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: Dystopian Future Movies – Din of Celestial Birds – Civil Service Live at The Wharf Chambers


Dystopian Future Movies – 2022 – Credit: Rich Price Photography

Leeds’s The Wharf Chambers is an interesting little venue, a worker’s co-op pub and music space which at first was a little bit difficult to find. But once you do there’s a feeling of going back in time, not only in feel but also prices, 70p for a pint of diet coke no less. I’m coming back here, definitely.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Trivium – Between The Buried And Me – Whitechapel – Khemmis Live at Palladium Times Square


I was elated to hear the announcement of Trivium’s “Deadmen and Dragons” tour because it screamed nostalgia to me: three of four bands emerged in my personal golden era of musical discovery (early 2000s); add to that Khemmis, spirited doom-metallers who I’ve never seen live, I knew it would be spectacular. Continue reading

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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CONCERT REVIEW: Nile – Krisiun – In Element – Decrepid Live at HMV Empire, Coventry

The first thing you notice about The Empire is that it’s moved a mile and a half from its old site on Far Gosford Street and into a shopping precinct. The site of a former cinema and sports retail outlet, the new location has allowed an increase in capacity by around 400, enabling it to hold up to around 1300 people. A cavernous space at the top of a flight of stationary escalators, the venue is split into a large merch area, bar and cafe, with a quick walk through to the main live area.

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CONCERT REVIEW: The Contortionist – Rivers Of Nihil Live at Old National Centre, Indianapolis


The Contortionist finished their Fall tour with Rivers of Nihil last Saturday at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was a concept tour in a way. Not only did The Contortionist play two of their albums in their entirety, but Rivers of Nihil also played an album straight through. That is something I had never seen before.

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CONCERT REVIEW: The Soap Girls – Felicia – Live at The Den, Harrogate


Walking into The Den in Harrogate I was initially convinced I’d gone to the wrong place. This was a sports bar; the football was on. Double check, no this is the right place. Spotting a few of the bands by a stage in between pool tables, I must be in the same place.

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: ArcTanGent Festival 2022 Live at Fernhill Farm – Bristol UK


Having steadily grown since its inception in 2013, ArcTanGent Festival’s 2022 event is a three-day, five-stage (plus single-stage warm-up day) outdoor affair showcasing a curated lineup of over 120 metal, rock and alternative artists with a focus on post-rock, progressive and experimental styles. 2022 marks the return of ArcTanGent to Fernhill Farm near Bristol following the inevitable cancellation of the previous two years’ festivals.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Accept – Narcotic Wasteland Live At The Token Lounge

Old school metal lovers gathered on the west side of Detroit last Saturday to witness the acclaimed and beloved band, Accept. Nestled on the borders of two of the city’s burbs, The Token Lounge is a cozy-sized venue that has been serving Livonia, Westland, and beyond for over fifty years. Known for welcoming everyone from world famous bands to local artists down the street, this hallowed hall was a special spot to host the legendary German/American act. Touring for the first time in a while, Accept have been excited to promote their sixteenth full-length, Too Mean to Die (Nuclear Blast Records) that came out in 2021. Read our review here! Their show last weekend hit town near the end of their month-long North American run, and we Michiganders were happy to have them.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Iron Maiden – Within Temptation Live at The DCU Center


Iron Maiden brought its Legacy of the Beast world tour to the DCU Center in Worcester Massachusetts on October 17th. On this cold, rainy night thousands of Maiden fans were treated to an amazing show. Tour openers Within Temptation started the evening off with a powerful performance as the arena was filling to capacity. Vocalist Sharon den Adel’s phenomenal vocal range and stage presence got the audience amped up. Playing songs off their last album Resist, fans sang along as loud as they could. I had never seen Within Temptation before tonight, but they absolutely gained a new fan.

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