The white knights of Rochester’s metal scene are ready to rock n’ roll to your rescue. The lads from The 9th Planet Out (9PO) put together a spooky Halloween show on Friday, Oct. 26, to release the latest version of their self-titled album. FALL RISK and Störmbreaker are both on the bill to help all the Halloween hooligans get their musical kicks.
The core of 9PO – Josh Kulack (guitar), Jake Mattern (bass), and Clay Ebertowski (drums) – recently added James Robinson as their lead vocalist. His singing changed the band’s sound significantly, so they decided to re-track the debut self-titled album at Forte Studios in Boone, Iowa where the original version was recorded.
Despite the struggles that come with a personnel change as significant as adding a new lead vocalist, 9PO has had several noteworthy successes this past year. With its new line-up, the band served as a headliner at the Olmsted County Fair and was well-received as an opener for the band Skillet. In part, this success has stemmed from Robinson’s relatively seamless integration with the band.
"James is an incredible vocalist and is highly driven," says Ebertowski. "Not only does he understand how to sing, he understands the music industry and has blended with the band exceptionally well."
The show will be supported by Midwest Music Source, a local sound and production company, and will take place at the Mayo Civic Center in Exhibit Hall 3. The guys from 9PO are quick to point out that the hall is "tall enough for pyrotechnics, and that’s all that really matters." If their past shows are any indication, concert attendees can also expect CO2 effects and a spectacular light show.
FALL RISK, one of the two opening acts, is a Rochester-based rock/punk act. Its members describe themselves as "just some dudes that like to play our favorite songs you’ve probably never heard." They play everything, including covers from bands like Rancid and Operation Ivy.
Störmbreaker will be making the journey down from Minneapolis. The four-piece ‘80s metal band rips tunes from the likes of Metallica and Volbeat.
9PO has just released a new video for their single "Warrior" that begins with the white-clad band emerging from a cornfield. The scene is reminiscent of something from Stephen King’s "Children of the Corn," and it seems like there has just been a musical consultation with book’s deity, "He Who Walks Behind the Rows." The band’s ghostly pale attire is something they’re hoping their fans might wear to the show, but they are encouraging concert-goers to wear scary costumes of all varieties.
Excited to be one of the first local bands to host its own show at the Mayo Civic Center, 9PO is ready for their hard work to pay off and is looking forward to sharing their new sounds, sweat, some gnarly effects, and possibly a guest appearance by Jae Havoc.
Ebertowski promises that if you come out you’ll see "four guys on stage putting on the best show they possibly can." The 9th rock from the sun is once again promising some rocking fun, so don’t miss this monster mosh.
What:The 9th Planet Out album release and
Halloween bash, with FALL RISK and Störmbreaker When:Friday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Where:Exhibit Hall 3 in the Mayo Civic Center, 30
Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester Cost:$15 general admission, $40 VIP meet-and-greet
available on the band’s website
What:The 9th Planet Out album release and Halloween bash, with FALL RISK and Störmbreaker
When:Friday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where:Exhibit Hall 3 in the Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester
Cost:$15 general admission, $40 VIP meet-and-greet available on the band’s website