Evergrey with special guests

Brick by Brick presents

Evergrey with special guests

Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need, Ashen Earth, Helsott

Sun · May 14, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$23 adv & $27 day of; $50 VIP Tickets

This event is 21 and over

*Online sales end at 6PM day of show unless otherwise noted. After that, limited tickets will be available at the door.

Evergrey is a progressive metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was founded in 1995 and released its debut album, The Dark Discovery, in 1998. After a minor hiatus the band returns with its ninth album Hymns for the Broken on 26/30 September 2014.
Seven Kingdoms
"The Fire is Mine", the third offering from Florida's SEVEN KINGDOMS, shows a great solidification in their sound and direction; they've amped up every aspect from song writing, vocals to production and live performance. This one goes to eleven on all counts - including the number of tracks! The vocals and beautiful crystalline melodies of Sabrina Valentine are uniquely set in a furious power/thrash metal attack, blended with epic choirs and the occasional beer-chanting of the men of SEVEN KINGDOMS.

Formed in Deland, FL back in 2007 SEVEN KINGDOMS went through all the usual "underground band" ups-and-down; members came and went; numerous local shows; an independently released debut album; etc. In 2009 the band signed a management/booking deal with Intromental Worldwide, which lead to a record deal with Nightmare Records.

Shortly after the release of their Nightmare Records debut "Seven Kingdoms" (their second release, but first featuring female vocalist Sabrina Valentine) SEVEN KINGDOMS played the opening party at ProgPower USA and was then handpicked by the legendary German power metal band, Blind Guardian, to open their 2010 North American tour, which saw the band playing in front of thousands of metal fans throughout USA and Canada. SEVEN KINGDOMS went on to play several one off's and smaller tours in 2011 ending with the "Uniting The Powers Of Metal" tour alongside other uprising power metal acts such as Artizan, Creation's End and Widow. The band capped off 2011 signing endorsement deals with Engl Amplification and Warwick Basses / Amps.

In May of 2012 the band entered Morrisound Studios to creating a record powerful enough to hang with the best in metal. With legendary producer Jim Morris (Iced Earth, Obituary, JOP, Jag Panzer etc) at the helm and much more experience gained, SEVEN KINGDOMS created their next melodic power thrash opus.

Upon completion of the recording of their new album, SEVEN KINGDOMS signed an extension of their deal with Nightmare Records. The record, titled "The Fire is Mine", was unleashed on October 9, 2012.

A band started for fun, found that hard work and dedication to their craft has major pay offs... SEVEN KINGDOMS is carving its own path in metal history creating something genuinely unique, yet undeniably metal with their latest and greatest album."
Beautiful but brutal. Chaotic but calculated. It's the balance between these seemingly opposing foils that Toronto's Ascendia so perfectly strikes with their beastly brand of symphonic metal. Their mammoth sound spans the Atlantic, uniting elements of North American metal with a foundation rooted in the symphonic tradition of European metal, and is poised to appeal to even the most discerning genre purists.

The five-piece – currently comprised of vocalist Nick Sakal, guitarist/vocalist John Lov, drummer Billy Lov, bassist John Abanador, and keyboardist Maestro – has been amassing serious attention and accolades from Canada's heavy music community over the past couple of years. They earned a slot on the bill for the Toronto stop of the 2013 Rockstar Mayhem Festival alongside heavyweight headliners like Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, and Five Finger Death Punch. They've been tapped to support the likes of Into Eternity and Single Bullet Theory, and now, they're set to capitalize on the buzz with their first studio album, expected later in 2014.

Brothers John and Billy have been performing together since their early teens, inspired by the sludgy sounds of '70s and '80s metal pioneers like Sabbath, Dio, and Rainbow. Soon after, their tastes shifted to more modern masters of the genre – "stuff like Nightwish, Kamelot, Killswitch Engage, and In Flames," Billy explains.

One day, the two were walking to the music store with their longtime friend, Nick, singing a song. As John recalls, "All of a sudden, Nick let out a huge guttural scream that stopped us dead in our tracks." As it turned out, he had quite the voice – swaying from epic, operatic singing and raucous, raging screams with ease. The seeds of Ascendia had been planted, and began to take root as the band performed metal covers of classic pop songs like "Maniac" and "Careless Whisper" for talent shows and battles of the bands.

"At that point, we knew we wanted to get serious, so we had to take a chance and start writing something else," John explains. Their first composition was actually an acoustic ballad, "Starlit Eyes," which remains a fan favourite and will be included as the bonus track on the upcoming record. Next, though, came a number of calamitous metal compositions – riotous down-tuned riffs and carefully orchestrated string sections anchored by machine gun rhythmic blasts and crowned by Sakal's dynamic vocal prowess.

Part way into 2012, Ascendia put their writing on hold to focus on their live shows, leaving everything they had on sweat-soaked dive bar stages and building a following brick-by-brick with their gripping, airtight sets.

In 2013, they decided it was time to finally satisfy their growing fan base and deliver an album. "It's been a very slow but calculated process," John says. "We've taken baby steps the whole way, and I think that's helped us develop as musicians and develop our sound."

That sound, virtually unparalleled in Canada at this point, will be showcased in spades on the band's first collection, bringing the urgency of their live shows to your speakers. The lyrics are in-depth and metaphorical, cryptically and poetically exploring themes of fate, deceit, and the human condition and culminating in a conceptual four-song series that tells the story of a young man and his spiritual Guardian.

Until the album drops, though, Ascendia will continue their quest to conquer the North American metal map with their innovative concoction of European-inspired symphonic sounds. "We always knew there was something here," Billy says bluntly, "and now we're ready to start the takeover."

You've been warned.
NEED's journey began in 2004 when the first line-up of the band around guitarist Ravaya recorded their first promo cd entitled "avoidinme". After several band member changes, the line-up took its current form in the beginning of 2006. Soon after NEED inked a deal with Burning Star Records and released their debut album "The Wisdom Machine" in November 2006 to enthusiastic reviews from magazines and websites worldwide. Following the release of the album, NEED played numerous gigs all around Greece and also did a small European tour with their labelmates ZENITH(Denmark). They also shared the stage for some gigs with CANDLEMASS, JON OLIVA'S PAIN,THRESHOLD and DEADSOUL TRIBE among others.

The band spent the most part of 2008 writing & recording their second album entitled “Siamese God”. The album was recorded and mixed at Soundflakes studio in Athens,Greece and was mastered at West West Side Music studio in New York, U.S.A. by Alan Douches. “Siamese God” was released in December 2009 via Venerate Industries. In the fall of 2010 the band went on a 3-week european tour with JON OLIVA'S PAIN and NEVERLAND. In the summer of 2011 NEED played in Sonisphere Festival opening for IRON MAIDEN,SLIPKNOT & MASTODON among others. "Siamese God" was re-released in Europe in September 2011 by the german SAOL Music. NEED also shared the stage with SYMPHONY X in October 2011.

In January 2014 NEED released their third album ‘Orvam: a song for home’ that was mixed and mastered in the US by Neil Kernon (Nevermore, Queensryche) and Alan Douches (Mastodon, Shadows Fall) respectively. After a few local shows supporting the album, NEED were invited to play to the 15th anniversary edition of the famous ProgPower USA Festival held in Atlanta, Georgia in September 2014. Other acts appearing in the bill were JON OLIVA’S PAIN, OVERKILL, PAIN OF SALVATION, STRATOVARIUS, LEPROUS among others. NEED’s set got raving feedback and the band was fortunate enough to have all that caught on tape. The show named ‘Orvam: a song for Atlanta’ was released on DVD first off at the following year’s edition of the festival and then worldwide.

NEED are currently working on the follow up to ‘Orvam’ due to release sometime in spring/summer of 2016.
Ashen Earth
Ashen Earth
Ashen Earth formed in 2012 as an answer to the lack of European-inspired Death Metal in the San Diego Metal scene. Taking hints from bands like Bloodbath, Hypocrisy, Behemoth, Decapitated, and their kin, the band has been called "melodically formulated" as well as "brutal," and can be defined as both progressive and traditional in the same breath. Ever eager to move forward at a dizzying pace, the band released their debut self-titled album in April of 2013, and are now moving forward to play with more fervor and crushing brutality than ever before.
Formed in February 2010, Helsott is America's answer to the extremely popular Pagan Metal genre. Musically, Helsott incorporates many different styles and genres, always keeping a fresh and enjoyable listen that doesn't get stale. The diverse music is centered on the Pagan Themed lyrics which unite the album as a whole.

Helsott's popularity has been growing at an extremely rapid rate. After quickly becoming heroes in the Southern California region, promoters in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange County markets quickly took notice of the work ethic and draw of the band, and rewarded Helsott with their choice of touring acts to support.

These great opportunities were seized by the band sky-rocketing their popularity regionally, and placing the band on the radar of Rock the Nation USA, who offered the band a spot on the popular "Paganfest 2013" lineup which they were the only North American act on the entire North American tour in support of Ensiferum, Tyr, Heidevolk, and Trollfest. Knowing the value of this opportunity, Helsott seized the moment, and made sure to take advantage of the crowds they would be performing in front of. The EP, Folkvangr sold out of all copies very soon on tour, and merchandise sales were impressive every night of the tour, forcing early supply reorders.

The demand for a full-length Helsott album was great, so they developed a successful crowdfunding campaign via indiegog to fund the album. They were able to raise over $7000! With "Woven" now complete, Helsott is looking to cement their presence in the halls of metal, and looking to ally them-selves with a reputable record label to help attain the international recognition to help nurture the environment for a successful band.
Venue Information:
Brick by Brick
1130 Buenos Ave
San Diego, CA, 92110