Tag Archive for black metal

Agalloch. Gothic Theatre. 07.09.14

“Where am I? How long shall I suffer here?“ Two years ago I was preparing for a road trip that would take me out of Colorado, through Utah and Idaho, and into the Pacific Northwest, only to return through the birthplace of the spirit of Agalloch. It was the year I had written my in depth profile on Profound Lore… Read more →

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Deafheaven / SubRosa. Marquis Theater. 02.16.14

Some shows just scream to be written about. By the end of the night, the narrative already exists. When I sit down in front of the computer the next day, it’s just a matter of transcribing what the artist(s) have already delivered in the form of their performance. My best reviews are not really reviews at all, they are simply the written account of what went down inside a particular venue on a particular night. I am in no way a music expert. I am not a musician, so how can I be expected to critique what is happening on the stage? I cannot. That’s not what I do. I would be a fraud if I tried. What I do, or at least what I try to do, is document the feeling of being at the show. The primary reason I do this might surprise some of you, but I assure you it is the truth — I do this so I can go back and experience these performances over and over again. The only reason I don’t just record my thoughts in a private diary is that I think others might benefit from the words I write. Maybe they weren’t able to make the show and they want to know what it was like to be there. Maybe they were there and want to compare their experience with someone else’s. Maybe they are going to attend the show in another city and want to know what to expect. I believe these are all valid reasons to share my thoughts with those who are receptive. Read more →

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Deafheaven. Marquis Theater. 07.09.13

Deafheaven were supposed to perform an early set last night. According the band’s website, Twitter feed and the venue itself, they were going to come on around 8:30. This false information had me sitting in a puddle of my own sweat while local blackened death metal outfit Kitezh trashed the stage. If it weren’t for these dog days of summer,… Read more →

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Winter Rite Tour. Marquis Theater. 02.06.13

Last night was a perfect reminder as to why I decided to cut back on shows this year.  There I was at the Marquis Theater, spitting distance from Norwegian metal-gods Enslaved, before the clock struck midnight, and I was yawning.  “As Fire (and a sparse, violent circle pit)  Swept Clean the Earth”, my mind was losing a battle with my body.… Read more →