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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)

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“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.

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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.

Wacken Open Air Exclusive: Day 1 and 2

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM (PST)

As you know Metal Riot was lucky enough to have a crack team of reporters on the ground in Wacken, Germany for the world’s largest metal festival from August 2nd to the 5th and we have put together some exclusive reviews and photos. For an over view of the event as well as pictures and reviews of Sepultura, Darkest Hour, The Black Dahlia Murder, Opeth and Insomnium click here.

Show Review: Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival 6.30.12

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM (PST)

Inaugural day of The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival was incredible. The line up included Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, and The Devil Wears Prada. The day started off very early, as I decided to get to the grounds by ten in the morning. I found plenty of people in the parking lot already tail-gating with their friends. As we looked for parking, we could hear Slayer being played full blast out of people’s cars. The crowd was lively and it wasn’t even noon yet—this would only be a sign of things to come later in the evening. I was let in before gates opened to the public and picked a spot under a tree to watch the people run in, soon the once empty field turned into a loud, hell raising crowd of people who were ready to kick things off at the smaller stages.

To see the full review click here.

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Show Review: New England Metal and Hardcore Fest (Day 3)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:12 PM (PST)

The New England Metal and Hardcore Fest is an institution, and this year was one of the best yet. The Palladium Theatre in Worcester, MA was choked with kids wearing way too many band t-shirts and full of enthusiasm on Day 3, when I attended. Days 1 and 2 this year boasted bands like Dragonforce, Bane, Unearth, This is Hell, Nile and The Greenery (though all in all the fest was way more hardcore and metalcore than metal this year, or what I consider metal). Still, I had to attend day 3 and see the return of the original Killswitch Engage line-up plus Recon with Rob Fusco (One King Down, Most Precious Blood)!

The show was awhile back in April at this point, but besides being very busy with multiple articles, bands of my own and jobs, I have also been trying to process all of the energy from that day and do it justice. Better late than never! (Just pretend this is a bi-monthly print mag and not a web site for a minute). Caught some good sets from For Today, Stick To Your Guns and many more.

By now it is no secret that the return of Killswitch Engage with Jesse Leach was a huge, powerful success that just might re-invigorate metalcore if scene kids take all that massive good energy to heart and stop the scene bullshit and redundant breakdowns. Jesse’s positive, spiritual and world searching lyrics initially defined the group that “killed Nu Metal”, before his absence of many years in other projects (Seemless,Times Of Grace and The Empire Shall Fall).

To read an in-depth review of Day 3 of the NEMHC Fest with exclusive pics and quotes from some of the bands, click HERE.

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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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