Death Kings, the punk rock/metal trio comprised of Ryan Stasik (Umphrey’s McGee), Mike Gantzer (Aqueous), and Mikey Carubba (formerly of Turkuaz), brought its inaugural tour through Albany, NY’s Empire Underground on Saturday night.
Stasik shot over to Empire from Albany’s Palace Theatre immediately following his “day job” for this official Umphrey’s McGee after-party, helping to serve up a set of classic punk and metal covers with some high-powered originals mixed in. Joined by Brett Robertson of the Buffalo-based alt-rock group Fernway, Death Kings delivered covers of Pennywise‘s “Fuck Authority”, CKY‘s “96 Quite Bitter Beings”, Slipknot‘s “Dead Memories”, Suicidal Tendencies‘ “Cyco Vision”, and many more throughout the 18-song set. Additionally, Stasik, Gantzer, Carubba, and Robertson offered up all three of the Kings’ previously-released originals, “Fight“, “March of the Kings“, and the newest jam, “Welcome To Hell“.
Up next for Death Kings is a show at Boston, MA’s Brighton Music Hall on February 11th. Much like its performance in Albany and Syracuse, NY (1/21), this stop in Boston will serve as the official Umphrey’s McGee after-party. Head to the band’s website for tickets and scroll down for a gallery of images from the Death Kings show at Empire Underground courtesy of photographer Anne Lattrell.