CMJ 2014: The week in metal

Posted by on October 13, 2014

Next week, New York will be overtaken by hundreds of  bands from around the world, even more college students from the United States and Canada and countless music industry executives for the annual CMJ Music Marathon. If you’ve looked at Metal Insider in the last week or so, you know that we have a pair of events happening on Wednesday, October 22, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re in or around New York, you’ll have plenty of metal things to do. Anyone that buys a badge will get to attend the convention as well as have entry in to many of the night shows and showcases, so it’s definitely worth looking into if you’re interested in either learning about how radio and the music industry works or seeing live music. Here’s a day by day breakdown of what’s happening, but check back, as we’ll be updating this as we hear about more things happening.




CMJ Metal Panel: Reinventing the Steel: Finding Metal’s Next Big Bands

NYU Kimmel Ctr., Room 914,
60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

Moderator: Kodi McKinney, Manager Promotion & Marketing, The Syndicate

Sammi Chichester, Assistant Editor, Revolver Magazine
Darren Dalessio, A&R, Spinefarm Records
Andrew “Cutter” Puyleart, Hangar 19
Carl Severson, founder, Good Fight Entertainment
The biggest metal acts played stadiums in the ’80s and ’90s, but now they play venues like Terminal 5. What has changed in the world of metal, and are we still looking for the next Metallica?

CMJ badges only


The Fifth Annual Metalsucks & Metal Injection Showcase

The Acheron
57 Waterbury Street, Brooklyn NY

Inter Arma
King Parrot
So Hideous
Moon Tooth

The metal shows start off on a high note at The Acheron in Brooklyn. In fact, we’d go so far as to say it’s the second best showcase of the week! Metalsucks and Metal Injection have put together a killer lineup with one of Richmond’s heaviest bands headlining, as well as Australia grindcore merchants King Parrot,  NYC’s So Hideous, the Lady Gaga-approved Lazer/Wulf and new band Moon Tooth.

Tickets are $10, and you can get them here. A limited amount of CMJ badges will be admitted.


The Syndicate Conflict of Interest Party

Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn NY
Doors 6pm, show 8pm

Cold War Kids
Special guest
Chief Scout

We’ll preface this by saying that this is not a metal party. It is, however, the annual CMJ kickoff party for Metal Insider‘s parent company The Syndicate. So while the majority of the metal people will be at the Acheron, if you’re looking for something to do that’s a little less noisy and will allow you to network with music industry execs while bowling, you can find out more information about that here.

Free with RSVP


MICMJ 2014 Instagram FinalWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22

Scott Ian, Swearing Words in Glasgow  DVD screening

Saint Vitus Bar
1120 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn NY
3pm -6pm

Wednesday is Metal Insider day! Things will be starting off with a free DVD screening of Scott Ian’s forthcoming Swearing Words in Glasgow DVD. Presented by Megaforce Records, the DVD captures the Anthrax co-founder and rhythm guitarist towards the end of his spoken word tour. Filled with insight that only 30 years in one of the Big 4 bands can offer, it’s a fun and funny performance that you’ll get to see before it’s released on DVD on November 13. Free! No badges required. 21+, please RSVP at [email protected]


Metal Insider CMJ 2014 Showcase
The Wick
260 Meserole Street, Brooklyn NY

This is it right here, the centerpiece of your week. We’re incredibly proud of this four-band bill, led by Incite, whose third album Up In Hell was recently released on Minus HEAD Records. Richie Cavalera is really staring to put some distance between his band and the legacy of his stepfather, Max Cavalera. ’68, a two-pice led by The Chariot vocalist Josh Scogin, hasn’t played many American shows yet, and The Wick will be a great place to take in their insane live show. Black Crown Initiate are another band that’s made a name for themselves, via inclusion on the Metal Alliance tour earlier this year, which led to their signing with eOne. And Toothgrinder doesn’t even have a release out yet! That’s coming next month, via their Schizophrenic Jubilee EP, but you’ll get to hear songs from the band, who just recently got off the road with Periphery. The show is sponsored by Spinefarm, who will have some goodies for everyone. $12, with limited CMJ badges accepted.


Irving Plaza
17 Irving Place, New York, NY


$32, a limited amount of CMJ badges will be admitted

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Film screening: Metalhead
NYU Kimmel Center, Room 802 Shorin S

This Icelandic drama won raves when it came out earlier this year, and while it won’t be released in America until next year, this is an exclusive screening of the film. When a farming accident tragically ends a life, the boy’s sister deals with her older brother’s death by assuming the metal lifestyle that he lived. Partially inspired by the Norwegian church burnings of the 1990s, the movie is filled out by a soundtrack of ’80s and ’90s metal.

Free with CMJ badge


Skateboard Marketing CMJ Convention Showcase

The Marlin Room, Webster Hall
125 E. 11th Street, New York, NY
Doors, 5pm

Thy Will Be Done
Black Crown Initiate
Torrential Downpour

$15, with limited CMJ badges accepted


Saint Vitus Bar
1120, Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn NY

Fantom Warrior
Iron Force



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Best Buy Theater
1515 Broadway, New York, NY

Arch Enemy


This isn’t a CMJ showcase, but it is a killer bill and an opportunity to see one of the better Fall touring lineups. It’s also the first opportunity you’ll have to see Arch Enemy with their new vocalist, Alissa White-Gluz, and pick up their limited edition 7″ with the band covering “Breaking the Law.”


Saint Vitus Bar
1120, Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn NY

Couch Slut

Norwegian metal trio Virus has never played the United States before, and their only scheduled shows are two nights at Saint Vitus. They’ve been described as a cross between Voivod and the Talking Heads, so it should be a pretty interesting couple of evenings. They’ve lined up an impressive undercard for each night, with Krallice, Sannhet and Couch Slut playing.

$25, no CMJ badges accepted




Saint Vitus Bar
1120, Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn NY


The band is promising to play different sets each night, so if you’re impressed by what you hear the first night, or just want to see some of the other opening bands, you might want to make a weekend of it.

$25, no CMJ badges accepted


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