Sunday, September 07, 2014

Sleep at the Troubadour II

Ever since I caught Sleep for the first time at MDF 2013, I had wanted to see the band in a more intimate setting. Well, I finally got my chance last weekend as Sleep descended upon the Troubadour in West Hollywood. I wasn't scheduled to formally review this show, but, suffice to say, Sleep's gigantic sound thoroughly demolished the sold out crowd.

A few pictures from my iPhone...






 The t-shirt haul...


Clearing the decks of recent reviews. First, a few full-length reviews at Heavy Metal at About.com. By the way, About.com has just undergone a major, well overdue, upgrade in appearance.

Accept Blind Rage


YOB Clearing The Path To Ascend


Earth Primitive And Deadly 


A few "shorties"...


Empire Auriga Ascending The Solar Throne


Principality Of Hell Fire And Brimstone


Provacator Antikristus


Black Twilight Circle (Various Artists) Tliltic Tlapoyauak


 Bloodsoaked Religious Apocalypse


Over at Last Rites...

Krieg Transient


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Backlit #3

After a long wait, Backlit #3 has finally been published! A webzine unlike any other featuring articles, interviews, artist profiles, and weird fiction, Backlit is the brainchild of Josh Haun of the fabulous That's How Kids Die and Brandon Duncan of Expiring Sun (amongst a myriad of other projects).



In this issue, I contribute two interviews. First, I chat with Nick Nunns, proprietor and master brewer at TRVE Brewing and, second, I interview members of Seidr, Bindrune Recordings' best kept secret of astronomical, eco-tinged funeral doom.

Special thanks to Brandon Duncan for his tireless work under difficult circumstances and for putting up with my inquiries.



I've not written many reviews lately, but here is a VERY HEAVILY EDITED version of my review of the latest album from Nachtmystium at Heavy Metal at About.com...


Nachtmystium The World We Left Behind


 Maybe, next?


The Comic Con t-shirt haul!




Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wolves In The Throne Room at the Echoplex



Atmospheric and flawless. My official review of the show can be found, as usual, here at About.com Heavy Metal. I arrived at the Echoplex to catch most of Volahn's set, but I was not able to squeeze in to get close shots. Volahn were quite good, and I wonder if this was the first live appearance of a band associated with the Black Twilight Circle.

Volahn



Wolves In The Throne Room









A "shortie" at About.com Heavy Metal...

Ancient Altar


The third edition of Dave's Demo Roundup has been published at Metal Bandcamp featuring reviews of demos from Gruesome, Deceptionist, Ghastly, and Tetragrammaton.





Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sargeist, Nightbringer, and Ritual Combat at the Black Castle

The mid-July temperatures are soaring in Southern California, and what better way to celebrate than to trek down to the Black Castle, swelter in the heat, and witness Sargeist and Nightbringer hit the stage. I also made it in time to catch Ritual Combat.



I wasn't scheduled to formally review this show, but, as is always the case with promoter Hatewar Productions, this was a great concert. I skipped most of the openers, but arrived in time for Ritual Combat. Ritual Combat were a little looser and sloppier than the last time that I had seen them, Nightbringer were good, but repetitive, and Sargeist were spot on. The Black Castle was packed to capacity, and the temperature inside was approaching 100 degrees. The pit went nuts for Sargeist.

Here are a few iPhone pictures.

Ritual Combat


Nightbringer




Sargeist




The t-shirt haul!



Here's a huge backlog of recent review links. First, some full-length reviews published at Heavy Metal at About.com over the last few months...

Vader Tibi Et Igni



Mayhem Esoteric Warfare


Corrosion Of Conformity IX


Incantation Dirges Of Elysium


Tombs Savage Gold

 
Goatwhore Constricting Rage Of The Merciless


Origin Omnipresent


Next up are a bunch of "shorties"....

Dead Congregation Promulgation Of The Fall


Dust Bolt Awake The Riot


Vassafor/ Sinistrous Diabolus Split





ACxDC Antichrist Demoncore


Cemetery Lust Orgies Of Abomination


Terminal Death Terminal Death


Here are a few reviews that I've written over at Last Rites...

Mournful Congregation Concrescence Of The Sophia


Misery Index The Killing Gods



Bastard Sapling Instinct Is Forever


Lastly, I wrote a second edition of Dave's Demo Roundup over at Metal Bandcamp...





Next up....