Concert Reviews

Amon Amarth, Sabaton – October 17, 2014 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY

Options were limited for a weekday show viewing this bill in New England (either a three and a half hour trek north to Burlington, VT on a Tuesday or 1 ½ hours south to Hartford, CT on a Wednesday), so Read more […]

Within Temptation, Amaranthe – October 11, 2014 – The Palladium, Worcester, MA

A meeting of the old guard and the new of sorts at the Palladium tonight, Within Temptation establishing themselves for years as headliners through their consistent symphonic metal meets alternative catalog, Read more […]

Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot – October 8, 2014 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA

Strangely dubbed the “Carnival of Death” tour, a moniker that was most certainly used in the early 00’s when nu metal was all the rage, the pairing of Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, Read more […]

Rivers of Nihil/Black Crown Initiate – September 23, 2014 – Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY

As one of the more entertaining tour names of the fall season, the Reading Rainbow tour features the two shining extreme metal acts (of said Pennslyvania town), Rivers of Nihil and Black Crown Initiate. Read more […]

Sonata Arctica – September 6, 2014 – The Palladium, Worcester, MA

Last time Finland power metal veterans Sonata Arctica hit New England, it was the start of a cold winter in 2012, and they would have Arsis as their openers. Fast forward to today, and unbeknownst to everyone Read more […]

Arsis – September 3, 2014 – Santos Party House – New York City, NY

In my metal tenure, I’ve never gotten to witness Arsis in the live setting despite their touring escapades. When this tour was announced, with Arsis playing the entirety of A Celebration of Guilt, plus Read more […]

Primal Fear – May 23, 2014 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA

Road trips are a necessity for lifers of the metal scene, not only for the bands that need to travel around the globe for their fanbase, but the audiences who clamor to see their favorite artists. Months Read more […]

Thantifaxath – May 19, 2014 – Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY

With a billing of Castevet, Thantifaxath, Pyrrhon, and Artificial Brain, this was bound to be a night that any fans of forward-thinking extreme metal would leave the venue reduced to drooling and slobbering.  Read more […]

New England Metal and Hardcore Festival: Day Three, April 19, 2014 – The Palladium, Worcester, MA

An annual tradition in Worcester, MA,  the three day New England Metal and Hardcore Festival pours through in mid-April, typically before Patriots Day. The 16th installment took place on April 17-19, Read more […]

Destruction – March 18, 2014 – The Palladium, Worcester, MA

Ah, the day after a major drinking holiday in Massachusetts. Saint Patrick’s Day can be a festive occasion for some and a major imbibing excursion which leads into a massive hangover for others. Tuesday night Read more […]

Rivers of Nihil – February 22, 2014 – Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY

Living in the Hudson Valley for a little while now, I’ve always grimaced when shows have come through NYC and not been able to get down there (wife, kids, commitments; all those fun adult things).  Read more […]

Amon Amarth/Enslaved – February 6, 2014 – Mr. Smalls Theater, Pittsburgh, PA

Going without a shirt in order to show off Viking runic symbols on one’s body > The woes of illness and/or hypothermia in 15-degree weather. Ah, to be young and careless, right? A young gentlemen, no Read more […]

Dark Tranquillity/Omnium Gatherum – February 4, 2014, The Palladium, Worcester, MA

Birthdays can be a time of joy or contemplation, especially when you get beyond your 20’s. This particular tour of Sweden’s Dark Tranquillity, Finland’s Omnium Gatherum, and California’s Exmortus Read more […]

Slayer – November 20, 2013 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA

The spaciousness of Stage AE affords show-goers the opportunity to chuck projectiles as they see fit. There’s nothing preventing anyone from bringing their beverage of choice onto the main floor, and by Read more […]

Morbid Angel – November 8, 2013 – Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC

It had been quite a while since Morbid Angel’s last visit to Charlotte, a fact frontman David Vincent would allude to early in their set, but that hardly seemed to matter as a rabid crowd packed the Read more […]

Soulfly – October 25, 2013 – Ground Zero, Spartanburg, SC

Though metal bands don’t often grace South Carolina, usually setting up camp in its northern counterpart or Georgia, when they do, it’s a safe bet that Ground Zero will be the venue of choice. Located Read more […]

Overkill/Kreator – November 1, 2013- The Palladium, Worcester, MA

The “Legends of Thrash” tour hit the Palladium in Worcester, MA on a Friday night, with an emo-core oriented show headlined by Attila upstairs in the small, sold-out confines. Heckling ensued outside between Read more […]

Death Angel – October 31, 2013 – The Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA

The second show in three years of importance to fall on Halloween in Pittsburgh (the other being Opeth/Katatonia, where upon this scribe’s fiancee nearly passed out during Opeth’s set due to utter boredom), Read more […]

Soulfly/Havok – October 12, 2013 – Bernie’s, Nashua, NH

Renaming a club can be a tough sell, but it looks like Bernie’s is hoping to be another small venue for national and international heavy acts to showcase their talent in within New England. Soulfly and Read more […]

Vicious Rumors/Seven Witches – October 2, 2013 – The Middle East Nightclub, Cambridge, MA

As an old school die-hard, there was no way I would miss this show; as soon as the tour dates were announced I put in for a vacation day from work to make the hour trek to Cambridge, MA for Vicious Rumors, Read more […]

Helloween – September 29, 2013 – Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH

Helloween makes a North American trek about once every five years, preferring to play a string of select dates as opposed to the standard 4-6 week run. It’s a move done with consideration to costs and Read more […]

Katatonia/Cult of Luna – September 26, 2013 – Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA

The fourth consecutive year Katatonia has ventured over to North America, 2013 doesn’t see a new release from the Swedes, but a three-headed monster in the form of a live release (Last Fair Deal Gone Read more […]

Vader – September 20, 2013 – The Oasis Bar and Grill, Charleston, SC

The US incarnation of Vader’s “Back to the Black Tour,” consisting of six bands looking to mercilessly pummel Charleston back to the colonial period, descended on the Holy City (irony duly noted) Read more […]

Anathema/Alcest – September 20, 2013 – Peabody’s Down Under, Cleveland, OH

Roughly halfway through Anathema’s set, a crowd-goer shouted “Play whatever you want!” This, after a large sign was hoisted with the suggestion the band play one of their older, metal-inclined songs. (DR Read more […]

BATS – June 28, 2013 – Whelans, Dublin, IR

Currently without a home since the demise of the Richter Collective label in 2012 BATS are out to impress on their first Dublin date in a long time and right away, it’s straight-in-no-kissing with a Read more […]

Killswitch Engage – June 11, 2013 – Best Buy Theater, New York, NY

Nearly six months after Killswitch Engage came to Brooklyn, the Boston boys were back in New York Tuesday night for a gig at the sold-out Best Buy Theater in Times Square. The December show in Williamsburg Read more […]

Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste, Shadows Fall, Holy Grail– April 16, 2013 – House of Blues, Cleveland, OH

The 2013 Metal Alliance tour rounded up to be one hell of a salivating lineup.  Thrash legends Anthrax topped the bill, with Exodus as main support?  Fantastic.  Add in an impressive lineup of  Municipal Read more […]

Exodus – April 15, 2013 – Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA

The 2013 installment of the Metal Alliance tour with Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste, High on Fire, and Holy Grail opted to bypass Pittsburgh this year, hitting up neighboring Cleveland instead. Wisely Read more […]

U.D.O. – April 11, 2013 – The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY

What lengths will people go to in order to see their musical heroes from youth? In my case, with U.D.O. hitting North American shores for the first time in 13 years, if he’s not performing close to your Read more […]

Soilwork – March 21, 2013 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA

Soilwork’s 2013 North American tour – a grueling 65-date run – was in full speed when it hit Pittsburgh. This lovely city, of course, is the namesake of the band’s “The Pittsburgh Syndrome,” so there’s Read more […]