Archive for the ‘live reviews’ Category

Blood/Fire/Death: Watain douses Brooklyn

By: Sean Frasier Posted in: featured, live reviews On: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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Brooklyn Night Bazaar – June 15th, 2014 Photography by Rodrigo Fredes of PhotoTerco It was Father's Day, so I arrived early and called my pops outside the venue. I informed him I was seeing a Swedish metal band named Watain shortly, who would likely spit animal blood at the audience. “Well have fun, enjoy your night,” was his mild reply, like I just said I was going out for Thai food. ...

My Scion Rockfest 2014 Experience in Shitty iPhone Photos

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, live reviews On: Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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While everyone else is reporting from that East Coast festival this week, we here at Decibel's Los Angeles Bureau are lazy and don't like to go further than 43.5 miles from our home base. Fortunately, on May 17, Scion held their annual Rockfest in Pomona, which is exactly that distance. Sweet! I was there, and I dutifully took a bunch of photos with my iPhone. Because nothing else really captures ...

Soul Survivors: Saint Vitus play Born Too Late in its entirety

By: j.bennett Posted in: featured, live reviews On: Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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Saint Vitus @ The Echoplex, Los Angeles, May 13, 2014 “This is a lot different for us than it was in L.A. 35 years ago.” So says Saint Vitus guitarist and mastermind Dave Chandler from the stage at the Echoplex, where several hundred headbangers, burnouts and biker types have gathered to suck on Bud tallboys and bask in the stoned glory of Vitus’ 35th anniversary and full performance of ...

VEMOD GIVES NEW MEANING TO THE WORD “RITUAL” IN A NORWEGIAN MAUSOLEUM

By: Kim Kelly Posted in: exclusive, featured, live reviews On: Monday, April 28th, 2014

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Rituals are a dime a dozen. Any greasy-haired jabroni with a couple half-baked tremolo riffs and a motheaten cloak can stage a ritual; extra points if he cops a wood-burning kit for Christmas and goes to town on some dirt from outside his grandma’s prayer meeting to accent the seven copies of his upteenth Garageband demo. Asking his friend from down the block with the half-tuned bass to join ...

Back From the Dead: Motörhead and Graveyard Live at Club Nokia

By: j.bennett Posted in: featured, live reviews On: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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After getting sick and cancelling tours and being nearly 70 years old and generally scaring the piss out of fans everywhere, Lemmy finally emerged from his West Hollywood meth lair/Nazi shrine to play the first Motörhead show since last summer’s appearance at Wacken, when severe back pain and oppressive heat forced him to walk off before they could finish their set. Which makes tonight’s gig ...

Live Review: …AYWKUBTTOD

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, live reviews On: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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I was a wee freshman in college when Source Tags & Codes, the third full-length from ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, dropped in the winter of 2002. I'd never heard of the Austinites, so when the music editors at my school paper told me they had a disc by a Swedish death metal band to review, my initial thought was "finally," only to quickly be replaced by "well played." I can't ...

LIVE REVIEW: Failure at the El Rey 2/11/14

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, live reviews, videos On: Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

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What a difference 16 years can make; there were probably more people at Failure’s first reunion show than bought their last album, 1997’s Fantastic Planet. The (mostly white male) fans packed into the El Rey Theater in their hometown of Los Angeles last Thursday night, February 11, for an evening with the heavy rock heroes. No openers, just a short film with clips from some of their cinematic ...

LIVE REVIEW: Skeletonwitch, Enslaved, Amon Amarth (Theatre of Living Arts)

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, live reviews On: Friday, February 7th, 2014

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Monday night. Hours after a severe weather incident. In most cases, a metal show in Philadelphia on such a weeknight after such a crippling storm would’ve kept longhairs and horn throwers home. A venue vacant, save its sadluck staff. Tonight, however, Philadelphians surprised. They came out in droves not just for the headliner, Amon Amarth, but from kick-off band Skeletonwitch and Norwegian ...

Live Review: Floor

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, live reviews On: Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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In the liner notes to 2010's Below & Beyond collection, Floor co-founder Anthony Vialon recalled that while his band had played together off and on for 12 years before seemingly dissolving for keeps in 2003, he and his cohorts hadn't even managed to play a hundred shows. Or, as he put it, "Not many people got to see us live." Since reforming in 2010, due in large part to Robotic Empire's ...

Live Review: Clutch

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, live reviews On: Thursday, January 16th, 2014

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The latest Clutch album may be the band's best since 2005's Robot Hive/Exodus, but the live setting is where these Marylanders have built their name over the years. So it was fitting that the quartet opened up its recent set in Port Chester, NY with "Earth Rocker", a tune that in many ways sets forth the group's mantra that if you're gonna do it you'd better take it to the stage, or don't do it ...