My immediate reaction to hearing that Deicide (one of the bands that first got me into extreme metal) was FINALLY touring the States again was, "Awesome!"
Once I looked at the tour dates themselves, it changed to – "Goddamn you Deicide, why do you REFUSE to play anywhere convenient? Philly, NYC, Baltimore, take your pick. The fuck is this Farmingdale shit?"
Then, when I looked at the rest of the bill, it shifted a bit to – "Well, that's pretty nifty."
This tour is basically a "Deicide and Friends" extravaganza!
Check it out: Deicide is Glen Benton, Steve Asheim, Jack Owen, and Kevin Quirion. Vital Remains started out with Glen singing, and now after a number of lineup changes and various reshuffling, the band is made up of Tony Lazaro and, er, some other dudes (details about who's actually in the band nowadays are a little fuzzy. Last I heard, it was a couple teenage shredders?). Order of Ennead is Steve Ashiem's sick new black/death metal band (that features, yup, Kevin Quirion on guitar), and Adrift is Jack Owens' hard rock-based side project. Talk about a family affair!
Deicide will probably be playing tons of new stuff, but their last few records were pretty badass; as long as I get to hear 'em play "When Satan Rules His World" and "Once Upon the Cross," I'll be happy. This one's worth checking out, for sure.
DEICIDE, Vital Remains, Order of Ennead and Adrift – 2009 Winter Tour
February 6 – Providence, RI @ Club Hell
February 8 – Farmingdale, NY @ The Crazy Donkey
February 9 – Yonkers, NY @ The Haunt
February 11 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
February 13 – Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
February 14 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s Concert Theatre
February 16 – Aurora, CO @ Illiff Park Saloon
February 17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
February 18 – Farmington, NM @ Big City Nite Club
February 20 – San Jose, CA @ Voodoo Lounge
February 21 – Yucaipa, CA @ Angels Roadhouse
February 22 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club