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Gallery & Review: Avatar at Gramercy Theatre NYC 1/11/18

The King and Avatar invite you to a metal spectacle of a lifetime! Thursday night New York City’s Gramercy Theatre was transformed into Avatar Country. Once inside and downstairs you could find yourself a wall of fan art dedicated to the band something you never see at normal shows and well lets face it Avatar is far from your normal band. The Merch table highlighted with a marquee that was straight of a royal circus with attendants suited to match. If that wasn’t enough for you there was even a toss a pick game for those to try there luck at winning a t-shirt.

The night didn’t start with the usual opening band style format of regular shows. Remember this was a “metal spectacle of a lifetime” and it was shaping up to be just that. Hellzapoppin a certified circus freakshow would kick off the spectacle of a lifetime. Screwdrivers with condoms jammed up noses, bowling bowls were swung on meat hooks that went from ones nose and their mouth and razorblades were swelled and recovered by string without a blink of an eye.

Next up The Brains would bring took to the stage. Fronted by Rene D La Muerte the powerhouse trio gave metal fans a dose of hard hitting Montreal Psychobilly jams. A sound I’m sure for most fans of Avatar was a first but still none the less fans seemed open minded and welcoming to the Montreal trio.

The time had come the banners dropped and the moment everyone had been waiting for. Right from their new album Avatar Country played the intro Glory To Our King followed by Legend Of The King. Fans would be treated to six new songs of the album which at that moment was not yet released.

Dressed with their usual attire reminiscent of a 1700’s royal army for a King fronted by the court jester personality of Johannes Eckerström backed with a giant logo of individually brightly lit letters that would blast in sequence with the music. Along with colorful beams of light shooting high and low into the crowd from risers all along the stage. The band even included bubble blowing machines that blew into the air.

The band gave the fans an experience of lifetime with a seventeen song setlist. The list would include all of their favorite hits such as “Let It Burn, Paint Me Red, and The Eagle Has Landed. They even threw in a couple of songs from their early days “Reload” off their 2009 self titled album “Avatar” as well as “War Song” from their 2006 debut album “Thoughts of No Tomorrow”. Closing their set off with the song everyone had been finding for all night “Hail The Apocalypse”. 

With the lights on and the band took their bows it was clear that they gave the fans an experience of a lifetime.




  1. Glory To Our King
  2. Legend Of The King
  3. Let It Burn
  4. Paint Me Red
  5. King’s Harvest
  6. Bloody Angel
  7. The King Wants You
  8. Puppet Show
  9. Tower
  10. The Eagle Has Landed
  11. War Song
  12. Raven Wine
  13. Reload
  14. Smells Like A Freakshow
  15. A Statue The King
  16. The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country
  17. hail The Apocalypse

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About Mark Smitty Neal

NewYork Based Photographer. Music Enthusiast with a background in Graphic Design. Whether I'm shooting a live event or just out wondering the streets its about capturing the moment.

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