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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Exodus -- Kansas City, MO -- March 31st, 2009


Bonded By Blood
Funeral Hymn
A Lesson In Violence
Children Of A Worthless God
And Then There Were None
Fabulous Disaster
War Is My Shepherd
Strike Of The Beast
Toxic Waltz
Shovel Headed Kill Machine


Total War
Dread Command
Severed Reality
Systematic Genocide
Combat Shock

Notes: I didn't get in (21+ venue) so I stood outside for 4 1/2 hours in freezing weather to watch. It was worth it The sound and view was surprisingly good. Koktopus sounded great, and did a Slayer cover (Bloodline). Hammerlord sounded the best of the night. Seriously, they are something you need to watch out for. Warbringer were better when I saw them a couple weeks ago, but still good here. And Exodus. What can I say? There's a reason they rule so much. During Exodus' set, the singer from Hammerlord hung out with me outside. Definitely gonna try and catch em on Friday.

Exodus - 9/10
Warbringer - 8/10
Hammerlord - 9/10 (CHECK THEM OUT )
Koktopus - 8/10

Sunday, March 29, 2009

KCPMF Returns with a vengeance!

The first details for the 2009 edition of the Kansas City Power Metal Festival have been released!

August 14-15
Riot Room
Kansas City, MO


It should be an awesome time. Stay tuned for more updates!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Awesome Concert Sighted!

Abigail Williams
Abysmal Dawn
Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky
At The Left Hand Of God

Riot Room
July 20, 2009

The day before the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. Should be awesome!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Marasmus -- Kansas City, MO -- March 25th, 2009

This review SHOULD say:

Vital Remains -- Kansas City, MO -- March 25th, 2009

But, as the vocalist for Marasmus stated, Vital Remains got their gear stolen.

But I got to check out some more local bands that I've been itching to hear.

The first band of the night was The Roman Holiday. At first, I thought they were heavy as hell, but it just degenerated into yet another by the numbers deathcore band. There were times when what they were doing could've been mistaken for a great death metal band, but they just filled every void they possibly could with breakdowns. 7/10

Second time seeing Decimation (the first being opening for Skeletonwitch) and they were much better this time around. Straight-up, old fashioned death metal, which was a bit like deatn n' roll at times. Amazing drummer, as always. One of the best Kansas has to offer. 9/10

Last up was Marasmus, and I'd heard good things about them. They play deathgrind, but there are some technical aspects to their music as well. The crowd wasn't into them too much, but they had a pretty good stage presence and they really deserve a bigger stage. 8.5/10

All in all, a good concert for six bucks, but I would have gladly paid triple that for Vital Remains. Here's to hoping they get their stuff back.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Metallica announces 2009 US Dates

Looks like they're skipping KC for now, but expect that to change: Metallica has played KC on every major tour they've had except for the Kill 'Em All tour back in the 80's.

Dates so far:

Sep. 14 - Nashville, TN - Sommet Center
Sep. 15 - Cincinnati, OH - US Bank Arena
Sep. 17 - Indianapolis, IN - Conseco Fieldhouse
Sep. 19 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Sep. 28 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
Sep. 29 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Oct. 01 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Bank Atlantic Center
Oct. 03 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum
Oct. 04 - Atlanta, GA - Phillips Arena
Oct. 12 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
Oct. 13 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
Oct. 15 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
Oct. 17 - Charlottesville, VA - JPJ Arena
Oct. 18 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Bobcats Arena
Oct. 26 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
Oct. 29 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
Oct. 31 - Quebec City, QC - Colisee Pepsi
Nov. 09 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
Nov. 10 - Buffalo, NY - HSBC Arena
Nov. 12 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
Nov. 14 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Dec. 05 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay
Dec. 07 - Boise, ID - Idaho Center
Dec. 08 - Sacramento, CA - ARCO Arena
Dec. 10 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
Dec. 12 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavillion

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Kansas City FINALLY has a metal festival

Big poster here!

Two days, tons of bands.

Saturday, June 6th:

Lazarus A.D.
The Esoteric
The Blinding Light
Snake Eater
and tons more

Sunday, June 7th:
Eyes Of The Betrayer
For Today
At The Left Hand Of God
The Cast Pattern
Continent Of Ash
and tons more

Beaumont Club! BE THERE!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Summer Slaughter 2009 Line-up Revealed?


That's right, Kansas's own Origin (possibly the best technical/brutal death metal band the US has to offer right now) is gonna be on this mofo. Besides from Winds Of Plague, this looks lile the best Summer Slaughter yet. :D

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Soilwork -- Kansas City, MO -- March 12th, 2009

More of a review than setlists.

Got to the venue at about 6, but didn't get out of my car until about 6:30. It was a coooold, cold day. And I STILL had to wait outside for half an hour. But it was worth it.

The first act was local band Serated. It was appropriate that their singer wore a Slipknot shirt, as the last half of their set could be mistaken for them. At times they kind of went into a halfway decent melodeath/thrash groove, but at least 2 of the songs had the kind of spoken vocals/rapping thing.

The first band I came to see, Swallow the Sun, were next. Very heavy and very awesome, although the sound mix was kind of crappy. Couldn't really hear the guitars too well until near the end of their set. These guys were awesome. They really need to tour the states some more.

Partial/Out Of Order setlist:

Don't Fall Asleep (Horror Pt. 1)
Plague Of Butterflies


Oh man. Anyone who says Warbringer isn't a real thrash band or are posers has obviously never seen Warbringer live. They are just thrash as hell and absolutely outstanding live. They played a lot off their new album but it sounds sick. Can't wait for it.


Total War
Severed Reality
At The Crack Of Doom
??? (New song)
Combat Shock

Darkane played as a 4-piece tonight, but their guitarist is a monster. Crazy awesome solos, and they surprised me. They were a lot better than I thought they were gonna be. Aside from a couple of songs with stupid breakdowns in them, they were extremely enjoyable.


Leaving Existence
Fading Dimensions
Chaos Vs. Order
Execution 44
Secondary Effects
Innocence Gone

Oh boy. Soilwork. I wasn't even going to stay for them, but I heard that they were playing good songs on this tour, so I gave them a shot. I didn't stay for the whole thing. Actually, I think Soilwork would be a lot better suited for a mainstream tour, like Ozzfest or Mayhem Tour. But here, i just didn't get them. Clean vocals + metalcore parts just overshadows the parts I heard that could've been decent. I left about halfway through their set.


Overall, a very good concert for under 20 bucks. Looking forward to seeing Warbringer again in a week or so with EXODUS!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Varg Vikernes to be released from prison shortly

Straight from Blabbermouth:

Varg Vikernes (a.k.a. Count Grishnackh) — the former BURZUM mastermind who is currently serving a Norwegian prison term for the August 1993 murder of MAYHEM guitarist Oystein Aarseth (a.k.a. Euronymous) and setting fire to three churches — will soon be a free man.

In September 2008, Vikernes's fourth application for parole was denied, but a couple of weeks ago he finally received the message he has been waiting for: after almost 16 years in prison, he will be released.

"I will have to report [to the parole officer] for one year — initially every two weeks, and then once a month," Vikernes told the Dagbladet newspaper.

Personally, I'm happy. Can't wait for a new Burzum album, which Varg has said he'll create in the vein of old Burzum.