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Monday, January 24, 2011

Wichita Death Fest?

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Oh yeah.

Norma Jean is coming. Haters to the left.

I love Norma Jean's first album. They have several albums after that varying in quality, but the first will always be near perfect. They'll be at the Bottleneck on March 12th with a line-up that's equally as varying in quality. Stick To Your Guns, Impending Doom and Of Legends open.

Contender for heaviest show of the year: WEEDEATER

After a brilliant show last year, Weedeater will be returning to the area at the Jackpot on March 3rd. Zoroaster is opening. DON'T MISS THIS!

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On The Way: Genitorturers

One of the longest-running and highly respected industrial rock bands is coming through KC. The GENITORTURERS! They'll be at the Beaumont Club on March 5th. Hanzel Und Gretyl and Angelspit are support, and KC locals Troglodyte and Serated open!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Kansas City Is The Road Crew!

After playing one of the loudest shows ever at the venue, legendary band MOTORHEAD will be returning to the Midland on February 17th. Opening will be awesome rockers CLUTCH and spacemen and KC favorite VALIENT THORR.

Rest of January: Ozzy or Sick Of It All?

Hey! There's only a few more shows in January that you need to worry about, but they both fall on the same day!

In this corner:

Ozzy Osbourne w/ Slash at the Sprint Center

In the other corner:

Sick Of It All w/ Mother of Mercy, Alpha & Omega, Iron Guts Kelly at the Bottleneck

Both shows are on January 22nd! Choose wisely!

Gaza -- Lawrence, KS -- January 8th, 2011

So my first concert of 2011 may not have been all around as fantastic as 2010's (Nile w/ Immolation, Krisiun) but Gaza was fantastic all the same. And if I can't see Immortal in the middle of a snowstorm, Gaza will do just fine as a replacement.

Gaza is not your average grind band. They have grind, crust, hardcore, sludge, and punk influences in their music, but it all came through wonderfully in one of the loudest performances I've seen at the Jackpot. In between songs, the vocalist would talk to the crowd without the mic, so it gave a really at-home, down-to-earth vibe to the show. The band was all over the place and interacting with the crowd on songs like "He Is Never Coming Back" which the crowd sang most of. During the last song, the vocalist moshed with the crowd and for the final explosion of sound, the guitarist and the bassist joined. It was epic, in the small venue type of way. Great stuff, Gaza has the potential to be a legendary live band.

Opening the show was KC's Walking Oceans, an instrumental post-rock band. The good thing about them was that although they were instrumental, the music was great. They definitely put the "rock" in post-rock and the basslines were groovy as hell. Infectious. I hope they open more shows.

Before Gaza was Mansions. Mostly instrumental post-metal/sludge. It didn't really click with me last time, and this time was only a little better. It just seemed like they played the same song over and over again. Not terrible, but not too great either.

Gaza set included:

He Is Never Coming Back
Windowless Mansion
Canine Disposal Unit

They were really good. I'll do a full review tomorrow. Pretty nice start to 2011 concerts.

Gaza: 9/10
Walking Oceans: 8/10

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Have a bunch of shows coming up, so get ready for some awesome shows in 2011!

The first is awesome metalcore band GAZA who will be at the Jackpot on January 8th. With them will be Convert, Mansion, and Walking Oceans. It's an early show at 7 PM, so come rock out early!