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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Clutch US Tour

Clutch announced an epic tour, with dates lasting through October. It hits the Beaumont Club on October 1 with Wino (from SAINT VITUS!#@@#!@J#KMFIODJF) and Mother Revolution opening the show.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Good 1-2 shot

Dragonforce is at the Beaumont Club on Sept. 28th with Sonata Arctica. You know that, right?

The day before, Sept. 27th is metal gods Motorhead along with the semi-eclectic line-up of Reverend Horton Heat (I, unfortunately, forsee boo's in the future for them) and Nashville Pussy. It'll be at the Midland by AMC.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Skipping Kansas: DOUBLE SHOT: Vader + Children of Bodom

Vader is headlining this year's iteration of MONSTERS OF DEATH. The full line-up is:

Decrepit Birth
The Augury
Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky

Closest date is in Tulsa, OK on Dec. 5. Full dates here.

Children of Bodom are returning for their third and final US run in support of Blooddrunk. These might not be all the dates, but it looks pretty grim for KC.

Sep. 18 - Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel #
Sep. 19 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom *
Sep. 20 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights *
Sep. 22 - Quebec City, QC - Capitole Theatre *
Sep. 23 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis *
Sep. 25 - Kitchner, ON - Elements *
Sep. 26 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy *
Sep. 27 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues #
Sep. 28 - Minneapolis, MN - Epic *
Sep. 30 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick *
Oct. 01 - Saskatoon, SK - The Odeon *
Oct. 02 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall *
Oct. 03 - Edmonton, AB - EEC *
Oct. 05 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore *
Oct. 06 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market #
Oct. 07 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre #
Oct. 09 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom # + %
Oct. 10 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse #
Oct. 11 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse (w/ HOLY GRAIL)
Oct. 12 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre # + %
Oct. 14 - Honolulu, HI - Pipeline Cafe (CHILDREN OF BODOM only)

# SKELETONWITCH and another act (to be announced) support
% Includes special guest AUSTRIAN DEATH MACHINE

Goin' DOWN to NOLA

Phil Anselmo and Co. are returning to Kansas City after a very, very good opening set for Metallica. They will be at the Beaumont Club on August 3rd. It should be humid and muggy, just how they like it in NOLA. Tickets are $22, and no opener is announced yet.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Not going to Mayhem Fest?

Wolves In The Throne Room along with Minsk will be at the Jackpot in Lawrence that night, July 21st. I'm gonna try and make it after Slayer finishes up at Mayhem.

Friday, June 19, 2009

A little clarification regarding Mayhem Fest.

Apparently, if you have a ticket stub from Freaker's Ball in 2003 when Marilyn Manson canceled, you can exchange it at 98.9's HQ, in person, for one Mayhem ticket. This is only available until July 10th, though!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Quo Vadis -- Baltimore, MD -- June 11th, 2009

Another band that I've wanted to see for a very long time. Quo Vadis was one of the first death metal bands I've ever heard, more specifically, the song was Absolution (Element of the Ensemble II). Last night was awesome. A smaller venue with a band who looked like they felt completely comfortable, cracking jokes with one another and interacting greatly with the crowd. It was an awesome time.

The first band to play was Nightfire from New York. They played a very professional sounding technical death metal in the same style as perhaps Necrophagist at times, but more brutal. They were definitely fun to listen to and the technicality astounded at times. 8/10

The first band that performed that was on the Quo Vadis tour was Dark Faith from Florida. I preferred this band to Nightfire because they sounded more melodic and, to me, had a tinge of black metal to their sound. They were very awesome and great to headbang to. 8.5/10

The best opening band was saved for last, though. Revocation is a thrash metal band with tech. death, grindcore, and punk thrown into the sound. They're only a three-piece band, too! They played probably the most enjoyable music of the night. Hopefully, I get to see them again real soon. 9/10

Quo Vadis' set was plagued early on with some sound problems, but the band took it in stride with smiles on their faces to make for a memorable set. They cracked jokes with the crowd about how awesome band introductions were in Europe and how although they were playing for only about 30 people, they were sweating like they were playing for over 1,000. It was great fun to hear all these songs I've known for so long. I really, really hope they get to do a full US tour. 9.5/10

1. Silence Calls The Storm
2. Absolution (Element Of The Ensemble Part II)
3. Break The Cycle
4. In Contempt
5. Fate's Descent
6. On The Shores Of Ithaka
7. Tunnel Effect (Element Of The Ensemble Part IV)
8. Hunter/Killer
9. Dead Man's Diary
10. Point Of No Return: Mute Requien
11. Legions Of The Betrayed

Thursday, June 11, 2009

D-Force D00d

For the first time in a very long time, Dragonforce will be hitting the Beaumont Club (with Sonata Arctica!) on September 28th!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

American Waste Festival -- Kansas City, MO -- June 6th, 2009

This was, by far, one of the best things to happen to the metal community in and around Kansas City. I only hope that this fest comes back again and again and again, forever. Such a good time.

I got into the Beaumont's backyard just as Muzzle Loader was starting their set. This band reminded me of when I was in junior high, going to local band house shows. The only thing is that all those bands were generic metalcore/screamo. Same for Muzzle Loader. They should spend less time on thinking how they could jump and do stuff with their guitars to look cool and more time on writing some good music. They have potential, but they're gonna have to dig for it. 5/10

After them on the outside stage as well was Iseah. Again, another generic deathcore band. Nothing special at all. 5/10

The first band worth seeing today was Sicadis on the outside stage. The vocalist was funny, they had good stage presence, and even invited some guests on stage, most notably the vocalist for At the Left Hand of God. They are melodic death metal which at times was worse, but at other times was better. It all evened out and they were very enjoyable. If they took out every instance of clean vocals and kept the same death metal vocals, it'd be great. 7.5/10

One of the main reasons for me attending this wonderful fest was up next on the outside stage and the un-unholy time of 3:15 PM. It was my third time seeing Skeletonwitch and they continue to get better and better each time I see them. They played 3 songs off their new album, due out on October 14th called "Breathing The Fire", so sayeth Chance Garnett. The rest of their set was a brilliant look back through Beyond The Permafrost. On the title song of that album, me and everyone else up close to the stage got to shout the chorus along with Chance into his microphone. They were on fire throughout their entirely to short 30-minute set. But it was 30 minutes of unholy bliss. 10/10

Sacrifice For The Slaughtergod
Fire From The Sky
Limb From Limb
Remains Of The Defeated
Crushed Beyond Dust (new)
Upon Wings Of Black
Beyond The Permafrots
Blinding Black Rage (new)
Where The Light Has Failed (new)
Within My Blood

The first band I saw inside the Beaumont club today was another band who I was really psyched to see: Hammerlord. I've said it before, I'm saying it now, and I'll say it forever more: They are the best band in and around the Kansas City area. And, as evidenced today, they have one of the most talented guitar players ever. The solos were mind-blowing. Every single part of the band clicked and they sounded outstanding. I will continue to support Hammerlord until they're as big as Testament themselves! 9/10

? (new)
Shut Your Eyes
Dead City Radio

After Hammerlord, I went outside to see Troglodyte, but the schedule got mixed up. The Killer went on instead. This was, unfortunately, the worst band of the day. They sounded like generic "brocore" hardcore, and the mix was terrible. All I could hear were drums. No one in the band looked into it at all until about the last song. They just didn't sound good at all. 4/10

I decided to skip Snake Eater and watch The Esoteric reunion inside the club. I'm not really sure what kind of genre to put The Esoteric in, but they were heavy, and that's all that really matters. I think maybe they'd be called metalcore, back when it wasn't such a dirty word but actually, you know, good. Also elements of heavy metal thrown in. A good show all around. 8/10

Partial/Out of order setlist:

Until The Grave Gives Up The Ghost
Destroy, She Said

To close out the outside stage, Troglodyte battered everyone who was out there to witness their awesome brand of death metal/grindcore. They seemed really into it, especially the vocalist, and it came through. The mix was a bit iffy at time, but it hardly mattered to Trog. I wish they could've played for longer; it's always a pleasure to see them. 8/10

Partial/Out of order setlist:

Troglodyte Rises
Don't Go Into The Woods...
Skunk Ape Rape
We Eat Our Own
Die When You Die (GG Allin Cover)
Beaten And Eaten
They Walk Among Us

I walked back into the club to catch the last song from LaZarus A.D. Not enough to really give them a fair review, but I liked what I heard. I hope they come back soon.

I saw Unearth open for Slayer back in 2007. While they were slightly better this time around, they were still very, very bad. Every song was pretty much 50% generic breakdowns. It didn't really help that their guitarist is a huge tool as well. Some parts sounded halfway decent, but it just went back down the toilet with breakdown after breakdown. Not good at all. 5/10

Testament. Need I say more? They were near perfect. They are pretty much the epitome of a classic thrash band. I've seen Exodus, Metallica and Slayer and Testament blew them all out of the water. What kept this from being the perfect set is that I wished they would've played for longer. But what we got was fantastic. Alex Skolnick is a beast on the guitar and Chuck Billy is a fantastic frontman. They were loud, fast, and awesome. And they played Disciples of the Watch!


Not 100% on the setlist, if anyone wants to correct it, go ahead:

The Preacher
The New Order
Over The Wall
More Than Meets The Eye
The Persecuted Won't Forget
Burnt Offerings
True Believer (?)
Into The Pit
Disciples Of The Watch
3 Days In Darkness
The Formation Of Damnation

Overall, this was an outstanding day of metal. Tomorrow, Coalesce is headlining, but I'm dead. Everyone else go. Let's hope this becomes a yearly thing in Kansas City.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Awesome kvlt tour!

After a great showing at the Blackest of the Black tour last year on Halloween, Moonspell will be returning to Kansas City at the Beaumont Club with Samael, Book of Black Earth, and Secrets Of The Moon. Wear your best spikes'n'chains for this one! The show will be happening on October 24th.


Riot Room
July 7th.
Sunn O)).

Be there.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

REO Speedwagon -- Kansas City, MO -- June 4th, 2009

Very surprising, every band did very, very good tonight. Starlight Theater was packed, just like any venue is whenever REO Speedwagon is in town. It was a bit chilly by the time they went on, but REO put on a pretty good show. They are good ol' classic rock. They only played a few new songs; the rest was stuff you'd hear on the radio often. "Can't Fight This Feeling" got a big reaction, as did "Keep On Lovin' You". REO was very heavy on the power ballad's, but they never got old. They had an encore with "Ridin' the Storm Out" and ended with a new song which they brought out Styx (the entire band) that was heavy on crowd participation. A great end to the show.

Unfortunately for REO Speedwagon, they had a really tough act to follow. Styx is very, very good live. I'd say REO Speedwagon is "heavier" than Styx, but that's like saying Slayer is "heavier" than Rush. Styx also channeled their inner Rush, as the synth and guitars in some songs reached a near-prog quality. There really was not a bad Styx song tonight in Kansas City. And to be a part of the crowd that roars into "Come Sail Away" is really something else.

The show opened with 38 Special. They were all around quality, but really shone later on. As the only band without an encore, they performed a medley of songs that included "Second Chance" and ended their set with the 1-2 punch of "Caught Up In You" and "Hold On Loosely". Not a bad set from them.

38 SPECIAL (40 minutes) -

Rockin' Into the Night
Twentieth Century Fox
Back Where You Belong
Wild-Eyed Southern Boys
Fantasy Girl
Medley - Teacher Teacher; Stone Cold Believer; Like No Other Night; Second Chance
Caught Up In You
Hold On Loosely


STYX (80 minutes) -

Miss America
Too Much Time On My Hands
The Grand Illusion
I Am The Walrus
Crystal Ball
Suite Madame Blue
Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
Come Sail Away
Home Sweet Chicago
Blue Collar Man



Don't Let Him Go
Take It On The Run
Keep Pushin'
Golden Country
Can't Fight This Feeling
Son Of A Poor Man
Time For Me To Fly
Back On The Road Again
Keep On Loving You
Roll With The Changes
Ridin' The Storm Out
Can't Stop Rockin' (with STYX)


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Supergroup Chickenfoot is coming

The supergroup CHICKENFOOT, comprised of Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Joe Satriani, and Sammy Hagar (Van Halen) will be at the Uptown Theater on Aug. 11!