Concert Review: Anathema, 8.18.2017

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I can’t believe it’s already been like… three weeks since my last show? I am definitely falling a little behind in life. Regardless, this show is worth discussing even a few weeks out. I had seen Anathema once before in New York City (Alcest opened that show and it was freaking amazing), but that was quite awhile ago now so it was definitely time to catch them when they came around this summer. Of course, there were some similarities between that date a few years ago and this show down in Boston. But all you need to know at this point is that Anathema is one of those bands you need to see. I don’t care if you’re into their style or not, it’s a mesmerizing performance that’s always worth experience. This particular tour was a brief run of shows, so I felt lucky that they rolled through my area and I got another chance to see them.  Let’s dig into some details. Continue reading

Concert Review: Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth, 7.25.2017

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When it was announced that Slayer was headlining a run of shows this summer with support from Lamb of God and Behemoth, I made the claim that it was going to be the premier metal tour of the summer. I understand that there are other notable tours kicking around this time of year (Summer’s Laughter, for one). But how often does a tour feature the three-headed monster that this one does? (Pardon the lame reference to the tour poster). Each band is quintessential to the metal world in their own way. We have Slayer, the legends of death metal that they are. The hugely popular thrash groove intensity of Lamb of God. And Behemoth, who I would consider the very pinnacle (in terms of success) of present day extreme metal. Undoubtedly, this a tour that every metal fan was at the very least aware of. And I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to cover it. Continue reading

Concert Review: Planes Mistaken For Stars, 6.22.2017

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“Lots of good times in this room.”

I don’t think I could sum up my thoughts on the Middle East Upstairs venue any better than Gared O’Donnell of Planes Mistaken For Stars. While taking a moment to address the crowd in between songs early in the June 22nd performance, he referenced the small space (capacity 192, I believe) with a bit of nostalgia. And it makes sense, Planes have covered a lot of ground dating back to the late 90’s. But The Upstairs for me has been the setting for some of the most memorable shows I can recall. The minimalist nature of its size and layout just makes the shows there that much more personal. So basically I agree, lots of good times in that room. And June 22nd, 2017 was another one. Continue reading

Concert Review: Mutoid Man and Helms Alee, 6.4.2017

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FINALLY I’m ready to talk about this thing. For those that missed it, there was a killer show at The Great Scott down in the Boston area on June 4th. Mutoid Man toured their delicious new album called War Moans and were opened by a collection of amazing, albeit diverse, acts in Helms AleePrimitive Weapons, and Summoner. Despite an all-over-the-place weekend that involved plenty of day drinking, family, and a soccer game at Gillette Stadium, I still managed to keep myself together enough to get to one of my favorite small venues in Boston for a truly entertaining show. I also took pictures. Some of which are grainy because… fuck. Anyway. Continue reading

Wacken Metal Battle USA Winner… Corpse Hoarder!

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For those that need a refresher — since it has been a couple of weeks after all — the final round of the inaugural Wacken Metal Battle USA was this past weekend (May 20th) down in Philadelphia. The event took place at the Whiskey Tango and featured Philadelphia-based finalists Corpse Hoarder and Power Theory, while Boston was represented by Goblet and Upheaval. Well, after numerous regional rounds featuring a wide variety of impressive local metal, the time has come to celebrate the victor. Let us all congratulate Corpse Hoarder on winning their spot at the legendary Wacken Open Air festival later this summer! Continue reading