Clutch – Killswitch Engage – – Cro-Mags JM Live at The Capitol Theatre

In one of the killer tours of late summer, Killswitch Engage armed with their new album and Clutch riding high on a series of new covers/singles totally lit up the night at The Capitol Theatre. The quaint and historic theater in sleepy Port Chester, New York has been around forever. It’s known as “The Original Rock Palace” for a reason.  When a co-headline tour like this comes around the place fills up and the pit jumps off! Opening the show on this tour was Cro-Mags JM (as in John Joseph and Mackie Jason). The band played their hits, and considering they were both early influences on both bill toppers, this pairing is a great fit! Clutch has been on fire the last few years and are a must-see band live! Few frontmen can command a crowd as Neal Fallon can. Lastly, KsE came armed to the teeth with new music to play. The crushing ‘Unleashed’, and the soulful Punk energy of ‘I Am Broken Too’ are straight-up face-melters from their new album Atonement (Metal Blade) which was not quite out at the time of this show. Check out Rosa Miller’s photos from the night and do not miss these bands when they hit your town for a show!

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REVIEW: (Hed) P.E Live at The Cavalier Theatre, La Crosse Wisconsin

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There are just some bands that a person has to see whenever there is an opportunity, plain and simple. I made the mistake of not going to a concert in 1993, citing that I would see them next time, well, there was no next time. Since that moment in history, I rarely miss the shows of bands that are meaningful to me. One of the bands that I have on my must-see list is (Hed) P.E., I am hoping they are on your list too. My youngest spawn asked me a while ago how many time I have seen (Hed) P.E. and I surprised myself when I counted the shows I had attended. Continue reading

REVIEW: Neurosis – Bell Witch – Deafkids Live at The Paradise

Fresh from their summer tour of Europe with Godflesh and YOB, Neurosis did a quick run of dates in the USA as well. The band is not only supporting their last full-length album Fires Within Fires (Neurot Recordings), but the and has just released a re-mastered and deluxe version of their excellent Neurosis + Jarboe album, remastered by Bob Weston (Shellac), at Chicago Mastering Service, with all new artwork from Aaron Turner (Sumac, Old Man Gloom) and released it on vinyl for the first time ever (also Neurot). Ghost Cult’s Hillarie Jason took in the Boston date of the tour at The Paradise Rock Club with acclaimed Doom band Bell Witch and Neurosis’ hardcore protegees Deafkids opening. Continue reading

REVIEW: Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue Live at The Cavalier Theatre

I have always fancied myself as unique and quirky, to quote Winona Ryder in the blockbuster movie Beetlejuice: “I myself am strange and unusual”. My penchant for things out of the ordinary led me to an ensemble opulent in all things strange and unusual, Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Review. Continue reading

The Dirty Heads – 311 – The Interrupters – Bikini Trill – Dreamers: Live at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

Pop, Punk Rock, Ska, and… Hip-Hop?! Alright, I’m in! Gilford, New Hampshire was host to what is probably the most fun-loving tour of the summer, the co-headlining tour of California’s The Dirty Heads and Nebraska’s own 311, along with The Interrupters, Bikini Trill, and Dreamers. Continue reading

Deicide – Krisiun – Damim Live at The Underworld, Camden, UK

Anoxide takes to the stage and the room starts to fill. Occasional blastbeats growls, and riffs a-plenty, this local Death metal act make a good impression on the people around me as much as myself, with the headbanging the best indication that, despite the early start, they are certainly worth their spot on the bill. The room is busier than expected by the end of their set and their tight set is worthy of the applause they get. Continue reading