Sonic Unrest Tour: Periphery / Chon / Sikth / Toothgrinder Coming to Pittsburgh!



The Sonic Unrest Tour

Featuring Periphery, Chon, SikTh, and Toothgrinder

at Mr. Smalls Theatre

400 Lincoln Ave, Pittsburgh (Millvale) PA 15209

Saturday 27 August 2016

7:00 pm | $20 adv – $22 at door | All Ages

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If the relative popularity of a band is gauged by Facebook likes nowadays, with over 437,000 I’ll assume that most of you are already familiar with Washington D.C.’s progressive-avant-techmathdjenters Periphery. And with well over 120,000 themselves, their Sumerian Records labelmates Chon (from California) seem fairly widely-known as well. But we’re going to take a moment to highlight the two other bands that are rounding out the line-up of the Sonic Unrest tour that is currently underway all across these United States of America. One of them is a bit more of a newcomer to the scene, while the other has been around long enough to have attained legendary status in certain circles — but with Facebook numbers in the low-to-mid five digits for each of them, perhaps one or both of them may have managed to escape beneath your radar up until now?

The Sonic Unrest Tour runs from 04 August through 01 September 2016, with a local stop in the Pittsburgh area next Saturday the 27th. The full list of dates will be listed at the end of this post, for those who may be interested.






SikTh, from Hertfordshire, England, have been around since well before MySpace was even a thing. Through the early days of the twenty-first century, this progressive monstrosity struck out into bold new directions that would rank them amongst other forerunners (such as Meshuggah, for example) of today’s progressive-technical metal movement. But after two critically-lauded albums, several founding members headed off in different directions nearly ten years ago, and the band split up entirely not long afterwards. But they reformed in 2014 and have been slowly rebuilding a following through tours and festivals — and in December 2015 self-released their first new material since 2006, the crowd-funded EP Opacities. And this month — thirteen whole years since the release of their debut album — they will finally be crossing another item from their collective bucket list, which is to tour the U.S.A.

Vocalist Mikee Goodman recently said, “Touring America has always been a huge goal for SikTh; up to this point it hasn’t been possible, but we’re pleased to announce we are finally coming over as direct support to Periphery in August! […] We’ve taken our time, but this is a great tour and opportunity to play for our very patient fans in the U.S. and also make new fans!”

Teaser video for the tour:

“Philistine Philosophies” (from Opacities):




Earlier this year, Spinefarm Records out Nocturnal Masquerade, the first full-length (following a couple of EPs) by Toothgrinder, from Asbury Park (home of the New Jersey Music Hall of Fame). Like the rest of the touring bands, these guys manage to put together a distinctive package that combines aggression with progression, brutality with technicality.

“The album’s overall theme is this dark, eerie charade through the night,” vocalist Justin Matthews has said. “You could think of it as this torturous and fun carnival adventure.”

“The House (that Fear Built)”


“Diamonds for Gold” (featuring guest vocalist Spencer Sotelo of Periphery)


Sonic Unrest Tour dates:

8/04 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
8/05 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
8/06 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
8/07 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
8/08 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
8/09 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
8/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Press Room
8/12 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
8/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent
8/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
8/16 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
8/17 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
8/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
8/20 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
8/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
8/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
8/25 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
8/26 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
8/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
8/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
8/30 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
8/31 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
9/01 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage


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