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Show Review: Gilead Media Music Festival, Day 2

Posted by JDKleinhans on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 11:17 PM (PST)

Every day for the past five days I have sat down to tell you all about my weekend spent experiencing 15 hours of live, genuine metal from the hearts and souls of 19 bands. But how do you put into words one of the most unbelievable musical experiences of your life? I don’t think the mere words that I am about to put down will ever truly do it justice, but I will try my best.

The last weekend of April, 2012 had been a day I had been anxiously awaiting for months. Day 2 of the Gilead Media Music Festival had arrived and I was about to re-immerse myself into the 2 days, 19 bands, 15 hours of live metal in its many varied forms. Adam Bartlett, the mastermind behind Gilead Media, has been busting his ass off for countless months to bring this unbelievable event to a small, relatively conservative community nestled in the bosom of the Midwest. This weekend was all and more than I ever expected.

Get the full Day 2 overview here. You can also check out our full Day 2 photo gallery on our Facebook page.

And in case you missed, the Day 1 overview is here.

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Show Review: Gilead Media Music Festival, Day 1

Posted by JDKleinhans on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 11:15 PM (PST)

Every day for the past five days I have sat down to tell you all about my weekend spent experiencing 15 hours of live, genuine metal from the hearts and souls of 19 bands. But how do you put into words one of the most unbelievable musical experiences of your life? I don’t think the mere words that I am about to put down will ever truly do it justice, but I will try my best.

The last weekend of April, 2012 had been a day I had been anxiously awaiting for months. It was Day 1 of the Gilead Media Music Festival and I was about to immerse myself in 2 days, 19 bands, 15 hours of live metal in its many varied forms. Adam Bartlett, the mastermind behind Gilead Media, has been busting his ass off for countless months to bring this unbelievable event to a small, relatively conservative community nestled in the bosom of the Midwest. This weekend was all and more than I ever expected.

Get the full Day 1 overview here. You can also check out our full Day 1 photo gallery on our Facebook page.

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Here’s yet another deft description of my darling and I’s many death metal date nights. The destination for this evening of ear-splitting enchantment was to be Irving Plaza in New York City, The Black Dahlia Murder, Nile, and Skeletonwitch our marks. Inside was deceptively small, but not overflowing with heads. We managed to navigate quite nicely through the various merch tables, though lacking a fair amount of brutality in the wears. As for the show, we arrived just in time for Skeletonwitch to take the stage thrusting me right into photo mode in front of the Garnette brothers. Bring it on.

A full debrief over the show and some shitty amazing pictures await you on the next page.

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The evening started with an awkward handshake. It ended with a man hug. Potential friendships had begun to be forged that mid-spring night. I suppose I should start at the beginning.

Upon arriving at the historic Rave / Eagles Club just west of downtown Milwaukee, I made a quick phone call to a gentleman who some call “Ablaze”. Between the wrought iron bars surrounding a school ground, I watched as the frontman for Blackguard raised his hand up in the air and spun around in a circle. This was going to be an interesting night indeed.

Instead of having the usual casual interview that I typically strive for – as I am very sensitive to the fact that I may be interrupting some pre-show ritual – I ended up sitting around on a futon while having a very laid back and oftentimes “inappropriate” 90 minute conversation with various members of not only Blackguard but Bonded By Blood and Kittie as well. If the show itself was going to be anything like this pre-show “interview” (stay tuned), then it was going to be a very memorable night indeed.

To see if the show itself was as memorable, head on over here.

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Show Review: Decibel Magazine Tour – Chicago – 04.13.12

Posted by JDKleinhans on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:22 PM (PST)

Friday the 13th of April 2012. Chicagoland lay beneath a cold grey sky. The windy city was living up to its other known name. I ventured forth from my quiet wooded hamlet in the north to partake in the glorious heathenry and debauchery of declared freedom and independence – The Decibel Magazine Tour.

Featuring a varied lineup of elite bands, veterans and journeymen of the left hand path, the tour began its odyssey on April 11th in Ohio and will wind its way through North America to arrive at its closing ceremony in New York City on May 12th. I had the distinct pleasure of experiencing the musical rituals of these bands on its third night beneath the ceiling and narrow hall of The Bottom Lounge, just west of downtown Chicago. Unfortunately, due to the natural chaos of the universe and the interference of man, Watain had been postponed and I missed their musical display by only a handful of days. Though, my disappoint was quickly salved when the first hum of the guitar amp tickled my ears and shook my flesh.

Continue here for complete details of the experience and browse through the multitude of pictures.

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Show Review: Eluveitie – Chicago & Milwaukee – 02.02.12 & 02.03.12

Posted by JDKleinhans on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 11:53 PM (PST)

It’s no secret (at least it shouldn’t be) that I’m quite the fan of the folk metal scene/genre/or whatever label it is you wish to use. I’ve been listening to metal since the days that hair and power metal dominated Top 40 Radio and since a very early age I’ve a healthy obsession with all things Celtic. So, it’s only natural that when this thing called folk metal began to gain popularity in the early 2000s that I latched on to it and have vehemently refused to let go. Cruachan. Primordial. Finntroll. Ensiferum. Heidevolk. Korpiklaani. Turisas. You name the folk metal band; I’ve probably the whole discography in my little collection.

To see where I’m going with this little history lesson, head on over here.

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Show Review: In Flames – Milwaukee, WI – 01.12.12

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 9:16 PM (PST)

Neither snow nor rain nor cold nor gloom of night stays this metalhead from the listening of sweet, sweet shredding of this mighty lineup. This Midwest winter has been a paltry one but on this night, the opening night of the In Flames 2012 North American tour, the Swedes brought the first real winter storm of the season. Coincidence? I think not. It was a sign and I wasn’t going to let bitter wind and a few inches of snow keep me from getting to this show.

Check to see if it was worth the risk right here. (and there’s pictures!)

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I arrived at Revolution Music in Bath, NY just after 3 on a very rainy afternoon. My expectations weren’t very high since I have only heard songs from three of the bands before. The melodic grind of guitars accompanied by rhythmic drumbeats sounding like thunder and deep metal growls filled the air inside a music store where about 150 people gathered for a night of metalcore. I was impressed as a mix of 4 touring bands and 3 local bands took the stage for 20-30 minute sets in support of Ice Nine Kills on The Launch Tour. I’m sure they could hear the music all the way to the police station about a block up the street.

Click here for the full breakdown of the show.

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Show Review: Parkway Drive-Kansas City, Missouri, February 18, 2011

Posted by NichTheHair on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 7:58 PM (PST)

On a gorgeously cool February evening, Abigail and I set our course to Kansas City’s Beaumont Club in Westport. My bones are still aching cretins. Parkway Drive definitely showed up with their A game for this show. With thundering sounds laid down by Enemies Laid To Rest, The Warriors, The Ghost Inside, and Set Your Goals, they precursed what was to be a spectacular display of spine-shaking sounds from the mighty Parkway Drive.

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Show Review: Eluveitie/3 Inches of Blood – Chicago, IL – 02.08.11

Posted by JDKleinhans on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 11:13 PM (PST)

First, let me declare – the heavy metal force is strong with these two bands, strong indeed. I can make such a bold declaration because in my two decades of partaking in the glory of live heavy metal, there will only be a handful that will be forever emblazoned upon my memory. And this show will surely be on that list, as it is easily one of the best concerts I’ve had the joy of attending over that time.

My cohorts and I arrived at The Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL where we had a few drinks from the phenomenal beer list (imports, domestics, microbrews, craftbrews) which, combined with its fantastic food, has helped it quickly become one of my favorite venues to venture to. Even a few members of the bands were in the dining area taking in some pre-show grub. We did arrive a little behind schedule so we were unfortunately unable to catch Holy Grail or System Divide (two bands I’m only vaguely familiar with but was looking forward to hearing live). Thankfully, we were able to catch 3 Inches of Blood (3IoB) in all their thrashy goodness and the epic folk metal that is Eluveitie.

Click here for a full breakdown of this epic show, set lists, and pictures.

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70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise: More Photos Availalble

Posted by Christine on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 1:17 PM (PST)

MusicPix.net has added more photos to their report of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise held this week out of the Port of Miami, FL.

This second installment of photos showcases appearances by Amon Amarth, Epica, Cripper, Exodus, Fear Factory, Gammy Ray, Iced Earth, Nevermore and Testament.

More photos from 70,000 Tons of Metal are expected soon.

http://www.70000tonsofmetal.com
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Exodus Photos from 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise Posted

Posted by Christine on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 12:29 PM (PST)

ExodusMusicPix.net has posted live photos of Exodus on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise here

70,000 Ton of Metal Cruise Official Site
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Show Review: Atreyu/blessthefall/Chiodos-Kansas City, Missouri, November 20, 2010

Posted by NichTheHair on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 11:41 PM (PST)

My concert-going cohort Abigail and I set out for another evening of ear-splitting enchantment with Atreyu, blessthefall, and Chiodos at The Beaumont Club in Kansas City, Missouri. Despite quality audio engineering and mixing, the show had few diamonds to offer in an otherwise dark and bleak coal mine.

For the full separation of diamonds from the rough, click here for the review.

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Last night Abigail and I got a chance to see August Burns Red, Bring Me The Horizon, Emarosa, and Polar Bear Club at The Beaumont Club in Kansas City, Missouri. Holy hand grenade it was a spine shattering good time. After the show, I got an opportunity to catch up with August Burns Red’s front man, Jake Luhrs to get some words of encouragement in an audio clip.

To read more and listen to the clip, click here.

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