By Mark Derricutt
Artist: Cripple Mr Onion
Date / Venue: Saturday July 30th, 2016 - Kings Arms, Auckland
Looking back over the many years of the New Zealand music scene, there's always been one band that keeps coming up recommendations when people learn of my rather eclectic tastes; and that's Cripple Mr Onion, however for one reason or another I'd never been able to catch them when ever they played, and then they fell silent.
That was until they resurfaced to announce "The Reemergence", a set of 4-5 tour dates before laying the band to rest permanently — finally I would be able to witness what song ( and now, myself ) as one of the best progressive metal bands from our local shores.
I was not disappointed.
The evening started as a horridly wet and stormy night, but that didn't stop anyone from turning out to the Kings Arms to witness Auckland's Helgorithms and Whanganui's Pull Down The Sun - two equally awesome bands with progressive, discordant bents.
So… The Onion - did they live up years or expectation? The tl;dr; is a whole hearted resounding "hell yes" - I'm more familiar with the band members more recent projects ( Dhawk, His Masters Voice ) so the calibre of musicianship was never in doubt, the style and songs however were all unknown to me - and it was a pure delight to watch vocalist Andy Woodd effortlessly switch between dual mics for vocoder/effects and growls/clean singing.
There's so many good things I could say about the show, the songs, the music, the… the…. but I think I'll just let the images speak for themselves….
US post hardcore pioneers Hawthorne Heights will play their first ever New Zealand show on Tuesday 5 September at Auckland’s Kings Arms.
By Mark Derricutt
Artist: Fleshgod Apocalypse
Date / Venue: Tuesday May 30th, 2017 - Kings Arms, Auckland
Sydney Based punk band Rust are on the bill at tonights PUNK IT UP Festival. Gray Vickers spoke with lead singer Garry Campbell. Listen to the interview tohear more of Garry's stories from the road, including how he acquired the coolest toilet seat ever (pictured). And get your ass off to the Kings Arms Tavern TONIGHT!!!!!
Hot off the heels of The Damned support slot, Leatherhead are ready to become part of this Saturday’s line up at the Kings Arms.
Two powerhouses of American doom metal, Windhand and Cough, are playing this Saturday night (April 1st) at the Kings Arms Tavern in Auckland.
The Raw Nerves have frayed and are now no longer able to perform at the second incarnation of Punk It Up. Fear not as Auckland’s four horsemen of the apocalypse Master Blaster have ridden into town to take their place.
By Poppy Tohill
Spelled as one word with no caps and a period at the end, letlive. have exploded all over again with the release of If I’m The Devil, one of the most intelligently crafted albums of 2016. With a busy year of touring the record throughout America and Europe behind them, the Los Angeles post-hardcore group are set to kickstart 2017 with their very first performance in New Zealand at Auckland’s Kings Arms on January 18.