Tag Archive for metal

King Diamond. Paramount Theatre. 10.24.14

King Diamond is an icon. The man behind the mask is legendary on so many levels. His songwriting, storytelling, stage presence and survival skills place him in the upper echelon of heavy metal frontmen. He never garnered mainstream fame the way Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie James Dio or Rob Halford did, but you would be hard pressed to find an individual in the… Read more →

Riot Fest Denver 2014…a postmortem.

My Festival Experience Summary: 2 Days / 3 Nights 20 Hrs. 45 Mins. 28 Bands Albums Witnessed in Entirety: NOFX – Punk in Drublic Slayer – Reign in Blood Weezer – Weezer (The Blue Album) Descendents – Milo Goes to College Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes Cost Breakdown: 3-Day Presale Pass: $98.98 Drinks: $116.00 Bartender Tips: $18.00 Food: $33.00 TOTAL: $265.98 Why Sports Authority Field… Read more →


Mötley Crüe. Pepsi Center. 08.02.14

It’s hard to find anything good to say about the members of Mötley Crüe. With the exception of Mick Mars, I don’t respect anything about them as human beings. They are the epitome of excess. They were disrespectful little boys who grew up to be disrespectful old men. Peter Pan Syndrome, mixed with massive amounts of drugs and alcohol, led Nikki Sixx, Vince… Read more →

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 →

Thou. Mutiny Information Cafe. 04.13.14

It was a Sunday night and I was standing on a chair in a bookstore. A quick scan through the shelves below me provided my bearings as somewhere between the ‘humor’ and ‘teen’ section – about mid-store. I browsed through Dr. Denis Leary’s “Why We Suck” before discarding it in favor of The Onion’s “Our Dumb World”. When I periodically… Read more →


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 →