Concert Reviews

Metal Church/Hatchet – April 8, 2016 – The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY

Fear struck the hearts of many in the thrash community when Metal Church fired David Wayne – especially considering his one of a kind screaming propensities on those first two studio albums. Fortunately, Read more […]

Nightwish – February 24, 2016 – Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, Homestead, PA

On quite the sold-out show streak, Nightwish played what will probably be their most subdued and curious show of the tour in Homestead, PA, which is located right outside of Pittsburgh. Reason being, the Read more […]

Vektor, Eight Bells – February 5, 2016 – The Outer Space Ballroom, Hamden, CT

Winter weather rears its snow-apocalypse wonders the morning of this headlining set for Philadelphia, PA’s progressive sci-fi thrash quartet Vektor – so much so that some of their planned merchandise Read more […]

Ne Obliviscaris – January 27, 2016 – Firehouse 13, Providence, R.I.

Sometimes the metal gods just smile down upon you. Originally scheduled to play the Boston House of Blues as support on the North American Cradle of Filth tour along with Butcher Babies on January 27, Read more […]

Epica, Moonspell, Starkill – January 21, 2016 – Irving Plaza, New York City, NY

After some just plain bad luck between cancelled tours and family emergencies, Epica planned this early 2016 jaunt as a “make up” from their cancelled dates with Eluveitie and The Agonist last fall. This Read more […]

Warbringer, Enforcer, Cauldron, Exmortus – January 7. 2016 – Trickshots, Clifton Park, NY

Word got out very early concerning this four band package tour – announced late last summer through all the normal official band social media channels- so for most of the staff on this website, it’s Read more […]

Corrosion of Conformity – December 3, 2015 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA

Big difference from Corrosion of Conformity’s last visit here in 2012, where the Mike Dean-fronted version of the band held it down on Election Night, of all nights. Without the big-name draw that is Read more […]

CAGE, Skull Hammer, Chronovore – November 18, 2015 – Firehouse 13, Providence, R.I.

American power metal mavens CAGE are currently on tour in support of their latest album, Ancient Evil, and since the San Diego quintet doesn’t often make it out to the East Coast, their stop at Firehouse Read more […]

GWAR – November 14, 2015 – The Palladium, Worcester, MA

In celebration of 30 years of total world domination, the intergalactic overlords known as GWAR invaded the Worcester Palladium in Massachusetts on Nov. 14. It’s always an entertaining spectacle for Read more […]

Act of Defiance, Allegaeon, InAeona – November 13, 2015 – Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY

Catching Allegaeon back in April (one of my first shows of 2015), it seemed appropriately fitting to bookend the year with Allegaeon once more in the live setting. Initially Act of Defiance, Allegaeon, Read more […]

Two Nights with Blind Guardian – Pittsburgh, PA and Worcester, MA

Blind Guardian – November 4, 2015 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA Certifiably not a melodic metal and/or power metal town, Blind Guardian’s date in Pittsburgh was bumped from the larger Carnegie Music Read more […]

Amaranthe/Butcher Babies – The Stafford Palace Theater, Stafford Springs, CT – November 5, 2015

Previously catching Amaranthe on their headlining run back in May, there was a bit of surprise to hear that they were going to embark on a second headlining run so soon. But there was also quite a bit Read more […]

Fates Warning – The Webster Night Club, Hartford, CT – October 9, 2015

Finally settling in to my new Connecticut living situation, opportunity arose to check out the opening date for the second leg of the North American Darkness in a Different Light tour for local progressive Read more […]

Unleash The Archers, Crimson Shadows, Sonic Pulse, Seven Spires – September 24, 2015 Fete Music Hall, Providence, RI

As the old saying goes, the show must go on. In the case of Vancouver, Canada’s Unleash the Archers, planning a two month North American tour swing months in advance with Brazil’s Hibria had to be Read more […]

Overkill & Symphony X – September 18, 2015 – The Palladium, Worcester, MA

Skulls were crushed and necks were wrecked, as Overkill and Symphony X kicked off their co-headlining tour at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass., on Friday, Sept. 18, transforming Massachusetts into Thrashachusetts. Read more […]

Saxon/Armored Saint – September 17, 2015 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA

A decade ago, a tour like this in the States would have been inconceivable. Just goes to show the tremendous push of classic/veteran metal bands…they won’t die off; neither will their audience. For Saxon, Read more […]

High Spirits, Christian Mistress, Savage Master, Hessian – September 10, 2015 – Ralph’s Diner, Worcester, MA

Last time I took in Chicago’s High Spirits would be 17 months ago, a Monday night in April at the intimate Dusk nightclub in Providence, RI. Blowing me away through their old school NWOBHM charm and Read more […]

Rivers of Nihil – August 15, 2015 – Reverb – Reading, PA

Rivers of Nihil and Black Crown Initiate – the two seem to go together like peanut butter & jelly. In fact, each time this writer has seen either of these two bands, they have been playing together (for Read more […]

Cattle Decapitation, Beyond Creation – August 10, 2015 – The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY

The good thing about living near a smaller market is that occasionally you get the scraps from the bigger tours (and don’t have to sit through all the bands, which is sometimes a blessing in disguise). Read more […]

MindMaze, Iris Divine, Verscythe, Iron Will – July 30, 2015 – Ralph’s Diner – Worcester, MA

When smaller bands wish to establish themselves away from home base, you can only hope to find like-minded acts willing to pool their resources, vacation-time, and passion into pulling this off smartly. Read more […]

Bloodletting North America X featuring Psycroptic – July 22, 2015 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA

With the somewhat sad reality that driving an extra 2 hours to get to Worcester is cheaper than getting down to NYC for a show (tolls, tolls, and more tolls), this mid-week drive was sure to be a taxing Read more […]

Sister Sin, Shattered Sun – July 16, 2015 – The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY

With the big summer tours and festivals in full swing, non-headlining bands often seek out venues to play on the off-days, hitting smaller venues and providing fans a chance to catch longer sets. Victory Read more […]

Gospel of the Witches, Crypt Sermon, Magic Circle, Conclave, Second Grave – July 10, 2015 – Ralph’s Diner, Worcester, MA

Originally the show booking was going to be heavy enough on its own with Philadelphia, PA’s Crypt Sermon on the bill with three Massachusetts doom/epic acts, but then New York’s Gospel of the Witches Read more […]

Journeys into the Wilderealm

Missing out on the first Wilderealm tour back in 2013 (the joys of moving into a new place and being strapped for cash), I had been kicking myself ever since. But as luck would have it, Wilderun and Aether Read more […]

A Weekend with Night Demon

Night Demon, Skull Hammer, Sonic Pulse – May 29, 2015, Firehouse 13, Providence, RI The old school militia came out on a Friday night for the “Heavy Metal Heat” Ventura, California’s Night Demon Read more […]

Anaal Nathrakh – May 21, 2015 – Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY

If last week’s Amaranthe show was beauty, than the trip to see Anaal Nathrakh in Brooklyn was to be it’s corresponding beast. Being Anaal Nathrakh’s first ever full US tour (they’ve done a few one-off Read more […]

Amaranthe, I Prevail, Santa Cruz – May 15, 2015, The Palladium, Worcester, MA

Determination and persistence are two mainstays in establishing a fervent fan base in North America these days. Bands need to make this territory a priority – no longer content to conduct one touring Read more […]

Saxon, Armored Saint, Seven Witches – Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – The Palladium, Worcester, MA

In my late 20’s would be the last time veteran British band Saxon set foot in New England to play live, as Halloween 2000 they would perform at the much missed Station night club in West Warwick, RI Read more […]

The Agonist, Allegaeon, Product of Hate – Friday, April 17, 2015 – Trickshots, Clifton Park, NY

Whereas my last trip up to Trickshots a few weeks ago was more of an atmospheric occasion, it was known going in that this one was going to be a neckbreaker. Getting together two of my personal favorite Read more […]

Nightwish, Sabaton, Delain – April 11, 2015 – The Palladium, Worcester, MA

Going to a symphonic oriented metal concert in New England is like a special event. It brings out all sorts – from people who like to dress in certain themes, diehards ready to scream at every decibel Read more […]