Anvil – Tickets – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO – April 1st, 2017



Night Demon, Grave Shadow, Dark Apostle

Sat, April 1, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Riot Room

Kansas City, MO

This event is 21 and over

Their 2009 documentary The Story Of Anvil has made them famous the world over, following seemingly endless years of energy-sapping tours de force marked by dismal organizational conditions. Their albums are considered landmarks among a musical genre which is otherwise successively losing its identity. Their recent release, Juggernaut Of Justice (2011), was a powerful and unrelenting thunderbolt of the first order. Now Canadian cult metal act Anvil are back with their new studio recording Hope In Hell. The album presents guitarist/vocalist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner and their bassist Sal Italiano in top form, highly dynamic and full of energy from the first to the last note. “We’re really proud and already love the new album just as much as our early releases from the beginning of the eighties, because Hope In Hell sounds like Anvil live on stage: natural, honest, unvarnished, never over-produced and straight from the heart.”

Which is hardly surprising since Hope In Hell was written and recorded following an 18-month world tour which took Anvil around the globe. “We hadn’t expected this kind of extensive tour when we brought out Juggernaut Of Justice,” Kudlow confesses. “Time just flew by. I could hardly believe it when I found myself in the studio again after the tour, ready to work on the next album. The reactions to Juggernaut Of Justice and the shows had been so positive that we had plenty of ideas and inspiration for new material.”

Kudlow is referring to typical Anvil tracks such as ‘Hope In Hell’, which the Anvil guitarist considers a logical continuation of legendary numbers like ‘Forged In Fire’, ‘Metal On Metal’ and ‘Plenty Of Power’. He also mentions ‘Eat Your Words’, according to Kudlow a “hybrid between ‘Jackhammer’ and ‘666’, in other words pure Anvil, like in our early days.” Pretty much the same applies to haunting new tracks like ‘The Fight Is Never Won’ and ‘Call Of Duty’, which present Anvil true to form. But there are also a number of real surprises on Hope In Hell: “A song like ‘Badass Rock’n’Roll’ with its rock’n’roll groove surprised even me”, Kudlow admits. “It shows our great respect for bands like AC/DC and Motörhead. I’m sure that all Anvil fans will love this song because it’s the best we’ve done in this direction.” ‘Mankind Machine’ sees Kudlow & Co. break new ground: never before has this band sounded so mechanical (like the title suggests). And never before has it sounded as oriented to the classic rock feel of the seventies as in ´Time Shows No Mercy´.

So Anvil are proud to present the kind of album that Anvil fans will love: no concessions to short-lived trends, no modern frills but traditional metal with lots of classic rock music elements. “What we do is totally timeless,” says Anvil’s frontman. “We’ve never tried to change our sound or experiment with trends and fashions. We live in our own world and have maintained our individuality and own identity.” Like Juggernaut Of Justice, Hope In Hell was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Airbourne, Alice Cooper) at the NRG Recording studios in North Hollywood, California, and brilliantly mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Malmsteen, Sepultura).
Night Demon
Night Demon
Hailing from the city of Ventura an hour north of Los Angeles, Night Demon is a classic metal trio comprising vocalist/bassist Jarvis Leatherby, guitarist Brent Woodward and drummer Dusty Squire. The band unites the three members’ musical inspirations and influences ranging from old-school metal greats such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Diamond Head, Angel Witch, Riot and Saxon to punk legends The Misfits. But whilst Night Demon’s music proudly exhibits these roots, it does so in a manner contemporary with modern time, and even in Night Demon’s short tenure as an active band since 2012, this quality has compelled first-time listeners to take notice and has made an indelible impact on them.

Night Demon released their self-titled debut EP in April 2013, consisting of four original compositions on CD and vinyl, and to coincide with their massively extensive Spring 2014 European tour (including appearances at Keep It True and Pounding Metal Fest), they put out an expanded edition of the EP with four additional tracks including three rare, obscure cover tunes Axe Crazy (Jaguar), Lightning To The Nations (Diamond Head) and Radar Love (Golden Earring; live version).

Spring 2014 also saw Night Demon successfully sign a European record deal with SPV/Steamhammer, and was soon followed by a signing with Century Media Records for North America (and the rest of the world excluding Europe). In Fall 2014, Night Demon embarked on an epic journey across North America with British metal legends Raven, and returned home from this 44-show, 9-week, 19000-mile run having established a strong first impression on old-school metalheads throughout the continent, turning Raven fans into Night Demon fanatics overnight. Also in 2014, Night Demon completed work on their debut full-length album ‘Curse Of The Damned’, featuring 11 brand new original tracks, and with its early 2015 worldwide release began the next chapter of the Demon's rapid rise.

In January 2015, Night Demon trekked a four-week winter US tour supporting Skull Fist and Elm Street, and this tour witnessed the debut of the band's new, enhanced live show which has since included their own manually operated lighting display, and the much-heralded on-stage appearance of their chalice-bearing reaper-esque mascot 'Rocky' every night. Audiences nationwide were mind-blown and held captive for life, further expanding the band's fan-base. The end of this tour was marked with a one-off gig opening for Eyehategod in Fresno CA. This added to the band's past high-profile gigs such as the three-show 2013 West Coast run with Diamond Head and Raven, and being personally invited by Glenn Danzig to be part of the Samhain reunion Los Angeles show in 2014.

The 2015 winter US tour was immediately followed by a comprehensive 10-week tour of Europe, wherein they played several excellently attended headline shows, appeared at the Metal Assault festival in Germany and the Very 'Eavy fest in the Netherlands, and played a handful of gigs with Dave Lombardo's Philm. After the completion of this run and a short three-week break at home, Night Demon set foot on a D.I.Y. spring/summer 2015 headline tour of their own through the United States, bringing their richest stage production and longest set lists for the viewing and listening pleasure of their legion of devoted fans.

Besides the unadulterated musicianship and exuberance of their original tunes, Night Demon’s strength lies in their live performance wherein they win new fans every time they take the stage, whether it’s Europe or North America. They have undoubtedly established themselves as seasoned musicians, powerful performers and unrelenting road warriors, and with hundreds of shows already under their belt, Night Demon is primed for endlessly extensive worldwide touring in the immediate and long-term future, and while they carry on with this conquest for global domination, they continue to compose face-melting, spellbinding new material.

Be on the lookout for Night Demon hitting a stage near you, and prepare yourselves to get down to the ritual!
Grave Shadow
Grave Shadow
Graveshadow is a 2016 “Sammie” winning (Sacramento News & Review) symphonic metal band from Sacramento, CA. Graveshadow was originally conceived in the winter of 2012 by rhythm guitarist, William Walker.The line-up features Walker along with vocalist Heather Michele, lead guitarist Matt Mitchell, keyboardist Valerie Hudak, drummer Roman Anderson, and bassist Ben Armstrong.

The Graveshadow sound is defined by crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, and earth shattering drums. Powerful operatic vocals shift into unearthly growls to create a rich and dynamic atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. Whether it is a tale of personal struggle or of fantastical creatures, the listener is sure to find themselves immersed in a world apart.

In the winter of 2014, the band signed with Jeff Keller (now with The Artery Foundation) for management representation after releasing their debut EP and opening for thrash legends, Flotsam and Jetsam (whom Keller manages). Shortly after this, the band began work on a full length album. Emil “Nightmare” Nodtveidt from the Swedish industrial metal band Deathstars (Nuclear Blast Records) was brought in to mix and master the recordings that were produced by Matt “Hazmatt” Thomas. Adding to this, powerhouse vocalist, Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear (Frontiers Records), was brought in to sing guest vocals on the Doctor Who inspired song “Blink”.

The band is poised and ready to leave a lasting impact within the metal community. With an electrifying stage show and a sound as large as the Dragons of Westeros, they are as talented as they are unforgettable.
Dark Apostle
Dark Apostle
Dark Apostle was formed in Spring 2009 by Advorsus (Lythos) and Blasphem (former Gravespawn). Early on we recruited drummer Jamie Serrano (Confined in Flesh) and began working on new material. In the Fall of '09, Serrano departed to focus on CIF. In June '10, drummer Arcus Lidius joined as the band's permanent drummer. The mayhem ensued when Dark Apostle began assaulting Topeka with live blasphemy in the fall of 2010. In Spring'11, DA entered the studio to record their debut: Arcane Omniscience (to be released in late summer). In May '11, DA recruited Nescantes Morimur (Rhinosaurus) as 2nd guitar player. Due to personal reasons, Nescantes resigned in July '12. So we begin the search for a new lead guitar player.
Venue Information:
The Riot Room
4048 Broadway
Kansas City, MO, 64111
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