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Testament Gets Thrashy in Calgary, AB

There was a lot of buzz around Alberta before Testament unleashed their blistering brand of thrash at the MacEwan Hall Ballroom May 6.

And after their all too short 30-minute set at Monsters of Rock last summer, there were a lot of fans across Alberta awaiting the band's return, this time as headliner.

“After seeing them with absolutely horrible sound & a short set at Monsters Of Rock, it'll be cool to see them with decent sound & a full set,” enthused one Calgary fan before the show. More...

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No Fear Energy Tour 2009 Rocks Lafayette

Lamb of God is on tour for their seventh studio release, “Wrath,” and they’ve brought along friends that aren’t unknown in the metal community. The tour is only about two months long so catch it if you can. I personally had to drive two hours westward to see the show in Lafayette, Louisiana. But the venue chosen in Lafayette was perfect; it is a medium-sized arena I used to see rodeos in as a child (Lafayette is my hometown.) In New Orleans, we have small bars or sports arenas. In Lafayette, walking into the show was like entering another world like I have never experienced. It was a pitch-blackness with a large stage at the very far end that seemed like the end of the world; the light at the end of a tunnel. Before the show even started, kids were lying next to piles of beer puke on the stone floor. You know it’s going to be a good show. More...

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Destruction In NY With Weapons of Thrash

On Tuesday April 7th, 2009 I went to BBKings in New York City to see Destruction perform, with Krisiun and Mantic Ritual as support, at their last show on tour. As I walked into the venue, I found that it was practically empty. The emptiness of the venue was a bit disappointing for such a popular 80s thrash metal band. I also noticed the awesome equipment on stage: Ampeg bass amp stacks and Engl guitar amp half stacks. Both have to be my favorite brands for bass and guitar amps respectively. Another thing I saw was that there was only one set of gear on stage. It is rare that I see a band nice enough to lend their gear out to the openers. Short changeovers between bands are always a good thing. More...

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Symbolic Tribute to Chuck Schuldiner Report

Given Chuck Schuldiner’s profound influence on the death metal genre, which some say he created, I was looking forward to this local tribute to the work of this legendary guitarist who died far too young in 2001. If nothing else, we got to see some local talent with a guarantee of some good cover songs at The Cobalt, one of the few Vancouver venues dedicated to the metal and hardcore music scene. More...

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Music as a Weapon 4 Tour Report

The Music as a Weapon 4 Tour is not just a couple of bands tagging along with Disturbed for a romp around the states. It is an all day festival of skin art, extreme sports, and music in addition to the headliner bands that draw the crowds in the first place. It all sounded wonderful to me when I bought my tickets. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out that way. More...

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Motley Crue Plays New York's Madison Square Garden

As I approached the outer area of the arena I heard The Last Vegas playing inside and had a choice. It was early, so it was either get a beer, or catch the end of the show. The band sounded nice and loud. The beer tasted great. Maybe next time Vegas.

Theory of a Deadman followed with a short set. Being unfamiliar with this band I found myself comparing each song to other songs. One sounded like Alice in Chains, the next Nickelback, etc. Overall Theory of a Deadman sounded good, and would like to see them in a smaller venue. More...

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Metallica Rocks, As Usual

Metallica has been touring the country promoting the new album “Death Magnetic” over the past four months, and the tour is their first in 5 years. The excitement was palpable in the arena, with the audience cheering every techie and roadie during the set changes. The excitement was warranted, and the wait was well worth it. More...

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Overkill And Exodus Destroy London

There's so much to see in London. Marble Arch, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and on this night, two of the greatest thrash metal bands to ever grace the stage. New Jersey legends Overkill and Bay Area gods Exodus are kicking off their European tour and look set to destroy every city and every country they invade and tonight it's London's turn. The show took place at the infamous Islington Academy and was booked as part of the Hellfire Festival. More...

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Answer To None Debut Leaves Packed House Stunned

In keeping with my reviews of last year, I’ll be bringing you the best bands, concerts, and tours that will kick your ass without breaking your bank account.

This night was the debut of Answer To None with former members of great Arizona band Gridlokt. Also on the bill this night were five of the hard-hitting bands in Arizona, featuring lontime metalers Grudgeholder, You Apart, Failing The Sick, Banus, and Forsaken. More...

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In Flames Plays the Commodore in Vancouver, BC

The Commodore Ballroom is easily one of the best live venues in Vancouver so I was stoked to see In Flames play there on the evening of November, 17th. A half hour before doors opened, there was already a horde of metal fans stretched down the block eagerly awaiting a packed line-up that included Portland's 36 Crazyfists, France's Gojira, All That Remains and the headliners In Flames. The show did not disappoint. Here's how it went down. More...

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Iced Earth Plays MacEwan Hall Ballroom in Calgary

The air may have been frosty when Iced Earth slid into a wintery Calgary on Monday night, but their reception could hardly have been warmer when the classic metal act performed to a sold out crowd at the MacEwan Hall Ballroom. More...

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Rock Against Diabetes 2008 Rocks Vegas

"Rock Against Diabetes 2008" was held at Club Rox in Las Vegas, Nevada. The club was kind enough to provide R.A.D. with a venue for the two-day event. Many artists gave of themselves to support the cause, which will not be forgotten by all of us that struggle with diabetes on a daily basis.

I got the chance to talk with the event founder and organizer, Darrin Buchanan, and he explained how all of this came about. Two years ago, Darrin's foot died on him virtually over night. He underwent a number of tests and the result was diabetes and that part of his foot would need to be removed. Here is a 36 year old man with a wife and young daughter and he was facing the fight of his life. From that experience Rock Against Diabetes began. The first event was held is Canada and Darrin, in his wheelchair, was keeping the show flowing and the event was a success. A chain of events led to a second surgery to remove more of Darrin's leg from the knee down, and now Darrin would be walking again after 2 years with the help of a prosthetic leg. It was fantastic to see Darrin running around for two days along with his lovely wife Lindsey. They are my heroes! I am sure glad we are on the same team in this daily fight that we diabetics face each day. They give me strength and hope! More...

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Down Goes Down Under and Rocks Perth's Metropolis

A good turnout for a small city like Perth is unfortunately about the size of a bad turnout somewhere larger, however, the streets of Fremantle were buzzing with anticipation on this particular Tuesday night (October 10th) as black-clad metal fans clogged pub doorways along the main drag. Inside Metropolis, the venue for the last date of Down's Australian tour, the feeling was even more intense despite the ridiculous $10 beers. More...

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Amorphis Performs at El Corazon in Seattle, WA

On the night of October 10th, Finnish mythology came to life at El Corazon in Seattle, WA when Amorphis dropped in town. Along with these Finns came Switzerland’s Samael and Virgin Black from down under. Also on the bill were two local Seattle bands, Black Breath and Asema. Black Breath opened the show with some extended groove-metal hardcore and metalcore screaming, pumping energy into the crowd and prepping them for the rest of the other bands. More...

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Zimmer's Hole Plays The Underground in Calgary, AB

Zimmer’s Hole descended into The Underground in Calgary, AB. on Sept. 29 for a high-octane onslaught of comedic thrash. Those who arrived early enough were in for a treat when local act Kilyakai got things started around 9:30. More...

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The Wild West Metalfest Rides into Tucson, AZ

The Wild West Metalfest rode into town with seven of the hottest hardcore/metal bands of the Wild West. Featuring Arizona acts - Grudgeholder, Animus Divine, You Apart, Scorned Embrace, Parasite, Fracture Point, and Silent Bliss.

The pre-sales for this show cost $7 and it was one of those great concerts you can see in almost every corner of the U.S. that won't break your bank account and in the process you'll see some great up and coming acts. The promoters for the Wild West Metalfest let me know they'd be taking the show on the road this fall/winter, so if you get a chance to see this tour or the bands involved, do yourselves a favor and check them out. You won't be sorry. More...

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Metal Masters Enlighten Chicago

In what will likely go down as arguably the best metal tour of the summer, The Metal Masters Tour has been treating fans with four legendary metal bands which include two of the first metal bands ever in Judas Priest and Heaven and Hell, a thrash pioneer in Testament, and Motorhead. This concert lineup is the equivalent to a festival main stage without having to sit through any dismal filler acts or bands that leave fans questioning their metal legitimacy for deserving to be on such a tour.

Being an Iowa resident, I rarely see any classic or larger metal bands roll through, so to see four bands that will likely not stop here again this year, on one bill, was incentive enough for me to make the trip to Chicago. The concert was held on August 19, 2008 at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater (formerly the Tweeter Center). It was also a chance for me to see two of my personal favorite bands in Judas Priest and Testament that I longed to see at least once before they retire, can’t perform live anymore or I die. More...

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Pick Your Poison: Hemlock, et al Invade Arizona

The July 8 show at The Rock Niteclub in Tucson, Arizona started promptly at 7:00 PM with young metal band CURSED FATE taking the stage. These guys couldn't have been older than 14 or 15, but they played with an air of professionalism that some of the more experienced bands this night should have taken note of. Their sound though was reminiscent of most of the young metal/emo type bands. More...

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Boris and Torche Melt Vancouver

On July 30, Boris hit a mid-sized Vancouver bar called Richards On Richards. You should know for next time: before you head to a Boris show, you'd better square up with the universe. There's no nine-foot skinhead to boot your face in the moshpit, there's nobody in the bathroom doing coke off a bowie knife -- but you could still get hurt. It's those ultra-low frequencies, back and forth between your nervous system and bowels, until your spine explodes and paints the back wall pink. So square up first. I'm talking prayer bowls and mantras, I'm talking incense -- but shove the smouldering incense cones right into your eardrums, for Satan's sake. Sandalwood or patchouli earplugs. This is metal here, true metal, no matter how much attention the drummer pays to his huge silver gong. More...

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Monsters of Rock

Nearly 20,000 hard rock and metal fans braved the heat on Saturday to show their support for the one-off, one-day Monsters of Rock in Calgary, AB. While the line to get into McMahon Stadium stretched over a football field in length as ticket holders went through to the necessary ticket scans and bag checks, Zimmers Hole grabbed the stage by the bull horns and audibly spurred concert goers as they trickled in. Zimmers Hole, fronted by Chris Valagao (who later signed autographs wearing nothing but red body paint and a butt flap), gave a short, but high energy sampling of funny, thrashy goodness. And it was super cool of Ozzy to have a Canadian band kick start the festivities. More...

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