Sunday, October 17, 2010

Ehnahre at Ball Hall, Chicago Wed Oct 20th *Update: US Tour Cancelled


I know this is short notice for a show but the band just recently solidified the venue for the Chicago date for their tour. You're probably wondering "who waits to book a venue 5 days before the show?" but after helping them get their Dekalb date and failing to get them an Empty Bottle date I can assure you that it took a long time and alot of hard work to even be able to get this last minute spot. The Chicago market is pretty competitive for metal acts, I guess that's the one good thing about Hip Hop shows having 15 acts for each show - it makes it pretty easy to book. But once again I digress...

Ehnahre (pronounced 'N-R') is a self-proclaimed "Satan Jazz" band from Boston which at one point included all former members of avant-metallers 'Kayo Dot.' The band now only includes 2 former members of Kayo Dot and is pared down to a trio and various studio contributors. While Kayo Dot has moved away from the metal influences more with every release Ehnahre has managed to experiment with their sound without straying too far from metal. They mainly combine free jazz and death metal with emphasis on the atonality of both but they also touch all points of the extreme metal spectrum as well.

These guys gets Idol Threat's highest recommendation, I didn't discover their 2008 album 'The Man Closing Up' until early last year but it fast became a favorite of mine. It had guitars, trumpets, noise, a violin and some of the best throat-ripping growls I've ever heard. Their new album "Taming the Cannibals" will be available direct from Crucial Blast in early October. The album will be available in stores and online on cd and digital download on November 9th, 2010. If you're free and in Chicago this Wednesday October 20th be sure to check them out at "The Ball Hall" 1621 N Kedzie Ave. And check out the Dekalb date at The House if you're in the area too. All the tour dates are listed below after the free download link for "
The Clatterbones" off of their upcoming album. Enjoy.

*UPDATE: Unfortunately the rest of Ehnahre's US Tour is cancelled due to funds. Here's their official statement:

"Ehnahre is the bearer of bad news. We are extremely disappointed to say we have to cut our tour short- because touring the US is a fucking devastating financial holocaust. We have lost so much money, we cannot afford to go on, unless we pawn our gear or start mugging peope. The only way we can assure that we have enough gas money to get ho...me is, regretfully, pack it up and leave now.

But much thanks to the people who helped along the way, and especially to Wolvserpent, for being so cool, and enduring our drunken insanity. They're still going for another week or so, check them out if you have the chance. And tell Blake to crush a brew. Our deepest apologies to anyone who planned to be in attendance in St Louis, Chicago, Dekalb, or Pittsburgh."

Download the free MP3 of The Clatterbones: (Right Click to Save)

Check out this interview at AllAboutJazz.com: Ryan McGuire of Ehnahre interview

Oct 17 2010 7:00P Downtown Music Little Rock, AR
Oct 19 2010 8:00P Lemp Arts St. Louis, MO
Oct 20 2010 7:00P Ball Hall Chicago, IL
Oct 21 2010 9:00P The House Cafe DeKalb, IL
Oct 22 2010 8:00P Caid Detroit, MI
Oct 23 2010 8:30P Garfield Artworks Pittsburgh, PA

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