Concert Reviews

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 […]

Karyn Crisis’ Gospel of the Witches – March 28, 2015 – Trickshots, Clifton Park NY

It’s not often that you can say that you got to see the first performance of a top tier act. That being said, when the opportunity presented itself to see Karyn Crisis’ first show with Gospel of the Witches, Read more […]

Armageddon, Framework, Carnivora, Aversed, Thunderforge – February 7, 2015 – Sammy’s Patio, Revere, MA

Sometimes when it comes to metal shows in the winter…you have to hope for the best weather-wise, especially in New England. Over the past 2 weeks it seems the sky has opened up and dumped a metric ton Read more […]

Black Metal Warfare Tour – January 27, 2015 – El Corazón, Seattle, WA

On a damp and cloudy Tuesday night, at a small sized and beer soaked rock club on Eastlake Avenue in Seattle, Black Metal Warfare was unleashed upon the Seattle faithful in a four-hour melee of satanic Read more […]

Dark Tranquillity/Insomnium – January 12, 2015 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA

Two winters in a row for a jaunt such as this for the steadfast Swedes, who are closing out the touring run in support of 2013’s Construct. And Dark Tranquillilty’s profile may be sturdier than the Read more […]

Skull Fist, Elm Street, Night Demon – January 6, 2015 – Firehouse 13, Providence RI

Night five of the You’re Gonna Pay US tour pulling together bands from Canada, Australia, and California would hit another Providence, RI venue that I had not ventured into previously, Firehouse 13, Read more […]

Arch Enemy, Kreator, Huntress, Starkill – October 26, 2014 – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY

Making a second run up to Upstate Concert Hall, after being there just over a week ago for Amon Amarth/Sabaton. New York City might have been a bit closer, but Starkill wasn’t playing NYC, and I figured Read more […]

Onslaught, Artillery, VX36, Ravage – October 24, 2014 – The Middle East Nightclub, Cambridge MA

Pre-warned during my interview session with guitarist Nige Rockett and bassist Jeff Williams of Onslaught that the early dates of this tour could be more like Onslaught goes punk, I went in hoping for Read more […]

Judas Priest – October 18, 2014 – Peterson Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Six years ago on their co-headline tour with Heaven and Hell, Priest looked tired, and frankly, due for retirement. Whether it was the combination of the lackluster response to Nostradamus, KK Downing’s Read more […]

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 […]