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Anthrax Show Report From Jaxx in Springfield, VA

Thursday, October 6, I made it out to Springfield, VA to see Anthrax play at Jaxx. I’d been looking to catch them live since before they started touring with their reunited “classic” lineup including singer Joey Belladonna, but I thought the classic lineup would great to see as well. I was actually quite pleased that they had a headlining gig in my area since I’m not a big Priest fan and would rather Anthrax had a headliner’s time to play.

I’d read on the Internet that day before getting in my car for the hour and fifteen minute drive - due to traffic and rain – that the show was nearly sold out. It didn’t surprise me, as Jaxx is a pretty small club, holding maybe a few hundred people at most. What did surprise me was that Anthrax was playing there in the first place, but apparently they have some history with the club and/or owner.

I barely got there in time to make my interview with Joey (which will be online shortly). Just as I wrapped that up and made my way back into the club, the first local opener was just about set up and ready to play. More...

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Live Report from ProgPower VI

The weekend of September 16-17th was quite a memorable one for me. I traveled down to Atlanta, Georgia from my New Jersey home to attend ProgPower VI. This year’s ProgPower consisted of Angra headlining Friday night’s show along with Conception, Orphaned Land, Circus Maximus, and Manticora opening. Saturday’s line up consisted of Stratovarius headlining, along with Therion, Pink Cream 69, Symphorce, and Stride opening.

During my stay, I was able to interview Mati from Orphaned Land and met Mark Edwards from Overlorde. Both guys were exceptionally kind, down to earth, as well as excellent guitar players and should definitely be listened to when the opportunity arises. Though Overlorde did not play, Orphaned Land did and put on quite an amazing show. During their set I found out that one of the guys standing in front of me was so dedicated to the band, that he flew all the way from Israel, where Orphaned Land is from, just to see them! What makes Orphaned Land such a band to command this response from a fan is the fact that they are very energetic on stage, quality musicians, and are able to bring everyone at the concert together. To see Orphaned Land is its own experience in itself. No matter who plays with Orphaned Land, the show will be memorable! More...

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Ozzfest 2005 Comes To an End in West Palm Beach

Well it was one hell of a tour, the 10th annual Ozzfest Summer Amphitheatre Tour came to an end once again in West Palm Beach, FL and I had a chance to be there. For 6 years now I have been planning on going to Ozzfest but for some reason something has always came up and I couldn't go. Last year I had everything lined up to go, and a damn hurricane hit the place. This year I finally lucked out and went to my first Ozzfest. Let me tell you "I have waited for this for a very long time." I loaded up the Tahoe with a couple friends and my wife and we left about 2:00am Saturday morning and drove about 9 1/2 hours from Charleston to West Palm Beach, FL. That was a long drive, I probably should have gone to the one in Charlotte, NC the night before but......."The best one is the last one" that's what I have always been told. More...

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Gigantour Report From Vancouver, BC

I went to the Gigantour show at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC on September 9. Because I have been busy for the past little while, I haven’t got the chance to get this done until now. As far as I know, the Montreal date has been filmed for the upcoming Gigantour DVD to feature Dream Theater and the Vancouver show was filmed for Anthrax.

Although originally scheduled to play, the Dillinger Escape Plan had to back out due to an injury suffered by guitarist Ben Weinman, which is a bit of a downer. On the bright side, DEP will be back in Vancouver in November. More...

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Apocalyptica Show Report From Washington, DC

When I heard that Apocalyptica, a Finnish band best known for playing Metallica songs on four cellos, was finally planning a full US tour, I was hopeful that they'd come to the DC area. Their show on September 12 at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC was, in fact, the first stop on this tour – the band had actually left Finland earlier that day (their time), I discovered. That Monday happened to be the day I returned from a week of vacation, but I was determined to catch their show and finally see them live after their release of five albums and many years of never touring in the States. I would have loved to have seen them before, but if this show could be considered payback for that wait, it was well worth it. More...

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Hate Eternal Live Report

On Sunday, June 26th I attended the Hate Eternal show at BB King's in New York City. Along with Hate Eternal, openers were Jungle Rot, Into Eternity, Incantation, All Shall Perish, and Krisiun.

Jungle Rot opened and was exceptional from the first few songs I heard due to my prior engagement with Eric Rutan and the interview I had done with him. After Jungle Rot was All Shall Perish, I only knew that because I heard it from across the hall. I was in the bar wrapping up my interview. From what I heard as I walked in during their last few songs, they were pretty decent. Then, Into Eternity came on, I was expecting more from them seeing as my friend that came with me had me all hyped up about them, what I got was completely different.

Into Eternity’s set was more singing and melodic, which is ok, when you’re at a power metal show or some other type of show, not a death metal concert. Into Eternity’s musicianship was unique and they have good solos, but one starts to wonder after the first 3 songs if they can do anything else with the guitar besides the same solos. Into Eternity’s vocalist and drummer on the other hand were very good, the front man, Stu, put on an incredible falsetto, very energetic, and worked the crowd very well. Into Eternity’s drummer seemed to be the only one, along with the bassist, and Stu, holding the band together. Overall, they could have been better playing some of their harder material. Incantation was next, an exceptional death metal trio.

Incantation, at my first glance made me wonder where their fourth member was as the sound was overwhelming for just three people. Also, Incantation’s musicianship was incredible with the guitar solos and reminded me very much of Vader and Nile. Overall, I believe they were one of the best acts on the bill that night. Following Incantation was Krisiun. Having previously seen them at a local metal fest, I knew what to expect, or so I thought.

Krisiun came on and blew me away with their intense energy from start to finish. I was very much pleased, to say the least, that Krisiun improved their performance by showing 100% more energy than they had at the metal fest! When they came on, it was like the whole show had gotten an enormous wake up call and everyone jumped to life. Krisiun blew everyone away and left people begging for more! I would strongly recommend seeing them if they are in an area near you!

Last, but certainly not least, Hate Eternal came on! Having done the previous interview with Eric Rutan, I was expecting an amazing show and anxious to hear this “new sound” he had been talking about. Though, I did not get to hear it first, I was pleasantly surprised to say the least when they started with a lot of their older songs from their prior two albums. I was even more excited when they played my favorite Hate Eternal song, “King of All Kings”, but that wasn’t the highlight. In fact, the highlight didn’t come until 2-3 songs later when they started with some new songs of the new album, “I, Monarch”. Once I heard the new songs, I thought, “Wow, so THAT’S what the ranting and raving’s been about!” Hate Eternal have created what seems to be a brand new speed of metal, and new extreme in which to play metal. I do not believe ANY band could top their speed and quality! ESPECIALLY their live show, the end was my favorite because as soon as they started to play the last song, there was a MASS bum rush to the stage and everyone who wanted to, came up on stage and got to be up there with Hate Eternal for their last song! I give this band and this show a 10 for all bands being really cool, regardless of what critics might say or think and Hate Eternal for being EXTREMELY nice to their fans and yelling at guards that were taking kids off the stage!

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Obituary, Napalm Death Show Report From Virginia

On Thursday, September 1st, I drove down to Jaxx in Springfield, Virginia to see Obituary, Napalm Death, and Dead To Fall play. This is a lineup that I would not normally have gone out to see, but one of my friends is a big Dead To Fall fan and I was interested in checking all of these bands out anyway, but I might not have gone to the show without any other motivation. As it turns out, my friend never showed up or returned my calls. (Note to self: get new friends that are into metal AND reliable). Having driven almost an hour to get there and paid $25 to get in, I was going to see this show anyway. More...

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Edguy Show Report From BB Kings, NYC

The date was August 16, 2005. I was at BBkings in New York City, New York to see one of my favorite bands, Into Eternity, open for a band I enjoyed listening to, Edguy. While waiting for the show to start, I headed back stage to interview Edguy, unfortunately they were not ready for me and I should come back at 7pm, when the show started. After seeing the first song from Into Eternity, Splintered Visions, I go back stage again to do my interview. I finish as they start their last song, Beginning of the End, which also happened to be one of my favorites. Though I only caught two songs in the end, it was amazing. Those two songs satisfied my appetite for seeing Into Eternity live, since I had seen them before and they will be around again shortly. More...

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Chimaira's Nothing Remains Tour in Baltimore, MD

Despite being totally swamped of late, I could not pass up the Chimaira, Six Feet Under, All That Remains, 3 Inches of Blood tour that came to town on Sunday at Towson's Recher Theatre. Not only is that a great lineup and Chimaira are fast becoming one of my favorite bands, but I'd been wanting to check out the Recher Theatre, which I had heard so much about. More...

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Five Bolt Main Report From Huntington, WV

On Friday the 12th of August I arrived at the Monkey Bar in Huntington, WV. I was a little late for my 7:30pm interview with the guys of Five Bolt Main. I came in the back door of the club, after finding the front door locked. I found a long haired guy with glasses and asked for Ivan, who had set up the interview. Then recognizing the long haired guy from a photo on the Five Bolt Main website, I introduced myself and he in turn introduced himself as Ben, the bass player. Ben hailed Ivan who was on stage taking care of covering up instruments and microphones before the opening acts came on. Ivan came down and introduced himself, he is a large guy with a long goatee, which was tied off and dyed bright green at the tip. I apologized for being late but he shrugged it off informing me they had just finished sound check so I would have been waiting anyway. More...

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Ozzfest Report from July 24 in Bristow, VA

I attended Ozzfest 2005 on Sunday, July 24 in Bristow, Virginia’s Nissan Pavilion (my report is running late, as I’ve found myself overcommitted lately). This fest was the tenth annual Ozzfest, and not to be outdone by last year’s excellent lineup, this year they sported an equally as good lineup spanning more genres of metal than before. This year’s lineup also contained numerous headliner-quality bands on both stages including, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Rob Zombie, Mudvayne, and of course Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.

Had I known that both people I was supposed to go with would bail out, I would have lined up a photo pass for the whole show to give me something more to do. As it turned out, I pretty much just enjoyed the show and met up with As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis for an interview that we missed in Philadelphia, PA.

While this year’s lineup sported mostly bands I knew and had heard, most I was only vaguely familiar with, so pardon the lack of specific details such as song names, etc. in many cases. More...

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Report: Ozzfest at PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ

After a long 3-hour drive, mostly due to traffic, I arrived with my girl friend and good friend at PNC Arts Center. Tailgating with some people from Metal Faction Radio in the main parking lot we clearly heard the second stage acts performances.
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Ozzfest Show Report From July 19th Camden, NJ

I attended Ozzfest 2005 this year on one of the most disgustingly hot and humid days of the year. It was July 19th, at the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ. The day was amazing and full of great bands and other then the ferocious heat it was a great day. More...

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Sounds Of The Underground Report From Vancouver

On July 26, I got the chance to attend the Sounds of the Underground tour when they stopped in Vancouver, BC. The show was originally scheduled for the Pacific Coliseum but was moved to the PNE Forum, which is a lot smaller. My guess was that the ticket sales didn’t do very well. More...

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Vans Warped Tour Report From Vancouver, BC

On Tuesday, July 12, the Vans Warped Tour ’05 rolled through Vancouver. Now I know the Warped Tour is a more punk-oriented tour but there’s usually one or two “heavy” bands on the tour. I have been to the past three Warped Tours and they were generally a lot of fun.

Like the other years, the Warped Tour was at Thunderbird Stadium on UBC campus. Doors were at 11am and the event started soon after that. There were two main stages inside the stadium, the Bishop and the Mike stages. Bands alternated on the stages, each playing a half hour slot. There were also four or five other stages scattered outside the stadium, far enough from each other so that the bands playing would not interfere with each other, and a bunch of booths everywhere so there is always something to do. More...

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Dirty Black Summer Tour Report, Springfield, VA

Having not gone to a show in too long, I decided to check out the Dirty Black Summer Tour at Jaxx in Springfield, VA on Saturday, July 9. It was on a Saturday, a good price and a good location for a weekend show (no metro and no beltway traffic to speak of), so I figured why the hell not. Besides, I had heard a lot about all of these bands in the news, but never listened to any of their music (except for The Agony Scene, who I streamed a few songs only a week before in preparation for my interview with drummer Brent Masters). I am not big into the metalcore scene and generally I dislike pure hardcore, but I do enjoy quite a few metalcore bands such as Unearth, As I Lay Dying, Bloodsimple, and My Bitter End to name a few. The Dirty Black Summer tour featured The Esoteric, Scars of Tomorrow, Full Blown Chaos, The Agony Scene, and Himsa. Apparently Scars of Tomorrow split some dates with Full Blown Chaos, because the former were not on this stop. There were two local openers as well, for a total of six bands. More...

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Sounds Of The Underground Show Report From Philly

I recently had the chance to attend Sounds of The Underground's stop in Philadelphia. I was stuck outside waiting until around 2:30 so I didn't get to see most of the bands. Anyway, this is how the day went for me: More...

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Bobaflex at the Monkey Bar, Huntington, WV

The show was Friday, June 10th, an unusually hot day in Huntington, West Virginia, very humid. I entered the Monkey Bar through the front doors, courtesy of the club manager who was also just arriving for the evening. This was the first time I had entered the bar since the move from 3rd Avenue. The stage where Bobaflex was setting up was bigger than the entire old instance of the club, with an all new truss filled with lights and a new sound system. I was excited to see them indoors in such a large venue, a home state venue to boot. More...

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With Passion @ BBkings 05-30-05

On Monday, May 30th I went to see With Passion BBkings in NYC, NY. They were the first opening band for Deicide and Immoation. After first seeing them perform in March with Into Eternity and Amorphis, I knew I was in for an intense show. I also am familiar with their music this time around. Unfortunately I had to leave after this band due to a virus. More...

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Seether Show Report From Vancouver, BC

To promote their new album, Karma and Effect (in stores now), Seether came back to Vancouver, BC on May 19th for a very small and private show at the Media Club. There were two main ways to get into the show: either win to get in through the local rock radio station (The Fox 99.3) or be one of the first 120 fans to show up on the day of the show with donations for the food bank. Since the release of their Wind-up debut album, Disclaimer, Seether has performed in Vancouver, BC twice before – once with Our Lady Peace and Finger Eleven in January 2003 and again with Evanescence last July, both of which were big stadium shows. I had caught the OLP show but it was quite a while ago and I can’t remember much. However, I do remember that the OLP fans didn’t quite seem to enjoy their set or F11’s, which isn’t very surprising given the musical differences between the bands. The crowd reaction inside this time was definitely a big improvement over that of the OLP audience. More...

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