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: Neurosis, Converge, Amenra, 8.6.2017 – Part III

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And we’ve reached the final end of our three part concert review. As fun as it has been sharing this show with you all over the course of the week, it’s time to wrap things up because there are plenty more adventures on the immediate horizon. If you missed Part I or Part II hit those links to catch up. For this, the final part, we focus on the show’s closer, Neurosis. Continue reading

Concert Review: Neurosis, Converge, Amenra, 8.6.2017 – Part II

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To (briefly) recap, Nine Circles’ Admin managed to catch the Boston round of the immense Amenra/Converge/Neurosis tour. The coverage of that show has been broken into three parts, which will be published over three days. If you missed out on Part I click here to catch up. As they say, onward march. With this part we focus on Boston’s own, Converge. Continue reading

Concert Review: Neurosis, Converge, Amenra, 8.6.2017 – Part I

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This evening at the Royale would prove to be one for the history books. The weekend, all around, ended up being one of many firsts. For myself (Josh), this was my first time to Boston, first time to the Royale, first time to actually meet and hit a show with Corey and the first time seeing Neurosis, Converge or Amenra which I, and we, have been following for many years. So it was a trip that will go down in the history books on a lot of levels. As for the show, this combination of bands is like the stars aligning just right for that one moment in time. It was a night of three heavyweights that, in a major way, leveled an entire block of Boston for several hours on August 6, 2017. The plan is to discuss this adventure in three pieces, and we’ll kick things off with the mighty Amenra. 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