Gojira and Oni: Ventura Theater – Ventura, Ca 8/2/17

Categories: Reviews

French progressive metal band Gojira released their newest album Magma in 2016. Since then, they have been actively touring for the album. On this tour, they made a surprise stop in Ventura County in Southern California.  On this tour, they brought with them Oni and Pallbearer. Even when Oni came on stage, the venue was just under halfway full since it was a Wednesday. Oni came out and started delivering their signature progressive metal sound that made them who they are. With guitarists ... Read More

Rise Against at Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ (7/9/2017)

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Arizona? Oh, yeah....we go wayyyyy back. For several years, Chicago-based punk band Rise Against refused to play shows in Arizona in protest of Senate Bill 1070, which was a piece of controversial legislation passed in 2010 that segregated citizens' rights according to ethnicity. In 2012, the prejudicial law which required law enforcement to arbitrarily violate Mexican-Americans' Fourth Amendment rights and demand on-the-spot citizenship documentation was challenged, and Rise Against appeared at Mesa Amphitheater shortly after. Many artists were part of this state boycott, refusing to ... Read More

Iron Maiden in Phoenix, AZ (6/28/2017)

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As the Golden Age of music draws to a close, we are constantly saddened by the frequent passing of not only our favorite musicians, but the musicians who made the music what it is. They were the dreamers and the game changers. As the twilight falls around us, the magic ages. After decades of touring, many of those bands we coveted as kids are slowly winking out, losing their exuberance to age, health, and change. But there is one band who defies the ... Read More

Ghost at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ

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Swedish heavy metal band, Ghost, opened for Iron Maiden at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Downtown Phoenix AZ on Wednesday, June 28.  Referring to themselves as "the clergy", their 2016 single, "Cirice", landed them a Grammy for Best Metal Performance. In January 2017, Ghost became the first Swedish heavy metal band to ever peak the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart with their Popestar single release "Square Hammer", which opened the show with its iconic Munster-esque organ anthem reverberating through the rafters. Taking the stage ... Read More

Third Eye Blind w/ Silversun Pickups 6/25/2017 Festival Pier @ Penns Landing, Philly

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Third Eye Blind w/ Silversun Pickups – 06/25/2017 Festival Pier @ Penns Landing – Philadelphia, PA Words/Photos/Video – Jay Porks The Summer Gods Tour rolls on into Philly in what was an almost perfect Sunday for the beach. This tour came through the PNC Bank Arts Center on Friday and for a video heavy recap you can just hover over this sentence and click to check it out. That venue that's been featured in several concert confessions. Tonight it's Festival Pier @ Penns Landing in Philly. Penns Landing is ... Read More

Third Eye Blind w/ Silversun Pickups 06/23/2017 @ PNC Bank Arts Center

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Third Eye Blind w/ Silversun Pickups - 06/23/2017 PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks Third Eye Blind have kicked off a tour in celebration of 20 years since the release of their self titled debut record. Billed as The Summer Gods Tour, Stephan Jenkins and Co. have enlisted very special guests the Silversun Pickups. Roughly two weeks into the trek, the tour makes a stop off in Dirty Jersey at the PNC Bank Arts Center. Silversun Pickups went on early. We barely were ... Read More

Davey Suicide Returns To Mesa 6/16/2017

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For three days, now, there has been a song stuck in my head. All day long I hear, "She's got the eyyyyyyyyes of an angellllll....". It happens every time I come home from a Davey Suicide show. The more I get to know them, the more I like them, and it's not just THAT song that sticks in my head. After the show, I had the chance to pick up their latest album Made From Fire, and there are quite a few catchy tunes ... Read More

Interview with Doyle & Misfits Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein

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Blackest of the Black: Oak Canyon Park – Silverado, Ca 5/26/17-5/27/17

Categories: Festivals, Reviews

The 2017 edition of the Blackest of the Black Festival was held in the mountain area of Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, California. The festival is the brain child of Misfits' legendary frontman Danzig and always proves to have a variety of metal bands to suit everyone's needs.  This festival was two days of pure madness from every corner and was a great way to start Memorial Day weekend. Day one featured some of the more popular metal bands today and was started ... Read More

MMRBQ 2017: Godsmack, Live, Bush, The Pretty Reckless @ BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ

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WMMR 93.3 FM is Philly is a rarity in this time: A terrestrial radio station with a rock format. Every year they put on the MMRBQ, a summer show in Camden, NJ. This year's lineup features Godsmack, LĪVE, Bush, The Pretty Reckless, The Struts, Zakk Sabbath, Rival Sons and Dinosaur Pileup. It's an all day event, with doors opening at 12 I believe. Excuse my tardiness tonight as there isn't a bus that goes the full three hours from Staten Island to ... Read More

Meat Puppets w/ Mike Watt + The Jom & Terry Show and Grant Hart – Brooklyn Bowl 05/10/2017

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Meat Puppets, Mike Watt + The Jom & Terry Show w/ Special Guest Grant Hart Brooklyn Bowl - 05/10/2017 Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks In 1985 label mates at SST Records embarked on the road in what was dubbed "The Tour" and it featured the likes of Husker Du, the Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Saccharine Trust, and SWA. Fast forward to 2017 and we have some of the ol' gang hitting the road together again as The Meat Puppets have embarked on 'The Tour Tour Two' co-headlining dates ... Read More

Blood, Lust, Death Tour 2017 feat. Dope, Combichrist, Davey Suicide, and September Mourning 4/8/2017

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      As if the desert couldn't get any hotter, Saturday night in Mesa proved everyone wrong when the Blood, Lust, Death Tour 2017 came to town at Club Red Mesa. While it may seem that the venue is small, the walls are only there to protect music lovers from all ages from the soaring temps and searing sun of the Valley of the Sun. There is no shortage of butts in the seats when a tour like this comes to town. For ... Read More

The Reaper Comes To Phoenix: September Mourning at Club Red – 4/8/2017

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It was a clear desert night when the stage became the page, and a house packed full of souls was saved by the songs of the reaper, September Mourning. On a dimly lit stage, the story of unfinished destiny unfolded as Mesa, Arizona became part of one woman's war between worlds. For the unsuspecting soul, September Mourning is a transmedia creative project that combines story into song of a journey into darkness and purgatory. Beginning as a dark fantasy comic and graphic novel, September Mourning uses song and print to advance concept ... Read More

Mac Sabbath, Metalachi, Krammpstein, Okilly Dokilly: 4/8/17

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The Monstrosity tour is perhaps one of the most bizarre tours of the year. Headlining the tour was Mac Sabbath, the world's only Drive-Thru metal band. Along for the ride was Metalachi and Okilly Dokilly. A strange lineup, but something you'd have to see to believe. To super size the show, a very special guest was added. It was non other than Krammpstein, a Rammstein tribute band where the band members dress as Krampus and other Alpine demons. The historic Regent Theater ... Read More

Cattle Decapitation and Goatwhore: Belasco Theatre – Los Angeles, Ca – 3/8/17

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Metal Blade Records was celebrating their 35th anniversary as one of metal's biggest record label. For the occasion, the label gathered a few bands and put them on a tour for the anniversary. The bands included in this tour were Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, and Allegaeon. One of the many stops on the tour was the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, California and metal fans were eager to see a lineup like this even on a Wednesday night. Goatwhore is a extreme/blackened death metal ... Read More

2017 Experience Hendrix Tour – Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights (Spokane), WA

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2017 Experience Hendrix Tour - Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights (Spokane), WA Review and Photos by thenaturalstoner Last night, The Slurry Baron, my fiancée, and I trekked up to Spokane, Washington to see the 2017 iteration of the Experience Hendrix tour at the Northern Quest Casino.  In its second year, this tour brings in all kinds of guitarists from different genres to pay respects to one of the Greatest of All Time, Jimi Hendrix.  This years lineup was pretty unique, so the Baron and ... Read More

Mayhem: The Observatory – Santa Ana, Ca – 2/7/17

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If you're a metal head and whether or not you listen to black metal, chances are you have heard of the Norwegian black metal legends, Mayhem. Mayhem is one of the most influential black metal bands and were also one of the founders of the black metal genre. Their 1994 debut album De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (Latin for "About the Mystery of the Lord Satan") alone paved the way for many black metal bands and is widely considered one of the best black ... Read More

Metal Allegiance: Grove of Anaheim – Anaheim, Ca – 1/20/17

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The Metal Allegiance is a special show where musicians from different bands all gathered to pay tribute to fallen musicians from the last couple of decades. Some of the musicians included in this group include: Chuck Billy (Testament), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), WWE Superstar Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer), and Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs). On August 2016, Metal Allegiance released an EP titled Fallen Heroes and included three cover ... Read More

After A Long Creative Hiatus, Orgy Returns to Club Red Mesa, AZ 1/25/2017

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    Bands change lineups like they change their socks.  Humans, however, are creatures of habit:  resistant to change and afraid of the new and untested. So, when the bands we know and love disappear and suddenly resurface with completely new lineups, their reception is often the same as that of a sequel to a good movie. Yet every now and then there is a stroke of brilliance in that sequel's conception, and the second act defies our resistance, proving to be as good or ... Read More

Brujeria, The Casualties, Pinata Protest: Regent Theater – Los Angeles, Ca 1/7/17

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The Regent Theater in Los Angeles hosted the yearly underground metal festival known as Show Your Scars. This year's lineup was no exception to the extreme lineup of bands ranging from local acts to the more popular bands. Some of the bands that played were death metal bands Exhumed and Repulsion which made their only appearance for the year at this festival. To no surprise, the event sold out ahead of time and so it was guaranteed to be a great and ... Read More

2016 Best Of Photos by Misael Ruiz

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2016 was another successful year for concerts for me. I got the opportunity to photograph some of my favorite bands as well as finally see some bands for the first time that I had been waiting to see. Along with that came lots of incredible photos I got while photographing bands. I tried to downsize it to 15, but after staring at my screen for 10 minutes, I just couldn't decide on what to get rid of so I stretched it to ... Read More

Sonata Arctica: The Grove – Anaheim, Ca – 12/4/16

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  Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica released their ninth album The Ninth Hour on October 7, 2016. The band embarked on a North American tour and made their SoCal stop at the Grove in Anaheim, California. With them, they brought Finnish melodic death metal band Omnium Gatherum and German-Norwegian symphonic metal band, Leaves' Eyes. Even for a bill as big as this, sadly the turnout for this show wasn't very big even for a Sunday. Still, there was a decent amount of ... Read More

Avatar’s Big Top Freak Show Rolls Into Phoenix – Joe’s Grotto, 10/21/2016

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  I haven't been to the circus in a VERY long time. So, I caught up with Avatar in Phoenix at Joe's Grotto. It looked like a freak show, it sounded like a freak show...it even smelllllllled.....like a freak show. Avatar is a highly theatrical melo-death metal band from Gothenberg, Sweden. Making their way around the States to show off their latest outstanding Feathers & Flesh album, Phoenix was their first introduction to the American Southwest. Phoenicians know good music when they hear it, ... Read More

Blind Guardian: Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, Ca – 10/4/16

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German power metal band Blind Guardian made their return to US soil after a successful US tour last year. On this special tour, Blind Guardian is performing their entire 1995 Imaginations from the Other Side album in its entirety. The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, California was just over half full, but still made for a fun show for the metal community.     The lights went out and the crowd cheered as the members of the band came out one by one. ... Read More

Deftones: Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, Ca – 8/24/16

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       Since the 90's, Deftones have been making an impact in the music world. No matter what genre of music you listen to, chances are you've heard of them. On April 8, 2016, Deftones released their eighth studio album, Gore. It is the third album released by the band since the accident and death of longtime bassist, Chi Cheng. With the release of Gore, Deftones has set out on a massive tour which also involves festivals around the world. This ... Read More

Cannibal Corpse and Nile: 8/12/16 – The Novo – Los Angeles, Ca

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The Summer Slaughter tour is one of the most brutal metal tours of the summer. Metal bands ranging from local acts, to rising acts, to some of the biggest names in metal. This year was no exception as the tour was headlined by the biggest death metal band in the world, Cannibal Corpse! Playing before them were the tech-death metal giants, Nile! Other acts on the bill included Suffocation, After the Burial, Ingested, Krisiun, and lots more. This huge metal show took ... Read More