Category Archives: Concert Reviews
This is where we review shows we attend.
I find it interesting that the days before and immediately after this Testament show was/is snowy and miserable. A cancellation would not have surprised me, but on Monday the 25th, the sun was shining and the Interstate highway nice and clean…as if a gift from the Metal Gods telling me I must attend the show. So, after a full day of work and a 103 mile drive to Denver with my GPS voiced by America’s best Dad Homer Simpson, I made my way to the Summit Music Hall in downtown Denver, CO. My goal was to get there before Flotsam and Jetsam, but as luck would have it I arrived in time to see all the bands…which was a super bonus.
This was my last show in England and I really couldn’t have asked for a better band to end my four-year experience of attending regular concerts. Overkill is one of my long time favorites and they always put on a great energetic show. The O2 Islington in London was the place; the same as last year. So, I thought I would spice things up a bit by standing on the opposite side of the stage this time I very much enjoyed the view of Derek “The Skull” Tailer in 2011, but this time I got to watch the marvelous guitar solos of Dave Linsk and up close and personal bass playing of D. D. Verni.
I think it’s been a little over a year since Cradle of Filth graced fans with a tour and even longer for fans in the local area of East Anglia, England. I thought when I got stationed in England in 2008, I would have an opportunity to see UK-based bands like Cradle of Filth more often than I could see in the States. It’s hasn’t necessarily worked out that way. I thought that living in the same county as Dani Filth might afford me a chance to see more Cradle of Filth one-off club shows in the area; not quite so. On August 2, I finally got my chance to see the (Symphonic) Black metal band at a spacious club in Cambridge, England. This was labeled as their warm up gig before their performance at Wacken, Germany which went on this past weekend. This was my second time seeing Cradle of Filth – the first in the UK.
Another Download Festival came and went…this year marking the 10th anniversary of the famed UK metal festival. Here is my review of my one-day pass for Sunday, 10 Jun 2012 with Black Sabbath headlining and closing the event. Before I talk about my day I want to note that this is most likely my last Download Festival for the foreseeable future. Later this year I will move back to the United States and if this is in fact the last Download Festival I ever see, I honestly couldn’t have asked for more out of a one-day ticket. The icing on the cake was the fact that it was sunny.
The day before finals week started at my school I went to see my first major heavy metal concert with only a few friends: Rammstein. I couldn’t have started off the week in a better way. The day started off with me making the drive to meet up with the others and then going to the DCU Center from there. To anyone who’s never been, it’s a pretty good venue in the city of Worcester. It was significant that I got to see them there since it is the very place that they were arrested for their performance of “Buck Dich” on June 5, 1998. The interior is that of most larger indoor venues; a floor with tiers of seating all around. Before we got inside though, we had to wait in line for hours. Luckily we were near the beginning of the line and we talked about what we hoped the night would be like. We could feel the brick walls we were sitting up against shaking from the sound check and our anticipation built. One guy we talked to worked for the DCU Center and told us that he had never seen so much fire in all the years he had been employed there.
Paradise Lost graced the Waterfront in Norwich, Norfolk, on 30 April 2012. I had the fortunate experience of being there, center stage, to watch the veterans of gothic doom perform a wide range of their discography to the loud, albeit sparse Monday night crowd. This concert review is coming from a different angle this time around. Instead of reviewing the show from a distance as a spectator, my review is based on the experience. Not only did I get to meet Paradise Lost, I also got to meet the Finnish support act, Insomnium – double bonus! This is more than just a show review…it’s my awesome VIP experience with veteran doom masters.