Then we do it all over again including Ted throwing in some solos of his own. It’s an old school process of recording demos as a ‘rough draft’ and making the appropriate improvements on the actual album.” After so many decades in the game, it’s no surprise this band has crafted a songwriting technique that still requires sweat, blood, and tears, but that is entirely efficient. “Absolute trust,” says singer Mark Osegueda, “we’ve grown, and there’s a duality to our respect… we’ve become tighter than ever as writing partners, for sure. There’s a connection with us that just works.”

For the 4th album cycle in a row, DEATH ANGEL returned to their producer and friend Jason Suecof of Audiohammer Studios for the recording and mixing, along with the mastering of the legendary Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound who added the final touches and brought it all to life. Working closely with Jason throughout every step of it, the band is able to make sure that the finalizing of the music’s sound is closely intertwined with every idea that went into its genesis. “We love the sound he gets. With his style of production and our organic style of thrash… that marriage [is] visceral. He’s very contemporary, but still raw,” explains Osegueda, and “he pulls the heavy out,” Cavestany affirms.

As usual, DEATH ANGEL has maintained their throne in the universe of thrash while still managing to remain progressive in their style. They apply a wide variety of different elements to their music, always pushing to add newness to their sound. This time around they’ve included everything from acoustic bits, to guest musicians, to even (for the first time) the notes of a piano. All 10 songs flow seamlessly yet each leaves its own distinct impression. The first single and title track ‘Humanicide’ triumphantly represents the entirety of the album, immediately energizing the listener. Osegueda remarks: “I wanted to write something that metal fans could really grasp onto. Something dark and intense, that still makes sense. Right now I think it’s so apparent that the earth is in a sickened state.”

The track entitled ‘The Pack’ flows through with an uplifting mood. Its positive lyrics are a tribute to DEATH ANGEL fans everywhere. With a loyal fan club of the same name, Cavestany thought it was important to write a song not just for their fans, but for heavy metal and music lovers the worldover. “The song has a very anthemic feel, it’s a fist pumping-festival type of vibe,” Cavestany explains. DEATH ANGEL, like any artist, are a creative entity with their own particular place in the world, but one of the most momentous influences behind it all is the love and admiration they carry for their fans.

To round it all out the band reflects some of their many inspirations in songs like ‘I Came For Blood.’ Its thrashy, punky, rock ‘n’ roll type of vibe keeps the album’s invincible energy on path to an insanely enjoyable cycle of music. Osegueda explains: “It’s about the power of music and how the right something gives you that feel; that me against the world ideal. You have to be willing to fight for your beliefs, and take no prisoners when pursuing your dreams!”

To say ‘being busy’ is in DEATH ANGEL’s future is a grand understatement. With over three decades invested in their substantial career, the band is ripe with vigor and ready to perform their new offerings to the world. North American tours, European tours and festivals, and eventually more records are assured, with the loyalty and solidity of their pack truly unwavering. DEATH ANGEL designed »Humanicide« not just for listening pleasure but to awaken the mind and fuel positive ideals. In a world where societal pain is often times too great to stand, the most potent defense we have is to hold fast to our convictions, defend the weak, and open our minds to sensibilities that will be the true key to our survival in this era of the damned.

Location: State Theatre, Portland, Maine

Website: https://statetheatreportland.com/events/testament/


Sat, October 8th

7:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Greta Van Fleet

GRETA VAN FLEET

 

Saturday, October 8

Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, ME

TERMS

ALL AGES | NO CHAIRS
NO POSTERS | NO Reentry | NO weapons | NO outside food & beverages
NO Backpacks | Point and Shoot CAMERAS ONLY | NO recorders

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By visiting our establishment, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

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Location: Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, ME

Website: https://www.waterfrontconcerts.com/event/greta-van-fleet-cross-insurance-center-10-08-2022