After a year and change of no live shows, every single band on the planet has got to adapt themselves into the world of live streaming. The few live stream concerts I’ve seen have portrayed each band’s unique style and vision, but none as bizarre as The Melvins’ Volume 3: Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! which aired last Saturday, May 1st. The complete show is exactly what you would expect from this legendary band. The live stream started with acoustic versions of ‘Dark Brown Teeth’, a King Buzzo cover, and ‘Up The Dumper’. The most interesting and funny aspect of this particular live stream is that it felt like you were hanging out with the band in between songs. Each transition from song to song had a small interview that started with the whole band, then with Buzz Osborne, followed by Steven McDonald, and finishing with Dale Crover. Each interview featured hilarious stories of the band and their lives that covered the usage of masks to, of course, weed. The overall performance of the band was superb with a sound the sound quality you would expect from a band like The Melvins and the visuals were in the more psychedelic side that went along well with each of the played tracks. Overall this was a fun and refreshing way of conducting a live stream event and one that only sets up for the upcoming return of live shows.Continue reading
Magnetic Eye Records and Blues Funeral Recordings are hosting a Day of Doom Livestream on May 15th, 2021! The event serves as a virtual sequel to Magnetic Eye’s massive Day of Doom Live label showcase at Saint Vitus Bar in 2019. Bands performing includes Domkraft, Heavy Temple, Somnuri, Howling Giant, and Caustic Casanova. It goes down on 5/5 at 5pm EDT (New York) / 23:00 CEST (Berlin, Paris) and will be streaming directly from the Magnetic Eye Facebook and at this link below, free of charge.
The last live show I attended was on February 22nd, 2020 watching Opeth at the Apollo Theater in New York City. It was a magical night, but little did I know that was going to be the last live music I was going to be watching perform in a year. I miss live shows, as I’m sure every single one of you does as well and I was particularly reminded of this since the beginning of last week. Having said that, when The Ocean Collective announced that they were going to play a live stream show of their amazing album Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic (Pelagic Records) in its entirety, I immediately jumped to my feet and said: “I NEED to watch that”, I knew it was going to be magical as everything the German band does.
Presented by Deathwish Coffee, Dropkick Murphys are holding a St. Patrick’s Day Stream 2021…Still Locked Down! Presented By Pega…Sponsored By YOU, today, Wednesday, March 17 At 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT. Dropkicks perform a series of St. patty’s Day shows and tours every year but could not last year due to the pandemic. Tune into the stream at the link below right now!
Puscifer, led by Maynard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle, has announced their next livestream event, following their incredible “Existential Reckoning” Live At the Arcosanti” (review here) stream. “Billy D and The Hall of Feathered Serpents featuring Money $hot by Puscifer” debuts on Keenan’s April 17 birthday, and reprises the Luchador-infused performances surrounding the band’s 2016 album, Money $hot (which will be played in its entirety). The production is once again presented as a collaboration with Danny Wimmer Presents (Sonic Temple, Louder Than Life, Aftershock Sacramento, Welcome To Rockville) will take place at The Mayan Theater, Los Angeles’ historic 1920s era revivalist theater featuring original artwork by Mexican painter and sculptor Francisco Cornejo, serves as the backdrop to the one-time outing. The elaborate cultural landmark, with its jaw-dropping Mayan calendar infused chandelier and a lobby dedicated to the bird-meets-reptilian deity Quetzalcoatl, gave birth to the performance’s title. “While looking both forward and backwards, we stumbled into The Hall of Feathered Serpents,” explains Mat Mitchell. “The perfect site to pay homage to the Money $hot album and tour.” Watch the trailer now.
Avatar took my live stream “virginity” away in this concert Ages|Madness from their series of Livestream concerts titled Ages, which has been running since January 9th and will end this upcoming weekend on January 30th. The Swedish band demonstrated why they are one of the most popular and entertaining bands in the genre right now by giving a performance that very well is worth the “price of admission” that COVID normalcy has given us for these types of events since we cannot go to live shows for the time being. Avatar was able to set a tone and ambiance like no other with this performance which was concentrated on tracks from the albums Black Waltz (Gain Music Entertainment) and Hail the Apocalypse (eOne Music).
Ho holy shit, did you catch The Black Dahlia Murder’s holiday livestream? I hope you did because it was a Christmas miracle. Aptly titled “Yule `Em All,” this was definitely not your typical livestream (or Black Dahlia show, for that matter.) Jam-packed with the bands’ trademark sense of humor and brutal riffage, the night was fueled by holiday joy and metal mayhem.
Devin Townsend has given fans a special Christmas present this year, in a year filled with gifts of music from the maestro. He has made his Christmas livestream available for all to enjoy on YouTube here!
En Minor is a project that had been rattling around in Philip H. Anselmo“s head since he was a child; they are an unexpectedly emotional and deeply serious sound that freefalls out of the genres most of the band members are associated with, including Anselmo himself, and into uncharted territory. Unconventional and, in many ways, experimental, their 2020 release, When the Cold Truth Has Worn Its Miserable Welcome Out (Housecore Records) is steeped in reverence to the Jazz tradition in New Orleans, and maybe more markedly serves as a morose interpretation of a Jazz Funeral March with hints of Vaudeville; an unironic gothic twist on Tom Waits that Anselmo has since self-described as Depression Core.
Blackened Death Metal band Goatwhore has announced an exclusive livestream on January 9th with tickets on sale now! The multi-camera event will take place Saturday, January 9th, 2021 at 3PM PST//6PM EST. You can get tickets at the link below.