Concert Review: Deafheaven, This Will Destroy You, and Emma Ruth Rundle, 3.16.2017

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Deafheaven has become one of my favorite live bands for many reasons. I’ve seen them numerous times over the past few years and they have always delivered great performances. Hell, I saw them twice in one day during Chicago Open Air last year. But what I’ve respected as much as anything else is the diversity of the lineups they perform with. Tribulation, Envy, Carcass, Between the Buried and Me… the list goes on and on. Varying bands from varying forms of metal, one tour to the next. This lineup at the Paradise Rock club a couple weeks back, featuring the likes of Emma Ruth Rundle and This Will Destroy You, might have been the most intriguing (or curious) yet. Continue reading

Wacken Metal Battle USA – Boston Round 2 Winner: Goblet

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For those keeping score at home, round 2 is over and only one round remains before the regional final for the Wacken Metal Battle USA! (Here’s a refresher on what we’re doing if you need it.) Two weeks age, you may recall, we introduced Coffin Birth as the round 1 winner. Now, with the second round taking place this past Tuesday, I am excited to introduce Goblet as the next Boston finalist… Continue reading

Concert Review: Pilgrim and Heavy Temple, 3/11/2017

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Disclosure: there were actually four bands on this particular bill. After a bit of a delay in getting into the venue, I missed most of Manic Abraxas. And since I had a drive ahead of me and was traveling with a party of people that were on varying levels of intoxication, I missed the headlining Hessian. So it goes. Regardless, this was a tremendously fun evening, and both Heavy Temple and Pilgrim were a big part of the reason why. Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Dead to a Dying World – “Cicatrix”

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It has somehow already been a year and a half since Dead to a Dying World‘s impressive Litany was released. Yet, after earning ‘Best of’ marks from me at the end of 2015 and then following that up with easily one of the best sets at Migration Fest the following year, it seems like we still can’t stop talking about everything Dead to a Dying World has done recently. And that trend continues into 2017. Introduced just last Monday, Dead to a Dying World has crafted a visual element of mystery to accompany the second track off Litany called “Cicatrix”. Continue reading

Wacken Metal Battle USA – Boston Round 1 Winner: Coffin Birth

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I’m not even going to pretend this is fresh news. But better late than never right?! As a quick reminder from yesterday, we will be covering the Boston region of the Wacken Metal Battle USA 2017. The first round of this inaugural competition took place on February 21st at ONCE Somerville and we couldn’t be more excited to share the round one winner… Coffin Birth! Continue reading