Mutoid Man at Saint Vitus Bar

Mutoid Man

06-05-2017

At Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn NY

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Rock Allegiance Festival: Talen Energy Stadium

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The second annual Rock Allegiance Festival and was one of the most fun times I can remember at a music festival. From the location on the water outside of Philly to the stadium, to the third stage area, food options, beer gardens, VIP amenities, signings and special performances and of course the bands; this was a dream to a music lover with many types of rock, metal, and punk bands represented. It was also my birthday , so it was especially rad! Continue reading

Doro: Live at Blackthorn 51, Queens New York

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Even after thirty-plus years of being a metal lifer, Doro Pesch still displays a youthful glow and attitude in every song she and her band performs. If you didn’t know what year it was, you wouldn’t be able to tel from her voice. Doro is one of the strongest vocalists in a live setting. She’s damn near timeless. With a 20 song mix spanning her entire career from Warlock to more recent songs, they are a high-energy outfit.

Right from the start, they hit you with classic Warlock songs ‘Earthshaker Rock’, the mega sing-along ‘Burning the Witches’ and ‘I Rule the Ruins’. There was very little room for rest as they went into newer songs like ‘Raise Your Fist in the Air’. Nearly every album Doro sang on was covered in this thunderous set list.

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Doro, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

 

Doro, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Doro, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Doro took a moment to mention her dearly departed friend and rock and roll legend Lemmy (If I have to tell you who he is, than you shouldn’t be reading this). She dedicated the night and song ‘Without You’ in his honor. You could really feel the emotions resonating from the stage on this one. It was truly a powerful moment. To help bring the energy back up, long time drummer Johnny Dee dazzled the audience with a killer drum solo. Then both guitarists, Luca Princitto and Bas Maas traded their axes in for keyboards on ‘Fuer Immer’. Fellow tour mates Madame Mayhem joined the band onstage for the Warlock über fan favorite, ‘All We Are’. Of course just about everyone in the place also joined in singing this metal anthem.

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Doro, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Closing out the show, they went with the Judas Priest classic, ‘Breaking the Law’ and ‘Love Me in Black’. Seeing Doro live isn’t just a metal history lesson, it’s a right of passage.

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Dream Theater: Live at Radio City Music Hall

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It seemed that fans of Dream Theater were torn between the performance of their two and a half hour opus and new album, The Astonishing (Roadrunner). Fans always want to hear classic songs along side the new ones, but you can’t always get what you want. Call it a concept album or rock opera, whichever you prefer, it was a damn fine night of music.

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Dream Theater, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Aided by an impressive video wall to bring the story of “The Great Northern Empire of the Americas” to life, you felt like as if you were watching a movie with a live soundtrack. Guitarist and story mastermind John Petrucci along with his ever growing beard, played the heaviest mix of acoustic an electric guitar throughout the night I’ve ever seen him do. ‘The Answer’ clearly demonstrates that statement. From ‘The Gift of Music’ to the title track, James LaBrie’s vocals just drew you into the world of Nomacs and musical rebellion. With song a like ‘A New Beginning’, it covers the spectrum of darkness and light that the album portraits. As well as some solid bass grooving from John Myung too.

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Dream Theater, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

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After a fifteen minute intermission, they returned to the stage for the second half of the this massive album. Drummer, Mike Mangini just makes everything look easy, we get a few flourishes for insanity on ‘Moment of Betrayal’ and on ‘Three Days’. The second half of the creative team Jordan Rudess, brought his atmospheric tones is the bridge from song to song. He carries the themes and regal-ness through ‘Brother, Can You Hear Me’ and ‘Begin Again’. Overall, the show was good if you were prepared just to hear this album. Simple in some parts complex in others, “The Astonishing Live” was the right show for a venue like Radio City Music Hall.

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Dream Theater, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

 

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Killswitch Engage – Candiria: Live At Bowery Ballroom

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As part of their promotion of their new album Incarnate (Roadrunner) Killswitch Engage launched five sold out shows through out New York and Brooklyn. We attended night number two of the Incarnate Takeover of NYC.

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With a revolving list of special guest openers for this mini tour, we were treated to New York heavy weights Candiria. Vocalist Carly Coma and company went with a set mainly compromised from their last two albums ‘C.O.M.A. Imprint’ and ‘What Doesn’t Kill You…’. The crowd didn’t seem to mind one bit as they slammed and bashed along to the odd-timing grooves of drummer Ken Schalk. They even tossed in a new song from their forthcoming new album from Metal Blade Records, to let the world know they’re not done yet.

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Ken Schalk of Candiria, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

When Killswitch Engage followed up, the crowd was already rabid. It felt like an old-school metal show, full of stage driving and sing a longs. I mean A LOT of stage diving! Even from frontman Jessie Leach who took it a step further and after diving into the crowd, kept singing and made his was up to the balcony to his mom. He later shouted her out for coming out. What a great wireless system, and Mother. No one got hurt and had a great time from what I saw as I moshed my way about the photo pit-less venue. I went through great lengths to get these photos, and my camera and I both survived in one piece. (Well two if wanna be technical). As promised they played a new song from the album each night and tonight’s’ was ‘Alone I Stand’ and as a bonus, ‘Hate by Design’.

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Killswitch Engage, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

The amount of fans on stage at any one point was staggering to keep up with. BAND Drinks were drunk and Adam D. snatched phones and took pics and videos of himself on fans phones. Even a few awkward selfies were taken too. Set list wise, they covered just about every album except the self-titled one. Still, a really solid set of songs covering over 16 years of fun-loving KSE hijinks. I believe this set the bar for the rest of the shows to follow on this tour. No one throws down like New York crowd.

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Killswitch Engage, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

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Killswitch Engage, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

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Geoff Tates’ Operation: Mindcrime – Live at The Chance in Poughkeepsie

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Operation: Mindcrime, in support of their début album took to the legendary venue of The Chance to showcase material from The Key (Frontiers Records) album and as well as Queensryche classics in 90 minute set full of musicianship. With openers Mike Campesa, Christian Gisondi and Parallel Universe the crowd was well primed for a night of stories through songs.

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Parallel Universe, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Opening with a string of ‘Rchye songs starting with ‘Neue Regal’ and ‘Screaming in Digital’, the show was one big sing-a-long. Along for the ride again with Geoff Tate are drummer Simon Wright, the masterful time-keeper who just handled everything with such ease. Keyboardist wizard Randy Gane and guitar maestro Kelly Gray (who looks more like a frontiersman sheriff nowadays) bring their A game and some solid harmonies. New to the fold is second guitarist Scott Moughton and bassist Tim Fernley who both fit in smoothly with the bunch. They gel so well you forget they’re the rookies of the group.

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Operation Mindcrime, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

 

Keeping the crowd guessing, the band went into an acoustic set of ‘Jet City Woman’, ‘Take Hold of the Flame’, ‘Silent Lucidity’ and ‘The Weight of the World’. After another story intro from Geoff, they preformed a slew of songs from The Key. From opener ‘Burn’ and ‘Re-Inventing the Future’ you get a glimpse at what this band has in store for this first act of a massively planned trilogy. With saxophone in hand they went into ‘The Fall’ which is one of my favorite songs off the album. Ending the night with ‘Breaking the Silence’ and ‘Empire’, everyone in attendance seemed well satisfied with the song choices of the evening.

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Operation Mindcrime, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

From opener to headliner, this was a great night for progressive music fans. The year’s early, but this is easily one of my favorite shows of 2016. Operation: Mindcrime is a must see live act.

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Operation Mindcrime, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

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Operation Mindcrime, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

 

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