Concert Reviews

Angel Vivaldi/Nita Strauss – November 21, 2018 – Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

Historically speaking, the night before Thanksgiving can be pretty hit or miss with shows,no matter the artists involved. Holiday travel, or incoming guests can severely diminish a potential fanbase. Read more […]

A weekend with Silver Talon and Seax

Friday, Nov. 16, Ralph’s Rock Diner, Worcester, Mass. Following the demise of heavy/speed metal quintet Spellcaster, guitarists Bryce VanHoosen and Sebastian Silva, bassist Gabe Franco and drummer Read more […]

Dark Tranquillity/Amorphis – October 14, 2018 – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY

Without a doubt, one of the fall’s biggest tours for fans of a little melody in their aggression, the co-headline of Dark Tranquillity and Amorphis, with Moonspell and Omnium Gatherum in tow, combined Read more […]

Cellar Darling – September 11, 2018 – Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY

With Cellar Darling being announced last year as a part of this year’s ProgPower USA Festival in Atlanta, many hoped that the trio, comprised of ex-Eluveitie members Anna Murphy, Ivo Henzi, and Merlin Read more […]

Night Demon – August 22, 2018 – Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY

Well documented throughout the site, Night Demon remain workhorses at the ground level to achieve all that they set out to do – bringing the ethics and essence of traditional heavy metal with 70’s/80’s Read more […]

Havok – July 27, 2018 – Fete Music Hall, Providence, RI

Another face melting humid summer day in the Northeast, Fete Music Hall would be host to a killer package of bands with Colorado thrash maniacs Havok headlining. Receiving ample support from Jungle Rot Read more […]

Trivium – July 27, 2018 – The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY

Clearly still riding quite high on the success of last year’s The Sin and The Sentence, Trivium have been hitting the road near constantly since the album’s release. This latest ‘mini-tour’ stretching Read more […]

Armored Saint – July 10, 2018 – The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY

First dates of new tour runs can be an adventure for all parties involved. From the behind the scenes people to the bands themselves, it’s not quite a well-oiled machine when taking things from planning Read more […]

Jag Panzer – July 4, 2018 – Ralph’s Rock Diner, Worcester, MA

Ah, Independence Day. The declaration of freedom for the United States of America during the latter part of the 18th Century. It only seems fitting on a holiday most associated with family gatherings, Read more […]

Seven Spires – June 7, 2018 – Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

With Dead Rhetoric keeping a close eye on Boston’s Seven Spires for the past few years, it seemed logical that we should be sure to check out their first ever full-fledged US tour. Combining forces with Read more […]

Texas Hippie Coalition, Kobra and the Lotus – May 7, 2018 – Alchemy, Providence, RI

Back from round two of heavy shows at Alchemy, this would lean more towards the heavier rock, groove, and melodic metal side of things for a Monday night. It’s always a challenge to be successful on Read more […]

Týr, Orphaned Land – May 6, 2018 – Alchemy, Providence, RI

The second date of their current North American tour run hits Providence, RI for its lone New England stop – promising to be a night filled with exotic metal and it’s surrounding symphonic, progressive, Read more […]

Kamelot – April 25, 2018 – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY

With the initial announcement for this tour coming out around a year ago at this time, there’s been plenty of time to anticipate one of the spring’s biggest tours for melodic metal fans. Three bands that Read more […]

Krosis – April 4, 2018 – Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

With the rather horrendous winter/spring weather here in the northeast, it’s been spotty for this scribe to be able to get out to many shows (particularly living in the middle of nowhere). So when a show Read more […]

Saxon – March 16, 2018 – The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY

Call it the nostalgia factor – or call it just putting in the plain old-fashioned elbow grease – Saxon are riding high these days in terms of popularity. Their latest studio album Thunderbolt has hit Read more […]

Judas Priest – March 15, 2018 – Covelli Centre, Youngstown, OH

The news of Glenn Tipton having to sit out Firepower touring activities due to his battle with Parkinson’s rattled many a cage, particularly those of the belief that Tipton is Judas Priest’s musical Read more […]

Crowbar – March 15, 2018 – Alchemy, Providence, RI

Consistently bludgeoning their core followers with a sound that can only be Crowbar, the legions came out to pay homage to the quartet that they’ve held near and dear to their hearts since the early Read more […]

Dying Fetus/Thy Art is Murder – March 15, 2018 – The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY

Cutting into the death metal market from seemingly all sides is the current Dying Fetus and Thy Art is Murder co-headlining run. Hitting its first stop of a 5-week tour across the US (with one Canadian Read more […]

Ne Obliviscaris – November 22, 2017 – (le) poisson rouge, New York City, NY

Always interesting to hit up a new venue in NYC. In more frequent trips within the last two years, I’ve been able to get to a number of different spots, and this time (le) poisson rouge was up, hosting Read more […]

Arch Enemy/Trivium – November 4, 2017 – The Palladium, Worcester, MA

With Worcester working out a bit better for personal scheduling reasons, a weekend road trip was in order to catch Arch Enemy, whom this scribe hasn’t caught since the beginning of their touring cycle Read more […]

Manilla Road – October 22, 2017 – Jewel Music Venue, Manchester, NH

Every Halloween for the past six years, Ralph’s Rock Diner in Worcester, Mass., hosts a three-night series of cover sets and tributes by mostly local bands dressing the part and performing songs by their Read more […]

Epica – September 29, 2017 – Playstation Theater, New York City, NY

There’s always something extra special about being able to attend the last gig on a tour run. While the bands might be running on sleep exhaustion, you can usually bank on them catching one last ‘second Read more […]

Dark Tranquillity – September 14,2017 – The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY

The energy of a late summer metal tour can be palpable, especially if the package includes a band that you’ve been into for years and finally hits an area close enough to experience live. Months back Read more […]

Stoned to Death II – June 3, 2017 – Hawks and Reed Arts Performing Center, Greenfield, MA

New England has a thriving and vibrant metal scene that stretches from Vermont to Rhode Island, but one area of the region I had yet to experience was western Massachusetts. That all changed on June 3, Read more […]

Evergrey – June 3, 2017 – Jewel Music Venue, Manchester, NH

In 1999, this scribe witnessed the first United States show of Evergrey, who flew over from Sweden based on internet message board fan support (pre-crowdfunding) with Perpetual Motion to play the Powermad Read more […]

Devastation on the Nation – May 22, 2017 – Trickshots, Clifton Park, NY

Those who enjoy technical death metal had to be smiling from ear to ear when this year’s edition of Devastation on the Nation was announced. Putting together long-running acts like Cryptopsy and Decrepit Read more […]

Arkona/Sirenia – May 14, 2017 – Firehouse 13, Providence, RI

Sunday, May 14 would mark only the second day of the Arkona/Sirenia co-headlining North America tour, in which Arkona is celebrating their 15th anniversary and Sirenia is visiting North America for the Read more […]

Xandria – May 9, 2017 – Webster Hall, New York City, NY

Xandria has been making a more committed push towards North America as of late, and with their latest release Theater of Dimensions in tow, it was time to time to finally deliver a headlining set (they Read more […]

Delain/Hammerfall – April 24, 2017 – Stage 48, New York City, NY

The expression ‘life gets in the way’ has applied to opportunities to catch Delain live on a number of occasions in the past few years. After the official US headlining run was announced following Read more […]

Sabaton – April 23, 2017 – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY

Coming down off the almost 12 hours of music the day before at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival (which, yes, included all three acts in this tour package in slightly smaller doses), it was time Read more […]

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