Concert Reviews

Katatonia / Gost – December 9, 2023 – Level 13, Orlando, FL

Photos by: Brittany Barkasi Slated to be our final show of the year is a fittingly personal and perennial Dead Rhetoric favorite – the Swedish kings of dead ends, last fair deals gone down, hearts falling, Read more […]

Cattle Decapitation / Immolation / Sanguisugabogg / Castrator – November 21, 2023 – The Orpheum, Tampa, FL

Photos by: Brittany Barkasi It’s been quite a year in many ways in the world of music. There have been more tours this year than we could have predicted, and many of them being ones that won’t soon Read more […]

Isiliel – November 7, 2023 – PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA

Releasing her solo debut album as Isiliel earlier this year, Himari Tsukishiro has all but grown up in the Japanese alt-idol scene as part of Necronomidol and Bakuon Dolls Syndrome. She has been zipping Read more […]

Neo Japonism – October 21 and 22, 2023 – PuchiCon, Camelback, PA

Neo Japonism is an alt idol group from Japan that started in 2018, though its current line-up didn’t come to be until 2019. The theme of this particular group is that of ‘fighting,’ though not in Read more […]

Wolves in the Throne Room / Blackbraid / Gaerea / Hoaxed – October 15, 2023 – The Orpheum, Tampa, FL

Photos by: Brittany Barkasi Being the astute self-proclaimed black metal aficionado that yours truly aspires to be, the tour package of the seminal mystics Wolves in the Throne Room, Native American Read more […]

Fires in the Distance / Dawn of Ouroboros / Somnent – October 11, 2023 – The Brass Mug, Tampa, FL

Photos by: Brittany Barkasi There is a nearly uncountable number of bands across all spectrums these days, and even in a position of writing about heavy music for two decades, it can be hard to keep Read more […]

Ne Obliviscaris / Beyond Creation / The Omnific – October 10, 2023 – The Orpheum, Tampa, FL

Photos by: Brittany Barkasi As mentioned in our review of their latest album Exul, Ne Obliviscaris’ pandemic woes resulted in canceled tours in addition to a hefty delay for said album’s release. Now Read more […]

Unearth / Revocation / Entheos / High Command – October 7, 2023 – The Orpheum, Tampa, FL

Photos by: Brittany Barkasi Time is a funny thing. The first time seeing Unearth was on their opening slot on the 2003 Headbanger’s Ball tour – more specifically, at the Pittsburgh date at the long Read more […]

ProgPower USA XXII – Day 3 – September 8, 2023 – Center Stage Theater, Atlanta, GA

Check out the Day 1 and Day 2 recaps! When ProgPower USA first started out, there were only 2 days, but by the 3rd edition, another day was added. Eventually this expanded to 4 days that were billed Read more […]

Hanabie. – September 24, 2023 – Gramercy Theater, New York, NY

For Japanese metal fans in the New York area, September has been an impressive month! PassCode started things off early with a rare performance, Babymetal returned to the area in both Connecticut and Manhattan, Read more […]

ProgPower USA XXII – Day 2 – September 7, 2023 – Center Stage Theater, Atlanta, GA

If you’ve missed the Day 1 recap, please check it out here. After a good night’s sleep, we felt rested and ready for another day of fun and metal (which is basically the same thing). Before the Read more […]

Electric Callboy – September 15, 2023 – Palladium Times Square, New York, NY

You know what metal shows need more of? FUN! With a very firm history of extreme music concerts in my backpocket, which I absolutely love, increasingly over the last few years I’ve longed for something Read more […]

ProgPower USA XXII – Day 1 – September 6, 2023 – Center Stage Theater, Atlanta, GA

If somehow you are unfamiliar with ProgPower USA, let me give you a quick rundown of this amazing festival. The United States is not really known for our metal festivals, but we do have some that are very Read more […]

PassCode – September 5, 2023 – Gramercy Theater, New York, NY

Personally, it was a chance encounter with PassCode’s 5th full-length album Strive in late 2020 that sparked quite a revolution in yours truly’s musical tastes. Being exposed to sounds like Blood Stain Read more […]

Helloween / HammerFall – May 16, 2023 – Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, FL

It’s been awhile since Helloween has played on Florida soil (1989 to be exact), but not nearly as long for HammerFall, who graced us with their presence most recently in 2019. So when the Spring 2023 Read more […]

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 […]

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