Archive for the ‘live reviews’ Category

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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 ...

Live Report: Neurosis in San Francisco

By: Posted in: featured, live reviews On: Thursday, January 2nd, 2014


I once heard a story about a deaf neighbor in our townhouse complex who blasted music at all hours. When one of the neighbors went to complain he learned that the man would sit on the floor and let the rhythm wash over him so he could “feel” the music. Even for those fortunate enough to hear that is somewhat like the experience of a Neurosis show. Your body is a Newton’s Cradle; one ...

BREWTAL TRUTH: Beer-Soaked Doom at the GABF

By: adem Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs, live reviews, liver failure On: Friday, October 18th, 2013

Bonded by Beer crew

Great American Beer Festival, Denver, Colorado Oct. 10-12, 2013 It would be an overstatement to say that this was the Year of Metal at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, but the handful of extreme music diehards—from TRVE, Surly, Real Ale and Three Floyds pictured above—among the 600-plus breweries present at the festival, definitely made their presence known in a big way, both ...

MDF documentary Welcome To Deathfest launches website

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: breaking newz, featured, live reviews On: Monday, October 7th, 2013


Okay, so this week’s big metal in the movies news has been dominated by former thrashers turned FM rock-metal conglomerate Metallica, who have roped in the wee creepy guy from Chronicle to star as a citizen roadie on a mission across town during a miscellaneously apocalyptic event. Taking its title from one of the many filler tracks on the band’s dishwater-weak eponymous sell-out LP, Through ...

LIVE REVIEW: Dawnbringer

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, live reviews On: Thursday, August 1st, 2013


It was only fitting that Dawnbringer's first NYC show was at Saint Vitus. After all, the middle stop of a three-day stint that was "the closest thing to a Dawnbringer tour that has ever happened" brought a band whose last two outstanding records have given it some well deserved recognition to a joint that has helped raise the, um, bar for metal shows in the area. Unsure when I'd ever get a ...