CONCERT REVIEW: Heilung – Eivør – Lili Refrain Live at 013


 

This tour package is one of the many that were postponed from the pandemic, originally expected in early 2020, but now two years later, Heilung finally returns. Sadly, not with the original support of Gaahls Wyrd, but bringing the equally if differently impressive Eivør, and Lili Refrain. Tonight is a night with a theme of mythic vocals and the gods of old.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Royal Thunder – Spotlights – Boozewa Live at Saint Vitus Bar


1-5-23, St Vitus, Brooklyn, NY

This was a hell of a show from start to finish and the best way I could have started the 2023 year if you want to quantize it that way. Boozewa (ˈbooze-ˌwä), features members of Backwoods Payback, hailing from West Chester, PA started the night off. Good lord, riffmas stayed late this year and treated Brooklyn with a healthy heaping of head-banging, fun time signatures, thick bass, and caveman drums.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Killswitch Engage, Rivers of Nihil, Unearth, and Lybica at the Starland Ballroom


It was a chilly night in December at The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ for the sold -out Holidaze Rager 2 tour featuring Killswitch Engage, Rivers of Nihil, Unearth, and Lybica. As the parking lot quickly filled up and fans lined up, it was evident we were all about to experience a high-energy show to match the anticipatory buzz of the crowd. The venue has a maximum capacity of 2500 people, and it certainly felt that way as the night developed.


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CONCERT REVIEW: W.A.S.P. – Armored Saint Live at The Regency Ballroom


A seasonably cold night in the Bay Area was heated up considerably by old-school, razor-sharp American Heavy Metal riffs on this late November night. All the usual suspects were out in their finest vintage shirts bought on ebay and secondhand spikes and leather as W.A.S.P. made their long-awaited return to North America on their 40th Anniversary tour. The crowd was extra-hopped up (pun intended) from the second I got on line outside the venue. Clearly, people were pre-gaming at nearby watering hole spots like Tommy’s Joynt, The Cinch Saloon, or Harper and Rye.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Exhumed – Vitriol – Escuela Grind – Castrator Live at The Meadows Brooklyn


With a Sunday night show to cap Thanksgiving weekend, veteran death metallers Exhumed stomped into NYC in support of their latest album “To the Dead.” (Read our review here.)

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CONCERT REVIEW: Trinity Of Terror Tour III – Motionless In White, Black Veil Brides, Ice Nine Kills, Atreyu Live at Nashville Municipal Auditorium


 

Let’s be real—You don’t get to do a tour three times without it being a damn good tour. The Trinity Of Terror, comprised of horror metal icons Ice Nine Kills, Black Veil Brides, and Motionless In White, hit the road together for one more time.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Prong – Damn Your Eyes – Blud Red Roses Live at Debonair Music Hall


 

I’m a big fan of Prong so I was obviously excited back in September when my editor texted me to let me know my request had been approved for the show that evening. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that a few short days later I would be in a horrific car accident that would have me off of commission and bed-bound for a few months. so that night was gonna become more memorable for me as it would be the last one for a while.Continue reading


CONCERT REVIEW: Batushka – Hate Live At The Brooklyn Monarch


 


Batushka and Hate took on The Brooklyn Monarch! I was very excited to be able to see these two Polish black metal titans together on the same bill. Hate, who I’ve seen a few times, always brings energy to the crowd and effectively keeps me coming back for more. Their rifts are heavy and evil, filled with anger and that undeniable black metal spirit. In direct contrast with their crowd, who were surprisingly friendly for being fans of a band called Hate. They were very accommodating to me coming in late and taking photos, and for that I would like to thank them. Fans would let me pop right in and out with ease, though my luck ran out when the almighty Batushka took the stage.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Amon Amarth – Carcass – Obituary – Cattle Decapitation Live at the Andrew J. Brady Music Center


 

The Great Heathen Army Tour marched through Cincinnati and Amon Amarth set the town ablaze.

Metal masters Amon Amarth have been chasing the peasants away for thirty years. They are presently on tour in support of The Great Heathen Army (Metal Blade) record that came out earlier this year, and they brought along Cattle Decapitation, Obituary, and Carcass for the ride.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Mercyful Fate – Kreator – Midnight Live at Kings Theatre



Going to the King’s Theatre always feels like a pilgrimage if you don’t have a car. It’s a little trek from the closest train station. But, it’s worth it to see the legendary Mercyful Fate. The last I saw them was also in Brooklyn, in 1999 for the 9 album tour at the (former) “Rock Capital of Brooklyn”, L’Amour. So this was a hell of a size upgrade. I’ve seen all of these bands at different times. It’s fitting to catch them at such a fancy venue.

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