Article By: Leanne Ridgeway
On March 8th, Blacklight Media Records will present its first-ever label showcase, with six bands of the Blacklight family. Hosted by Jose Mangin, the showcase will take place at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.
The Showcase will feature Blacklight Media artists GOZU, GOOD TIGER, MOTHER FEATHER, ONI, and EYES OF THE SUN as well as very special guest headliner, Metal Blade Records recording artists CANDIRIA!
Tickets went on sale Friday, January 19th, and are available for purchase through Live Nation [here].
Blacklight Media Records’ Chris Santos comments,
“I could not be more excited to announce the very first Blacklight Media Showcase! To say this is a lifelong dream come true doesn’t begin to articulate how proud I am of this show and more importantly, how proud I am of the bands who call Blacklight Media and Metal Blade Records their home. This is truly a once in a lifetime show for all of us and for all the amazing fans of these talented artists. Having Jose Mangin as the Master of Ceremonies is icing on the cake! We can’t wait to celebrate a night of crushing multi-genre metal with you on March 8th. Long live metal!”
You can learn a bit about Gozu specifically by checking out our prior article here on Gozu guitarist Douglas Sherman‘s 2017 Year-End Favorite Releases.
You can also learn some more about Blacklight Media Records and each of the bands on their first showcase in some PR buzz below:
Blacklight Media is a hard rock and heavy metal label founded in February 2016 by Chris Santos. Chris is the executive chef and managing partner of New York City restaurants VANDAL, The Stanton Social, and Beauty & Essex, in partnership with Brian Slagel, founder of Metal Blade Records.
Since their inception in 1992, the name CANDIRIA has become synonymous with the kind of experimentation and genre-bending not often associated with the hard/metalcore community, a testament to the band’s skillful musicianship and intelligent sonic aesthetic. Born in Brooklyn, New York, CANDIRIA has been lauded for their ability to mesh decidedly different styles in a seamless way. Their latest release While They Were Sleeping certainly continues that legacy, with Pitchfork hailing the band as one of the, “most convincingly flexible acts that metal and hardcore have ever seen.” It’s a concept album that tells the tale of a failed musician who rises up against a NYC monarchy. [Candiria on Facebook]
Formed in 2010, GOZU has released one EP and three full-lengths to-date, and are currently writing their fourth studio album, set for a 2018 release via Blacklight Media. Fronted by Marc Gaffney on vocals and guitar, Doug Sherman on guitar, Joe Grotto on bass, and Mike Hubbard on drums, the band’s sound is tailor-made for blasting out the car speakers. Having already been aired on national television via MTV (Road Rules, Dudesons, Real World), NBC, and NASCAR, GOZU aims to take their critical and commercial success to new heights on their upcoming debut for Blacklight Media, with worldwide touring to follow. Previously, the group shared the stage with the likes of St. Vitus, Pallbearer, Lo Pan, Storm Of Light, Helmet, Elder, Mos Generator, and Fu Manchu in the States, as well as Yob, Church of Misery and Kvelertak in Europe at Roadburn (Netherlands) and DesertFest Berlin (Germany). 2018 will surely see GOZU back on the road again, and at the forefront of the heavy rock and metal world. [Gozu on Facebook]
About GOOD TIGER:
Comprised of guitarists Derya “Dez” Nagle and Joaquin Ardiles, bassist Morgan Sinclair, drummer Alex Rudinger, and vocalist Elliot Coleman, GOOD TIGER has raised the stakes across the board on their upcoming sophomore effort, We Will All Be Gone. Every track on the album has a definitive character of its own, and none stay in a single gear, all of them dynamic and textured as they evoke various tones and moods. Tracking at Middle Farm Studios in southwest England, the band recruited producer Forrester Savell (Karnivool,Dead Letter Circus), and engineer/mixer Adam “Nolly” Getgood (Periphery/Animals As Leaders). “We worked with Nolly on the last album.” [Good Tiger on Facebook]
About MOTHER FEATHER:
MOTHER FEATHER will release their upcoming album in 2018, via Blacklight Media. Vocalist Ann Courtney comments. “…I locked myself away to write, face my depression, and stare down some uncomfortable feelings. Truthfully, I went to some very dark and lonely places, so there’s a lot of fever – and intimacy – in the new music. When I emerged from my self-exile, I discovered my band waiting for me on the other side, so there’s exuberance and catharsis there too. It’s good to have friends, ya know? Together, we worked to develop the songs and shape them into some of MOTHER FEATHER‘s best, most eclectic work yet.” [Mother Feather on Facebook]
With their influences rooted in progressive metal, ONI‘s sound can be compared to the genre’s heavy hitters – The Human Abstract, Protest The Hero, and Between The Buried And Me – yet they remain truly unique. With Jake Oni handling vocal duties, Martin Andres and Brandon White on guitar, Chase Bryant on bass and Joe Greulich on drums, they are also perhaps the first metal band to feature a xylosynth player — Johnny D — which adds an intriguing dynamic to the nine tracks found on their debut, Ironshore. Produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Gojira), the album takes listeners on an absorbing ride that provides ample opportunity for headbanging, singing along and deep introspection. [Oni on Facebook]
About EYES OF THE SUN:
EYES OF THE SUN was conceived in early 2007 by bassist/vocalist Jeff Blanchard. Long-time friend and guitarist Miguel De Jesus Jr. joined the ranks a few months later. Within a few years, and after a couple of past members on second guitar and drums, Chris O’Neil joined as the permanent drummer. As a trio, they performed countless shows over the past decade, delivering their unique brand of doom metal which leaves listeners with a range of emotions, that the band themselves experience and extract from. [Eyes Of The Sun on Facebook]