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

Concert Review: Mayhem, Inquisition, and Black Anvil, 2/18/2017

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Personally, it has been a slow start to 2017. The first month and a half of the year brought exactly zero concerts and subsequently zero contributions to this particular media. Fortunately, momentum has picked up over the last two weeks and I’m hoping to ride that out the rest of the year. Or until I die. Preferably the latter. Despite the delay in getting out of the gates, I don’t think I could have picked a better show to initiate my 2017 concert (mis)adventure. I was fortunate to not only attend, but also photograph the black metal forefathers/legends/pioneers known as Mayhem as they performed their quintessential debut full-length album De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas at the Royale in Boston. So let’s talk about it and look at it. Continue reading

In the Flesh: Khemmis, Crypt Sermon, and Sanhedrin (January 14th, 2017)

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Outside it was snowing, the flakes covering the sidewalks more than enough of a visual indicator it was cold enough Saturday night to freeze liquid; there was no need for me to be cool. Which was good: I don’t go to live shows too often, and when I do it’s not to pose in my hippest, as-casual-as-possible-yet-in-the-making outfit (I did wear a Vattnet shirt, but its coolness was negated by an Eddie Bauer vest) standing dispassionate and aloof to the side pretending to casually assess the crowd, the sound, the ambience of the gathering. Nope. I’m there to close my eyes, swing my head and boogie/shuffle/dance like a dork as I geek out to the power of live music. There’s no room for posturing once the tsunami of sound hits the crowd, and I was, as ever, determined to lose my fool mind and enter Dork Mode™ as Khemmis, along with Crypt Sermon and Sanhedrin hit the venerable St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn for a night of occult doom rock majesty. Continue reading

In the Flesh: Void Omnia, Icon of Phobos, Skyeater, and Pessimist (December 9th, 2016)

 

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Live shows are always a wonderful experience for me. There is no better way to support the scene, bands, and people you care about all while having a good time. So when it happened that a few bands I loved were playing at my favorite venue with a great dude vending some his distro at the show, it was a no-brainer that I had to be there, and as expected, it was a phenomenal time. Continue reading

In the Flesh: Ulcerate, Zhrine, and Phobocosm (November 2, 2016)

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Welcome to another edition of In the Flesh, a recap of the best live metal has to offer. On the 2nd of November, I had the extreme pleasure of catching New Zealand’s Ulcerate on the opening date of their Shrines of Paralysis North American tour, featuring support from Montreal’s Phobocosm and Zhrine from Reykjavik, Iceland.  These three bands, from vastly different parts of the world, getting together on one bill was like the stars lining up, and it proved to be one of the most crushingly heavy shows I have seen in recent memory.  Continue reading