Concert Reviews

Midnight / Spirit Adrift / Spiter – May 6, 2023 – The Orpheum, Tampa, FL

Photos by: Brittany Barkasi Speed metal has made quite the resurgence in the last decade plus. These days, you’ll find plenty of festivals with a large focus on this style of metal – with Hell’s Read more […]

Moonspell / Eleine / Oceans of Slumber / Somnent – May 3, 2023 – Conduit, Orlando, FL

Photos by: Brittany Barkasi Being forced to cancel their summer 2022 North American run with Swallow the Sun and Witherfall due to a variety of unfortunate issues, it was unclear when the mighty Portuguese Read more […]

Gorod / Cognitive / Summoning the Lich / Flub – April 11, 2023 – Crowbar, Tampa, FL

Photos by: Brittany Barkasi In support of their latest album The Orb, France’s preeminent progressive/technical death metal group Gorod made their return to the US in a whirlwind 28 date tour that Read more […]

Eyehategod / Goatwhore – April 9, 2023 – The Brass Mug, Tampa, FL

Photos by: Brittany Barkasi Easter Sunday. Typically a day reserved for plastic egg hunts, chocolate, watching a zombie flick or two, and that silly church stuff for those so inclined. For me, it’s Read more […]

Anvil / Midnite Hellion – April 4, 2023 – The Space Ballroom, Hamden, CT

The second leg of the US tour in support of Impact Is Imminent by Canadian veterans Anvil started with four shows in New England – this being the last of the four on a Tuesday evening at The Space Ballroom, Read more […]

Hulder/Blackbraid/Aeviterne/Stress Angel – February 25, 2023 – (Le) Poisson Rouge (LPR), New York, NY

While planning our trip to New York City for Powerwolf (check out our review here), I saw a show announcement that dropped the old jaw like a Looney Tunes short – Hulder announced a one-off headlining Read more […]

Powerwolf/Seven Kingdoms – February 23, 2023 – Palladium Times Square, New York, NY

Powerwolf in Times Square, courtesy of Powerwolf’s Facebook page. The long awaited holy heavy metal mass has finally arrived in the US! While Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2020 was technically the first Read more […]

Stormbringer Metal Festival – June 10-11, 2022 – Ralph’s Rock Diner, Worcester, MA

When you live in New England, it’s not often that an underground traditional heavy metal festival happens in your backyard, but that’s exactly what took place from June 10-11 at Ralph’s Rock Diner Read more […]

Swallow the Sun – November 29, 2021 – Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

Meant to be touring the States last year, Swallow the Sun has finally made it back to US shores for a fall 2021 tour.  Given the drought of touring due to COVID, it seemed like a reasonable Monday night Read more […]

Infected Rain – The Devil’s Dozen (streaming show)

One part of the ‘new reality’ that we live in today is that of live streams.  Love ’em or hate ’em, they are an addition to the world of live music, and are a benefit to musicians who are unable to still Read more […]

Butcher Babies – September 20, 2021 – The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY

It has been quite some time since a live show review was written for this site!  Due to COVID, things went dark for a long time, but now things are opening back up here in the US and that means that it’s Read more […]

RPM Fest 2019 – August 30 – September 1, 2019 – Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club, Montague, MA

It’s been more than four months since RPM Fest wrapped up its fifth year of hosting what has become the biggest heavy music party of the summer in New England, featuring the best in rock, punk and metal. Read more […]

Stitched Up Heart/Kaleido – November 22, 2019 – Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

Six months ago Stitched Up Heart did a short tour with Kaleido (which also hit NJ’s Dingbatz) and the pair of bands hit it off so well that they’ve quickly come back through together again. This time Read more […]

Jinjer – October 2, 2019 – Gramercy Theatre, New York City, NY

It’s been a while since I had traveled down to the heart of NYC for a show. Sure there were some shows at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn last year, but in looking at my expired credit cards on the ParkWhiz app, Read more […]

Kataklysm/Exhorder – September 24, 2019 – The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY

Cancellation. A word no one likes to hear – but has happened at least one other time on this current month-long Meditations Over North America tour featuring Kataklysm, Exhorder, Krisiun, and Hatchet. Read more […]

Delain/Amorphis – September 22, 2019 – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY

It’s nice to have concerts that are announced way in advance in order to make some future plans sometimes, and it gives fans something to look forward to. This Delain/Amorphis/Anneke van Giersbergen tour Read more […]

Soulfly – September 12, 2019 – Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

Always a persistent force on the road, it seems Soulfly was just touring the US in support of their latest album, Ritual, this winter. A tour that also hit Dingbatz back in February. Though said show Read more […]

Flotsam and Jetsam, Cloven Hoof, Vicious Rumors – May 24, 2019 – The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY

A few weeks before the actual night, a couple of separate tours would end up merging onto The Loft portion of the Chance venue – making this normal downstairs show more of a two-tier, mini-festival Read more […]

Metal Church/Doro – May 9, 2019 – The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY

A billing that sure to please old school metal fanataics, Metal Church and Doro teaming up for a 2019 tour with Images of Eden as support offer plenty of evidence that veteran traditional metal acts can Read more […]

The Three Tremors – March 1, 2019 – The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY

Speculation and anticipation abound in the metal landscape, especially when waiting in line to get into a show. Most of the patrons know one of the main three ‘singers’ of The Three Tremors – but Read more […]

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 […]

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