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Show Review: Rivers of Nihil at Saint Vitus, Brooklyn – February 21, 2014

Posted by NichTheHair on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM (PST)


Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus has always been a bar of great metal genre diversity. I’ve seen thrash shows, prog shows, and straight up death metal shows there, sometimes all in the same night. It is also a very fertile ground for New York City’s fledgling bands as well, many citing Vitus as a “dream venue” or one they “always wanted to play.” So Hideous is one of those NYC bands out there working hard to create a memorable experience with each performance. The other two bands both hail from Reading, Pennsylvania: Black Crown Initiate, who take a progressive approach to death metal, and headlineres Rivers of Nihil. Guitarist John Kunz told me in an interview once “I’m going to write a song that sounds like fucking Morbid Angel.” That pretty much sums up their sound.

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Video Interview: Oderus Urungus

Posted by NichTheHair on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM (PST)

IMG_8351Greetings cretins. Not long ago, I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Oderus Urungus of Gwar on their last visit to New York City. Serving as opening band for the tour was Richmond, Virginia’s Iron Reagan, who is comprised of members of Municipal Waste and Darkest Hour. Listen to them now. Oderus and I had a few minutes before he took to his stage decimations and decapitations. Among those tattered and torn were The Queen of England with the royal baby, Barack Obama, and Justin Bieber. Unfortunately, the re-crucifixion of Jesus happened in Jersey.

Gwar released their thirteenth studio album last September entitled Battle Maximus on Metal Blade. It is the first album featuring Pustulus Maximus on guitar.


Click here for the interview and photos from their show.

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Double Beheader: One Night, Two Boroughs, Three Interviews

Posted by NichTheHair on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 6:23 PM (PST)

DoubleBeheaderNever before have I thrown myself into two concerts in a night. On top of that, I planned a hat trick of interviews throughout my evening. I was loaded for bear as my night started in Manhattan at The Marlin Room of Webster Hall to catch thrashers Diamond Plate from Chicago and Boston’s Revocation. This marks the second time I’ve seen Revocation. So fun to see live. Both have new albums out and Diamond Plate is sporting a new singer on theirs. I caught up with Diamond Plate’s Matt Ares after their set, along with David Davidson and Phil Dubois of Revocation later.

Post-Gramercy, I hopped a train to Brooklyn to catch the last, and sold the fuck out, show for TesseracT‘s US tour at the mighty Saint Vitus. Vitus is by far the standard for live metal in New York City and was totally pumped to see such a dynamic band on that stage. They had some troubles on the road earlier in the day, so their tardiness was actually a boon for me to get there in enough time in my already insanely booked night. After a ridiculously energetic yet ethereal performance, I spoke with drummer Jay Postones afterwards about this tour and the reception of their new singer, Ashe O’Hara.

My daunting endeavor turned out a to be a huge victory and with you I share the spoils. I got set lists from everyone I interviewed. So if you want to relive the shows, check out the Double Beheader playlist out here.

Click here for the coverage of the two shows and the three interview links.

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Last winter I thought maybe I would never have the opportunity to see OTEP in concert when she announced that Hydra would be her last album.

But then came along the “With A Vengence Tour” and on October 24, I had the great fortune of seeing not only OTEP, but the interesting band of misfits she’d been raging across the country with – and OTEP and tribe both came out in full force to make this a night to remember.

Check out how the night went here.

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Summer_SlaughterA black stampede raged through Times Square, as hundreds of metalheads poured into the Best Buy Theater for New York City’s stop on The Summer Slaughter Tour. Eleven bands performed nine hours of chest-rattling metal for the most extreme night of the year. I was front and center for the brunt of it and let me tell you cretins: this show was every bit as intense as it was billed. Armed with my camera, press pass, iPhone, cigarettes, and scores of power backups, I was ready for journalistic war. And I fucking conquered.   Click here for the full spread of pictures and commentary.

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Show Review: Tomahawk at Best Buy Theater 6/2

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:36 PM (PST)


One of the premier shows of the summer was Tomahawk‘s raucous return to New York City. I hadn’t seen the Mike Patton led supergroup live in years (I think since an Ipecac showcase with Melt Banana, The Melvins and maybe even Isis…a long time ago), but they were back strong and in fighting shape. 2013 has seen some top notch releases, from The Ocean’s tidal tour de force Pelagial to the latest twists-and-turns filled power metal opus Nemesis from Stratovarius, but Tomahawk’s hard rock return Oddfellows is right smack near the top of the heap.

I’ll raise some eyebrows saying this, but Tomahawk has been my favorite Patton project since the group’s inception. As much as I love Faith No More (especially stone cold classic Angel Dust and oft-forgotten Bogus Journey soundtrack gem “The Perfect Crime”), Duane Denison of Jesus Lizard fame is just such a beast on guitar that anything with his name on it is hard to beat. He’s kind of one of those Tony Iommi type guitarists who play many riffs that sound related but which all absolutely kill. I mean, this is the guy who wrote “Dancing Naked Ladies” and “Wheelchair Epidemic”, for heck’s sake. Add John Stanier on the kit, who has progressed leaps and bounds since his already untouchable early years with the mighty Helmet, and (nowadays) Trevor Dunn on bass and ’nuff said.

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Show Review: Rotten Sound at The Acheron, Brooklyn, NY- May 22, 2013

Posted by NichTheHair on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 10:03 AM (PST)

ROTTEN_SOUND_5_22In Dante’s Inferno, Hell is bordered by the Acheron river. Souls were ferried across this river to their eternal torture. That night in Brooklyn, Hell could have easily opened up beneath us. The shadows twisted and the lights burned dim as each of the opening bands grinded out their menacing set. With overwhelming cheer, Rotten Sound took the stage, celebrating twenty years as a band this tour. Before the room erupted, I had a chance to sit down with bassist Kristian Toivainen for a one on one. Check that interview out here.

For a full breakdown of the show, click here.

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tooth-and-nail-records-logoAfter a month of crazy weather in New York, the sky let loose a nasty wintry mix that made roads slippery and dangerous the night before The War of Change Tour came to Rochester, NY. I was looking forward to seeing Love And Death and The Letter Black perform but wasn’t even sure I would still be going until a half hour before I left. A friend and I then met to ride to Water Street Music Hall together.

The War of Change Tour was a line-up of four Tooth & Nail Records bands which were The Wedding, The Letter Black, Love And Death and Thousand Foot Krutch. At this particular show, there were also three local bands that opened the show, Battle Beneath, Cry To The Blind and Melia.

Click right here to read my full review of the show. I also got to interview Love and Death bassist Michael Valentine. Read that here.

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Show Review: Deftones and Periphery-New York, NY – March 9, 2013

Posted by NichTheHair on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 5:22 AM (PST)


Greetings Cretins.

As I write to you today, my aching body is still reminded of the physical exertion it underwent to bring you this review. Yes darlings, I will gladly step into a sold out, full-floor, raging mosh pit to bring you a fresh feast of performance ferocity for your eyes to enjoy. Deftones had to reschedule this show due to Slurricane Sandy, so I was not surprised that the show was complete madness. Even though Washington DC’s Periphery successfully prefaced the pandemonium with their precision and poise, the people could not be pacified. The crowd wanted their long overdue headliner- and boy howdy, did they get it!


Read the full coverage here.

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IMG_0710Wowee. My ears are still ringing from the decimating decibels I encountered. Philadelphia-based sci-fi thrashers Vektor started out their east coast tour at St. Vitus with Brooklyn’s own Behold…The Arctopus. Both bands I have never seen and was completely floored. Beforehand, I had a great talk with Vektor’s David DiSanto and Frank Chin. You can check that out here.


For a full scope the show, read the review on the next page.

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IMG_8236This past Sunday started off as a rather busy day at my job with what seemed like an endless ten hour shift and ended on a high note after experiencing several bands I’ve been looking forward to seeing live for a long time.  Meshuggah, Animals As Leaders, and Intronaut are currently on The Ophidian Trek 2013 and they just happened to be in my backyard. Fortunately Meshuggah’s lead singer Jens Kidman had just kicked the flu’s ass and wouldn’t have to be replaced by a cardboard cutout of himself.  Unfortunately however, my ten hour shift forced me to arrive just as Intronaut was finishing, but I’ve been told they were excellent from my friends that arrived on time.

Click right here to read my full review of the show.

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Show Review: Emilie Autumn, Chicago, The Metro – February 15, 2013

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM (PST)


“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man woman in his her time plays many parts”

-William Shakespeare, As You Like It (Act II, Scene VII)

After exiting Chicago’s Metro this past Friday evening, this most famous of Shakespeare monologues has been bouncing around in my head ever since. Emilie Autumn – musician, writer, artist, actress, storyteller – has been haunting my thoughts and my dreams and has made me ponder those above words in combination with Oscar Wilde’s position that “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life” (The Decay of Lying, 1889). I will abstain from going into a philosophical diatribe but that is what talking with, thinking about, seeing Emilie Autumn live on stage can instill in one’s mind and spirit.

If I have your interest and if your curious as to where I am going with the above trail of thoughts, check out the rest of my rambling reflections of this past Friday evening here.

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Lamb of God returned to Manhattan this past Friday with special guests, In Flames, Sylosis, and – appearing only on the first two dates of the tour – Hatebreed (Hell Yeah replaces Hatebreed for the remainder of the tour.) This would actually have been Lamb of God’s second NYC show, but, due to singer Randy Blythe’s incarceration earlier this year in Prague, their first tour with Dethklok and Gojira, as well as the Mayhem Cruise, which they had been set to headline, was canceled.

Metalheads everywhere were eager for the chance to see Blythe back onstage where he belongs, and on November 16th 2012, it all went down at The Big Apple’s infamous Roseland Ballroom.

Click here for the full scoop.

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Show Review: Municipal Waste, Napalm Death and Exhumed

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM (PST)

So when you read this interview understand that I am a little bias. When I saw the details for this tour all those months ago I shed tears, tears of blood. Napalm Death are legends and although I have seen them before it was never in a venue this small. I know there are the people out there who talk about it not being the “original” lineup but for as long as I have been a fan this has been the lineup, except for Barney’s brief stint in Extreme Noise Terror, and as far as I am concerned if you are under 45 years old, shut the fuck up.  To boot Municipal Waste are thrash warriors of unparalleled talent and  Exhumed name might not have been as large as Napalm Death or Municipal Waste’s on the flyer but I still love the shit out of that band.

For the full review click here.

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Wacken Open Air Exclusive: Day 3 and 4

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 3:53 PM (PST)

Well, here it is.  Part two of our exclusive coverage of Wacken Open Air 2012.  This edition will cover days three and four and showcase bands such as Napalm Death, Six Feet Under, Testament, Scorpions, Cradle Of FilthAmon Amarth, Nasum, Machine Head, and Ministry.  For those of you who have never been, Wacken is an unreal experience.  It is literally like being on another planet, an awesome heavy metal fantasy planet that you never want to leave. Everyone is walking around screaming WACKEN and throwing the horns up constantly, so if you want to make friends that is about all it takes.  If you haven’t read part 1 of our exclusive coverage yet it’s highly recommended you do and can be found by clicking the link right here.  When you’re ready to take the plunge into reading part 2 and checking out more exclusive pictures you can click right here.