Church of Misery – Atomic Bitchwax – Toke: Live at The Middle East

Walking into The Middle East in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I realized I was unintentionally about to bookend a month-ish long tour by attending both the first date (at Maryland Deathfest) and last date of the U.S. run of Japan’s doom masters, Church of Misery. For this, the final show, the supporting bands were The Atomic Bitchwax from New Jersey and Toke, minus their very recently axed drummer, from North Carolina.Continue reading

Deicide – Origin – Jungle Rot – The Absence: Live at Gramercy Theatre

Legions of fans gathered under the scorching sun to witness a concert only fit for the gates of hell. On June 1st, the Overtures of Blasphemy tour made its stop in New York City as fans descended to a sold out Gramercy Theatre to witness the brutality of Death Metal legends, Deicide. Supporting the bill were the Disciples of Destruction – Origin, Jungle Rot, and The Absence. They gave a performance that was both unforgiving and unforgettable.

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Wolfmother – Lionize: Live at Irving Plaza, New York

06/10/19, Irving Plaza, NYC. Ghost Cult Magazine.

If Andrew Stockdale was American, he’d be as popular as Dave Grohl, Jack White or Josh Homme. Like them, he is immensely talented and a pretty popular guy in his own right, based on the crowds on Wolfmother’s recent mini-tour of the USA. Stockdale and the band (drummer Hamish Rosser and bassist Brad Heald from The Vines) have been in Los Angeles recording at Grohl’s famed 606 Studio, recording the long-awaited follow-up to 2016’s Victorious album. Hopefully, we will have new Wolfmother music in 2020 to enjoy. In the meantime the crowd at Irving Plaza was packed for Monday, good news since the venue is going into hibernation soon for a renovation. Lionize was there as a rare strong opener. We’re curious as to why a headline band that hasn’t done a proper US tour in a decade didn’t have one piece of merch to sell. Still, the band played a long set of hits and deep cuts from all four of their albums, and so the feeling was mutual between the band and its fans. Come back soon guys! Continue reading

Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes – Sharkmuffin: Live at Mercury Lounge

Arriving extra early on an overcast Monday night, there was already a line out the door at Mercury Lounge, the tiny SoHo neighborhood music venue that hosts many up and coming darlings of Rock. This is usually not the place for massive international sensations like Frank Carter and his band The Rattlesnakes usually play. Unless they want to. That’s right, actually. If FCATR wanted to perform at larger venues, they would. They want the intimacy of bricks walls, low ceilings, and no barricades. They want to smell the crowd and get sweaty together. They want to jump around like crazy, but still see the whites of their fans’ eyes and speak directly to their hearts. For such a modern, slick band that makes incredible music, this is extremely Punk Rock. Bands used to mean more back then and were able to use music to take us someplace else for a little while. A lot of things tonight kept bringing me back to this feeling.
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Gozu Live at Sanctuary, Detroit MI

Hamtramck is a cozy-sized town that rests in the heart of the city of Detroit. Surrounded by The Motor City, the younger vibrant venue, The Sanctuary brings a fresh flavor of heaviness to Ham Town. These guys have something happening on their stage nearly every night. The surge of live music around the home of Motown is part of the city’s beautiful, ongoing restoration. Boston’s own Gozu is a hardworking band that have been on a short headlining run for the last couple of weeks. The Sanctuary was lucky enough to be one of their stops.Continue reading

Overkill – Life of Agony – Death Angel: Live at Playstation Theatre

New York City is surely one of the hubs of metal in the world. We have many great venues that host metal shows, several great metal bars, and a lineage of local area metal bands. Of course, you don’t get to see them perform together every day either! Lucky for us this is what happened when the already amazing Overkill and Death Angel tour had the added bonus of Life of Agony for this one special night! It was madness trying to get into the venue as a result of all the hype (a snafu with understaffed security and ticket window staff) and we missed seeing the good dudes in tour openers Mothership! By all accounts from those who made it in early, they tore shit up! Continue reading

Symphony X – Savage Messiah: Live at Coventry Empire 4th June

Hot on the heels of the release of their latest album, Demons (Century Media), London based Savage Messiah are wasting no time in getting out on the road and promoting the hell out of it. Of the nine songs the band tears through in front of an excitable Coventry crowd, ‘The Fateful Dark’ is the sole representative of any of their previous releases, the others culled exclusively from the new record.Continue reading

Alexisonfire Live at Terminal 5

Alexisonfire has returned with first new music in ten years with a brand new 7″ single ‘Complicit’! The track is straight fire and sees the band at the full strength of their power. Complicit is available is a standard black seven-inch vinyl with a limited pressing of a translucent red variant randomly inserted throughout stock quantities. That power was also on display last week at Terminal 5 with Angel Du$t, as part of a series of shows worldwide to promote the track. Make sure to catch their remaining shows in Los Angeles, Toronto and Ottowa with support from bands like Drug Chuch and the Dirty Nil. Continue reading