Concert Reviews

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 […]

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 […]