Snapshots: Swallow The Sun @ Howard Theatre — 3/8/17

Swallow The Sun @ Howard Theatre, Washington DC, 03/08/2017Swallow the Sun performs at the Howard Theatre on March 8, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Not long ago, Finnish doom metal band Swallow the Sun came through town with Sonata Arctica (check out our photos!), and then they decided to drop by again with a show opening for Overkill at the Howard Theatre on March 8.

(See our Parklife DC photos of Overkill.)

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Snapshots: Alter Bridge @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 2/10/17

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Alter Bridge perform at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Feb. 10, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Heavy metal band Alter Bridge released their fifth full-length album The Last Hero via Napalm Records last fall, and they stopped at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday on a tour to promote the album.

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Snapshots: Nonpoint @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 2/10/17

Nonpoint @ Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD 02/10/2017
Elias Soriano of Nonpoint sings at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Feb. 10, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Drummer Robb Rivera and vocalist Elias Soriano formed their heavy metal band Nonpoint in Fort Lauderdale 20 years ago, and they’ve hit the road with their bandmates to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

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Don’t Miss: Nonpoint @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 2/10/17

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Nonpoint (Photo by Eric Richter)

Fort Lauderdale heavy metal band Nonpoint published their ninth studio album, The Poison Red, last summer via Spinefarm Records. The album was the first featuring new lead guitarist BC Kochmit from the prolific band. These guys like to stay busy, and they are hitting The Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday, Feb. 10, to open for Alter Bridge on The Last Hero Tour.

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Don’t Miss: Darkest Hour @ Black Cat, 2/17/17

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Darkest Hour (Photo by Pete Duvall)

DC metalcore quintet Darkest Hour come screaming back into our streaming services with their ninth studio album, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora on March 10 via Southern Lord Records. In support of the album, Darkest Hour will launch a tour at the Black Cat on Friday, Feb. 17.

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Snapshots: Swallow the Sun @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 11/7/16

Swallow The Sun @The Fillmore, Silver Spring 11/07/2016Swallow the Sun performs at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. (Photo by Paivi)

Swallow the Sun is a Finnish doom metal band currently touring United States with Sonata Arctica, Dark Tranquillity, Leaves’ Eyes, Omnium Gatherum, Enforcer and Starkill. The bands performed at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Monday, Nov. 7.

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Don’t Miss: Swallow the Sun @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 11/7/16

Swallow the Sun (Photo by Jussi Ratilainen)
Swallow the Sun (Photo by Jussi Ratilainen)

About a year ago, Finnish doom metal band Swallow the Sun released their sixth studio album, Songs from the North I, II & III, via Century Media. It was extremely well received! Metacritic aggregated its overall critic score at 78/100 and AllMusic rated it 4.5/5 stars.

“Each disc is a separate album, though all were conceived, written, and recorded as a single project with the band exploring different aspects of its sound. What unites them musically is a pervasive melodic sensibility, no matter the setting,” said AllMusic critic Thom Jurek.

Swallow the Sun produced a music video for “Rooms and Shadows,” a song from the first of the three discs (a disc subtitled “Gloom”). Watch it on YouTube:

Vocalist Mikko Kotamäki really growls with gusto in this epic song of loss! And his bandmates guitarists Juha Raivio and Markus Jämsen, bassist Matti Honkonen, keyboardist Aleksi Munter, and drummer Juuso Raatikainen, trully fill your very blood with their roiling, dynamic melodies. Kerrang! rated Swallow the Sun’s latest effort 5 stars (or 5 “K”), hailing it as “one of doom metal’s finest moments to date.”

You can see how the six men come together so well yourself, as Swallow the Sun are on tour, opening for fellow Finnish metalmen Sonata Arctica, who released a brand new album last month. The tour comes to the Fillmore Silver Spring on Monday, Nov. 7 with a very full bill, but you’ll want to pace yourself to make it there for Swallow the Sun!

Tickets are available online.

Swallow the Sun
Opening for Sonata Arctica
Fillmore Silver Spring
Monday, Nov. 7
Doors @5pm
$30-60
All ages