Archive for the ‘live reviews’ Category

Seeing Priest With My Dad

By: Dutch Pearce Posted in: featured, live reviews On: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014


“Oh, watch the lightning strike Feel the powers of the hammer's pounding on Take it to your heart and understand What must live on from father to son” -“Father to Son” by Quorthon/Bathory One thing my family always jokes about is how my dad was caught crying at the end of The Last Unicorn. It’s since been decades, and many other weepy movies, songs and moments therein, but my dad ...

All Murder, All Guts: Samhain Live

By: Posted in: featured, live reviews, tours On: Monday, September 22nd, 2014


Glenn Danzig's fame has never waned. But in today's constantly connected world he's stayed famous for the wrong reasons: getting very publicly knocked out after a backstage argument in 2004; suing his former bandmates and buying cat litter at the wrong place. It's easy to forget why people cared in the first place: Danzig wrote some of the best songs the American underground has produced, songs ...

Blood/Fire/Death: Watain douses Brooklyn

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


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


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


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 ...


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


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


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 ...