In the Flesh: Ash Borer, Volahn, and Shataan (January 23, 2017)

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The Black Twilight Circle is a name that many familiar with underground black metal hold in high regard, and for good reason. Both the sheer amount of releases and the quality of these releases from the insular Los Angeles based acts brings acclaim from around the world, and to be able to live close enough to catch these various acts often is one of the best things about living in Southern California for me. So when I found out that two of the Circle’s best acts were opening for Ash Borer, an all time favorite of mine, there was no way I could miss out on that experience. Hosted once again at the Complex in Glendale, CA, this night would hold three memorable performances from some of the best black metal bands around.

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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

In the Flesh: Skeletonwitch, Iron Reagan, Oathbreaker, Necrot, and Gatecreeper (October 11, 2016)

14568013_1256930021016128_909249485223842116_nWelcome one and all to In the Flesh, a feature dedicated to the best live music our staff has borne witness to. Last Tuesday, October 11th, I had the pleasure of catching the mighty Skeletonwitch in the historic Roxy Theater in West Hollywood, CA. Skeletonwitch were joined on this tour by death metal up-and-coming sensations Gatecreeper, the bay area’s Necrot, Belgium’s Oathbreaker, and crossover institution Iron Reagan. You may think that a five band bill on a Tuesday night could be considered some form of masochism but with a lineup this packed with talent there is no way I could risk not seeing this, and it ended up delivering on all that was promised. Continue reading