The experimental hard rock outfits from LA played the Mercury Lounge on the last night of their New York Tour.

One of the most influential drummers of the past 30 years, Dave Lombardo made his mark during three long tenures with Slayer. But after leaving the thrash-metal legend in 2013, Lombardo focused on another project, PHILM. The power trio brought their unique sound to NYC on the final night of a three-date tour around the New York State area.

One of the most intriguing things about PHILM is their live show stage arrangement. The power trio, which also features singer-guitarist Gerry Nestler and bassist Pancho Tomaselli, position themselves at the front edge of the stage in a line, treating the audience to a high-octane performance.

Their set consisted of material from their 2014 release, Fire From The Evening Sun, and Harmonic, their 2012 debut. Very little was spoken throughout the performance, proving that the night was solely about music.

Sharing the stage with PHILM on their east coast tour was OWL. The three-piece hard rock band is fronted by vocalist/bassist Chris Wyse, formerly with the Cult and currently with Ace Frehley. The band also includes guitarist Jason Achilles Mezilis and drummer Dan Dinsmore. OWL is  promoting their just-released album, Things You Can’t See.

Owl delivered a high energy eight-song set that featured materials from their new album, and their self-titled debut. The band performed in NYC earlier last month and, at the show, announced plans to come back to the area in the fall.

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Anya was born and raised in Donestk, Ukraine, and emigrated to NYC when she was 8 years old. In her early teens she discovered Power Metal and many artists from the European metal scene. Her passion for photography grew from her concert experiences. There is nothing more exciting than capturing those small moments on stage that musicians have with their instruments. She enjoys taking photos from the crowd and is not afraid to step into mosh pit to take photos of the fans in action. Photography has influenced Anya in other ways. When she's not in the photo pit she can be found teaching preschool where photography is a big part of my daily curriculum. Photography is more than a hobby it is a passion, which allows her to combine all her interests into one.

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