Concert reviews

Delain, Amorphis, Anneke van Giersbergen – The Palladium, Worcester, MA 9/21/19
09 Sep. 2019

Delain, Amorphis, Anneke van Giersbergen – The Palladium, Worcester, MA 9/21/19


It was an unseasonably warm autumn day as the tour package of Anneke van Giersbergen, Amorphis, and headliners Delain rolled into Worcester, Massachusetts on their 2019 Fall tour. A week prior, I had just returned from The Netherlands, where I was lucky enough to witness Ayreon’s performance of Into The Electric Castle and Other Tales, so I hadn’t quite come down from that high yet and I was looking forward to getting another opportunity to see the always amazing Anneke perform live, as well as te mighty Amorphis, and of course, Delain.

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Discovering New Music. Case Study: Cave In
07 Jul. 2019

Discovering New Music. Case Study: Cave In


Those in the know would agree…

Discovering new music is simply amazing. If it’s something you emotionally connect with you find yourself in a perfect rapture… in an intense state of happiness… an unusual sense of euphoria… it is like you get carried away by this overwhelming emotion!

Until 6th grade, my music knowledge was limited to what I got exposed at home. It wasn’t bad, though, as my lovely mum and brother were music nerds themselves. At 7th grade, I started to dig through boxes at the local record store and asked the owner, the wise old man, to recommend me some music… He would ask me what I liked the most and play me something he would consider to be similar… He introduced me to a lot new music that year. You see I had my own streaming service algorithm going back then 😀

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Brit Progressive Metal Giants TESSERACT Wielding The Cosmic Hypercube Finally Set Foot in Istanbul
07 Jul. 2019

Brit Progressive Metal Giants TESSERACT Wielding The Cosmic Hypercube Finally Set Foot in Istanbul


What a great year has it been for us Turkish prog fans, after a long period of hopelessness and anticipation, our favorite “nerd metal” bands from all over the world finally grace us with their presence. Needless to say we were not the only ones that have been waiting to see our beloved band.

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Anubis Gate at Musikhuset Posten in Odense, Denmark – 4/28/18
06 Jun. 2018

Anubis Gate at Musikhuset Posten in Odense, Denmark – 4/28/18


Musikhuset PostenIf anyone is familiar with the progressive metal band Anubis Gate, you know well that their live shows are few and far between, and are rarely outside of their home country of Denmark.  When they announced their first concert date in 3 years since their last show, I decided that since the likelihood of their performing closer to me in the USA was slim, I would go to them on their home turf.  They announced the concert would take place on April 28, 2018 at Musikhuset Posten, a venue in Denmark’s third-largest city, Odense.  Having no conflicts in my schedule, I promptly booked the trip.  Already being an avid traveler, I was looking forward to seeing the band live as much as I was looking forward to seeing Denmark, a European country I had not yet visited and saw it as my opportunity to add that to my destination repertoire.

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Xandria, Kobra and the Lotus, and Once Human @ Adrenaline 5/26/17
06 Jun. 2017

Xandria, Kobra and the Lotus, and Once Human @ Adrenaline 5/26/17


18740300_10155371506581617_4199955861174543621_nOn Friday May 26, 2017, Germany’s Symphonic metal band Xandria rolled into Las Vegas on their current U..S tour with fellow Napalm Records labelmates, Canada’s Kobra and the Lotus, as well as newcomers Once Human (featuring Logan Mader of Soulfly/Machine Head fame and new vocal sensation Lauren Hart). 18763202_10155372953191617_246873622_n

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Arkona/Sirenia/MindMaze @ Firehouse 13 Providence RI May 14, 2017
06 Jun. 2017

Arkona/Sirenia/MindMaze @ Firehouse 13 Providence RI May 14, 2017


On Mother’s Day evening, the Arkona, Sirenia, MindMaze tour came to FireHouse 13 in Providence RI for the second date of their U.S. tour. Although the crowd of roughly 100 people was relatively small, they made up for it in enthusiasm. Arkona is currently celebrating its 15 years of existence, while Sirenia is promoting its latest release on Napalm Records titled Dim Days of Dolor, and MindMaze is supporting its own recent release, Resolve out now on Inner Wound Recordings.

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Delain/Evergrey/Kobra and the Lotus at O2 Ritz Manchester UK
11 Nov. 2016

Delain/Evergrey/Kobra and the Lotus at O2 Ritz Manchester UK


It was a crisp late fall afternoon on Saturday, November 12, 2016 as I, along with my girlfriend, made our way to The Ritz in Manchester England for the triple threat bill of headliner Delain, Evergrey, and Kobra and the Lotus. We arrived fairly early as I had an interview scheduled with Kobra Paige of Kobra and the Lotus. I made contact with the tour manager and we were led into the venue as Evergrey were doing their soundcheck. I waived hello to my friends, vocalist Tom Englund and guitarist Henrik Danhage who saw me from the stage and we were led into the backstage dressing rooms to conduct my interview with Kobra. It had been a year since I had last interviewed the lovely Ms. Paige when she was the special guest vocalist on Kamelot’s U.S. tour in support of Haven. As aways, Kobra was charming, engaging, and extremely wonderful to speak to. Sadly, our interview ended abruptly as Kobra was called to the stage for their soundcheck. Due to the fact that the band were unable to have a soundcheck at their previous two performances on the tour, it was imperative that Kobra joined her bandmates on stage to make sure everything was perfect for the nights show.

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Karnataka live at Islington Assembly Hall, UK
05 May. 2015

Karnataka live at Islington Assembly Hall, UK


Having recently reviewed Karnataka’s excellent new album, Secrets of Angels, I had the pleasure earlier this month of getting to see them live at Islington Assembly Hall. The pleasure was greater because I also got to meet most of the band before the show, for an informal interview. Here is, to the best of my recollection, my musings on what we discussed and what I thought of the show.

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The Resonance Festival
09 Sep. 2014

The Resonance Festival


The Resonance Festival and the Joy and Satisfaction in Being Myself

To some it may seem childish and conceited but, to me, one of the highlights of The Resonance Festival was wandering around wearing an ‘Access All Areas’ laminated pass all weekend. One of the many fantastic, down to earth people I met, Graham Harris, says it best so I’ll let his comment get down to the heart of the whole event.

I have a drawer full of laminates. Each one tells a story. But the Resonance one holds the best story of all.”

Resonance Laminate

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