The stars came out to shine at the world-famous Roxy for a most worthy cause: to raise money through the Adopt the Arts program, benefiting music programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
And the circus came to town. In a high desert setting, amid carnival-like sideshows, games, rides and concessions right out of some kind of heavy metal storybook, this year's Knotfest hosted an extensive lineup of bands.
While Queens-based punk quartet Bayside is no stranger to Asbury Park, New Jersey, this was the first time that lead singer Anthony Raneri, on a short solo acoustic tour, had performed at the legendary Asbury Lanes.
Volbeat end their touring cycle for Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies with a fine mix of new and old favourite in Norwich. Hopefully the UK won't have to wait too long for them to return to these shores.
Vanity Draws Blood headlined an intimate gig at the Fighting Cocks in Kingston Upon Thames on Thursday, December 11th.
Despite rumours of van accidents and technical difficulties, Italian post-hardcore outfit Hopes Die Last still managed to tear up a hardcore frenzy on a cold December night in London.
Mastodon may not be the chattiest of bands but, as their fans found out in London recently, they more than lived up to their reputation as one of the most influential bands on the scene by delivering ninety minutes of the finest metal around.
Aussie hardcore favourites The Amity Affliction rolled into London on their latest UK tour headlining a night that left hardcore fans talking about for days afterwards.
After Hellion played the Whisky on October 2nd, any preconceived belief that the band's golden era was set back sometime in the '80s has been dispelled. Hellion's performance that night, on its Los Angeles home turf, was spellbinding.
Cleveland metalcore heavyweights Affiance, have embarked on a CD release tour with Phinehas for their third full-length album Blackout, bringing their hard work and harder sounds to eager fans across the U.S. I was lucky enough to catch the band at California Brew Haus in Rochester, New York a few days ago where, despite a few unlucky setbacks, they still blew the roof off the place.
The heavens opened on Sunday and with torrential rain and high winds predicted to last the rest of the day, it looked like Bloodstock was in danger of ended up a bit of a wash out. Still, that didn't stop Italian thrash metallers Arthemis from having an absolute blast on the main stage. The rain lashed down on the band as they shredded through their thirty minute set but, judging by the smile plastered across the face of frontman Fabio, it looked like the Italians loved every minute of it.
Headlined by the extremely controversial Norwegian black metal heavyweights Emperor, here's what went down on day two of Bloodstock Open Air 2014.
Marking the last night of their U.S. Summer tour, Yes treated their fans by opening with the Close to the Edge album in its entirety, albeit out of sequence. This was followed by a couple of songs from the just-released Heaven & Earth album, which received a warm welcome, an unusual occurrence for new material among old favorites. The opening notes of "Roundabout" signaled the beginning of the Fragile album in its entirety as well, and the evening at the Greek Theater was topped off with two of their greatest hits, "Your Move/I've Seen All Good People" and "Owner of a Lonely Heart".
On August 4th, 2014, I had a chance to see The Kooks play Toronto's Danforth Music Hall. I haven't listened to this band since they released their album Junk of the Heart in 2011, but figured it would be a good night to get out with some old friends, have a few beers, and watch live music. Little did I know I would end up watching one of the best shows I have ever attended.
Down are an interesting choice of headliner for the first day. Yes, there is no doubting that Phil Anselmo is a heavy metal legend but, to follow the theatrics of Dimmu Borgir with a set of weed-soaked stoner anthems was always going to be a tough call. Still, Anselmo and his Down brethren pull out a stunning set for an audience who soak up every weed-stained riff of the likes of "Witch Tripper" and "Lifer" while "Hail The Leaf" sums up everything that is great about Down and proves why they were the perfect way to end a great first day at Bloodstock.
On the L.A. stop of the "Worldwide Plagues Tour", Tampa's power metal vets Iced Earth and Sweden's Sabaton, performed for a fully-packed House of Blues in Hollywood.
On the festival's South stage, by far the smallest of the three, Torrance, California's Joyce Manor and their A.D.D brand of catchy punk rock capped a day that almost exclusively featured folk music.
Stage 48 in New York City is not your average rock venue. This swanky spot is a posh nightclub, complete with color changing walls and couches along the sides that looked too nice for my metal ass to sit in. On June 12th 2014, beneath the lavish, LED lighted ceiling, the Tri State Area metal scene erupted and invaded Stage 48 led by the pure brutality of bands: Rivers of Nihil, Fit For An Autopsy, Revocation, Carnifex, Whitechapel and the mighty DevilDriver.
At the Pomona stop of the 2014 Civil Unrest Tour, three bands were keeping disco evil and rocking The Glass House. Two of the bands, Dope and Wayne Static, were an obvious pair-up with their nu-metal credentials and party sensibilities. Smile Empty Soul, with a more subdued and melodic approach to music, was not such an obvious choice.
Boston recently had the pleasure of welcoming Glasgow-hailing post-rock giants, Mogwai. Having never witnessed a band of their caliber or unique sound live, I wasn't sure what to expect. I had been to many instrumental performances before – jazz, classical, progressive – but I knew this was going to be different.