Can I just announce to the entire world that The Riot Room is the only place saving Kansas City at the moment? If it wasn’t for this venue, I am sure the entire city would be missing out on most of the great metal tours. Bigger events usually go to The Truman, Uptown Theater or even The Granada, which is all the way in Lawrence, Kansas. The Riot Room hosts many great shows and Feb 18th, 2019 was a special night for a few reason. Soulfly came through once again and brought a tribe of heathens to show us a good time. Starting with the band Alukah, a deathcore band from Maryland. Continue Reading
As soon as I walked into The Riot Room, Arsis took the stage. The technical and progressive style they have with their brand of death metal translates well on stage just as is does on my headphones. Arsis was a tight and heavy band throughout their whole set, however bassist Noah Martin stole the show for me as his energy and playing was just captivating. With such a diverse night of metal, they put on a great tech/prog death metal show! Continue Reading
“Forgotten Paths” by Saor is a damn good album. Saor is a band that sounds like no other yet borrow from plenty of elements that folk and black metal bands utilize in their own sound. Saor uses atmospheric black metal, Celtic folk and traditional Scottish instrumentation and writing to forge it’s own sound and remain unique among the sea of atmospheric blackened bands out there. Wildly expressive, emotional and beautiful, Saor has always been one of those bands that stuck out to me with its expansive sounds and catchy riffs and imagery. This is definitely one of those bands you listen to while out on a hike, enjoying the scenery and breathing in the air….enjoying life. Saor would make that experience even greater. Of course, you don’t need to be outside to enjoy Saor’s music, it’s perfectly fitting and fantastic anywhere you are.
Meathook, a brutal death metal band from Arizona, has just released their third album after what appears to be a hiatus or long break in between making new material for fans to enjoy. The new album, “Crypts, Coffins, Corpses” boasts “twisted riffs with the consistency of a fetid swap of gore, drums relentlessly attacking, cracking like a million splintering bones, a bass that dredges the dark places of the earth and a voice that cannot be human”. Which is pretty much something I would have called this album but used different metaphors and nomenclature. Regardless of what words are used, Meathook provides us with the first brutal album of the 2019 year and it’s a ass ripping good time. I’ll explain why after the jump. Continue Reading
Let’s make this short and sweet. Several of my colleagues have already unleashed their end of the year lists and you should definitely check them out. It’s good to read up and check out others lists as their taste in music my be a little different than your own and it could lead you down a path where you discover something amazing. But for now, here is my 10 metal albums of 2018!
Today’s quick review is quite black metal heavy and from all over the world. Enjoy. Continue Reading
The day after Thanksgiving, the holiday we show thanks by being gluttonous swine and eating every single shred of meat and gravy, suckling at the bone and cartilage hoping to obtain maximum satisfaction, we are blessed with another massive serving of bone, gore and blood. This time the host is Cattle Decapitation and the meal is a 23 course engorging on unfamiliar and/or unheard Cattle Decapitation tracks that have been lost or were released elsewhere in the world. This album is a historical trip, as you will hear Cattle evolve through the years with their style of gore, grind and death. This is Medium Rarities, enjoy the meal. Continue Reading
AMON AMARTH – The Pursuit of Vikings
I could write thousands of words on this documentary and double live album. However I can also easily let you know what is going on in a couple of sentences. It’s Amon Amarth doing what they do best at Summer Breeze and you get 2 full sets. Out of the 30 songs featured on the live discs, they only repeat one song, which is featured as the first song and last. The entire setlist is wicked good, covering everything you love from the band from old to new. I enjoyed the hell out of this recording and you will to. Hail Amon Amarth!
November 11, 2018 – A night of many firsts for me as it was the first time I have ever been at The Truman and it was the first time I have ever seen Wolves in the Throne Room and At The Gates! The cold autumn air brought forth a chill in the air in Kansas City and the weather called for snow. Luckily, we were all tucked inside this venue with drinks flowing and loud music to keep us warm. At 7:30 PM sharp, the lights dimmed and the crowd roared. Wolves in the Throne Room took the stage.
This edition of Quick Reviews is brought to you by big bands with one word for a name: Deicide, Aborted and Behemoth. All of these bands released an album recently and I let you know what I think about them within one or two paragraphs. Enjoy. Continue Reading